DINE ON THE WHALE
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
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."
07/18/17] 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
"On Day 3, I had
100,000 chips (we started the tournament with
30,000 chips) at 2,000/4,000 blinds with a 500.
I was fortunate enough to wake up with A-A on
the button. Everyone folded around to me and I
made my standard raise to two big blinds, 8,000.
I would use this exact same raise size with all
of the hands I planned to play, mainly because
when I am bluffing, I want to lose the absolute
minimum and when I have a premium hand, it will
be easy enough to get my entire somewhat short
stack in by the river."
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 07/19/17] 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.
"The charred souls of bitter, broken-down men
largely populate Omaha High-Low Split tables
infested with a chronic dreariness. These
crusty, crabby, cantankerous shards of
once-productive members of society have become
devoid of any pulse of humanity. If these
fossilized Omaha players werenít wasting away
the final vestiges of their miserable lives by
spending 65 hours a week hunched over poker
tables squeezing out a measly $1.62 an hour plus
comps, theyíd probably be writing depressing
songs about shipwrecks instead. Low-stakes Omaha
players = miserable miserly malthropes.." [+]
[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."
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"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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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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[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
WSOP MAIN EVENT FINAL
This week nine becomes six; six becomes three; and three
becomes one, as ESPN televises the 2017 WSOP Main Event over
Lots of interesting storylines, but
are you still unsure of who to cheer for?
Here's a primer:
Does a smiling, jokeresque aggro
villain get your heart beating? Then you'll want to go with
Jack "The (pot)Ripper" Sinclair of London England.
No, not that Potripper, but this guy is an action player who
opens every other pot. He's got 20.2 million and will put
his chips in play.
Prefer, your Brits in Dr. Who
jackets, with a convival demeanor and the naivete of an
amateur just happy to be there? John Hesp
is the player for you. He's second in chips with 85.7
million and is THE amateur every pro wants to win to grow
the game. Not even Darvin Moon, or maybe even Chris
Moneymaker, had this much support from the pros.
Maybe you like smooth James Bond
villains? The suave Argentian Damian Salas
is sixth in chips at 22.175 million. He seems to be
out of place not on a yacht, with sharks with lazers, and
scantily clad women. Maybe this is all part of his
plan. If he wins expect a helicopter ladder exit.
You want to root for the chip
leader? Scott Blumstein of New Jersey
doesn't like to fold and it's served him well bagging 97.2
million in chips.
How about the best French player in
Main Event history? Two choices for this honor depending on
how things play out. The first is newcomer and Parisian
Ben "Two Finger Death Fold" Pollak. The
second Antoine Saout who is making his
second Main Event final table this decade. Also, a Parisian
he has 14 million less than Pollak with 21 million chips.
If not for a guy named Ben Lamb, Saout would probably be the
pro to root for.
You got a thing for twins after
falling for GQ'd Daily Fantasy tout Max Steinberg a couple
of years ago? Dan Ott of Altoona, PA went
the bigger hair route to differentiate himself from a twin
brother of his own. Ott lacks the fancy duds of Steinberg
but still aspires to tWin the whole thing. He has 26.7
You like knives to the back?
Bryan Piccioli eliminated one of his buds
Michael Ruane on the final table bubble this year. Which is
kinda okay because Ruane made it to the final 9 last year.
Piccioli also needed a two outer to survive earlier in the
night. Think his bud Ruane now wishes he didn't hit it?
Finally, the Pro's pro maybe your
Ben Lamb is a cash pro who dabbles in Main
Event final tables (like Saout this is his second recently
along with another deep run previously). Would be hard to
not root for Lamb and his cellar dwelling chip total of
18.05 million. Except for that dude Hesp.
saying you should root for the Hesp, but you should. It'd be
great for poker if the time traveling Delorian owner wins it
all (And, no that wasn't a sports almanac from 2020 in his
EVENT WRAP UP DAY 5
Wow...so we are down to day 5 in
the WSOP main event and it looks like all the good Gulf
Coast Poker sweats have busted.
1st up are the 2 players
that went the furthest below...Jerry Giroir from Lafayette
and "Bad Off Cauf" Caufman Talley also from Lafayette but
currently residing in the Big Easy...New Orleans.
Giroir went the furthest out of all as he busted in 207 out
of over 7000+ players to bring back to Louisiana over $46k
in winnings. Jerry spent the summer out in Vegas and capped
it off with a deep run in the Main Event. Jerry was also one
of the finalist in the Minion "Play in" event this year at
Out of Bounds. (sick brag...lol...but GCP bought into
Jerry's package for this Main Event and pretty proud
how he played...etc)
The next guy is no stranger to the felt in the Gulf Coast
as Caufman "Bad of Cauf" Talley came in behind Jerry in
245th place for a little over $40k. Caufman
had a pretty successful summer himself out in Vegas as after
getting 3rd place in the last circuit Main Event of the year
in New Orleans for over $100k...Cauf picks up another
$90k-ish on the summer grind out in Vegas
EVENT MINION WRAP UP
We seem to have 3 out of the 8 Monkey Minions grab a cash
this year that puts the payout right about where it was last
year. It was a great team and everyone played great. Five
made day three but Wild Bill Phillips and then Kenny Milam
fell short of the money. Milam gutwrenchingly finished
30 away. The 3
cashers are Christian "Da_Professional" Iacobellis running a
bluff as "Monk E. Grinder" on Facebook...Next in Line is
Dave Chocheles who also made his way to the cage after
The last remaining Minion to cash and also book his seat
for next years team in 2018 is Chris "Loose Cannon" Canan
who came in around 500th for a little under $25k. Great
Team...Much Thanks to Monk for pulling this off every
year...and we are getting pumped for next years team. Seems
we got noticed this year as its our understanding at CP that
Jack Effel had a brief conversation with one of the Minions
wearing a Minion T-Shirt and gave a positive response to the
concept...lets hope they can see the good Monk is doing and
let him back in to compete.
WSOP-MAIN EVENT IS
Monkeys Minions are ready to
The Minions are set to go...We have Ken "Carpenter
Ken" Christopher playing today...Robert Harwell
tomorrow...Benton Blakeman tomorrow..."Trucker" Kenny Milam
also tomorrow..."Wild" Bill Phillips Ditto...Chris "Loose"
Canan firing on Monday...as is Dave Chocheles and Mink E
Grinder (AKA Christian Iacobellis)....LETS GO GANG!!!
Friend of GCP Tim
"TK or Timkrank" Miles is having a sweet summer with already
5 WSOP cashes and one 3rd place for $176k. Great Job TK!!!
Next We have another player that has graced the front page
of GCP several times is former "November 9'er" John Dolan.
Dolan has 9...count it...Nine
since he landed in Sin City for the 2017 grind...looks like
a total of about $60-70k...with 3 five digit cashes.
Last but not least we want to
highlight Texas Grinder below... Schyuler Thornton who has
made 2 final tables this summer...and has racked up a nice
summer with about $250k in cashes.
Cant wait to see what
these guys do in the main....
WSOP 17 UPDATE:
TYLER SMITH WINS
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
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.
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
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.
WSOP 17 UPDATE:
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.
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
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
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!!!!!
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
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.
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.
NO MORE NOVEMBER NINE!
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:
For more news that no
longer qualifies as the latest, because... it's no longer
recent, follow the link below...
ARCHIVED NEWS BLOTTER CENTER>>>
Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
anyone still reading this blogÖI am in New Orleans now waiting
to play the final post-lim and final circuit event of the
season. Congrats to Wild Bill for making it to day 2 along with
a host of other friends (you know who you are). I whiffed the
1st couple of tournaments last weekend, and I had a funeral
party to go to for my Aunt Linda last Saturday so I had to skip
most of the weekend. Iím in sales and our EOM (End of Month for
non salesfolks) was last Friday 5/20Öso I also had my hands tied
a little during the week. The plan was to play some megas and if
I didnít satty into the High Roller or the Main Event to fire
bullets at the last 2 post-lims to try to win a ring. Today at
3pm will be the final chance for anyone to win a ring this
season and before the actual WSOP"[+]
THE POKER MONKEY
Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker
circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:
"I'm sitting here in my hotel room at Treasure
Island...flew in yesterday morning, on United! Flew COACH!
(granted, I paid an extra $150 to get an exit row) Couldn't get
anything at the last minute on Delta for less than $1700. Yikes!
And Venetian was sold out, so I'm saving about $120 a night to
stay across the street. This feels a bit like the old days when
I stayed at Riviera. Played and bricked the noon $600 Mega
satellite, not once but twice. Then walked over to the Wynn,
Encore actually, and played their 1-day $1100 tourney...great
turnout of 539 players. Busted out of that around 10pm in 94th
place (paying 54) so was instantly $2300 in the hole on the
MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY|
11/11/15) Florida's Jason Mericer is one of the best poker
players in the world. Why wouldn't you read his blog?
"I'm back home in Florida, relaxing for most of November before
heading back out for more tournaments in December. Now that the
NBA season is underway, I'm taking advantage of the time off to
watch some hoops, including following how my Miami Heat are
going to do without LeBron James this year.
I actually just took a trip up to Charlotte, North Carolina to
watch the Heat play the Hornets a few days ago. A friend of mine
has courtside tickets and invited me to come up because he knows
how big of a Heat fan I am. I've wanted to sit courtside for a
Heat game for quite some time so was really excited to
experience it for the first time. We sat right next to the
Hornets bench, so hearing the interaction between the players
and the coaches was pretty awesome. It was one of the most fun
things I've ever done and I can't wait to do it again.."[+]
Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an intriguing
approach to the game:
"Disclaimer: My home casino is the Beau Rivage in Biloxi. I play
there more than all other venues combined.
Like a lot of
you, I have played in quite a few tournament series in numerous
locations including WSOP and WPT events but I want to take this
opportunity to applaud the Beau Rivage for the excellence of
their tournament series and for the courteous and professional
way that these tournament series are run.
The Gulf Coast
Poker Championship started last week. I arrived early on Friday
for the start of their opening "Monster Stack" event. I was
greeted by the tournament director, several officials of the
tournament, a couple of dealers and, of course, numerous
players. I was also welcomed by several of the Beau poker room
staff, including the director of poker operations. I received
numerous handshakes and even several hugs."
new title but the same blog,
Goondingy or Big Smoove and pure aggression on the felt examines
live poker action:
"Greetings and salutations! I did it, I played a bit of poker! I
met my buddy Wild Bill at Lauberge Casino in Baton Rouge to play
the $100 tournament and follow up with some cash games. I got to
the last three tables before I busted. Had to play like a nit,
could not catch anything and when I raised most folks folded.
We got there before the tournament started and were instant
alternates, something about a supervisor not being on the floor
to help open up another table, but after about 30 minutes they
opened a table and about 30 more minutes later I was called to
action. Played very tight and just observed, I wanted to get my
feel for the game back and it took a very long time. I picked up
blinds where it was necessary had one scare where a gentleman
chased me to the river and folded on my river bet but my
downfall hand was pocket jacks in the cut-off, I believe the
blinds were 1k 2k with a $100 ante. " [+]
[UPDATED 12/16/16] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
football perspective on to GCP.NET.
"Here's a question: are
the 2016 Saints worse than last year's team?
Saints were particularly bad.
They rallied to finish 7-9.
They fielded one of the worst defenses the NFL has ever seen.
They overpaid free agent Brandon Browner, installed him as a
team captain, and then watched Browner immediately cement
himself as the worst defensive player in franchise history. The
defense surrendered a league-worst 4.92 yards per carry, while
allowing the most passing touchdowns in a single season by a
significant margin. After week 10, they fired their itinerant,
overmatched defensive coordinator.
This was a bad team. "
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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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