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DINE ON THE WHALES

 (UPDATED: 11/8/19) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

First off... Thank you to the players reading this and traveling to our events and making suggestions to improve our product or tweak an event--we thank each and every one of you. Not to mention all of you liking, sharing, tweeting and retweeting. 

We are lucky to have so many great and supportive believers across our footprint. Most important part of getting people to tournament is word of mouth. And we appreciate all the nice things you've said about us and our partners.." [+] 

 

LITTLE THOUGHTS

[UPDATED  11/08/19] Jonathan Little is one of the all time top tournament poker earners.  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 poker site, which includes his blogs and videos you can find it here.

"Here is a fun video I made with NYC Charity Poker Legend, Andy Frankenberger! We talked about table selection, Charity Events, the WSOP Main Event, and more! Funny enough, Andy bubbled the charity event while I snuck into the money with 1 big blind. Skill game! "" [+]

MR. APPLE:
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NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  11/08/19] 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. 

"— Road teams are 71-45-2 ATS so far this season.
— Division games have leaned strongly to the UNDER, going 23-12 to the low side of the total.
— In 121 games played, so far, UNDERs have prevailed overall, going 65-55-1.
— UNDERs have also produced a small profit across the board in both the first and second half. First-halves total have landed 64-56-1 to the UNDER. Second halves have landed 63-54-4 to the UNDER. “I won’t be going to my grave wishing that I had done more,” he told me."
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INSIDE WATER

[UPDATED: 2/5/19]  We pick NFL games against the lines posted Tuesday. Sometimes they move by kickoff and we look silly. Sometimes they don't move and we look silly. Either way. You know how football helmets have a sticker that goes "this helmet won't protect your head if your head is inside of it when you smack into another person"? Risking real money on these picks is like that. For entertainment purposes only.r. 

"The referees cost the Saints a spot in the Super Bowl with one of the worst non-calls in NFL history. Yes, this obviously was a missed call and the NFL has actually fined the Rams player for a helmet-to-helmet hit even though it wasn’t called. However, what the hell are the Saints doing passing here. The Saints had a first down at the Rams 13 with 1:58 to go. First down pass - incomplete. Second down run - no gain. Third down pass - incomplete (and the aforementioned missed PI call). Fourth down field goal - 1:41 to go, Saints 23-20. If they run the ball 3 times here, they still get the field goal and they give the ball back to the Rams with 15 or so seconds left. Instead, they left 1:41 and allowed the Rams to march right down the field for the game tying field goal. The call didn’t help, but it was the play calling that lost the game for the Saints." [+]

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SHORR 'NUFF

[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."
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Poker Gras Coming in a few weeks at Harrah's New Orleans

http://www.pokergras.com/schedule

Bella Donkey

[06/17/19]  Jennifer Gay is a poker player, poker room supervisor and Ante Up Magazine Poker Columnist and lives with her husband Stephen and 2 sons in Las Vegas. Her blog covers the sometimes personal and always comical reality of a life fully centered around poker in the South. She is also considered one of most "logical" left leaning political theorist that can debate with the best of them

"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 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." [+]

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Poker Fiction

[UPDATED:  08/24/18] PLAYER N scribes a tale of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all hustling on the Coast.

""Look at him," he groused. "Fucking Fish."

I followed Tony's finger and there he was striding out the other the exit, Morty the accountant. His wallet fatter at least for the moment. He lit up a thick cigar self-satisfied in the crisp autum air then leaned on the railing.

"At least, he's not leaving..." I said. Happy to that fact.

Tony mumbled, "Fucking fish, fucking fish! That fucking guy." He pushed out a thick cloud of cigarette smoke into a crowd of mostly women walking into the casino. He got what he wanted: angry glares and a collective admonishment.

He half lurched at them then defiantly mouthed "What? What? What?"

The ladies drew in closer as they neared the door.

"Asshole," one said to another.
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TOURNAMENT ALERT!

ONE MORE IN 2019:


We are are proud to announce one more event this year.  We've partnered with the Horseshoe in Bossier City for the Holiday $400.  Our thanks to Chad Disante for letting us get our foot in the door we are excited about getting to ArkLaTex!  Hope to do some spots with our friend Ben Mintz up there.  Four flights in this Holiday 400 this promises to be a large Main Event.  We are working on the particulars but likely will involve some sort of BagWow! format, too. 

Also, get there Wednesday and you early birds get a shot at some schwag in our Get the Gift $150.  We have modified our Bag the Schwag format to allow you to pick from presents under the tree.  Hearing there is going to be some sweet stuff in there.

Also Megas to get into the Main on the cheap.



SPEAKING OF SCHWAG:

Long overdue but a huge thanks to Maker's Mark, Tee to the Green Magazine, and Mr. Apple for their generous donations to the Bag the Schwag Flight A of our Poker Gras Main Event.  Joe Meteye, John Price and Tim Martin local poker thank you.  Free golf, whiskey and treats hard to beat.  Players go out and support the brands that support you!  It's the holiday season and all these brands make great gifts.

DOUBLE NEWS:

DOUBLE WINNER:



There is still a Gulf Coast Poker Awards/Poker Gras article to come but just in case anybody missed the big results on any of our platforms... Congrats to Joe Saleh who paired his Gulf Coast Poker Player of the Year Award with the title of King of Poker Gras for winning our Main Event.  What an accomplishment!

Jaron Bailey closed out the tournament by winning the Sunday turbo. Shout out to Mobile as two members of All-In Entertainment Thao Le and Duane Nelson made the final table and the money too.

JACKSON'S SECOND HOME AND SECOND TITLE:

David Jackson, another GCP Award nominee  out ofJacksonville, might want to think about moving to Atlantic City and just grind Borgata events. Yesterday at the Borgata Fall Open he won 211k, got credit for the W and the trophy in the $2700 Championship.  Guess Joe has company in the next player of the year category.

Does this story seem a little familiar? That's probably because you remember Jackson in April winning the Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship (304K). Oh and a couple of weeks ago he won a prelim event for 32k. He's staring a collection of Borgata trophies.
POKER GRAS
Ok Folks....we are there. We busted the 100k guarantee midway through Flight C. We are almost right at 200 players running hot. Come on out as Flight D kicks off at 4pm sharp.

Poker Gras Main Event Updates on the GCP Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/Gulf-Coast-PokerNET-491654645370/

Gulf Coast Poker Awards also bought to kickoff...and dont forget to visit the Makers Mark Bust-out lounge
 

Flight D Chip Counts
Joe Mince 203000
Mike Drezanick 137000
Jon Wisbay 203000
Nakota Foster 135000
Tim Sanderson 90000
Aldi Zughayer 242000

Flight C Chip Counts
Mike Monaghan  426000
Charles Bartlett 205000
BJ McBrayer 82000
Todd Skinner 265000 (pic with Charlie)
Ben Saxton 284000 (pic)
Pat McNamara 317000
Jason Bailey 107000
Mark Holmes 75000
Gui Zheng 155000
Mike Vernace  254000
Umut Utku 78000
Ryan Taylor 57000
Faith Giordano 247000

Flight A Chip Counts
Curtis Picard 18600
Lance Williams 213500
Adam Swales 232000
Ali Monteferrante 229000
Dustin Stewart 147500
Victor Holcomb 218000

Flight B Chip Counts
Richard Kaplan 183000
Stanley Seelig 90500
Steve Bierman 152000
John Cressend 401500
Walter Miskelly 323000
Shane Lewis  153000
Randy Gordon 130500 (pic)
Tim Repp 138000

 

POKER GRAS

POKER GRAS ANNOUNCEMENTS:

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST WINNERS:

Today in the Bag the Schwag Flight Hugo Deinken, Tyler Berry, Janice Randall, and Victor Holcombe will play their hard earned seats. Thanks to everybody who liked, shared, tweeted and retweeted. We had to pull a couple of names for one because some of ya'll didn't quite follow ALL the instructions or couldn't play today. In the future if the tweet says follow, like and share... Don't forget to FOLLOW!  :)

BAG THE SCHWAG FLIGHT COMMENCES:

11am the Bag the Schwag Flight, including the lucky winners of free seats, will give you a chance to bag chips for Day Two on Sunday AND maybe win some Schwag. If you are chosen as a bounty and take GCP patch to the the Bag and you'll get the schwag. If you bust a bounty and hold on to the patch until the next break.  You get the schwag.  Prizes include gifts donated by Maker's Mark, Tee to the Green Magazine, Mr. Apple and Gulf Coast Poker.

Later today very reasonable Single Table Satellites to the Main Event.   $130 Buy-in awards two players $600 seats to the Main.  Also $150 Bounty tournament tonight.
POKER GRAS



Quick note to Harrahs huge thank you for indulging us with all our quirky formats and events.  Yesterday with a tag team, a heads up and a working man's event was extremely labor intensive.  Thank you Robbie Gertsner and Bruce Barret for all the hustling you guys did to make these run as smoothly as they could even with all our experimantal hurdles.  Thanks Chase Haydel, Jo Ella McIntosh and the rest of the floors and dealers for getting it done!

POKER GRAS EVENT #5
WORKING MAN'S

102 entries played for a prize pool of $16,830.

1st Dr. Juan Fukuda $5049
2nd Justin Osborne $3029
3rd Prissy Giroir $2019
4th Stephen Gutierrez $1683
5th Zack Kinsley $1346
6th Dale Trosclair $1009
7th Charlie Bartlett $831
8th. Stanley Seelig $660
9th Jeff Densen $504
10th Stephen Bierman $350
11th John Gibbons $350

Cory Harrison and Sley Sancez were the last two players to bust before the money.



Another note about Prissy Giroir she and her husband Jerry won the tag team event during this event.  We'll have those results up later today.  They got the better end of a heads up chop with Charlie Gelvin and Kenny Milam.  While Jerry had to play most of that event, Prissy's domination this week still would win her Poker Gras Player of the Year at this point (if we had that award). Consider the fact all she's done is final table almost everything it's hard to deny her that recognition.



POKER GRAS EVENT #4
HEADS UP

Chris Dupuy might be THE heads up specialist on the Gulf Coast (move over Jeremy Eyer?) winning a second heads up crown on the Coast in a little less than a year. He confirmed a title he won at the Beau Rivage with another win here. He's also had another deep run or two recently.

This time he pipped Jaron Bailey to win the title of Poker Gras Heads Up King and $2400. Jaron earned $1400 for second. Jerry Giroir and Phil Treaudo both made $500 for losing in the semi finals.
POKER GRAS


POKER GRAS ANNOUCEMENTS:


Today:
2 PM Tag Team $400 per team.

Restarts:
11 AM Heads Up
4 PM Working Man's.

Tomorrow:
11 AM FLIGHT A Main Event Bag the Schwag Flight. 100k Guarantee.

If you play this flight you will be eligible to win some bonus prizes in the tournament. Stuff like those awesome Maker's Mark bottles. Also, thanks to Tee to the Green Magazine for their surprise schwag donation.

At 7pm there is a $150 No Limit Hold'em Bounty tournament. And we are working to get some single table satties to main in the afternoon.

Go here for the schedule AND scroll all the way down for the Main Event structure button.
POKER GRAS
RESULTS

POKER GRAS EVENT #5

WORKING MAN'S MULTI-DAY

A total of 102 entries to blow by the $10,000 guarantee.  Seven players bagged tonight and will play on Wednesday at 4pm with the six players from Monday Night's flight for $16,830 in prize money.
13 return with 11 paid. First place over 5k.

Chips for A + B:
Justin Osborne 346,000 (b)
Stanley Seelig 301,000 (a)
Steve Gutierrez 136,000 (a)
Jeffery Densen 130,000 (b)
Sley Sanchez 96,000 (b)
Steve Bierman 94,000 (a)
Corey Harrison 87,000 (b)
Zach Kinsley 81,000 (b)
Juan Fumoa 71,000 (b)
Charlie Bartlett 63,000 (a)
Prissy Giroir 55,000 (b)
Dale Trosclair 52,000 (a)
John Gibbons 16,000 (a)



POKER GRAS EVENT #4
HEADS UP

Joel Doney, Jerry Giroir, Scott G, and Jaron Bailey made it through the Flight B side of the bracket. Joel advanced by beating Robert "Spider" Henderson and then Gleen N. Jerry took out Bill Phillips in a marathon three hour match and then bested Steve Meyers in a shorter contest. Scott G beat Bruce Little and then Prissy Giroir. Jaron Baily beat Judy Leblanc after dispatching Steve Bierman.

Today at 11am it's Joel v. Jerry and Scott v. Jaron with the winners colliding to see who will face the other side of the bracket. Over, there it's Chris Dupuy vs. Easton Oreman and Phil Treaudo v. Chris Canan.  The final four get paid.  Good luck all!

POKER GRAS
POKER GRAS EVENT #3 BOUNTY:

Devin Shrake beat Big Phil Treaudo heads up to win the plaque after agreeing to a three way chop. Micheal Vernace got the third share. Congrats also to Anthony Dixon and Ross Leitz who cashed in fourth and fifth respectively.

POKER GRAS EVENT #5 WORKING MAN'S:

$200 buy in with reentries

FLIGHT A:
6 players bagged. They will be close to the money on day two.

Chip Counts
Stanley Seelig $301,000
Steve Gutierrez $136,000
Steve Bierman $94,000
Charlie Bartlett $63,000
Dale Trosclair $52,000
John Gibbons $16,000

Flight 5B starts on Tuesday at 4pm with registration open until the start of level 9 which will be approximately 8:20pm.

POKER GRAS EVENT #4 HEADS UP:

Four players advanced to Wednesday. Still time to join them.

Chris Canan beat Joe Meteye and then Steve Meyers to make day two. Canan will play Big Phil Treaudo who beat Lee Thibodaux and then Jerry Giroir. Easton Oreman beat PJ Horrigan after getting by Steve Bierman. Easton will play Chris Dupuy who took out Bill Phillips and earlier Scott G.

Today at 11am the other half of the bracket will play out. You might want to call ahead to lock up your seat.

Final eight players (four from A and four from B) will join up and play it out tomorrow with the final four getting paid.
                 POKER GRAS

Main event starts Thursday at 11am with a $600 buyin Flight A. Flight B starts at 11am on Friday...then we slide into Saturday where we have 2 flights ...Flight C at 11am and Flight D at 4pm Saturday.

$100k Guarantee and we had almost 250 players last yeat ...we are anticipating coming in North of 300 runners this year. Plan your days accordingly.

RESULTS:


EVENT 1 REENTRY:

  1. Ronald Lane $11250
 2. Prissy Giroir $6750
 3. Jaron Bailey $4050
 4. Desmon Holmes $3600
 5. David Chocheles $3150
 6. Corey Harrison $2700
 7. Stephen Bierman $2250
 8. Peace Marvel $1800
 9. Bruce Little $1350
 10. Hugo Deinken $1350
 11. John Ducote $1350
 12. Easton Oreman $1350
 13. Ronnie Hope $900
 14. Ryan Taylor $900
 15. Derek Ridley $900
 16. Daniel Herrinton $450
 17. Charles Bartlett $450
 18. Bruce Little $450

 

EVENT 2 GAME OF THE CENTURY:

1. Jason Regas $2145

2.  Derek Ridley $1287

3. David Fry $858

POKER GRAS EVENT ONE CONTINUES TODAY!

Event 1 features a BagWow! format.  It's a best bag forward three flight event.  Meaning you start Day 2 with the biggest bag you advance.  But wait... there's more.  Bag Twice...  win a Poker Gras Main Event seat (added to the Prize Pool).  Hold up don't stop reading, there's even more...  Bag Thrice (nobody says thrice)... win a Poker Gras Main Event seat AND $900 cash (paid out on day 2).  First flight featured 8 baggers.  Two flights today!

POKER GRAS  HOTEL ROOMS:

Due to two large coventions in town, rooms at partner hotels and those near Harrahs are at a premium this year. Unfortunately, not just the poker world realizes what a fun city New Orleans is to visit.

However, if you dodge rush hour there are a lot of comparitively cheaper options, in Metaire and outside the city, within 10 to 15 minutes.  Here's a search we found on Trivago for Metairie including (at the time we searched) options for ~$82 a night.

MAKERS MARK BUST-OUT LOUNGE?

Bad beat, coolered, bluffed it off?  Come get a complimentry Maker's Mark cocktail to take off the edge.  Details here.

UPDATES AND LIVE FEEDS CAN BE FOUND ON THE BLOG OR FACEBOOK...


We will be blogging some Poker Gras final tables, and some of the events here and there.   For sure most of the Main Event.  Check in these places for more coverage.  Or if you'd just like to review the action from the just completed Pearl River Poker Open.

TOURNAMENT BLOG  and FACEBOOK.

 

MUNROE MAULS FINAL TABLE:



Go to our blog for more in depth coverage of how Gavin Munroe won the Main Event at the Pearl River Poker Open. He knocked out almost all of the other final table players and seemed like he was on a mission.  And we have to get a pic of our winner on our primary site right?

Lots of talented players fell by the wayside as he lifted the trophy. Thanks to Pearl River for a great event. Go here for more.
POKER LINKAGE:

Sorry, we've been deep into coverage of our own tournaments on our other platforms but here's some linkage we've missed.

-Two poker players talk Survivor. Boston Rob's interview on Yahoo.

-Mo Nuwwarah does not pull any punches in his coverage of the Venetian for PokerNews.

-Wow, that's a pretty Guitar shaped casino hotel in the mecca of live poker Florida.

-Ben Afflecks Drunk Hit 'N Run. Not nearly as bad as that sounds as he wasn't behind a steering wheel although the actor did sit drunk at a Commerce poker table win a quck $1500 from some 1-3 players and the tore off in the night like a rebuilding a bankroll grinder. People covered this poker story.

-This is behind a paywall at the Wall Street Journal but if you have access here's a story about the overlap of investing and pokering.
ONLINE POKER NEWS:

Wow... so much news from the online world we needed a block devoted just to our internet friends.

-Online cheating scandal exposed. High tech makes High Stakes dangerous.

-Finally online poker in Pennsylvania? This has moved slower than the cases were processed in the drunk court under Veterans stadium on a Sunday.

-Zynga Poker (legal online poker in the U.S.) propels the stock to new heights.

-Early returns in massive online poker consolidation?
SOCIAL MEDIA CONTESTS:


Congrats to Janice Randall who won a seat to Pearl River's Monster Stack (October 30th) AND Poker Gras Main Event (November 14th).

Currently we have two social media contests still going. Scroll down for direct link to Rookies contest.  Or, get your last chance to win a seat in two different events.  Yes, you can win a 150k Guarantee BagWow! (see video below) Re-entry Tournament seat at Pearl River AND a Poker Gras Main Event Seat.

That's two seats to two different tournaments with 250k in guaranteed money. Not too shabby. Go to our Facebook page's pinned post or @GCPNet's pinned tweet for instructions on how to earn an entry.  That video just below... that'll be on the post.
BAGWOW?

VIDEO OF THE WEEK:


NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE:

RIDLEY WINS IT:

Last Friday, Derek Ridley took down a Baton Rouge tournament for a nice payday AND won an entry into the Rookies tourament at Pearl River.

Congrats to Derek and that's a really nice hoodie!

ADKINS BETS BIG AT BESTBET:

Cash game pro Josh Adkins from Tallahassee, called his shot when he won the 5k Main Event at the WPT BestBet Jacksonville event. With only 20k in tournament cashes he still entered the event.  Then he texted his buds he was going to win and did just that for over 331k beating Tan Nguyen heads up.

IVEY DENIED IN EUROPE BUT STILL ON A HEATER:

Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik won the 25k Short Deck tournament at the WSOP Europe on his home turf of King's Casino. He beat none other than Phil Ivey heads up. Ivey entered with a giant chip lead but Leon overcame the odds to deny Ivey his 11th WSOP bracelet.

Not sure if Leon allowed Phil to play Baccaret or if anybody was waiting for Phil by the pay out cage.

Ivey then bagged the biggest stack in the High Roller No Limit Event and cashed a previous short deck tournament.  Catching heat.

NOT DEAF ENOUGH:

Allegations are swirling in Australia that the winner of a Deaf Poker Australia Championship wasn't deaf enough to be eligible. Chris Smitton identifies as deaf and pointed to a tatoo by his ear with a mute symbol when the other players introduced themselves by sign language.
LINKAGE:

GULF COAST POKER AWARDS:


PokerNews broke the story: at this year's Poker Gras, in the Friday, November 15th Main Event flight we will award the first annual Gulf Coast Poker Awards in eight categories. How did PokerNews get the story first?  We must have a leaker. To see the nominees go here

Great write up by Chad Holloway and a ton of locals deserving of the spotlight.  Go to our GCP Facebook Group to let us know who we missed.


RIVER RAT ROUNDERS GOING TO PEARL RIVER:

The Memphis Bar League River Rat Rounders (see pic above) will be sending at least two rookie's to our Rookies And Rounders event.  Under 10k in earnings you can still join them.  Want to go for free? 

We currently have two social media contests going the Rookie and Rounders post (embedded below):




Also check out the latest contest pinned atop our FACEBOOK and TWITTER where we give away a $600 POKER GRAS  Main Event Seat and a $200 Pearl River Monster Stack seat.

A.I. HALLOWEEN COSTUMES:

In search of something novel for your halloween outfit? Why just rely on A.I. to tell you to 6x pot with a draw when you can utilize it for your costume choice too.  Some of them include:  Sentient Stone, Eight Ball of Wrath, Skunk in a Moose suit, or A Poker Player in Possession of an Onion (if only it were a Poker Player Possessed by an Onion). For more choices go here.

BEATING BOTS HURTS BOTTOM LINE:

Speaking of A.I..  Crackdown on Bots hurts Party Poker?  Hopefully it's only short term.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INTERPRETATION OF WIRE ACT TO BE INTERPRETED:

Enforcement and intrepretation of Wire Act has flipped and flopped as it pertains to online poker depending on some fairly arbitrary opinions of law enforcement. It's possible with some cases up for appeal it may be finally and definitively interpretated by the Supreme Court.
HAND OF THE WEEK:
HAND OF THE WEEK:

LOCAL TOURNAMENT NEWS:

BagWow!

The re-entry tournament that kicks off Poker Gras at Harrahs, NOLA on November 7th will feature a best bag forward format. If you bag twice you'll also win a $600 Main Event seat. Bag thrice three times and you'll win a $600 Main Event seat AND $900 cold hard cash.

*Okay... We can't guarantee it'll be cold or hard cash. It could be soft or warm or it could be hot and crinkly cash. But it definitely will be cash.

BagWow?

Speaking of BagWow! we got another one of our dumb goofy videos coming as soon as next week promoting the BagWow! format at Pearl River. To whet your appetite it's got something to do with this.

What's that format? Well everything is one notch better in Pearl River this fall. The tournament has been moved to a smoke free VIP room. The guarantee has been bumped up to 150k and then the bonuses that'll be making you say BagWOW!

The event starts October 24th with a flight on Thursday, two on Friday and two more Saturday. Bag once? Good luck on day two! But... it's a best bag forward format, so might as well bag twice and get some extra chips. Then you also a earn a 1k bonus. You want to bag again, you got five flights to play, so why not. If you do, we'll give you another 3k bonus.

1k + 3k = 4k in bonuses all before you make the money on Day 2!  Again, you will win cash, but no guarantee it'll be cold or hard.

BestBet MAIN STARTS:

Here's is the complete schedule for BestBet Jacksonville's current tournament series which includes the 5k WPT Main Event that starts today:

Structure Here.

TWEET OF THE WEEK/HAND OF THE WEEK:

Joey Ingram is dominating our tweets recently but considering PostleGate has dominated poker content for two weeks, and he's kind of the authority on it... hard not to quote him.  And at this point in time, is there anything posted not be about Mike Postle? So more Postle but wait... there's a twist. It's a hand he loses. And there's dancing and taunting and more.

NEWS BITES:

LATEST ON POSTLE-ABILITIES:


When did he gain superuser status and his Impostable super powers? YouTuber Gumpnstein did the work and Joey Ingram recaps it in this video. Gumpnstein narrowed it down to the first moment of the cheating. Also, Postle's winnings and absurd win-rate get even more absurd.



If you want to hear Postle's take on the situation. He went on Mike Matasow's podcast.

OWN A PIECE OF POKER HISTORY:

For just under 12 million you can purchase the gambling den Benny Binion used to hang out at before opening the Horseshoe in Vegas. Located outside of Dallas it has three lakes and 1369 acres.

RUNGOOD BOSSIER RESULTS:

Mykel Comroe first for over 40k. Dennis Jones second. Mike Sanders and Mark Burford final table. Judge Leo Boothe, Preston McEwen, Chris Hight, Wes Gauthier, Matt Stroud, and Shawn Calvit cash. PokerNews.

WALTERS' APPEAL FAILS:

Sports bettor legend Billy Walters lost his appeal on an insider trading charge. Details here.
RON GERMANY WINS LATEST CONTEST:

The Georgia player earned his entry in the drawing by sharing our FACEBOOK post. This week we still have the Rookies and Rounders ongoing post (scroll down) AND just pinned our latest contest. 

You can win your way into the 150k, Best Bag Forward, 1k bonus for bagging twice, 4k total bonus for bagging thrice.  Earn entries by following the instructions there and on TWITTER.
GCP TOURNAMENT NEWS:

8 PLAYERS 5 SEATS:

Pearl River Resort's first satellite guaranteed 5 seats to the 150k Guaranteed Best Bag, Multi-Bag Bonus opening flight.

8 players entered last night and 5 people won seats. Wow!

The next one is Saturday at 7 pm.  All these guarantee 5 seats.  If you like overlays it's worth the drive.

More details on that 150k tournament here:



POKER GRAS SCHEDULE TWEAKS:

So, the Working Man's Special, a multi-flight multi-NIGHT tournament has been ammended. November 11th at 4pm is Flight A, November 12th at 4pm is Flight B, and November 13th at... you guessed it 4 pm is NIGHT Two.

For a $200 buy-in you'll get a nice structure and be able to make it to work the next day.

The opener a three flight Monster stack will be best bag forward. We are working on offering a bonus for anybody that bags all three flights.

Updates to the schedule will be posted here shortly.

We will start our seat giveaway promotions for Poker Gras NEXT WEEK.
MORE ON THE IMPOSTLEABLE:

It's always nice to see major media cover Poker.  Unfortunately, most of the time when they do it's covering a scandal.  Scott Van Pelt distills this scandal expertly...

NEWS AND LINKAGE:

RC DALE WINS HIS WAY TO ROOKIES AND ROUNDERS:

Congrats to Mobile's RC Dale who won a promotion we ran with All In Entertainment to earn a seat to Pearl River's Rookie and Rounders tournament October 27th.  We'll see you there, RC! 

Btw, head over to our FACEBOOK page if you too want to win a Rookies seat.  We have a still running promotion for that.  Also this afternoon we will announce our latest winner AND start yet another free seat giveaway.  Plenty of chances to win your way into our tournaments at Pearl River featuring TWO $150k Guarantees!  Schedule here.

FORMER GCP BLOGGER RUNNING GOOD:

Last time Matt Stroud played in Bossier City he won the RunGood main event for 47k. He returned as a bounty in another RunGood tournament at the Horseshoe and promptly got the biggest chunk of the chop. Unfortunately, after the agreement they played it out for the ring and Timothy Gilliam prevailed. Stroud pocketed 4k in the $135 buy-in. Gilliam, Christopher Shaw, and Brandon Gilliam each made almost 3k. Ben Mintz, Michelle Wolkomir, Mary Fowler, Sean Hardy and Dennis Baker all cashed.

IVEY LEGAL TWIST IN EDGE SORTING:

Poker News has the story on Phil Ivey's ongoing battle with Borgata. Now appealing the 2016 verdict, his lawyers brought up a case maybe they should have cited in their first trial. Go here.

FANDUEL, POKERSTARS NOW ONE AND THE SAME:

More on the megrer that Joins Poker Stars/Full Tilt/Sky Bet with Paddy Power/Betfair. Also means Fox Bet will join FanDuel in the US. Irish Times has more.

DRAYMOND GREEN GETS CLOCKED CLEANED BY HO:

Golden State Warrior Draymond Green tried to run a bluff on Maria Ho. How'd that work out?
IMPOSTLEABLE?

HANDS OF THE WEEK:

This has been the conversation of the week on Twitter, our private GCP Facebook Group and messageboards everywhere. Mike Postle, often seen in his Ole Miss hat on the Stones stream and with a connection to Tunica poker, has been accused of cheating. Many think he possibly hacked the RFID or somehow received signals about the hands as they played out. Doug Polk wraps it up pretty well with some hand analysis.



TWEET OF THE WEEK:

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CAN ANYBODY BE TRUSTED?

You want to still believe in Heros? Let's watch a great poker player make a great river decision on a live stream without staring at his crotch, playing with his hat, and not winning at an impostleable rate? Garrett Adelstein is your man... 

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 POKER IS WAR/p>

(UPDATED: 5/13/19) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"Ok...looks like I will get to fire at a few tourneys this week in New Orleans for the last circuit event event before the chaos in Vegas kicks off and the World Series of Poker.....

Been watching that whole twitter feud/fiasco with Kid Poker and Shaun Deeb. I watched the entire Joey "ChicagoJoey" Ingram podcast where they discussed this and a slew of other topics...2 hours worth."
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THE POKER MONKEY

 [UPDATED: 08/20/19] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

"Been formulating ideas in my head to write about over the past month or two. Had an "interesting" day of poker at the Beau a few weeks back that had me inspired to put pen to paper, as it were. Sometimes, especially in poker, you see things that simply deserve to be shared with someone...ANYONE!
One thing I know that I never did...or rather HAVEN'T done yet...is share the cool details of my trip to Scotland and London that preceded my trip out to Vegas for this year's eventual disappointing WSOP event. I have to confess...I find myself, the older I get...getting more and more private and unwilling to share personal details that in the past I was always fairly eager to share.!" 
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POKER FACES IN THE CROWD

[UPDATED: 11/8/19]  BEN SAXTON is writing a poker book based on the Gulf Coast scene.  Here is an archive of interviews and features of poker players from all over but with a spotlight mostly on our locals.

"Captain Peace Marvel has an enviable job: he takes people fishing for money. Thanks to a lot of enthusiasm and the Captain’s joky trademark — a morning prayer of forgiveness — Peacekeeper Charters is one of Louisiana’s most popular fishing agencies. Marvel, who’s from Baton Rouge and lives in Pearl River with his family, is a voracious outdoorsman, traveler, music-lover, reader, writer, and poker player." [+]


POKER GRAS 2019


VLOG CORY PANSANO

[UPDATED: 10/12/18]  CORY is Harrhas NOLA cash player who has moved to Vegas to take his shot there.  The Vlog chronicles his efforts. 

"Cory's first few blogs have included appearences by Drew Brees (okay kind of a drive by), Daniel Negreanu (not a drive by at all), and an Harrahs NOLA reg many of you may recognize. 

 The vlog started in pursuit of a PokerStars contest but Cory expects to keep blogging in the future. Track his progress on www.corypansano.com or on his YouTube channel.  Good stuff." [+]

 
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: 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."
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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 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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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 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"
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