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DINE ON THE WHALE

 (UPDATED: 04/22/16) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"Wow. I'm honored and humbled. For the third year in a row, I've been selected to be a minion. Huge thanks to Will Souther who runs this little investment group and to all the people that buy shares of the players. It's the high point of any poker player's year to play in the WSOP Main Event and to have a seat locked up in April is thrilling, awesome, and comforting. Thank you so much everybody!.  Email me for details on my package in events before the Main Event." [+]

LITTLE THOUGHTS

[UPDATED  04/22/16] Jonathan Little has more tournament winnings than only a handul of pros.  At 24, he had already eclipsed 4 million dollars in lifetime winnings .  The WPT Season VI player of the year, Jonathan was born in Pensacola Florida and currently operates a new poker site, which includes his blogs and videos you can find it here.

"Today I will share with you a hand from the $1,111 buy-in Little One Drop event that took place during the 2015 World Series of Poker. This event attracted a huge field of 4,555 people. I managed to take 67th place for $7,215, which is always nice. When playing in a tournament consisting of mostly amateur players, it is important to steal lots of pots by making your opponent feel as if his entire stack is at risk while only risking a small portion of yours." [+]

NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  04/08/16] Nolan Dalla.com is where you find the wit and wisdom of one of the most well known poker writers in the industry.  His WSOP coverage speaks for itself.  His home blog covers a wide range of topics written with that singular Dalla conviction. 

"Beware. Mark Georgantas has a gambling system.
The 53-year-old “professional gambler,” who promotes himself under the tawdry alias “Pure Cash,” insists he’s discovered the secret on how to beat casinos at their own game. He claims to have won huge profits at blackjack, baccarat, craps, and roulette. Moreover, the spoils of his secret systems have been shared with an elite clique of privileged investors."

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SHORR 'NUFF

[UPDATED  06/01/15] Shannon Shorr has graduated.  That's bad news for the poker world because he's terrorized the circuit while also being a full time college student.  Now without distractions, like class every day, the only question is how quickly will he add to his over 3.2 million dollars in tournament winnings.  You can also read Shannon's blog at his homepage:  http://shannonshorr.com/

"Hey friends! At 6:34 a.m. local time Friday I summited the world's largest free-standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro with my buddies Jesse and Paul Yaginuma! I consider it one of my biggest personal achievements and got so much out of the journey. The idea was proposed by Jesse and Paul over a year ago. I initially laughed it off thinking it was an unattainable goal. I'm really, really, really glad I looked further into it. A big thank you to the Yaginumas for being such cool fucking guys with ambition and a strong desire to live their lives to the fullest. This reiterates to me just how essential it is that we all keep an openmind about everything. Opening one's mind isn't a process that happens overnight. It's a matter of being exposed to different people, things and places. I'll take this platform, however small it is, to try to express that through this documentation of my Kilimanjaro experience:" [+]

MENDEZ SEZ

[UPDATED  03/08/16] David Mendez grinds online poker at a time when it's hard to find a game.  His blog centers on his poker both live and online.

"Which is better? I think we all know how I feel about the matter by now. Some others and myself are still working out some details but it will be a heads up poker competition consisting of two teams, "live" & "online". If you play live poker in the local circles then I am sure you know Kenny Milam! Happy to have him as captain of the "live" team! Once the details have been agreed on Gulf Coast Poker will be holding a poll on which team will come out on top so be sure to go vote! The competition will be held over 3-4 weeks with one round of competition per week.." [+]

Bella Donkey

[04/08/16]  Jennifer Gay is a poker player, poker room supervisor and Ante Up Magazine Poker Columnist local to Tunica, MS. Her blog covers the sometimes personal and always comical reality of a life fully centered around poker in the South.

"What brings me to resurrecting the blog though, is a series of post I'm going to start called "Making a Minion". Its the story of how one of Steven's top five bucket-list goals will come true this year: To play the $10,000 WSOP Main Event (while he's still young enough to have a decent shot), and to (hopefully) make a deep run and bring home a noteworthy score. In the coming weeks, leading up to and through the Main Event, I will tell you about how he was chosen to play and receive backing through the Monkey's Minions program.

I will tell you about the coaching, studying and game preparation techniques he's participating in to get ready for the big event. I'll give you regular updates during the days leading up to the Main and his game play during and then I'll post the victory story when its all said and done. So if you're looking for a poker story, this is your golden ticket. Consider it the poker reality-TV of the blog world, starring one of the good guys. And you're invited to follow along " [+]

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WHO IS DAVID CLARK?

[UPDATED:  03/28/16] David Clark bagged more points than any other at large qualifier on the WSOP this year.  The Texan has been blogging and winning for some time now.

"I took a different approach towards kick starting my fitness goals in January. I didn’t join a gym or start a new exercise routine, instead I picked up a part time job working construction. Coming from a late night poker schedule this took some significant lifestyle adjustments, but that’s exactly what I was looking for. I ended up walking down this path while following a thought about changing the way I value time. A thought that came along while I was lending my friends and family an extra set of hands." [+]

 OUT OF BOUNDS SPORTS BAR AND GRILLE

3802 Veterans Blvd in Metairie, La and you can call @504-889-7350

Poker Fiction

[UPDATED:  03/08/12] PLAYER N scribes a tale of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all hustling on the Coast.

"Thick cigarette breath assaulted me as the man in the tattered Red Sox jacket put his hand on my shoulder, "Hey boss, spare a dollar..." it hung there not as a question but an instruction. I couldn't sidestep it or the man. His gently tightening grip, neither affectionate nor comforting, but oddly somehow both soft and malevolent made the hairs on my neck stand up. The harsh cold wind pushed at me, up the darkened street gaining speed between the concrete buildings. It buttressed me helping the man stop me on that corner.

I gave him a steely look, and he inhaled quickly through his nostrils, "Sorry guy." I tried to wave him off, but his hand didn't move. I had to look him in the eye.

Quiet, gray blue eyes surprised me, they looked like they still had the sparkle of youth, maybe a forty years old but his weathered face told a different story. Craggy, fractured and leathery ridges told of many more years and hardship born of living outdoors. Then in a flash, those eyes lost their luster and bore into m
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OUT OF BOUNDS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL 

3802 Veterans Blvd in Metaire, 504.889.7359

MONKEYS MINIONS :

It's that time of year.  Once again the Poker Monkey is offering three (?), four (?), five or six (?) players the chance to participate in the WSOP Main Event.  He's already announced one player and mentioned a couple of other candidates.  (Good luck GeneD!). 

If you'd like to submit your name for consideration, vouch for someone else or want to invest in shares of the players go to his blog (over there on the right) and find out how.  Last year one player made it all the way to 222. 

Two of the other Minions from last year recently took down big scores.  Michael Bratovich won his second circuit ring and Seville Hale took third in an event last week. Monk has an eye for talent that's for sure.
LINKS AND CRAZINESS:

MIKE DENTALE AND LILLY KILETTO ACCUSED OF COLLUSION/CHEATING:

You see a lot of weird things in megas, especially as the buble nears.  However, you rarely see a player all in and an opponent try to muck pre flop.  That's just what happened when it folded to Kiletto in the small blind during a 25k Super High Roller Mega at the Seminole Hard Rock.  She put in the reaminder of her chips, which totaled less than the big blind. Mike Dentale, the big blind, declared fold twice and threw his cards to the muck.  Chaos predictably ensued.  A 2+2 thread started by a player at the table describes the action here.  It gets good when Dentale joins the fray to defend himself and WPT star Mukul also chimes in.

BLOGGY BLOGGY BLOGS:

Jason Anderson is always an interesting read.  After a year off from blogging he popped back in to fill everybody in on what's been going on.  It's a brave and raw post.  If you didn't root for him before you probably will now.  Go here to read more.

Not really a blog per se but over on our facebook page we have a link to all the summer's tournaments in Las Vegas during the WSOP.  Give us a like while you are there.
PEARL RIVER RESULTS:

"CD" CHRIS HARRIS DOES THE DOUBLE:

Harris didn't chop this time instead the Alabama attorney took down first in the Pearl River Spring Poker Classic Main Event.  Harris ran pure on his way to the crown.  If they had a casino champ he would have won that too.  Jeter Brock had almost as good a week cashing in the two biggest payout events.  Congrats to all that cashed including the many friends of GCP that made the trip.  For complete results of all the events head here, and while you are on our facebook page please like us.  It makes us feel better about ourselves. 
PEARL RIVER SPRING POKER CLASSIC UPDATE:

CHRIS DAVIS WINS EVENT 1:



Davis sat on a mountain of chips as Captain Ron Hope navigated the choppy waters. When the good captain had finished the discussion eight players divvied up the bountry with Davis getting credit for first place and getting a lion's share of the money. Hope, Brock Jeter, and Corey Harrison all got significant pieces themselves. Congrats to all the pirates  players that cashed and chopped.

MAIN EVENT:

Psst... Overlay Alert... Overlay Alert... The Main Event has started with the first of four flights beginning at noon today. Tonight will be flight B at 6 and tomorrow flights C and D. The first flight had a little under thirty players. If the next three flights  have the same attendence there will be a HUGE overlay. They need 200 players to make their 150k guarantee. If you got plans on Saturday you might want to change them. Just a heads up. Buy-in is only $810. See you tomorrow poker players.  Click here for more details.
LITTLE BEST WPT PLAYER EVER?


GCP blogger and Pensacola's favorite son won the WPT brackets for best WPT player ever.  Not since the minions were decided by clicks have so many people voted for a poker award.  Little bested Phil Ivy in heads up voting after dispatching Barry Greenstein in the semi-finals.  Speaking of Minions you might want to check out Bella Donkey's blog.  Look left and scroll down.
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HARRISON GIMBEL WINS AGAIN: 

Gimbel won the WPT Rolling Thunder event and 275K.  The 25 year old adds his name to the fancy WPT trophy and prevented Moshin Charania from joining an elite list of three time WPT winners.  Another big win for the Alabma native who burst on the poker scene as a 19 year old winning the PCAS.  Pocket Fives.

MONKEYS MINIONS AND VEGAS HEIST:

The Poker Monkey gives details about how to be a Minion and how to invest in the Minions ahead of this years WSOP.   Also, Nola Dalla has a heist story.  Check out the blogs. 

BOT BEATS GO CHAMPION:

What's this got to do with poker?  A lot.  Go is an ancient game that is so complicated Nature magazine foolishly said this it would be years before a computer would compete with a human.  Months later a bot beat the best player in the world 4 games to 1.  Using a new type of AI the bot develops strategies by playing it self milions and millions of times to improve. 

Like Go, the complexites of poker have long been touted as a reason a bot won't beat a human anytime soon.  We say the writing is on the wall.  Here's a pokernews article about the latest innovations in poker bots PokerNews.  
SPRING POKER CLASSIC:



Great news out of Pearl River, for those yearning for a Spring Poker tournament especially in light of the cancellation of the big one on the coast.  April 1st to April 10th two big guarantees book end a week's worth of poker play.  The main event has a 150k guarantee AND gives you free round of golf at Dancing Rabbit.  Cheap room rates (866) 447.3275.  Complete tournament information here.

Friday April 1st, the first of four $340 flights begins at noon (100k guarantee) with the second at 6.  On Saturday two more flights.  Sunday the merge and two more tournaments at 2 and 7.  All week there are two tournaments per day, one super satellite to the main, and starting Wednesday April 6th, a mega at 8 in additon to it.

We'll be there, having enjoyed their last Ante Up tournament.  We can testify three things, they ran a first class event, the rooms were nice and new, and the quality of play lends itself to um... profitablity.  In short you don't want to miss this one. 
LOCALS DEEP IN WSOPC VEGAS:

Congrats are in order for Jeff Sager, Steve Bierman and Paul Hebert. The threesome all went deep in the WSOP-C event at Bally's in Las Vegas. The Main Event had a 1 Million guarantee, with first place over 323k and the massive field (1200+ players) that brings with it.

Sager, a New Orleans resident like Bierman, went the deepest cashing for almost 8k when he busted in 31st place. This comes on the heels of a deep run last week at the Venetian where he finished 9th winning over 5k.  That was another giant players.

Paul Hebert of Pierre Point cracked the top 100, finishing 92nd winninig almost $3500. Bierman made the money but busted in 128th for a min cash (his second of the series).


MINKIN MAKING MILLIONS:


Kelly Minkin won best female poker player in the World at the American Poker Awards. Yes, there is such a thing. And no, you can not nominate your best friend for Donkey of the year. Minkin had a tremenduous year including last woman standing in the 2015 WSOP Main Event. This award is even more impressive considering it's been under lock and key as Vanessa Selbst had won it four years running.  Interview here. 

BLOGGERS ARE BACK:

On the left we got Nolan Dalla dialing it up with topical looks at politics sports and poker.  The Poker Monkey himself  is back having posted a few times this year.  Also, checking in Davy, David Mendez, Jonathan Little and others.
LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING:

BEAU RIVAGE 50K

As these things tend to do, this event ended up in a chop. Jeff Sager of New Orleans rode a short stack until the deal. Officially Donald Rolfe's big stack gets credit for the win. Clarence Pinkard earned second place and Charles Bailey finished third. Also in the money Mo Moeini (does the Beau run a tournament he doesn't cash in?), Wild Bill Phillips, Patrick Eskandar, John Lowden and Shaun Johnston.



POKER SURVIVOR:

Anna Khait, a poker pro, is the latest contestant on Survivor a game show that requires matching wits and social game with players labeled Beauty (she's grouped in this category), Brains (check) and Brawn.  Short of Daniel Negreanu becoming an American citizen (supposedly the only hold up for his involvement), this may be the last chance for a poker pro to win one of these things.

BRIC ALLEN DOESN'T BRICK:

Quick shout out to Walker, LA's James "Bric" Allen who finished an impressive 18th in the monster field at the WPT Deepstacks in Hollywood Florida.  He earned over 10k for his deep run in a feild loaded with pros.
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JAKE DANIELS WINS MAIN

After a three way chop between Tripp Kirk and B.J. McBrayer Jake Daniels earned first place and the trophy. The PGA Sales professional weathered a short stack at the final table
until he caught his rush and chipped up. With over 300k in the prize pool at the time of the chop it's likely all three players earned close to six digits.

What a loaded final table it was with David Chocheles finishing fourth for 40k, Caufman Talley who took a couple of beats to finish 5th for 30k, and Josh Palmer who finisihed sixth for 25k. Scott Weinberg ended in eighth for 15k.

Coming just shy of the final table included Gulf Coasters David Nicholson, Stephen Bierman, Herb Kelso, and Robert Gunter.


EVENT 15

WSOP bracelet winner Corey Harrison was in on the chop with David Busby getting credit for the title. GCP's Wild Bill made the final table for a min cash.
MILLLION DOLLAR HEATER UPDATES:

EVENT TWO: 
Matt Davidson won 18k for first.  Chip Ervin finished third for 5.5k.  Also in the money Stephen Nusrallah, Mike Schneider, and Frank Alpandinar.  

EVENT THREE:
Stewart Carpenter won the $355 Omaha 8 or Better event for 8k.  Warren Sheaves finished 4th.

EVENT FOUR:
Daryl Roberts (pictured above) won 10k for his first place finish.  Jerry Giroir finished fifth for another cash at the Beau Rivage.

EVENT FIVE:
Big congratulations to Beverly Herrington who won 5k and first place in the $250 PLO event.  She beat Joshua Lowing in heads up play.

EVENT SIX:  
Tony Pitre outlasted David Brooks to win 15k for first place in the seniors event.  Brooks earned 8.7k for second.  Also in the money Philip Phillips, John Riola and William McBrayer.

EVENT SEVEN:
Nesrin Can (pictured above left)  bested a loaded final eight to win 6k for first.  Ray Parker (2nd 3.9k), Jerry Giroir (third 2.5k) and BJ McBrayer 7th.  Can's victory in the $400 + $55 with bounties event was her first ever title.

EVENT NINE:
Biloxi's own Bobby Lovette won 7.4k for first place in the $245 PLO event.  Eric Kaplan won 3.9k for second and Joshua Lowing 2.4k for third.  Anthony Vidmer and Charles Hubbard also cashed.

EVENT ELEVEN:
Charles Leroi waged war with David Trager in heads up play to win 19k in the 1K Hold 'em event.  David Nicholson and Hiep Doan also cashed. 

EVENT TWELVE:
Ray Parker outlasted Teddy Conner to win first place in the $355 No Limit Hold 'em event and 9k.  Great job to FOGCP Teddy who won 4.7k for second.  Also cashing Josh Palmer.

EVENT THIRTEEN:
Jeremy Gaubert (pictured above right) simply is a beast he shows up every now and then to win like one out of two tournaments he registers.  This time it was the 1k turbo.  He earned 11k.  John Dollinger took second (6.5k), and Ryan Van Sanford third for 3.9k.
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BIERMAN DELIVERS:

  

Steve Bierman recently began making a name for himself at the tables.  His vociferousness and fun attitude attracted a lot of  attention.  Now he's busy making money at the tables.  After cashing in a series of WSOPC Main Events he just bagged his biggest score of the year with a 42k payday at the Beau Rivage re-entry event.   Bierman finished third in the event.

His signature hand came with three tables left when as the chipleader he and the player second in chips mixed it up.  Preflop Bierman called from the big blind.  They saw K7x hit the board.  Check, check.  Another 7 hit the turn.  Bierman bet small his opponent raised small.  Steve shrugged and said "Sir, if you got a full house I guess you deserve my chips," and shoved for mountains.  He was snapped called by Kings full.  Bierman showed pocket 7s.

David Lee of Memphis, another live wire at the table won the event for 82k.  Kevin Hazzard had his aces cracked on the final hand to win 50k for second.  Tom Cannon won 33k for fourth and Mo Moeini won 29k for fifth.

Also cashing were Mike Horchoff (11th) 7.5k, Hiep Doan, Stephen Orf, Heather Reese, Ashly Butler, Robert Quin, BJ McBrayer, David Chocheles, Darrell Guillory, Jeter Brock,  Larry Williamson,  Ronnie Hope,  Jason Lipscomb, Kip Jones, John Hart, Brock Gary, Michael Schneider, Joe Hebert, and Kwong IP.
   

ROCK SOLID GUARANTEES:


Two guarantees in the opening weekend.  One the Beau Rivage would have a 500k prize pool for a $355 tournament--which the smashed.  Two, Darryll "Da Rock" Guillory talked a good game and the People's champion delivered he played one bullet in the reentry event and he cashed.  Congrats for backing up the smack.
               

FINALLY DA ROCK RETURNS TO POKER:

There are not many people who we would honor a request to talk smack before a tournament.  It's usually win the tournament, make a deep run or cash then you get the coverage.  There's an order to things.  That said, Darrel Guillory who achieved fame post Katrina on ESPN's coverage of an WSOP-C NOLA televised Main Event, has a couple of advantages over most people.

1. He's a former GCP blogger.  That helps. 2.  Darrel deals to us and he's been talking about his triumphant return to poker for a long... long... time.  In fact, every time he pitches the cards he's told us he's deserving of a write up.  He's been taking a sabbatical from the game and he's coming back hoping to make an impact.  That said, don't think he just a card pitcher, as he's had a lot of success playing tournaments.  Most notably he owned a WPT IP Biloxi series with multiple deep runs and at least three final tables back when that event used to pack the place. 

He's been telling us he needs to give the general public a courtesy warning that's he gunning for the title in the re-entry and the Main Event.  So, you have been warned.  Best of luck to you too, Darrell "The Rock" Guillory glad to have you back on this side of the felt.


BEAU RIVAGE MILLION DOLLAR HEATER ALMOST HERE!


Starts Friday with a 500k guarantee they'll likely smash again. Three flights for $355. The Main Event also has a 500k guarantee.  There's a little for everybody.  Two 1k buy-in events and multiple $250 buy-ins plus their nightlies and inexpensive satellites.  Should be another great event.

Complete Schedule here
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WPT FIVE DIAMOND CHAMPIONSHIP:


KEVIN EYSTER AND THE NUMBERS:

According to Hendon Mob, Kevin Eyster is the number one earning player in Louisiana. He's 125th in the United States all time and 200th worldwide. The Lafayette, LA player moved up the rankings considerably and now has over 4 million in live earnings and another 3.5 million in online winnings. How did he accomplish that? Well, he just had his biggest score of his life winning first for 1.5 million at the WPT 5 Diamond Poker Classic.

With 639 Entries he took home almost a quarter of the over 6 million dollar prize pool. Darryll Fish, who also just had one of his biggest scores taking second in another WPT event cashed 15th. Andy Pilachack (TX) and Harrison Gimbel (AL) also made the final 18. John Dolan cashed in 25th.
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PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS:



Morgan Sager spends a good amount of time stacking people in cash games. Turns out she's also a talented artist. She also makes some tasty chocolate covered pretzels--she's a rennaissance woman.  If you are interested in your own poker painting contact us through our facebook page and we'll put you in touch with Morgan. While you are there like us.  Don't be a scrooge with your facebook likes.  Just hit a thumbs up.  Easier than checking the nuts out of position. 

BOVADA REWARDS ANONYMOUS PLAYER:



One of the perks of Bovada is you can play online in anonymity. We got this pic of somebody taking down a large score with a straight flush as the wining hand. We know he's a Gulf Coaster and that's all we're saying. Great job anonymous.

HIALEAH PARK SCANDAL AFTERMATH:

Apparently, the poker room in Hialeah Park Casino Miami, FL had a lot of... ahem.. shennigans. Well, after the efforts of local players, a lengthy 2 + 2 thread, and some social media attention brought to the problem, they cleared house. Read all about it here.
RUNGOOD WRAP-UP: 

CHRIS TORRES FINISHES THIRD:


Harrahs NOLA reg Chris Torres is used to making the final table in the Harrahs weeklies. He felt right at home when he found himself playing for a slightly higher pay out. This time he had to settle for third but 22k is quite a bit more than the weeklies pay. Great job Chris.  (Picture from Poker Productions if you don't recognize him that beard is long gone).

Ryan Tepen, a RunGood pro, took top prize winning 54k after beating Tim Woodson (2nd 33k) in heads up action. Some more locals rounded out the final table. Chris Savage of Baton Rouge won 15k for fourth, Patrick Eskandar of Biloxi 11k for fifth, Mike Horchoff on New Orleans 7 for seventh and BJ McBrayer 4k for 10th. Also making the final two tables Grant Gibbs, Ben Thomas, Corey Harrisson and David Weinstein.

Some more friends of GCP cashed including Frank Alpandinar,Ms. Joan Rhodes, Joey Wideman, Moton Davis and Steve Bierman. Great showing by everyone.

MARK HOLMES, LYNN MORRIS AND GCPer CHOP WSOP SATELLITE:

Pensacola racetrack reg Lynn Morris, Northshore's Mark Holmes, and one of the guys that owns this site chopped up the moolah in the WSOP Satty.  RunGood pro Bernard Lee finished just outside the chop.  Photos courtesy of Mike Kmetz.
WSOP MAIN EVENT SATTY:
  
 

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NEW CHANCE TO RUN GOOD

Just because you didn't run good in the RunGood Cup doesn't mean your pokering options at Harrahsdise are over.  Today, Sunday morning 12.13.15 they'll be running a WSOP Main Event Satellite.  With all the folks in town for the big tournament they could have a huge prize pool for this one.   Buyin only $250, rebuys and add-ons $100.
ON TO DAY TWO RUNGOOD:    

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THE MERGE

Day 1C ended with Russell Sartin sitting on the most chips (216k).  Andrew Bulliard, BJ McBrayer, Grant Gibbs, Steve Bierman, and Allan Farber all finished with over 100k.  Also joining them in the merge will be Paul Hebert (80k), Michael Kmetz (72k), Ben Thomas (69k), David Weinstein, Mike Horchoff, Morton Davis, and Joey Wideman.

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Wooderson
Everybody will be looking up at Tim Wood(er)son who bagged the most chips in all Day ones with 359k on Day 1B.   Local Harrahs weekly reg Chris Torres also has a ton of chips finishing with 244k on Day 1A.   Ray Henson (and his two million in poker winnings) finished not far behind on that day with 203k.

With nearly half the field to be eliminated before the money hits and a ton of local pros, beasts and badasses it should be a lively and fun early start.     Good luck to all the friends of GCP still alive in the event.   

RUNGOOD EVENT IN FULL SWING:    

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TODAY LAST DAY TO GET IN ON THE ACTION

Come on out to Harrah's in New Orleans as it look like the RunGood series has busted the Guarantee bubble...and they may double the $100,000 if enough people show up. You will win a bunch of money ...but also this cool Trophy/Cup



Some of the Notable/Locals coming back on Sunday for Day 2 now are:

Day 1: Jeremy Gaubert 89,000...Joan Rhodes 78,000...Did Not Report (GCPs own Bill "Wild Bill" Phillips) at 48,000...Damon Landry 24,500

Day 2: Jacob "Nocko" Naquin 165,000...Rob Quin with 114,000...Ryan Tepen 102,000 (we ripped the pic of the RunGood cup off Ryan's Twitter feed)...Bach "B" Vu at 68,500 (pic)...David Chocheles at 65,000...Frank Alpandinar has 48,000

-ALEX MASEK EXTENDS HIS CIRCUIT RINGWEAR TO 9...HAS 1 LEFT TO COVER BOTH OF HIS HANDS:

We dont think there is much left to say here...This is very impressive considering the mine fields in the circuit...lets also note that he got 2nd place behind Loni Harwood in last years Circuit Championship. If you get a chance to watch that on TV...you will see how good this guys really is

GULF COAST POKER ROUNDUP    

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DARRYLL 'DFISH" FISH CONTINUES GREAT 2015:

Fish continues his winning ways with 2 recent WPT cashes with the latest on for a quarter million dollar score up north in Montréal Canada. Fish finished 2nd behind Jarod Mahoney who got his 1st 6 digit score. Fish posted a humbling facebook post after his 2nd place finish. This was his 3rd 6 digit score this year as he final tabled the National Championship and shipped the Main Event down in Florida to get in the Natty. We wanted to to say Congrats Fish...we remember playing with him when he lived in Casinos on the Gulf Coast pre-black Friday. We also believe this is only the beginning and he has to be on the list of great players without a bracelet...we are confident he will be scratched off that list soon.


-COUSHATTA ALSO HOSTING WINTER POKER CLASSIC

For those of you who are coming to New Orleans play the Run Good event...there is another Poker tourney running from the 9th thru the 13 at Coushatta Casino in Kinder. Its about a 2 1/2 hour drive from New Orleans and the Main Event on the 12th (Saturday)  is a straight $1000 buy-in ($930 + $70). They will cap the event as they only have so many tables though.

 

-AARON MASSEY OUTS DWYTE PILGRIM FOR BEING A SCAM ARTIST

You can read more about it at www.bigcockpoker.com. Aaron was taken advantage of and proves what a nice guy he is by giving Dwyte every opportunity to "try to make it right". From what we read...offered payment plans...asked for anything to show good faith...etc. Our big question is what was the exact story about the IRS seizing his money and why would Dwyte not provide some sort of proof of this. This is the kind of story that people never fade...oh well.

 

NOVEMBER, NOVEMBER POKER NEWS:    

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Remember, Remember Milam Owns November:

Over the weekend, Harrahs New Orleans hosted their monthly WSOP Main Event satellite tournament. The winner of that same tournament the last two Novembers is one man Kenny "The Mega Master" Milam. Well, looks like Kenny gets a new nickname now. Call him Mr. November.

Milam won the tournament for a third year in a row. This time he had to settle for a bundle of cash as they finished just shy of the 10k needed for the Main Event seat. Last year, Mr. November parlayed his seat into a near top 200 finish. Pretty sure he'll figure out a way to get back to Vegas and into the Main Event.

Three reg players also finished in the money: Dr. Ivan, Chris T., and Katie Pasano.  Congrats to all of you. 

-November 9 Now November 3:

Tonights telecast will show the final three players battle to down to one and crown the 2015 WSOP Champion. Out of an abundance of caution we won't spoil that outcome for you. But really... we are a pseudo poker news site. Do you really think we won't mention it?

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Chipleader Joe McKeehen will battle Neil Blumenfield and Josh Beckley tonight for the bracelet. Mckeehan has so many chips they had to reinforce the other side of the table to keep it from toppling (*Not true). He's also been playing almost mistake free as he's continued to chip up. It's rare for a player to enter the final tale with the most chips and then leave with all of them.  McKeehen might be a good bet to buck the trend. For part of the telecasts, it's felt like everybody else is only playing for second. That said, stranger things have happened.

-December Days to Remember at Harrahs NOLA:

Right now, Harrahs is giving away a seat with every weekly tournament (Wednesdays and Saturadays at 11AM), to the Run Good Cup. The $675 buy-in will have multiple day ones and a 100k guarantee (believe action starts 12.10 and runs to to 12.13). Many of the regs have already won seats.  Since the most you can win is one, there should be a  big incentive to make the final table and strike a deal.

Also, of note for players in town for the RunGood Cup there is discussion of holding the WSOP Mega on 12/13 to have a huge prize pool. And, the preceding weekend there is 16,750 freeroll for Harrahs players. Contact the poker room for more details.

-SWAT Team Shoot Out:


Over at the bittersoutherner.com there is an excellent story about a shoot out at a Greenville, SC home game.  Great writing and great content.  Do yourself a favor and read part 1 right now.
BEAU RIVAGE AND PENSACOLA 50Ks:    

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THRU TRAN WINS 12.5K FOR FIRST AT BEAU:

Tran, a Mobile, AL rounder battled through stiff competition to win the October 50k. Robert Smith of Milton, FL won 6.75k for second and Larry Little of Pensacola, FL won 4.5k for third. Ken St. Pierre of LaPlace, LA won 4k for fourth.

Captain Tom Franklin and fellow local Shaun Johnston finished 5th (3.5k) and 6th (3k). Congrats to Alex Wood and Don Dove of New Orleans who both cashed.

-SEVILLE HALE WINS IN PENSACOLA:

Seville Hale took the top spot at the Greyhound Track in their 50k monthly event.  The Pensacola phenom won 14k.  Also in the money, finishing an impressive third, friend of GCP Michael Kmetz who won 7k for his run. 
HPT VICKSBURG TOURNAMENT WRAP-UP:  
 

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CHAN PELTON GETS IT RIGHT:  WINS ALL THE CHIPS AND POCKETS THE MONEY: 

Once upon a time Chan Pelton had to forfeit a poker title by shopping for a souvenir by taking a large denomination chip off the table.  This time he won 42k after beating Elby Tyson of Wesson, MS (26k) heads up.  Schuyler Thornton's attempt at the rare North Mississippi double finished with his third place elimination (17k).  Judge Leo Boothe won almost 13k for fourth.  Clay Henry of Many, LA won 8k for sixth.  Diamond Dave Chocheles flopped a flush but his opponent turned a boat and he had to settle for 5k and eighth place.  Ronald Bown won 5k for ninth.

*All HPT pics are taken by the Holdem Radio. Thanks Dan Ross and team.
HPT VICKSBURG TOURNAMENT UPDATES:    

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SCHUYLER THORNTON BACK AT FINAL TABLE WITH HPT (HEARTLAND POKER) EVENT IN VICKSBURG:

Quick shout out to the HPT Team for running a 1st class event. $15K starting stacks in Megas rocks hard...Great job guys!!!

We want to wish everyone God Luck but we have "vested intrest" in Dave Chocheles Pictured below. Chan Pelton and Old School Pool Player from Mid Mississippi Elby Tyson pictured below. Elby's been know to have lots of "gamble" on both sides the felt...Billiards and Poker.



Your Main Event TV Table for Monday looks like this
Seat 1 - Robert Williamson III - Houston, TX - 521,000 - 65 BB
 Seat 2 - Elby Tyson, Jr. - Wesson, MS - 190,000 - 24 BB
Seat 3 - Ron Brown - Sunset, LA - 104,000 - 13 BB
Seat 4 - Larry Wells - Anahuac, TX - 311,000 - 39 BB
Seat 5 - David Chocheles - New Orleans, LA - 242,000 - 30 BB
Seat 6 - Judge Leo Boothe - Ferriday, LA - 568,000 - 71 BB
Seat 7 - Chan Pelton - College Station, TX - 451,000 - 56 BB
Seat 8 - Schuyler Thornton - Corpus Christi, TX - 621,000 - 78 BB
Seat 9 - Clay Henry - Many, LA - 110,000 - 14 BB
Cards go in the air Monday at Noon, the LiveStream 30 minutes after cards go in the air.

(All Pics are taken by the Holdem Radio. Thanks Dan Ross and team).


 

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 (UPDATED: 04/11/15) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

" Poker wise I have cashed in a few event s since I last blogged. I will highlight them in this blog but keep in mind that they were months ago so my comments will be based off what I remember of the situations…etc. Back in July/August of 2014 I played the Coushatta event and went deep in the preliminary event. I made it down to 2 tables left with about 16-17 players…only person I knew to be a good player left was Dave “Diesel” Nicholson…I was working my 25-30 bigs looking for a good spot. I get it in against a short stack my A-K vs his A-Q…he hits a Queen…I am now down to 12-13 bigs. Very next hand…I look down at QQ…the UTG player on my right with about 30 bigs raised 4-5x the BB….I rip…big stack Asian Kid OTB goes deep in the tank…He’s posturing…I think to myself, “Oh great…hes got KKs or AAs and he is trying to get the UTG guy to stick his all in as well”…He finnnallly rips as well…UTG players says…”I don’t think I can fold these” and calls and shows KK…Asian kid AA…I picked up a little over $2k."[+]

THE POKER MONKEY

 [UPDATED: 04/22/16] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

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Since I dropped the initial word touting the 2016 edition of Monkey's Minions...I've already received numerous applications from worthy candidates. The hunt is on! Just a few tips to those who are anxious for a spot on the team this summer. Having other people endorse you, in addition to YOU actually applying yourself, is a plus. Also a plus, convincing me that you and your support unit will work hard to garner support through the purchase of shares. In the first two years, I've had some who did a good job of this, and some who didn't. It's a team, so there really should be some team-like efforts put forth. As for when I will name the team, or the number of players ON the team? Hmmm..not sure yet. Probably shoot for a target date of Memorial Day. Those wanting to buy a share, which will again cost $200 per share...get in touch with me. The number of players we send is solely contingent upon the number of shares I sell. Personally, I will likely come in for 15 or 20 shares again this summer."
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JASON MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY

 (UPDATED 11/11/15) Florida's Jason Mericer is one of the best poker players in the world.  Why wouldn't you read his blog? 

"I'm back home in Florida, relaxing for most of November before heading back out for more tournaments in December. Now that the NBA season is underway, I'm taking advantage of the time off to watch some hoops, including following how my Miami Heat are going to do without LeBron James this year.

I actually just took a trip up to Charlotte, North Carolina to watch the Heat play the Hornets a few days ago. A friend of mine has courtside tickets and invited me to come up because he knows how big of a Heat fan I am. I've wanted to sit courtside for a Heat game for quite some time so was really excited to experience it for the first time. We sat right next to the Hornets bench, so hearing the interaction between the players and the coaches was pretty awesome. It was one of the most fun things I've ever done and I can't wait to do it again.."
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RIVER POKER

 [UPDATED: 01/19/16] Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an  intriguing approach to  the game: 

"The title of this particular blog is one of my wife's favorite sayings. It certainly applies to poker. If you're not honest with yourself you will miss many opportunities to improve your game. We all make mistakes. Are they random or do they constitute a pattern or a trend? If there is a pattern or a trend it must be recognized, acknowledged, admitted, then action taken to change the trend or pattern. One of my favorite sayings also applies here: "Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn"--Benjamin Franklin. If I am not honest with myself then I am willfully remaining ignorant about my shortcomings. Again, this philosophy applies directly to poker.." [+}

RECOGNIZE AND REACT

 (UPDATED 01/14/15) A new title but the same blog, Goondingy or Big Smoove and pure aggression on the felt examines live poker action:

"Greetings and salutations! I did it, I played a bit of poker! I met my buddy Wild Bill at Lauberge Casino in Baton Rouge to play the $100 tournament and follow up with some cash games. I got to the last three tables before I busted. Had to play like a nit, could not catch anything and when I raised most folks folded.
We got there before the tournament started and were instant alternates, something about a supervisor not being on the floor to help open up another table, but after about 30 minutes they opened a table and about 30 more minutes later I was called to action. Played very tight and just observed, I wanted to get my feel for the game back and it took a very long time. I picked up blinds where it was necessary had one scare where a gentleman chased me to the river and folded on my river bet but my downfall hand was pocket jacks in the cut-off, I believe the blinds were 1k 2k with a $100 ante. "
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SAINTS WIN

[UPDATED 06/07/15] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and lives in Mobile brings his poker Saints football perspective on to GCP.NET.

"Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis are on the warpath.

It has been quite a spectacle to witness.

In the three days since Free Agency commenced, the Saints have operated at a dizzying, furious pace.

First the blockbuster: Graham and a 4th for Unger and a 1st. Then in quick succession: Grubbs for a 5th. Browner. Spiller. Stills for a 3rd and Ellerbe. Keenan Lewis's future as a Saint hanging in the balance.

There were also the recent departures of Pierre Thomas, Curtis Lofton, and Corey White; the restructures/paycuts for Bunkley, Colston, and Hawthorne; the re-signing of Ramon Humber; and, of course, the contract extension for Mark Ingram. "
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POKERBAT

[UPDATED: 10/21/14]  THE POKER BAT is an online player from Northern Louisiana who is trying out blogging to help him with his game.  Bat will delve into hand scenarios and discuss issues facing today's online player. 

"From his poker blind, the Bat watched Kai magnificently wade through that minefield of Q10 loving princesses and get to heads up action. Heads up action in a ladies tournament… creepy smile, creepy wink, creepy nudge (somebody needs to design that emoticon). There the Bat hears some of the exiled ladies talking. One of them a brutish looking tight end for an Canadian Football League team tells the others, if Kai wins he’s not getting out of the parking lot with the pendant.

This got the Bat picking his nose, actually, the Bat was already knuckle deep, this got the Bat thinking, about poor Kai getting jumped in the parking lot. So taking stock of the future mob, the Bat envisioned the scene if he won:

Kai exits the elevator, with the Ted Nugent muzak fading away as he walks into the IP garage, a car skids out in the distance, but this floor of the garage is empty except for Kai’s car (a vintage Aston Matin) parked by itself overlooking the beauty of the bay of biloxi. As Kai, walks sipping from his shaken not stirred victory martini, the lone light above his car flickers rapidly and turns off, turning the garage to shadow. Dripping water echoes loudly and Kai can’t help but shake the idea he’s being watched"
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