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MARCH 18 - 28, 2021 SCHEDULE and STRUCTURES
 
GCP Podcast #2 featuring Pearl River Tournament

 Director Paul Dutsch:

Listen to Podcast by clicking the link here: GCP PODCAST Episode 2 / 2021

 

NEWS
PEARL RIVER UPDATE:

CELEBRITY BOUNTIES... COMING SOON:

So... selections were based on nominations on our Facebook page and some that were previously selected. Just a spoilery heads up: they will include a Chris, a Ruth, a Tyler, a Jo-Ella, and a Stephen. Looking forward to the big announcement with full names as soon as possible.

BAG WOW IS BACK:


-BagWow! is back.

Want a refresher on the BagWow?  (Remember the dates are a little off but you'll get the idea...)



The BagWow! format dominates the opening weekend.  This year it features a 100k Guarantee on a $250 buy-in. 5 Flights (Thursday 6 pm, Friday noon and 6pm, and Saturday 11am and 5pm).

Also, 1k bonus if you bag twice and a 3k bonus if you bag thrice... three times.

-A 5 seats ADDED (!!!) Mega Sunday 3/21 at 2pm to get in the $600 Main Event the following weekend.  Probably the best live tournament poker deal in the South.

-Multiple 20k+ Guarantees

-$600 100k Guarantee Main Event. Three flights: Friday 4 pm, Saturday 11am and 5 pm.
NEWS, TWEETS AND LINKAGE:

-Lon McEachern tweeted out:


Cardplayer did an interview with Lon recently about becoming the voice of poker.

Most importantly, our thoughts like Lon's are with Norman. Hope he gets on a path to total wellness and we'll miss hearing him while we cheer on Joe Hebert Sunday night on ESPN2.

If you are also a long hauler be on the look out for some encouraging news that is circulating (a lot of it anecdotal right now) about the first dose of the vaccine helping to alleviate symptoms for a lot of sufferers.

-NY Governor Andrew Cuomo accused of sexual harrassment by a former member of his staff Lindsey Boylan (pictured). She says she was the victim of inappropriate touching, a kiss without consent, and an offer to play strip poker. AP has the news here.

-We missed this earlier but Chad Holloway at PokerNews touts the poker documentary "Smile" honoring the late Thor Hansen. Hansen is thought to be the originator of one of poker's great quotes after winning a big event.
An interviewer asked what's he was going to do with all the money.
Hansen: I'm going to pay off some people I owe.
Interviewer: What about the rest?
Hansen: Well... they are going to have to wait.

NEWS:

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST:


Congrats to Tim Moore (pictured) for winning our first contest and a seat into the $250 Opener. Tim has run deep in the Main Event at Pearl River before so we know he's got a chance to turn this freeroll into a nice cash.

Currently, we are running our second contest where the winner will be the player who guesses the player that runs deepest in the Opener. If two (or more) people select the same player a random drawing will determine the winner.  Look for the picture of Peace Marvel on Twitter and Facebook to enter a guess. The winner of that gets a seat into the 50k Guarantee event.

Get your careful, calculated, educated pick on the record... or take your best guess. Not many entries so far, so you still got a great shot to win.

POKER QUOTES:

TD Paul Dutsch--our podcast guest for February--has been doing a daily post on his Facebook page of poker quotes in the run up to Pearl River. There are some good ones in there.  He's got nuggets of wisdoms and a lot of funny ones.

Here's some others gathered by Calvin Ayre focused on self-improvement.

ENTITLED?

A new study inidicates how you react to bad luck may reveal how entitled you are. If every time you lose you feel like it's bad luck? You might be entitled. Do get angry and feel victimized? You might be entitled.

Getting angry in response to bad luck usually only happens to people that think they are entitled to win. Interesting study highlight by Scientific American.  Go here.
PEARL RIVER MAIN EVENT EARLY SATTY:

Last time there was an overaly with two seats guaranteed.  You need to get there and get a piece of that free money this Sunday. Not a bad idea to start stockpiling seats--it is a reentry. Some of you seem to use a lot of seats.

ALL THINGS PEARL RIVER:

SATTIES AND STRUCTURES COMING:

Be on the lookout for information on satellites leading up to the twin 100k guarantees run in the Poker Room of the Golden Moon Hotel at Pearl River Resorts.  We will post info when we have them.

Also, we will soon post structures for the Spring Events in the link up top. Almost ready.

WIN YOUR WAY TO THE 100K:

We will be doing social media contests, as per usual, in the lead up to this event on TWITTER (@GCPNET), on Facebook and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/gcpnet/).

Our first contests ask for nominations for our Celebrity Bounty event on Tuesday, March 23rd. Like, follow, share and comment to earn an entry to a random drawing for a seat in the 100k Guaranteed Opener.

Look for the posts with this pic.

POKER LINKAGE:

-Hank Azaria is hosting a new home game TV show on PokerStars.net's YouTube channel. Winnings go to charities. Watch the first episode here:



-Bill Perkins, a hedge fund manager and poker player, those guys aren't in the news right now, details meeting his best bud Dan (...Blizerian) through poker over at the Robb Report.

-Refugee from Afghanistan wins one of 2021 poker's biggest tournaments. The Miami Herald has the story here about a player that not long ago was dealing with loss of family in war torn Afghanistan, immigration detention, and more hardships.  Now a poker champion.

-Chad Holloway's PokerNews piece on Mark Ellis Cortez's win in the Lone Star Poker Series at Champions Social in Houston, TX. Lots of familiar names won secondary events including Logan Hewett in the bounty event, Justin Brassieur who won TWO events, and Schuyler Thornton. Go here .

Polk-Negreanu challenge almost wrapped up. CalvinAyre.com details where it stands and addresses some of the controversies during the action.


PEARL RIVER POKER OPEN SPRING 2021 SCHEDULE
*Pending Choctaw Gaming Approval



PEARL RIVER POKER OPEN

It's back. Live tournament poker a couple of hours away from almost everywhere in the gulf south. With more of everything.

More options:  including a 1k Old School Freezeout. Limited registration window and one bullet per player. It won't be just the play making you wonder if it's 1999 when you register this one. Joe Saleh requested it and when the 2019 Gulf Coast Poker Player of the Year Joe Saleh asks for a tournament we have to listen.

More guarantees featuring the twin 100k Guarantees. Opening weekend BagWow! format with bonuses for bagging multiple flights. Second weekend the Main Event.

More bounties in the Celebrity Bounty tournament? No spoilers but the odds on favorite to be the 2020 Gulf Coast Player of the Year says he'll be there and he'll be a bounty.

More in the prize pools: Monday's tournament bumped up to a 50k Guarantee. 

More dealers and more tables.

March 18 - 28. Full schedule to be released (very) soon.

Watch this space and our social media for ways to win your way into one of the events for free.
LOUISIANA, THE BIRTHPLACE OF POKER, IS FOR POKER WINNERS:


JOE GEAUXS AND DOES IT #FORLINDA

Joe Hebert of Metairie won the domestic 2020 WSOP Main Event title and on January 3rd will fight the Euro winner Damian Salas for the bracelet, the banner, the glory and another 1 million dollars. Pictures of Joe are by Jaime Thomson and courtesy of PokerNews. Go here  for their terrific coverage of the WSOP.  And let's start with a big thank you to Joe for wearing that patch on his wrist.  So glad a local supports a local business and vice versa!

Joe earned over 1.5 million for his final table victory. A table that played out as though there were a guiding hand from beyond. There seemed to be very little craziness, quite atypical for a WSOP Main Event final table, and Joe won the heads up battle in one hand.

Fitting for Joe he won with Ace-Queen. Joe dedicated the tournament to his mom Linda who passed this summer of a pulmonary embolism. The poker Ace winning for his Queen #ForLinda.   The money went all in preflop. Joe started behind but we had to know he was going to come back to win when we saw the pocket queens of his opponent Ron Jenkins. An Ace found the the board and left Jenkins with one out that didn't come.  Of course not, the absent queen was behind Joe all along.

The final table started nearly as fast as heads up play finished with Gershon Distenfeld falling to Queens twice in the first six hands to get eliminated. Yes, the championship dedicated #ForLinda was bookended by Queens determining the action. Eerie concidences maybe... or maybe if you believe in that kind of thing an angel on Joe's shoulder.

Jenkins won a little over a million for second. Michael Cannon finished third. Ryan Hagerty finished fourth. Tony Yuan fifth followed by maybe the most active and aggressive player on the table Harrison Dobin in sixth. A couple of tough spots had Shawn Stroke bow out in seventh.

Prior to the final table Upeshka De Silva, suffered the cruel fate of contracting Covid and per the rules of the tournament had to forfeit his chips and take 9th place money. Upeshka with ties to Houston, TX was going for his fourth WSOP bracelet and despite being 8th in chips was probably the one player everybody was most concerned about.



Regarding the play, Joe made some conscious tactical decisions on his plan for the final table that he shared with us on the condition we not to write about in our pre tournament interview.  Retrospectively, he did exactly as he said he would and it worked out like he thought it would. Many people thought as the overwhelming chip leader he should come out pressing and apply ICM pressure with the stiff payjumps. Maybe on an ordinary final table but with these opponents, many of them willfully ignoring ICM for their own reasons, a slightly different strategy that he applied worked. When it was time to flex his stack--he did and it worked again.

We can't wait to see the ESPN broadcast as we haven't discussed the hands with Joe yet. Maybe the cards determined some of his play or maybe his play determined much of the results. Will be a fun watch.

That will air in February, but more pressing matters now. Joe plays Damian Salas on January 3rd and we'll be clicking refresh on PokerNews like the poker junkies we are during the heads up match. We know ESPN hopes that heads up conflict takes more then one hand. But if Joe wins it in the first hand again, so be it--what will be will be!

VIRTUAL RAIL AND RUNGOODGEAR:

If you want to join us on Joe's virtual rail we have a thread on facebook where we are wishing him well and we know he'll check it to see all his support just before the Heads Up match. Please leave a message or pic wishing him the best. Go to the pinned post here.

You'll notice the awesome shirts a lot of us are wearing designed and made by RunGoodGear.com. Want to say thanks again to Tana Karn for allowing GCP to be on the shoulder as we join them in supporting our friend Joe in this epic run. Very generous of RunGood as making fan shirts has become their thing during the Main Event. Check out their site there is some great poker gear on there.

CHRIS READ:

Another win for Louisiana as one of our own Chris Read takes down the seniors event in a series at private poker club in Georgia. Chris is now a Georgia native but originally hails from Louisiana and a devoted Saints fan. Believe she won a hunk of silver for her play. We also think she has the best looking mask in all of poker.  She's pictured with JJ Liu.

BERT FOS WINS:


Maybe it's just us but hard to open Facebook with out seeing NOLA player Bert Fos and his giant check greet us in an ad for an online site.  Played many times with Bert so happy to see it.

Well done for taking it down Bert. We always wonder what happens to the giant checks? They go up in a man cave?

Bert let us know...
JOE HEBERT CHIP LEADER 2020 WSOP MAIN EVENT FINAL TABLE:

We've been sitting on an update for a little bit until we had a chance to have an official interview with Joe. The native of Metairie, LA went to Las Vegas to play some of the online events this month and won a satellite to the WSOP Main Event.

We didn't think there were too many locals playing this year as they had to travel to Nevada or New Jersey so it was a little off our radar.. When we found out Hebert was 24 out of just 26 players left, we immediately started sweating him on the PokerNews twitch stream and he immediately started chipping up (coincidence we think not).

What a run! So check out our interview with Joe where we get deep into that run and the special motivations he has in this crazy year. He mentions several players from around the region including Mike Lech of Arkansas, BJ McBrayer of Alabama, Ben Thomas of Baton Rouge and all his friends in NOLA and the Metairie bar scene.

Virtual rail will be wearing T-Shirts made by Tana Karn and RunGoodGear to support Joe from afar.

As you can tell from the interview Joe is easy to root for and we think it's about time somebody brought the WSOP Main Event back to the birthplace of poker.  Many of us will be wearing these sweet rail shirts made by Tana Karn and RunGoodGear.

Chipcounts from PokerNews:
Joseph "kolebear" Hebert 13,052,534
Shawn "shades927" Stroke 5,252,000
Ryan "Hagzzz021" Hagerty 5,071,572
Ye "YUAN365" Yuan 4,829,459
Michael "geNet1x_" Cannon 4,408,847
Gershon "jets613" Distenfeld 3,475,481
Ron "Samthedog76" Jenkins 2,476,746
Upeshka "gomezhamburg" De Silva 2,151,969
Harrison "Harrisond33" Dobin 1,581,392

Payouts for the U.S. final nine start at 98k and go all the way up to 1.5 million. Second also will be a millionaire. Sixth place on will earn more then 200k.

Texan Upeshka De Silva may only have 2.1 million in chips but surely is the most accomplished player left with three bracelets to his name. Joe did well to bust some of the other elite pros including Martin Zamani and Dan Zack just before the final table.

The final table will play out December 28th. From there the winner will then play the International Bracket winner heads up for the bracelet and an additional one million dollars. Argentinian Damian Salas, who has another WSOP final table to his name, already won the international tournament on GGPoker.

 

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