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Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
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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 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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DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
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.
"ó Road teams are 71-45-2 ATS so far this
ó Division games have leaned strongly
to the UNDER, going 23-12 to the low side of the
ó 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. ďI wonít be going to my grave wishing
that I had done more,Ē he told me." [+]
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
"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
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|
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
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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IS DAVID CLARK?|
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."
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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
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
He half lurched at them then defiantly mouthed "What? What?
ladies drew in closer as they neared the door.
"Asshole," one said to another.
18th through the 22nd
Earn an entry to win
SECOND PLACE FOR PRISSY:
Some familiar faces in the final seven, unofficial final
table of the Six-Max, and Prissy Giroir (pictured left) went
the deepest finishing second. Robert Cheung came down from
Vancouver to add to his jewelry collection. He won his third
ring (also has a bracelet) and a smidge under 10k.
Prissy won 6.1k and bragging rights in her household as
Jerry Giroir finished fifth for 2k. Not sure why we put
Jerry's picture up there as all the glory should be Prissy's
on this day. Oh maybe it's that sweet $45 Gulf Coast
Poker Hooide he's rocking--wear the logo get the pics!.
BJ McBrayer added another final table to his series earning
~$1.5k for sixth. Walker Miskelly won 1.1k for sevnth.
Hanh Nguyen of Biloxi finished third for 4.1k. Ryamond
Starrett (11th) and Jason Dursun (15th), also of Biloxi,
made the money. Speaking of successful poker couples Lane
Leblanc finished 12th.
CHASING PLO GLORY:
Ben Thomas and John
Holley are third and fourth in chips in the PLO event out of
the four remaining players. They are guaranteed 2.3k with
first place paying a little over 8k and a circuit ring.
HOLIDAY HOLD'EM 2019
December 18th through the 22nd
Horseshoe Casino, Bossier City
entry to win Seats:
GUTHRIE WINS 160K FOR SECOND IN CHEROKEE:
Montgomery, Alabama native Hannah Guthrie gutted to be
one card away from a WSOP-C Main Event victory.
Hannah turned a flush on a 4s9d4d 3d board. She watched Eric
Gorman of Maryland ship it and snapped called. He sheepishly
said, "Uh oh that's not good," revealing pocket sevens.
Brutality on the river as a third 4 hit the board. The
next hand they got it in each with an ace but Hannah
outkicked by Gorman's Queen. He flopped another Queen for
Great run, by Hannah Guthrie. Kyle
Cartwright won ~$54k for fifth and Marshall White $42k for
WSOP IP RE-ENTRY:
JOE "SO SICK" SALEH WINS AGAIN:
The GCP Player of the Year continued his torrid streak
of tournament dominance by winning Event #2 $400 NLHE
Re-entry for $34k. After an epic SIX HOUR (!) heads up match
with Easton Oreman (pictured) of Kenner, LA Saleh added a
WSOP-C ring to his trophy collection.
had to settle for 21k and his second... WSOP-C second place
finish. He also was runner-up to another GCP Award winner
(Josh Thibodaux) in May. Heads up had an amazing number of
all-ins with the shorter stack prevailing whether in front
Congrats to the Meridian, non pro Joe (even
if it's your side hustle if you win all the money at some
point you a pro, no, Joe?) for taking down the event. Very
gracious in victory Saleh praised Oreman's perfect play to
the WSOP-C reporter.
The Final Table also featured:
3 Jesse Lott $15,903 Selmer, TN
4 Aaron Gamino
5 Gavin Munroe $9,278
6 Philip Walsh
7 Greg Urbanski $5,798 Mobile
Hebert $4,711 Metairie
9 Bobby Moree $3,900 Pearl River
Other local Day Two Cashers:
10 Gregory Whitworth
11 Hai Nguyen $3,289 Pensacola
Steve Meyers $3,289 Mandeville
13 David Nicholson $2,826
14 Russell Boyette $2,826
Corey Harrison $2,471
18 Judy Leblanc $2,471
Flood $2,197 Spring, TX
21 Lane Leblanc $2,197 New
22 Sarah Mclean $1,984 Mary Esther, FL
Jeremy Williams $1,984 Spanish Fort, AL
24 Kevin Jenkins
$1,984 Pelham, AL
26 Thuy Djedjos $1,817 Brandon, MS
27 Prissy Giroir $1,817
28 Kevin Fazzio
$1,687 Saucier, MS
29 Jonathan Hart $1,687 Jackson, MS
30 Carey Spiers $1,687 Diberville, MS
32 Rodney Crosby
$1,583 River Ridge, LA
33 Truong Vo $1,583
Franks $1,502 Broussard, LA
36 Dexter Burns $1,502
37 Thomas Pullens $1,4838 Picayune, MS
MORE WSOP-C AT IP
CHOP IT UP:
A deal was
reached in the seniors event with David Valone of New Haven,
CT winning the most money and the remaining players getting
an early bird special as they divvied the loot.
the chop: Rodney Crosby of River Ridge; Mark Byrd; Herman
Stewart and Captain Ron Hope.
Also cashing: Michael
Hebert of Greenwell Springs; Bryan Clark of Pensacola;
Douglas Roby of Brandon, MS; Jacque Gremillion of Gonzales;
Carl Guillot of Metairie; James Miller of Notasulga, AL;
Huey Hulin of Saint Martinville, LA; Stephen Hastings of
NOLA; and Michael Casen of LA.
Russell Boyette of Brandon, MS won the $400 one day event
#4. He took down Rebekah Crosby of Covington, LA heads up to
give him $8.8k for first and her $5.4k for second. Boyette
cashed 14th in the re-entry and then jumped into this to
fist pump win the one day event. BJ McBrayer accumulated
more points with a third place finish for $3.7k. Judy
LeBlanc cashed fourth for $2.6k.
Blake Purvis of
Montgomery, AL won 1.9k for fifth and John Sruk of Baton
Rouge 1.4k for sixth. Texans James Duke (Houston, 7th) and
Mark Steele (San Antonio, 9th) also made the final table.
In the money: Jerry Giroir (10th); Maury Barrett of
Pensacola (11th); Michael Rack of Jackson (12th) and Clinton
Gatlin of Ruston (13th).
WSOP-C AT THE 'KEE
FORCE IS STRONG IN MONSTER:
Leif Force snapped off the Monster for just under
100k. The win earned him his third ring. He came back
from... 1/5th of a Big Blind. What a rebound for the
Tallahassee pro. Chris Carey of Efland, NC third for 44k.
Austin Reilly of Gulf Shores won 9.5k for ninth. Chase
Turner of Birmingham, Michael Lech, Josh Palmer, and John
Thibodeaux all cashed.
MAIN EVENT UPDATE:
Down to 15 players in the WSOP-C Main Event. Kyle
Cartwright is seeking yet another Main Event Circuit ring
with 2.535 million good for fourth in chips. Hannah Guthrie
chip leads with 4.8 million. Ken Aldridge second with 3.3
Also in the bag defending champ Jake Bazely
(1.1 million), Marsahll White and Spencer Champlin.
Dan Lowery exited in 19th spot earning 11k. David Jackson
also 11k for 20th. LeVann Williams of Helena, AL won 6k for
33rd. Joh Thibodeaux of Baton Rouge won 4.1k for 54th. Chris
Davis min-cashed for 2.5k after surviving the bubble.
to: Michael Holland we saw he made a deep run in Event #9;
Curtis Terry from Metaire, another final table in the 6
Handed Event for 3.6k; and William Anderson 11k score making
the final table of Event #2.
Nicholson finishes third for 5.5k and Eric Wilkerson fourth
for 3.9k in Event 1. Also at the final table in the $400
Double Stack NLHE event: Donald Rolfe, second for 8k, Lee
Thibodaux, sixth for 2.1k, Meraler Dilsad, 7th for 1.6k, GCP
Player of the Year Yousef Saleh, 8th, and Trace Henderson
In the money Tai Cao, Ross Leitz, Donald
Colletti, Joe Phelps, Matt Parsons, and Jerry Giroir.
EVENT TWO BAGGERS:
Gavin Munroe, winner of the Pearl River Poker Open, sits
atop the chip counts with 763k, Philip Walsh third at 482k,
Greg Whitworth 4th with 450k, and David Nicholson fifth with
430k. Kevin Fazzio, Hai Nguyen, Greg Urbanski, and Russell
Boyette are also in the top ten with over 360k in chips.
Not far behind are Yousef Saleh, Corey Harrison, Juan
Fukuda, Thuy Duedjos, Joe Hebert, Lane LeBlanc, Steve Meyers
and Easton Oreman.
Prissy Giroir, Judy LeBlanc,
Truong Vo, Jonathan Hart and Tom Pullens also found the bag.
EVENT TWO CASHERS:
WSOP.com has the
complete list as 92 players finished in the money. Includes
Caleb Durio, Wyatt Boothe, Jaron Bailey, Patrick Eskandar,
Martin Zentner, Dustin Stewart, and Richard Sinclair.
CHARLES BRADY'S CHIP AND CHAIR VICTORY:
Three times he found himself with crumbs, including
seven handed at the final table, but the bullish Brady
manage to claw all the way back to a victory. Brady wins
$7,791, his first ring, records his first cash in the $250
buy-in which was his first WSOPC tournament.
James of Vicksburg finished second for 4.8k and Theresa
Williams of Pensacola earned $3,332 for third. BJ McBrayer
couldn't quite match his new wife Morgan's outright victory
in the nightly. He did edge her just a bit by cashing a
little more. Of course after getting the lion's share of a
chop with Joe Phelps, Carl Guilliot and a GCPer she won the
$1700 seat to the Main giving her bragging rights for the
Joshua "Shane" Lewis finished 8th,
Shawn Calvit 10th, and Michael Vernace 12th. Also in the
money: Ryan Laporte, James Arnold, Shawn Trahan, Chadwick
Baker, Michael Hebert, James Berry, Jerry Giroir, and Evert
Congrats to Stephen Parnell (pictured) and Timothy Moore
our two Social Media Contest winners last week. They bagged
a $100 satellite seat each to the Holiday 400 at the
Horseshoe in Bossier City. If either player can't make
it we'll redraw for this contest.
we have another contest awarding a $400 Main Event Seat and
$100 satty seat. All you have to do is Like our
Facebook Page, like the social media contest post, and share
it to earn an entry to the drawing.
another entry by tagging a player, and earn one more by
telling a holiday poker story (fiction welcome).
On Twitter, follow @GCPNet, like the tweet and retweet.
Also, include a holiday story for another entry and tag
another player for another entry. That's six entries
Hiep Doan by Ben Saxton. Also,
check out Ben's thread at
2 + 2,
always some good reads on there.
-So sorry to hear
the news about Rosilyn "Roz" Jordan's death at 46.
PokerNews' Chad Holloway with the story
A New Orleans original. She will be missed.
-Klay Thompsom and the Golden State Warriors have some
pretty legendary in flight
His rookie contract almost not big enough for him to play in
it. One of us GCPers got to play with one of their coaches
(and a former pro himself) at Harrahs NOLA. He knew his way
around the table.
-In Hot Springs, an Arkansas man
tried to steal 17k in poker chips from the Oaklawn Racing
Resort. Seems a
After using his player's card on the BlackJack table he
later grabbed the chips from a dealer's rack in a poker game
and ran out the building. Wonder how they caught him?
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Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
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
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.!" [+}
FACES IN THE CROWD
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."
10/12/18] CORY is Harrhas NOLA cash player who has moved to
Vegas to take his shot there. The Vlog chronicles his
"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.
vlog started in pursuit of a PokerStars contest but Cory expects
to keep blogging in the future. Track his progress on
on his YouTube channel. Good stuff."
MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY|
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.."[+]
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
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
A similar but different lapse happened to me
the other day."
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
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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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
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