(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.
"  [+]

December 18th through the 22nd
Earn an entry to win Seats:



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.


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.
December 18th through the 22nd
Horseshoe Casino, Bossier City
Earn an entry to win Seats:


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 good measure.

Great run, by Hannah Guthrie. Kyle Cartwright won ~$54k for fifth and Marshall White $42k for sixth.


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.

 Oreman 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 or behind.

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 $12,047 Nashville
5 Gavin Munroe $9,278
6 Philip Walsh $7,269 Jackson
7 Greg Urbanski $5,798 Mobile
8 Joseph Hebert $4,711 Metairie
9 Bobby Moree $3,900 Pearl River

Other local Day Two Cashers:

10 Gregory Whitworth $3,289 Gulfport
11 Hai Nguyen $3,289 Pensacola
12 Steve Meyers $3,289 Mandeville
13 David Nicholson $2,826
14 Russell Boyette $2,826
16 Corey Harrison $2,471
18 Judy Leblanc $2,471
20 Craig Flood $2,197 Spring, TX
21 Lane Leblanc $2,197 New Iberia, LA
22 Sarah Mclean $1,984 Mary Esther, FL
23 Jeremy Williams $1,984 Spanish Fort, AL
24 Kevin Jenkins $1,984 Pelham, AL
26 Thuy Djedjos $1,817 Brandon, MS (pictured)
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
35 Jaun Franks $1,502 Broussard, LA
36 Dexter Burns $1,502 Pinson, AL
37 Thomas Pullens $1,4838 Picayune, MS


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.

In on 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).


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.


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 million.

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.


Congrats 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.


David 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 9th.

In the money Tai Cao, Ross Leitz, Donald Colletti, Joe Phelps, Matt Parsons, and Jerry Giroir.


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: 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.


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.

Greg 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 Tuscaloosa duo.

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 Caldwell.

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.

Currently on FACEBOOK and TWITTER 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. 

Earn 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 total.


-Understanding 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 here.  A New Orleans original.  She will be missed.

-Klay Thompsom and the Golden State Warriors have some pretty legendary in flight Poker Games. 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 real genuis. 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?

This one will be fun for sure...

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"