DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
of others... What a week it was for the guys I'm
coaching/helping out with their games.
First off, Steve Bierman, a voracious learner,
who only cares about getting better and better
and better. I can't be more proud of the dude as
he navigated a really tough final day at the IP
Main Event to get the biggest score of his life
over 70k! Not only that he came in with a final
table strategy and executed it perfectly to have
a shot at the ring and all the glory. Great job,
Here we are celebrating Steve's
previous biggest score in January of this year
at the Beau with Jeff Sager. Guy's won what over
100k this year? Still two months to go.
This time, Ben Saxton and Joe Hebert joined us
for the drinks to salute Steve's win. Bricks of
cash might have been gratuitously on show at one
point. At least Steve didn't leave them in the
bar as he did with his check in January (shout
out to Mack Trelles for running him down that
04/22/16] Jonathan Little has more tournament winnings than only
a handul of pros. At 24, he had already
eclipsed 4 million dollars in lifetime
winnings . The WPT Season VI player of the year, Jonathan
was born in Pensacola Florida and currently
operates a new poker site, which includes his
blogs and videos you can find it
"Today I will
share with you a hand from the $1,111 buy-in
Little One Drop event that took place during the
2015 World Series of Poker. This event attracted
a huge field of 4,555 people. I managed to take
67th place for $7,215, which is always nice.
When playing in a tournament consisting of
mostly amateur players, it is important to steal
lots of pots by making your opponent feel as if
his entire stack is at risk while only risking a
small portion of yours."
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 11/01/16] Nolan Dalla.com is where you find the
wit and wisdom of one of the most well known
poker writers in the industry. His WSOP
coverage speaks for itself. His home blog
covers a wide range of topics written
with that singular Dalla conviction.
"Fact is, I have not worked in many months and
for this reason, Iíve spent almost no time on
writing or updating the blog. I hope to change
this shortly and return to my old habits.
Instead, most of my days and weeks have been
spent on capping other sports, and seeking out
advantages where I can find them. Itís been a
tough way to make an easy living." [+]
[UPDATED 09/25/15] Shannon Shorr has graduated. That's bad
news for the poker world because he's terrorized the circuit
while also being a full time college student. Now without
distractions, like class every day, the only question is how
quickly will he add to his over 3.2 million dollars in
tournament winnings. You can also read Shannon's blog at
"Hey friends! At 6:34 a.m. local time
Friday I summited the world's largest
free-standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro with
my buddies Jesse and Paul Yaginuma! I consider
it one of my biggest personal achievements and
got so much out of the journey. The idea was
proposed by Jesse and Paul over a year ago. I
initially laughed it off thinking it was an
unattainable goal. I'm really, really, really
glad I looked further into it. A big thank you
to the Yaginumas for being such cool fucking
guys with ambition and a strong desire to live
their lives to the fullest. This reiterates to
me just how essential it is that we all keep an
openmind about everything. Opening one's mind
isn't a process that happens overnight. It's a
matter of being exposed to different people,
things and places. I'll take this platform,
however small it is, to try to express that
through this documentation of my Kilimanjaro
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03/08/16] David Mendez grinds online poker at a
time when it's hard to find a game. His
blog centers on his poker both live and online.
"Which is better? I think we all know how I feel
about the matter by now. Some others and myself
are still working out some details but it will
be a heads up poker competition consisting of
two teams, "live" & "online". If you play live
poker in the local circles then I am sure you
know Kenny Milam! Happy to have him as captain
of the "live" team! Once the details have been
agreed on Gulf Coast Poker will be holding a
poll on which team will come out on top so be
sure to go vote! The competition will be held
over 3-4 weeks with one round of competition per
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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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
PEARL RIVER POKER OPEN OCT. 28TH - NOV 6TH
Multi-flight Seniors Event, 100k Guarantees Rentry and Main
THE HEATER IS ALMOST
Highlights from schedule the Beau Rivage's biggest poker
event of the year:
No Limit Hold'Em reentry event has two flights Friday Jan.
6, and two flights Saturday Jan. 7. With a 600k guaranteed
prize pool this will be a monster turnout. Expect them to
smash the guarantee as they always seem to do.
look out for the seniors 50k guarantee, a Monster Stack 50k
guarantee (with two flights), a four flight Little Monster
event, and then a 300k $2700 Main Event with two flights.
PEARL RIVER MAIN
WILSON WINS... AGAIN:
Pearl River Main Event came down to three players and a
familiar script. Last go around Chris "CD" Davis, a diehard
Bama fan, won the Reentry event and then got a double by
taking the Main Event after a chop. Chris Davis just missed
the final table, but fellow Bama fan Bryne Wilson checked
all those boxes (having won the reentry) to accomplish the
Wilson who won the Ante Up
magazine cover and an entry into their Championship event
humbly deferred to his two competitors even in victory.
After a long final table the three way action stalled.
Certainly, the accomplishments of Jeremy "The Chemist"
Gaubert and Russ Head seemed to indicate one of them would
prevail. However, after an even money chop was offered by
the chipleader, with Wilson getting the lagniappes ,the
three struck a deal.
Wilson, Tuscaloosa, AL $22,280
Jeremy Gaubert, Thibodeaux, LA
Russ Head, Rome, GA $22,279
Jonathan Wisbey, New Orleans, LA
Robbie Matthews, Baton Rouge, LA
Ralph Reid, Meridian, MS $7,906
Lyle Walker, Baton Rouge, LA
B.J. McBrayer, Tuscaloosa, AL
Chip Ervin, Tuscaloosa, AL $3,594
James ďMouseyĒ Davis, Jackson, TN
Charles Davis $2,731
12. Perry Brown, Brandon, MS
13. Chris Canan, New Orleans, LA
14. Jonathan Hart, Jackson, MS
15. Chris Davis, New Orleans, LA
16. Anne Champlain, Jonesville,
17. Barry Schultz, Arlington, TN
18. Curtis Miller, Houston, TX
19. Richard Jentzsch, Norris, TN
20. Dilsad Mergler, Baton Rouge,
21. Amanda Hayes, Jackson, MS
22. Brook Swink, Columbus, MS
23. Thuy Djedjos, Jackson, MS
24. Steve Bierman, New Orleans,
25. Cody Pack, Cartersville, GA
26. Jerry Giroir, Lafayette, LA
27. David Chocheles, New Orleans,
that was going one, the final one day event wrapped up with
RIVER POKER OPEN - Ante Up Poker Tour
Event #9 - No-Limit Hold'em
Prize Pool: $6,440
1. Epheium Shelton, Ridgland, MS
2. Lemuel Nix, Sylycaugha, AL,
3. Tara Snow, Piedmont, AL,
4. Lee Breeland, Canton, MS
5. Christopher Torres, New
Orleans, LA $426
6. Jerry Girioir, Lafayette, LA
always, a first class event run by Tournament Director Paul
Dutsch, his crew and Pearl River Resorts. See you guys in
PEARL RIVER MAIN
HEAD OF THE CLASS:
Head finished as the Chipleader after the final day 1
flights completed on Saturday. Head returns with an
impressive 243k. Steve Bierman held the chipleader title on
Friday when he bagged 191k but now is second biggest stack.
Lyle Walker comes back with 152k. Jerry Giroir continues his
hot year with a top five stack bagging 130k. Plenty of other
notable names advanced to make Sunday a tough test with 53
players opening bags.
included Jeremy Gaubert (100k), Cody Pack (117k), Jonathan
Hart (84k), Chris Canan (83k), David Chocholes (83k), Jeter
Brock (76k), BJ McBrayer (67k), Robbie Matthews (64k), Corey
returning with chips Chip Ervin (57k), Chris Davis (42k),
Prissy Giroir (42k), Wild Bill Phillips (38k), Paul Hebert
(35k), Shane Lewis (28k) and Randall Reese (18k).
list available at
PEARL RIVER UPDATE:
A PAIR FOR HEBERT:
LSU might not have beat the Crimson tide but Superfan
Paul Hebert (picture courtesey of Ante Up) still had a great
week. The Pierre Part, LA native outlasted William
Higginbotham of Meridian, MS to win $135 in Event 4. Randal
Smith (Silver Creek, GA), Jerol Drane (Atlanta, GA) and
Vernell Hokins (Jakcson, MS). In event 5, Hebert won 776 for
his victory over Justin Sharpe of Memphis, TN. Jerol Drane
of Atlanta finished third. Hebert also brought LSU branded
tissue boxes to the tournament area for Alabama fans to use
after the big football game Saturday. To his credit very
gracious in defeat.
Rhalf Reid of Meridian, MS bested a tough field to win
the Senior Event. Several quality players in the money,
including Jeter Brock.
Event #3 -
Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
1. Rhalf Reid Meridian, MS
2. Dean Hoffman Algood, TN $2,514
"Mousey" Davis Jackson, TN $1,676
4. Charles Kenny
Warrenville, SC $1,257
5. William Brock Pelham, AL $1,117
6. Steve Humphries $978
7. Ronnie Pittman Calera, AL $838
8. Thomas Ballard Braswell, GA $698
9. David Cox Vaiden,
SHUMAKER MAKING MONEY, BEATING ROMANS:
Herman, Shumaker of Brandon MS, beat Larry Lemming of Rome
GA, and Stephen Diprima also of Rome, GA to win over 2k in
the Limit Omaha/8 event.
GOOLSBY MONSTER IN MONSTER STACK:
Talladega, AL native Doug Goolsby won 4.4k for first beating
a loaded final table that featured Cody Pack and Russ Head.
Event #7 - No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack
1. Douglas Goolsby Talladega, AL $4,464
2. Cody Pack
Cartersville, GA $2,592
3. Kenneth Jones Pelham, AL
4. Russ Head Lindale, GA $1,296
Hoskins Jackson, MS $1,152
6. Delsad Meraler Baton Rouge,
7. Renee Willis Philadelphia, MS $864
Clinton Carney Philadelphia, MS $720
9. Joshua Huie Rome,
Complete Pear River coverage at
PEARL RIVER UPDATE:
Bryne Wilson (pictured, photo credit Ante Up)
the win in Event One of Pearl River's Poker Open. The most
recent stop on the Ante Up Poker Tour had an overlay in the
reentry event that drew 265 players. We believe a chop
involving the top 7 or 8 players ended the event with Wilson
getting the largest share. All those who made the
money are below:
PEARL RIVER POKER OPEN - Ante Up
Event #1 - No-Limit Hold'em
Prize Pool: $100,000
1. Bryne Wilson Tuscaloosa, AL
2. Susan Hazelgrove Cordova, TN
3. Corey Harrison Bessemer, AL
4. Randy Tackett AlaBaster, AL
5. Randall Hollis Helena, AL
6. Richard Tenhet Maben, MS
7. Dustin Stewart Diberville, MS
8. Lacey Coffey Biloxi, MS $3,500
9. Jeffery Mullins Hazel Green,
10. Samuel G Woodstock, GA $1,900
11. Randall Smith SilverCreek, GA
12. BJ McBrayer Tuscaloosa, AL
13. Chase Buxton Birmingham, AL
14. Robert Veazey Carencro, LA
15. Dexter Burns Pinson, AL
16. Freddie Gladney Oneida, AR
17. Wild Bill Phillips New
Orleans, LA $1,300
18. Tosha Mullins Huntsville, AL
19. William Brock Birmingham, AL
20. Rhonda Hart Cabot, AR $1,000
21. Jacob Cukla N/A $1,000
22. Riley Sims Woodstock, AL
23. Adam Cotant Tuscaloosa, AL
24. Jacob Lons Philadelphia,MS
25. Thomas Ballard Rockmart, GA
26. JW Smith Dalton, GA $1,000
27t Lee Craft Eckmart AL $1,000
27t JD Iresk Kosciusko, MS $1,000
SIX SPLIT SPOILS:
In Event Two, a
six way chop was reached with Rodney Jackson of Chattanooga,
Chris Harrison of Cartersville, GA, Paul Hebert of Pierre
Part, LA, Chris Nunnally of Anniston, AL, and GCP's Wild
7th Matthew Higgins Rossville, GA
8th Lewis Blakeney Millport, AL
9th Bradford Grant Jonesboro, GA
MORE TO COME:
The Main Event is also a 100k guarantee with only $50
out of the $800 juiced. That too is a reentry event. Of
course, if there is another overlay... zero juice, again.
Also, more deep stack events and a two flight seniors event.
A COUPLE OF
PEARLS--UPCOMING POKER EVENTS:
PEARL RIVER POKER OPEN:
The folks in Pearl River, led by
tournament director Paul Dutsch, keep getting bigger and
bolder. Lots to love about this fall event.
Another multi-flight seniors event, a 100k guarantee
re-entry event to kick start the series, and an $800 buyin
Main Event with only $50 juice (!!!!!) also with a 100k
guarantee. Talk about player friendly.
trip now. Inexpensive and brand new rooms, the famous
Dancing Rabbit golf course (pictured), and cash games that
will be bumping again. Here's the complete
Slicks Poker Room in Biloxi's Scarlet Pearl will host their
first Big Slick 30k Poker Open October 7th through the 9th.
Flight A is friday at 6pm, Flight B is Satruday at 11am, and
Flight C is Saturday at 6pm. All will merge for day 2
on Sunday at 1pm.
Buyin is $255. We
predict they will smash their guarantee and you'll love
their charging ports in the table. See you there.
Structure Sheet is
BILOXI CHOP CITY:
ways were the theme of the week in Biloxi. It's rumored that
both the Main Event at the Beau Rivage and the Main Event at
the IP were chopped three ways.
Beau, Chuck Carragher, Seville Halle, and Jared Ingles
divvied up the money shortly after "The Chemist" Jeremy
Gaubert busted 4th. Seville Hale got credit for the top
spot. Also in the money,
David Nicholson who had a strong week at both casinos, Tim
Burt, Kyle Cartwright, Joe Hebert and GCP's "Wild" Bill
At the IP, with a little
bigger prize pool, the chop went to Baton Rouge's Chris
Savage, Lytle Allen and Steve Bierman (pictured celebrating
another payday above center). All made over 70k on the day. Caufman Talley
III went out just before the money was split up winning 42k.
Savage after another bathroom deal got credit for the ring
and the seat in the Global Championship.
Miles won just under 20k for 7th. Jeter Brock continued his
fine year with an 11th place finish just under 10k. TJ
Cloutier also won just under 10k. Brian Senie, Corey
Harrison, and Josh Lowing made the final 18. Hank Sitton,
Tim Burt (who pulled off the double Main Event cash), Danny
Doucet, Frank Alpandinar, Marco Palacios, BJ McBrayer, David
Chocheles, Gary Friedlander, Mike Sanders, Ben Thomas, and
John Dollinger all cashed.
PALMER PALMS THE LOOT IN MONSTER STACK:
Palmer won almost 50k in the first reentry event besting
almost 1100 plaeyrs. Seville Hale finished fourth for just
under 20k (pictured: what a good week for the 986
grinder and former Monkey Minion). Well done to Baton
Rouge's David Weinstein who earned a little over 10k for
Ard (15th), Frank Alpandinar (33rd), Chris Torres (35th),
Randy Gordon (41st), Corey Harrison (46th), and David
Nicholoson (49th) all made the top 50. Also cashing Paul
Hebert, BJ McBrayer, John Durio, Jerry Griroir, Jeremy
Gaubert, David Chocheles, John walters, Michael Benton,
Brian Walsingham, Michael Horchoff and Chris Dupuy all
Oreman finished second to Mark Fitzhenry in the second event
a NLHE Turbo. Fitzhenry won 6k, Oreman 3.k and Jeremy
Williams pocketed just about 2.1k for third.
DR. LAURA WINS
out to be a pretty good week for past Monkey's Minions. Dr.
Laura took down the seniors event for a healthy 15k.
LANSDON LIKES OMAHA:
Alabamian Matt Lansdon has four tournament wins lifetime.
Three came in variations of Omaha. This time he won almost
4k for the Pot Limit Omaha event. His last score, also an
Omaha event; 1st PLO 8 or Better at the Beau.
NO LIMIT WIN FOR LIM:
Hernando, MS's Brett Lim beat a loaded final table including
Brandon Guillory (2nd, 4k), Jeff Sager (4th, just under 2k)
and Herbert Tabscott (6th). This is Lim's first outright
Congrats to all that cashed and more
importantly all that made money.
BEN ZAMANI FROM FLORIDA CONTINUES CRUSHING 2016
ON THE LIVE POKER TABLES:
The kid recently got 5th in the WPT in Maryland for
$85k...on top of the Million plus he scooted with the rest
of the year including two 2nd places in WPT events for $341k
and $412k. Whatever this kid is doing...you may want to try
BEAU RIVAGE :
LITTLE MONSTER AT THE BEAU:
Matt Stroud sits on a commanding
chip lead. The Lafayette, LA player is due for his first
major cash. He's in great shape to make it happen today.
Also advancing bigger stacks are Antony Vidmer, Joe Phelps,
Josh Mancuso, and Bert Ladner.
"Spider" Henderson, Charlie Gelvin, Michael Benton and GCP's
Gene Dudek. Captain Tom Franklin, Barron Whipple, Morgan
Sager, John Durio, Wild Bill Phillips and Squirt Pierce,
The WSOPC Main Event inched
forward to Day two. Still needing to lose half the field to
get to the money, the returnees include many of the Coast's
best players. Atop
the standings is Desmond Scot (pictured) with 318.5k.
Michael Fontenot is a couple of spots behind at 241k. Tim
Burt (200k), TK Miles (180k), Brian Senie (158k) and Steve
Bierman (137k) are just behind in the top 15.
Talley, Ben Thomas, Fred Sigur, Bj McBrayer, Jeter Brock,
Corey Harrison, and Gary Fridelander all bagged more than
100k. Josh Palmer, Frank Alpandinar (also pictured),
David Chocheles, Marco Palacios, Luther Tran, Chris Savage,
Mo Moeini and Hank Sitton return with more than 60k.
On the short stacks TJ Cloutier, Nesrin Can, Danny
Doucet, John Dollinger, and Wild Bill Phillips.
counts for Day two of Main Event.
BATTLE FOR BILOXI
The 200k reentry tournament at the Beau Rivage starts
today. Ton of options for poker tournaments on the
to the Beau Rivage schedule. All events will be upstairs
again in the Ballroom. We'll see you there.
night Chris Canan (pictured above) won the first event at
the Beau Rivage. Getting things started on the right
foot. Great job Chris.
NUSRALLAH RALLIES TO CHIP LEAD DOWN THE STREET:
Flight A of the WSOP C event at the IP finished with
Steve Nusrallah (picuted below) on top of the chip counts. A
massive Aces vs. Kings pot gave him the momentum he needed
to finish off the night sitting in the cat bird seat with
395k in chips.
Cory Pasano finished 8th in chips with 228k. Ronnie Hope
also made it through the night with 126k in chips. Brandon
Guillory and Todd Cowan both bagged close to 90k. Complete
BATTLE OF ONLINE CASH PROS:
Doug Polk v. Ben Tollene revealed their first world
poker problems. An old dispute got aired on 2+2 where Polk
alleges he gave Ben86 coaching in exchange for coaching in
their respective specialties. Problem is after Polk (aka
WCGRider) coached Ben86, Ben86 stiffed him and never gave
him coaching in return.
Polk also is salty because
Tollene then tried to sit with him in his field presumably
using the insight he gave freely against him. 2+2 then
unveiled some other shifty dealings and a drama thread
spilled out. Got a couple of hours to kill and some popcorn?
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BEAU RIVAGE GULF COAST POKER CHAMPIONSHIP:
With a 200k Guarantee in their 25k starting Monster Stack
event, the Beau Rivage will get things rolling quickly in
their tournament series this September. Lots of player
friendly options this go round. Main Event is only $1200
buy-in and most of their satellites feature two added seats.
They offer a senior tournament with two flights. Pot
Limit Omaha, Big O, Limit Omaha 8 or better and plenty of
Holdem dot the schedule. Another fun one, the $200 Little
Monster with 15k in the starting stack and three flights.
LA FLOOD RELIEF:
Seen a lot of our poker buddies social media pages and they
featured water, water, and more water. Now its demo
after demo. Our hearts have been heavy. Too many
to count who visit this page are now cleaning up and putting
their lives back together.
We have tried (and are
still trying) to put together a charity poker tournament to
raise funds for those affected. Thanks go out to
Harrahs NOLA and the Beau Rivage. Both casinos loved
the idea and were eager to get involved. So, to the
floors and the tournament directors and the room managers we
appreciate the effort. Unfortunately, both places ran
into problems with gaming and putting on a charity event.
Sometimes, that can sound a bit like a throwaway excuse, but
based on their initial enthusiasm and then disapppointment
to not be able to do it, we are confident they tried, their
We have reached out to a couple of other
casinos and we will keep everybody in the loop if we are
able to get one together. If somebody wants to lend a
hand or can make it happen let us know. Perhaps, we'll
try to put one on privately. We'll see.
want to say thanks to the those of you who literally rescued
people, made a donation, taken supplies to the areas
impacted, or are still cleaning out homes. Seen a lot
of good people stepping up and contibuting.
you haven't been able to help and still want too, here's
some great info and options over at
by Will Souther detailing his efforts to help our friends in
SEMINOLE HARD ROCK POKER:
Four Handed in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event
Tim Burt and the three remaining players decided to chop it
up. The former soldier went out third having made a great
deal. The chop secured a good bit more than the 300k+ third
place prize money.
Burt, as you can scroll down and
see, has been knocking on the door all summer. Congrats on
the big cash, Tim! Complete results
. (Jason Koon gets the win and the trophy).
SEMINOLE HARD ROCK POKER OPEN:
ESKANDAR IN THE POLE POSITION, TIM BURT JUST BEHIND:
Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open guaranteed five Million in
their championship event and a couple of Biloxi's finest are
in South Florida chasing the one million first place prize.
Eskandar will start the day with a hair under 2 million
chips as 38 players get pared down to the final table.
Tim Burt also brings a massive stack back with 1.226
million. Zo Karim returns second in chips. Some other
notables still in the field include Ted Lawson, Jason Koon,
Chris Klodnocki, David Peters, Joe Serock, and Matt Affleck.
Every player now is already guaranteed 22.5k. Everybody
eighth or better wins 100k or more
ARI OF THE DEAL:
After besting GCP
blogger Jonathan Little in the semi-finals, Ari Engel gets
creative in chopping the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Heads
Up Championship. Go
for more details.
POKER LINK DUMP:
It's been a while
but several people have told us this is one of their
favorite types of posts. So here's what you should be
reading around the web (also fresh blogs from River Poker,
Monkey, Nolan Dalla and more):
likely an intended victim of an armed robbery? Go
here for the details.
Arizona cracks down on people playing poker. Start
a business, run a poker game, get raided by police. Go
Jason Somerville speaks up for online poker on CNBC
but forgets to dress up for appearence. Still speaks
well, and represents poker well. Shifty eyed dunce gives
shifty rebuttals. Go
here for video and
Ed Miller talks about why limping
(SOMETIMES) can be profitable on
Bovada sells the keys to it's online poker room to
Ignition Poker. Details
A bad chop for victims of Christian Lusardi's
counterfeit chip scheme in 2014 as a judge ruled the strange
payout structure chosen by regulators was somehow fair.
Go here for the
Don't remember this story? Dig around our archives for
more info, but Lusardi flushed his extra chips down a toliet
in his hotel to get caught. Yes, puns about
Loo-sardi and poker flushes were popular two years ago.
DONALD TRUMP AND POKER:
Donald Tump is a
poker fan and a poker advocate. His Taj Mahal once hosted
the U.S. Poker Championship. He's also spoken
positively publically about online poker. Though his
running mate Mike Pence is on the other side of the fence
and staucnchly anti-online poker. A couple of poker
figures from Trump's publice life have recently popped up in
the news in connection with the Don.
once got slow-rolled by Donald Tump on TV. At the time, when
pulling for her and for poker on Trump's show the Celebrity
Apprentice the action felt harsh. Joan Rivers compared Duke
to Hitler (see sloppy photo shop). Considering the scandals
that have swirled around Duke since that day that series
might become immensely re-watchable to see her get insulted
again and again by her co-stars.
Lots of poker
cameos in her fundraising events as Full Tilt execs (led by
her brother Howard Lederer) who splashed around (your?)money
for charitable causes. Believe there were some
Ultimate Bet cameos too. Joan Rivers called them all
scum. Maybe we should have listened.
somehow Duke is transitioning to a career of bad wannabe TED
talks and becomming an expert on something. It's not
clear what but to here credit people still listen to her as
evidenced by the fact Wired magazine devoted an article to
her opinion on Trump. Go
for the piece.
A much better regarded figure from
poker's hey days is Andy Beal. Beal
joined Trump's financial
team recently. The famous
billionaire who is the subject of a great poker book,
The Professor, The Banker and The Suicide King
(seriously if you haven't read that book yet go out and get
it), has been an ally to poker and funded some of the top
levels of the eco-system during the boom. He's a
genuis and a friend to the game. As the book details
he tried to break the best high stakes players in the world.
HPT VICKSBURG RESULTS:
JARFAFI FOURTH, DOUCET SEVENTH
IN MAIN EVENT:
Heartland Poker tour wrapped up in Vicksburg, MS with Jay
Friedman earning the top prize in the Main Event. Friedman
pulled in over 43k for the win. Thomas Creel of Monroe, LA
won almost 18k for third. Sayed Jarfari of Baton Rouge made
almost 13k for fourth.
John Lee of Madison, MS
finished 6th for a fiver over 8k. Danny Doucet (pictured
right) of Opelousas earned 6.7k for seventh. It's his
third cash in HPTs in Vicksburg. Anthony Magee
of Ridgeland won 5.7k for eighth.
Also, in the money
Jack McBrayer, Linh Le, Jaremy Gaubert, Jason Gladden and
Ryan Dunn. Congrats to all.
CITY IN MONSTER STACK EVENT:
It looks like three players chopped for 4.k each in
event one. William Swink, Jesse Greer, and Dennis Self all
earned the top amount. Five more players led by Jonathan
Hart won 3,873 each. Kip Jones also cashed.
Sturm took event two winning 2.8k for first and James Davis
won 3.3k for first in Event 5.
POKER BLOW-OUT COMING SEPTEMBER:
We are doubly
excited about the tournaments hitting the coast in
September. Most notably the Gulf Coast Poker Championship at
the Beau Rivage which has two Monster Stack events. A 200k
guarantee $345 Buy-in starting September 9th (with four
flights) and 25k starting stack. Also a S190 buy-in with
four flights starting September 15th with 15k starting
Their Main Event is $1190. Plenty of
"O"ptions too: a Big O Event (the first major Big O
tournament on the coast), Variations of "O"maha, and a $235
"O"ld peoples event with multiple flights (Okay, we meant...
seniors event). Also two main event seats ADDED to
every six pm satellite.
At the same time the
IP returns to the tournament poker scene with a WSOP-C
event. Biloxi should be bumping. Here's the complete
for the Beau Rivage.
CAUFMAN TALLEY 62ND:
The last of our local rooting
interests bowed out in 62nd place. Lafayette's own Caufman
Talley gave his supporters, friends and acquaintances a hell
of a ride though. Many of us thought he had a great shot to
win his first bracelet in poker's ultimate event. Great job,
kid. You will be back
GOOCH GOOD FOR 115th:
of Ruston, LA won almost 50k for finishing in 115th place.
Two spots higher than Brandon Adams of Pensacola, FL.
Houston's Melanie Weisner won the same amount for 127th. Tim
Burt (did he cash every WSOP event he played?) won 42k for
finishing in 165th. A few bragging spots higher than David
Nicholson who finished 172nd. Hiep Doan earned 36k for his
239th place finish. Rogen Chabra of Madison MS also earned
36k finishing 262nd.
Michael Horchoff of River Ridge
bowed out in 296th place winning 32k. Joe Hebert cashed for
20k in the 595th spot. Corrie Wunstel won 18k for 616th.
Kwong Ip of Kenner won 17k for 757th. Jared Ingles cashed
for 16k in 858th. Ryan Lenaghan of Mobile earned 15k for
Robert Harwell of Williamson, GA
went the deepest of the Monkey's Minions winning a tick over
28k by finishing 414th. The second best finish by a Minion
ever. Also cashing Christian Iacobellis. All but one of the
Minions made day two.
YOU CAN'T SPELL HIGHROLLER WITHOUT FEDOR HOLZ:
Okay, you can. But you shouldn't
be able to. The kid from Germany won another highroller by
winning the Big One for One Drop bringing his winnings for
the year to a cent or two over 63 billion dollars. Okay,
that's a slight exaggeration too. What's not an exaggeration
is Fedor crushes. He plays the best players in the world and
wins... again and again. This time almost 5 million.
Brings him to almost 10 million for the year.
Dan Smith won 3 million for second place. Reigning Main
Event champion Joe McKeehen won over 800k for sixth.
FOR ONE DROP
Chris Canan of New Orleans, who
cashed in this event, looked at his day two table draw and
said, "Tureniec seems dangerous regarless of his stack size.
I don't want him to run it up." Well said, as Sweden's
Michael Tureniec ran it up all the way to first place
winning 525k. Dr. Samer Al-Shurieki of Pensacola won 76k for
7th. Dr. Laura Crafton won 3.4k for her cash. Jeff Sager,
Kevin Eyster and Jason Mercier all cashed as well.
Congrats to our many rooting
interests in the Ladies Championship. Special salute
highest finisher of the bunch Harrahs New Orleans cash reg
Morgan Bowers (we think it's now Sager despite how WSOP
lists her) who had a great run to finish 27th in the Women's
championship. She's also a great artist. The
background is her work.
*We can put you in
touch if you are interested in her art.
Also, cashing the accomplished Heather Reese
from Gulf Breeze, FL, Ms. Joan Rhodes of New Orleans,
Mindabeth Jacobs (formerly of New Orleans now of Atlanta),
and Kristen Deardorff formerly of Gulfport.
shared an elevator with the winner a poker dealer from
Detroit; Courtney Kennedy who's infectious smile and upbeat
attitude made it easy to pull for her. She won just under
150k for first place. Probably a lot more smiles after
SAXTON WINS MEDIA
Ben Saxton who has profiled many Gulf Coast players
one of us,
and has been a reg for over a year now in our favorite
haunts can play as well as write (his
here). So we definitely count him as one of our
own now. While he didn't win a bracelet for this event
we'll still count it as a victory for the Gulf Coast.
By the way, WSOP where's our invite? We are
HEBERT, EYSTER ONLINE AND LIVE WSOP CASHERS:
The WSOP held a 1k online tournament and Metairie's Joe
Hebert added to his cashes at the WSOP this year (5). Also
in the money Lafayette's Kevin Eyster who tallied 7 cashes
for the series.
LITTLE FAMILY TAG TEAMS FINAL TABLE
Larry Little (pictured), Rita Little, and
son GCP blogger Jonathan Little finished 9th in the Tag Team Event. The
Littles of Pensacola, Florida each took home 3500.
Ryan Fee and Doug Polk won the first place bracelets and
almost 77k each. .
Another Florida family, the
Mizrachis finished 26th with Michael, Eric, Daniel and
Robert all winning just over 1k. Former GCP blogger Benton
Blakeman and teammate Joe Tehan each won just over 1k for
Going through the payouts the
strangest entrant(s?)... 85th place Andrei Kanapelka and
teammate Andrei Konopelko both from Minsk. Hmmmmm...
you say Kanapelka I say Konopelko, let's just call you the
Also cashing; Tim Burt (one of ten cashes
for the series) and Jonathan Shaw (Tallahassee) but on
RAST OUTLASTS ALL 50K FOR 2ND PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
When heads up play began with
Briant Rast and Justin Bonomo there was an easy villain to
pull against and a hero to pull for. Central casting gave us
the pink haired Bonomo an admitted online cheater and now
nuisance social justice warrior/polyamory advocate as the
heel vs. Brian Rast a poker advocate, an instructor (hey, he
helms one of our sponsors no wonder we are biased), and all
around swell guy as the hero.
For those pulling for
the good guy (Rast) this hand to win the tournament and
Bonomo's face when the cards were shown had to give you a
warm tingle all over.
After this cooler,
Rast won just under 1.3 million for first place. Bonomo
earned a shade over 800k for second.
JASON (VORHEES) MERCIER TREATING WSOP LIKE CAMP CRYSTAL
The of story of the summer is
Mercier's bracelet bet with Vanessa Selbst. That and other
wagers created a monster this year as Jason Mercier took a
machete to 10k final tables.
Selbst bet he couldn't win three bracelets. She'd win
10k he'd win 1.8 million. Two bracelets and a second place
later had Selbst buy out of her bet.
Mercier who won
422k for first in the 10k horse event, 273k for first in the
2-7 lowball event, and 168k for second in the 10k razz event
incredibly has already won more in his bracelets bets.
He also finished 8th in a 10k Omaha Hi-Lo Split event, 11th
in a smaller Omaha Hi-Lo Split , 26th in a mixed Triple Draw
Event and 30th in 5k NLHE. Probably will be more to
come, as it starts to feel like Friday the 13th everyday for
everybody else in the poker world.
Unlike the other
bloggers we link to, Jason is a little overdue for his
blog-not like he's lacking for material. Fresh blogs
almost everywhere else.
OTHERS IN THE MONEY:
Gooch of Ruston cashed in the Colossus and a 1K No limit
Holdem event. Kevin Eyster of La, LA finished 32nd in the 1k
Top Up Turbo. Andrew Billiard also of Lafayette cashed in
both the 565 PLO event and the Millionaire Maker.
3RD IN 2-7 DRAW LOWBALL NL
Gulfport's favorite son won 38k
in yet another deep run for Captain Tom. Seems every year
he's good for at least one deep bracelet run. He also
cashed in a 2500 Triple Draw Event.
One of the good guys
Charles Carragher of Pensacola, captured a little run good
on his way to 105k and a fourth place finish in a 1k No
Limit Hold'em Event. People were sweating all over the
coasts. Great job!
FISH 8TH, 8TH:
Darryll Fish won 42k for his eighth place
finish in the 2500 NLHE eventh. Sonny Franco of Biloix
finished 17th for just under 16k. Second cash of the
series for Sonny who also placed in the 565 PLO event.
You know who else cashed that event?
won 20k for his eighth place finish in the 565 PLO event.
Also cashing, Ken Kemple and Leif Force of Tallahassee, and
Will Benson of Mobile.
who spends a lot of time at the Beau Rivage got his biggest
score of his poker career by finishing third to win 513k.
This was his third score of the summer at the WSOP. Mo
Moeini won 25k by finishing 43rd. Also in the money
Thu Tran who won 17k for his 56th place finish.
HEBERT ALMOST THERE:
Joe Hebert finished 19th in the 1k NLHE event. Hebert
won just under 10k . Also in the money (again) Kevin Eyster
of Lafayette, LA who added almost 8k to his career earinngs.
PLO AND 2K NLHE WINNERS:
Three current and former Nola
grinders Eric Vogel, Andrew Liporace and Ryan Lenaghan all
made a little scratcch in Event 19. Nick Vita of Walls, MS,
also cashed. LaDarren Banks of Tuscaloosa, AL and John Dolan
both had five digit scores in Event 23.
Don Wertz of New
Olreans went deep in the Millionaire Maker. He finished
higher than other local cashers Dan Weaver (Lake Charles),
Caufman Tally (Lafayette) and Sean McElroy (Leesville, LA).
The Investment group has finalized it's five players.
Congrats to our own Wild Bill Phillips, Stephen Pique, Dr.
Laura Langley-Crafton, Robert Harwell, and Christian
Iacabellis who will be representing the minions this year at
the Main Event.
A huge thanks to Will Souther who
makes this happen and to all the investors. If you'd like to
support the minions or wear a T-Shirt with this logo let us
know and we'll put you in touch with the Monkey himself.. A
few shares left and plenty of gear.
For more news that no
longer qualifies as the latest, because... it's no longer
recent, follow the link below...
ARCHIVED NEWS BLOTTER CENTER>>>
Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
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"[+]
THE POKER MONKEY
Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker
circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:
I'm sitting here fuming. I'll just preface this blog with THAT.
But unlike the person who is responsible for that, I am not
going to throw her name out there into a public forum, and
attempt to change people's opinion of her, both as a person, and
as a professional in her chosen field. I'm going to attempt to
demonstrate that it is possible to NOT be a mealy-mouth,
reputation-ruining asshole while at the same time sharing an
experience that happened to you. And in turn, allowing those
people you are sharing it with, to weigh in with their opinions.
You might...MIGHT...just discover, that you were actually in the
wrong! Which might then lead you to apologize to the person you
dragged through the mud!."
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:
"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."
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 12/16/15] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
football perspective on to GCP.NET.
"Sean Payton and Mickey
Loomis are on the warpath.
It has been quite a spectacle
In the three days since Free Agency
commenced, the Saints have operated at a dizzying, furious pace.
First the blockbuster: Graham and a 4th for Unger and a 1st.
Then in quick succession: Grubbs for a 5th. Browner. Spiller.
Stills for a 3rd and Ellerbe. Keenan Lewis's future as a Saint
hanging in the balance.
There were also the recent
departures of Pierre Thomas, Curtis Lofton, and Corey White; the
restructures/paycuts for Bunkley, Colston, and Hawthorne; the
re-signing of Ramon Humber; and, of course, the contract
extension for Mark Ingram. "
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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
BLOGGER REID GILBERT'S BOOK. GO