(UPDATED: 06/05/17) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"The truth is the November Nine died, not because of any of those things, but because we let it wither on the vine. And by "we" I mean us poker players who entrusted the WSOP and its broadcasting partners to do what was best for our game and our signature event. Sadly, as usual, when it comes to poker, we put our faith in the wrong people.

In a better world with ESPN as a broadcasting partner, the following would have happened with a November Nine.

In the summer nine diverse players, hopefully including a talkative villain/hero (depending on your perspective), a couple of established but little-known pros, occasionally a big name pro playing foil to folksy amateurs would make the November Nine. Eventually (this year please), a woman would make the final table and maybe even the same year she'll win it." [+]


[UPDATED  07/18/17] 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.

"On Day 3, I had 100,000 chips (we started the tournament with 30,000 chips) at 2,000/4,000 blinds with a 500. I was fortunate enough to wake up with A-A on the button. Everyone folded around to me and I made my standard raise to two big blinds, 8,000.
I would use this exact same raise size with all of the hands I planned to play, mainly because when I am bluffing, I want to lose the absolute minimum and when I have a premium hand, it will be easy enough to get my entire somewhat short stack in by the river."


[UPDATED  07/19/17] 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. 

"The charred souls of bitter, broken-down men largely populate Omaha High-Low Split tables infested with a chronic dreariness. These crusty, crabby, cantankerous shards of once-productive members of society have become devoid of any pulse of humanity. If these fossilized Omaha players werenít wasting away the final vestiges of their miserable lives by spending 65 hours a week hunched over poker tables squeezing out a measly $1.62 an hour plus comps, theyíd probably be writing depressing songs about shipwrecks instead. Low-stakes Omaha players = miserable miserly malthropes.." [+]



[UPDATED  09/25/16] 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/

"As it pertains to my personal journey, it has been a bit volatile since I last posted. Iíve had some dark times that almost all stem from the rough stretch Iíve endured in my career as a tournament poker professional. I wonít bother complaining here as you most certainly donít wanna hear it. There has been an often-present anxiety due to things not going well financially. It has also been a hit to my ego.
I think Iíve finally worked through it and at peace with it. Iíve been playing poker tournaments for near 11 years now and have experienced the swings of the business first hand. Itís really important to take a step back and gain perspective and ďzoom outĒ as a friend told me this summer. I experienced some depression as a result of things not going well at poker table. An interesting thing happened. I would get upset about tournaments not going well. I would then get really wrapped up in my head and hard on myself FOR getting upset about tournaments not going well."


3802 Veterans BLVD, Metaire, LA
Bella Donkey

[06/17/16]  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.

"Steven has applied himself to his study and poker coaching to a level I couldn't have believed possible. Mostly utilizing "Float the Turn" and watching hours and hours of reviewed hand histories, he spends his lunch break at work every day studying in addition to any down time he has at home. He cut carbs from his diet, losing 20+ pounds and dropping below 200 for the first time in a decade, hoping that better health overall will lead to better stamina and mental clarity.

I am super excited about his opportunity to play in the main event and believe he's going to run deep. Hopefully, really deep. I did the math on it and approximately $43,000 would pay off every dime of debt we have and finish the fund for a down payment on a home. We are on track to hit this goal by December 2017, but it would be really nice if he could just knock it out in one big tournament cash. Plus, if we're bringing home $43,000 then that means the investors are all getting a huge return on investment. " 




[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 didnít 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 thatís 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." [+]


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
"  [+]



Once upon a time this was called the National Championship. Once upon a time Jason Mercier used to blog fairly often and Josh Reichard was one of Monkey's Minions. Things have changed a bit since then. The now Global Championship is down to a TV final table of 6 (are we the only ones that prefers telecasts starting at 9). International Alexander Lakhov is the chipleader with Mercier and Reichard having their work cut out for them in 4th and 5th spots. Caufman Talley of Lafayette, LA just missed finishing in 11th place for 20k.


Robert Harwell (pictured above), also of Monkey's Minions fame, finished 7th in the big reentry tournament winning 21k. He started day two on tough table that included Steve "No Fear in" Bierman who managed a 9th spot finish. John Holley of Destin finished 63rd in the giant field. Due to the unusual format PJ Horrigan of New Orleans cashed twice. PJ then added 14th in event 6 to add to his growing number of circuit points.


Vicksburg held their HPT event which featured a final three of some well known names from the coast. Freddie Ardoin (pictured) won almost 43k for first. Judge Leo Boothe won close to 27k for second and BJ McBrayer won a little over 16k for third.

This marks Freddie's second win and is by far his biggest cash. Corey Harrison, Thomas Doussan, and Chris Lane also made a trip to the cashier's cage in the two day event.


We don't have exact details for how the Beau Rivage's 75k event wrapped up but we know they chopped 5 or 6 ways. First got ~17k and everybody else a little over 10k. Bric Allen of Baton Rouge and John Cressend of Metairie were in on the spoils.  If you have the complete details shoot them over.


At least one player cashed in two tournaments on the same day in two different casions. Captain Ron Hope played until his chips ran out at the Beau Rivage and then made it back to the Scarlet Pearl for their restart. He made money in both tournaments.


Will Souther found himself in a familiar spot.  Staring at a camera and holding two cards after winning a poker tournament.  He has a knack for this kind of thing.  Congrats on winning the Sacrlett Pearl's Ante Only tournament. 

Wait a second...  where are his cards...  he's getting rusty.


Scott Blumstein, a young New Jersey 26 year old pro, beat young Pennsylvania online pro Daniel Ott. The Garden state native won 8.15 million for first while Ott had to settle for 4.7 million for second. Their previous live cashes at WSOP events?  Blumstein $0. Ott $3,656 with two small cashes this year.

After his win Blumstein requested a picture with the effervescent Prissy Grior (above).

Third place went to frenchman Bejamin Pollak who earned 3.5 million. The cheerful Brit John Hesp won 3 million for fourth; another frenchman Antoine Saout won 2 million for fifth, and Bryan Piccioli won 1.675 for sixth. Damian Salas finished seventh, Jack Sinclair 8th, and Ben Lamb 9th.

This week nine becomes six; six becomes three; and three becomes one, as ESPN televises the 2017 WSOP Main Event over three nights. 

Lots of interesting storylines, but are you still unsure of who to cheer for?

Here's a primer:

Does a smiling, jokeresque aggro villain get your heart beating? Then you'll want to go with Jack "The (pot)Ripper" Sinclair of London England. No, not that Potripper, but this guy is an action player who opens every other pot. He's got 20.2 million and will put his chips in play.

Prefer, your Brits in Dr. Who jackets, with a convival demeanor and the naivete of an amateur just happy to be there? John Hesp is the player for you. He's second in chips with 85.7 million and is THE amateur every pro wants to win to grow the game. Not even Darvin Moon, or maybe even Chris Moneymaker, had this much support from the pros.

Maybe you like smooth James Bond villains? The suave Argentian Damian Salas is sixth in chips at 22.175 million.  He seems to be out of place not on a yacht, with sharks with lazers, and scantily clad women.  Maybe this is all part of his plan.  If he wins expect a helicopter ladder exit.

You want to root for the chip leader? Scott Blumstein of New Jersey doesn't like to fold and it's served him well bagging 97.2 million in chips.

How about the best French player in Main Event history? Two choices for this honor depending on how things play out. The first is newcomer and Parisian Ben "Two Finger Death Fold" Pollak. The second Antoine Saout who is making his second Main Event final table this decade. Also, a Parisian he has 14 million less than Pollak with 21 million chips.  If not for a guy named Ben Lamb, Saout would probably be the pro to root for.

You got a thing for twins after falling for GQ'd Daily Fantasy tout Max Steinberg a couple of years ago? Dan Ott of Altoona, PA went the bigger hair route to differentiate himself from a twin brother of his own. Ott lacks the fancy duds of Steinberg but still aspires to tWin the whole thing. He has 26.7 million chips.

You like knives to the back? Bryan Piccioli eliminated one of his buds Michael Ruane on the final table bubble this year. Which is kinda okay because Ruane made it to the final 9 last year. Piccioli also needed a two outer to survive earlier in the night. Think his bud Ruane now wishes he didn't hit it?

Finally, the Pro's pro maybe your choice? Ben Lamb is a cash pro who dabbles in Main Event final tables (like Saout this is his second recently along with another deep run previously). Would be hard to not root for Lamb and his cellar dwelling chip total of 18.05 million. Except for that dude Hesp.

We're not saying you should root for the Hesp, but you should. It'd be great for poker if the time traveling Delorian owner wins it all (And, no that wasn't a sports almanac from 2020 in his pocket either).

Wow...so we are down to day 5 in the WSOP main event and it looks like all the good Gulf Coast Poker sweats have busted.

1st up are the 2 players that went the furthest below...Jerry Giroir from Lafayette and "Bad Off Cauf" Caufman Talley also from Lafayette but currently residing in the Big Easy...New Orleans.

Jerry Giroir went the furthest out of all as he busted in 207 out of over 7000+ players to bring back to Louisiana over $46k in winnings. Jerry spent the summer out in Vegas and capped it off with a deep run in the Main Event. Jerry was also one of the finalist in the Minion "Play in" event this year at Out of Bounds. (sick brag...lol...but GCP bought into Jerry's package for this  Main Event and pretty proud how he played...etc)


The next guy is no stranger to the felt in the Gulf Coast as Caufman "Bad of Cauf" Talley came in behind Jerry in 245th place for a little over $40k. Caufman had a pretty successful summer himself out in Vegas as after getting 3rd place in the last circuit Main Event of the year in New Orleans for over $100k...Cauf picks up another $90k-ish on the summer grind out in Vegas


We seem to have 3 out of the 8 Monkey Minions grab a cash this year that puts the payout right about where it was last year. It was a great team and everyone played great. Five made day three but Wild Bill Phillips and then Kenny Milam fell short of the money.  Milam gutwrenchingly finished 30 away.  The 3 cashers are Christian "Da_Professional" Iacobellis running a bluff as "Monk E. Grinder" on Facebook...Next in Line is Dave Chocheles who also made his way to the cage after Christian.

The last remaining Minion to cash and also book his seat for next years team in 2018 is Chris "Loose Cannon" Canan who came in around 500th for a little under $25k. Great Team...Much Thanks to Monk for pulling this off every year...and we are getting pumped for next years team. Seems we got noticed this year as its our understanding at CP that Jack Effel had a brief conversation with one of the Minions wearing a Minion T-Shirt and gave a positive response to the concept...lets hope they can see the good Monk is doing and let him back in to compete. 


Monkeys Minions are ready to Roll!!!

The Minions are set to go...We have Ken "Carpenter Ken" Christopher playing today...Robert Harwell tomorrow...Benton Blakeman tomorrow..."Trucker" Kenny Milam also tomorrow..."Wild" Bill Phillips Ditto...Chris "Loose" Canan firing on Monday...as is Dave Chocheles and Mink E Grinder (AKA Christian Iacobellis)....LETS GO GANG!!!


Friend of GCP Tim "TK or Timkrank" Miles is having a sweet summer with already 5 WSOP cashes and one 3rd place for $176k. Great Job TK!!!



Next We have another player that has graced the front page of GCP several times is former "November 9'er" John Dolan. Dolan has 9...count it...Nine cashes since he landed in Sin City for the 2017 grind...looks like a total of about $60-70k...with 3 five digit cashes.




Last but not least we want to highlight Texas Grinder below... Schyuler Thornton who has made 2 final tables this summer...and has racked up a nice summer with about $250k in cashes.

Cant wait to see what these guys do in the main....




Tyler Smith, the first cover profile of our short lived magazine, finally got his bracelet. The Gulf Coast legend won 244k in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha Event (also know as Plossuss). Jessie Bryant (6th for 42k) and Scott Davies (4th for 76k) also made the final table. Also in the money: Andrew Bulliard of Lafayette, 33rd (6.2k); Marco Palacios of Austin 64th; Sean Legendre of Metairie 74th; Caufman Talley of Lafayette 108th; Michael Horchoff of NOLA 120th; Robert Lebas of Lafaytte 268th; Kevin Eyster of Lafayette 299th; James Welsh of Lake Charles, LA 302nd; and Tim Burt of Biloxi 338th.


John Hanna of Houston, had a memorable second ever WSOP cash. He won 406k for 3rd place in the Collossus. Bringing his total winnings to a little over 407k. A ton of locals cashed in the MASSIVE (+18,000) entrant event but one of the best showings (again) was by Caufman Talley who finished 72nd.


Doug Polk, YouTube poker Vlogger extradonaire, won the Big One of One Drop besting Bertrand Grospellier in heads up action. Polk pocketed 3.6 million and Grospellier won 2.2 million for first and second. Over 130 entrants put up the $111,111 to play.


Former GCP blogger Benton Blakeman and his buddy Joe Tehan just missed the final table winning a little over 4k a piece in the tag team even. Lafayette's Andrew Bulliard and Kevin Eyster finished 41st.


Tennessee Rounder Frank Kassela won his third gold bracelet when he beat Bernard Lee heads up. He also earned a touch under 90k for the win in 2-7 Lowball Draw. Phillip Hui of San Antonio, former New Orleanian Ryan Lenaghan, and another former New Orleanian "Old" David Baker also cashed. Kassela beat 265 players and made his 32nd cash one of his most memorable. His other two bracelets were in seven card stud variants. Not sure he can keep calling himself a rec player as he joins some pretty illustrious company with his third piece of bling.


Joe "The Pro" Hebert made two cashes the bigger just under 14k at the Series so far. Also a nice lick in a daily deep stack. Jerry Giroir made the money in the first ever Marathon which was also his first ever official WSOP cash. Caufman Talley has at least five cashes for the series so far. Biloxi's Matt Lansdon has cashed twice in PLO Hi-Lo variants.

Finally the Gulf Coast gets a nice sweat at this years WSOP. In event 18 in the $565 PLO event we have Gulf Coaster Tyler Smith primed to get his 1st Bracelet sitting 8th in chips with 11 left with a 1.340 milly. Tyler became a father recently has not been as active on the Gulf Coast as in years past but he is always loved ...and feared when it comes to the poker felt. You wont find a more fearless adversary in any variation of Poker.


Also at the Final table and sitting is Circuit Grinder Jessie Bryant from Arkansas (Arkansas is part of the Gulf Coast) with the Chip lead and 3.245 milly. Jessie a seriously nice guy and also feared competitor as well with 3-4 circuit rings under his belt. Jessie is also searching for his 1st piece of wristwear as well.

Would be great to see these 2 Heads up for the Cheese!!!!! Good Luck to both!!!!!


Then there were five. Chris Canan, Dave Chocheles, Kenny Milam, Robert Harwell are joined on the Minions by GCP co-owner Wild Bill Phillips. Wild Bill won a tournament for the wild card seat.  Details on the Poker Monkey's Blog on the right  However, it looks like the team may not stop at five and could potentially  have up to 8 members this year.

Go to Monkey's blog for details and for your chance to buy action in the team and to support the squad THE POKER MONKEY.   Also, for those of you vacationing in St. Thomas check out Bernies a new bar co-owned by two friends of GCP (also sponsoring the minions this year).

Jason Baldridge of San Antoinio prevailed in an all Texas showdown against William Tait of Houston. Baldridge won 227k while Tait earned 140k for second place. Caufman Talley finished third for 103k, narrowly missing on collecting his sixth gold ring. Harold Kizzire of Birmingham won 77k for fourth.

John Cressend of Metairie finished 6th for 44k (following up a fourth place in event 6 for 7.5k) and Jeff Bromberger (10th) and Teddy Conner (12th) both of New Orleans took home 17k. Mark Pfeiffer of Baton Rouge finished 18th winning 11.5k.

Other locals in the money included Tim Burt of Diberville, MS, Jonathan Poche of Youngsville, LA, BJ McBrayer, William Spangler of Baton Rouge, Brian Delatte of Terrytown, LA, David Chocheles of Mandeville, Umut Meraler of Baton Rouge, Denis Arnaut of Meatire, Brock Gary of New Iberia, and Chris Dupuy of Baton Rouge.

Todd Elliot did just that closing out the circuit series with another W for the locals. He won 21k and a gold ring beating circuit legend "Woody" Moore heads up. Dustin Stweart of Biloxi won just under 10k for third. Our friend Ben Saxton of NOLA finished fourth for 7k.

WSOP, ESPN and Poker Central announce the November Nine is gone (as of this year) but live streaming is coming back.  Wild Bill will have a column about the (failed) concept of the November Nine on his blog later today:  November None.

For more news that no longer qualifies as the latest, because... it's no longer recent, follow the link below...





 (UPDATED: 05/15/16) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"Hello anyone still reading this blogÖI am in New Orleans now waiting to play the final post-lim and final circuit event of the season. Congrats to Wild Bill for making it to day 2 along with a host of other friends (you know who you are). I whiffed the 1st couple of tournaments last weekend, and I had a funeral party to go to for my Aunt Linda last Saturday so I had to skip most of the weekend. Iím in sales and our EOM (End of Month for non salesfolks) was last Friday 5/20Öso I also had my hands tied a little during the week. The plan was to play some megas and if I didnít satty into the High Roller or the Main Event to fire bullets at the last 2 post-lims to try to win a ring. Today at 3pm will be the final chance for anyone to win a ring this season and before the actual WSOP"[+]


 [UPDATED: 07/18/17] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

"I'm sitting here in my hotel room at Treasure Island...flew in yesterday morning, on United! Flew COACH! (granted, I paid an extra $150 to get an exit row) Couldn't get anything at the last minute on Delta for less than $1700. Yikes! And Venetian was sold out, so I'm saving about $120 a night to stay across the street. This feels a bit like the old days when I stayed at Riviera. Played and bricked the noon $600 Mega satellite, not once but twice. Then walked over to the Wynn, Encore actually, and played their 1-day $1100 tourney...great turnout of 539 players. Busted out of that around 10pm in 94th place (paying 54) so was instantly $2300 in the hole on the day." [+}



 (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.."


 [UPDATED: 10/06/16] Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an  intriguing approach to  the game: 

"Disclaimer: My home casino is the Beau Rivage in Biloxi. I play there more than all other venues combined.

Like a lot of you, I have played in quite a few tournament series in numerous locations including WSOP and WPT events but I want to take this opportunity to applaud the Beau Rivage for the excellence of their tournament series and for the courteous and professional way that these tournament series are run.

The Gulf Coast Poker Championship started last week. I arrived early on Friday for the start of their opening "Monster Stack" event. I was greeted by the tournament director, several officials of the tournament, a couple of dealers and, of course, numerous players. I was also welcomed by several of the Beau poker room staff, including the director of poker operations. I received numerous handshakes and even several hugs."


 (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. "


[UPDATED 12/16/16] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and lives in Mobile brings his poker Saints football perspective on to GCP.NET.

"Here's a question: are the 2016 Saints worse than last year's team?

The 2015 Saints were particularly bad.

They rallied to finish 7-9. They fielded one of the worst defenses the NFL has ever seen. They overpaid free agent Brandon Browner, installed him as a team captain, and then watched Browner immediately cement himself as the worst defensive player in franchise history. The defense surrendered a league-worst 4.92 yards per carry, while allowing the most passing touchdowns in a single season by a significant margin. After week 10, they fired their itinerant, overmatched defensive coordinator.

This was a bad team. "

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[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 tournamentÖ 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 heís 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 Kaiís 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 canít help but shake the idea heís being watched"