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DINE ON THE WHALES

  Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast. Wild Bill is one half of GCP, Plays, Coaches, and helps run Gulf Coast Poker Tour.

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 POKER IS WAR>

 Gene D is the other half of GCP. Gene shares his outlook on the local and national poker scene. His mantra is money won is sweeter than money earned. 

THE POKER MONKEY

 Will Souther is the Poker Monkey. Take a look at his always entertaining views on the tournament poker circuit, gambling and life in general.  The founder of the Monkey Minions never sugarcoats it.

 

NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

 Nolan Dalla.com is where you find the wit and wisdom of one of the most well known poker writers in the industry.   His home blog covers a wide range of topics written with that singular Dalla conviction.  

 

LITTLE THOUGHTS

 Jonathan Little an all time top tournament poker earners, is from Pensacola and currently operates a coaching site, which includes his blogs and videos you can find it here.

 

POKER FACES IN THE CROWD

 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.

N-SIDE POKER

 PLAYER N scribes tales of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all hustling on the Coast.

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MONTHLY WSOP 10K SATELLITE:
Last Sunday every month.  Next: February 23rd,
High Noon, $600, 20k ss.

And, single table $140 sit 'n goes and 11 am $200 Saturday tournament.





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RESULTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTY:

DONEY DEVOURS DC:

At the MGM National Harbor resort, during the East Coast Poker tour, Joel Doney took down a $400 buy-in 193 person field, that surpassed the 50k guarantee.

Joel, a Harrahs NOLA reg,  won over 16k for first.

This is Joel's first Hendon Mob eligible victory. He also cashed in the opener as he finished 77th in the 1812 entrant 500k guarantee field. Joel also final tabled a third event which has yet to post.  Congrats bud!

WSOP-C:

With tournaments everywhere these days the WSOP-C as it often does has two events going concurrently.

At the Rio in Las Vegas, former Gulf Coaster Kristen Deardorff cashed 7th in Event #2 for just under 3k on the $400 Buy-in.  Congrats to Kristen.  Meanwhile in Florida even more Gulf Coasters found the cashier's cage...

HIGH ROLLER:

AJ Kelsall of Tampa, FL finished runner up in the $2200 buy-in event at the Seminole Hard rock in Tampa. Eric Salazar (3rd 38k), Hamid Izadi (8th 8.8k), and John Dollinger also cashed.

PLO 8:

Philip Hui of San Antonio fell to David Prociak of Florida in heads up action. Prociak won over 51k and Hui over 31k. TK Miles finished fifth for 11.6k. Leif Force, Allen Kessler, Cord Garcia, Blake Barousse, and Dee Banks all cashed.

MONSTER:

Joe Hebert of Metairie finished 9th in the $400 buy-in. He won a little over 6.8k. Charles Johnson of Norcross, GA, Nate Bandy of TN, Bradly Gagola of Tallahassee, Robbier Beck of Houston, and Chris Read of Sugar Hill, GA, cashed.


MONTHLY WSOP 10K SATELLITE:

Last Sunday of Every Month:
Next one is February 23rd,
High Noon, $600, 20k ss
NEWS BITS:

POKER ALLIANCE:

As mentioned last week previewing the new season of survivor many players shared a poker connection. Little did we know how much that would play a role in the first episode. Chad Holloway has a great write-up of the storylines over at PokerNews and the full episode of Poker Night in America where the alledged alliance was formed.

Want to make a bet on this season?
MSN has an article on the current odds with Yul Kwon the organizer of the anti-poker alliance as the favorite.

TEXANS AND SOUTHWEST LOUISIANANS:

We aren't saying there is a 50k Guarantee multi-flight tournament headed your way the last weekend of March... but we also aren't saying there isn't.  Possibly a BagWow! format.  BagWow you ask? Go
here.

COMPLETE WSOP SCHEDULE:

Recently read there will now be two player of the year awards. One for everything and one for everything $1500 and under. Price points vary from $500 to a $250k high roller but most events seem to be $1500 and under. The next tier of events is 10k and includes an online tournament for the first time at that price point.
Complete schedule
here.

STAY SAFE, STAY DRY:

As Pearl River surges higher with rainfall our thoughts our with our friends in central Mississippi and any who are facing flooing conditions. 
POKER NEWS:



SURVIVAL

Boston Rob (should we call him Pensacola Rob now... he's been a staple on the gulf coast for quite a while now) and one or two other poker playing aficionados return for a clash of champions (including Tyson Apostle behind him in the pic above). The parallels to tournament poker with the set-up of Survivor's reality game show are many.

It mimics the capriousness of elimination, the randomness and uneven distribution of assets (cards to idols/other players folly etc), skill of interpretating partial infomation, people reading, boldness to make a move or a bluff, rewards the patience of players who time their all or nothing moves, and punishes those who don't. Not to mention all the money is up top with a $2 million prize this year to first. These are some of the best to ever play, and this season should showcase some great game play and bluffs in buffs. Go here for more on getting the right cast.

VARIANCE IS A B.....:

Phil Galfond is down almost a million Euros in his Galfond challenge. Venividi1993 has pounded him over 15 sessions and Phil is pondering quiting the challenge.



As Phil pointed out later on twitter in heads up PLO even a bad player would win at a higher rate during a normal distribution of cards. He credits his opponent for playing well but run-bad has to be an element of the distortion of results. That or whoever wrote the program for his site left a backdoor in and Phil's getting superused. (No evidence of that other then him getting pummeled). For more go
here.

SATTYS-FACTION:

Couple of ongoing events represent a great chance to get in on the cheap and parlay a small entry fee into something YUGE!

-Harrahs NOLA next $600 10k to the winner event is Sunday, Febuary 22rd at High Noon. 10k bundles to the winners?  Their's your WSOP Main Event seat right there.  Also, single table sit n' goes to get into the event $140 a player (two seats to winners) will be starting today.

-A couple of social media contests are active on our
FACEBOOK and TWITTER pages. Like, share, comment to win seats into the $150k Guarantee at Pearl River. Pay attention to the bonus for the new one which runs up to the event. Take a picture of your receipt for any of the Sunday satellites at Pearl River (schedule two posts below) to earn an extra entry to the drawing. Those sunday events have been a small overlay on the first two iterations.
VIRAL POKER LINKAGE:

Corona Virus on your mind? It's not here yet, but if you are thinking ahead... PokerNews has a piece on how to play live poker and minimize your risk of catching the virus: Here.

What about the WSOP 2020? They've issued a statement also at
PokerNews.

Macau, the biggest gaming center in the world is shut-down. When the casinos close you should pay attention. On the heels of the Asian Poker League's cancellations,
Triton Poker is also cancelling a tournament because of the Novel Corona Virus in South Korea.

The Norovirus outbreak at
L'Auberge Lake Charles (thanks to Larry Douglas and Don Dove for the heads up) is a warning to players to take appropriate measures including hand cleaning with hot water to dodge the winter viruses.

Supposedly, Chinese in crisis like storing money on the old cryptocurrency called Bitcoin. The
bull market Bitcoin is enjoying is evidence that theory is either true, or enough people buy into it, that you might want to pick up some more crypto.

What to do if you get quarantined?

Don't forget you can also use Bitcoin to play
online poker.

What else, watch a movie?  There's one being made taglined as "The World Series of Poker meets Abu Ghraib," that will star Tiffany Haddis, Willem Dafoe and Oscar Isaac. Nothing viral about this one although curiously, the working title is "The Card Counter," which isn't very Poker-y and a lot more BlackJack-y. Vanity Fair has the story
here:

More about the plot
here which involves the protagonist, William Tell (Isaac), deciding to win the World Series of Poker to help with his other cause.

Let's, here's some great news and some awesome entertainment for locked-ins.  New
High Stakes Poker coming to PokerGo.
AROUND THE COAST:

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.
MORE WSOP-TUNICA

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.
WSOP-C TUNICA UPDATES:

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 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.
HARRAHS 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.

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.
SOCIAL 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 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.
BEAU WRAP UP:

JOE 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 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.

LITTLE MONSTERS:

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:

GAMBLE CLOSE:

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

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!:

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.
BOSSIER CITY FRIENDS:

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.

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