(UPDATED: 08/24/18) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:


For almost twenty years, Harrahs New Orleans has offered one of the biggest and most entertaining poker rooms on the Gulf Coast. I recently chatted with manager Chase Haydel about an addition to the weekly tournament schedule, the return of popular promotions, and his plans for the future.

Before he joined the room in July 2017, Chase didn't have much experience with poker. The New Orleans native comes from a long line of restaurateurs—including Chase's grandma, Leah, who runs the famous Dooky Chase's Restaurant. Chase was a dealer at Boomtown Casino in 1994 before moving with his wife to Atlanta. When he returned in 2013, he joined Harrahs New Orleans as a table games supervisor. Now, as poker room manager, he's focused on outpacing the competition. 
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[UPDATED  10/04/18] 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 here.


"One of my students recently told me about a hand from a $5/$10 no-limit hold’em cash game that demonstrates exactly how you should play a marginal under pair. Although he ended up losing the pot, he played it great.

A somewhat loose, splashy player raised to $30 out of his $1,000 effective stack from first position at a seven-handed table and our Hero with 10d-10c elected to 3-bet from second position to $90.

While calling would normally be my default play because I do not want to get 4-bet off my hand and there are lots of players yet to act, when facing a raise from a loose, splashy player, 3-betting a strong linear range for value makes a lot of sense because you can expect him to call with numerous inferior hands, such as 8-8 and Ah-9h."

 New Orleans greatest  candy apples, speciality treats and signature deserts.  A hope skip and a step away from Harrahs NOLA. Order yours online right now!



[UPDATED  10/12/18] 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. 

"There are other factors which increase variance. Calling upon the judgment of referees makes outcomes tougher to predict. The quality of coaching and quarterbacking also changes, making results less foreseeable. Running backs were once the most important players on any team. Now, running backs are far less consequential than quarterbacks, receivers, and even key offensive linemen.
More passes per game and yards-per-completion have also helped to spike variance. This makes statistics- and trend-based handicapping somewhat obsolete. Higher variance reduces the value of key numbers and diminishes the effectiveness of teasers. Then, there’s the longer extra point, creating more misses — which also deducts the impact of key numbers. In short, even though we’re only a month into the schedule, this regular season has become a clear illustration of wildly unpredictable results, calling for some adjustments to handicapping and perhaps even a shifting focus on the types of bets we make. "



[UPDATED  09/25/16] Shannon Shorr has graduated.  That's bad news for the poker world because he's terrorized the circuit while also being a full time college student.  Now without distractions, like class every day, the only question is how quickly will he add to his over 3.2 million dollars in tournament winnings.  You can also read Shannon's blog at his homepage:  http://shannonshorr.com/

"As it pertains to my personal journey, it has been a bit volatile since I last posted. I’ve had some dark times that almost all stem from the rough stretch I’ve endured in my career as a tournament poker professional. I won’t bother complaining here as you most certainly don’t wanna hear it. There has been an often-present anxiety due to things not going well financially. It has also been a hit to my ego.
I think I’ve finally worked through it and at peace with it. I’ve been playing poker tournaments for near 11 years now and have experienced the swings of the business first hand. It’s really important to take a step back and gain perspective and “zoom out” 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."

Bella Donkey

[06/17/16]  Jennifer Gay is a poker player, poker room supervisor and Ante Up Magazine Poker Columnist local to Tunica, MS. Her blog covers the sometimes personal and always comical reality of a life fully centered around poker in the South.

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

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




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

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


4445 Veterans Blvd in Metairie, La and you can call @504-889-7350

Poker Fiction

[UPDATED:  08/24/18] PLAYER N scribes a tale of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all hustling on the Coast.

""Look at him," he groused. "Fucking Fish."

I followed Tony's finger and there he was striding out the other the exit, Morty the accountant. His wallet fatter at least for the moment. He lit up a thick cigar self-satisfied in the crisp autum air then leaned on the railing.

"At least, he's not leaving..." I said. Happy to that fact.

Tony mumbled, "Fucking fish, fucking fish! That fucking guy." He pushed out a thick cloud of cigarette smoke into a crowd of mostly women walking into the casino. He got what he wanted: angry glares and a collective admonishment.

He half lurched at them then defiantly mouthed "What? What? What?"

The ladies drew in closer as they neared the door.

"Asshole," one said to another.
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Today the first event will be spread at the IP's WSOP-C event. This is a stop that has returned to the coast, albeit in a different calendar slot. Lots of history there for players in our footprint. They get us started with a $250 ring event. If you are interesting in adding to the history we have the all time cashers and winners at the IP to know what you gotta do to crack those top tens...

We just mentioned this guy recently for winning a ton more money, but first place all time in earnings at the IP?

1st Kyle Cartwright $ 249,352
2nd Timothy Miles $ 194,911
3rd Mohammad Moeini $ 169,871
4th Jerry Monroe $ 144,756
5th Caufman Talley III $ 136,768
6th Chris Savage $ 129,023
7th Martin Zentner $ 114,400
8th Tom Franklin $ 112,808
9th Travis Lutes $ 95,253
10th William Phillips $ 86,381

In terms of number of cashes it's another familiar name sitting way above everybody else:

1st William Souther 30
2nd Tom Franklin 22
3rd Timothy Burt 15
4th Gregory Whitworth 13
4th William Phillips 13
6th Bertel Ladner 12
6th Barron Whipple 12
8th William Jeter Brock 11
8th Danny Doucet 11
8th David Nicholson 11
8th Robert Harwell 11


Kyle Cartwright, recent add to our Who's Who page, came a whisker away from winning another circuit event to add to his 7 ring collection (3 Circuit Mains!).

It came down to him and Jacob Bazeley all in pre flop with Cartwright's AQ v. Bazeley's pocket 10s. 10s became a set. Always a sweat though as a Jack on the turn gave Kyle hope for a King to make broadway but it didn't come.

(AQ v. 1010 to settle a circuit Main feels familiar...)

Bazeley won over 311k and Cartwright a touch under 200k after both survived 1125 other entrants. David Shaw earned a little over 30k for 9th. This is the second time Bazely has won the Cherokee Main (last time was for 239k)


Michael Nasserazad of Atlanta won over 13k for 19th. Jacob Corda of Birmingham almost 10k for 27th. Poker Gras King Mihail Karasoulis and TK Miles won 2800 for min cashes. Steve Bierman cashed in the $1125 Big Blind Ante event (17th for $3900).

Several locals, or former locals, had some hits in Cherokee, NC. Joel Doney cashed twice: once in the massive re-entry for over 2k and also just missed the final table in the BBA Event three. He made 3.5k for 11th.

BJ McBrayer added a cash in the re-entry as well. Simon Philip of Pensacola wom over 10k for his final table in the seniors event.

David Nicholson (pictured) fresh off his Poker Gras Main Event chop  earned 15k for fourth in the BBA ante too. Blake Whittington of Jacksonville won that for 46k.

In the PLO event Dustin Stewart and Jason Gladden both cashed. Tara Snow also made a run in Event 8.

For those WSOP-C points chasers opportunity knocks in a little under a week as the IP hosts their annual event newly in December. Go to our tournament schedule page for more details.


If you'd rather head west than east to the IP, next week there is also the Louisiana State Poker Championship at the Isle of Capris. Again go to our tournament page for more details.


So we noticed out Who's Who page acquired a little dust. We freshenend it up a bit, check the link above. We also a have another batch or two of players to add. If you think you or a friend should be on there. DM us or email us and we'll get you on there.



Mihail Karasoulis battled heads up with David Nicholson for the title of King of Poker Gras in the first edition of the $580 Big Blind Ante Main Event.  They were the final two of 279 entrants.

The heads up action didn't last long as DNich overcame a chip disadvantage to even the stacks. A chop was decided on, and a high card decided the champ.  Fittingly Mihail drew a King of Hearts and earned the crown and the title.  Each player earned over 27k.

The final table also featured Dustin Moore (3rd, 15k), Huey Hulin (4th, 11k), and Shawn Calvit (5th, over 8k). Our live action and photo threads on Sunday on our Facebook page chronicled much of the bust-outs and some of the action. Many of the big hands centered on Steve Bierman of New Orleans who finished 6th for over 6k.

David Pote earned almost 5k for 7th. Always great to see WSOP bracelet winner Corey Harrison final table anything as the 8th place finisher's infectious laugh usually keeps the mood humming. Harrison earned almost 4k. Longtime friend of GCP Todd Skiner of Youngsville, LA rounded out the final nine earning a little over 3k.

The second nine included Charles Miller and James Nolan (10th, 11th for $2487), Stan Barre of New Orleans (12th 2487), Kwong Ip (13th $2044), Dale Trosclair (14th $2044) and Jason Reisenberg (15th $2044). Also, making it to the final two table and all earning $1700: Danny Doucet, two from Baton Rouge; Frank Alpandinar and Luiz Sa.


The feedback on our first ever event has been great with many citing the structure and the starting chip stack as highlights. We are grateful to everybody that entered a tournament and chose our event this weekend.  It's a crowded marketplace and we want to provide the best possible player friendly events we can.  We implore you please give us as much feedback as possible on the things that worked and those things that didn't. Email here.

Huge thanks to those of you like David Rabalais, Danny Doucette, and Freddie Ardoin, who traveled from far or changed plans to join us. And we also understand so many of you wanted to come but couldn't (we'll see you next time).

We at GCP (Gene Dudek and Bill Phillips) are tremendously grateful for everbody who turned out or shared/promoted our event.  The non stop hard work by the Harrahs floor staff Robbie Gertsner, Joella Macintosh, Mel Emnon, Timmie Louie and of course Chase Haydel inspired us.  Also, a great job local dealers and traveling dealers.  Not to mention the spirit of the players in general.  We got some tweaks ahead of us, but from the Short Deck Tournament to the Big Blind Ante Main to the Closer we are really happy with the final product. 

Now back to the reporting...

Katie Pansano (pictured above with Mihail) hung on to a short stack to finish as the first Queen of Poker Gras for being the last woman standing. She outlasted Amee Dave and Rebecca "Smiley" Campbell to earn the title, then survived the bubble and laddered up to 19th. Great job Katie!

Others that cashed in the top 30 included, Andrew Bulliard, Matt Sirchia, Shep Simmons, Thomas Barlow, Kris Kent, Randy Gordon, Jonatahn Wiseby, Jason Anderson, Wayne Neyland and Jerry Giroir

Tim Repp (pictued  with Chase Haydel) of Baton Rouge won first place late on Sunday night and over 7k for triumphing in the 130 person touranment. He bested Jerry "Crusher" Giroir heads up (2nd $4501). Steve Meyers placed third for $3247.

Christian Boedding won over $2300 for fourth with Big Phil Treaudo taking home $1784 for 5th. Cody Yawn, Charles Miller, Judy LeBlanc, and Mark Bowman rounded out the final table. Yen Vo of NOLA, Trent Marcell, Mark Barlow, Diana Timphony, Brian Woodbury and Renee Skinner rounded out the 15 in the money finishers.


Three times we've sounded the clarion call to the poker masses of an OVER-LAY and three times folks came out of the woodwork to surpass the guarantee. One year a Main Event at Pearl River looked a sure thing to be short after a cancelled day one flight, and day two jumped with players. A week ago, on Halloween a misprint guaranteed 20k on a Wednesday and again, Pearl River overflowed with last second arrivals. That one was all but guaranteed to be an overlay and smashed it.

Sunday, our own Closer (a $250 turbo tournament with 30k SS) also seem fated to fall short of a guarantee and Harrahs New Orleans ended up being filled to the gills with players.

So... we are self-imposing a moratorium on the word overlay for at least a year. Although we won't "guarantee" that either.

Funny Football Fans

The second nightly chopped up the money 11 (?) ways. This played like a Saints fan home game (fittingly enough). Dominic Carallo, Charles Gelvin, Luiz Sa and Larry Douglas were in on the deal. They played it out for the three $580 seats and Prissy Giroir, Wayne Neyland, and Piyush Mittal took them.


We thought we award Jerry Giroir a nickname as he's been white hot for well over a year now. We dubbed him Crusher and one of his friends suggested Commandant Crusher. Either works for us. He is a Commandant in poker for sure.

In the first nightly, no chop as Jerry earned over $1700 for first, Aaron Lipskar over $1100 for second, Ray Laugha of Chalmete over $500 for third, and David Chocheles cashed in fourth.

Anthony Kolesa (pictued with TD Robbie Gertsner) seemed to know a little more than the rest of us in this first time on the Gulf Coast event. He earned almost 4k and the title of Short Deck Champ. Chard Tardiff of Slidell finished second for almost $2500, Corey Harrison third for $1600, and Queen Katie fourth for $1113. Also, in the money Nathan Lidsay and Willie Jefferson of New Orleans.

Everybody that played enjoyed the event and most said they'd play the format again.  Like the Big Blind Ante we have to admit it's addictive.  You get a taste of it you are going to want more.
$250 25K Guarantee... Potential Overlay today at 2pm!!!

Top 5 of 24 who bagged.
Jonathan Wisebey 200k
Todd Skinner 183.5k
Danny Doucet (pictured) 135k
Nick Graphia 132.5
Blake Baker 117.5K

Also returning Mary Ellen Roy, Jerry Giroir, Amee David, Steve Martiny Randy Gordon, Kip Jones, Jason Anderson, Judy LeBlanc, Mat Sirchia, Lane LeBlanc, Charles Miller, Stan Barre, and more.

Top 5 of 12 who bagged.
Matt "Peace" Davis 238k
Kris Kent 152k
Gabe Lentini 133.5k
Katie Pansano 132.5k
Dean Blanchard 118k

Also in the bag, Mihail Karasoulis, Huey Hulin, Dave Choceheles and others.

Go to our facebook page for complete list. You can also figure out your table draws based on our last couple of posts.  We should have payouts up there shortyly after the restart at 11 am.


Friday Field baggers are below. These folks will join the Thursday baggers for a shot at 1st place on Sunday...Day 2

Day 2 Baggers below:
Mark Holmes          212k
Shawn Calvit         177k
Hiep Doan            124k
Mike Brien             122k
Corey Harrison      92k
Mike Hebert            100k
Frank Alpandinar     86k  (pic)

Rounding out Day 2 baggers include...Rebecca "Smiley" Campbell...James Arruebarrena...Ashly Butler...Andy Bulliard...CJ Domingue......Ron Franco...David "Diesel" Nicholson...Chad Tobler...and the "man...the myth...the legend"...Pablo Garcia (pic)




Luis Sa       347k

Steve Bierman    192k(Pic)

Dale Trosclair   183k

Christian Helmstetter    $177k

Kwong IP     $171k

James Nolan    $165k

John Cressend       $110

We also have Don Dove...Prissy Giroir...Ronnie Hope...Ed Hord...Robert Wesley...Easton Oreman (pic)...Wayne Neyland....and many more will bag today on Friday!!!!

We are at a Grand total of 139 runners going into Saturdays 2 flights...1st Flight is at 11am...2nd flight is at 4pm. Don't forget we also have a Deepstack/turbo on Sunday while Day 2 of the Main Event is rolling...$250 buyin "Closer Tourney" starts at 2pm...Dont forget we also are running nighlies at 7pm...and running single table SNGs (Sit and Gos) through the entire tournamnet.

Come on Down and say "Throw me some money Mister!!!!!" 


Check out our FACEBOOK page for live updates and pics of our seat giveaway winners and more...

Speaking of winners, below are today's lucky winners, thanks to Chase Haydel and Harrahs NOLA for these seats and this promotion.  And thanks to all you on social media who shared and liked our videos, tweets, and facebook posts.  Wish we could have given everybody a seat.  That said we are wishing these twenty a little more good luck as they play today:

Short Deck:
Justin Bracy
Jason Clary
Katie Pansano
Justin Carey
Chris Canan
Dave Branch
Michael Flanagan
Micheal DeRoche
James Bric Allen
Hugo Eduardo

Main Event:
Christian Helmstetter
Prissy Giroir
Ray Belvin
Tom Darce
Timothy Martin
Ronald Tremblay
James Dudek
Clint Bordelon
Easton Oreman
Wayne Neyland

As today begins we also want to recognize the hard work of TDs Robert Gertsner, Mel Emnon, Joelle McIntosh, and Timmy Louie for all  the prep and planning they put into it.  Not to mention the dealers willing to pull long shifts and make this happen.

Remember today:
9 am $75 Main Event Satellite
11 am Flight A $580 Main Event Big Blind Ante 25k Starting Stack
4 pm $250 Short Deck Tournament
7 pm $150 Nightly with 3 Main Event seats ADDED!!!!


So our apologies for not getting everybody up there as it happened been a busy couple of weeks for us.  Great to see the success of so many FOGCP (friends of GCP) especially the ones we talked into going (and the ones we actually drove :)).

As usual from top to bottom a stellar event run by Paul Dutsch and crew.  Neal Atkinson at Pearl River resorts pulls out all the stops with the best food and room comps in the Southeast.  And a great group of players make this a twice annual junket.

To highight a few players:  Terry Simpson the Main Event winner had a great week final tabling or winning everything.  Hiep Doan (pictured) and Chris Canan also kept going deep and making the money.  Harinder Chawla had a few nice runs too.


1st Jason Eskridge Rome, GA $5,933
2nd Toby Bell Tallapoosa, GA $3,445
3rd Richard Moats Rome, GA $2,297
4th Grover Faulkner Tuscaloosa, AL $1,723
5th Jeremy Kimbrell Gordo, AL $1,531
6th James Falgout Birmingham, AL $1,340
7th Daniel Irvine Cape Girardeau, MO $1,148
8th Larry White Braxton, MS $957
9th Christopher Canan New Orleans, LA $766


1st Hiep Doan (pictured above) Marrero, LA $1,606
2nd Terry Simpson Meridian, MS $964
3rd Christopher Canan New Orleans, LA $643


1st Kenneth Stanton Dalton, GA $5,811
2nd James Davis Jackson, TN $3,139
3rd Harinder Chawla Madison, MS $2,093
4th Larry Barker Ohatchee, AL $1,860
5th Joe Mahar Lacey Springs, AL $1,628
6th Charles Griffin Florence, AL $1,395
7th John Demarco Ocean Springs, MS $1,163
8th John Williams Meridian, MS $930
9th Yousef Saleh Meridian, MS $698
10th Danny Penny Pensacola, FL $558
11th Karl Chesser Woodstock,GA $558
12th Paul Leggett Rockmart, GA $558
13th James Frye Columbus, GA $488
14th Clifford Chisolm Collinsville, AL $488
15th Robert Lemke Forrest City, AR $488
16th Donald Dove New Orleans, LA $465
17th Eric Suloza Greensboro, GA $465
18th Kelly Boyd Durant, MS $465

Event #7 - No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack

1st Terry Simpson Enterprise, AL $3,480
2nd Jerry Giroir Lafayette, LA $2,088
3rd Karl Chesser Woodstock, GA $1,479
4th Hiep Doan New Orleans, LA $1,044
5th John Humphries Taylorsville, GA $609


1. Luke Thames, $1,600
2. Jerry Giroir, $1,000
3. Sheryl Stickland, $600
4. Randall Sarbey, $200

 See everybody in the spring.  There are some tweaks being discussed for the re-entry which we think could be very big for that stop.
Entries: 169
Prize pool: $120,537

1. Terry Simpson, Enterprise, Miss. $24,135
2. David Bradshaw, Atlanta, Ga., $22,272
3. Lakisha Slaughter, Atlanta, Ga., $10,848
4. Corey Harrison, Birmingham, Ala., $9,643
5. J.W. Carter, Jackson, Miss., $8,438
6. Don Dove, New Orleans, La., $7,232
7. Lester “Black Ice” Milligan, Brighton, Ala., $6,027
8. Donnie Phan, Nashville, Tenn., $4,821
9. Alan “Tank” Downey, Piedmont, Ala., $3,616
10. Joel Doney, $2,893
11. Robert Henderson, $2,893
12. Harinder Chawla, $2,893
13. Karl Chesser, $2,531
14. Matt Davidson, $2,531
15. Jay Bishop, $2,531
16. Tara Snow, $2,411
17. David Huwe, $2,411
18. Charles Johnson, $2,411


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We invite everybody in town for Poker Gras to take a (very) short walk to his store. You won't be sorry and you will thank us as they are the best Candy Apples we've ever had.  If you'd like to place an order here's his site.

*If you are interested in supporting this site that supports poker on the Gulf Coast and advertising please email us here.

Speaking of stars of our video short; three cashed within hours of one another.  Jeff Sager and Steve Bierman went to Tahoe and got WSOP-C results.  Sager min-cashed the reentry and Bierman just final tabled a $400 event.  Not to be outdone Chris "Literary" Canan made back to back final tables in Pearl River.  See their star turns again:



We are happy to report that Tara Snow of Tuscaloosa, AL won 26k for first place in the 387 entrant Event #1 100k Guarantee Re-Entry. Randall Smith of Silvercreek, GA was credited for second place and 14k. Gerald Beard of Boaz, AL (3rd $9,315), James Arnold of Vaiden, MS (4th $8,193), Adam Cotant of Birmingham, AL (5th $7,070), Ralph Reed of Meridian, MS (6th $5,948), Matthew Smith of Prattville, AL (7th $4,826), Danyon Rose of Anniston, AL (8th $3,704), and Clinton Carney of Philadelphia, MS (9th $2,581) made up the final table.

Also in the money; James "Mousey" Davis, Jerry Giroir, BJ McBrayer, Will Bean, David Lee, Ronnie Hope, Morgan Hayes, Cody Stanford, and Michael Monaghan. Congrats to all who cashed.


Usually when you brick a tournament or say the turn you missed or whiffed. When James Bric Allen (pictured) of Walker, LA "Brics" a tournament he wins it.

After a heads up split with Paul Legget of Rockmark, GA, Bric Allan got the first place photo. Larry Downer of Borden Springs, AL took third.  Just as we felt about Tara above we are very happy to report Bric's accomplishment.  Both have weathered some challenges recently and it's nice to see when good people attain good results.


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Event three finished in a five way chop. Jimmy Milsaps of Canton, GA got first place credit. Though Marshall Bailey, Michael Talley, Prissy Giroir and Teddy Simpson all shared in the spoils.

So you are going have some fun and play the Poker Gras short deck event? Here's a broadcast of this action heavy game to whet your appetite. Enjoy.


-Worried about video games taking over the world and not leaving any (young) millenials and the next generation left  to play poker?

Popular video game Red Dead Redemption 2 which takes place in the Old West offers Hold'em within the game. Not completely authentic as they didn't play Hold'em and used a shorter deck back then, but still this is a EV+ thing for the game (of poker)

-Who is stealing your Crypto and Cheating at online poker?

The North Koreans.

-Who wouldn't want to combine Chess and Poker... but how?

Warren Sheaves creates ChessDraw .

-Why can't you talk in a hand and how does it involve winning a car?

Steve Zolotow talks about it..

-Everybody thinks they are great at Poker. Some are, some are slightly deluded, some are heavily deluded. and some are so bad they don't know any better (you know who they are). But why?

The Dunning Kruger Effect Explained.

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





 (UPDATED: 8/24/18) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"Had 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 will see.

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 blogs."


4445 Veterans BLVD, Metaire, LA



 [UPDATED: 08/24/18] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

"I kept searching. Then thought...shit...guess I better click on RESULTS...and pray that I don't see his name there. And....there it was. 226th. Michael Schneider. $42,980. Had he made it just ONE more spot...to 225th...it would have paid another $7k. OUCH!"



[UPDATED: 10/12/18]  CORY is Harrhas NOLA cash player who has moved to Vegas to take his shot there.  The Vlog chronicles his efforts. 

"Cory's first few blogs have included appearences by Drew Brees (okay kind of a drive by), Daniel Negreanu (not a drive by at all), and an Harrahs NOLA reg many of you may recognize. 

 The vlog started in pursuit of a PokerStars contest but Cory expects to keep blogging in the future. Track his progress on www.corypansano.com or on his YouTube channel.  Good stuff." [+]



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

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

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


 [UPDATED: 01/01/18] 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 certainly am.

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 straightening.
A similar but different lapse happened to me the other day."


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

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


[UPDATED 01/01/18] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and lives in Mobile brings his poker Saints 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 NFL’s Arthur Blank-led compensation committee finally rewarded Roger Goodell with a $200M contract extension.

Goodell’s 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 NFL’s most influential owners, and delivered Goodell his new contract.."

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

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

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

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