DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
GUEST WRITER BEN SAXTON:
As many of you probably know, Harrahs New
Orleans partnered with www.gulfcoastpoker.net to
get local poker enthusiasts into WSOP Circuit
Event tournaments for free. Poker room manager
Chase Haydel gave away over two hundred seats,
and seven of them were part of GCP's social
media giveaway. After catching up with most of
these recipients, Im pleased to share a few of
06/08/18] 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
"POSTED VIDEO BLOG"
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 06/08/18] 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.
"I recently went to dinner with poker
legend Doyle Brunson.
Prior to this
interview, which took place at Roma Deli in Las
Vegas in May 2018, I asked Doyle to come up with
a list of his ď20 favorite westerns.Ē
Doyle couldn't contain himself. He not only
came up with 20 great westerns. He tripled the
request and listed more than 60 favorites. Doyle
probably could have listed at least 100 movies
and talked about every single one of them. Most
incredible, without any notes or references,
even at age 84, Doyle was able to remember and
recite intricate details about each movie and
shared with us why each film on his list meant
something special to him." [+]
[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
"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
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."
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
"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
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. " [+]
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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.
"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."
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[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
MAY WSOP-C NEW ORLEANS CLICK PIC FOR SCHEDULE
ROLL TIDE ROLL:
MCBRAYER WINS HPT VICKSBURG MAIN EVENT:
Alabama fan and Tuscaloosa native BJ McBrayer prevailed
over a final table loaded with familiar faces. The win came
after one of the craziest heads up battles we've watched in
a long time.
Freddie Ardoin, the defending the
champion, bowed out in eighth winning a little over 6k. Tim
Burt wasn't too far behind after losing with 66 to BJ's QQ
to get short. The board ran out xAAA...6. Tim said, "I
hate wasting sets." Tim won a little over 7k.
Attorney Alton Brown finished 11th last year in this event
and was back at it this year making it up to fifth winning
10k. Dustin Stewart fell next winning 13.5k for fourth.
After Jeff Baxer of Oregon went out third, Josh Patrick of
West Monroe, LA and BJ battled for first.
McBrayer had the tournament won with one card to come and
both times Patrick hit his miracle. Early on a classic
suck-resuck-reresuck situation happened with BJ calling off
with an Ace vs. Patrick's King high.
King hit the flop,
Ace on the turn, and King on the river cut into BJ's 8 to 1
Later BJ held AQ v. Patrick's pocket
3s. Flop came QQx. Turn another blank and then a miracle 3
on the river kept everybody there a little bit longer.
Eventually BJ for a third time built up a chip advantage and
this time he needed a little luck as he got it in with a
King v. Ace high.
Less drama as a King hit the board and
BJ finally held. Well done buddy! McBrayer earned 45k for
the win and Patrick 28k for third.
SNOW DAY IN VEGAS:
When we saw Tara Snow after final tabling the Women's
WSOP event we asked her if she wrote the headline what would
it say. "Tide Rolls in Vegas" she smiled. Somehow we didn't
give her due then so no more fitting a time to recongize
that deep run then after her buddy BJ snaps one off.
It was a great week of poker for Tara as she won almost 9k
for 9th place in the ladies and then followed that up by
cashing the Main Event for over 17k. Jessica Dawley would
end up winning the bracelet, with Molly Mossey and Danielle
Anderson also making the final ten. Not only that but
she got a couple of mentions from Norman Chad during the
Main Event broadcast. Congrats again, Tara!
Super happy for your success.
WSOP, WPT NEWS:
WSOP-C GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP:
A loaded field of circuit grinders are battling it out
for glory, money and the last WSOP bracelet on U.S. soil to
be issued this calendar year. Steve Bierman third in chips
with 306k is near the very top of the leader board. 53
players made it through day one out 127. Most qualified for
the the 10k buy-in on a freeroll as Bierman did after
successful years on the circuit. Other eligible
players bought in for 10k including Caufman Talley. Players
can still buy in on day two.
Also near the top of the
chip counts, as always, Tim TK Miles with 174k good for the
ninth biggest stack.
MINTZ AND BENGLIS
RUN DEEP IN WPT CHOCTAW EVENT:
to Ben Mintz whose poker comeback is now motoring along at
top speed. The sports talk show host finished 19th for over
19k. That makes it over 100k in 2018 for Mintz. Just one pay
jump below him Brennan Benglis won over 16k for 21st. Brady
Holliman of Texas won the tournament for over 454k. By far
the biggest score in his ten year career (by about 436k).
WSOP CIRCUIT: CHEROKEE
Curtis Terry of Metairie, LA won 46k and a Circuit Ring
in Event #4 at the 'Kee. This is his second ring.
Cody Stanford took third in Event #1's $400 NL Hold 'Em
Double Stack winning over 18k. Chase Turner of Birmingham
also had a deep run finishing 11th in Event #5.
Palmer of Daphne finished second for 16k in the $400 PLO
Event. Also cashing in that event (#6) was Jordan Phillips
of Trussvile, AL.
SEMINOLE HARD ROCK:
HOLLEY WINS SENIORS AND THIRD IN BIG O:
John Holley went south to Seminole Hard Rock and
celebrated a win in their senior's event by taking third
place in the Big O tournament winning 3.5k. The seniors win
marked Holley's third SHR title. Holley as the short stack
four handed turned down a chop, but after the chips swung
his way and one player was eliminated they made an offer he
didn't refuse as stacks were short and his opponents were
gambling. He won just under 7k. Congrats John.
MINION FINISHES FOURTH:
Jason Young battled four handed in the 6 max one day
event for over two hours. Only to fall first at the hands of
winner Mark Dube. Young, a member of Monkey's Minions this
year, gave a great sweat to the group and won 8k for his
Dustin Stewart leads final table at HPT Main Event in
Vicksburg with 1.189 million in chips. Thanks to
HoldemRadio for the pics (here and below). Got to their live
updates and stream of the HPT final table here:
The Biloxi rounder
will face a lot of familiar faces including BJ McBrayer
644k,defending Champion Freddie Ardoin 469k, and Tim Burt
489k. Good luck all as you vie for the 45k first place
Players already paid out include 3.5k winners:
Benny Champlin of Jonesville, LA 3.5k, Joel Doney of NOLA
and Charles Leroi. Danny Doucet of Opelousas, Nick Graphia
and Duane Fontenot both of Baton Rouge won 2.4k.
ANTE UP WORLD
Do you play for the money or for
the glory? Most true poker players want the money in that
respect Mike Monaghan got first place. After an ICM chop
four hand Monaghan won 107k and played for first, the trophy
and a another 11k.
Shrewd deal making as the Jackson, MS
native ended up in second place. This is Mikey's biggest
cash lifetime and his 12th this year alone.
is parlayed from his victory in Pearl River last November in
the $800 buy-in Main Event. Really excited about the score
for one of the nice guys in poker. Mike won 16k more than
the eventual winner of the tournament. Also, making a run
Blake Baker of NOLA who won 3k for 50th.
David Chocheles won a belt (?) and 11k after taking down
an HPT event. David Nicholson joined him in the
winners circle a couple of days later winning over 4k
POST WSOP UPDATES:
THE GOVERNOR GET
RECOGNIZED AS "DEALER OF THE YEAR" :
Bill and I both could not be happier for Daniel Harris who
was recognized this WSOP as the "Dealer of the Year"...a
much deserved award. Daniel is not only one of the best
dealers on the circuit...but also one of the nicest and
personable people that travel that road...and he is a
dealer. He can deal it all...every game dealt. Bill and I
want to say a big CONGRATULATIONS DANIEL!!!
ENTHUSIAST AT THE FINAL TABLE OF THE $1500 POST LIM OF THE
The remaining players button says 6 on the WSOP website but
the chip counts are saying 7 players left with New Orleans
own ...friend of GCP ...Steve Bierman sitting in 6th place
with 820k. Chip leader has 3.1m. There was some excitement
with some penalties given at some point...you guys can read
updates...but I am sure it will be a good story once he gets
back...this would be a huge accomplishment to win a WSOP
bracelet as he has only been playing poker for a few years
now...but he has had great coaching.
MINION AND WILD
We have 4 players still in...2 from each group.
leads the pack with over 600k in the bag...Kristen Deardorff
has 125k...Tara Snow bags 95k and Andy Simpson has over 500k
in the bag...all going to day 4 and in the $$$
BEN "THE DESTROYER"
MINTZ COMEBACK IS ROLLING ALONG
One of the nicest guys you ever want to meet...Ben Mintz
is also still in the Main Event and shooting for that life
changing money. You can read all about it here as Pocket5s
did an article on his Main Event run...and life in General.
through the chips counts...many pros still in and in the top
50-100 in chips...Only women to make a Main Event Table
Barbara Enright 10th in chips...Eric Froehlich...Paul
Volpe...Chris Morrman...Dan Heimiller...Shannon Shorr...Chino
Rheem...Phil Ivet...Billy Kopp...Circuit grinder Jonathan
Hilton...and Scott Davies
WSOP MAIN EVENT UPDATES:
MINIONS LOSE A
Michael Schneider - Bagged $308,200 on Day 2 Going into Day
3 Saturday at Pavilion 171-1
Kristen Deardorff - Bagged $40,100 on Day 2 Going into Day 3
Saturday at Amazon 511-7
Easton Oreman - Bagged $82,900 Day 1 playing Day 2 Friday
Chris Canan - Bagged $48,900 Day 1 playing Day 2 Friday
Jason Young - Out on Day 2
Michael Bratovich- Out on Day 2
Jacqueline Britton - Out on Day 2
Kenny Milam - Out on Day 1
Michael "Carwash" Schneider bags a hefty $300k going to day
3 on Sat...BTW...we thought he drank Corona's
Capt Ron rocking a rolling along. Tara Snow and Andy Simpson
all moving on
WSOP MAIN EVENT IS IN
-Monkey Minions got started a little late this year but that
doesn't mean Monk wasnt on his game as he was able to corral
enough cashola to put 8 players in the Main Event. All 8 are
season local players and we are glad they were all
players. With both owners of this site being former
Minions....we cant thank Monk enough for putting this all
together every year. It always winds up being so much fun
all the way around. You can find updated chip stacks of all
the Minions on the Facebook page.
-The 1st year of the "Wild Billions" is also in full
swing. These are local satellite winners. We love the name
with the play on Wild Bills name...as he was the Gamesmaster
who oversaw the sattys. Tara Snow is already on to day 2 and
congrats to Tara for final tabling the Ladies event for a
little north of $9k
-Other locals bagging...Steve Bierman...Barthamus Melius (Pic)...
Prissy and Jerry
-Wild Bill and I am
assuming Easton Oreman who is Minion #8 will be firing today
on the 4th
-Sorry for anyone who bagged that we
missed...Good Luck Everyone
SOME FEATURES NEAR AND
DEAR TO GCP'S HEART:
BEN SAXTON'S PROFILES:
Talented poker writer Ben Saxton profiled the recent
winners of GCP and Harrahs New Orleans seat giveaway. For
now, go to Wild Bill's
here to read up.
The first three Minions who will represent the investors
in Will Souther's Main Event investors group have been
revealed. Chris Canan won the honors of the guarantee repeat
by finishing deepest last year while cashing the Main Event.
He's looking to repeat.
Two new faces to the team
include Merch Mama Jacqueline Britton (pictured left) who
has lined up the gear for previous iterations and tirelessly
worked as Will's right hand lady the last couple of years.
Make no mistake about it the published author can also play.
The third player a former Biloxi native and the
literal Rocket Scientist on the team, Kirsten Deardorff,
also boasts an impressive part time poker resume herself.
She's won a RunGood tournament in the last couple of
years... while being a rocket scientist.
still opportunities to get a piece of these players and
likely will be a couple of more added to the team. Go to
(look right) for better write-ups and more information about
HIEP GOES DEEP IN
Hiep Doan of Marrero,
LA made it to the final two tables in the Marathon event. He
made over 24k for his run.
Great job Hiep!
Georgios Vrakas of Collinston, LA cashed for over 4k. Vrakas
has cashed three times this summer so far at the WSOP.
Also in the money Ben Thomas of Baton Rouge.
INGLES 5TH IN 1500
Jared "BearBuck" Ingles won
over 47k for his fifth place finish in event 30. It's the
second cash of the series for the Reserve, LA native and
5K BIG BLIND ANTE:
This apparently is the future of poker, so beware those
who are already cashing in this new format. They include:
Martin Mathis of Tallahasse, FL 17k for 18th; Thomas Brown
of Jacksonville 12k for 33rd; and James Alexandder of San
Antonio 12k for 36th.
-We've been tipped off by word of mouth that Baton Rouge's
Chris Savage chopped a senior's tournament
at Planet Hollywood fro approximately 24k.
confirm via text message that Ms. Joan Rhodes
of New Orleans won over 14k in a Daily Deep stack.
-Social media revealed Marco Palacios went
out 20th in the Millionaire Make for 40k.
telegram we've learned Tim Burt has cashed
multiple events this summer.
voicemails suggest PJ Horrigan of
NOLA cashed the double stack for over 4k and Ray Curran went
deep in a Wynn 1 million guarantee.
RAY CURRAN PLANET
Fresh off a WSOP-Circuit ring at Harrahs New Orleans
former 2-5 cash player Ray Curran (pictured with Biloxi's
All Stars) went to Vegas and promptly won another
tournament. Taking just under 150k in the Planet Hollywood
Million guarantee it's a great start to the summer.
Also at the table Puneeth Modha of Baton Rouge who finished
6th and Marshall White of North Carolina. Pun lost a massive
18 million chip pot to get eliminate but won just under 40k
for his run. White earned a little under 20k for 9th place.
Curran also had to dispatch back to back WPT champ and
all around crusher Mad Marvin Renttenmaier (4th, 63k)
to win the tournament.
THE MINIONS ARE BACK
AND BLOGS, BLOGS, BLOGS:
Go to Will Souther's blog for all the Monkey's Minos
details! It's a short turnaround but there is still a chance
to invest in the group and maybe even be in the group! We'll
be covering them throughout the WSOP.
As mentioned Will Souther's back to writing, so too Wild
Bill with a state of the union of sorts of GCP. New Facebook
group! Changes coming to GCP! Read all that and WSOP notes
Nolan Dalla scored a dinner with Doyle Brunson. Who
better than to rate Westerns than a guy who's image is
wearing a cowboy hat! Fun article over there on Nolan's
Jonathan Little's video blog is up. Check it
We've gotten a lot of
positive feedback on this new feature so after a missed week
or twe it's back... but we are waiting for a video
clip. Does anybody have it? TK Miles opponent at the
Colossus folded a set of sixes on the turn to his set of
Kings. What a great fold. We will post it when we have
LOCAL WSOP SWEATS ON
POKERGO'S TWITCH FEED:
Nice to watch
TK Miles playing some high level poker last night. After an
opponent made an improbable fold with a lesser set against
his set of Kings, TK later found himself flipping for the
chip lead five handed against the eventual champion. TK put
his stack at risk with pocket Jacks and a three bet shove.
Brazilian Roberly Felicio called off with AK. Viewers of the
feed saw some of his outs folded but still an Ace appeared
on the flop. What a weird tournament. TK bested all but
13,066 players and won over 166k but still is left wondering
what might have been.
First place paid a cool million
and would have been TK's first bracelet. Also, at the
final table another Florida pro John Racener who won 74k for
8th. A few years ago we tried to raise funds to put TK into
the 100k WSOP buy-in so we've always been big supporters of
his skill and ability. The bracelet will come for the end
Kevin Eyster and Andrew Bulliard both of
Lafayette also cashed in the top 50. Steve Pirri of
Metairie, Michael Horchoff and Steve Bierman of NOLA, and
Kevin Visentin of Guntown, MS, all cashed in the top 500.
Vivian Dupree, Seville Hale and Hai Nguyen of Pensacola;
Kristen Deardorff and Cody Stanford of Missisippi;
Ladarryl Alexis (third year running), Jared Ingles, Joe
Hebert and Hiep Doan of NOLA; Shannon Shorr of Tuscaloosas,
Nathan Willis of Florence, and Sandeep Pulusani of
Huntsville, Al; Jeff Appleby of Panama City, Martin Mathis
of Tallahassee, Joe Acquavella of Gainesville, and Michael
Palmer of Jacksonville, all made the money.
CRESSEND ALSO ON THE
We got to watch John Cressend finish 80th in the big
Blind ante tournament after he found himself at the feature
table. Pocket Jacks would also seal his fate. He was on the
other side of the flip with AQ. Dutch Boyd only made quads
with his Jacks. Cressend of Metaire won over 3.5k for his
run. Sean Legendre also of Metairie finished in the
money at 143. So too, Tim Burt and Randall Robinson of West
EARLY WSOP CASHES BY
WHO DEALS THE DEALERS EVENT?
Darrell Guillory used to blog on GCP giving us a taste
of the other side of the felt with his dealer's perspective.
Showing he's still got it, the Harrahs New Orleans dealer,
finished 50th in the employees event.
TRUDEAU DEEP IN 3K SHOOTOUT:
Joe Cada won his third WSOP bracelet (including a Main
Event championship) and staked his claim as one of the
better champions of the poker boom era. Jeff Trudeau of
Winter Garden FL, saw it first hand albeit breifly as he
fell first at the final table (after winning twice to get
MERCIER MIN CASHES BIGGER THAN MOST PEOPLES CAREER EARNINGS:
174k for a min-cash? Not so bad for Jason Mercier who
finished 14th in the 100k No Limit high roller. Another
score for a GCP blogger.
PARIS IN ONLINE MONEY:
Congrats to Paris Heard of Prairie MS, who had the
deepest run in the $365 online bracelet event by a Gulf
FORCE FOURTH IN CHIPS IN PLOSSUSS:
Tallahassee pro Leif Force bagged fourth in chips in the
PLO giant event's first flight. David Prociack of Kissimmee
IN CRAZY DOUBLE STACK FINALE:
The last event for the circuit meant
everybody looking on the outside of the top 50 of the points
race were trying to get in even if they had to rebuy their
way to the cashier's cage. If you got a hand early you could
chip up, but you had to weather a storm. Nobody did it
better than Mike Horchoff who had the right mix of gamble,
nerve, and composure to capture a ring.
25k for first. Richard "Sinister Sean" Sinclair of Mobile
finished sixth for 4.9k, Kip Jones of Denham Springs 7th for
3k, and William Zibilich of Norco won over 2k for ninth.
Maurice Hawkins fell short in his effort to catch Vornicu
and made it only to 10th place.
Also, cashing Mary
Roy, Ben Thomas, Corey Harrison, Jerrard Parfait, John
Cressend, Easton Oreman, Rebecca Campbell, Todd Elliot, and
A SPIDER, A CAPTAIN AND A
BIERMAN WALK INTO A SENIORS FUNCTION:
It was a Harrahs NOLA locals reunion as Bob "Spider"
Henderson, Captain Ronnie Hope and Steve Bierman all made
the money in the second seniors event. Bierman got bumped
out in third place as Steve Irwin (not a crocodile hunter as
far as we know) won. The Californian earned 9.5k. Bierman
made just over 4k for third.
Captain Ron made a giant
pocket Aces laydown correctly on a Q55 board but still got
sunk in fourth. Randall Alleman of Carencro, LA won 2.3k for
fifth. Also on the final table: Louis Azemar of Lafayette
and Robbie Matthews of Denham Springs.
Spider in the money were Nelson Solar of Denham Springs,
Mark Holmes of Bush, LA, Nicholas Mustacchia of Metairie,
and George McCollum of St. Rose.
WSOP-C MAIN EVENT:
MONROE THE MAN OF
THE MAIN... AGAIN:
of Georgia, wins Main Events on the Gulf Coast. We won't
mention who he beat to win his first WSOP-C Main Event at
the IP a few years ago, but we do know that guy got to see
Jerry win a main event ring (his third overall and his
second in New Orleans) one more time. This time Jerry made
over 200k for first when he bested Darren Martin (his second
second place finish of the week). Martin earned 128k.
John Skinner, a Boomtown New Orleans reg, parlayed a
Nightly tournament victory which came with a free Main Event
seat into 70k. The 4 - 8 player finished fourth in the Main
leaving a bevvy of salty No Limit tournament players in his
wake Justin Donato won 53k for fifth.
Destroyer Mintz finished 7th for 31k. Nick Graphia of Baton
Rouge thirteenth. Nate Gibbs of New Orleans won a one of a
kind bubble tournament to win his Main Event seat and turned
it into 13k. Stan Barre also won his way in to finish 28th.
Others cashing: Blake Whittington, Jonathan Wisbey, Paul
Distefano, Corey Harrison, Martin Zentner, PJ Horrigan,
Blake Baker, Mike Monaghan, Thu Tran, Robert Quin, and
Congrats and thanks to Charle Gelvin, Todd Skinner and
Simi Mitall (who cashed in her event!) for playing and
entering our seat giveaway. We really appreciate Chase
Haydel and Harrahs New Orleans partnering up with us to get
local poker enthusiasts into the tournaments for free.
We gave away two of these at virtually the last moment and
had a few peoples whose names were draw but couldn't make
it. Looking forward to Ben Saxton's write up of our
winners week (coming soon!):
HAWKINS WINS HIGH ROLLER:
Hawkins couldn't let Val Vornicu just keep adding to his
lead and pulled back one in the race for all time rings won.
Now the Hawk sits on 11 with Valentin on 12. He also
earned 71k for a nice boost to his summer roll. Our rooting
interest was Barth Melius who finished fourth for 22k. Two
boys from 'Bama's hometown LaDarren Banks (6th 12k), and BJ
McBrayer of Tuscaloosa (9th 6.2k) also made the final table.
Mike Horchoff cashed (again) winning 5k for 11th. Curtis
Terry of Metairie cashed too.
DOVE DOES IT:
Don Dove of NOLA a friend of GCP, beat another FOGCP,
Philip Walsh heads up to win his first ring. Dove made 17k
on the day while Walsh earned 10k. Also, cashing Jerry
SANDEEP'S POCKETS NOW DEEPER AFTER PLO WIN:
San Antonio's Sandeep Vasudevan won 12k for first place.
He beat Mitchell Smith of Palm Beach (7.6k) for the ring.
Also at the final table John Holley with a lot of 4s by his
name (4th for $4,014), Rebecca Campbell of TV's NCIS New
Orleans and Tomer Mushin of Houston. Brian Mock and Brian
Senie of NOLA also cashed.
BRENNAN BENGLIS BULLDOZES SIX
What's with alliterative
names this stop? Val Vornicu got two rings, Abraham Araya
beat Bob Beck for one, Don Dove... and also Brennan Benglis
of Lake Charles won one too to go with 25k for first.
Dan Holmes of Lafayette, LA won 15k for second and David
Nicholoson won 7.5k for forth. Blake Whittington cashed
again in fifth. Four locals made the final two tables as
home grown talent Easton Oreman (8th, 2.8k), Michael
Horchoff (9th) John Durio of Metairie (10th), and Jeff
Densen of NOLA (12th) added to their bankrolls.
in the money: Jeremy Eyer of Gulfport, Blake Baker, Brandon
Gullory of Opelousas, LA, Donovan Brack of St. Amant, LA,
Anthony Graphia of Baton Rouge, LA, Chandler Duncan of NOLA,
and Ken Christopher of Mobile, AL.
THE LADIES FINAL TABLE GOT COMP-ED:
Cynthia Compton of Atlanta prevailed in the Ladies event
besting Justine Renteria of Corpus Christi winning almost
$4500 on the $250 buy-in. Renteria won just under $2800 for
second. Amber Douglas of Prairieville, LA (third 1.8k),
Cheryl Felton of Metairie, LA (1.2k, fourth), Janet Larson
of Robinsonville, MS (sixth) and Lynn Kimball of Baton
Rouge, LA all made the money.
SENIORS LOADED WITH LOCALS:
Scott Roberts prevailed for 11k besting Darren Martin
(7k for second... more on him to come). Nelson Solar of
Denham Springs, James Duke of Houston, TX, Rodney Shows, Ms.
Joan Rhodes of NOLA, and Danny Doucet rounded out the final
Also in the green: Lane Leblance, Deric
Williams (Harvey, LA), Paul Hudspeth (Austin, TX), Bill
Flippen (Kenner, LA) and Matt Parsons (Bossier City).
AA over BB:
In the 580 buy in event two circuit regs Abraham Araya
of Carrolton, TX and Bob Beck of Santa Rosa Beach FL clashed
with the outcome decided alphabetically, Araya won 27k for
first and Beck almost 17k for second. Nolan Burton of
Pleasant Grove, AL won 12k for third. Craing Norals of
Jackson, MS (7th 3.8k), and Liazari Petcov of NOLA (8th 3k)
also made the final table.
Good to see Chris Sumrall
of Houma, LA make the final 18 too. For more on the
inspiring story of the winner Araya go
VALENTINE'S DAY CAME TWICE:
Valentin Vornicu won again. The 11 time ring wwinner
became a 12 time ring winner. His final table featured
a slew of standouts who ran deep this week. Josh Lowing of
Pensacola won almost 15k for second after Vornicu earned
another 24k for first. Mohammed Shalai won 6k for fifth.
Mike Horchoff won 4.6k for 6th.
Sley Sanchez of New
Orleans won 2.8k for 8th with Justin Brassieur of Lake
Charles rounding out the final table in 9th. Jerry Monroe
(definitely more on him to come too) won 3.6k for 7th.
Also in the money Johnathan Hilton, Blake Whittington of
Jacksonville, Roland Drufresne of Mandeville, Justin Bracy
of Metairie (!), Anthony Graphia of Baton Rouge, Eugene Wade
of Kinder, LA, Greg Rabalais of Church Point, LA, Eric
Wilkinson of NOLA and Lathan Campo of Greensburg, LA.
Ray Curran of Ocean Springs won his first ring after
chopping the money with Mike Monaghan of Yazoo City and
playing for the jewelry. What a final table it was Jeff
Trudeau finished third for over 19k, Ben Thomas of Baton
Rouge won 11k for 5th, Chris Sheffield of Pensacola 8.4k for
sixth, and Jared Ingles 7th for 6.5k. Steve Meyers of
Mandeville (always knocking on the door) 10th, Don Dove of
NOLA 11th, Morgan Sager of NOLA 12th, and Joel Doney soon to
be of NOLA 15th.
Also in the money: John Cressend,
Brian Mock, Prissy Giroir, Robert Cote, Jerry Monroe, Joe
Phelps, Jerrard Parfait, TM Martin, Chris Iacono of NOLA, PJ
Horrigan, Corey Harrison and Archimedes Arevelo of Kinder.
The final three of Event 7
could have easily taken place somewhere about 2 hours west
of New Orleans. Terry Melancon of Breaux Bridge won 21k and
a ring after beating two near neighbors of his from
Lafayette. Michael Fontenot won 13.5k for second and Michael
Benton won almost 10k for third. Freddie Ardoin of
Lacassine, LA finished 7th. Also cashing: William Zibilich
of Norco, LA, Jerry (Jeezh Jerry how many times did you
cash...) Monroe, and Vincent Calcagno of NOLA also went to
the cashier's cage.
SEAT GIVEAWAY WINNERS:
STILL A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE WSOP-C SEAT!
Every night this week the $135 buy-in tournament has one
Main Event seat added to the prize pool.
Satellites start later this week but treat these small
fields as you own satellite, win some money in the process and have a shot
at playing for some huge money this weekend. Every
night at 7pm
SOCIAL MEDIA CHAMPS:
a look at two of our winners: Jamar
Butler and Jacque Gremillion won seats in our giveaway and
played the reentry this weekend. Todd Cowan who cashed
the reentry is pictured further below in our recap of that
Thanks to you guys for rocking the patch. Two more
winners to play this week.
Also, huge thanks to the Poker Room manager Chase Haydel
who helped us put this promotion together. He has been
making things happen this year since taking over in NOLA.
He's put players first and we are grateful to have
him. To be honest we are pretty lucky on the coast
with all the guys running the poker rooms here and he's been
an outstanding addition to the group.
HAND OF THE WEEK:
This hand from Alec Torelli and Daniel Negreanu illustrate
the relevance of blockers even in Hold'em. Always
great to see the gears working in Negreanu's head as he
talks you through what he's thinking. He figures out
his value bet has become something else and Torelli is
turned into a wet noodle of Daniel's shaping in this hand.
WSOP AND ESPORTS?
The Rio Pavillion room will host the WSOP ESPORTS
Tournament this summer. Players in town for the WSOP can
also play some video games during the festival. The
partnership with UMG offers 1.9 million players in their
database a good reason for going to Vegas during the WSOP.
WSOP-C NOLA REENTRY:
VALENTINE ON MOTHERS DAY:
Val Vornicu topped the field on his way to his 11th circuit
ring breaking a dead-lock with Maurice Hawkins for 1st all
time in rings won. With 1340 entries, Val also earned
64k (nice bankroll boost before the WSOP). Interestingly,
enough Val found himself in New Orleans chasing points for
the Global Championship and took a different strategy to the
final table. Laddering up. Sometimes you ladder all
the way to first.
Jonathan Hilton, who's demeanor is
markedly different from VV, finished third. We'd say
nice guys don't finish first but the Chattanooga pro won a
National Championship in New Orleans for a huge chunk of his
earnings. 28k is a a pretty decent consolation prize.
Local, Clinton Boynes of Mandeville finished second for 39k.
We were pulling hardest for friend of GCP Joe Hebert
(pictured above) at the final table but he bowed out 7th for
10k. Holly Meliet of Baton Rouge won almost 7k for 9th.
Cigar Joey finished 11tth for 5.7k. Nick Rodrigue of
Chalmette, earned 4.8k for 13th. Ken Christopher won
4.1k for 16th. Luis Tablas earned 3.5k for 21st.
Rhodes of Houma (23rd), Jared Wiley of NOLA (25th) David
Nicholosn (26th), Teddy Conner (27th), Kris Kent of Slidell
(28th), JP Kolb of Youngsville, LA (29th) Heather
Reese of Gulf Breeze (30th) and Kyle Barnett of Metairie
(32nd) all made over 2k for thier runs.
Curran of Ocean Springs, Jerry Ard of Monticello, MS, Sean
Sinclair of Mobile, our own Wild Bill Phillips (one of a
only a couple of players who cashed multiple times in this
event), and Skip Gill of Baton Rouge all made over $1500.
Also cashing: Ron Germany and Andrew Brinkley of
Georgia, Trace Henderson of Laurel, MS, our Social media
contest winner Todd Cowan (pictured) of Metairie, LA, Kamond
Mitchell of NOLA, Shawn Calvit of Lafayette, Ian Crozier of
Metairie, Steve Bierman, Chris Dupuy of Baton Rouge, Curtis
Terry, Mo Moeini, Marco Lemus of Vicksburg, Corey Dukes of
Slidell, Chris Baudean of NOLA, Rory Obrien of Prairieville,
LA, Daniel Sheynin of NOLA, and Don Shipley of Baton Rouge.
HARRAHS NOLA CIRCUIT:
Congrats to the winners of our Social Media seat
giveaway! We are very happy for Jamar Butler, Jacque
Gremillion, Todd Cowen, Simi Mittal, and Matt Bizub who will
all be playing this week. Would be great if they could
turn a social media share into a ring!
Harrahs for providing the seats for this promotion.
Looking at a potentially huge turn out for this first
weekend and beyond.
For more circuit information head
The Global Championship will take place after the WSOP
at next year's first circuit stop in Cherokee North
Carolina. To qualify the top 50 in points earned for this
circuit year freeroll the 10k buy-in Event. Here's an
update on some regional notables in the hunt:
guys are safely in: Chris Conrad, Kevin Eyster, TK Miles,
Stephen Nusrallah, and Jason Gooch.
Those with MAYBE
some work to do, but maybe already secured enough: Steve
Bierman (36th, 180 points), Chris Carey (37th, 180 points),
Woody Moore (39th, 175 points) and Jonathan Tamayo (40th,
Those who should be sweating it and
will probably have to cash in NOLA: Maurice Hawkins (46th,
165), Michael Cooper (48th 162.5) and Jonathan Hilton 50th
Some familiar names are just outside the top
50 and will likely be in NOLA for the final stop to try and
get in. They include 53rd Ari Engel, 54th Valentin Vornicu,
58th Mark Fink and 62nd Allen Kessler.
players in the top 100 include William Anderson, Russ Head,
Ben Keeline, Janet Fitzgerald, John Holley, Bob Beck, Cody
Stanford, and David Lee.
The next 100 is led by Danny
Doucet (101, 115 points), Cory Waaland, Michael Sanders, and
William "Jeter" Brock.
Good Luck to all of ya'll
getting after it!
save the world by playing No Limit Hold'em? No, we are not
spoiling the Infinity War, though perhaps we are spoiling
one of its sequels. Interesting plot device... a game of No
Limit Hold'em to save the universe. What player would
you want to decide your fate?
to see what Avenger writers chose. Does the
Avengers playing poker sound too far fetched for the big
screen? Considering Marvel has long employed a
rotating poker game between it's heroes to strengthen the
mesh of the shared universe, maybe not. Perhaps it's
really only a matter of time before we see Bruce Banner
going all Hulk after taking a bad beat or getting
Banner: "I've always want to say
something like this... HULK FLUSH!"
Thor: That's a
great hand... (looks skyward) Odin why have you
...Hahahaha, of course you haven't!
Alas, Banner that last Queen made me a House that is Full.
Iron Man: Not cool, not co...
Hulk: Hulk Smash!
HEY OH! PAY-O VAYO:
WSOP Main Event runner-up Gordon Vayo has sued
Pokerstars claiming they defrauded him ~700k for a 2017
SCOOP tournament win. In short, Vayo alledges the site
encourages Americans to play in Canada and Mexico and in
other countries where poker is legal, only to turn around
and deny payment when they win bigon the pretenses that it's
not veriable they played the tournament abroad. In essence,
Vayo alledges if Stars can doubt he was where he says was
they turn around and keep the money.
It is possible
to play on a Virtual Private Network but Vayo denies he did
this. Also, interesting Stars credited the money to Vayo's
account and he continued to play on the site, but only when
he tried to cash out did PokerStars claim it's possible he
didn't play the tournament outside the U.S. Even worse to
the day he filed suit against them PokerStars has been
advertising the SCOOP with his image and touting him as a
winner (without letting him keep his winnings).
HAND OF THE WEEK!
SOCIAL MEDIA WSOPC SEAT GIVEAWAY:
Here's all the details....
You have two (err... three, errr... four) options...
Like us on
FACEBOOK here. You also have to
share the pinned social media WSOP-C
seat giveaway post on your page.
Then direct message
us your name as it appears on your total rewards card and
your Harrahs Total Rewards #.
Follow us on
the social media WSOP seat giveaway tweet. Then direct
message us your name as it appears on your total rewards
card and your Harrahs Total Rewards #.
both and get two entries.
Do both, get two
entries and download Harrahs Total Rewards App and enter for
a chance to win a seat there too.
The drawing for $365 seats takes place Sunday, May 6th in
Harrahs NOLA poker room. You do not have to be present to
win. Your seat will be credited to your TR account. We will
contact you to
see which $365 event you would like to play.
direct messages must be received by 11:59:59 pm Friday,
You must be 21 to enter and must play your
(non-transferable) seat at this May's circuit event.
Good luck all.
The WSOP-C Main Event came down to a table full of
accomplished players. Dylan Wilkerson prevailed to win just
under 300k by beating Erick Lindgren heads up. Lindgren won
181k for second making him and probably at least a handful
of people a little bit happier.
A couple of Gulf
Coast transplants got there too. TK Miles won
77k for 5th (aka End Boss) and Gabe Costner (pictured)
tapped into the universe to mine the lucky fluctations in
the quantum field with Venus rising to win 46k for 7th.
Great to see both at another big time final table.
Just behind them a who's who of circuit grinders.
Jonathan Hilton (10th), Robert Hankins (12th), Chris Conrad
(15th), Kyle Cartwright (16th), Rahul Deevara (19th),
William Brock (20th), and Ben Keeline (23rd) all won over
10k. Jason Gooch, John Dollinger (who earlier won a
ring), and Josh Arieh banked just under 10k.
cashing Jeremy Eyer, Thanh Vu, Tim Burt, matt Graham, Jeff
Trudeau, Robert Harwell, Justin Harvell, David Slaughter,
and Joe Cheong (somebody chasing points?).
HAND OF THE WEEK:
No guts(hot) no glory...
WSOP CIRCUIT EVENT
Million in Guarantees and over 15k in added money
for the Harrahs New Orleans WSOP-Circuit event. It all
starts Thursday, May 10th with the 200k Guarantee Re-Entry
event. The four flights for that event begin at 11am
on Thursday, continue 11 am and 4 pm Friday and conclude
with an 11am Saturday.
On Wednesday they are
guaranteeing 100k in the $365 Monster Stack Re-Entry.
Thursday the high roller also boasts a 100k Guarantee on the
The Main Event starts the 18th with a
750k guarantee. The four flights are 11am, and 4pm both on
Friday and Saturday.
HIGGINS FOR THE
Former Pearl River Re-Entry champion Matthew Higgins won
another Re-entry, this time in Cherokee, earning a WSOP
Circuit ring and over 100k. He only had to beat 2607 players
to take the title. The Chattanooga rounder bested Narimaan
Ahmadi of Alpharetta heads up. Ahmadi won 63k for second.
Harold Kizzire of Birmingham finished 17th.
PLAYER POOLS SHARED:
Three out of fifty states now offer online poker and all
three will not be able to compete against one another on
WSOP.com. Players fromNew Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware will
be able to battle one another legally any time they fire up
their computer screen.
There is movement afoot
(scroll down for our link to Louisiana bill by Danny
Martiny) for the Gulf Coast to join the party. If you have a
moment shoot your local representative an email to support
HAND OF THE WEEK:
SEMINOLE HARD ROCK
Jonathan Poche added to his
hot run with another big score finishing second to crypto
hedge fund manager Pete Walsworth at the Seminole Hard Rock.
The 5k No Limit Hold'Em tournament only had 98 entrants, but
when the price of admission is 5k the prize pool builds
A bit of the a cooler/bad beat on the
final hand. Poche flopped top two with 87 on an 874 board.
He check raised Walsworth who made the call. Poche pushed on
the turn when a 5 hit. Walsworth almost beat him into the
pot holding 64 having flopped a pair and a gut shot that got
there. Shane Lewis of Baton Rouge also made a couple of deep
runs at the Seminole series.
He's still listed as a New Orleanian, he's also been a
Pensacolian, but hard to know where this rambling man lives
now. Regardless he won the SHRPO 1 Million GTD High Roller
winning another 370k. Congrats to him and move over Keith
Lehr this will move Brandon up to second all time in
money won for Louisiana.
For more news that no
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recent, follow the link below...
ARCHIVED NEWS BLOTTER CENTER>>>
Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
some time to sit down and bang out a new blog pre-wsop. We just
finished with the New Orleans Circuit event and everyone is
getting geared up for wsop in Vegas. I am unsure if I will be
heading out this year as Ivy is now 8 years old and he is at
that "cool age" and we have alot planned for the summer...we
Played a few events in New Orleans including the $1650 Main
Event. I wasnt happy with how I played ...but then again I will
always find fault with my play unless I win...lol.
Its an exciting time to be in poker as the laws may be changing
soon, and online poker may come back in full force. GCP has been
a mainstay for poker on the Gulf Coast and we hope to take
advantage of the second coming to bring GCP to more computers in
the future and gain more readers. Bill and I want to take the
time to thank everyone who has came back for the stories and
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THE POKER MONKEY
Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker
circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:
"As promised, I am back with a fresh blog post inside of
ten months, the time between my previous two posts! Things since
I announced the relaunch of my Summer Grinders has been fast and
furious. Shares are going like ...hotcakes? How did that ever
become 'a thing?' Going like hotcakes? When have hotcakes ever
been in really high demand? And what ARE hotcakes? Are they
pancakes? Are they cakes with a hot, molten center like those
you get at Chili's after dinner? I don't know...but the shares
are, indeed, going at a brisk pace.
As I am writing this...at 11:25pm on Tuesday night...we are
currently sitting at 186 shares sold. What that means...is I
have sold enough to send the first THREE players...with 36 of 50
sold to send the FOURTH player. My initial goal...was to make
dreams come true for FIVE players this summer. But...my gut
instinct is that if I keep aggressively chatting things up...and
getting help from some others...we might just have a shot to get
to the same 400 shares that we sold last summer...when we sent 8
MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY|
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.."[+]
Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an intriguing
approach to the game:
"This is a "True Confessions" blog. My confession is that I
don't always pay attention to everything that is happening. I
suspect that we all are guilty at times but I KNOW that I
It usually happens when you put your
opponent on a straight draw after the flop and concentrate so
fully on what cards would complete his straight and whether they
fall that you miss the board flushing or you put him on a heart
flush draw and concentrate so completely on whether or not
another heart falls that you fail to notice the board
A similar but different lapse happened to me
the other day."
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 01/01/18] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
football perspective on to GCP.NET.
"How's this for a
couple of days of bullshit?
A day before the Saints
played the Falcons on December 7th, the NFLís Arthur Blank-led
compensation committee finally rewarded Roger Goodell with a
$200M contract extension.
Goodellís contract came after
months of bad blood and threats of litigation from Jerry Jones,
who had obstructed the formalities. Blank eventually won this
power struggle between two of the NFLís most influential owners,
and delivered Goodell his new contract.."
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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
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