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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.
EVERY SATURDAY: 11AM
12K Starting Stack
MONTHLY WSOP 10K
High Noon, $600, 20k ss
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
GCP AWARD WINNERS KEEP WINNING:
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.
OTHER NOTABLES IN TUNICA:
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
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.
for the remainder of the event.
NOLA TOURNEY TWEAKS:
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.
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.
MEDIA CONTEST CONTINUES:
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
in the to double your chances at
Pearl River starts March 12th
and runs through the 22nd. Schedule on the post
on Facebook. Last fall there was a
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
HEBERT DOMINATES SERIES:
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
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.
NOLA/METAIRE PLAYERS DOMINATE BEAU:
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
GORDON GETS IT:
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.
CRESSEND WINS IT:
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.
SALEH WINS AGAIN!:
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
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
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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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