DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
"MISSISSIPPI GRIND movie review
by Eric Johnson
Ben Mendelsohn and Ryan Reynolds give stellar
performances as gamblers on a road trip down the
Some guys just can't stop. It's in their DNA.
Faced with even less-than-mediocre prospects
against the option to stand pat in a good spot,
the gamble gets the best of them. It's the
action that separates them from the squares and
in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's MISSISSIPPI
GRIND, it's what separates Ben Mendelsohn from a
stable life. Ultimately, it's this pitch-perfect
performance by Mendelsohn as a middle-aged
degenerate that separates and elevates the film,
allowing it to become a vital entry into the
canon of gambling-centric films."
05/01/15] Jonathan Little has more tournament winnings than only
a handul of pros. 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 new poker site, which includes his
blogs and videos you can find it
"In this blog post, I will share with you
some of the photos I took and experiences I had
while in Malta for the European Poker Tour
Here is the view from the outside of the casino
where the EPT took place.."
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 05/12/15] 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.
"Even been out on one of those dinners from hell, a gathering youre absolutely obligated to attend, that would otherwise be perfect in every way — except that there's one prickly guest at your table who blathers on forever and basically ruins the meal for everyone?
Well, Im here to help. Today, I'll be sharing one of my best-kept trade secrets. The advice I'm about to give should be packaged and sold, in which case I'd probably make a fortune.
02/15/15] David Mendez grinds online poker at a
time when it's hard to find a game. His
blog centers on his poker both live and online.
"Hey everybody, glad to be back for the second
time. Let’s talk money! Allow me to be more
specific. Let’s talk A LOT of money. Let’s talk
about the PEAK of on-line poker since black
Friday, here & now! I wanted to get the word out
sooner but the end of the year found me on a
Christmas came a bit early with a 2nd place
score in the Winning Poker Network’s (WPN)
Sunday $12,500 guarantee for over $2,000. The
next day I shipped 1st in the $1,000 rebuy/add-on
for over $400. The next day I was able to place
3rd in the $15,000 guarantee for $ 1,750. In
that same day I was able to ship 1st in the
$2,000 guaranteed 4-max for $500. It was a blast
being at the final table of two tournaments
SIMULTANEOUSLY! That was a first for me. It
didn’t stop there, though."
08/22/14] 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
"Hey friends! At 6:34 a.m. local time
Friday I summited the world's largest
free-standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro with
my buddies Jesse and Paul Yaginuma! I consider
it one of my biggest personal achievements and
got so much out of the journey. The idea was
proposed by Jesse and Paul over a year ago. I
initially laughed it off thinking it was an
unattainable goal. I'm really, really, really
glad I looked further into it. A big thank you
to the Yaginumas for being such cool fucking
guys with ambition and a strong desire to live
their lives to the fullest. This reiterates to
me just how essential it is that we all keep an
openmind about everything. Opening one's mind
isn't a process that happens overnight. It's a
matter of being exposed to different people,
things and places. I'll take this platform,
however small it is, to try to express that
through this documentation of my Kilimanjaro
Jennifer Gay is a poker player, poker room supervisor and
Ante Up Magazine Poker Columnist local to
Tunica, MS. Her blog covers the sometimes personal and
always comical reality of a life fully centered around poker in
I'm sure the last few days have been a blur. To
sum up..in the early hours of Halloween morning,
you had an accident. I like to think you were
speeding through the desert after a night of
debauchery, with a beautiful woman on the back
of your motorcycle. I'm probably not far off the
mark. It didn't end well this time, buddy. On
All Saints Day, it was decided that we'd lost
you for good. In typical Tony style, you hung
around just long enough for the Vikings to lock
up a win and Dallas to get smashed by Arizona. I
hope whatever is waiting for you on the other
side is ready for the force that is Tony Dick.
If you get a spare minute, find a way to let me
know you made it. If they have Facebook in the
afterlife, your wall is a glowing tribute to how
many people loved you. Its also the least
offensive and most polite your page has been
since its inception. " [+]
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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.
"Rocky road to the Rocky Mountains.
La recently decided she wanted to add the Colorado Black Hawk
circuit stop to the schedule. I wasn’t convinced. I was enjoying
the beautiful Dallas weather, sleeping in our bed, and getting
some much needed exercise. I eventually told her she should go
by herself if she wanted to grind, but I didn’t feel like it and
I didn’t think there would be much Omaha action for me anyway.
She wasn’t very happy about the idea of traveling without me and
decided to make a few last minute compromises that would allow
me to enjoy the Colorado state of mind while she got on the mtt
grind. Once I agreed we got all the travel arrangements sorted
quickly and packed for an early morning flight.."
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[UPDATED: 03/08/12] PLAYER N scribes a tale
of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all
hustling on the Coast.
cigarette breath assaulted me as the man in the tattered Red Sox
jacket put his hand on my shoulder, "Hey boss, spare a
dollar..." it hung there not as a question but an instruction. I
couldn't sidestep it or the man. His gently tightening grip,
neither affectionate nor comforting, but oddly somehow both soft
and malevolent made the hairs on my neck stand up. The harsh
cold wind pushed at me, up the darkened street gaining speed
between the concrete buildings. It buttressed me helping the man
stop me on that corner. " [+]
I gave him a steely look, and he inhaled quickly through his
nostrils, "Sorry guy." I tried to wave him off, but his hand
didn't move. I had to look him in the eye.
Quiet, gray blue eyes surprised me, they looked like they still
had the sparkle of youth, maybe a forty years old but his
weathered face told a different story. Craggy, fractured and
leathery ridges told of many more years and hardship born of
living outdoors. Then in a flash, those eyes lost their luster
and bore into m
WSOP ZOMBIES, MINIONS, AND MISSISSIPPI MUD:
MONKEY MIINIONS BACK
FOR UNFINISHED MONKEY BUSINESS!
Last year the minions invaded
the Rio for the WSOP Main Event for the first time ever.
Complete story, involving 40k in cash and a truck stop
here. This year
the roster has changed a little but the group is coming back
for more and planning on deeper runs. If you are
interested in owning a piece of the minions you need to go
here right now as
shares are selling briskly. Congrats to Seville Hale,
Michael "Carwash" Schneider, and GCP's Wild Bill Phillips on
their selection, and thanks to Will Souther for spearheading
this effort again.
CHAD HOLLOWAY'S ZOMBIES ATTACK THE
Tulane law student won a bracelet a couple of years ago and
now debuts his first ever comic at the WSOP. Not just
any comic, one an Academy Award winner requested to be in.
This guy is truly living the
life. You can buy the WSOZ (World Series of Zombies)
comic now at Comixologoy ( a digital version) for $1.99.
The limited edition paper version will be available for
purchase at the Blue Shark Optics booth in the Rio for
Walking around the Rio about halfway
through the Series, perhaps this concept will seem obvious
to you. Players are kind in that groggy punchdrunk
daze. Course most them are not undead and nor are they
focused on eating your brains. Chad asks the
question what if they were? This book looks like a lot
INTERNET POKER IN THE MISSISSIPPI MUD:
On the docket before
online poker gets legalized are the more attractive
additions of sports betting and lottery games. While
the casinos are slumping and that seems like an opening to
increase taxable gambling revenues lawmakers don't quite
figure it that way. Rather they cite the curious stat
that half of Mississippi's residents don't have a computer
or Internet Access (you know... you can get the Internet on
the computer these days) as evidence of... what? That
the other half doesn't want to play poker. to read
more of your elected officials "thoughts" go to Cardplayer
JASON MERCIER'S INTERNET POKER
GAME IN THE OPPOSITE OF MUD:
The Florida pro and GCP Blogger can't stop scooping
Scoop events over on Pokerstars. Course he to habitate
in Holland to win all those online poker tournaments but
Dutch life is agreeing with him. He's won three events
in the last week and as of this writing is deep in a few
WSOPC NOLA MAIN EVENT AND FINAL WRAP-UP:
AND RADANOV SPLIT LOOT AND PLAY FOR RING:
Radanov of Memphis, TN got the Gold ring but observers told
us the three players chopped up the money fairly evenly
after some three handed play with each getting at or near
100k. Congrats to David Nicholson, Jared Ingles and
Radanov. (Photo credit Josh Mancuso).
big shout out to another friend of GCP Tai Cao of Lafayette
for his deep run finishing 7th winnng 25k.
Congrats to John Holley of Destin, FL who added another 16k
and a final table to his bankroll and resume frinishing 9th.
John Lauve of Baton Rouge won 44k for fifth. Three
Texans rounded out the final table: Hugo Perez (4th
Plano, 58k), Anthony Sanchez (6th Houston, 33k), and Joseph
Alesna (8th, 20k).
IN THE MONEY:
Chris Conrad finished 11th for 13k, Brennan Benglis of
Lake Charels 13th for 10k. Kwong Ip of Kenner, 15th
10k. Friend of GCP Andy Moon had a great run finishing
17th and winning 8k. Some more notables in the money:
Andy Ashbey of Lafayette, LA won 6k for 222nd. Caufman
Tally 30th, Chris Hui of San Antonio 31st, Herbie Montalbano
38th, Owen Bradley of New Orleans, LA 40th, Myles Barker of
Metairie, 41st, Larry Wright of Texas 42nd, Boston Rob
Mariano of Penscola 48th, John Dolan 53rd, Gary Friedlander
54th, Ashly Butler 56th, Bob Beck of Santa Rosa Beach 57th,
Randall Alleman of Carencro, LA 59th, and Ben Polcer of NOLA
DORSEY DOUBLES HIS WAY TO CASINO
Travis Dorsey of Boerne,
TX won the final $365 Event and the $580 Event to earn
Casino Champion and the free seat in the National
Championship. The $365 event paid 18k and the 580
event 35k. Cory Waaland made the final table in both
events to go with his earlier win but Dorsey's double
triumph pipped a down to the wire Casino Championship.
Josh Mancuso's stellar performance also had him in the hunt.
Congrats to friend of GCP Rob Quin for his final
table in the $580 and to Ken Mizuhara for his seventh place
finish. Donald Dove of New Orleans, Doug Gambel of
Ponchatula, Ken Christopher of Mobile, William Spangler of
Baton Rouge, Josh Mancuso, Judy Leblanc and Chris Sumrall of
Houma cashed in the $580 as well
In the final $365
Jonathan Hart of Jackson, MS overcame some tough beats to
finish third. Jared Wiley of New Orleans finished
seventh. Peng Zheng of Metaire
placed 8th. A big congrats to local regs from Metaire,
Wes Randall and Spider Bob Henderson who both cashed.
VADIM AND WOOD CHOP UP TURBO:
Vadim Balashov used to ply his teaching trade
in New Orleans, but the professor has moved to a new
opportunity elsewhere. Good thing the former reg came
back to visit and play some poker because he and Alex Wood
split the good money in Event 11. Balashov won the
ring after the split. Judy Leblanc of New Iberia
cashed for 6300 in third and just missed matching her
husband's ring winning performance. Grantel Gibbs of
Baton Rouge finished 6th. Scott Adams of Metairie 9th,
Cody Beaudette of Slidell 12th, and new reg to the Harrahs
NOLA poker room Ben Saxton rode a short stack into the money
RUMBLE IN THE
BRONX...WE MEAN NEW ORLEANS POKER ROOM:
ON THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO AND YOU WILL SEE AN ALL OUT BRAWL IN
THE NEW ORLEANS POKER ROOM:
Name of the
Video is titled "Rough time at the New Orleans Casino"...and
we have a few comments...This was a better fight that the
May/Paq fight last week and don't forget "SECURITY IS ON THE
WAY!!!...SECURITY IS ON THE WAY!!!...lol
Also...notice Ryan Lenaghan
sitting at the table with the perfect view and never evens
moves through the whole ordeal. That's what we call a poker
face and real cool cucumber.
WSOP NEW ORLEANS
GOLD IN REENTRY:
Josh Mancuso beat a loaded
final table to prevail in the three flight re-entry event.
Daniel Lowery pretty much has decimated the WSOP-C this
year, so when he stood in Josh's way as heads up play began
observers knew it would be an arduous task. One Josh
was up for. On the fourth day of action (two days of
Day 1s, a Day 2, and three players returned to play for the
ring on Day 3), Josh knocked out Cigar Joey Wideman with a
full house over full house and the beat Lowery to win a
little over 63k.
Dan Lowery earned a smidge
under 39k for second and Joey Wideman pocketed 28.9k for
third. Ken Christopher of Mobile finished fourth
winning 21k. Rising poker star Loni Harwood, some
might say she's one to watch, finished 6th for 12.8k.
Jarreth Wheeler of Folsom, LA earned just under 10k for 7th.
Doug Gamble of Ponchatoula, LA and Matt Jensen of River
Ridge rounded out the final table.
Notable cashers included
Tom Franklin, Michael Fontenot (Monroe, LA), David
Nicholson, Kimberly Lejeune (Lafayette), Bruce Little, Ho Le
(Larose, LA), Metairie's Charlie "Hop" Gregerson, Robert
Quin, Robert Brown, Kyle Cousans and Matt Druen.
Also, in the money Damon
Williams of Slidell, Tony Nguyen of Gretna, Todd Skinner of
Youngsville, Jeff Sager of Slidell, Philip Hui, BJ McBrayer,
Chip Ervin, Krista Lowery, Josh Palmer, Jerry Monroe, Jerry
Giroir, Kip Jones, Mihail Karasoulis, John Holley, Barron
Whipple, David Babin (Laplace), Bobby Toye, Charlie "The
Mouth that Roared" Gelvin, Shawn Trahan, Caufman Talley, Tom
Pullens, Raymond Crawford, Hai Nguyen (Biloxi), Kenny Milam,
Ronnie Hope, Rodney Crosby, Owen Bradley and Tim
Martin both from Nola.
If only this tournament was
played on the fifth of May, then our headline could have
been Senor Senior Moment (...yeah... bad wordplay
that's not why you visit the site but we make you suffer
through it anyway).
Lane Leblanc of New Iberia prevailed in what may be the
first of its kind for New Orleans a reportedly "Non Chopped"
seniors event. He won 9.5k for first. Bob
"Spider" Henderson and Scott Adams both from poker's
epicenter Metairie came in fourth and fifth respectively.
Carl Guillot of Baton Rouge, GCP Blogger Davy Murrah,
Richard Guthrie of New Orleans, William Brock of Pelham, AL
and Richard Hope all cashed.
WSOP NEW ORLEANS
BRINGING GOOD LUCK IN
Charlie Gelvin can't stop
chopping nightlies and he's been wearing a GCP patch all the
way to the cashiers cage. The Skinners have both
sported GCP hoodies and made the money this week.
Spider Henderson donned one of our old school Gulf Coast
Poker the Magazine T-shirts and made a final table. Kenny Milam was up to his old tricks and receiving a payout as per usual. Looking for some
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PREVAILS IN INTERNATIONAL $365 HOLD 'EM FINAL TABLE:
Hattiesburg's Ryan Campbell
took first (almost 15k) after heads up action with Hiroki
Shibata of Japan (9k). Third place went to Metairie's
Mihail Karasoulis (6.6k), and fourth to Tel Aviv's Yuval
Bronshtein (4.9k). Joe Hebert (pictured) and William DeHart of
Metairie also cashed. So too, GCP Co-Founder Gene Dudek.
Ray Parker of Long Beach, MS, Ladarren Banks of Tuscaloosa,
AL, Blake Baker of Pensacola, Brandon Creel, and one of our
favorites Barbara Skinner all cashed.
SIX-HANDED, WON BY
KID WITH AA IN HIS NAME:
Don't know if Cory Waaland
found poker and added an A to his last name or if was just
the perfect fit like Chip Jett or Chris Moneymaker. Regardless it's no surprise
he was back in the winner's circle winning 17k and his
fourth ring. He beat Alex Masek heads up. Masek
was going after his 1111th ring (okay maybe it's a little
less than that but whatever it is, it's more than anybody
else walking the planet) but had to settle for second place
Kyle Duggins of New Orleans
won 7.5k for third. David Nicholson, Josh Evans, Corey
Harrison, BJ McBrayer, and Jeremy Robichaux (Raceland, LA)
all made the money.
WSOP NEW ORLEANS
Eddie Pepper from Biloxi
wins a ring and over 20k in event #1 for over $20k.
Josh Fanquy makes final
table and gets 9th for close to $2k.
Shawn Johnston gets 14th
Timmy Trahan gets 18th for
just misses the
PLO ring and gets over $5k for 2nd place.
Josh "DahJinerat" Mancuso
gets 4th in PLO for over $2500.
Ryan Tepen gets 3rd place
in event 3 for close to $6400 with Local legends
Barousse and Chris Summerall also making the final table.
Jeff Tims cashes...as does Krista Lowrey(Pic) and Tim West.
Big Stacks in the Re-Entry
include Chip Leaders BJ McBrayer and Local Hero Joey Wideman...Chip
Ervin...Krista Lowery...Rob Quin...Jeff Sager...Caufman
Talley...John Holley...Mihail Karasoulis (Pic)
JACOB CONQUERS JEOPARDY:
Some people love them some
Jeopardy. They prefer for their shows to be an orderly
march through the clues bottom to top. The get a
little antsy when a player jumps around the board hunting
for daily doubles, then going all in on the daily doubles if
he likes the category, and then jumping around the board
some more to keep his opponents off guard.
They also don't like it if
he stalls on answering a clue if he has a big lead, he
reacts with borderline apathy and indifference to a right
answer or a wrong one, in general it rubs them the wrong way
when somebody crushes the game using sophisticated strategy
with a poker player's demeanor of ambivalence. Want to
see how mad Alex Jacob makes the fanboys read Cardplayer's
collection of tweets
A few years ago, Alex Jacob
crushed live poker. In fact, his performance at a now
defunct major tournament in New Jersey somewhat heralded the
dawn of a period of ultra-aggression.
Here he is in action
from that United States Poker Championship. He was one
of many young internet players who could almost print money
playing online, that savagely attacked live tournaments.
Now Jacob is a trader but
with almost 150k in winnings to date he's also a borderline
professional game show player. Even if Jeopardy isn't
your thing, his episodes have been entertaining as he
Also, he was born in
Houston and therefore technically has a Gulf Coast
connection even if he moved away at too young of age to
remember it. Oh and no his hair isn't quite that big
FBI RUSE WENT TOO
So the government wants to
see the insides of your house... How about they just
shut off some of your utilities so you can invite fake
repairmen (the FBI or whatever governmental agency that
likes to dress in disguise) in to fix it. Shockingly
(heavy sarcasm) a judge ruled that scam essentially is a
scam and allows the government to create warrantless
searches wherever they please.
Why is this relevant to
poker? Former poker camp Paul Phau had that happen to
him when staying in Caeser's Palace last summer.
Remember him? He got arrested for bookmaking and
several high profile poker players bailed him out. The
judge said the FBI shouldn't have gotten entree into the
room that way, and then used it to get hidden camera video
more on the verdict at
EVENT SHUT DOWN BY OPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT:
No, we aren't talking about
Black Friday, we are talking about a live poker tournament
in China shut down by local authorities. The
Asian-Pacific Poker Tour had more than 2300 entries who all
went home empty handed after the Chinese National Police
(sponsored by Sheldon Adelson?) abruptly closed things down.
FISH AND CHIPS:
DEVILFISH HAS LEFT THE BUILDING:
Panache: he had it in
spades. Hair trigger wit: a micro second was all it
took for him to level a rebuttal that dwarfed your original
insult. Unapologetic: a man as comfortable in
his own skin as could be, who spoke without a filter and
probably never uttered the two words politically correct.
David "DevilFish" Ulliot
lived a rambunctious and lucrative poker life, probably the
single most important figure in the British Islands poker
boom and he could play the game. He was the type of
likable scoundrel that could take your chips, slice your
play apart with that caustic tongue but even as you'd leave
with empty pockets you couldn't help but laugh.
Cancer took the Devilfish
but in his wake are enough stories to fill three or four
normal lifetimes. Chad Holloway posted one
here. Two + Two
posted a lot
blazed with Devilfish stories, and to a person everybody
that has read his book has said you should read it too.
GUY SHOULD ALREADY BE ON OUR BLOG ROLL) DARRYLL FISH AND THE
IRISH SLOW ROLL:
blog, "As most of you
probably heard/saw, there was a hand that took place today
at the final table of the Irish Open that has caused quite
an ruckus in the poker community. In case you somehow
seen it, here is the hand in question:
SPRING BREAK POKER CLASSIC:
WERTZ BESTS BEN THOMAS HEADS UP TO WIN MAIN EVENT:
New Orleanian Dustin Wertz
took home the title when the dust settled after a loaded
final table battled it out on day three of the Main Event.
He won a little over 60K. Baton Rouge's Ben Thomas
pocketed 33k for second. Danny Drew of New Orleans won
18k for third. Gabe Costner (who had a heck of series)
finished fourth winning almost 15k after coming to the final
table as the chipleader.
Kip Jones won 11k for fifth
and Jonathan Greer 10k for sixth. Peter Sashy won 4k
for 9th place and Ted Lawler 6k for eighth. Chaayanath
Mysomre finished in 7th place and won 8k. Also in the
money were John Holley, Rob Quin, Daniel Rivera, Danny
Doucet and Mark Wilds.
COUSHATTA'S SPRING POKER CLASSIC:
This tournament had the
same sort of structures as they normally have...same kind of
players...and of course...self-serve Icee machines
strategically placed around the Casino. The Main Event was a
the breakdown being $70-$930. For you math geeks out there
that would be less than 10% juice. They were 3 handed with
Blake Barrousse, Judy Leblanc and a random. Blake bowed out in
3rd place for close to $16,200. Not sure whether there was a
heads-up deal or not...but it safe to say Mrs. Judy walked
out of there with a few bricks. Another notable Dave "Diesel" Nicholson winds up on the Stone Bubble.
TAKES 6TH IN 1ST WPT DEEPSTACK/IP BILOXI:
Caufman "badoffcauf" Talley
was still in it.
See post below for all the exciting Poker action coming to
the Gulf Coast Area in the coming weeks.
GALORE HIT THE COAST THIS MONTH:
going to be a busy month for you tournament grinders.
We got you covered with links to all three big events
hitting us at the end of the month.
The WPT/Deepstacks Poker
Tour hits the IP Casino for the first time. This event
promises huge (or deep) starting stacks, a chance to win
points toward their Player of the Year race, and an
opportunity to qualify for a seat in the 2016 WPT World
Championship. Events have a daily satellite and
reasonable rakes ($300 + $35 for example). Go to
IP for more details and
to download structures and one sheets.
In the exact same time span
the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Vicksburg is hosting the
Heartland Poker Tour. Their main event will be
televised. Here's the
MARCH 26-APRIL 6
At the Beau Rivage, their
annual Spring Break Classic will overlap a little bit with
the IP's event. While it will be hard for people to
drive back and forth between Vicksburg and Biloxi, that
won't be a problem with two casinos that can see each other
In fact, considering the
Beau's 150K guarantee reentry event ($355 buy-in) is on the
same weekend as the IP's Main Event, we've already heard a
number of tournament players plotting out how they will play
both. Should be a great weekend on the coast for
poker. As always lots of subsequent tournaments go
here for the complete
POKER IN THE MOVIES:
Wild Bill's blog features a
guest spot by Eric Johnson. Johnson, formerly a GCP
blogger, now a staple on the flim festival scene reviewed
Mississippi Grind, the new gambling/poker flick. Go
here to read his
POKER IN THE
MOVIES 2, THE SEQUEL:
Nolan Dalla's Poker Night
in America is generating TV that is less constrained then
typical poker tournament telecasts. It focuses on what
makes a poker game fun, big personalities and big cash pots.
His blog taps into some of the behind the scenes moments of
making the series. This week he looked at an Oscar
Winner (Jennifer Tilly), a film critic (Richard Roeper), and
a poker pro watching that Straight Flush scene in Casino
Royale. Like the rest of us, they weren't impressed.
here for some video and
Nolan's insight. Also, he linked to Dan Goldman's blog
with a behind the scene's story of
PokerStars and the James Bond
franchise ill fated attempts to partner up. Another
While this list looks
almost suspiciously like the one Dalla had on his blog
recently (if memory serves us right), there are some good
flicks, you might have missed on there. Go to
Askmen for a top ten of
A SMALL FISH
IN A BIG POND:
The kid has
big heart on the poker table and maybe even a bigger one
away from it.
out Darryll Fish's new blog "A
Small Fish in a Big Pond," which offers a
little glimpse into his eclectic life as it spills out his
"brain box." Fish leads an interesting and varied
DAVY, LITTLE, ALL WITH FRESH TAKES:
and right and you'll see some new content. Lots of
good reads we've been slow to bring to the front page.
Somehow we missed the not (quite) recent update by Davy
Murrah, and newer ones by Monkey, Jonathan Little, Nolan
Dalla, and the rest of the gang. Enjoy.
FISH ON A HEATER:
Normally, we don't like
this headline. Usually a way to describe a luckbox who
has gone on the hot streak of his life. Darryll Fish
is anything but a 'fish' except, obviously, by name.
We don't know if he's on a heater yet, but we do know the
bon vivant is $174k richer after winning the WSOP-C Main
Event at the Palm Beach Kennel Club. Hopefully, more
to come for the former Biloxi resident.
Surprisingly, Fish's win
gave him his first circuit ring. Not an easy place to
earn it, as he had to navigate a strong field of 537
players that sent multiple bracelet winners to the final
table. They included Jonathan Gavaiao (9th 16k),
Maurice Hawkins (7th 15k), and Sam Panzica (4th 57k).
Also, making the money were Jason Mercier and John Dolan.
Fish qualified for the 2015 National Championship with the
BEN SAXTON TESTS THE
WATER IN BILOXI:
Ben Saxton wrote a blog
post about his introduction to Biloxi cash games at a recent
tournament at the IP. Ben's a writer, planning a book
about New Orleans poker. His first post can be read
OF GCP FINAL TABLES WPT BRAVES THE FROZEN FALLS, REWARDED
(pictured above) hails from
Cleveland, Ohio, which is a little bit Big Ten country
for our SEC footprint. That said, he's one of the good
guys in poker and we were happy to hear he made a WPT final
table at the (frozen) Niagara Falls venue in Ontario,.
He couldn't turn his short stack into a big one and busted
fifth for 74k. No matter, still a great run by an up
Anthony Zinno ended up
winning the tournament giving him his second WPT title.
GCPer Shannon Shorr finished 30th for 9k.
of good reads in either column. David Mendez gives you
the scoop on online poker, Monkey's plans to return to the
game, and Jonathan Little reveals his secret project.
Spoiler Alert: It's another sure to be great book.
His new tome features a couple of former New Orleanians Ed
Miller and Chad Holloway, plus a slew of other great
authorities on the game. Go check 'em out and HAPPY
GET THAT GUY A BEER,
Harrahs New Orleans regular
Steve Bierman (pictured) won 5.4k for sixth place in the $580 No Limit Hold'em event. Congrats to Steve for the deep run.
You spoke, they listened.
Kudos to the WSOP this schedule has a little bit of
everything the players and the fans wanted. This
extends to already released tweaks to the payouts in the
Main Event (final table all earns at least 1k, and 1,000
people all cash) to a sprinkling of lower buy-in events.
Not only that... more play. More chips and more levels
for the lower buy-in events.
You want to play in a WSOP
event but don't have 1k to throw down? How about a
$565 Colossus reentry event? Maybe you prefer the
lucky $777 event. Like long levels? Try
the $1500 Extended Play NLHE event.
PokerNews has some more
analysis here and WSOP.com has the full
BRIAN RAST OF ZEN
POKER FINAL TABLES IN AUSSIE MILLIONS:
Big paydays down under as
the Aussie Millions Main Event wrapped up with two players
earning more than a million dollars. A guy who had to
settle (settle?) for $315,000 was Zen Poker's Brian Rast?
Need to up your poker game? Act fast, spots are going
quickly, but click the
link atop the column
and figure out what makes the top players tick.
New York Times asks if
you can spot the liar, with an interactive test.
Presumably if you are a poker player your opinion matters
more than others. Or go help the researchers at the
University of Chicago and take the real test,
NO MORE STAKING IN
Um... never mind. The
poker economy returned to its axis after the news that the
possible new law in Vegas that had nothing to do with poker,
but could have destroyed tournament poker, will in fact not
apply to poker. Confused? Go
here to read more.
BYBEE FINAL SIX OF SIX MAX:
Nick Graphia of Baton Rouge
just missed winning a WSOP ring in Tunica. In the $365
No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event he finished second winning
13k. Ross Bybee of Mickinny, TX finished fourth for
6.5k. BJ McBrayer 3.3k for sixth.
JEREMY DREWERY FIFTH
IN MAIN EVENT:
Drewery who qualified for
the WSOP National Championship a couple of years ago was
back to his winning ways this weekend going deep and winning
a big payday by finishing fifth for 37k in Tunica.
Congrats to him. Bronson Tucker who coached at the
WSOP Academy in New Orleans also had a deep run, finishing
27th for a little under 5k. Also, congrats to
Josh Mancuso for another cash.
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER MAIN EVENT RESULTS:
David Tuthill of St.
Petersburg, Florida bested Jeremy Gaubert in heads up action
after a long final table grind. Gaubert entered the
last table as the chip leader, with Tuthill a short stack.
Gaubert enhanced his lead flopping a set over set against
8th place finisher Chun Law (second in chips at the time).
David Williams of Hoover,
AL finished 7th (20k) and Ben Thomas of Baton Rouge went out
6th (25k). Tuthill ran well when it got to heads up
action and overcame a big deficit with some crucial hands.
His finishing shot came when his A8 improved over Gaubert's
AK after getting it in preflop. Tuthill won 165k with
Guabert earning 90k for second.
Also, in the money (final
18); Shaun Johnstonn, Corrie Wunstel, Blake Barousse, John
Dolan, and Jason Anderson (Bourg, LA). Ryan Lenaghan
fell just short of the final two tables and the money.
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
MAIN EVENT FLIGHT A COUNTS AND 1K RESULTS:
LENAGHAN AGAIN , N.O.
PRO HEADS TRIO ABOVE 90K:
makes a habit of chipping up in big events. After Day
1A of the 500k Guarantee
Main Event, the habit continued as
he's first in chips with 98k. Another player who gets
a big stack and wins a lot is Blake Barousse who's just
behind at 93k. The third player looking down on
the field is Jeff Quin. Quin seeks to follow up his
big win at the MSPT Baton Rouge stop with a win at the Beau.
He has 95k.
of New Orleans sits in fourth at 75k. A couple of
spots behind is Kenny Milam of LaPlace, LA (sporting the GCP
patch... easiest way to get your pic on this site is to wear
one) with 60k. Quite a day for Louisiana as five of
the top six chip counts all hail from the boot state.
Also returning for day two with biggish stacks are John
Dolan 52k, Zo Karim 44k, Tom Franklin 42k, and David
Ted Barrick , Mo Moeini, Joe Phelps and Guy Turner all come
back Monday too.
"Primo" Niyati bested Jeremy Gaubert (pictured) heads up to
win the 1k tournament and $21,650. Gaubert
entered heads up play with the chiplead but two quick double
ups saw a reversal of fortune and Primo leaving with the
11k for second. Zo Karim finished third. The
final table also featured former November Niner John Dolan
and "Boston" Rob Mariano of Pensacola.
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
GIDDY UP, CARPENTER
WINS HORSE TOURNAMENT:
Stewart Carpenter beat Lafayette Mixed Games expert Brock
Gary (pictured) heads up to win the Horse event and 3k.
Gary earned 1.7k for second. Jason Anderson of Bourg
LA made the money in fifth as did Ramon Martinez of
TOMPKINS TOPS PLO8:
of Birmingham, AL won 8.4k by finishing first in the
PLO8 event. The Auburn student enjoyed his trip to the
Beau and overcame some stiff local final table competition
including 4th Janet Clark (Gulf Breeze), 5th Quentin Ball
(Gulfport), 6th Corrie Wunstel (Baton Rouge) and 7th
Jennifer Day (Biloxi).
FORMER GCP BLOGGER
OUT OF RETIREMENT
INTO THE MONEY:
Heptinstall, formerly of GCP and Beau Rivage Social Media
fame, visited for a couple of days and left with a final
table experience cashing in Event 8th. Heptinstall now
of Austell, GA finished 8th. Steve Nussrallah of
Atlanta won 8.9k for first. Teddy Conner of New
Orleans and Jason Arrington of Gulf Shores also cashed.
Ray Parker of
Long Beach, MS won 7.6k for first in event 7 a six max
event. He was joined at the cashier's cage by Seville
Hale and Corrie Wunstel. The final four players agreed
to a late hour chop and Parker got bragging rights and the
STANFORD STUNS WITH
10-8 FIVE BET SHOVE:
sat on a chiplead in Event 4 and looked down at pocket
Kings. William Stanford thought McBrayer was pushing
him around, when he got reraised so five pre-flop bets and
one call later Stanford's fate looked sealed when he
discovered the Tuscaloosa pro "had it." Stanford's
10-8 went to show down against McBrayer's kings. Poker
is a cruel mistress as the board brought relief for Stanford
and agony for McBrayer when another 10 and 8 hit.
This pivotal hand propelled Stanford of Tupelo, MS to a
first place share in a chop and put McBrayer on a shorter
stack and a lesser share. Jerry Ard "Shark" finished
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
ZACCARO ZIPS UP
ANOTHER PLO EVENT:
of Mobile earned his second PLO title at the Beau Rivage and
11k for first place. He beat Roger Barkus of Oklahoma
heads up to take the event three title.
of Hoover Alabama won first place and 20k in event two.
William Crawford of Meridian, MS finished second for 10k.
Jonathan Greer of Baton Rouge and Teddy Conner (pictured) of
New Orleans also made the final table. Greer won 4.6k
for fourth and Conner 3.3k for 6th. Craig McFall of
Meridian, MS ended up 10th. Also in the money Jerry
Monroe, Brian Fontana, Charles Bailey and Steven Bryson.
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
of Stone Mountain, GA bagged 85k for first place.
Friend of GCP, Randy Gordon a Metairie, LA resident won 43k
for his third place finish. Suzanne Miller of
Notasulga, AL won 51k for second place. Another
rooting interest Josh Mancuso finished 8th for 11k.
Also in the
money Frank Alpandinar of Baton Rouge earned 7k for 15th.
Hiep Doan, Todd Elliot and Caufman Talley all of New Orleans
all made the top 25 winning more than 4k. Also in that
pay level were Matt Blanchard of Houma and Troy Graham of
Hammond. Jeff Sager, Tom Franklin, John Cressend of
Metairie, Mike Tippet of Baton Rouge, and Joan Rhodes also
cashed. Since 251 players made the money better to go
here to see compete
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
REENTRY DAY TWO:
Friday, the Beau Rivage powers confided they were expecting
over 2300 people in the reentry event. They know their
business because two days and three flight ones later they
counted all the loot at the buy-in desk and 2331 people
bought into the $355 event. That meant first
place would be 85k, second place 51k, third 43k.
With the exception of ninth everybody at the final table
will pocket more than 10k. Also, 250 spots to be paid
with the min cash being $610.
TERRY PARKS IN FIRST,
CAUFMAN TALLY, SEVILLE HALE AMONG DAY 1 CHIPLEADERS
Parks of Chattanooga enjoys a chip lead with 346k.
Caufman "Coffeeman" Talley lurks in second with 259k.
Justin Hooker of Tuscaloosa sits on slightly less at 257k.
Seville Hale of Pensacola Dog Track fame bagged 242k.
Lots of notables return with over 100k and a great shot at
making the money, not to mention at first place money
ambitions. They include Andy Moon of Vidalia,
LA, Jay Martin of Saraland, AL, Andrew Bulliard of
Lafayette, LA, Mike Smith of Biloxi, Trey Hardesty of Denham
Springs, Josh Mancuso of New Orleans, Mike Yentzen of
Biloxi, Todd Elliot of New Orleans, Kendall Malarcher of
Convent, LA, Phung Lu of Mobile, Gary of Dunaway of Baton
Rouge, Hiep Doan of New Orleans, Philip Walker of Pensacola,
and Alexey Laptev of New Orleans.
AVERAGE AIN'T THAT
Chip Ervin and
Jonathan Hart are just a smidge under 100k. With
average at 80k a slew of players
come back to day two with hope and plenty of chips to work
with, they include Craig
Gullung, of Marrero,
Joan Rhodes of New Orleans, LA, Vincent Phan of New Orleans,
Mike Tippet of Baton Rouge, Ronnie Scott of New Orleans,
Davis and "Spider" Bob Henderson of Metairie (pictured).
back in the thick of things are some familar names that
include Mike Talley of Tuscaloosa, CJ Boynes of
Mandeville, Frank Alpandinar of Baton Rouge, Jeff Sager of
New Orleans, Andrew Ashby of Lafayette, John Walters of
Pensacola, Todd Skinner of Youngsville, LA, and Jesse
Blanchard of Pierre Point, LA.
THEY GOT SOME WORK TO
Some of the
short stacks and well below average stacks will have their
work cut out for them to chip up, make the money and then
run it up. Heather Reese, Tom Franklin, Carl Guillot,
and Jerry Monroe highlight this grouping. Also, in it
with a shot to win it are Gus Bahos and Thu Thran of Mobile,
John Stiver of Biloxi, Mike Dreznick of Baton Rouge, Chris
Cottingham of Chalmette, LA, Jason Anderson of Bourg
LA, Brad Jennings of Pensacola, FL, Don Dove of New Orleans,
LA James "Maximum" Payne of Picayune, MS, Troy Templet of
Praireville, John Cresend of Metaire, LA, Bobbi Bailey of
Mobile, Phillip Whittington of Lafayette, Mike Husa of
Biloxi, Doug Claybrook, and James Spears of Baton Rouge.
BRIAN RAST CASHES
AGAIN AND STARTS UP ZEN POKER:
CASHES AGAIN IN SUPER HIGH ROLLER:
In the Biggest
WPT Alpha 8 event to date, Brian Rast, more on him and Zen
Poker below, finished third, one spot ahead of Floridian
Noah Schwartz. Rast cashed for 755k. Schwartz
earned 539k. Andrew Lichtenberger took the top prize
pocketing a little over 2.1 million. Tom Marchese
finished second for 1.2 million. This event wrapped up
a busy week for the WPT at the Bellagio, which also held the
WPT Five Diamond Classic...
WPT FIVE DIAMOND
CLASSIC MASHED BY MOSHIN:
Charania won 1.47 million for first and the prestige of
being the champion of one of the tougher fields of the year.
Also in the money with ties to the gulf coast or having
success in our bigger tournaments: Brandon Adams,
Jacob Bazeley, Aaron Massey, Jean Gaspard, and of course the
kid Kevin Eyster who pretty much just kills every tournament
he plays in.
A PLUG FOR ZEN POKER
MENTORING (click the link above or
below for a free chance to win a 1k WSOP seat):
players will tell you maintaining poise under pressure, and
suppressing tilt when things are not going your way are two
keys to success in poker. Zen Poker Mentoring offers
you the know how to achieve this kind of mental balance and
find enlightenment in your game by learning from mentors who
have been there and done that. Brian Rast, with over 7
million in poker winnings, a WPT champion and WSOP bracelet
winner, helms this new venture. You might most
remember him giving Phil Helmuth fits the year he won the
Players Championship at the WSOP. A textbook example
of a playing being in the zone and another rattled out of
and 22nd Rast will lead a course focused on breaking through
the barriers that plague poker players. Vanessa Rousso,
Kristy Arnett and mind coach Elliot Row will be there to
help the process. Also featuring hand labs with the
experts and surprise guests.
Guess what if
here right now, you'll
have a shot for a free 1k seat to next years WSOP.
Even better, we think you can transfer it. If you sign
up for the course, enter code Gulf Coast, for added
THE MOVIE YOU HAVEN'T
HEARD ABOUT BUT SHOULD HAVE:
Called one of
the most anticipated independent movies of this year, the
cast includes Sienna Miller, Ryan Reynolds, Alfre Woodard,
and cut-off Louisiana's own Wes Lagarde. Pretty loaded
for an "indy" movie. It's a tale of a down on his luck
gambler partnering up with a Mississippi poker pro in a
jaunt through the south to win back what's he lost. It
seems like something that anybody who reads this site would
be interested in...
This is not
Reynolds first movie about poker (also seen in
Finder's Fee, which you
may have to pay a finder's fee just to find a copy to
watch, but based on the the trailer doesn't look that bad). Anyway, the buzz around this movie is really
good, even if it's outside the standard hollywood hype and
MELIUS WINS FIRST
EVENT AT BAYOU CLASSIC:
battled a brutally long bubble and then wrapped up the in
the money play in less time. Also, in the final five
and in the money were Jeff Sager and GCP's Wild Bill
Phillips. Congrats to Barth and Jeff and good luck the
rest of the series. Schedule
MERCIER WINS HIGH ROLLER EVENT:
Mercier won a
little bit more than Melius picked up at Harrahs. The
St. Kitts event, the WPT Alpha8 only attracted 15 entries
but Mercier mowed through them on his way to 727k payday.
Mercier probably savored winning a huge pot off of Daniel
Colman (2014's Jason Mercier) a little bit more than the
UNFAZED ON THE BAIZE:
won the Cherokee WSOP-C Main Event, and 293k. The
circuit grinder, also earned a National Championship seat
with the win. "Cigar" Joey Wideman of Belle Chase
finished 18th and Darryll Fish went out 11th. Kyle
Cartwright busted 21st. David Nicholson also cashed.
100K WINNER, ANTE UP 50K WINNER:
steamrolled the Mid-States Poker Tour 100K guarantee at the
Belle of Baton Rouge's final table. He ran up a short
stack to a chip lead early on day 2 that he never let go of.
It all started after doubling through Day 1 massive
leader Adam Friedman. As Quin streaked up the leader
board, Friedman went the opposite way and had to weather one
more flip just to cash. That only stopped the bleeding
for a moment as he finished in 14th. Joining him on
the rail after making the money were My Nguyen, Bill Flippen,
Michael Benton, and Brandon Creel (pictured left).
fell in 12th place. Locals Josh Mancuso, Mihail
Karasoulis, Frank Alpandinar, Randy Landry (pictured), Dave Chocheles and Garret Theriot made the final table.
Karasoulis and Chocholes both ran deep in the first
MSPT event earlier this year at the Belle, and seemed intent
on finishing earlier business. Unfortunately
Alpandinar, Krista Lowery and Karasoulis went home shortly
after Josh Mancuso's early final table exit.
and Broderick Scott were bounced just as things got intense
near the big money. Chocheles fell in fourth when his
ace didn't improve vs. Quin's bigger ace. Randy Landry
and Garret Theriot both had tiny stacks in three handed
play. Quin knocked them out in four hands. His
pocket 9s holding v. Landry's pocket 8s, and his A6 making
quads against Theriot's pocket 3s. On this day very
early it started to feel like nobody was going to overcome
the mighty Quin, and nobody did. Congrats to Jeff on
the win. Payouts below:
1 Jeff Quin
2 Garrett Theriot
3 Randy Landry
4 David Chocheles
5 Broderick Scott
6 Rufus Yates
7 Frank Alpandinar
8 Krista Lowery
9 Mihail Karasoulis
10 Josh Mancuso
11 Wade Smith
12 Corrie Wunstel
13 Brandon Creel
14 Adam Friedman
15 Storey Clayton
16 Michael Benton
17 William Flippen
18 My Nguyen
GETS BIGGEST PIECE:
As the second
flight of action began at the Belle on Day 1B we began to
wonder where a lot of the panhandle Florida, Alabama and
even some Mississippi grinders were. Earlier in year
many of you showed up Saturday to join in the action at the
Belle. Then we started to see updates for the Ante Up
50K guarantee at the Pensacola dog track and saw the huge
numbers that event drew. Guess many people stayed home
and the two tournaments split the Gulf Coast in half this
We saw lots of
familiar names and faces advancing in Pensacola. As
they Splashed the Pot to make it deep in the tournament, we
rooted from afar for players who would make it in to the
money like Lynn Morris, Boston Rob Mariano, Seville Hale,
Bob Beck, Bobby Washington, Randall Reese, John Walters, Ron
Haveard, and eventual winner Heather Reese.
got four hand Reese did an even chop and then ended up
winning the $1650 seat to the Ante Up World Championship
they set aside.
MSPT FLIGHT 1A AND 1B
FIRES, AND FIRES AGAIN--REWARDED WITH MASSIVE CHIP LEAD:
We saw Adam
Friedman fire two bullets Friday night in Flight A. He
made the correct decision to fire again on Saturday because
he returns with a huge chunk of the chips. He's the
only player over 200k. Not only that, he's the only
player over 300k. The Vegas pro has over 350k and will
be a major force to contend with in the restart. Mihail Karasoulis (no stranger to multiple bullets either),
Josh Mancuso, Rufus Yates, and Brandon Creel also made it
through the day. A number of local rooting interests
in that group.
AND FLIPPEN TOP FIVE IN DAY ONE CHIPS:
Chocheles (pictured) and Bill Flippen both finished over
100k at the end of day 1A. Garret Theriot with 148k
held the chip lead over night, before Friedman smashed
through it. Rufus Yates and My Nguyen rounded
out the top five for the first day of play. Randy
Landry, Michael Benton, Corrie Wunstel, Mike Horchoff, Frank
Alpandinar, and Jeff Quin all made it through too.
Souther, Gene D, and Wild Bill all busted Flight 1A.
Joining them on the rails were Jacob Naquin, Trucker Kenny
Milam, Ryan Gafford, Captain Ron Hope, Brock Gary, and
Austin Bursavich. Steve Bierman, David Weinstein, and
Nick Graphia went out late in Flight 1B.
KUDOS TO MSPT AND THE
Bryan Mileski, Eric Anderson and the guys at MSPT pulled off
a successful tournament in Baton Rouge. Several tweaks
and improvements over last year. Thanks to everybody
that came out to support the event. They'll be back in
early February. More updates to come.
CHIP COUNTS AND TABLE
DRAW FOR RESTART:
Friedman 356,500 Table 1 Seat 8
Mihail Karasoulis 151,000 Table 2 Seat 4
Garrett Theriot 148,500 Table 1 Seat 1
Josh Mancuso 128,000 Table 3 Seat 8
Rufus Yates 112,500 Table 3 Seat 7
Brandon Creel 110,000 Table 3 Seat 9
David Chocheles 106,000 Table 1 Seat 4
My Nguyen 103,000 Table 2 Seat 3
Broderick Scott 102,500 Table 2 Seat 8
Randy Landry 101,000 Table 2 Seat 2
Bill Flippen 101,000 Table 3 Seat 6
Michael Benton 96,500 Table 2 Seat 6
Corrie Wunstel 76,500 Table 3 Seat 3
Adam Simoneaux 69,000 Table 1 Seat 6
Krista Lowery 68,000 Table 2 Seat 1
Chris Savage 63,000 Table 2 Seat 9
Robbie Matthews 61,000 Table 1 Seat 7
Michael Horchoff 60,500 Table 2 Seat 7
Frank Alpandinar 54,500 Table 1 Seat 9
Jeff Quin 49,500 Table 1 Seat 3
Adam Lamphere 46,500 Table 3 Seat 1
Wade Smith 46,000 Table 3 Seat 2
Storey Clayton 45,000 Table 1 Seat 2
Richard Hairston 43,500 Table 3 Seat 4
GCP NEWS, NEW
BLOGGER, POKERNEWS INTERVIEW AND LINKS:
DAVID MENDEZ WELCOME
TO THE BLOG ROLL:
blogger David Mendez shines a light on an area of poker
we've been hoping to report more on, online poker.
While the glory days of Full Tilt and PokerStars threatening
to become the Coke and Pepsi of the poker generation are
gone, there are still options out there. Mendez knows
where they are at. He also will talk about his live
here to read his first
post and look for him on the left side of the blog roll
going forward. Also some fresh content from Jason
Mercier, Davy Murrah, Nolan Gay, a touching tribute to a
passed friend by Jennifer Gay, the Poker Monkey and Wild
INTERVIEW ABOUT MSPT COMING TO THE BELLE OF BATON ROUGE:
We got a
chance to speak with bracelet winner Chad Holloway about the
return of the MSPT to Baton Rouge. You might have
notice their logo above and to the right. We talked
about some other issues pertinent to the Gulf Coast too.
here for more.
JACOBSEN WINS MAIN EVENT, KENNY MILAM WINS SEAT TO NEXT
MILAM WINS MAIN EVENT
probably lead with the Main Event champion, Martin
Jacobson's triumph... but we don't know the guy and we know
Kenny, so the Gulf Coaster gets first billing. Kenny
"Mega Master" Milam won his 101st mega (that's careful
record keeping by the way) and the 101st was a big one.
It's the second November in a row he's won a seat in Harrahs
NOLA's WSOP Main Event satellite. So next July, he'll
be back in Vegas giving it another shot.
They are going
to get tired of putting his picture on the wall (actually
they might already be tired of it... they just put last
year's picture up... wait a second did we do the same too?).
Congrats to Kenny, hopefully he can improve on being 70
something away from the money at the Main Event. Also
of note, Kenny lost significant pots to eighth place
finisher Bruno Politano and Norwegian runner-up Felix
Stephensen on his final day. Those guys won
millions and Kenny has a couple of bad beat stories.
HEADS UP MATCH AND BRIEF WSOP WRAP-UP:
Jacobson arguably played better than anybody at the final
table (was it us that predicted a Northern European victor?)
and rode his second shortest stack to the only stack left in
the tournament. Time after time he seemed to make the
right decision, and time after time, when the cards went
against him he quietly and patiently rebuilt. Dutch
player Jorryt Van Hoof played his big stack as well as he
could play until very late in the tournament when the
Norwegian and the Swede ran him down.
In terms of
entertainment value it's a shame Bruno Politano, the slow
moving Brazilian lasted as long into the telecast as he
did... talk about bad for TV. He literally but some
people to sleep. And perhaps, even worse it's a missed
opportunity for high-wire poker fans that Mark Newhouse went
out ninth. His exit also a repeat in November hurt
because play seemed fairly conservative after he left and he
wasn't afraid to mix it up. He got criticized and
lauded for his move against Will Tonking which ended with
him busting out. He went for the win which earned him
plaudits. He got it in bad and took a line that seemed
bluffy which got him heat. Our take and what nobody is
mentioning is maybe he just picked the wrong opponent.
More than half the table could or would (?) have found the
fold, Will Tonking told his rail he essentially was snap
calling. Perhaps that was based on Newhouse's
reputation (a great call) or perhaps Tonking was just the
wrong guy to try and bluff. We are going with a
combination of both. Right play, wrong guy? Or
just wrong play? Either way wrong result.
little bit like the year Greg Merson won it, it seemed
fitting and justified for Jacobson to take the title.
He had that calm zen-like demeanor and just seemed in the
moment for the duration of both marathon telecasts.
The only regret is that he didn't garner more coverage in
the build-up to the final table. It'd be nice if ESPN
could repackage the Main Event and use a lot of that unused
footage to retell Jacobson's story. A drawback to the
November Nine is knowing the winner really allows them to
frame the narrative of the tournament better
retrospectively. This year it was all about Newhouse,
while compelling and relevant, Jacobson and poker fans got
short shrift by a lack of camera time.
PICKING UP STEAM AND MISC POKER NEWS:
BATON ROUGE SATTYS
in a couple of satellites for the
at the Belle and seen them fill up quickly.
Check the link above and to the right for times to play.
Can get into their 100k tournament for as little as $65 with
the top 20% moving on to the $250 Satellites.
JEAN ROBERT BELLANDE
SURVIVES WEIGHT LOSS BET:
two high stakes players 70K he couldn't lose 42 pounds in
five months. He shed the weight going from 287 pounds
244.4 pounds (somewhere
Daniel Negreanu was talking about the significance of 4s).
WSOP MAIN EVENT TO
AIR MONDAY/TUESDAY NIGHTS:
is third in chips but probably a favorite sentimentally, a
favorite as the last "name player" left, and maybe a
favorite as possibly the best player remaining.
That said the
top two in chips, Jorryt Van Hoof of the Netherlands and
Felix Stephensen of Norway, will be determined to bring
Europe another bracelet. With their continent holding
a huge percentage of the chips in play odds may be in their
favor. Those two are joined by a Spaniard (Andoni
Larrable 4th in chips) and a Swede (Martin Jacobson the
second shortest stack).
Americans and a Brazilian round out the table.
Foosball champ William Pappaconstantinou has drawn a lot of
attention but as the third smallest stack and lacking final
table experience it'd be a real upset if he wins. When
polled one of the GCP.NET owners selected Stephensen as the
HEARTLAND POKER TOUR VICKSBURG RESULTS:
Chris Lane of
Brandon, MS wins HPT Main Event and 43k for first. He
edged out Gulf Coast reg Jesus Cabrera of Atlanta, GA who
won 26k. Jay Bishop
of Pearl, MS won 17k for third. Also making the TV
table Jonathan Hart of Jackson, MS (won 12.8k) and Shane Lea
of Petal, MS (just under 8k).
BILL FLIPPIN WINS:
NOLA regs, Bill Flippin (pictured) and Charlie Gelvin went
up to Vicksburg for the Heartland Poker Tour stop and it was
a profitable trip. Flippin won a nightly and then
finished third in the re-entry event. Gelvin cashed in
both events too.
MSPT COMING BACK TO
with the satellites which have already started. We are
getting excited for the return of the Mid States Poker Tour
to the region. They do huge numbers all over the
country and we expect a bump from last year. Main
Event begins Nov. 21.
HARRAHS NOLA REGS WINNING EVERYWHERE:
CIGAR JOEY FINISHES
The WSOP -C
stop in Hammond, IN, never fails to bring in a ton of
players. This year, Joey Wideman, a Harrahs new Orlans
reg, visited and just missed winning his first ring.
Congrats to him as earned almost 20k for third in the
BOWERS FIRST LADIES CHAMP, MS. JOAN CASHES TWICE:
Morgan Bowers who won the first ever Harrahs NOLA ladies
weekly tournament beating Ms.
Rhodes in heads up play. Ms. Joan settled for second
but quickly found the cashiers cage again making the money
in the Monthly WSOP satellite event. Great week for
another tournament reg.
DAVID MENDEZ CHOPS
BEAU RIVAGE 20K:
We are going
to welcome David to our blogger roll later this week.
His focus will be on the current state of online poker and
other items he wants to write about. We are glad to
have him. Not that he doesn't play live, as he just
cashed/chopped fourways for a big chunk.
The MSPT is
coming back to Baton Rouge. We hope to be promoting
the event as we did last year. So look for updates and
information about their qualifiers running up to the event
itself here. Also, the Beau Rivage has released it's
Million Dollar Heater Schedule already. Might be a
good time to get a jump on booking rooms. You can find
the link on our
page. While you are there don't be afraid to hit like.
We love to feel loved.
MAIN EVENT 2014:
EENY, MEENY, MOEINI:
Moeini wins WSOP-C IP Main Event on Home Turf:
Moeini played Georgian Brandon Newsome three hours in heads
up play until he prevailed. He won 106k for topping
the 301 person field. He downplayed his recent success
by saying, "The last two years I've been getting lucky," to
the WSOP.com. We wouldn't be surprised if this humble
player one day says, "For the last twenty years I've been
lucky." Sure it takes good fortune to win any
tournament and sustain success on the tour, but to be in the
money as often as Moeini does it requires a great amount of
skill too. Congrats Moe!
65k for finishing second. Friends of GCP, Tim "TK"
Miles finished in third, winning 47k, and Corrie Wunstel
eigth pocketing 12k. Roger "Lynn" Morris of Pensacola
finished 9th for just under 10k. Congrats also to
Metairie CPA Thomas Doussan, who can't seem to stop cashing
lately finishing sixth for 20k. Lance Jones of
Birmingham, went out fifth winning 26k. Larry Hirons
of Arlington, TX rounded out the final table winning 15k for
at one point held the chiplead but got run down finishing
23rd. A number of names we see a lot in the money,
finished outside the final table but went home with some
pocket change. They included Metairie's Curtis Terry,
Tim Burt, Beverly Lange, Ben Thomas, Josh Palmer, Jerry
Monroe, Chris Conrad, and Dan Lowery.
earned the Casino Championship by winning his second ring in
event 11 to edge Mark Fink, Joshua Reichard and GCP's Will
Souther in the standings. Gray beat the capable Kip
Jones, and Will Souther in the final three to win his second
ring. Also, a shout out to Kai Landry who finished
second in the Ladie's event. His cash had many
petitioning the WSOP to install TSA type X-ray devices to
insure the proper chromosomes of all Ladies events players
in the future.
BILOXI WSOP-C UPDATES:
HOLLEY, MCBRAYER GO 1-2 IN RE-ENTRY:
John Holley of Destin, FL (first 38k) and BJ McBrayer of
Tuscaloosa (second 24k) for going deepest in the event
everybody want to win. The tournament set the highest
attendence of any WSOP-C event ever at the IP Casino.
This time the fisherman prevailed winning his third ring.
We were happy to see both players do so well. Great job John and BJ!
Davidson of Birmingham (third 17k), Justin Hooker of
Tuscaloosa (4th), and Justin Booth of Dallas (8th 4.5k) all
made the final table. Steven Giddings of Ruston, LA,
Tom Franklin, Kyle Nunez of Erath, LA, Robert Matthews of
Denham Springs, LA and Blake Barousse of Lafayette, all got
some circuit points. Joey Wideman of Belle Chasse, LA,
Alexander Debell of Gulfport, Mark Wilds of Biloxi, Garret
Jones, Ashly Butler, Mike Husar, Fred Sigur, Charles Moore,
Ben Thomas, Frank Aplandinar, Kris Cannatelli, and Thomas
Doussan all cashed.
REICHARD COULD HAVE
STAYED AT HOME TO BEAT CHRIS CONRAD IN EVENT 4:
One of the
storylines of this circuit event has been the success of the
roommates in a local house. Josh Reichard, John Holley
(yep, that's him above), Chris Conrad and Paul Ewen all
lived together and all cashed together. In event 4,
Josh Reichard, a Monkey's Minion, won 10k after beating his
roommate Chris Conrad (second 6.6k) in heads up action.
Paul Ewen also
made the money. Pretty sure they've won the House
Casino Championship. Meanwhile, we were also pulling
for Tai Cao (pictured) of Lafayette who despite coming back
to day two with one of the shortest stacks ran it up to
3.4k. Great job Tai.
VALENTIN'S DAY IN
Valentin Vornicu won 12k for first beating Danny Gray of
Tallassee, AL heads up. Vornicu now boasts five
Circuit rings. Gray earned 7.5. Ray Parker of
Long Beach and Robert Lovell of Houston, TX also made the
final table. Meanwhile, another cash for Will South
and Doug Gambel of Ponchatoula, LA.
SERMONS WINS EVENT 7:
of Shreveport, played his first tournament and went home
with a ring. Will Souther earned his third cash of
this series with a fifth place finish (2.7k). As for
the points race he's still well behind Mark Fink who jumped
over Josh Reichard in the points lead by finishing second.
Fink's first place and second place finishes gives him 12.5
more points than Reichard.
BILOXI WSOP-C UPDATES:
BINKS EVENT ONE, DUDEK THIRD:
Gene D (aka
Gene Dudek) gave 'em hell in event one. Like Austin "SkinnyDonk"
Buchanan (third 4.6k), Gene was in search of his first
circuit ring. Dudek, a GCP co-owner, previously has
been casino champion at the IP so it would be fitting to get
the gold here. Unfortunately for Dudek, Mark Fink of
Sioux Falls ended up winning the event and 10k for first.
Robert Iversen of Gulf Breeze finished second for 6.4k, and
Dudek had to settle for fourth (3.6k).
and Todd Cowan both of Metairie finished sixth for just
under 2k and 8th for a little over 1k respectively.
John Durio of Metairie, also cashed as did Robert Pierce of
Slidell, Charles Hubbard of Gulfport, Steven Giddings of
Ruston, LA and another GCPer Will "Poker Monkey" Souther (in
a triumphant return to the IP of his own).
GRAND DAY FOR GRAY,
BIG DAY FOR BAMA, DOUCET SECOND IN EVENT TWO:
(pictured) of Opelousas, LA came close to a ring in Event
turbo NL Hold'Em, but couldn't get past Anthony Gray of
Coker, AL. Doucet had to settle for second
and 7.6k. Ricky Romero of New Iberia, LA earned 3k for
fifth. Gray won 12k for first.
They must like
to play turbos in Alabama because Alabamians accounted for
almost half of the players in the money. Along with Gray,
Brett Hearn of Mobile, finished third; Charles Bailey of
Mobile, AL and Christopher Nunnally of Birmingham each made
the final table; and Luther Tran, Gerald Beard, and
Barry Champion all cashed.
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Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
wise I have cashed in a few event s since I last blogged. I will
highlight them in this blog but keep in mind that they were
months ago so my comments will be based off what I remember of
the situations…etc. Back in July/August of 2014 I played the
Coushatta event and went deep in the preliminary event. I made
it down to 2 tables left with about 16-17 players…only person I
knew to be a good player left was Dave “Diesel” Nicholson…I was
working my 25-30 bigs looking for a good spot. I get it in
against a short stack my A-K vs his A-Q…he hits a Queen…I am now
down to 12-13 bigs. Very next hand…I look down at QQ…the UTG
player on my right with about 30 bigs raised 4-5x the BB….I
rip…big stack Asian Kid OTB goes deep in the tank…He’s
posturing…I think to myself, “Oh great…hes got KKs or AAs and he
is trying to get the UTG guy to stick his all in as well”…He
finnnallly rips as well…UTG players says…”I don’t think I can
fold these” and calls and shows KK…Asian kid AA…I picked up a
little over $2k."[+]
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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:
I sent out the 'welcome back' email to the 72 investors from
last summer, I quickly generated the selling of 82 shares. Those
same 72 investors accounted for a total of 200 shares last
year...where we sent 4 players to play. Well, two days ago,
before boarding our flight, I sent out an email to all the
people on my distribution list (for pools mainly) and after
adding it all up last night, discovered we have 133 shares that
have been sold, with about 1 third of them paid for already.
So...that leaves just 17 shares to be sold (at $200 per share)
before the three players who I already named about 10 days
ago...are fully funded. Then, I can start working hard to get
one or two (who knows, maybe three!???) more players on the
MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY|
11/11/14) 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:
"I'm not a superstitious person. I don't believe in rushes. I
personally have no doubt that the card distribution is as random
as possible and, therefore, the cards that came last hand or in
the last hour either to me or to the board have absolutely
nothing to do with what is coming next.
Just because I'm not superstitious that doesn't mean that I'm
blind to the fact that some of my opponents are superstitious.
For instance, I take into account that other people believe in
rushes.....both their own and mine.....and sometimes adjust my
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 09/28/14] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
football perspective on to GCP.NET.
"Nothing kills quite as
assuredly as does apathy.
And right now, the Saints are an apathetic mess.
After four weeks, it's difficult to maintain hope that it will
get significantly better for the Saints this season.
On offense, the Saints look passive and nonthreatening. On
defense, they look confused and unmotivated.
And overshadowing the whole affair is whether we're now watching
the slow death of the Payton/Brees era. Nine seasons in, and
it's a fair question to ask. If that's the case, what exactly
are we witnessing right now? A temporary bump in the road? Or
the inexorable fade to black?
Of particular note this season is the Saints' coaching, or lack
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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 tournament… 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 he’s 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 Kai’s 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 can’t help but shake the idea he’s
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