DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
"That's not the only prop bet that will be
settled this weekend. Known perhaps only by the
participants themselves is a weight loss bet for
me. In late October I weighed (a gross!) 232
pounds. I challenged myself to drop 30 lbs by
this Saturday. Several people graciously bet
against me, to inspire motivation, to see me get
healthier, and several also put up personal
goals they had to achieve (their own weight loss
or playing a set amount of hours of poker). If
I don't achieve and they do, I have to pay
double, and vice versa. If we all achieve...
push. So, obviously I'm rooting for myself, but
I'm also rooting for them to make their goals.
Of those three in action, pretty sure one is
there having played over 200 hours of live poker
and another is logging marathon hours (probably
as I type this) to get there. I'm unsure of the
status of the third a poker/player writer who
had to match my weight loss.
01/02/18] 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
"In this blog post, I
am going to share with you (in no particular
order) 10 pros who had a huge impact on my poker
career. Some were private coaches and I battled
others on the felt, but all left a positive
lasting impression on me.
David “Raptor” Benefield was my first online
poker friend. I used to lurk on an old poker
forum and one day I posted that I was
"jcardshark, the unknown guy who was tearing up
the $215 buy-in sit n go's on PartyPoker. David,
one of the most popular online players..."
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 01/01/18] 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.
“All the Money in the World” is based on
the real-life 1973 kidnapping and ransom of John
Paul Getty III, then the grandson of the world’s
I had no prior knowledge of
what actually happened when kidnappers presumed
to be Italian terrorists snatched the
16-year-old prized golden ticket off a dark
Roman street and proceeded to demand $17 million
in ransom money for his safe return to an
emotionally ruptured, hideously-dysfunctional
Come to find out later after
reading historical accounts of the caper, “All
the Money in the World” gets most of the facts
right. Unlike many other historical docudramas
scripted into a Hollywood screenplay, the film
doesn’t overly dramatize these events because —
it doesn’t have to. The real story is quite
compelling enough." [+]
[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.
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
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."
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 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."
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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
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MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
MAIN EVENT DAY TWO:
The Beau Rivage's Million Dollar Heater will pay out 113k to
first place. All day two players are guaranteed 4k for their
$2700 buy in as part of the $437,500 prize pool. As usual
the guarantee was smashed. Should be an absolute battle
today as tons of accomplished players litter the chip
Atop with a massive stack, Mike Horchoff who late on day 1A
got it in for a massive pot with JJ v. AK. An ace flopped
but Mike was saved by a river Jack to finish the night over
400k. Tim "TK" Miles bagged the most on Day 1B, second
overall, with 265k. Tim Burt came in just behind him with
251k. Nghia Le of Jacksonville put 215k in a bag good for
Paul Hebert of Pierre Part, LA
finished with 214k and Randy Gordon of Metairie ended with
183k. Just behind him in the top ten Hiep Doan, David
Nicholson, Steve Bierman, and Derrick Cutler. Thu Tran, Ed
Sebesta, Michael Monaghan, Fred Sigur, Freddie Ardoin,
Caufman Talley, Nesrin Can and Barth Melius rounded out the
Chris Davis, Jeremy Eyer, Will Souther and Jaime Kizer also
return with a guaranteed pay day and eye on running it up.
Good luck to all those still alive. If you want
precise chip counts check out our
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
Thirty three entrants jumped into
the Beau's PLO tournament, some of them at the very last
moment when they were already a few spots from the money.
Michael Monaghan of Jackson, MS squeaked into a payday
finishing 5th doing just that. However, Trevor Buboltz of
Tinley Park, IL won the most after besting LeDarren Banks of
Tuscaloosa, AL heads up winning almost 13k. Banks banked 7k
for second. Nghia Le won 4.3k for third and Ashly Butler
2.8k for fourth.
James Joiner of Lucedale, MS
prevailed over James Seindenfaden of Sarasota in heads up
action. Joiner earned 14k and Seidenfaden 7.8. There were
366 entrants with a prize pool over 54k. Also in the money
Cihan Celik of Baton Rouge; Richard Radford of Ocean
Springs, MS; Carl Guillot, Todd Cowan (pictured) and John
Durio of Metairie; Jerry Giroir of Lafayette, and Corey
Harrison and Eric Wilkinson of New Orleans.
The last bounty in any bounty
tournament is the best to win, because it'll bring a first
place prize with the Bounty ($50 reward). Jeremy Eyer of
Gulfport got bragging rights after a long heads up clash
with Will "Poker Monkey" Souther of Biloxi. Also at the
final table Tom Franklin, Richard Sinclair, Dustin Stewart,
Michael Monaghan, Houston Baker and Umut Moraler.
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
Adam Cotant of Tuscaloosa, AL got credit for the win after a
late chop. Steve "Fear The" Bierman got creditfor second
place. Kip Jones of Baton Rouge third. 4th through 9th were
Kevin Hass of Kiln, Pat McNamara (NOLA), John Cressend
(Metairie), Joe Delatte (St. Amant), Joe Corey
(Pennsylvania) and J. Carter of Jackson. A novel tournament
that proved to be a lot of fun for those that played. Lots
of guesses on what the format was until play started. If you
won a pot you also won the Rock and were forced to put in a
straddle (a bet double the big blind) but got to act last
preflop. After the flop action continued as normal.
With a little tweaking this promises to be on future
LOC NGUYENS (wins)
Trussvile, AL native Loc Nguyen
prevailed in the Monster stack tournament after some crazy
late suckouts v. Metairie's own Joe "The Pro" Hebert. Hebert
held the chip lead five handed but could not get his hands
to hold versus Nguyen who ran pure enough to win the
tournament and 30k. Guiseppi Betta of Pennsylvania won 16k
for second. Ben Thomas of Baton Roge won just under 9k for
third. Hebert finished fourth after his bad run outs
settling for just over 7k. Joe Aultman of Sumrall, MS won
6.5k. Also at the final table Bruce Soleau of Chalmette, Ray
Parker of Nashville, and Peter Feriozzi of Milton, FL.
Jason Dursun, Steve Bierman, Luther
Tran, Eric Dogo, Prissy Grioir, Joshua Fanguy and David
Ngueyn all made the final two tables. Also cashing Richard
Sinclair, Wild Bill Phillips, Derek LeJeune, Joel Watts.
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
Kongyean Chang of Baton Rouge gets
credit for the W in the $355 No Limit Hold'em 600k
guaranteed re-entry event to kick of the Million Dollar
Heater. Rumors, unverifed as yet, is that the top 5 chopped
for over 50k a piece.
The other four
players in the top five were Donal Colleti of Poplarville,
MS, Stephen Schorr of Lafayette, LA, Rogers Pessin of
Tallahasse, Fl and Greg Urbanski of Mobile, AL. Luther Tran
(pictured) of Bayou La Batre, AL finished 6th for 35k.
Go to our
page for complete top 27 results.
PLAXCO AND PHO PREVAIL:
Michael Plaxo of Muschle Shoals, AL
won event 2 and 23k in the $300 buy-in No Limit Hold'em
event. Richard Tracey of Santa Rosa Beach, FL won 12k for
second. 320 entrants in this Sunday tournament created a
prize pool of 77k for the top 27 players.
of Memphis, TN won the $400 Buy-in Big O tournament also on
Sunday. He raked in just under 10k for first. Brandon Valera
of Greeley, CO won 5k for second. 82 players contributed to
the 27k prize pool.
THE FAST LANE:
Lane LeBlanc (pictured) of New
Iberia outlasted 154 entrants to win Event #4. The $300 No
Limit Hold'em tournament ended as Richard Tracey (again)
finished as the runner up. Teddy Connor of NOLA won 3.7k for
third to go with his cash in the re-entry event.
ZACCARO WINS OMAHA Hi/LO:
Danny Zaccaro of Mobile, AL bested
Pensacola's Seville Hale heads up to win Event #5. Zaccaro
earned 8k and Hale won 4k.
There will be a service tomorrow
(Jan 3rd at 2:30p m) to honor the memory of the man known as
Charlie "Brown" a gulf coast poker regular who passed in
2017. The family has asked that this be shared with those in
the poker community who may want to attend, or are unaware
of Charles Mitchell's passing. Please spread the word.
Obviously, our thoughts are with the family in their time of
BEAU-TIFUL NEW YEAR:
It's a new year year, and we hope it's a happy one for
you. Since many of you are Alabama or Georgia fans
what a start to 2018! Same is true for the Falcons,
Panthers, Jags, Titans and Saints fans (it's a good time to
be a football fan in the southeast). The New Year also
means the Million Dollar Heater at the Beau Rivage is about
to kick off. Don't worry they got TVs and we got you
covered with a ton of info right here:
first go to our
page (might as well like us while you are there) and scroll
down to Henry Garrison's post to guess the number of players
in the reentry event. Best guess without going over
wins a free room during the tournament.
Speaking of rooms. They are sold out!
But... Oak Manor (228) 435-4331 across the street has
availability, 15% off if u tell them your staying for the
As for the poker, here are
some highlights to look forward to:
Friday the fifth,
there will be two flights in the 600k Guaranteed Event for a
$355 buy-in. Followed up by two more on Saturday.
Start times are 11 am and 5 pm both days. From
experience you are going to want to get there early to
Also on our radar a mid-week Monster stack
with it's own 50k Guarantee on Wednesday the 10th. Two
flights for that too (note the am session begins at noon).
We like the $500 6Max event, the seniors 50k guarantee, and
the vairety offered with Big O, a Rock tournament, and Omaha
events during the week.
Saturday the 13th the 300k guarantee $2700 Main Event
commences with the first of two noon flights (second on
Sunday). Complete schedule
By the way, all players who make Day 2 cash.
FRESH HOT BLOGS!
With an event around the corner at the Beau it only
makes sense to link to Davvy Murrah's RIVER
POKER blog, where the Biloxi reg makes a candid
confession. Jason Anderson (pictured, we think it's
getting to be about time he gets a permenant place on our
blog roll--what do ya'll think) also gets candid
Whether it's online or live, it's become more and
more clear that players who have invested the time to study
with a coach or just compare notes with peers improve.
Some even become world class. Hard work pays off.
Jonathan Little's blog reveals that he was ahead of the
curve. He got a coach long before most people had
considered it, was humble enough to get more coaching from a
guy with less results later in his career because he
realised he could learn from the guy, and cultivated a
network of players to bounce ideas and hands off of
including Andrew Robel, GCPer Shannon Shorr, and David
Benefeld. Little's thoughts
Sports bets? Poker stories? Nolan Dalla has it
Want just Saints talk? Reid Gilbert has it
CHRISTMAS CHOP AT
Five Texans split the
bulk of the Winter Classic money. In a field that
featured 365 entries and a 75k prize pool Gene McDowell,
Niels Lenz, Marc Troung, Scott Sanford and Ward Pawlowski
went home happiest. They all pocketed a little over
$8200. Should make for a happy new year.
Coushatta Winter Classic December
Flight 1A: 83 entries
Flight 1B: 110
Flight 1C: 172 entries
$250 No Limit Hold
Total: 365 entries
Prize pool: $75,555
1st-5th: Chop for $8231 each.
Scott Sanford (not pictured)
6. Joseph Golias, $4149
7. Thomas Oneal,
8. Allen Cassedy, $2267
9. Dennis Crowley, $1891
10. Fred Ruggles, $1515
11. Desmond Scott, $1327
Joshua Vincent, $1327
13. Robert Moss, $1138
15. Richard Margolin, $1138
17. Dwayne Bergeron, $950
18. Huey Hulin,
19. Dennis Spretz, $950
20. Daniel Bishop, $950
21. Michael Hammond, $762
22. Robert Drisgill, $762
23. Janice Reynaud, $762
24. Forrest Collins, $762
Logan Hewitt, $762
26. Nolan Doss, $574
28. James Rhodes, $574
30. Robert Voss, $574
32. Tyler Peden, $376
34. Lester Jarreau, $376;
35. Xiling Che,
36. Felton Breaux, $376;
37. Belle Wallace,
38. Amber Douglas, $376;
39. Chris Miller, $376;
40. James Price, $376;
41. Mitchell Grady, $300.
MILLION DOLLAR POKER:
Dollar Heater is around the corner. The millions in the prize pools make
it hard not to get excited even a few weeks away. To
start there will be four flights in a 600k Guaranteed $355
buy-in event. Then a mid-week Monster stack with it's
own 50k Guarantee (also a seniors 50k guarantee).
The 300k guarantee $2700 Main Event rounds out the week.
If you like variety there is plenty in between with a Rock
tournament, Big O, Limit Omaha, PLO (a 1k Championship), as
well as a $500 6 Max. The Beau has a great taste of
everything. Complete schedule
By the way, all players who make Day 2 cash.
50K WARM UP:
Captain Ron Hope and Kevin Benoit of Baton Rouge dueled
heads up for the monthly championship at the Beau.
After Benoit applied the final touch, a crippler cross face
if you will, he ended up victorious. Congrats to all
who cashed. Looking forward to see ya'll and all the
rest of our friends at the Beau.
SCHEDULE OUT (LEAKED?):
Here ya go
Some quick thoughts...
-Lots more events after the Main Event starts.
Possibly a very good idea. The most media attention
poker garners is during the Main so why not have some other
things going on to keep the focus on poker. And by
"other things" we mean BIG buy-in things. More on that
in a second.
-78 Events total. Wow.
Pretty soon this event will just run all summer.
One for the One Drop closes the Series. A million
dollar buy-in with some of the biggest names in the game.
It also, starts after a new event"The Closer" begins.
Oh yeah, also after the closer (not sure if they know what a
closer is) a 50k buy-in No Limit Hold 'Em tournament with
one reentry. There will be a bevy of millionaires to
close out the summer. Cash out ya bitcoin now degens.
-Already, people are upset Day 1C of the Main,
traditonally the biggest, falls on July 4th.
-Already, people are upset about all of this, but before
digging deeper let's give some credit where credit is due,
the WSOP is trying new things. Good for them.
Good for Poker.
HEADED OUT WEST:
Helmstetter (pictured above) is going the WSOP Main Event.
We've received word Christian bulldozed a final table to win
his seat in a private satellite. He applied a dirty
cooler and a worse run-out to Corey Harrison who cashed in
fourth. Helmstetter's QQ bested Corey's JJ. The flop
stated with the spicey door card of a Jack followed by a 10
and (always a sweat ) 9. Turn was clean but Harrison
got gut punched by a King on the river.
Short handed Ben Saxton also felt the scorn of lady luck as
he looked to knock out Wild Bill with AQ v. AJ. Again
a Jack hit the flop, but this time it held. Ben then
shipped it with Q9 and Christian woke up to pocket 88s which
prevailed and gave Bill and him the seats. Ben
finished third bubbling the seat but won some cash.
Jerry Giroir went out fifth, an even unluckier bubble boy,
as he bubbled everything. Jerry's wife Prissy and
Lance Campione, last year's champion also made the final
PEARL RIVER MAIN
According to several sources,
Michael Monaghan has made Pearl River's poker room a bit of
a personal honey hole. It's therefore appropriate and
no surprise that he took down the Main Event in the Poker
Open. He's credited with a 25k win, a cover photo on Ante Up
Magazine, a champions jacket and a seat in the 2018 Ante Up
World Championship. Very happy for Michael to win.
A great guy and a hell of a player.
The final table featurd a slew of
talented players. Trace Henderson of Gulfport, MS won second
place (21k), Dustin Stewart of Biloxi finished third (19k),
and Dallas Pirman of Jackson, MS won fourth (a little over
16k). A threesome of Alabama players including past champion
Bryne Wilson finished in the next three slots: Tim Moore
5th, Tuscaloosa (9.7k); Bryne Wilson 6th, Tusclaoosa (8.2k);
Jeter Brock 7th, Birmingham (6.7k). Three more notables
rounded out the final table: Jonathan Hart of Byram, MS8th
(5.2k); Judge Leo Boothe 9th (3.7k); and Lester "Black Ice"
Milligan 10th (2.8k).
Bric Allen just missed the final
table finishing 11th. Also cashing; BJ McBrayer, Jerry
Giroir, Justin Hunt, Corey Harrison, Jordan Phillips, Wild
Bill Phillips, Tara Snow and Bruce Soileau.
Before leaving Lake Tahoe WSOP-C
points chaser Steve Bierman put himself within arms reach of
locking up a seat for this year's global championship by
finishing fourth in another event. Bierman won 9.4k in the
$580 No Limit Hold
em event. The
cash put him into contention for Casino Champion but he fell
just short of that goal. Dan Lowery apears to have locked
Bierman now sits in 5th overall
with 135 points earned and $42k won this circuit year.
Joining him in the top ten is fellow Louisiana grinder Jason
Gooch who has 9 cashes for $40k and 130 points. Charles
"Woody" Moore is just outside the top ten. Think Woody makes
it every year. Jeff Trudeau has one ring, 90k and 102.5
points. John Holley is in the top 25 with 90 points. Also,
currently "in" Danny Doucet with 82.5 points, William "Cody"
Stanford 77.5 points, Austin Reilly 77.5, and Kevin Eyster
PEARL RIVER RESULTS:
SENOR GIROIR SENIOR CHAMP AND
EVENT 9 WINNER:
Jerry Giroir of Lafayette,
LA gets the W! Jerry won over 6k for first in the Senoirs
tournament. Also at the final table; Scotty Lee of Canto,
GA, David Garrett of Athens, AL, John Humphries of
Taylorsville, GA, Charles Griffin of Florence, MS and Thomas
topped the final table in EVENT 9 Double Deep Monster Stack
Results for that event:
1. Jerry Giroir Lafayette, LA
2. James Kortenber Hernando,
3. Bruce Soileau
Lafayette, LA $3,132
4. Tara Snow
Borden Springs, AL $2,349
Warrington Madison, MS $2,088
Robert Lemke Forrest City, AR $1,827
7. Joe Mahan Lacey Springs, AL $1,566
8. Herman Shumaker Brandon, MS $1,305
9. William Graydon Moody, AL $1,044
1. Alton Peterson Clinton, MS
2. James Davis Jackson, TN
3. James King Madison, AL
4. Donald Kelly Alexander City,
5. Keith Collins Holly
Springs, GA $347
1. Christopher Williams Meridian,
2. James Thompson Decatur,
3. Bruce Soileau
Lafayette, LA $1,280
Farlow Tuscaloosa, OH $903
Stanley Williams Carrollton, GA $527
BIERMAN NEAR MAN!
(pictured) wrestled the chip lead late on Day 1 and didn't
give it up until he got to heads up action. After losing a
massive pot to Shane Gonzales, a California golf and poker
"hustla," Bierman took one more hit to get eliminated. A
great effort by a player who went on record as saying, "I'm
going to retire from poker if I don't cash in Lake Tahoe."
AARP can wait because Bierman pocketed almost 20k
and just missed winning his first ring. Now with the points
acquired for second place, Bierman has launched himself into
the circuit Top Ten. This marked his 20th WSOP-C cash and
12th this calendar year (!).
PEARL RIVER REENTRY:
We believe the 100k Guaranteed
rentry chopped heads up. Danielle Umerton of Missouri and
Justin Kelley of Mathiston, MS got credited for first and
second respectively. The two spots paid out over 40k
together. Not sure how it was split. Dallas Pierman of Moss
Point, MS won 9.4k for third and Oren Zweig of Ocean
Springs, MS won 8.2k for fourth.
The remainder of
the final table included: Jonathan Gilham of Pinson, AL
finished fifth for 7k; followed by Mike Horchoff of NOLA
(sixth 5.9k); Jeremy Gaubert of Baton Rouge (sevent 4.7k);
Morton Davis of Pensacola, FL (eighth 3.5k); Don Dove of
NOLA (9th 2.3k); and Chad Chisolm of Collinsville, MS (10th
1.7k). Lots of readers and friends of GCP on that list so an
easy group to pull for and we were happy to see so many who
cashed. With 407 entrants and 118k in the prize pool
the event smashed the guarantee.
PEARL RIVER MINI MAIN:
With a guarantee of 25k the Mini
Main featured a slew of accomplished players, many who
bought in just after busting the reentry. It's no suprise
the final table featured players like Dustin Stewart of
Biloxi (1k for 10th), David Nicholson of Perkinston, MS
(1.5k for 7th), and Tara Snow of Tuscaloosa, AL (4.5k for
second). Thomas Bak of Sheffield, AL won the event and was
credited with the 7,750 first place prize.
Also in the money: Jennifer Germany
of Jonesboro, GA (3k for third); Scott Lyons of Birmingham
(2.25k for 4th); Richard Burton of Madison, MS (2k for 5th);
Bradford Grant of Jonesboro, GA (1.7k for 6th) and Noah
Waits of Temple, GA (1.2k for 8th).
PEARL RIVER POKER OPEN NEXT WEEK!
Paul Dutsch says it best,“You can sum up what this series
has come to be known for in one word - value,” Dutsch said.
“It doesn't matter whether you are talking about the
seat-added megas, the $800 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Main
Event, the Double Deepstack Monster Stack with an amazing
structure, the $340 buy-in $100,000 guaranteed Event 1,
table-side food service or the amazing hotel rates. Value
for today's players exists at Pearl River like nowhere
else.”The event runs October 26th to November 5th.
WIN A COVER SHOT:
As always the Pearl River Poker
Open will reward the Main Event winner the biggest share of
the guaranteed 100k prize pool AND the cover of the next
Ante Up magazine. The magazine is found in every reasonable
poker room. Put your phone down and walk around you are sure
to see one. Now imagine your smiling mug on there next
month. Not a bad lagniappe for first place
The Double Up event on Halloween
(Oct. 31st) will offer players the chance to relinquish
their total winnings for TWO TIMES that amount in Pearl
River Resort table game promotional chips. Players are
already discussing the best strategy to max out their
winnings for this event. We solicited some opinions from our
readers on what they would do and two of our favorites are:
"Take a min cash and let it ride on black," and "A Blackjack
marathon for first place." Kudos to Tournament Director Paul
Table Games Director Neal Atkinson, and Poker Room Manager
Denise Dahl for this innovative format.
Play golf? You'll want to when you
visit Pearl River as the Dancing Rabbit golf course features
two award winning par 72 golf courses. Bring your sticks as
both the Azaleas and the Oaks offer stiff challenges and a
break from yhe poker grind.
Call (601) 663-1040 to book your
EYSTER WINS RING IN
Kevin Eyster the all time money
leader for tournament poker from Louisiana added a hair
under 40k to his lifetime total for the win. This is
Eyster's second ring (one bracelet too) and it was hard to
come by as he had to play Kevin Saul heads up to get it.
The No Limit Hold'em Monster stack event had a 188k
prize pool with 627 entrants. Joining Eyster at the final
table was one of his horses Ben Keeline. Keeline won $5884
CASHERS IN THE MAIN:
Kevin also cashed the Main along
with a number of gulf coasters. Eyster finished 97th out of
1247 players winning $3573. Also, in the money of the One
Million Dollar Guarantee: Bob Beck of Santa Rosa Beach
Florida, $9128 for 29th; Jason Berilgen of Houston, $6191
for 40th; and Jeter Brock, $4227 for 75th.
COUSHATTA MAIN EVENT
$440 NLH Main Event
$87,750 Prize Pool
1. 11,501-Mitchell Bono (champion)
1. 11,500-Logan Hewitt
3. 10,500-Robert Cote
4. 9855-James Schmidt
6. 5235-Brenda Clayton
7. 4362-Thomas Weatherstone
872-Capt. Ronnie Hope
Senior's Only NLH
$32,930 Prize Pool
1. 3523-Mark Crawford (co-champion)
1. 3523-John Thomas (co-champion)
4. 3172-Roy J. Smith
4. 3172-Mark Boudreaux
4. 3172-John C. Martin
9. 988-David Closner
No Limit Holdem
$26,664 Prize Pool
1. 5000-Dean Ostera (champion)
2. 2840-Dallas Berry
2. 2840-Dennis Spretz
2839-Frances Renee Armstrong
2. 2839-Richard Margolin
7. 1600-Robert Cheesman
8. 1333-Shawn Schoreck
NEWS AND NOTES:
PEARL RIVER INCHING CLOSER:
Two more dates before the series
starts up proper to get yourself a Main Event seat for only
$75. On October 19 (6pm) and October 22 (noon) they will ADD
2 seats to the prize pool. Pretty good chance to win a seat
and get in on the cheap. Complete Pearl River Poker
MORE CATCH UP:
Congrats to Danny Doucette on his
(somewhat) new ring. A man so humble when we congratulated
his buddy Freddy Ardoin on his HPT success, Doucette said
nothing about winning a ring a day or so before. So
officially, well done, Danny! The victory at the IP marks
Doucette's second circuit ring. He outlasted a pretty tough
final table in that Double Stack Turbo which included
Stephen Nusrallah, Jesus Cabrera, David "Bama" Walters and
Also, great job to Paul Hebert on his
deep run in the WSOP-C Main in Florida. Paul finished
28th winning just under 7k. Joining him at the cashier
was TK Miles who followed up his runner up in the IP Main
with a 20th finish earning 11k.
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Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
anyone still reading this blog…I 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. I’m in sales and our EOM (End of Month for
non salesfolks) was last Friday 5/20…so I also had my hands tied
a little during the week. The plan was to play some megas and if
I didn’t 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:
"In other words? A really, really great opportunity for
them to make a good first impression. I would say on the poker
end...they are doing a really good job this week. They seem to
have added just enough over flow tables to accommodate the
number of players who showed up. Anyone that has had to go in as
an alternate, hasn't had to wait very long. Unlike some casinos,
they didn't tie up a bunch of tables spreading cash game to the
detriment of players waiting to get in the tourney...and
frankly, that might just have more to do with them not really
having a solid cash game clientele, more than anything. But
nonetheless, its nice to see all 8 tables plus the five outside
the poker room, being used strictly for tournaments."
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 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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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
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