(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.." [+] 



[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! "" [+]

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[UPDATED  11/08/19] Nolan 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. 

"ó Road teams are 71-45-2 ATS so far this season.
ó Division games have leaned strongly to the UNDER, going 23-12 to the low side of the total.
ó In 121 games played, so far, UNDERs have prevailed overall, going 65-55-1.
ó 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. ďI wonít be going to my grave wishing that I had done more,Ē he told me."


[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 wasnít 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 didnít help, but it was the play calling that lost the game for the Saints." [+]



[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:

"As it pertains to my personal journey, it has been a bit volatile since I last posted. Iíve had some dark times that almost all stem from the rough stretch Iíve endured in my career as a tournament poker professional. I wonít bother complaining here as you most certainly donít wanna hear it. There has been an often-present anxiety due to things not going well financially. It has also been a hit to my ego.
I think Iíve finally worked through it and at peace with it. Iíve been playing poker tournaments for near 11 years now and have experienced the swings of the business first hand. Itís really important to take a step back and gain perspective and ďzoom outĒ as a friend told me this summer. I experienced some depression as a result of things not going well at poker table. An interesting thing happened. I would get upset about tournaments not going well. I would then get really wrapped up in my head and hard on myself FOR getting upset about tournaments not going well."

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

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[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. " 





[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 didnít join a gym or start a new exercise routine, instead I picked up a part time job working construction. Coming from a late night poker schedule this took some significant lifestyle adjustments, but thatís exactly what I was looking for. I ended up walking down this path while following a thought about changing the way I value time. A thought that came along while I was lending my friends and family an extra set of hands." [+]


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

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.
"  [+]


 $200 Buy-in
12K Starting Stack

Starts: Sunday January 26th,
High Noon, $600, 20k ss


Pearl River announces their two seat guarantee Main Event Satellites starting Super Bowl Sunday for their 150k Guarantee Main Event.
Last fall most (all?) of their satties had an overlay and the Main Event had a ~$20k overlay. Hard to beat free money. 

Go to the thread on our FACEBOOK page for the structure and more info.

It's a busy calendar locally even without a series until March (Pearl River's Poker Open 12th through 22nd).

The Beau Rivage features their Monthly 50k Guarantees and Little Monsters.

Harrahs, NOLA, has started their Monthly 10k Satellite with a $600 Buy-in and 20k Starting Stack.  Also, they've bumped up their Saturday Tournament to a 12k starting stack and $200 buy-in featuring much bigger prize pools.  It's grown every week since making the change.

Horseshoe Bossier City is doing a Mardi Gras tournament series coming up soon as well as their regular weekly events.

Thanks for the heads up from one of our readers and sorry for the miss when we first relayed this result. Nice hit in Event 4 for Broussard, Louisiana's Adam Racca who pocketed over 10k for his second place finish. Well done Adam.

EVENT 5: This six handed event went to Bryan Salerno of Little Rock. He won overr 18k beating Todd Osborne heads up. Also cashing: Edward Chevallier of Many, LA; Mike Sanders; Kip Jones of Denham Springs, LA; and Josh Palmer.

EVENT 6: Tim Burt just missed another ring in yet another non NLHE event as he placed second to Grant Hart of Conway, AR in PLO. Hart won 11k for first and Tim a hair under 7k for second. Damjan Radanov won 4.7k for third. Also cashing Jamie Kizer; JP Kolb, and John Holley.

EVENT 7: Walker Miskelly, pictured after winning the King of last Spring's Pearl River Event, won his first ring in Event 7's Monster Stack. More satisfying, likely, was the $43k payday. Another Pearl River Regular Thuy Djedos of Brand, MS won over 6k for 7th place.

Justin Gates continue his torrid streak cashing going out one spot ahead of Kip Jones, and two in front of Birmingham's Chase Turner. Also cashing: Matthew South; Hamid Izadi; Cody Stanford; JP Kolb; Austin Reilly; Steve McClusky; James Taylor; Josh Williams; Trent Bennett; and John Gilbert.

EVENT 8: The $600 Hold'em event won by Sam Washburn of Arkansas for over 28k featured a final table of Matthew South (4th 9k) and Blake Barousse (8th 3k). Holiday Hold'em Main Event winner Rex Smith finished 11th. Jeremy Eyer, Chris Lane and Rodney Boswell also cashed.

EVENT 9: Tim Burt (6th $2400) and Austin Reilly ($1.4k) final tabled the $250 one day event. Stephen Nusrallah, Mack Ham, Mike Sanders and Krishna Kota also cashed.

EVENT 10: Main Event end of Day(s) 1. Chris Miller with over 500k bagged the biggest stack. 79 out of the 491 total will restart today. Stephan Nusrallah not too far behind with 387k. Johnny Landreth, Ben Thomas, TK Miles, Sean Small and Greg Jennings in the top 20 with over 300k each.

Walker Miskelly bagged 269k joined by Yousef Saleh, Warren Sheaves, Chris Davis and Kyle Cartwright in the over 200k club. Marshall White, Blake Barousse, Mack Ham, Blake Whittington, Hamid Izadi and BJ McBrayer all bagged over 100k. Chad Chisolm, Tood Osborne, Cody Stanford, Tim Burt, Jacob Corda, and Matt Higgins also return.


Blake Whittington a GCP Award winner for being the most consistent tournament player in the region won another ring in Event #2. He bested Andrew Brinkley heads up for just under 20k. The 28 year old has won six total rings and three at Tunica.  He finally received his trophy after some missed connections and promptly won again.

Matt South of Florence, AL (8th) and Sean Small (6th) also made the final table. Philip Walsh cashed the event continuing his recent hot streak.

Michael Lech, the Arkansas pro, won his eighth ring in the re-entry event for a 53k score. Lech received nominations for the GCP Awards as well. Michael Monaghan of Jackson finished 10th for a little over 4k. Others in the money include: Joe Hebert of Metaire (17th); Byron Tipton (20th); Chris Lane (23rd); JW Carter; Cody Stanford; Rusell Boyette; Ray Curran; Tim Burt; Justin Donato; and Michael Pelt.


EVENT 1: Matt South just missed another final table along with David Lee of Memphis in Event One finishing 12th and 13th. Also cashing that event: Teresa Lammie; Denise Pratt; and Donnie Phan.

SENIORS: Barry Schultz and Jo Caine cashed in the 403 entry 80k prize pool.

EVENT 4: Yousef Saleh (GCP Player of the Year), 7th, and Justin Gates, 8th (Baton Rouge), made the final table of the $400 one day event.

Here's the schedule for the remainder of the event.

For those who have missed it, Harrahs New Orleans has changed their Saturday tournament to a $200 buy-in. This tweak ups the prize pool and lowering the juice percentage wise. This past weekend three players chopped for $1900 a piece not bad for a few hours work. They also made sure to increase the starting stack to 12k.

Also, they have announced a monthly $600 Sunday tournament. It will essentially be the last Sunday of the month in the run up to the World Series of Poker Main Event. In February it's the second to last because of Mardi Gras. Every time $10k (after taxes) is reached in the prize pool they will award the cash equivalent of a WSOP Main Event seat.

First one takes place Sunday, January 26th at High Noon. Right now they are running sit n goes awarding two winners the $600 buy-in to the Sunday event. More of those to come.

Our opening social media seat giveaway is still going on! if you want a shot at a Pearl River $150k Guarantee opener seat: like, share, and comment to get an entry on our FACEBOOK page. Do the same via  @GCPNet on TWITTER in the to double your chances at winning.

Pearl River starts March 12th and runs through the 22nd. Schedule on the post on Facebook. Last fall there was a near 20k overlay in the Main Event. And credit to Pearl River they want to grow the event, so the first thing they did was lock in another double 150k guarantee series.  You want a piece of that free money?  Go ahead and book your rooms now.


Congratulations to our man Joe. The Metairie player had a week to remember after getting the lion's share in the chop (74k) of the high roller. Hebert split it up with Corey Harrison, Dee Banks, and Josh Palmer who each earned over 40k.

Mike Horchoff (pictured) returned from out west to bag as Day one chipleader and won over 13k for seventh place. Rarely is there a high stakes final table at the Beau without Moe Moeini and this was no different with the local winning $7700 for ninth. Another regular at their cashier is Jeremy Gaubert of Baton Rouge who won $6367 for 10th. Also cashing for that amount: David Williams of Hoover, AL and Don Rolfe of Ocean Springs in 11th and 12th respectively.

Big Phil Treaudo of NOLA won ~ $5700 for fifteenth. Ray McIntosh of Slidell earned almost $4700 for sixteenth.

Others in the money included: Philip Walsh, Luther Tran, Johnny Landreth, Justin Allen, Steven Rash, Ed Sebesta, and Randy Kennedy.

Joe won or chopped for the most in three events last week. In the $300 8 Max event he earned $8607. Also cashing Terry Moore, Curtis Terry, Kyle Barnette and Don Rolfe. Scroll (way) down for details on Joe's 12k win in Event #2.


Al Dapkus fo Georgia won the smaller of the two Little Monster events (#15) for $4700. Matt Sirchia of Pensacola, FL (2nd $4371), Rebekah Crosby of Covington, LA (3rd $3888), Justin Gates (Baton Rouge), Piyush Mittal (pictured to the left) and Kyle Barnett of NOLA made the final table.

Justin Gates also chopped the larger of the Little Monsters (event 13). He split it three ways with Robert Beck of Slidell and Nick Langsford of Kenner. Each earned just under $6900. In on the chop for just a little less (5k) Jason Durson of Gulfport (5k) and Marvin Durden of Atlanta.

Others in the money included: Simon Philip; Mark Ryan; Louis Lee; Huey Hulin; Guy Turner; and John Dubard.

Joe Hebert's hat trick (see above and below) along with Corey Harrison's deep run in the high rollers were only the tip of the iceberg.  Add in Metaire's Nick Langsford chop in the bigger Little Monster (see above) and it was a week of dominance.  Here's more:


Doug Gamble earned almost $1800 for second place in the final $300 event of the series. Well done Doug.


Randy Gordon (pictured) of Metairie won $4800 and bested a final table that included fellow NOLA reg Peace Marvel (2nd for $2800), Bryne Wilson (3rd $2800), William Anderson of Madison, MS (4th); James Sharp of Slidell, LA; and Randy Marker of Ocean Springs. Pensacola's Rachel Tullier and Brandon Valera also cashed.


Another Metairie/NOLA based player took down a Beau event tournament. John Cressend of Metaire, LA split it evenly with James Payne of Carrier, MS each earning over $8300. Owen Bradley of NOLA, Vincent Phan of Folsom, LA, Reese Vines of Pensacola and Justin Kelly of Mathiston, MS all made the final table. ALso in the money Felton Breaux of New Iberia and George McDonald of Ocean Springs.


NOLA can't quite claim Mississippi's Joe Saleh but he's been on an arguably even bigger tear since coming to town during Poker Gras to pick up his 2019 GCP Player of the Year trophy.  Joe Saleh won the Monster Stack earning over 23k in a chop with Trey Walton of Georgia (22k), Terry Moore of Mobile (21k) and Joel Watts of Ocean Springs (17k). Also cashing; Ben Thomas; Mark Berrigan (Tallahassee); Gavin Munroe; Joel Doney; Bryne Wilson; Greg Radais (Lafayette); Kai Landry; Steve Bierman; Trace Henderson; Curtis Terry and Matt South.

Stephen Green of Panama City, and also the Horseshoe Bossier TD, chopped 6 ways in the Seniors event for 10k. Always nice to see a good guy in the winner's circle. Bobby Moore of Pearl River, MS got the biggest share with $14.5k. Also earning 10k Mark Ryan and Deric Williams of Louisiana. Others in the money included: Ron Franco; Alton Bullock; Judge Leo Boothe; James Payne; Felix Lagasse and Richard Roach.

Also, Congrats to Chris Mays (pictured second from the left) who cashed a couple of times in Choctaw. Chris chopped one of our Holiday Hold'em events in Bossier in December.

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





(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."


4445 Veterans BLVD, Metaire, LA



 [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 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.!" 


[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 Captainís joky trademark ó a morning prayer of forgiveness ó Peacekeeper Charters is one of Louisianaís most popular fishing agencies. Marvel, whoís from Baton Rouge and lives in Pearl River with his family, is a voracious outdoorsman, traveler, music-lover, reader, writer, and poker player." [+]


[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 or on his YouTube channel.  Good stuff." [+]



 (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 NFLís Arthur Blank-led compensation committee finally rewarded Roger Goodell with a $200M contract extension.

Goodellís 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 NFLís 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 tournamentÖ creepy smile, creepy wink, creepy nudge (somebody needs to design that emoticon). There the Bat hears some of the exiled ladies talking. One of them a brutish looking tight end for an Canadian Football League team tells the others, if Kai wins heís not getting out of the parking lot with the pendant.

This got the Bat picking his nose, actually, the Bat was already knuckle deep, this got the Bat thinking, about poor Kai getting jumped in the parking lot. So taking stock of the future mob, the Bat envisioned the scene if he won:

Kai exits the elevator, with the Ted Nugent muzak fading away as he walks into the IP garage, a car skids out in the distance, but this floor of the garage is empty except for Kaiís car (a vintage Aston Matin) parked by itself overlooking the beauty of the bay of biloxi. As Kai, walks sipping from his shaken not stirred victory martini, the lone light above his car flickers rapidly and turns off, turning the garage to shadow. Dripping water echoes loudly and Kai canít help but shake the idea heís being watched"