(UPDATED: 02/02/18) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"First, if you want to really protect the amateur you give him the penalty.  You press it into his head the importance of his relative hand strength and being able to read the board correctly.  This will be the best thing for him as he'll learn from it and maybe not repeat the mistake.

Second, let's just dismiss the idea completely of scaring the amateur away. It's so patently false, that a guy who makes the commitment to play even his first tournament is simply going to give up, because of the embarrassment of getting a penalty.  You chase away exactly zero people.  And if I'm wrong and you chase away even 1 person they are so fragile any way something else in that same tournament might have set them off." [+]


[UPDATED  03/08/18] 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 here.


Behind the scenes 2018 PCA" [+]


[UPDATED  03/06/18] 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. 

"Paul Magriel died yesterday.

Most poker players likely remember Paul from his disheveled appearance and quirky behavior. At times, it seemed like he was from a different planet. His nickname was “X-22.” He often quacked like a duck at the poker table, usually after winning a pot. When you heard “quack quack,” you knew Paul was in the room. Fittingly, his favorite Hold'em hand was pocket deuces, otherwise known as a pair of ducks.

What most people probably don't know is the fascinating story of Paul's life decades before he became a regular poker player." [+]



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

"As it pertains to my personal journey, it has been a bit volatile since I last posted. I’ve had some dark times that almost all stem from the rough stretch I’ve endured in my career as a tournament poker professional. I won’t bother complaining here as you most certainly don’t 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 ego.
I think I’ve finally worked through it and at peace with it. I’ve been playing poker tournaments for near 11 years now and have experienced the swings of the business first hand. It’s really important to take a step back and gain perspective and “zoom out” 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."

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. " 




[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 didn’t 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 that’s 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." [+]


4445 Veterans Blvd in Metairie, La and you can call @504-889-7350

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
"  [+]



Steve Bierman accomplished a once in a poker career feat, and something we've never heard of on his way to winning over 18k in Event 1. Twice during the Pearl River Spring Poker Classic 100k Re-entry event his chip stack fell to 1 big blind.  And we aren't talking twice within an orbit or within an hour but two separate times; once on day one and once early in the money on day two.

The first time he rallied to a top ten stack that he put in his bag. He had the patience (he credited to a discussion with a certain online poker player from Louisiana we recently profiled) to fold a three big blind stack in the big blind. Then fold his small, then pay a couple of antes and get it in.

In the money, he took a hit and almost had to be called back to the table to survey his crumbs. Again, he won the next hand he played and again didn't look back. Nearing the final table, fortune favored the brave again, or as Bierman stated "Guts and Luck. The secret to my success." His Q10 won a flip v. BJ McBrayer's pocket 7s. He got there versus David Nicholson with KQ all in pre v. AK. What a run, Steve. Proud of your success and we'll add another element to your secret: "stellar play."

Chase Turner of Birmingham, AL walked away with over 14k for second. Michael Sullivan of Fulton, MS won over 11k for third. David Nicholson finished 4th for over 7k. Mac Trelles, with mixed allegiances to 'Bama and to Baton Rouge won over 6k for 6th. Local Tommy Bishop won over 5k for 7th. Robert Henderson won over 4k for 8th. Chris Davis, almost won this event of the second time but got clipped in 8th. Adam Cotant of Birmingham finished 9th.

BJ McBrayer, Shane Lewis of Baton Rouge, William Kent of Greenwood, MS finished 10-12th earning over $1600. Robert Donald of Brandon, MS, Robert Harper of Pell City, AL, and Jonathan Pansano of New Orleans filled out the next pay jump over $1400. Mike Monaghan (AKA the King of Pearl River Poker), Chris Lane of Madison, MS and Kevin Jenkins of Pelham, AL all won over 11k finishing 16th - 18th. Also cashing: Jordan Phillips, Jeter Brock, David Lee, Wild Bill Phillips, Tomas Pullens and Robert Parnell.


Cody Stanford won Event #2 at Pearl River and Tara Snow Event #3. Cody had to topple a loaded final table to win over 7k.  It included Mary Roy and Hiep Doan of New Orleans, Dustin Stewart of Biloxi, and second place finisher David McClore of Huntsville ($4500).

Maybe we should call it Chop-shatta as many of these events got divvied up before the final table completed.

We see Alvin Grospiron cashed 3 or 4 tournaments, Ben Mintz continued his comeback finishing one short of the 5 way chop in the Main, Captain Ron Hope and Nelson Solar enjoyed the spoils in the Seniors, and the shootout just called it a day and ended in seven way tie.

$550 NLH Main Event,
168 entries, Prize Pool $80,304, 20 paid.
1st-5th, $10,359 each:
Shawn Calvit
Todd Owens
Thomas O'neal
Clayton Bates
Ketan Kollipara
6th: Ben Mintz, $4818
7th: Jeff Galloway, $4015
8th: Derek Normand, $3212
9th: Stephen Hart, $2409
10th: Lori Gourley, $2008
11th: Mike Kim, $1606
12th: Alvin Grospiron, $1606
13th: John Barnes, $1205
14th: Kinney Fitzgerald, $1205
15th: Jacob Seale, $1205
16th: Mitchell Bono, $1044
17th: David Ellender Jr., $1044
18th: Lester Jarreau, $1044
19th: Michael Holland, $1044
20th: James Arnaud, $1044

$300 Seniors NLH,
124 entries, Prize Pool $31,620, 12 paid.
1st: $5000.
Roland Rojas
2nd-11th, $2420 each:
Glenn Decuir
Daniel Broadway
Homer Bourque
Gregory Rabalais
Paul Seeser
Capt. Ronnie Hope
Nelson Solar
Edward Green
Karl Guidry
Carl Wilson
Alvin Grospiron

$150 NLH Shootout,
89 entries, Prize Pool $10,502, 7 paid.
1st-7th, $1500 each.
Richard Golmon
Roland Rojas
Gary Booth
Scott Sanford
Douglas Justus
Adam Delcambre
Homer Bourque

 $250 NLH (one day event),
109 entries, Prize Pool $22,672, 12 paid.
Tied 1st-2nd, $4100 each.
Alvin Grospiron
David Osina
Tied 3rd-4th, $3042 each.
Rickie Johnson
Danny Lair
5th: Joseph Golias, $1814
6th: Brian Hines, $1587
7th: Christopher McFaul, $1360
8th: James Thomas, $1134
9th: William Pogue, $907
10th: John Martin, $680
11th: Carl Wilson, $453
12th: Janice Reynaud, $453

What's better than playing hookey and watching March Madness?  Playing poker while playing hooky while watching March Madness?  Yeah.  We think so too. 

Our poker playing NCAA watch party will be at Pearl River Resort.  Both events start Thursday. Satty into the 100k Re-Entry with the first flight that night. If you miss wake up and repeat on Friday--with more games to watch.

Then two more flights Saturday and more games.  Then Sunday tournaments and even more games to watch. 
Go to schedule here.
Go to bracket here.
See you there sports fans/poker players.


Whah-huh? Out of nowhere apparently there are bills in place to advance legal online poker. Even better the idea of allowing every parish to decide.
Thanks to state senator Danny Martiny who filed a bill with a goal of a public referendum (YES, PLEASE!). Apathetic and indifferent to politics? Maybe it's time to register to vote or to drop your state representatives a barage of emails, letters, texts, phone calls, and snap chats to let them know this is indeed a good idea.

Go here  to read more.  To read the Bill, SLS 18RS-421, go here .


So apparently a popular con in Bali involves getting rich or retired Australians to play a poker game where they convince them they have an unbeatable hand only for them to fly home (yes, to Australia) to get more money to put on the hand (table stakes do not apply when you are trying to empty somebody's bank account). Possibly he made multiple flights. And then the retiree loses it all.

Sounds too farfetched to be true? It's actually worse, and yes, the retiree had "21" but little did he know that loses to... everything (?) in Bali poker. Go here to see how a man lost 200k in poker with "21"  to figure this out for yourself.


The great news in Louisiana this week withstanding, it's interesting that the PPA is now ready to put their considerable legislative influence behind sports betting too. Not content with just adding online poker in New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware and soon to be Pennsylvania after a decade's worth of effort
the PPA would now like to expand Sports Betting into at least, what one other state, maybe two?

Clearly tackling sporst betting legalization is an interesting pivot, and while this might expand their donation pool, what if anything does this help with the mandate of the Poker Players Alliance? Despite the sarcasm above, (sorry) we remain advocates of the purpose of the organization. And while we think they need to tweak (or completely restructure) their efforts not sure this is the best line.  Considering the PPA needs money yesterday, and is in a bad way, it is what it is, a possible last ditch effort to stay solvent. More details here.

That's what Joe McKeehan said after the hand completed.  Can you make that play?

Thanks to Ben Saxton for these words:

Soni Tran, 29, passed away late last Friday night in a car accident. He had two children, Sophie and Aaden, with his wife Vanessa.

Originally from Denver, Soni moved to Thibodaux in his teens. When he turned eighteen, he enrolled at the Universal Technical Institute in Houston. He spent most of his twenties as a mechanic in Dallas and Thibodaux.

Ever since his time in Houston, poker had been a part of Soni"s life. In 2016, he started playing for a living. He loved the game and appreciated that, with it, he could support his family. “He was a good poker player,”Sonis friend Kwong Ip said.  "But he was, by far, a better father and husband.”

Soni always took Sophie and Aaden wherever they wanted to go. He drove them to the park, to Chuck E. Cheeses, to dance recital, to martial arts practice. More than anything else, he loved spending time with his family.

Vanessa has set up a Venmo account to help with funeral expenses and with Sophie and Aaden's future. If you'd like to donate, please send contributions through Venmo to For-Soni-Tran.


Some of you are quite astute at breaking down a tournament structure and even base your strategy on the ratio of blinds to antes or other important inflection points so prepare to have at it.  Pearl River's Spring Poker Classic starts March 15th. Go here for the schedule. Go here for the structures. Enjoy, bring a calculator, get your geek on...


We understand "Angry" John Durio, Chris "Loose" Canan (pictured), John Cressend, and Dave Gordon chopped up the good money in a monthly tournament.

Meanwhile, Andy Simpson of Baton Rouge beat Randy Gordon heads up to win a WSOP seat. Bill Merrit, Lance Campione and Jeff Densen all in the mix at the end and took home a little something something.


Steve Lawrence aka Virge a long time friend of GCP and a one time much traveled poker grinder has found a new vocation. Now he stands up to a corporate bully.  It seems some of the guardrails that line our interstates may hurt you more than they protect you.  Lives have been lost and nobody has stood up for the little guy until Virge did.  Here's a great profile of what Virge has been up to since he quit taking your stacks in the cash games of the coast.


Shaquille O'Neal wanted a tree house because why not? Where else would a 7 footer want to go but in the trees. And, what would he want to do there? Obviously... play poker.

Let's ignore for a second that it looks like it's a tiny table with tiny chairs in a tiny space (could be off on the scale) of it)... it's kind of cool that a giant kid wants a giant kid house to do giant kid things.  Also, has a dart board,
got to figure he's pretty decent at darts as he can just lean over and touch the board.  Anyway, here are pics.

Harrahs NOLA Poker Reg Soni Tran died this week in a car accident. We will have some words from Ben Saxton  in the coming days and a way you can donate to his family, too.

We've had to deal with a number of deaths and close scares this year. Wish we didn't have to make posts like this especially in the wake of tragedy. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.  He definitely will be missed. 


Steve Bierman finishes fourth in $2200 WSOP-C High Roller to all but lock up his seat in the Global Championship. Playing a loaded field and stellar final table Bierman almost prevailed.  Course we told you a few days ago he'd cash again.

Lonnie Harwood (72k) of New York beat former November Niner Joe Cheong (45k) heads up after Georgia Ankush Mandavia (32k) went out third.  We told you it was loaded.  Two other gulf coasters also made the final table.  Phue Nguyen of Atlanta finished 5th for 17k. Pearland, TX's Viet Vo earned 6k for ninth.


In the Main Event Boris Kasabov of Houston, TX finished third for 118k. Mike Horchoff of River Ridge, LA and Brennan Benglis of Lake Charles also cashed the Main Event.

For more news that no longer qualifies as the latest, because... it's no longer recent, follow the link below...





 (UPDATED: 05/15/17) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"Hello anyone still reading this blog…I 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. I’m in sales and our EOM (End of Month for non salesfolks) was last Friday 5/20…so I also had my hands tied a little during the week. The plan was to play some megas and if I didn’t 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"[+]


4445 Veterans BLVD, Metaire, LA



 [UPDATED: 08/25/17] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

"In other words? A really, really great opportunity for them to make a good first impression. I would say on the poker end...they are doing a really good job this week. They seem to have added just enough over flow tables to accommodate the number of players who showed up. Anyone that has had to go in as an alternate, hasn't had to wait very long. Unlike some casinos, they didn't tie up a bunch of tables spreading cash game to the detriment of players waiting to get in the tourney...and frankly, that might just have more to do with them not really having a solid cash game clientele, more than anything. But nonetheless, its nice to see all 8 tables plus the five outside the poker room, being used strictly for tournaments." [+}



 (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.."


 [UPDATED: 01/01/18] 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 certainly am.

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 straightening.
A similar but different lapse happened to me the other day."


 (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. "


[UPDATED 01/01/18] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and lives in Mobile brings his poker Saints 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 NFL’s Arthur Blank-led compensation committee finally rewarded Roger Goodell with a $200M contract extension.

Goodell’s 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 NFL’s most influential owners, and delivered Goodell his new contract.."

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[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 tournament… 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 he’s 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 Kai’s 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 can’t help but shake the idea he’s being watched"