DINE ON THE WHALES
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
GUEST WRITER BEN SAXTON:
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
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 restaurateursóincluding 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. "
08/24/18] Jonathan Little has more tournament winnings than only
a handul of pros. At 24, he had already
eclipsed 4 million dollars in lifetime
winnings . The WPT Season VI player of the year, Jonathan
was born in Pensacola Florida and currently
operates a new poker site, which includes his
blogs and videos you can find it
"POSTED VIDEO BLOG"
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 08/24/18] 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.
"In January 1971, I made my first-ever sports
I remember the game all too well because it
was my first loser. I lost $1.
I've been chasing that lost buck ever since,
trying to get even.
Forty-seven years later, and a few nights
ago, I attended a party with a motley group of
professional sports bettors. We were discussing
the biggest and craziest sports bets weíd ever
made. As you might imagine, there were some
really great stories. I wish I could write about
them, but the stories belong to some sharps who
are pretty well known in the gambling business,
including people you may have heard of, and I
donít want to blow anyoneís cover or reputation.
So instead, Iím writing todayís column entirely
on my own.
[UPDATED 09/25/16] Shannon Shorr has graduated. That's bad
news for the poker world because he's terrorized the circuit
while also being a full time college student. Now without
distractions, like class every day, the only question is how
quickly will he add to his over 3.2 million dollars in
tournament winnings. You can also read Shannon's blog at
"As it pertains to my personal journey, it
has been a bit volatile since I last posted.
Iíve had some dark times that almost all stem
from the rough stretch Iíve endured in my career
as a tournament poker professional. I wonít
bother complaining here as you most certainly
donít wanna hear it. There has been an
often-present anxiety due to things not going
well financially. It has also been a hit to my
I think Iíve finally worked through it
and at peace with it. Iíve been playing poker
tournaments for near 11 years now and have
experienced the swings of the business first
hand. Itís really important to take a step back
and gain perspective and ďzoom outĒ as a friend
told me this summer. I experienced some
depression as a result of things not going well
at poker table. An interesting thing happened. I
would get upset about tournaments not going
well. I would then get really wrapped up in my
head and hard on myself FOR getting upset about
tournaments not going well."
Jennifer Gay is a poker player, poker room supervisor and
Ante Up Magazine Poker Columnist local to
Tunica, MS. Her blog covers the sometimes personal and
always comical reality of a life fully centered around poker in
"Steven has applied himself to his study
and poker coaching to a level I couldn't have
believed possible. Mostly utilizing "Float the
Turn" and watching hours and hours of reviewed
hand histories, he spends his lunch break at
work every day studying in addition to any down
time he has at home. He cut carbs from his diet,
losing 20+ pounds and dropping below 200 for the
first time in a decade, hoping that better
health overall will lead to better stamina and
I am super excited about
his opportunity to play in the main event and
believe he's going to run deep. Hopefully,
really deep. I did the math on it and
approximately $43,000 would pay off every dime
of debt we have and finish the fund for a down
payment on a home. We are on track to hit this
goal by December 2017, but it would be really
nice if he could just knock it out in one big
tournament cash. Plus, if we're bringing home
$43,000 then that means the investors are all
getting a huge return on investment. " [+]
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IS DAVID CLARK?|
David Clark bagged more points than any other at large qualifier on the WSOP this year. The Texan has been blogging and
winning for some time now.
"I took a different approach towards kick starting my fitness
goals in January. I didnít join a gym or start a new exercise
routine, instead I picked up a part time job working
construction. Coming from a late night poker schedule this took
some significant lifestyle adjustments, but thatís exactly what
I was looking for. I ended up walking down this path while
following a thought about changing the way I value time. A
thought that came along while I was lending my friends and
family an extra set of hands."
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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
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
He half lurched at them then defiantly mouthed "What? What?
ladies drew in closer as they neared the door.
"Asshole," one said to another.
Check out the Ben
Saxton's profile of Harrahs poker room
DINE ON THE WHALES.
BURT FIRST AT BEAU:
For a while there it looked like this installment of the
Beau's fall tournament was Jerry's World as Jerry Giroir
took first in the Re-entry and then almost topped the
Monster Stack. But apparently, Tim Burt had other plans as
he put his stamp on this week with a little bit of one
Burt took just a hair less than Giroir in
the re-entry chop and followed that up with the first place
title in the main event.
This one brought 375
entrants for a $447k prize pool with first credited for
103k. Congrats Tim always happy for you. The final table
featured a couple other Friends of GCP in second place
finisher Hiep Doan of Marrero (59k), Don Dove of NOLA (6th
18k), Nick Langsford of Kenner, LA (7th 14k), and our pal
Frank Alpandinar of Baton Rouge (9th 6.5k).
Curran continued his hot form with a 10th place finish just
under 5k. Also cashing out at that amount Trace Henderson
(12th), Randy Gordon (16th), and Rebecca Campbell (17th).
Shout out to Gabe Costner for his 20th place finish winning
That's a wrap on this event but as always
a first class production by Henry Garrison, Derek Dill, and
Paul Dutsch (hey look at that the ever gracious Tim Burt
included them all in his winners shot above). Also, a
shout out to all the other staff at the Beau that ran
everything so seamlessly all week.
to the Heater in January!
DAVIS WINS IT:
The Event 8, 50k Guaranteed Monster Stack finished with a
familiar face in the top three. Jerry Giroir fresh off his
win in the 300k Guarantee rentry finished 2nd. Starr Valdez
The final table also included (4th
through 9th): Pablo Garcia (Baton Rouge), Jason DeBenedetto
(Baton Rouge), Saleem Delawall (Tucker, GA), Hanh Nguyen
(D'Iberville, MS), Will Souther (Monkeyville, MS) and Vafa
Jeff Densen followed up his win
with another cash and was joined by familiar names Steve
Bierman, Chris Canan, Wayne Neyland, Sley Sanchez, Antony
Vidmer, Anthony Graphia, Herb Tascott and Stephen Hastings
at the cage.
CHRIS STEVENS FIRST IN EVENT 9:
The Gautier, MS native outlasted Jonny Craig of Texas heads
up to win just over $8800. Craig earned 4.6k. With 12 spots
paid Clay Henry of Many, LA, and Charlene Smith of Metairie,
were the only other two over 2k.
Prissy Giroir, Jason
Bullock, and Stanley Williams all cashed too.
HAYWARD OMAHA CHAMP:
Hayward Rigano of Kilgore, TX beat Danny Zaccaro of
Mobile heads up to win the title in Event 10 and earn over
5k for first. James Carter of Pensacola, Mark Pharo of
Birmingham, William Lest of Cautier, Bret Atiyeh of Oxford,
AL and Bernice Ranum of Fort Walton were the other cashers.
SERRY WINS 8 MAX :
New York, New
York's Mo Serry took place in the 8 Max tournament for a
little over 12k. Rober Smith of Lexington, AL second
for $6750. Terry Moore of Mobile won 4.2k The final table
featured Seville Hale (4th), Frank Alpandinar (5th), Teddy
Conner (6th), Chris Dupuy (7th), David Vajnar (8th) and
David Nicholson (9th).
Also cashing double ring
winner and Non-Donkey John Durio, Bob Beck, Donna Reid, Carl
Guillot, Andrew Brinkley, Rebecca Campbell, and Wayne
DENSEN DOES IT:
New Orleans' own Jeff Densen prevailed in Event #4 at
the Beau Rivage. Well deserved and one we saw coming as Jeff
has steadily improved his game the last couple of years. He
bested Herman Shumaker of Brandon, MS heads up to win just
Shumaker took home 5.1K. Phong Phan from
Biloxi earned 3.2k for third. Donna Reid of Meridian, MS won
2.2k for 4th. Stan Barre of New Orleans and Frank Alpandinar
of Baton Rouge also cashed.
EYER EDGES SAGER:
The Heads-up tournament climaxed with heads up match
between two relative young guns. A fittingly finale to
an event that proved to be a resounding success. Three out
of four the first round matchups we highlighted were some of
the last to finish. Rounds two and three had compelling
matchups of their own. When the sweet sixteen had finished
it left eight skilled players to battle it out.
Stephen House of Milton, FL, Keith Ray of Hurley, MS,
Seville Hale of Pensacola and Easton Oreman of Metairie all
won $607 but fell short of the final four.
and Chris Dupruy of Baton Rouge both earned $1820 for making
the semis. Eyer (right side of photo) prevailed winning
bragging rights over New Orleans' Jeff Sager and the other
63 players in the bracket. They each won over 4k.
SENIORS DRAWS 267
Shannon Corey of
Pensacola beat Marc Fisher of Lafayette winning 18k and 10k
respectively. Ronny Aden of Pope, MS third for 5.6k.
Louisianans filled out 5th through 8th with Dean Rutledge,
Dan Prejean, Arthur Derbes, Robbie Matthews and John Welsh
all making more than $1800. Ron Franco, Tom Franklin, and
George Elias were among the 27 who cashed.
Jacob Seale of Lumberton, TX won 13k for first in Event
7's PLO event. Morton Davis of Pensacola (4k for 4th),
William Pappas of Mandeville, and Jason Gladden of Oceans
Springs all cashed too.
MO' FROM THE BEAU:
WITH JERRY ATOP THE REENTRY!
congrats to Jerry Giroir, Tim Burt and Dustin Paulen of Fort
Worth Texas. Jerry and Tim got the most (both over 50k) with
Jerry getting a touch more and the victory photo.
Also at the final table Beau Rivage crusher Nesrin Can,
Judge Leo Boothe, James Burnham of Alabama and Bruce Little
of Metairie. Peter Fieriozzi and BJ McBrayer just missed the
final table earning slightly under 6k. Danny Doucet finished
A slew of notables, too many to list today,
made the top 100 and made the money in the mammoth 1738
entry field. A prize pool over 500k smashing the 300k
HEADS UP MATCHES TODAY:
buzz surrounding this event. (Check out the closueps
of the brackets on our
page). Our favorite first round match up may be the
clash of Tag Team mates from this years WSOP Steve Bierman
and Ray Curran. Is there anybody hotter than these two?
We've been meaning to mention Steve Bierman's
recent run at the Global Championship (a final table just
shy of the televised final six) and a deep run in the Main
Event a couple of days later. That 27k in earnings have only
added to the record year for Bierman (13 cashes, two WSOP
bracelet event final tables and over 150k won). His opponent
Ray Curran has also been on a heater this year... his first
year playing tournaments. Ray has two first places (one for
a circuit ring) and over 200k in winnings.
member of their tag team from this summer, our own Wild Bill
(fresh off two cashes already at the Beau) plays his Vegas
house mate Patrick Horrigan in the first round. Feels like
this is going to sting for a while for whoever loses.
We also be watching "The battle of Baton Rouge"
pitting the ever smiling Rebecca Campbell vs. Walter
Chambers in one corner of the bracket. Another
enticing matchup: Chris Sheffield draws Josh Palmer.
Sheffield is a closer with three circuit rings and Palmer
has amassed over 400k in earnings and three wins of his own.
PLEASE HEAD TO OUR
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BALLROOM THERE DURING THE WEEK. GIVE US A LIKE TOO, IF YOU
GULFCOAST POKER CHAMPIONSHIP IS IN FULL SWING IS
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI...COME ON DOWN
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GULF COAST POKER CHAMPIONSHIP
WE ARE ON DAY 2 OF THE
EVERYONE IN $$...A
BUNCH COMING BACK:
Chanthavan Adethsack 388k Chip
- Robbie Mathews 378k (Pic and
Friend of GCP)
- Chris Taylor 344k
- Mike Groover 320k
- James Burnham
- Erik Norberg 308k
- Kwang Yun 300k
- Jake Latino 285k
- Trace Henderson 270k
- Steven Rash 243k
- Jerry Girior 243k
- Curry Halifield 239k
- Mark Holmes 231k
- Blake Purvis 226k
ATLANTA'S ADAM ROSS
SNAPS OFF THE CHEROKEE MAIN EVENT FOR JUST SOUTH OF $300K
GCP had some rooting interest in Adam as he comes from a
Telecom Back Ground and one of the owners of this site was
Adam's Sales Engineer around the time of Y2k and Sept 11
attacks. They would cross paths in the poker world several
times years later ...online and in brick and mortars... and
always kept in touch and hung out when we see each other.
Adam is really good guy and we congratulate him on his
score...He is also living proof that you can work and have a
9 to 5 career...and still be able to knock off six digit
scores if you work hard and study the game...Way to go
We enjoyed the opportunity to speak with the man in charge
of all thing Beau Rivage poker Henry Garrison recently and
he shared some of the happenings at one of our favorite
poker rooms on the Gulf Coast.
A sports book is
operating just outside of the poker room.
second biggest annual poker tournament is a couple of weeks
Starting to feel like football season.
Poker... Sports Bets... Football...
Chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows on a crisp
autumn night there may not be a better combo for this time
of the year. Henry told us that tournament players looking
to maximize that combo will be really happy when they see
the layout of the ball room. Should be quite an atomosphere.
Here's the complete
Some highlights a 300k guarantee four flight No Limit
Hold'em extravaganza that starts Friday September 7th for
$360 a bullet. Sunday features Big O, Monday a Heads Up
tournament, Tuesday a PLO event, Wednesday the MONSTER,
Friday a 8 Max Event, and the two flight Main Event starts
noon on Saturday the 15th.
All Day 2 Players cash.
Well, plenty of
tournaments to whet your appetite before the big one. Go
to see the daily and monthly events still to play in August,
For more news that no
longer qualifies as the latest, because... it's no longer
recent, follow the link below...
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Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
some time to sit down and bang out a new blog pre-wsop. We just
finished with the New Orleans Circuit event and everyone is
getting geared up for wsop in Vegas. I am unsure if I will be
heading out this year as Ivy is now 8 years old and he is at
that "cool age" and we have alot planned for the summer...we
Played a few events in New Orleans including the $1650 Main
Event. I wasnt happy with how I played ...but then again I will
always find fault with my play unless I win...lol.
Its an exciting time to be in poker as the laws may be changing
soon, and online poker may come back in full force. GCP has been
a mainstay for poker on the Gulf Coast and we hope to take
advantage of the second coming to bring GCP to more computers in
the future and gain more readers. Bill and I want to take the
time to thank everyone who has came back for the stories and
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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!
MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY|
11/11/15) Florida's Jason Mericer is one of the best poker
players in the world. Why wouldn't you read his blog?
"I'm back home in Florida, relaxing for most of November before
heading back out for more tournaments in December. Now that the
NBA season is underway, I'm taking advantage of the time off to
watch some hoops, including following how my Miami Heat are
going to do without LeBron James this year.
I actually just took a trip up to Charlotte, North Carolina to
watch the Heat play the Hornets a few days ago. A friend of mine
has courtside tickets and invited me to come up because he knows
how big of a Heat fan I am. I've wanted to sit courtside for a
Heat game for quite some time so was really excited to
experience it for the first time. We sat right next to the
Hornets bench, so hearing the interaction between the players
and the coaches was pretty awesome. It was one of the most fun
things I've ever done and I can't wait to do it again.."[+]
Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an intriguing
approach to the game:
"This is a "True Confessions" blog. My confession is that I
don't always pay attention to everything that is happening. I
suspect that we all are guilty at times but I KNOW that I
It usually happens when you put your
opponent on a straight draw after the flop and concentrate so
fully on what cards would complete his straight and whether they
fall that you miss the board flushing or you put him on a heart
flush draw and concentrate so completely on whether or not
another heart falls that you fail to notice the board
A similar but different lapse happened to me
the other day."
new title but the same blog,
Goondingy or Big Smoove and pure aggression on the felt examines
live poker action:
"Greetings and salutations! I did it, I played a bit of poker! I
met my buddy Wild Bill at Lauberge Casino in Baton Rouge to play
the $100 tournament and follow up with some cash games. I got to
the last three tables before I busted. Had to play like a nit,
could not catch anything and when I raised most folks folded.
We got there before the tournament started and were instant
alternates, something about a supervisor not being on the floor
to help open up another table, but after about 30 minutes they
opened a table and about 30 more minutes later I was called to
action. Played very tight and just observed, I wanted to get my
feel for the game back and it took a very long time. I picked up
blinds where it was necessary had one scare where a gentleman
chased me to the river and folded on my river bet but my
downfall hand was pocket jacks in the cut-off, I believe the
blinds were 1k 2k with a $100 ante. " [+]
[UPDATED 01/01/18] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
football perspective on to GCP.NET.
"How's this for a
couple of days of bullshit?
A day before the Saints
played the Falcons on December 7th, the NFLís Arthur Blank-led
compensation committee finally rewarded Roger Goodell with a
$200M contract extension.
Goodellís contract came after
months of bad blood and threats of litigation from Jerry Jones,
who had obstructed the formalities. Blank eventually won this
power struggle between two of the NFLís most influential owners,
and delivered Goodell his new contract.."
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10/21/14] THE POKER BAT is an online player from Northern
Louisiana who is trying out blogging to help him with his game.
Bat will delve into hand scenarios and discuss issues facing
today's online player.
"From his poker blind, the Bat watched Kai magnificently wade
through that minefield of Q10 loving princesses and get to heads
up action. Heads up action in a ladies tournamentÖ creepy smile,
creepy wink, creepy nudge (somebody needs to design that
emoticon). There the Bat hears some of the exiled ladies
talking. One of them a brutish looking tight end for an Canadian
Football League team tells the others, if Kai wins heís not
getting out of the parking lot with the pendant.
This got the Bat picking his nose, actually, the Bat was already
knuckle deep, this got the Bat thinking, about poor Kai getting
jumped in the parking lot. So taking stock of the future mob,
the Bat envisioned the scene if he won:
Kai exits the elevator, with the Ted Nugent muzak fading away as
he walks into the IP garage, a car skids out in the distance,
but this floor of the garage is empty except for Kaiís car (a
vintage Aston Matin) parked by itself overlooking the beauty of
the bay of biloxi. As Kai, walks sipping from his shaken not
stirred victory martini, the lone light above his car flickers
rapidly and turns off, turning the garage to shadow. Dripping
water echoes loudly and Kai canít help but shake the idea heís
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