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2.10.19 - 1.19.19
WSOP-C COCONUT BEACH
-Bryan Clark of Pensacola doubled his WSOP-C results (two in Tunica in January) with two 6th place finishes in $400 No Limit Hold'em Events.
-Justin Harvell puts a ring on it for the first time in Event 8. The Nashville pro earned almost 38k for first. Justin Donato and Simon Philip also cashed.
-Philip Hui of San Antonio finished second to Curtis Daye of Hollywood, FL in the High Roller. Daye won 73.5k and Hui 45k.
-Hank Sitton jetted down just in time to finished third in another event. He earned 4.6k for third in Event 12 NL Turbo. David Moses also of Greenville, SC won first place and 10.5k. John Holley finished fifth.
-Three of the hottest players in the region finished at the final Final Table of Coconut Creek (technically the Main is still playing but Event 14 was the final event): Hank Sitton 5th, Don Dove 7th, and Justin Sharpe 8th. Denish Pratt of Olive Branch, MS min-cashed in 12th. Congrats all!
-Sokchheka "Chico" Pho (pictured above) of Memphis, Warren Sheaves of Asheville, and Jason Young (of the Monkey's Minions) are currently battling it out in the main with six left. First place is 243k.
-Cashing the Main: David Sidler of Atlanta (16th 12.4k), Kevin Johnson and James Burns of TN (25th, 26th), Philip Hui and David Bradshaw of Decatur, GA.
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
Lauren Roberts is the first female to win a US Open tournament. She took down a 10k event vs. a final table loaded with High Stakes regs:
SITTON SO CLOSE:
Hank Sitton finished third in the Potawtomi WSOP-C Main Event winning over 94k.
Really thought this was going to be the first ring for the player number one all time in tournament earnings for South Carolina. Still a great run by a player who will be getting his first taste of jewelry sooner rather than later.
Damjan Radanov of Memphis finished 6th for 40k. Also cashing Andy Philachack of Texas, Kevin Eyster of Lafayette, and Josh Turner of St. Louis (128k for second place).
MEMPHIS MAKING IT
THE FIRST WINNER IS... MATT DOYLE!
Congratulations to Matt Doyle who won our first Social Media Contest for the upcoming Pearl River Spring Poker Classic. He wins a $250 seat for the Re-Entry tournament on March 14th. If for some reason he can't play our first runner up is Darrell Guillory. Sorry, Darrell but it sounds like Matt's going to make it.
If you want to join Matt at the GCP's Pearl River Spring Poker Classic, good news we have more free seats to give away.
This week the prize is a seat in the 20k on the 20th. Please only enter if you can play March 20th.
To enter: Be 21. Go to our facebook page, like the page, like the post with Matt's face on it, share that post. Bam one entry. Then go to twitter. Follow @GCPNet. Like the tweet and share the tweet that talks about this. Bam second entry.
We will announce the next winner next Monday.
SHARPE'S HEATER DOESN'T DULL:
Another Memphis player Justin Sharpe who has gotten a lot of mentions recently on our front page made a deep run in Coconut Creek at the WSOP-C event.
He won just under 41k for third place in the $400 No Limit Hold'em Re-entry event. Bad news for the rest of us, as we are pretty sure he'll be taking his heater to Pearl River in March.
PANHANDLE-ERS IN THE
John Holley grabbed a 4th place in Event 2 at the WSOP-C in Coconut Creek Florida. He won over 30k for his finish.
Joining him at the final table was fellow Gulf Coaster and panhandle native Simon Philip. The pride of Pensacola finished 7th for 14k.
MIAM JOHN CERNUTO ALL TIME GREAT:
The long playing tournament pro has now cashed more times in Hendon Mob recognized events than anybody else.
The Florida State grad came to poker after being fired as an Air Traffic Controller by President Ronald Reagan when he refused to cross the picket lines of a strike in the 1980s. 490 trips to the cashier's cage later he's in rarefied air all by himself.
He passed Men "The Master" Nguyen currently in second with 489 cashes. Several big names lurk in the top 10 but it's notable after the top two third place is 49 spots back of Miami John. Randy Hollands 441 cashes is 10% less than Johns total.
TJ Cloutier is next with not even 400 cashes at 393. Dan Heimiller, Kathy Liebert, Allen Kessler, Brentr Carter and Robert Turn all make the top ten with 317 to 365 cashes.
P.S.... look at the aformentioned John Holley who we see all the way up in 34th spot all time with 248 cashes.
TWEET OF THE WEEK/HAND OF THE WEEK?
Besides the Check Your Privilege commentary of Griffen Benger, this is a gem of a hand exposing the decision making process of Matt Berkey. (Okay, we'll probably post another hand or tweet later this week as we are kind of cheating you here by doubling up).
Is the player that loses the hand wrong? Do you see why it could be the wrong result but the right thinking?
HOW YOU LIKE THESE APPLES:
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PLAYERS REACT TO WSOP SCHEDULE:
Interesting Poker News video here. Think they cover the full sprectrum with insight from Tiffany Michelle, Martin Jacobsen and David Tuchman. Not suprisingly, Tuchman sees both sides perhaps the best.
RUN IT ONCE:
The online site created by Phil Galfond launched online February 6th for real money action. While it feels forever ago Galfond made his bold assertion he was going to join the market place with his spin on poker he's finally realized his vision.
Quick highlights... splash the pot promotions, visual cues from avatars, rewarding players who stream play, and a prohibition on third party tracking software. For more go here.
And just a reminder... we still can't play on any of these sites, but if you haven't to visit Canada or parts of Europe give it a run.
PEARL RIVER SOCIAL
MEDIA SEAT GIVEAWAY STARTS TODAY:
Okay, here are the details. We will be giving away one seat per week into the March 14th - 24th Gulf Coast Poker.NET's Pearl River Spring Classic tournament.
Go ahead and bookmark this SCHEDULE now.
This week we have some assignments to be eligible to win a seat in Event 1, the 100K Re-entry. The tournament has a reduced buy-in, and added a fifth flight. It features a starting stack of 15k (up from 10k) and is a best bag forward format that rewards anybody who bags multiple times a 1k bonus for doing so.
You can be eligible to win seat by doing one of the following:
You must be 21.
Retweet and Like @GCPNet's tweet about the Seat Giveaway. One Entry: TWITTER.
Like and Share GCP's Facebook post about this Seat Giveaway. One Entry: FACEBOOK. You must also Like our page (it's assumed but probably needs to be stated)
Please don't enter this week's contest if you can't play March 14th. The seat is not transferable so we will have to pull another name if you win and can't play.
We will pull from them list of eligible entries on Monday. We will give away another seat next week.
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
POKER PLAYER NARROWLY MISSES OUT ON NFL H.O.F.
The former Patriot Richard Seymour got close but didn't officially make Canton. He did, however, get to see his Patriots win another Super Bowl. This is news for many of you who boycotted the game. Don't worry you didn't miss much. Maybe the worst Super Bowl ever--which the NFL kind of deserved.
BUBBLE HALLUCINATIONS AND MORE: Poker players Rich Altati and Rory Young wagered Altati couldn't last 30 days in pitch black. While we know Young eventually bought out of the wager on day 20 for 62.4k we had yet to hear from Altati about his experience until now. For The Win quotes and links to an interview with Darren Rovell of the Action Network. Some interesting nuggets here.
POLICE OFFICER GETS SENTENCED FOR PLAYING IN PRIVATE GAME: Did he obstruct justice and lie to the feds or can he just not remember details from three years prior accurately? Interesting case...
More details from CardsChatNews about the case and the charges here.
SAVAGE STORIES: Noted Tour Director Matt Savage knows how to spin a yarn. This podcast covers almost everything from Men Nguyen, Phill Hellmuth and how he almost ruined the most famous poker bluff in history (Moneymaker/Farha). Go to Cardplayer.
BIG BROTHER WINNER LOWBALLED ON KELLY MINKIN TATOO: A former winner of the Big Brother show agreed to get Kelly Minkin and her twitter handle tatooed to his leg. All he got was a measly 1k. Measly? The guy that paid the 1k, super-rich poker afficianado Bill Perkins, once paid Jeff Gross 550k to get a rainbow tatooed on his back. Details here.
LITTLE'S WEEKLY POKER HAND: With Harrahs adding a weekly bounty tournament... here's some insight on late hand from the final table of a Bounty. Also features Lon McCaran playing.
HAND(s) OF THE WEEK:
Nothing is quite as fun in cash games as getting crushed then running it up. Here's how one guy went from Busto to Robusto.
We promised a big announcement and does it get bigger than this?
Maybe not for us. March 14th through the 24th will be an official Gulf Coast Poker.NET tournament series at Pearl River.
What can you expect?
Our Big Blind Ante player friendly Main Event structure. We got more compliments about that than anything else at Poker Gras and we are taking it on the road. Players have told us they want a lot of play. Check. Value for a bigger buy-in. Check. Fun. Check.
Deep starting stack, ease of the Big Blind, adopting a small blind ante when short handed, and plenty of play? Check, check, and check again. All in a 100k Guaranteed tournament.
Also, we will be featuring TD Paul Dutsch's brilliant idea to up the starting stack on the re-entry and drop the price a bit to smash the opening weekend's 100k guarantee. Bag the first flight? Now you can shoot to bag bigger in another flight? You'll get a 1k bonus for each additional bag and get to move the best bag forward.
Again.. for $250 there are now FIVE flights to chose from, a 15k starting stack, and 1k bonuses!
Midweek marks the return of the 20k guarantee on Wednesday that did big numbers on Halloween in the fall and a Thursday tournament that has us licking our lips.
Thurday there will be NINE(!) Main Event Seats added to that deep stack tournament.
And let's not forget our sweet sixteen monday heads up bracket tournament. First 16 to register get to vie for the chance to be called heads up King!
And of course, as always the room deals and food comps and all the player friendly services (more on that to come... maybe even a silly video) that makes Pearl River a great stop.
We also pledge to not forget our "Keep Poker Fun!" mantra and will be doing a ton of updates and pics even for the smaller events. Friends and family want to follow? We'll make it happen.
We look forward to seeing all our poker playing friends in March and ramping up the fun.
Details coming soon about seat giveaways every week in the lead up to this event. Stay tuned to our social media pages for that.
If you are already sold.. contact us now about rooms.
WSOP-C TUNICA WRAP UP
CARTWRIGHT WINS 8TH
Kyle Cartwright won his 8th ring in the WSOP-C Tunica Main Event. Probably even more impressive than nearly 200k payday it also marked his 4th WSOP-C Main Event win. While 7 players have more rings overall we are not sure anybody else has 4 Main Event rings.
As usual Tunica was good to Gulf Coasters this year and that didnt end when the Main Event started. Familiar names and locals littered the leaderboard and then marked a steady stream to the pay out cage.
Johnny Landreth of Lanett Alabama finished third for 90k. Damjan Radanov of Memphis earned almost 40k for sixth. Metairie's Joe "The Pro" Hebert finished 8th for 23k.
Michael Sanders of Arkansas (9th 18.5k), BJ McBrayer (10th, 15k), Michael Monaghan (11th, 15k), and Sley Sanchez of NOLA (19th, 8.3k) all made the top 20.
Matt Colvin (now of Dallas, 25th), Mike Cordell (Little Rock, 27th) and Donald Dove (NOLA, 29th) each made more than 5k.
Trace Henderson, Cody Stanford, Bob Beck, Kevin Eyster, Ben Thomas, Judge Leo Boothe (Ferriday, LA), Denise Pratt (Olive Branch, MS), Matt Higgins, and Peace Marvel (LA) all cashed.
Justin Sharpe (pictured) also made the money and went for 10th in the final double stack event. This has been a torrid last few months for Justin. Two firsts, seven top tens and twelve cashes total for the Memphis rounder all in our region.
V DAY FOR VIDMER:
Antony Vidmer, now of Nashville, won his first ring in the $400 Big Blind Ante Event. The screenwriter and director of High Roller: The Stu Unger Story won over 21k for first. Seth Forster and James Kizer also found the money.
EVENT #5: SIX HANDED
Jeremy Eyer of Gulfport won 19.6k and his first WSP ring in the prestigious 6 max event. He bested 220 players. Congrats Jeremy we suspect it is the first of many rings (despite mostly playing online). Ed Chevallier of Mary, LA won 1.1k for 12th. Sley Sanchez and Tim Burt added to their WSOP-C cashes.
EVENT #6: PLO
Matt Higgins, Mack Ham, Terry Moore and Warren Sheaves all cashed the $400 152 entrant event. Carl Masters of Clarksville, TN won first place and 13.5k after beating Chris Conrad heads up.
EVENT #7: EIGHT-HANDED
Cody Stanford made another run at a ring but finished 5th for almost 7k. Ben Thomas 12th (more circuit points), Terry Moore 16th, Blake Whittington 20th. Min-cashing the 311 player event: Jeremy Eyer, Stephen Bierman, and Chris Moneymaker.
EVENT #8: MONSTER STACK
Ray Curran bagged a 10th best stack out of 30 remaining players in the 561 player field. Dustin Stewart also returns with chips and an eye on another ring. 185k in the prize pool on the $400 buy-in with first paying north of 38k. Good luck today.
EVENT #1 DOUBLE STACK
William "Cody" Stanford finished third for a little over 12k in the 372 entrant $400 NLHE event. Nice run Cody. Also cashing Lacey Coffey and Douglas Cox.
EVENT #2: RE-ENTRY
Ben Thomas of Baton Rouge finished 16th out of 1211 players in the $400 buy-in event. Ben earned a little over 2700. JW Carter of Jackson, Cody Stanford, William Anderson, Jeter Brock, and Kyle Cartwright cashed.
EVENT 3#: ONE DAY
Joe "The Pro" Hebert of Metaire slid into a min-cash in the one day event. Barry Schultz finished 9th for almost 2k and cashed the seniors event.
EVENT #4: BIG BLIND ANTE
Nolan Burton of Pleasant Grove, AL took the ring and almost 20k for first. Burton now has two rings after winning one in 2013 at the IP Biloxi. Tara Snow and Sean Sinclair both cashed the 239 player $400 event. Tara made a touch over 1k.
BEAU RIVAGE MAIN EVENT
Congrats to "Smiley" Sexton who beat Trace Henderson heads up to win the Million Dollar Heater Main Event.
We heard two decisive hands gave the title to Sexton. He cracked Trace's pocket Aces with pocket 8s to take the chip lead and then coolered Trace's AK with pocket Aces of his own.
Congrats to all who cashed.
1st Edmund Sexton, Jr. $105,282
2nd Trace Henderson $60,762
3rd Joe Golias $35,106
4th Bryan Clark $27,559
5th Lacey Coffey $23,786
6th Maxwell Young $20,013
7th Benjamin Diebold $15,863
8th Dustin Stewart $10,565
9th Jared Eskandari $9,433
10th Daniel Howard $8,678
11th Judge Leo Boothe $8,678
12th Donald Dove $8,678
13th Kyle Cartwright $7,923
14th Aaron Lasater $7,923
15th Michael Monaghan $7,923
16th Luther Tran $6,414
17th Zachary Ainsworth $6,414
Ray McIntosh $4,000
Jason Gladden $4,000
Ashly Butler $4,000
Hai Nguyen $4,000
Jerry Monroe $4,000
Huayi Zhens $4,000
As always a first class tournament. Thanks to Henry Garrison, Derrick Dillman, Paul Dutsch and all the hard working staff and dealers.
We've heard they are already considering tweaks to the Main Event structure and listening to player suggestions to keep bettering and refining this amazing event.
And a special shout out to Don Dove, who upon busting the Main, jumped into the final one day tournament and took second. (We don't have complete results for that yet, but will post when we do). Well done Don!
MORE BEAU RESULTS:
Justin Sharpe earned 8.6k for first place in the $200 NLH 8 Max event. He bested 192 other entrants to in Event 12. Joseph Welch second for 4.6k.
Also at the final table: Simon Phillip, Mo Serry, Ronnie Hope and Jerry Giroir. Mike Benton, Baylie Kull, Danny Doucet, Stevphen Tindle, and Greg "Fossilman" Raymer all cashed.
Mack Ham takes 11.3k first place after beating Chris Adams heads up. Adams earned 6k for second. Baylie Kull (2.2k), Corey Harrison (1.9k), Wade Smith, Charles Westbrook, Charlene Smith and Hanh Nguyen all made the final table.
Also in the money for Day Two Rene Skinner, Ronnie Bryant, Gerald Rodrigues, Mo Moeini, Chris Dupuy, and Charles Sanders.
GAVIN SMITH PASSES:
Lots of sadness and fond recollections today for a beloved player who became a star during the poker boom. Smith rode the highs and lows of being a professional gambler.
For some of us, via his Poker Road podcasts, his voice narrated our view into a true professional poker career. Smith was the type of person live poker needs more of today, and specifically a person far too young to leave us.
As Nolan Dalla noted (see his blog for a tribute) one of his defining characteristics was that he was the same guy if he was flush with cash from a major tournament win as he was deep into make up and debt.
Our thoughts go out to his family and his friends. That's a lot of friends as accounts of his his impact and loss seem to number in the 1000s on social media.