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DINE ON THE WHALE

 (UPDATED: 06/05/17) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"The truth is the November Nine died, not because of any of those things, but because we let it wither on the vine. And by "we" I mean us poker players who entrusted the WSOP and its broadcasting partners to do what was best for our game and our signature event. Sadly, as usual, when it comes to poker, we put our faith in the wrong people.

In a better world with ESPN as a broadcasting partner, the following would have happened with a November Nine.

In the summer nine diverse players, hopefully including a talkative villain/hero (depending on your perspective), a couple of established but little-known pros, occasionally a big name pro playing foil to folksy amateurs would make the November Nine. Eventually (this year please), a woman would make the final table and maybe even the same year she'll win it." [+]

LITTLE THOUGHTS

[UPDATED  01/01/17] 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.

"A 35 year old guy who I did not know raised to 525 out of his 15,000 stack at 100/200 from middle position. Everyone folded around to me and I called with 4c-3c from the big blind.
Both calling and folding are fine options. I strongly suggest that you learn to profitably call in these situation because being able to continue with a wide range of hands will make you much more difficult to play against compared to if you only play strong hands in an obvious manner. If you constantly keep your opponents guessing, they will make mistakes. If they usually know where you stand, they will play well. For those who do not know, you profit when your opponents make errors. When they play well, you do not profit.."
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NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  05/09/17] 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. 

"Today marks the end of the 2016 NFL regular season. Iíll be cheering for 16 boring, low-scoring football games.
Give me a shitload of sacks. Give me a bunch of fumbles and interceptions. Give me a slew of incomplete passes. Give me plenty holding penalties. Give me missed field goals. Give me down after down of one-yard-gains and a pile of dust. Give me a heaping pile of gridiron garbage that falls UNDER the betting total. Give me games where the stars are the punters. I donít want scoring. I want grotesque ugliness on a grand scale. For UNDER bettors, boredom is beautiful, baby. ."
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SHORR 'NUFF

[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 his homepage:  http://shannonshorr.com/

"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 experience:" [+]

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MENDEZ SEZ

[UPDATED  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 week.." [+]

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. " 
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WHO IS DAVID CLARK?

[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 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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Poker Fiction

[UPDATED:  03/08/12] PLAYER N scribes a tale of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all hustling on the Coast.

"Thick 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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WSOP 17 UPDATE:


TYLER SMITH WINS BRACELET:


Tyler Smith, the first cover profile of our short lived magazine, finally got his bracelet. The Gulf Coast legend won 244k in the $565 Pot Limit Omaha Event (also know as Plossuss). Jessie Bryant (6th for 42k) and Scott Davies (4th for 76k) also made the final table. Also in the money: Andrew Bulliard of Lafayette, 33rd (6.2k); Marco Palacios of Austin 64th; Sean Legendre of Metairie 74th; Caufman Talley of Lafayette 108th; Michael Horchoff of NOLA 120th; Robert Lebas of Lafaytte 268th; Kevin Eyster of Lafayette 299th; James Welsh of Lake Charles, LA 302nd; and Tim Burt of Biloxi 338th.

HANNA TIME:

John Hanna of Houston, had a memorable second ever WSOP cash. He won 406k for 3rd place in the Collossus. Bringing his total winnings to a little over 407k. A ton of locals cashed in the MASSIVE (+18,000) entrant event but one of the best showings (again) was by Caufman Talley who finished 72nd.

THAT'S POLK-ER:

Doug Polk, YouTube poker Vlogger extradonaire, won the Big One of One Drop besting Bertrand Grospellier in heads up action. Polk pocketed 3.6 million and Grospellier won 2.2 million for first and second. Over 130 entrants put up the $111,111 to play.

BLAKEMAN/TEHAN TENTH IN PARTNERS:

Former GCP blogger Benton Blakeman and his buddy Joe Tehan just missed the final table winning a little over 4k a piece in the tag team even. Lafayette's Andrew Bulliard and Kevin Eyster finished 41st.
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KASSELA WINS THIRD:


Tennessee Rounder Frank Kassela won his third gold bracelet when he beat Bernard Lee heads up. He also earned a touch under 90k for the win in 2-7 Lowball Draw. Phillip Hui of San Antonio, former New Orleanian Ryan Lenaghan, and another former New Orleanian "Old" David Baker also cashed. Kassela beat 265 players and made his 32nd cash one of his most memorable. His other two bracelets were in seven card stud variants. Not sure he can keep calling himself a rec player as he joins some pretty illustrious company with his third piece of bling.

MISC CASHES:

Joe "The Pro" Hebert made two cashes the bigger just under 14k at the Series so far. Also a nice lick in a daily deep stack. Jerry Giroir made the money in the first ever Marathon which was also his first ever official WSOP cash. Caufman Talley has at least five cashes for the series so far. Biloxi's Matt Lansdon has cashed twice in PLO Hi-Lo variants.
WSOP-POT LIMIT HOLDEN EVENT #18:

Finally the Gulf Coast gets a nice sweat at this years WSOP. In event 18 in the $565 PLO event we have Gulf Coaster Tyler Smith primed to get his 1st Bracelet sitting 8th in chips with 11 left with a 1.340 milly. Tyler became a father recently has not been as active on the Gulf Coast as in years past but he is always loved ...and feared when it comes to the poker felt. You wont find a more fearless adversary in any variation of Poker.

 

Also at the Final table and sitting is Circuit Grinder Jessie Bryant from Arkansas (Arkansas is part of the Gulf Coast) with the Chip lead and 3.245 milly. Jessie a seriously nice guy and also feared competitor as well with 3-4 circuit rings under his belt. Jessie is also searching for his 1st piece of wristwear as well.

Would be great to see these 2 Heads up for the Cheese!!!!! Good Luck to both!!!!!

MONKEY'S MINIONS:

Then there were five. Chris Canan, Dave Chocheles, Kenny Milam, Robert Harwell are joined on the Minions by GCP co-owner Wild Bill Phillips. Wild Bill won a tournament for the wild card seat.  Details on the Poker Monkey's Blog on the right  However, it looks like the team may not stop at five and could potentially  have up to 8 members this year.

Go to Monkey's blog for details and for your chance to buy action in the team and to support the squad THE POKER MONKEY.   Also, for those of you vacationing in St. Thomas check out Bernies a new bar co-owned by two friends of GCP (also sponsoring the minions this year).
WSOP-C HARRAHS NOLA MAIN:

Jason Baldridge of San Antoinio prevailed in an all Texas showdown against William Tait of Houston. Baldridge won 227k while Tait earned 140k for second place. Caufman Talley finished third for 103k, narrowly missing on collecting his sixth gold ring. Harold Kizzire of Birmingham won 77k for fourth.

John Cressend of Metairie finished 6th for 44k (following up a fourth place in event 6 for 7.5k) and Jeff Bromberger (10th) and Teddy Conner (12th) both of New Orleans took home 17k. Mark Pfeiffer of Baton Rouge finished 18th winning 11.5k.

Other locals in the money included Tim Burt of Diberville, MS, Jonathan Poche of Youngsville, LA, BJ McBrayer, William Spangler of Baton Rouge, Brian Delatte of Terrytown, LA, David Chocheles of Mandeville, Umut Meraler of Baton Rouge, Denis Arnaut of Meatire, Brock Gary of New Iberia, and Chris Dupuy of Baton Rouge.
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Todd Elliot did just that closing out the circuit series with another W for the locals. He won 21k and a gold ring beating circuit legend "Woody" Moore heads up. Dustin Stweart of Biloxi won just under 10k for third. Our friend Ben Saxton of NOLA finished fourth for 7k.
BREAKING!
NO MORE NOVEMBER NINE! 

WSOP, ESPN and Poker Central announce the November Nine is gone (as of this year) but live streaming is coming back.  Wild Bill will have a column about the (failed) concept of the November Nine on his blog later today:  November None.

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 POKER IS WAR

 (UPDATED: 05/15/16) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"Hello 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

 [UPDATED: 06/01/17] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

"Well...at around 4:30 am...we finally got to heads up play, and lo and behold, there was Rebecca holding a massive chiplead against 3-time Monkey Grinder Bill Phillips. Bill really had his work cut out for him. But 'grind' he did...refusing to submit to the dominating stack of Rebecca's. After about an hour of heads up play...the BIG HAND finally arrived. With the blinds at 3000-6000...Bill moved all in with A2 for....an amount that was an auto-call for Rebecca holding AQ. All she had to do was fade...well we all know what she had to fade. But when a deuce hit the flop...you just KNEW the outcome. Anyone who has ever played a good amount of poker knows that feeling and has experienced it a bunch of times. It always sucks. And it feels like you've been kicked in the gut." [+}

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JASON MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY

 (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.."
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RIVER POKER

 [UPDATED: 10/06/16] 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."
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RECOGNIZE AND REACT

 (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. "
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SAINTS WIN

[UPDATED 12/16/15] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and lives in Mobile brings his poker Saints football perspective on to GCP.NET.

"Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis are on the warpath.

It has been quite a spectacle to witness.

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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POKERBAT

[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 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 being watched"
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