This week nine becomes six; six becomes three; and three becomes one, as ESPN televises the 2017 WSOP Main Event over three nights. 

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 million chips.

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 choice? 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.

We're not 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 pocket either).
WSOP-MAIN EVENT WRAP UP DAY 5 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.

Jerry 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 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


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 Christian.

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. 


Monkeys Minions are ready to Roll!!!

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 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 cashes 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....




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.


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.


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.


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.

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!!!!!


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).

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.

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.