DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
"At the IP, I played flight 1B of their
four flights in Event one. I was building up a
stack when I ran Kings into a full house. You
want the hand? No? Well here it is anyway. Guy
with too short of a stack to be limp-folding,
limps with the intention of folding again, then
a guy on my direct right who I had a snug read
on raises. I peel back King... King. Yum and I'm
on the button too!
One of my few big pocket pairs recently. I
three-bet. Big Blind suspiciously calls. The
limper, as predicted folded. The original raiser
stews for a while and then calls. He also did
one of my favorite tells, which let me know he
was calling knowing he was beat. And he did it
dramatically. I mean I already knew he was beat
I had KK and he didn't refire at me, but
importantly, the fact that he knew he was beat
meant he was probably raising the limper in
position with maybe a small to middle pair or
some suited high connector like KQ."
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 05/07/13] 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.
"Among humanity’s interminable crimes
against nature, caging a magnificent creature
for its entire lifetime ranks beyond the
But we do it.
It’s even acceptable.
But acceptance doesn’t make it right. Caging a
species desperately yearning to fly free strikes
me as senselessly selfish. Sure, some animals
easily adapt to people. Some animals even seem
happier when they’re around us — such as dogs
and cats. But imprisoning animals purely for our
selfish pleasures displays utter indifference to
the laws and beauties of nature. A bird’s wings
aren’t meant to be caged. A bird’s wings are
meant to fly.
Yesterday, I sadly looked upon wings longing to
fly which were instead wasting away inside a
cramped cage. The wondrous Amazon parrot – so
full of vibrant colors and natural splendor —
was housed in the waiting area of a Mexican
restaurant in West Palm Beach, Florida. It
matters not if this parrot accepts this odd
place for an animal. He has no choice. This is
his home. It will probably always be his home —
from this point forward and forever — so long as
a steady stream of hungry visitors continue to
pass through the foyer and into the restaurant."
05/01/13]Jay "queen10off" Kaplan is a prolific
online tournament specialist originally from
Maryland, who has spent a good deal of time in
Atlanta and on the Gulf Coast. Jay currently
travels the live tournament circuit, and will be
blogging about his experiences and strategy from
tournaments and cash game. He also blogs on All
weather is heating up, and it's almost time for
the WSOP in Vegas. I know many players will be
coming to Vegas for the full 6 weeks and playing
full or partial event schedules, but there are
also a lot of players that come to enjoy the
experience, and to play a few <$500 tournaments.
It's possibly the best time of the year for
these types of games, since the Venetian, the
Aria, Caesars, the Golden Nugget, and Binions
(maybe more even) have lower stakes tournament
This blog is intended to be several strategy
thoughts, and some general tournament thoughts
designed to immediately improve your game for
the coming summer. I'm not going to do any super
advanced analysis on any of these ideas - but
rather I'm going to focus on filling leaks and
attempting to increase your overall ROI. I tried
to make the title headings as cliff note-y as
possible but there's lots of good pointers if
you can put up with my long windedness . I'm
envisioning a Part 2 follow up to this - How to
Choose a Tournament - as some are clearly better
BLOGGER REID GILBERT'S BOOK. GO
01/03/13] 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
"Happy holidays everyone! I will start by
saying that 2012 was the best year of my life. I
have said that about each of the year last three
years, so it suffices to say that I am happy
with the direction my life is going. My
happiness and enthusiasm for life are at an
all-time high, and I am cherishing every
interaction. This year was so unforgettable for
so many reasons. In 2012 I continued to
strengthen relationships with family (baby
niece!) and friends, whipped myself into the
best shape of my life physically and met so many
wonderful people while seeing a lot of the
world. Things went well professionally for me,
which was a nice sweetener after a disappointing
year in 2011."
05/11/11] Jonathan Little has over 4 million dollars in lifetime
winnings . He was the WPT Season VI player of the year.
Born in Pensacola Florida, a mere 24 years ago the sky is the
limit for this young pro whose online handle is jcardshark.
He also is a poker coach at
"Lots of changes
Quite a bit has happened since I last posted a blog here. As
many of you can tell, I post numerous per times per day on
twitter, which has almost taken place of this blog. Despite
that, I would still like to give everyone a little summary of
what I have been up to.
As everyone now
knows, online poker has taken a huge hit in America. I was
really lucky that I only had around $15,000 online, most of
which was on pokerstars, which is the only site that has allowed
players to cash out. Most of my play was in the live poker
arena, which basically means Black Friday will have little
impact on my actual poker play. "
OF BOUNDS SPORTS BAR AND GRILLE
3802 Veterans Blvd in Metairie, La
and you can call @504-889-7350
[UPDATED: 03/05/13] SCOTT CLARK is a GCP friend from
Saint Louis, MO. A pro since 2007, he has played
20,000 hours of live poker and over 5000 MTT tournaments online.
His blog features poker related videos, player interviews, poker
gossip, and tournament reports.
"Full Tilt Poker
founder Raymond Bitar, accused of using online
player funds to finance his company in what
prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme, pleaded
guilty but was spared from serving time in
prison because he needs a heart transplant.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska on Monday
approved a plea agreement between Bitar, 41, and
prosecutors, sentencing him to the seven days he
served in jail last year, after saying a prison
sentence would kill him. Bitar, who participated
in a hearing in Manhattan federal court by video
link from Los Angeles, near his home, pleaded
guilty to two felonies that carry a maximum
sentence of 35 years in prison."
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
"Needless to say, this is a big change for
me. Those of you who know me, or even those who
have just followed through the blog over the
last few years, know that I've always been
footloose and fancy free. A relationship was a
stretch for me.. much less, a SERIOUS
relationship. But things change.. and really,
there is something different with this one. I
chased this man down since the first
conversation we had. I fell in love first. Head
over heels really. I moved mountains to put
myself in his path and win him over. And though
he was never far behind me on any sentiment or
idea... this is the first time in my life I've
been 1,000% sure that I want something. Someone.
I couldn't be happier. Even when I'm bawling
because the pregnancy has made me a temporary
nutt bar." [+]
[UPDATED: 03/08/12] PLAYER N scribes a tale
of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all
hustling on the Coast.
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
Rants From Baton Rouge|
[07/24/12] This Baton Rouge native tells
the awful, honest, brutal side of poker. He gives a
realistic look at grinding every day in home games, tournaments
and on the boats.
"I had my bags packed ready to go to Vegas last
Friday to catch some main event atmosphere. I
was gonna try one satellite to get in. But on my
way I had friends wanting to go and telling me
we could stay here n there for free and bla bla
bla. So I wait. Then I agree to wait till the
next morning. Then they bail. Then I play in a
friendly home game and get reminded why I havent
played poker in a month. I have been sitting at
a coffee shop making other plans for how to not
work in a cubicle and still make bank. But I do
want to play some tournaments. So anyway I didnt
go. And I wanted to buy a piece of the Monkey a
while back. Lucky for him I guess. Im a cooler.
I guess my next thing will be the AZ state
tournament in August. So anyway I am rooting for
the Poker Monkey. His blog is in my list and on
gcp and its the one of the most entertaining
poker blogs out there. "[+]
12/24/11]Joey Gross takes you on the wild side of poker.
This tournament rounder isn't afraid to tell you how things
really are on the poker road. Buckle your seatbelt
it's a fun ride.
"Wow...Yeah I just remembered that I have a
blog. I cant believe Bill hasn't booted me from
the front page of the site yet. Guess my couple
of posts have huge re-read potential, or my
striking good looks make a good front page for
the site. Either way...Ill take it.
For all of you who don't know me, I'm fixing to
get married. I know I know...I never thought I
would either. I actually remember on several
occasions, telling myself that I would never let
it happen. Until I met Ashley, I was pretty sure
that it wasn't. We have set a date for January
15th and are super excited. Alittle nervous, but
I'm told that's to be expected.
Some re-caps real quick on other things I have
going on around me..."
11/27/10] Jena Delk, isn't an up and coming poker player on the
Gulf Coast because she's arrived. A Florida native, Jena
is a fixture on the circuit. Her blog chronicles her
travels around the country pursuing her poker jones:
"IHow can I play in a million dollar prize
pool without having to go to Vegas for the WSOP or hit the WPT
trail? How can a $30 buy-in get me over $300,000 for 1st place
in a land-based casino? The Florida Poker Rooms have come up
with an solution. It’s called the Florida Million II.
This tournament is split into two flights, with many day 1′s.
There are seven participating poker rooms in Florida: Palm Beach
Kennel Club, Daytona Beach Kennel Club, Mardi Gras, Derby Lane,
Orange Park Kennel Club, Pensacola Greyhound Park, and Naples-Ft
Myers Greyhound Track. These rooms may hold lower buy-in
satellite tournaments to gain entry into the Florida Million II
$500+50 tournament. Alternatively, you can buy-in directly for
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11/17/10] BRIAN HEPTINSTALL has been called the Nolan
Dalla of the Gulf Coast. His informative blog provides the
latest news from an insiders point of view of the poker
industry. His tournament coverage is second to none.
"But, the news that came out today courtesy of TMZ.com now gets intertwined with gambling. They are reporting that VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor has been targeted by the FBI. Why? Well, no one really knows. But, Milton was arrested recently for possibly bribing politicians for pro-gambling legislation.
This doesn't affect gambling. Or does it?
I know that our newly elected governor has stated that he will put the gambling issue to a vote. The problem is that mud is being slung at the person who represents Alabama gambling -- McGregor. He may deserve what comes to him if he's done what he's accused of. There is no question that this situation won't help." [+]
There are still lots of good options. Look for our
upcoming article where we rank all the sites still
HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS CIRCUIT EVENT:
First Renee made the final
table of the women's event then her husband Todd went deep
in Event 11 and cashed himself. Congrats,
to the Lafayette, LA poker player couple. Two of our
favorites, and they repped the GCP hoodies great this
weekend. If you'd like to cash while wearing a hoodie
with our logo on it contact us. We can take care of
the hoodie but you'll have to take of the poker.
Back to event 11, Stephen
Hesse of Houston won for 21k. Jonathan Hart of
Jackson, MS took second (13k). Jason Anderson of
Kenner 6th. Michael Horchoff a cashing machine finished
ninth. Ronald Brown of Sunset, LA, Gabriel Tender of
NOLA, Randy Gordon of Metairie, Christopher Sheffield of
Pensacola, Deric Williams of Harvey, LA and David Nguyen of
Baton Rouge all finished in the money too.
Farber, Sean Gaffney, Drake Roetker and Josh Mancuso all
cashed in the final turbo event of the WSOP-C season.
Alex Masek, Chris Parsons, and Kevin McColgan circuit regs
and point horders also made the money. Brian Green of
Chico, TX won the ring and 13.7k.
HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS CIRCUIT EVENT MAIN EVENT:
If there was
ever a player destined to win a a hometown event it should
be a regular Joe from the city. In a city like New
Orleans, his last name should probably be Hebert.
Hebert did a great job repping NOLA and came up just short,
but there a lot of people proud of the effort he put into
See some of
you might have slept on Joe, but's he's been on our Who's
Who from way back. Congrats to a classy guy, even if
second place is hard to swallow at this point in time, it's
a tremendous finish in a main event the 140k doesn't hurt
either. Luke Graham won 228k for first.
We had several rooting
interests as the field narrowed, including Corrie Wunstel
(pictured below) who finished in tenth place. Congrats
also to Tripp Kirk of Atlanta who finished in 7th for 34k
and to his fellow dirty bird Daniel Weinman of Atlanta
who eneded in fourth place winning 77k.
Ben Mintz of
New Orleans finished 8th.
tables left we saw the heartache of Parwes Nawabi of New
Orleans, running AK into AQ, as he went out 19th.
Claudia "the Claw" Crawford had another deep run but it
ended in 22nd. Rahul Deevara, another Atlanta man, ran
out to a huge early chip stack finished 27th and was
probably being the most feared player in the tournament the
first two days. Danny Doucet of Opleousas (28th), our
friend Chip Ervin of Tuscaloosa (32nd), Nic Gellepis of
Tallahassee (33rd), Morgan Bowers of NOLA (34th), and
Mark Montero of Baton Rouge all made the final four tables
and padded their bankrolls with a little cash.
Campion of Pineville, LA, the wily Mark Wilds of Biloxi,
Pedro Rios of Houston, Brennan Benglis of Lake Charles, Ryan
Lenaghan, Corey Harrison of Birmingham, David
Weinstein of Baton Rouge, Daniel Rivera of Baton Rouge, and
good ole November Niner Robert Salaburu all cashed.
Congrats also to Central Louisianan Corey Matthews how had a
deep run of his own.
HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS CIRCUIT EVENT AND MORE ULTIMATE BET
SECOND IN EVENT 6, GIROIR FINAL TABLES:
Mike Horchoff (pictured
left) of River Ridge has three cashes in 2013, two during
this series, and his latest is his biggest. Horchoff
earned 14k for second. Daniel Lowery of Arkansas
nipped Horchoff in heads-up play winning 22k. Pretty
loaded final table and lots of notables in the money.
Congrats to Prissy Giroir,
pictured right, of Lafayette as she finished 10th and added
another cash to her growing resume. Circuit
regulars Charles Moore, Allan Farber, Josh Pender, Captain
Tom Franklin, Paul Sokoloff, Kat Bowen, Jerry Monroe and
Ryan Lenaghan all added to their cash and points totals.
Should make the national championship a lot of fun this
year, with all the grinders trying to play their way in.
GRABS CIRCUIT GOLD:
New Orleans musician and
Tulane grad (pictured below) won 24k for first place
in event seven. He topped a field of 350 and beat Rob
Georato of Naples, FL
heads up. Maurice Hawkins also of Florida finished
third for 10k. Baron
of Houma cashed again this time seventh for 3.6k so too did
Roy Salinas who finished
The affable Professor Corey
Harrison of Birmingham, AL finished eighth after another
three outer ended his tournament. James Henson and
Chainsaw Allen Kessler also made the money.
AND SOME OPINIONS
Next years circuit will
again end in New Orleans but the National Championship will
be in Atlantic City. Immediately after... Head
scratcher? Of course it is. And realize that the
World Series will start right after that in Las Vegas so
point chasers should expect to log some flight time.
It doesn't appear the travel money stipend awarded last year
is back either, so we'll have fun with that too and coming
out of pocket to bounce around the country even more.
Another tweak is the
Championship will award seats, if possible, to online
players on WSOP.com's new format. While it's
understandable to promote the new product this move "rings"
hollow. The new site doesn't really seem to have
anything to do with the Circuit or the National
championship. Also, when part of the justification for
the exorbitant juice on Circuit tournaments is because of
the big freeroll prize at the end, taking away travel money
and accommodations is one thing but when you take away SEATS
things have really gone a little too far. A number
players who have "chased" the last few years have privately
grumbled the latest tweaks may be the final straw.
David Baker and others took
to twitter to vent their displeasure for the changes and
Baker made the astute point that the eligible pros that can
buy-in likely won't make the trip to AC, just as it is
rumored many won't be showing up in New Orleans.
Though East Coast pro Matt Glantz was quick to credit the
WSOP for finally throwing the East a bone.
Don't want to go too
their credit organizers did repair the structure of the
which turned to garbage out in Vegas last year.
Considering the opportunity for many circuit grinders to win
a piece of a million dollars, is not an every year
occurrence, the more play the better.
Ultimate Poker the live
site for Nevada online players probably didn't think their
name through. Not only does it sound just like
Ultimate scam poker site Ultimate Bet, it's hired some of
the same guys to aid in protecting the site (and for that
matter to represent the company). Greg Pierson, Phil
Hellmuth's best friend, is now getting the Russ Hamilton
treatment over on two plus two. His company, through a
third party was hired and now fired as Nevada is already
investigating the young online poker sit.
Also, not mentioned here,
but common knowledge a tape of Russ Hamilton and his league
of thieves, including Pierson, has shown up with damaging
sound bites. Got an a half hour to kill read this
thread (links to the audio) on that poker
message board site.
HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS
CIRCUIT EVENT AND IVEY NEWS:
EVENT 4: REENTRY
DOWN TO FIVE: Tons of locals cashed in the
massive 800 player field. Most notably, Baron Whipple
of Houma (7th 7.2k), Andy Moon of Vidalia, LA (8th 5.7k)
made the final table, but not the cut-off for today.
Christopher "Nit" Sheffield of Pensacola finished tenth for
With 81 paid lots of folks
found their way to the money. Allan Farber increased
his standing in the National Championship, a tad with a min
cash, Sam Bailey of Gulf Breeze, Tripp Kirk of Atlanta, and
Boquet of Houma were also among the first nine out one the
money bubble broke.
The next pay jump included
Brian Walsingham of Winston, GA, and Mihal Karasoulis of
Metairie, LA. Another bump up were Parag Segan of
NOLA, Ylon Schwartz of Austin, Kamran Shahlaei of Slidell,
Randy Stott of Olla, LA, Todd Hannie of Baton Rouge and
Drake Roetker of Lafayette. A cluster above that in
the 46 through 54 range were Al Yeoh of Mandeville, LA,
Timothy Repp of Plaquemine, LA, Brian Williams of Metairie,
LA, David Landry of Youngsville, Aaron Massy of Chicago, and
Teddy Conner (with another cash) of NOLA.
Josh Mancuso, GCP's Wild Bill
Phillips, Robert Veazey of Carencro, LA, Jerry Monroe, and
Stephen Danos of Harvey, LA all finished in the next bump
between 37 and 45. The pay jumps improved after
that in groups of three. Matt Blanchard of Houma
finished 34th, Alex Dmytraczenko of Baton Rouge and Hunter
Johnson of NOLA were 32nd and 33rd.
Josh Pender, Frank Alpandinar
of Baron Rouge, Kirk Naquin of Houma, and Josh Evans all
finished in the twenties. Congrats also to Alden
Hinkel of Sarepta, LA finished 19th for 2k.
IVEY KNOWS HOW
TO PLAY THE TURN:
We don't mean "fourth street"
either. The British Casino that Phil Ivey is suing for
his Punto Banco winnings has responded saying Ivey and his
accomplice were reading the asymmetrical back of the cards,
which due to manufacturer error had the effect of marking
the cards. This Daily Mail
article explains the
process in full. What's unclear is if Phil Ivey's
sharp eye happened upon an exploitable situation and crushed
the casino, or if there was planning involved, or as Ivey's
lawyers will tell it, Crockfords is full of crock and just
making an excuse to not pay a big debt.
HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS
MORE TOURNAMENT RESULTS:
EVENT 1: JOE
MCKEEHEN WINS: North Wales, PA resident Joseph
McKeehen took down the first event beating Houstonian
Randall Lefevre in heads up play. Ryan Pinell of
Chauvin, LA finished sixth. Barth Melius made the
final table but bowed out in eighth. Brandon Guillory
of Opelousas, ninth, Michael Horchoff of River Ridge, tenth,
Thomas Doussan of Metairie, LA, eleventh, and James
Arruebarena of Metairie, finished twelth. Ben Thomas
of Baton Rouge and Kristen Kent of Slidell finished 14th and
EVENT 2: THE GUNS
OF TROY TOO MUCH FOR TALLEY: Troy Davis earned
35.5k after beating Caufman Talley in a LOONG heads up
battle. Talley settled for almost 22k. Corey
Matthews of Alexandria, LA finished fourth for 11k.
Josh Pender is going deep in everything this circuit stop
including a fifth place finish. Vadim Balashov of New
Orleans earned another cash finishing 8th.
Brandon Gill of Prairieville, LA, Mario Bruciaga of NOLA,
Kyle Nunez of Erath, Charles Chandler of Haughton, LA, and
Brett Tortorich all made the money too.
EVENT 3: HENSON
WINS AGAIN: Ray Henson has cashed five times
on the circuit. Three of those cashes are wins.
That includes this Pot Limit Omaha event. The Texan
found state mates in three out of the final four with
William West of Austin, and Ronald Rost of Pearland also in
the money. Brennan Benglis of Lake Charles, Nick
Langsford of Metairie, frind of GCP Kenny Milam of La Place,
Ben Thomas of Baton Rouge and Brandon Turner of Marion, MS
all cashed too.
HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS
ONE EVENT IN
AND ALREADY SOME NAMES TO WATCH:
They are down to the final two
tables, paring the field of 367 to 18, in just a days worth
of work. Jody Spears of Philadelphia leads the field
with 481k. Ryan Pinell of Chauvin, LA has 362k (good
for fourth in chips).
couple of familiar faces to GCP, Mike Horshoff and Barth
Melius (pictured... he's the one on the right) of New
Orleans are fifth and sixth respectively just under 300k.
Thomas Doussan (Metaire, 8th,
218k), Ben Thomas (Baton Rouge, 9th, 215k), James
Arruebarena (Metairie, 11th, 173k), Kristen Kent (Slidell,
12th, 116k), Garrett Jones (Port Arthur, TX 15th, 87k), Chad
Melerine (Violet, LA 17th, 57k), and Brandon Guillory
(Opelousas, LA 18th, 20k) all have a shot to win. Good
Linda Fredericks of Baton
Rouge finished 19th. Also, in the money but not back
today were Birol Lermi (NOLA), Tripp Kirk, Morgan Bowers
(NOLA), Charles Vaughan (Gulfport), Wesley Monico (NOLA),
Teddy Conner (NOLA), Brad LeBlanc (Reserver, LA), Cody Yawn
(Springfield, LA), Josh Evans, Josh Pender, and Chris
KILLING IT ON CIRCUIT BLOG:
You can read Dalla's personal
blog (linked on the left) which is wide ranging in topics,
but for now a better destination, where you can get a taste
for New Orleans, updates and tips for visitors, in his
blog. Great work,
as always Nolan.
ALSO SHOUT OUT
TO ALLAN FARBER:
Somehow we missed this NOLA
grinder, and former dealer, winning a ring event in Choctaw.
Farber is the last one in on the points list (60th)
for the National Championships, and will need a result or
two to get there this week. In addition to his ring
Farber has six other cashes, with a third place his highest
finish on the year. The race is heating up.
Speaking of which, Lafayette players, Kevin Eyster (having a
monster year), also may need to make an appearance in NOLA
as the field is edging up on him in the 54th spot.
The race is picking up.
HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS
RAMPING UP FOR CIRCUIT EVENT:
GETS PIECE OF FOURWAY FREEROLL CHOP:
David, pictured here, all-in
at the final table, weathered the storm until only four
players remained. Earning enough points with a good
run, late in the season to be eligible, Chocheles prevailed
on Sunday. Each of the final four earned over 3k
with the biggest stack pocketing a little more.
Congrats, also to Tim
Thomasson who finished in the money along with Captain
Ron Hope. If you finished in the top ten, shoot
us an email and we'll get you the credit you deserve.
Tough luck for GCP's Wild Bill Phillips, Spider Henderson
and Katie Pasano who (in order of finished) bubbled
WSOP-C AND TWO
LOCAL TOURNAMENTS TO START US OFF:
Harrahs has released an
updated schedule that includes two local tournaments
preceding the WSOP-C events. They'll be giving away a
special ring to the Harrahs New Orleans Champion in a
Tuesday $365 event and also will be having a $250 event on
Circuit points, circuit rings,
and a shot at the National Championship (also to be staged
in New Orleans at the completion of the Circuit Main Event)
start in earnest Thursday. Grinder Rex Clinkscales,
who won the Harrahs Philly Main Event (his long overdue
first win after hundreds of WSOPC final tables) , and thus
opened up another seat for the points chasers (as he had by
far the most points on the Circuit this year), Allen
Kessler, Seven Ring Champion Chris Reslock, and all the
grinders should be showing up any day now. By the way,
congrats to Beverly Cheney for her ninth place finish
in the Philly Main.
WINS EPT SIDE EVENT:
We think, based on his tweets,
he took down a Chinese Open Faced Title for 48k (EURO).
However, based on his tweets we've also mistaken a
recounting of his game on the app as a Chinese Delivery
Order and a visit to a strip-club. #Whatisfantasylandanyways?
SUES... AGAIN AND OTHER LINKS:
WINNINGS NEVER ISSUED:
Phil Ivey is suing Crockford's
casino for money he won playing Punto Banco but they never
paid. How much? About 12 million dollars.
Consider Ivey's lifetime poker earnings are only 16 million,
it's a good chunk of change for him too. Want to read
a story about it, which is as badly fact-checked as anything
we've ever run on the site. Actually, much, much
worse. Go to
Bloomberg (?) for giggles.
HOYT CORKINS IDENTITY THEFT
First they rob his house, now
they take his identity. Pretty soon all Hoyt will have
left is his hat, and a penchant for irritating Phil Hellmuth.
We aren't making light, as it seems Hoyt's name is being
used without his permission for a number of things including
borrowing money and sports betting. So if you get a
call from a friend of Hoyt, think twice.
SCAMS LOCK POKER MONEY LOCKED AWAY:
Lots of news, none of it good
is swirling around Lock Poker. If you have money
online with Lock consider it gone. Go to
highlights as Dan Druff, has been all over this like, flecks
of skin on the shoulders of somebody suffering from a
condition where their scalp sheds pieces of skin most
noticeable on dark clothing (they should find a name for
SANDERS WINS IN CHOCTAW-AGAIN:
Congrats to Mike Sanders who is 103k richer:
All he does is
win at Choctaw. Sanders beat Omar Zazay in heads up
play at the Choctaw Poker Classic Main Event to win over
100k. The win also vaults him into the top ten of the
Bluff POY race with Kevin Eyster.
DIAZ DOESN'T WIN:
David Diaz can add another WPT
sixth place finish to his resume. Great run throughout
the tournament but couldn't overcome his setbacks before the
final table to win the thing outright. Michael Linster
wins the event for his first major score. Congrats to
Lefty for another deep cash. The bracelet winner will
eventually get that WPT title.
DIAZ WPT FINAL TABLE:
DAVID DIAZ'S WPT FINAL TABLE x2:
As his final table from last
year's WPT Circuit has made it's way to television Diaz was
busy making another one in Jacksonville. "Lefty" ran
out to a huge chip lead and then the field started catching
up. He started his surge when he knocked out
fellow Gulf Coaster Shannon Shorr (believe it was a painful
KK over JJ situation).
However, the heater was short
lived, when the dust settled for another final table six,
Diaz found himself on the opposite side of the tote board.
Now the short stack with 375k, Diaz is looking up at
cheerleader Danny Schechter (3.825 million), Michael Linster
(2.15 million), David Bell, Pete Chwala, and Pete Tinnesz
(all over a million). You can get live updates later
starts at 1:30, and will feature commentary by local Darryll
Things may looke bleak for
Diaz but considering Schechter started the day as the short
stack and Diaz the big stack, anything can happen.
Let's hope for another reversal of fortune.
CONGRATS TO JAY
Originally from Rockville, MD,
Kaplan notched another cash on his tournament resume up in
Chester, PA for the WSOP-C. He finished eighth winning
4.6k. Kristen Deardorff also slid into the money with a
min-cash. Tough beat sent her to the cage.
As for Jay, Kaplan is the
newest blogger on GCP. He also blogs on
All Vegas Poker.com
and is a big contributor to the facebook forum
Splash The Pot (that
forum focuses mostly on the burgeoning Pensacola poker scene
Jay "queen10off" Kaplan is a
prolific online tournament specialist originally from
Maryland, who has spent a good deal of time in Atlanta and
on the Gulf Coast. Jay currently travels the live tournament
circuit, and will be blogging about his experiences and
strategy from tournaments and cash games. We are going
to slide his blog in right to the left.
PAYDAY FOR ROETKER
AND WSOP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE:
LAFAYETTE GRINDER FREDERIC (DRAKE) ROETKER WINS CIRCUIT RING
Roetker who won 14k for first. He also bagged a
crucial 50 points and is now one spot outside the National
Championship freeroll with the rest of the Chester event and
New Orleans to go.
Astoundingly, Lafayette, LA
has at least three players
Barousse (all but locked in), Caufman Talley (likely
also in the clear) and Kevin Eyster who at this moment have
qualified. Roetker hopes to make it four when some
Other local rooting interests
and FOGCP (friends of GCP) "in" the Million Dollar National
Championship include David Nicholson, Kyle Cartwright, John
Holley, Jonathan Taylor, Michael Sanders, Chris Conrad,
Charles Moore, Ryan Lenaghan, Jonathan Tamayo, Nancy
Birnbaum, Ashly Butler, Josh Pender, and Josh Palmer.
Joining Roetker on the outside looking in for the time being
are Michael "Carwash" Schneider, John Dolan, Claudia
Crawford, Michael Raimon, Ben Mintz, and Cory Burbick.
LOCAL NEWS AND LINK
ORLEANS FREE-ROLL RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER:
Looks like the cut-off point
will be around five measly points. Still time to earn
'em. Got 'til early May to win a seat via the
Wednesday and Saturday tournaments.
IN SEX SCAM:
Joe Seebok who was the public
face of scam corp. Ultimate bet, and public enemy number one
of many, was being extorted in 2010. Pokernews article
here. If anybody
remembers Seebok and Jon Aguiar's twitter beef this twists
things up a little bit. Seebok is the stepson of Barry
Greenstein, and despite being a ghost for the last two
years, was once notable for being a guy that built a public
profile far more prolific players would have killed for...
now Bernard Lee probably holds that distinction.
Can you train your brain to do
the optimal play every time? Can you unlearn all the bad habits
you might pick up when you do the right thing in poker and
consistently get unlucky? The answer is yes. But
it's tricky. This
specifically talk about poker but you can see the possible
WITH POKER CONNECTIONS FEELS THE WRATH OF THE FBI:
There are allegations of ties
to the Russian mob. Vadim Trincher a WPT Foxwoods
champion is accused of running the show on behalf of a
powerful Olympic official bribing Ruskie name Alimzhan
Tokhtakhounov. Also, caught up in the dragnet was
Molly Bloom the little lady who used to set up the A-List
home games in Hollywood. Poker names include Bill
Edler, Justin Smith, Abe Mosseri, and Eugene Katchalov's
dad, Go to
Bluff for more.
EARNS IT! WPT CHAMPION!
EYING WPT TITLE
EYSTER FIRST IN CHIPS:
CONTAGIOUS FOR ONE SICK DISEASE:
The young un' from Lafayette, LA is having a year for the
ages. He returns to his first WPT final table, first
in chips. Kid knocked Faraz Jaka out with AA v. KK all
in preflop and then maintained his chip advantage until only
Here are some highlight hands
for Eyster over at
Madsen, a former WSOP POY, is also joining Eyster on the
final table baize. Eyster leads with 5.68 milly.
Paul Dlugozima is second with 4.47 million. Madsen
sits in fifth with 1.3. Zo Karim is the shorty at
685k. Nancy Birnbaum finished 15th for almost 23k.
Btw, thanks to Joseph Hoehl
and other readers/friends for the heads-ups. We knew
about Kevin's run but were too slow in posting it.
John Bauman of Hickory, NC won
250k for winning the event. Had some rooting interests
with Jerry Monroe finishing ninth (28k), Claudia Crawford
36th (5k), and David Nicholson 43rd (4.5k).
Congrats also to the locals
who cashed in Event 9. Josh Palmer fifth for 11k.
Leif Force 16th and Mark Montero of Baton Rouge were also in
In other side events, Allen
Farber of Metairie, LA grabbed a cash. So too Nicholas
Melville, of Birmingham, AL, Claudia Crawford, again, and
Philip Hui, of San Antonio, TX,
CHOICES CENTERED ON WINNING:
Daniel Negreanu hasn't won a
bracelet in five years. His nearest miss a runner-up
finish in the WSOP Europe Main Event. This time when
he got heads up in another WSOP Main Event he prevailed
winning the inaugral WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event (which was
played neither in Asia or the Pacific specifically) in
Australia. He won over 1 milly for first.
Octo-Niner Russell Thomas finished 8th.
GRAY MARKET GAMBLING:
The governor, Rick Scott, has
signed a bill to close the Internet cafe based gambling
loopholes. This is in reaction to a large scale theft
of money supposed to go to Veteran charities by owners of 49
Internet Cafes. Go
here for more.
BLOGGER COMING! We'll get him up this
week. Meanwhile a slew of our regulars have updated.
Check them out left and right.
MOST IMPORTANTLY TODAY OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE GOING UP
MO MONEY NO PROBLEMS:
MOE MOINI WINS WPT IP MAIN EVENT:
and Biloxi rounder Moe Moini won the IP Main Event.
Not sure there wasn't a chop, as there was when we reported
he won event 1 of the Million Dollar Heater. Doesn't
matter. PokerPages is giving him this outright win, so
we will too.
The final table also included
a couple of local pros that make a habit of final tabing
Main Events: John Dolan, eighth, (no surprise there) and
Tyler Smith, fifth (again no surprise there either).
Moeini recently is kind of making this a habit too.
He's credited with nearly 37k for first. Pablo
Garcia-Salas, David Rozas (both of Baton Rouge) also made
the money. So too did Jerry Monroe who pretty much
owns the IP tournament area at this point in his career.
Johnny Landreth from Georgia
finish second winning 25k. Third place finsiher Laura
Green earned her first cash and 16k. Congrats also to
Alex Vasilescu, Rahul Deevara, Terry More, Ben Thomas, Dane
Roemer, John Dollinger, and John Seale for also cashing.
EVENT 21: YATZI
FOR YENTZEN: Gulfport local Michael Yentzen
prevails. Third cash of the series is a win.
EVENT 14: URBAN
RENEWAL: Peter Urban of rural Mississippi wins
3.6k for first.
EVENT 12: DODGING
BULLETS AND BAD BEATS: Richard Dodge, a
Gulfport local won 5.3k for first. The field was power
packed with Caroll Domangue of Houma, LA taking 3.7k for
second, and Barron Whipple, "Doc" Stukes (three cashes for
the series) and Greg Whitworth all at the final table.
EVENT 8: TOMMY
GUNNING 'EM DOWN. Gulfport local (hey anybody
noticing a theme here?) prevailed in event 8th. Troy
Anderson of Hammond, LA also notched his second cash of the
EVENT 7: OLD
MCDONALD HAD A TROPHY: George McDOnald won
5.8k for first. The Ocean Springs player bested
another packed field. Robert Harwell second, Ki Kim
(two cashes for the series), Dane Dubose and the
aforementioned Troy Anderson and "Doc" Stukes all cashed.
MASSINGILL MOMENT: The Mississippi local's
first cash was also his first win. "Doc" Stukes made
the money, so too Richard Parks, Jeremy Garrison, Stephen
Fitzpatrick, Ross Zieman, William Donnell, Jacob Long and
Greg Cook. Congrats all.
EVENT 5: MURRAH
MONEY: Davy Murrah beat Caufman Talley in
heads up action, scan down for a pic of that battle from a
previous update. As mentioned Teddy Conner of New
Orleans came in third. Not mentioned below was Ki Yong
the fourth place finisher.
EVENT 4: GUNTER
HUNTS DOWN TITLE: Robert Gunter of Salem, AL
was credited with the senior tournament win. We know
these tournaments are typically chopped right after the
first player is eliminated so we publish these results with
the reservation that they may only reflect the line they
signed. Gordon Scott of Houston (second), friend of
GCP Todd Skinner (third--somebody better check his I.D.
though), James Stickland, James Berry, Mary Craven, Michael
Smith, Stanley Avery and Charles Hanes all cashed.
EVENT 3: SALAS
DANCING: Our friend from Baton Rouge won this
event and the 2k for first. Eliton Gouveia, Aaron
Porter, mark Jarema, Sheil Allen, Elisa Guy, Bobby COnway,
Fredrick Barnes, and Daniel Weston all in the money.
EVENT 2: SIMON
SAYS CHAMPION: Pelham Alabama's Andrew Simon
bested Kevin Fazzio in heads up action. Larry
Williamson finished third. Lucy Kyser (don't say Soza--dare
you) fourth. Dwaynius Harris, Sean Gaffney, Jordan
Chaffin, Howard Graham, Chris Gaffney, Cory Schick, Vincent
Dalesandro, and Rory Parker all made some moolah.
NINE FOR IVEY AND
IVEY PARTIED LIKE IT
Okay maybe it was more like
2002 when he was busy winning three WSOP bracelets and
palling around with Danel Negreanu and Gus Hansen.
They are having official WSOP bracelet events in
Australia right now brought to you by turn back the clock
airlines. Ivey and Negreanu survived a field of 81
(for a bracelet event?) to make the final table. For
the win, Ivey won a paltry 54k or so. More important
to him was bracelet number 9. Negreanu finished fourth
for 16k. And you guessed right it was another mixed
games win for the Tim Burt of high stakes mixed games.
By the way, here's a good
Ivey story by Nolan
Dalla. Involves a senator's son, golf, Chip Reese and
booking action unseen.
HEART BROKEN REACHES PLEA DEAL:
Remember the Ron Jeremy looking kingpin, make that
scapegoat, at Full Tilt. Ray Bitar needs a new heart
and the feds might let him skip jail time to get it.
GCPer Shannon Shorr did this
lengthy but still interesting interview for iGaming.
It like his blog, shows
a remarkable since of self, self-improvement, and speaks
about the virtures of poker in honing that. His love
for the game shines through so too, the recent revelation
that stepping away from it at times can be a great avenue
for improvement both on the felt and off.
ABOVE ON TOP: Kevin Saul, beat Paul
Snead and a slew of other East Coasters to win the WSOP-C
Foxwoods Main Event. He won 194k for first. That means
he'll be here in New Orleans, in May, for the National
BE A POKERSTARS PRO? You might want to
take up a profession other than poker and become really good
at it. Ronaldo, the Brazilian one, just signed as a
new Pro. Who's that, yeah, he's a soccer player, and
there are two Ronaldos... don't worry about it, just know
that he's yet another non-poker player representing the
global poker brand.
That list include Rafa Nadal,
Boris Becker, and Marcus Heller none of whom are POKER-STARS
per se. Though the are members of "Team Pokerstars
Sport." To be fair Pokerstars is targeting MASSIVE
Brazil and the signing makes sense as Ronaldo is one of the
greatest soccer players ever, and they only play two sports
in Brazil; soccer and not-soccer. Makes their Olympic
TV listings so much easier as almost every time block is
labeled simply "Not Soccer."
GETS HIS SIX FIGURE SCORE:
After losing a flip in the
Main Event at the WSOP-C
last week, Eyster rued missing out on his first six digit
score. Consider that goal accomplished and scratch off the
bucket list for the poker "retiree." The Louisiana
transplant did some business out of the country and won
$333k in the FTOPS XXII 2k 6Max event.
He beat another online sicko
LarsLuzak in heads up play. 400k in poker winnings in
a couple of weeks for a kid who was "retired"
from the game has retirees everywhere reconsidering their
retirement plans. Pssst... Full Tilt here's a great
commercial idea, focus on an older couple talking about
retirement over a cup of coffee as they always do.
Their brows are furrowed as they talk about their
underperforming IRAs and 401ks, the wife pulls up this site
and see Eyster's mug. Cut to them saying it's time to
fire their broker move to Mexico and play some online poker.
That's gold, jerry, gold. That's what this site is
good for, generating wholly original ideas, you're welcome
*The headline is stolen from
Austin Bursavich... maybe... stolen originally from Blake
Barousse. Regardless an Easter Sunday Eyster will
RIVAGE MAIN EVENT:
Geffrey Klein won the Spring Break Classic Main Event for
68k. This is Klein's third major win. He also
won a bracelet in 2011 at the World Series of poker (544k),
and snapped off a Borgata Poker Open event (150k).
He beat Scott
Born of Woodstock, GA in heads up play. Born won 37k
for second. Here are the payouts, with the usual
sprinklings of accomplished local players including Jared
Ingles, Josh Mancuso, Claudia Crawford, David Williams, Bert
Ladner, and Patrick Eskandar.
New Orleans, LA
It was a good Sunday for
Houstonians at the Beau as Pradeep Buddharaju chopped Event
14 with Jeffrey Fotakis of San Antonio. John Henley of
Madison, MS finished third. GCP's Wild Bill Phillips
the unlucky bubble boy. Far more unlucky was Corrie
Wunstel who was one of the few who just missed the money in
the Main Event.
IP WPT EVENT:
One of our favorites from
(backwards white cap) emerged victorious out of o the four
flighted monster that was the opening event at the IP.
Also, a great job by Rob Quin (to the right of your picture)
of Metairie who finished third for 7.8k.
When heads up
play began Chip and his oppoent who was chipleader at the
time discussed a chop. Chip declined the terms, took
the chip lead and won 17k for first. The big hand that
turned the tide was Chip's 96 over his opponents 94 on a 9
high board that doubled Chip's stack. Great runs by,
Chip and Rob! Once we get the official cashes we'll
post all the other locals who made the money.
MURRAH BESTS TALLEY:
finished second in a field of "somebodies" to Davvy Murrah.
Teddy Connor of New Orleans added a third final table for
his impressive week long performance at the Beau and IP,
cashing in third place.
Also, deep were
Captain Tom Franklin, Kenny Milam, and slew of other well
known accomplished local players.
RIVAGE SPRING BREAK CLASSIC, WPT IP UPDATES:
DUELING POKER TOURNAMENTS ON THE COAST:
As players we've lucked out
with a couple of tournaments overlapping in Biloxi. We
don't know if the Beau and the IP planned it but on Friday a
number of players were traveling back and forth between both
venues. The Main Event started Friday at the Beau as
well as the first two of four flights of the opening
tournament at the IP. Both venues captured more than
100 players for their day 1s. As usual great job by
Johnny, Eric and the guys at the Beau, and a great start by
Bill Bruce and his crew at the IP.
The only drawback to all this
poker it's Easter weekend. We think if they could push
this back a week or so next year we'd all profit as players.
There is the potential for bigger prize-pools and it could
make the coast a destination for tournament players.
We've been to both venues and hope they can tweak this just
a little bit to make it a permanent part of the calendar.
NO LIMIT HOLDEM: Irwin Wins. Kenneth
Irwin of Houston, TX got the biggest chunk of change on the
day (6.1k) beating some regs from the coast. Congrats
to Dane Dubose from Broussard for his $3.2k payday in
second. Also in the money John Riola of Biloxi (3rd),
Kweli Mwasi of New Orleans (4th), Guy Turner of Mobile
(5th), GCP's own Wild Bill Phillips (7th), and Teddy Conner
Conner's second final table of the week. As well as
Teddy has been running, Doug Claybrook (the 100k guarantee
winner AND the winner of Event #10--final results still to
come) of Vidor, TX continued his one man heater with a 6th
place finish. In this year alone Claybrook has
55k in cashes just at the Beau.
POT LIMIT OMAHA 8 OR BETTER: Binns Wins.
John Binns of Fort Meyers, FL won $3.9k for first.
A loaded final five that got paid included Tom Franklin of
Gulfport, MS, Timothy Thomasson of New Orleans, and Gary
Brock of Lafayette, LA.
NO LIMIT HOLDEM: CLAUDIA CLAWS ANOTHER ONE OUT.
Claudia Crawford adds another title to her growing
resume. The hometown girl won 9.3k for first.
Kristopher Cannatelli also of Biloxi pocketed 4.9k for
second. Frank Domino of Lafayette won $1,036 for 8th.
Congrats to all... especially the "Claw."
SPRING BREAK CLASSIC
AND TAYLOR TRIUMPHANT:
Taylor, the Alabama man, won 138k for first place.
Kevin Eyster had to settle for second place and 85k.
The final table was billed as the clash of the titans, a
three headed monster featuring Eyster, Taylor and Ashly
Butler ran into early trouble
and it was just up to Eyster and Taylor to provide the late
fireworks. Butler's 8th place finish paid 16k.
The Casino Championship went to Chris Parsons who bested
Michael Sanders in a late tournament with the points on the
line. Parsons had to finish 9th to win and that's
exactly where he finished. Probably a good thing for
the winner of the tournament that Parsons didn't have to
EVENT #1 NO LIMIT HOLDEM:
Claybrook Claims it. Doug Claybrook out of
Vidor, TX won the 41k first place prize. Chi Yim of
Birmingham, AL finished second for 22k. Chris Martin
of Slaughter, LA who was "Up all Night" won 12k for third.
Kristopher Cannatelli of Biloxi, MS earned 4.15k for 8th.
Gabriel Peaden of Pensacola 2.5k for 9th. Other names
that littered the in the money list include Mike Raimon,
Dane DuBose, Leif Force, Dane Roemer, Wilbur Trippe, Charles
Campos, Matt Welch, Natasha Barbour, Mark Wilds, and Joe
EVENT #4: NO LIMIT
HOLDEM: Zelko Felts All. Jeffrey Zelko
won 8k for first. Rip Jones, and Dean Digerolamo both
of Baton Rouge, as well as New Orleans own Teddy Conner also
made the final table and the money. So too, Lane
LeBlanc of New Iberia, LA.
#6 NO LIMIT HOLDEM: Drane Storms to Title.
Jerry Drane, out of Atlanta finished first winning
almost 7k. Other locals in the money and on the final
table: Jeffrey Gill of Gulf Breeze, Fl 4th , Wesley
Wesley of Praireville, LA 7th and Tom Franklin of Gulfport
EVENT #7 LIMIT STUD 8:
Saab cruises to win. Doug Saab of Trussville,
AL won 3.1k for first. He bettered Robert "Matt"
Chaney of Crawfordsville, AR in heads up play. Herman
Shumaker of Brandon, MS finished third.
A reminder to buy Reid
Gilbert's book "Of Bread and Circuses: The Story of "Bountygate"
and the 2012 New Orleans Saints," by clicking on link to the
left. Also check out some of our blogs. Scotty
Clark makes the case since the players pay the poker dealers
players should have some input on who stays and who goes.
Nola Dalla recently completed a multi-part piece on Peter
Falcone which is a warning to anybody that anybody can get
RIVAGE, WSOP-C UPDATES:
QUICK PLUG FOR
weekend we got a taste of the first class service
offered by the Beau. Great structures and a packed
house. The Beau had the ballroom cordoned off with
just the right amount of space to fit everybody in.
March Madness on the big screen a plus too. We'll be
back through the week. Some early results below, but
DISEASE LOOKING FOR ONE SIX FIGURE ONE TIME:
The Main Event in Colorado's
WSOP-C event is around the corner from Kevin Eyster's second
home in Denver. Eyster, a grinder from Lafayette, LA
has relocated to the Rockies as he's a snow board
enthusiast. A sicko on the virtual felt and, of late, on the
live baize, Eyster blazed his way to the top of the
leaderboard. With 11 left he's the chip leader with
1.23 milly. First pays 138k.
He's got company from the gulf
coast, Jonathan Taylor from Alabama, has double and triple
barreled his way to second in chips with 1.162 milly.
Ashly Butler, now of New Orleans by way of Mobile, has been
clicking back his opponents and stacking dolts on his way to
1.158 milly. Colorado has been good for the Gulf
Coasters. Also in the money were Jared Ingles who
finished 13th winning 8.727k and James Arruebarena of
Metairie who min cashed for 2.8k.
When they get to the final
table sometime around 3 pm Monday they will stream it on
FEELS LIKE ITS
TIME FOR A MICHAEL SANDERS UPDATE:
Every couple of weeks it seems
the friend of GCP is hitting for another score. This
one's a bit bigger, he won his first WSOP-C ring. Like
Chris Parsons before him, the circuit reg got the monkey off
his back in Colorado and won his first title after numerous
final tables. Sanders won 24k for first.
Coincidentally, Parsons was also at the final table winning
4.5k for sixth. Allan Farber of Metairie, also tasted
the money min-cashing in 16th place. In the event
before Sanders and Daniel Rivera of Baton Rouge cashed in
13th and 14th place respectively.
FREDERICKS LADIES CHAMP AT SPRING BREAK CLASSIC:
Baton Rouge grinder is a regular on the local circuits and
wins her well deserved sailboat taking down the Ladies
Crown. She said on the Beau's facebook page;
"I think we played heads up
for 2 hours. It was a very good structure. I have played
ladies tournaments at other places where the structure was
terrible because they clearly wanted the ladies tournament
to end. The Beau gave us time to play it out. What a great
place to play poker."
In the Limit Omaha 8 or
Better, Mark Pharo of Birmingham, AL was the top dog.
He earned another 4.2k for his growing bankroll.
RESULTS FROM 100K GUARANTEE YET HAVE BEEN POSTED:
We do know Lafayette's own
Dane Dubose made the money. We know Jerrard Parfait of
Houma just missed. After that, well we'll know soon enough
and get it to you when we can.
REID GILBERT AKA ROGER GOODELL'S WORST ENEMY:
Reid G has a book. And
you need a copy. You've probably enjoyed seeing his
poker blog transform into a Saints chronicle. Reid's
taken it to the next level with a book outlining Bounty
Gate, the fallout, and the Saints of 2012. Reid
is an exceptional writer with an eye for finding the nugget
of truth in a barrage of PR and half truths. If
you enjoy the Saints you'll probably enjoy this book.
here to order (very
COUSHATTA 7 CLANS PART OF THE MADNESS TOO, WSOP-C NEWS:
Congrats to Ryan Lenaghan, of
New Orleans by way of Mobile, AL. Ryan won his first
ring in Event 4 of the current WSOP-C. He had local
company in the money as Jared Ingles min-cashed the same
event (he later min-cashed event 7 too). Great job to
both. Ryan entered the final table and maintained his
MAKE THAT THREE
TOURNAMENT SERIES OVERLAPPING ONE ANOTHER:
The Seven Clans Poker Cup runs
April 2-7, with four events ranging from $200 to $1000.
This includes a charity event to kick off the series.
Lots of options for tournament players in the short-term.
RESULTS FROM COLORADO:
Justin Gardenhire of Ponca
City, Oklahoma finished third in the big re-entry event at
the Lodge Casino. He won 15k for the finish. Allan
Farber won 4.9k for 7th. Chris Conrad finished 30th for
$906. And La Sengphet 42nd for a min cash.
Also, not a local but great
job to Chris Parsons, a rounder from Ohio who followed up
Lenaghan's overdue ring with one of his own in Event 5. Parsons has been often seen on the local circuit vacuuming up chips
John Holley, cashed again, is he man or machine? This
time it was in a Limit Omaha Eight or Better event.
MADNESS POKER AND OTHERWISE:
BEAU AND IP
If you wanted tournament poker
options you got them. The Spring Break Poker Classic
returns to the Beau Rivage starting Friday March 22nd.
There are two days 1 of a 100k guarantee ($350 buy-in),
Friday and Saturday. The event runs from March 22 to
March 31, culminating in a two day ones of the $1070 Main
Event. Here's the complete
schedule with lots
The WPT at the IP starts with
an event with four first flights starting March 29th for
$355. It appears you can enter all four flights.
These day one slightly overlap the Beau's Main Event so it
looks like there will be some travel back and forth across
Biloxi. Their Main Event is a $1150 buy-in with two
Flights. And while this is branded a WPT event, not
really clear on what the connection is right now.
here for their
MORE (MOSTLY BAD) NEWS-LINKS:
NEW POKER "REALITY" SHOW-Features
Louisiana Lass Trishelle Canatella.
GREG RAYMER GETS ARRESTED-The
story took many turns until the facts came out that he was
arrested for soliciting prostitutes in North Carolina.
We aren't going to pile on--too much. We will
mention a lede we read somewhere else that said "Main Event
Champ didn't like his hand,"--that was good. We also
regret that his mug shot didn't include his glasses.
FULL TILT FUNDS CLOSER TO
BEING RETURNED-The Feds have announced they've hired
somebody for you to get in touch with to get your money.
Last time we checked the links they supplied were dead.
Once things get a little more coherent we'll publish links
and information. For now feels like just the latest
DUTCH BOYD STARTS
KICKSTARTER BOOK PROJECT-He's raised 5k to write a book.
We want to write a book. Please send us money and we
will do it.
HACKING THE CASINO TO CHEAT-Surprised
it took this long, or maybe it took this long to get caught.
Some high profile poker cheats hacked into the cameras at a
casino to find out the hole cards of opponents and scooped
huge pots. Yeah, $32 million worth of huge pots.
SOME MARCH MADNESS LINKS-No
valuable information here, what we can tell you is to expect
some upsets in the first round (that's A LOCK!), the second
round, the third round, and whatever other rounds there
might be. Anyway, here's
ten tips, former poker
Nate Silver's insight
(warning might require a graduate degree to complete), and a
mash up of something called
Mad Men and March Madness.
WE HAD A SITUATION
OVER HERE; HOLLEY, PRESCOTT FINAL TABLE WSOP-C MAIN
EVENT ON JERSEY SHORE:
continued his red
hot heater with another deep run. That's five final
tables and counting for the Destin, FL fisherman.
Holley won $33k for sixth. Allie Prescott, a former
Tulane baseball player, and a Memphis, TN original was the
first eliminated from the final table winning 16k.
winner was Joseph McKeehen of Pennsylvania who won 174k.
The college student is a math major and should have no
problem counting his new bricks of hundos.
Gus Hansen is
down five milly on Full Tilt since it reopened (PokerKing).
Jungleman Cates are having a bit of twitter war and some of
it has to do with their unfinished business... The Durrrr
is the subject of a poker comedy cartoon video by
Brown talked to
readers think Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson should go to
jail. Almost as noteworthy a poll would be asking
human beings if they prefer to breath than not. If you
want the obvious click
Jerry Yang has
got some 'splaining to do. He owes the IRS back taxes.
unlikely Yang goes on a Grinder-esque "I got to get even
with the Federal Government" Heater. Yang's Main Event
bracelet is being auctioned.
WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS... WHEN IT DOESN'T IT DOESN'T:
Little to report on the
Gulf Coast scene. On our site, Nolan Dalla has put out
some great blogs. Look left. Gene D and Monkey
have chimed in we some updates of their own, look right.
Scotty has been keeping us up to date on national news
(you're looking left again).
Blake B did stellar in his
WPT run but came up a little shorter than he would have
liked. Our friends over at APP have been running good
in Coushatta. Jonathan Little got some internet TV
time playing cash games at the Bike but mainly just folded
while being card dead.
This drought should end
soon. We have the Spring Break Poker Classic at the
Beau Rivage coming up as well as the WPT that hits the IP
immediately after. The IP has already started giving
away some free seats in conjunction with their tournaments
(added to the prize pool not taken from) and Wild Bill is
supposed to blog about that soon.
Not too far from then is
the May circuit event at Harrahs, which will be preceded by
a free roll tournament for all the weekly grinders that
should put up a juicy prize pool. We hope to have a
top ten or twenty in points list up here soon. Harrahs
shoot us the email!
Away from the coast, Daniel
Negreanu is getting flack for choosing to join a Rastafarian
cult. Fact check... sorry, he's alleged to have joined
a cult, called the Choice Center, or something like that,
along with other top poker pros. As for the
Rastafarian get up, that's just an average Tuesday (or an
old photo of Negreanu we like to trot our every 12 months or
so). Pretty strong denials served up fairly quickly,
by Negreanu and Nick Binger but not before some
2+2 photoshoppers had
fun with it.
There's also a faux
Pokerstars v. Full Tilt challenge we won't spend much
attention on. Why? Because Pokerstars owns Full
Tilt. It's a bit like Pepsi having a Pepsi Challenge
with itself. Pepsi... wins? In other news,
Pokerstars turned down a chance to buy the Rio and the WSOP?
BLAKE BAROUSSE GETTING NO WPT LOVE:
HALF BLAKED: 18 LEFT, HE'S ONE OF THEM, BUT YOU
WOULDN'T KNOW IT:
For a while he had no face
next to his chip count. Then there was an update of a
another player that featured half of Blake's face (above).
Finally, they found the other half of his face and they
added a visual profile. Don't think that matters to
him, as he's never seen particularly interested in fame.
The one milly up top that's a different story.
However, for those of us following him on the virtual rail
it's been tough to get an update. His twitter feed,
look left, has been a better source.
Floridian Noah Schwartz on
the other hand gets his face time. He also rocked a
The World Poker Tour.com
added, "These are not the chips you are looking for" but
there were just that for Jeremy Ausmus who busted Schwartz
late in the day (19th place).
Toby Lewis comes back as
the chip leader, one of five players over the million dollar
mark. Blake B is just behind at 945k. Michael
"Squeaky" Winnett, the short stack, is making a name for
himself, and apparently it's Dooschbag (at least according
to Eric Froehlich and others on twitter). Go to
WPT.com to catch on the shenanigans and to follow the action
WSOP-C, WPT L.A.P.C UPDATES:
HOUSTON PRO JONATHAN TAMAYO WINS WSOP-C
PALM BEACH MAIN EVENT:
pro, from Humble, TX won over 200k for first. Jonathan
Tamayo who you probably don't remember from his Circuit win
in New Orleans a couple of years back, and a runner up
for a bracelet in Vegas, outlasted the field.
There was some debate about
the age of Mark Rose on twitter, is he the same Mark Rose
that final tabled the Main Event in 1985, but there was no
debate about him performing on the big stage. The
former Gulf Coast Poker Champion (he beat two GCP bloggers
Kai Landry and Will Souther in three handed play) Rose
finsihed third for 93k. The popular Clint Tolbert out
of Norman, OK finished second for 127k. Another
rooting interest was
Nancy Birnbaum of Atlanta, who finished ninth for 19k.
Monkey also cashed in this
event, so too Natasha Barbour, Ebony Kenny (see Ladies tab
for more on both), Harrison Gimbel and Steven McKoy (Birmingham, AL).
To see GCP Blogger Nolan Dalla's usual stellar write up of
the event go
SECOND IN CHIPS AT L.A.P.C MAIN EVENT:
Remember that perfectly
non-annoying guy at the WSOP Main Event Final Table, young
pro, young dad Jeremy Ausmus? He's the only guy with
more chips than local pro Blake Barousse. Wish we
could hate on Ausmus but seems like a likable guy.
That being said, Blake B doesn't just seem like a likable
guy, he is. First class young rounder who's deserving
of all the success he's having recently. Will be
following the updates closely today at
WPT.com. Let's go
They all already in the
money and now will just play down to two tables. The
field is in a word, loaded. It'll be tough to make it
to the MILLION dollar first place but Blake is good enough
to get there.
UPDATES AND FOLLOW-UPS:
PALM BEACH MAIN EVENT:
Natasha Barbour, Nancy
Birnbaum and 268 other players have made it to, or bought in
on, Day 2. Our own GCP blogger Will Poker Monkey
Souther had a healthy stack to start the day. Read
about his day 1 by clicking on his blog to the right.
The prize pool has over 1
million dollars in it, with first being over 200k, second
127k, and third 93k. Ninth pays out almost 20k.
72 players will theoretically make a profit. However,
with the min cash being not quite double the buy-in,
considering how many double bought in, making the money for
some might still not be a profit.
Also, in the thick of
things Josh Arieh, Harrison Gimbel, Chris Conrad, David
Nicholson, Jerry Yang (Jerry Yang?!?), David Diaz, Mark
rose, Adam Levy, Ylon Schwartz, and Ebony Kenney,
WPT EVENT :
The "regional" event will
be April 5 through the 8th. It is one of five regional
and national events that aren't quite "official" WPT
championship events. No points towards WPT player of
the year and no name on the WPT Champions Cup, but if the
turnout is decent maybe a tester for a bigger event in the
future. Would be wise of us to support it (hint:
show up and play). Jacksonville, FL will also get a
stop and so too the Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa, FL.
NEWS AND DOLAN DATA:
The L.A. Poker Classic just
seems to keep going. It's like they have a daily
tournament for a couple of months and call the entire thing
a poker series. Anyway,
we said we'd be back with the details of Dolan's win.
The young dad earned a flashy cowboy trophy and almost 20k
for first place in the bounty tournament in Event 55.
No idea how many bounties he also scooped.
Of note New Orleanian James
Arruebarrena (pictured here at the Milion Dollar Heater)
made the final table and won almost 4k for sixth.
Arruebarrena seems poised for a break out win any day now,
as he keeps nibbling around the top of the money ladder.
His day will come.
Benton Blakeman cashed in
8th place in the No Limit Hold'Em Eternament, so named
because it featured two hour levels. Blakeman earned
almost 2k for his eighth place finish. Jared Ingles
finished 10th in Event #44, $1100 No Limit Hold'em Mixed
Handed. The young buck won 10k. On the top three
players chopped for at least 90k, so he was oh so close to a
lot more. David Baker (ODB) was 14th for a little over
8k. Matt Giannetti also had a five figure cash in
Event #60. For more results go
Just passing along some
information. South Padre Island March 13th will have a
free to enter tournament in South Padre Island, TX.
here for more details.
Sounds like a good chance for young 'uns to get blazed on
DOLAN DOES IT AGAIN,
NOVEMBER NINER WINS A LOT:
We'll post more details as
they come available to us, what we can say now, is congrats
on the victory in the $1600 NLHE Bounty tournament, if
tweets of congratulations are to be believed.
What else? We can also say
this: John outlasted a field of poker players, bested
somebody in heads up play, and independent of chops and or
bounty accumulations likely won more money than anybody
else. It's a WPT event at the Commerce so it's also
likely it's a big chunk of change. Congrats John!
Going to take a few more
points this year to make the National Championship but those
who would qualify if the Circuit ended today include:
John Dolan, Josh Palmer, Michael "Carwash" Schneider,
Michael Sanders, Ashly Butler, Blake Barousse, David
Nicholson, Charles "Woody" Moore, Chris Conrad, Caufman
Talley, Nancy Birnbaum, Ryan Lenaghan and Tripp Kirk.
Already in are Jonathan Taylor, John Holley, Kyle
Cartwright, and Cory Wood. Go
here for complete
BAYOU TO GET TV COVERAGE?
Who doesn't know of a back
bar or bayou Bourre game? Pots get big quick and
bankrolls get built or emptied just as fast. Kudos for
our friends at Wicked Chops for pointing out this story over
at laweekly. Talk of Bourre being the next fad, move
over poker here comes Bourre, what? Read the details
and the NBA connection right
WSOP-C CAESARS PALACE:
PHAHURAT CHOP, BAROUSSE CLOSE:
David Tuthill of St.
Petersberg, FL won the Main Event after already making a
money chop with AP Phahurat (pictured) of Rogers, AR for
around 180k a piece. Jeffrey Fielder of Des Moines
finished 6th and Steven Goldberg 8th.
Blake Barousse of Lafayette
won 16k for 11th. Also cashing from the early 2000s,
Florida native Chad Brown, E-Dog Erick Lindgren, and Gavin
Smith. Other notables in money included Will Failla,
Kevin Stammen, Todd Terry, Scott Clements, Eric Baldwin, Dan
O'Brien, Ari Engel and Kurt Jewell.
Also congrats to Clay Henry
of Many, LA, Michael Hallen of Tampa, FL, for cashing in
WSOP-C PALM BEACH
KENNEL CLUB UPDATE:
The Event #1: No Limit
Hold'em Re-Entry Tournament with a million dollar prize pool
had a couple of familiar names at the end.
Unfortunately, they were two of the first three eliminated
from the final table. David Nicholson (pictured)
earned ~21k for 9th and John Holley's one man Heater
continued as he made 32k for seventh.
Also in the money, were
Lily Kiletto, and
shartballs of other Floridians (shartballs?).
Barron Whipple, and Timothy Thommasson of Louisiana also in
Charles Chan of Panama city
won 2.7k for 6th in the PLO Eight or Better Event 2.
Henry Moses of San Antonio, TX, Kathy Liebert and Adam
Jacobs of Gainesville, FL all min-cashed. Congrats to
Charles who has been on our Who's Who page for quite a while
GCP Blogger, Will "Poker
Monkey" Souther aka Monkey Road Kill was just horsing around
and opened up the account in Palm Beach with a cash in this
prestigious event. Apparently Tim Burt didn't make the
trip as somebody not named Tim Burt, a Mr. Clifton Ward, won
Clifton, a Georgia native
beat Clifford Kitey in heads up play to win 14k. Yes,
you read that right, that means Clifford vs. Clifton heads
up, must have made it a fun day for the announcer.
Who are we kidding there was nobody on the mic, it's a
H.O.R.S.E. tournament they probably didn't even get cocktail
EYSTER EVENT 4 ROAD-BLOCKS FOR PALUMBO:
Michael Palumbo of Fort
Myers won 26k for taking down NLHE Event Four. A
couple of local notables Josh Palmer of Daphne, AL (8th,
pictured) and Kevin Eyster of Lafayette, LA (15th) made the
money and made it difficult for everyone else in the $365
PRODUCE REAL WORLD RESULTS IN SIX HANDED:
In event five, Corey
Burbick and Ylon Schwartz just missed the final table of six
strangers picked to play for 20k. Burbick finished 8th
and Schwartz 7th. Donna Murray of Gautier, MS won a
min cash for 21st. And if you fully caught the
wordplay/reference in the headline at one point in your life
you watched too much MTV. Luke Bereton of Naples, FL
won the event and 21k.
CEASERS MAIN EVENT:
"GUTSHOTALLIN" WELCH LEADS DAY 1A WITH MASSIVE STACK:
GCPers are in the top 10. We wont say on his heels as Welch
has almost twice as many chips 2nd place has. Blake Barousse
is sitting on 215,700
and Tim Hebert bags 160,000...both from Lafayette, La. Lots
of pros always play this event in Vegas and there will be
many firing 2nd bullet today.
424,900...David Tuthill 274,100...Andy Watson 267,000...Ping
Lu 241,100...Blake Barousse 215,700...Tim Hebert 160,100
has been on a heater lately already making a final table and
cashing twice while in Vegas for close to $10,000 total. We
found a throwback pic of him for some good luck and run
good. Good luck to all GCPers playin the Ceasers Main Event.
GIANNETTI OUTLASTS KILETTO WINS SEMINOLE HARD ROCK WPT
NOVEMBER NINER WINS $323K:
After a hard fought battle
that included surviving Darryll Fish (pictured) three handed
and beating audacious Lily Kiletto in heads up play Matt
Gianetti now has a WPT title.
Kiletto won $191k for
second. Fish got coolered when his Queens found Kiletto's
Aces and went out a little while later for 125k. Danny
Shiff (fourth $86k), Hayden Fortini (fifth $64k) and Matt
Salsberg (sixth 50K) rounded out the final table.
Chad Holloway, PokerNews
writer and Movie Review Blogger, has done it again.
Great piece on David Nicholson recently and now a profile on
Nicholson's roommate on the road Chris Conrad. The
Florida native, and owner of souls at the Beau Rivage, spoke
openly about his life on the circuit and grinding daily.
here to read the article.
NEVADA UNLIKELY POKER FRIENDS:
There is an small group,
that grows at a trickling rate, of online poker friendly
states. These states will regulate the game on their
own terms. One of them is Delaware. Problem is
Delaware has two maybe three maybe four citizens, so it's
hard to fill up a game. Solution? Join forces
with Nevada who will likely join up with other states.
How about New Jersey, they share a border with Delaware?
Fuggeddaboutit. Their pro poker legislation is to
protect their jewels on the boardwalk from encroaching mid-atlantic
casinos. They want nothing to do with Delaware.
For better information go
here. What's that
mean for us? Maybe if we can get our local politicians
in line, maybe somebody in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,
East Texas, West Florida should set up an online poker site.
They could call it Gulf Coast Poker.NET? What do you
OF POKER SCHEDULE RELEASED:
No need for a write up,
it's really self-explanatory. The schedule for this
years World Series of Poker has been released. Go
here to plan your
bankroll boosting or busting trip.
the Little One for One Drop. Buy-in is $1,111,
remember the Big One for One Drop was one milly. Not
everybody gets off cheap as there is also an $111,111 High
roller event for One Drop.
Like Chinese Open Face
Poker? Or want to? Go click that banner at the
top of this column if you are an Apple Zombie and get
hooked. Got an extra 5k? Play it in a non
bracelet event this summer. Lots, and lots of 1k and
1.5k events, going on too. Hard not to see this even
in cold February and not get excited.
FISH, LILY LIVE STREAM:
Cash game player Lily
Kiletto (see our list of best
LADIES in the region... she may be a new face to wicked chops, but she was on our radar way back when), Darryll Fish, Matt Giannetti (Texan
November Niner), and Matt Salsberg are joined by Danny Shiff
and Hayden Fortini to battle for WPT glory. First
place wins $323k. Sixth is guaranteed at least $50k.
Joe Serock had another deep
run finishing 14th for 12.5k. Mike Beasley, Justin
Zaki, and Marsha Wolak all made the money too.
Should Lily win this she
would be the first female player to win a WPT Main Event.
Obviously, we'll be pulling for the Fish at the table too.
TUNICA MAIN EVENT:
STEVENSON WINS IT:
Stevenson of Horn Lake, MS
got 204k for the win. Michael Sanders (pictured)
finished fourth for 69k. 666 players in the field (see
poker is evil, your mom was right) and none ran better than
Bert Ladner continues his
heater with a 17th place finish for 10k. Blogger
David Clark finished 43rd for 3.6k. BJ McBrayer also
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Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
final table was full of friends and people I have alot of
experience with. I busted out to the eventual winner, Claudie
"The Claw" Crawford of WSOP TV fame, and she would go on to win
the whole thing. She played really well, and she deserved the
win for sure. Also at the final table was Benton Blakeman who is
a close friend and a great player. Benton and I have been
playing the tournament poker scene since pre-moneymaker as we
both grew up within 20min of each other in South Lousiana.
went out 4th for close to $10,000. Jerry Ard was also at the
table. Jerry became friends with Bill and I during last years
circuit run and also played in the National Championship with
us. Jerry plays well, but I had him short stacked and dead to
spades right after the money bubble busted where he made a move
from the button to steal blinds/antes with 4s-7s and I woke up
in the big blind with QQ...somehow he gets there to double
THE POKER MONKEY
Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker
circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:
"I think I have slowly, over the past couple of months
eroded away into the landscape of bloggers...once a reliable
source of...well, SOMETHING...I have been ensconced in
fatherhood, and the operation of my poker club on
Pokerstars...to the point that I just don't ever seem to have a
reason, nor the time, to sit down and rip off a blog post.
A lot of people keep asking if I am playing the WSOP this
summer. The answer? No. I'm not. Why? Because of that
incredible, ridiculous, upper-management directed sham of an 86
placed on me in Hammond back in the fall, all over a sentence
spoken to a Russian, excuse me, Belorussian, girl/dealer...who
happened to mention it to a dealer seeking superstardom in the
hierarchy of Harrah's/Caesar's...who then placed it into the
hands of the guy who has been pining for me to 'slip up' since
having to be forced to allow me back in to the WSOP two years
ago....when I should have NEVER been 86'd in the first place.
IS DAVID CLARK?|
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.
"Rocky road to the Rocky Mountains.
La recently decided she wanted to add the Colorado Black Hawk
circuit stop to the schedule. I wasn’t convinced. I was enjoying
the beautiful Dallas weather, sleeping in our bed, and getting
some much needed exercise. I eventually told her she should go
by herself if she wanted to grind, but I didn’t feel like it and
I didn’t think there would be much Omaha action for me anyway.
She wasn’t very happy about the idea of traveling without me and
decided to make a few last minute compromises that would allow
me to enjoy the Colorado state of mind while she got on the mtt
grind. Once I agreed we got all the travel arrangements sorted
quickly and packed for an early morning flight.."
new title but the same blog,
Goondingy or Big Smoove and pure aggression on the felt examines
live poker action:
"Poker...had my second home game and a neighbor won it all. I
was in the chip lead but made a couple of bluffs as the eventual
winner, who would not lay down after raising with 7-2, missing
on the flop, firing on the flop and turn and having to fold to a
significant river bet. I was out two rotations later and watched
him march to a very nice victory. My wife hooked up the snacks,
the fellas brought over the beverages and most left intoxicated
and not hungry.
I had a
pretty good talk with a buddy of mine who I met in the poker
rooms and he now lives on the other side of the lake close to
me, invited him over and he came over. We talked about how these
young ones are that much better because of the internet and how
they are playing the person versus their cards and how well they
get it. We thought back on ourselves and laughed at how bad we
were but thought we had it. Still it is the dream and I will
continue to chase it. Playing pro football will not happen, but
hey, poker, still a possibility."[+]
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[UPDATED 03/04/13] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
football perspective on to GCP.NET.
"In case it escaped your
notice, the Saints have already lost more regular season games
than they did in 2011. Just like that. After four weeks, the
season is officially on life support if it wasn't already.
The weird thing is that the Saints have lost by only 8, 8, 3,
and 1 point(s). No matter how sloppily and dicolor="#FFFFFF"sjointed they've
consistently played, they've been in every game at some point in
the 4th quarter.
They may have played poorly, but they haven't given up. Nor
[UPDATED: 10/08/12] Kai
Landry is a funny man. He's also a force on the felt.
One of the best live tournament players in the region, Landry
pulls no punches in his blog. One of our favorites. Kai
promises to post every Sunday night so check in on Mondays to
see if he's still doing it.
" Well, I've heard insanity, by definition, is if you fail at
something the first time, to do it again and expect different
results. Or to put on a long blonde wig, wear a luxiorious mink
coat, rob graves by day for food, live in the sewers by night,
and call yourself "Lord Malcom Puddingsworth."
Chicago has become something of an annual trip for me. This will
be the end of the trilogy if it doesn't come out special. Made
the trip two years ago and came out enough of a loser to put me
in a grouchy mood for three days. Last year, broke even despite
being ahead $3k going into the main event, where I learned what
the only feeling worse than busting out of the main event was.
Since the main event format changed into a "one rebuy" format,
that educated me on what was worse than busting out once. Which
put me exactly even on that trip. Grrrr. So Chicago still owes
me a little money over the past two years. And I'm off to get it
with interest. "
More news on Louisiana Locals. Click the logo already!|
03/11/11] Jeremy Gaubert is one of the world's best online
players and a rising live tournament star. Known as
thechemist83, Gaubert resides in Thibodeaux, LA:
"I’m going to be
offering poker exclusively coaching through this website.
Rates and options:
$200/hour to review my hand histories ‘live’ online through
$125/hour to review your own hand histories ‘live’ online
$15 per 50 hands of your own tournament hand histories through
$5/hand for solo hand histories with analysis. "
AGAINST THE GRAIN:
[UPDATED: 01/16/12] MATT S hails from Lafayette and is big part of
the burgeoning local poker scene. Grinding agains the
Grain charts his progress as he improves as a player and builds
"With the due date
just 2 months away, We are getting more excited with the arrival
of our little girl, but I am also getting fear built up cause I
don't want to be shit deep in debt, but its starting to look
that way. I think that is one of my biggest fears is the money
situation, but like I posted above I just have to keep my head
up and keep working hard to get through it. I guess I'm mostly
afraid because I was never big on surprises and the unknown and
this is definitely a big UNKNOWN. I just hope everything goes
smoothly at the delivery and both the wife and the baby come out
healthy. Unfortunately this will probably put a hold on my poker
funds for a while as I try to adjust to this new life. But it
will be hard as I am so passionate about poker and wont be able
to put as much time as I would like (Based strictly off my
income) hopefully I will be able to sell some action in some
future events to help build my bankroll in some way.
09/09/11] 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.
"Fresh from a
World Series of World Class ass stompings the Bat is going to
answer some reader mail… Don’t get you pasties in a tizzy, this
is a legitimate request for a hand analysis…
Granted anything in a (xxx) are the Bat’s words not this reader…
“OK, so here is the hand I mentioned on your voice mail the
other day (when I begged you to give me a morsel of that Bat
knowledge because you, the Bat, are a poker legend, part myth,
part reality, 100% genius)."
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04/28/10] Bobby Toye is a former LSU student and a
rising online/live tournament player. Toye has six live
cashes to his name half of which are three first place finishes.
The aspiring screenwriter offers a well-written window into the
life of a young poker player.
"My game of
choice has been heads-up no-limit, although I exclusively play
tournaments all day every Sunday. I've been having more deep
runs in tournaments than I used to as well. I attribute it to a
confidence in my online game and the discipline to never ever
ever spaz out in a pot without a very good reason. This does not
mean I've been nitting it up. I play as many hands as I can
justify early on in tournaments, and it's working well.."
still short of the goal, please make a small donation and
help out! Former WSOP
Casey Jones has passed away after being in a coma. In
that has no health insurance leaving a family in dire
straits it's time to rally together and lend a helping hand.
Donations can be made at this