DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
"Those are good points. I meant juice on the
main. While many will win their way up, and I
will note that on the next update, I've never
talked about the juice of any tournament with
regard to single table or multi table
satellites. If I erred and suggested everything
was 11% juice then that definitely was an error
and I will clarify. If i didn't, I think I'm
being consistent. Say I talk about a $365 and
only 291 goes to the prize pool, I wouldn't
mention that somebody might have won their way
in via a single table and been juiced there too.
Either way I will bring up what you said and I
hope I'm not misleading anybody. Thanks for the
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 03/01/14] 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.
"Somewhere along the way during civilityís
decline in everyday debate and discussion, weíve
lost something far more precious than common
That is Ė the right to be wrong.
No matter where it occurs ó with talking heads
on television, at online forums and discussion
groups, even in public places from classrooms to
bars ó debate and discussion have morphed into a
vicious blood sport rather than a freewheeling
exchange of interesting ideas and possibilities.
Itís open season everywhere. Truth isnít
necessarily the pursuit, but the target.
Indeed, the objective has become winning at all
costs. How one plays the game no longer matters.
Achieving a greater understanding about an
important issue or gaining enlightenment about
something new is a low priority, if it matters
at all. Rather, the goal of typical debate
nowadays is conquering and ultimately destroying
01/03/14] 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 guys! I hope everyone had a nice
holiday season with family and friends. Mine was
fantastic as I spent 9 days at my condo in my
hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. I saw a lot of
old friends and spent a bunch of time with my
family. My niece Alaina is now 16 months old,
and I'm enjoying unclehood much more than I
could have ever imagined. I always find myself
so happy and relaxed when spending time with
Between stints in Birmingham I played some poker
tournaments in two incredible cities, Montreal
and Prague. I can speak highly of these cities
as I've now visited both multiple times. The
thing that stands out about Montreal is just how
friendly the people are. My previous trips to
Prague hadn't convinced it was worthy of all the
praise, but I really fell for the Czech city
this time. My friends and I rented an apartment
near the city and did a LOT of walking, taking
it all in. It has been said that Czech women are
the most beautiful in the world. I am inclined
to believe they are #2 behind the Swedish."
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
"Early this morning, Amanda Desnoyers called me.
I missed the call while I heated a bottle up for
Carter. Her voicemail told me everything without
saying more than "call me back".
She said, between sobs, when I called her back:
"You know the poker people. Would you help get
the word out so I can stop making phone calls?"
She sounded exactly like you'd expect a woman
who'd just lost her husband to sound. Grief
stricken. Frazzled. Tired. Full of the
realization that this nightmare is only
beginning. She spoke briefly about her family
being local and an autopsy, not knowing when
arrangements would be. Her words were soft and
broken, tearful, before she exclaimed another
call was coming in and to please keep in touch. " [+]
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[UPDATED: 03/04/14] SCOTT CLARK is a GCP friend from
Saint Louis, MO. A pro since 2007, he has played
20,000 hours of live poker and over 5000 MTT tournaments online.
His blog features poker related videos, player interviews, poker
gossip, and tournament reports.
"The wait is
finally over. Exactly 1,054 days after the
Department of Justice froze the Full Tilt Poker
accounts of thousands of U.S. players on Black
Friday, refunds have begun hitting bank accounts
in the form of Automated Clearing House (ACH)
PokerNews has confirmed that many players
(including this author) have a pending
transaction showing up in their online bank
statement. The ACH deposit is labeled as "DOJ
Poker Stars Pokerpay," reminding people of the
deal that allowed PokerStars to acquire the
assets of Full Tilt Poker and repay more than
$343 million owed to customers..."
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05/11/11] Jonathan Little has over 4 million dollars in lifetime
winnings . He was the WPT Season VI player of the year.
Born in Pensacola Florida, a mere 24 years ago the sky is the
limit for this young pro whose online handle is jcardshark.
He also is a poker coach at
"Lots of changes
Quite a bit has happened since I last posted a blog here. As
many of you can tell, I post numerous per times per day on
twitter, which has almost taken place of this blog. Despite
that, I would still like to give everyone a little summary of
what I have been up to.
As everyone now
knows, online poker has taken a huge hit in America. I was
really lucky that I only had around $15,000 online, most of
which was on pokerstars, which is the only site that has allowed
players to cash out. Most of my play was in the live poker
arena, which basically means Black Friday will have little
impact on my actual poker play. "
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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
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PLAYER FAILS IN STRATEGY GAME:
Survivor is a
show that parallels tournament poker in a number of ways.
Sometimes an elimination can be capricious or because of
another player's mistake. Sometimes a bad player can
luck box their way all the way to the title. Yet,
often a tactical misstep will deservedly spell doom for a
player. This past week of Survivor Garret Adelstein
committed just such a misstep. Following in the
tactical footsteps of Boston Rob, who found poker after
Survivor, Adelstein tried to strong arm his team into a
public vote. Only problem for Adelstein, Rob did this
after taking control of his tribe mates, while Adelstein had
no such power so early in the show.
In what will
go down as one the most embarrassing eliminations in
Survivor history, somehow Adelstein got blindsided while
possessing an immunity idol and not playing it. Even
worse he did not even bring it to tribal council. What
makes it even more worse was there was good reason for him
to be confident. His rival on the chopping block had a
temper tantrum and dumped out 98% of the food. Nobody
has ever survived such an egregious action against the tribe
in the history of the show.
choked a gigantic lead in the challenge ( a lead primarily
created by the brute strength of Adelstein in the water) by
performing terribly at a puzzle she claimed she was good at.
Again, another sin pretty much deemed unforgiveable in
Not to mention
that in the early days of the show she had the trinity of
characteristics required of a player to be voted out
strategy be damned. She was unlikable, bossy, and
lazy. Throw in that she was terrible at the
challenges. Hardly able to swim and the sole reason
they lost by assuming responsibility she couldn't bare.
Adelstein somehow screwed all that up.
quite trip over his ego as badly as the Florida Marlin's
President who went in the first elimination but Adelstein's
send off in many ways was far worse. He said he
was embarrassed in the postscript interview. He seems
like at his heart he's a nice guy, so it's painful to write
this, but Garret the poker world was embarrassed too.
For a different take on his elimination the talented Chad
Holloway has opinion
here on PokerNews.
By the way, if
you think we are being too hard on Adelstein? You can
tell by his interview
here he's pretty hard
on himself too. Great poker-esque introspection
complete with words like results oriented and playing
optimal. It's a shame but he likely won't get a
chance to learn from his mistake, as usually being voted off
early makes it hard for you to get a recall in an All-Star
episode. However, his misstep was pretty "Epic" so
maybe we'll see more of him on an island in the Pacific.
What a great
story by Paul Oresteen over at Bluff Magazine (read
Bazeley who used to be a fixture on the Gulf Coast
Tournament poker scene got one of his biggest scores after a
night out with friends. A quick trip to Mexico and one
Sunday Millions final table later, means this will be one
drunken decision Baze won't ever regret.
Chan Pelton is
a lightening rod for criticism. We've seen his story
light up opinions both on his behalf and against. To
recap: the Palm Beach Kennel Club confiscated his
winnings and vacated his POY points after he was seen
removing a chip from his stack prior to winning a tournament
on the WSOP-C. Pelton claimed he was adding it to his
souvenir collection. It was the second win for him in
Palm Beach and locked up the Casino Championship (and a spot
in the National Championship), until he removed the chip.
There is also a furor about him and the second place player
possibly agreeing to a chop with the points at stake.
The debate rages on everywhere particularily this
regs got together last Wednesday to battle it out again.
If there was a points title Kenny Milam would be back near
the top as he chopped it four ways with Kamon Mitchell,
Charlie Gregerson and Ian Crozier. Teddy Conner and
Eric Wilkinson got their first final tables of the new
the first weekend
of the month and that meant a battle for a WSOP Main Event
seat. Perhaps, due to Mardi Gras and a crowded
poker schedule, the field was small which meant one thing AN
OVERLAY. Harrahs honored their guarantee and added to
the prize pool to make sure the winner Jovon Williams
(pictured) got a seat. Harrahs recount of the finale
WEEKLY WINNERS (Chopped 4 Ways $888 each)
Bubble boy--- Thu " Tony" Nguyen
3/1 WSOP Main Event Satellite ($10,000 Seat in Las Vegas)
20 players (Overlay)
Williams dominated the final table with a huge chip lead
over Judy Rhodes who finished 2nd. On the final hand,
Judy went all in with Q4 and Jovon only looked at 1 card
which was an ace. When it came to the showdown he turned
over AA. What a way to finish off the tournament. The
dealers and staff would like to thank all who make our
tournaments a huge success. "
-Darrell Guillory & Sabrina Richards
TILT PAYING BACK SOME OF THEIR CUSTOMERS FRIDAY:
The best thing
to happen to poker players would probably be to finalize
these remissions the day after the World Series of Poker.
The best thing for the poker economy might have been for
them to pay everybody back the day before the World Series
of Poker. Instead, payday for many will be February
28th, 2014. In truth, any day we get paid, what is
rightfully ours, is a good day. Friday, Green Friday,
is a good Friday and a far better day than the Black Friday
that started this mess.
Facebook is already blowing with former online players
celebrating their balances being returned to them.
Congrats to those getting paid, our condolences to those
that still have to wait, and good luck with however you
choose to use all that loot.
WINNER, LOCALS AT WSOP-C RESULTS:
SHAWN SCHORECK WINS
MID-STATES POKER TOUR:
Gretna resident Shawn Schoreck outlasted tour regular Kou
Vang in heads up action to win 34k. On the ultimate
hand Schoreck called Vang's shove and said, "I guess I have
to get lucky," but the only luck he needed was for the best
hand to hold. His pocket sixes did just that against
Vang's pocket threes.
Vang won 21k for second.
Third place went to Daniel Holmes, of Lafayette, LA who also
fell to Schoreck. Holmes' pocket 8s lost the flip to
Ak. GCP's Poker Monkey Will Souther got knocked out
just before him in fourth.
The last woman standing, Belle
of Baton Rouge regular Erica Sumner finished tenth.
Michael Benton finished ninth, Allen Kessler eighth, Mihail
Karasoulis seventh and Robbie Matthews sixth.
Other notables crashed just before the bubble and within the
money. Seville Hale of Florida, had a long trip back
as an unlikely bubble boy. Considering the grueling
bubble spanned five levels going hand for hand, with short
stacks winning every all-in, it's no surprise stacks got
turned upside down during the course of it. It was
most painful for Hale who went from chipleader to the last
person to leave without a stop at the cashiers cage.
Justin Truesdale and David
Chocheles busted out on the same hand but in the money when
Vang made a loose call to get a little closer to the final
table. GCP's Gene D finished a couple of spots from
the money. Almost there too were Nick Graphia, Ben
Thomas, GCP's Bill Phillips, Andrew Ashby, Claudia Crawford,
Austin Bursavich and Lynn Morris.
While many of the pros stayed
on the Coast for the MSPT a fair amount already had travel
plans to go the Circuit Event in Caesers Las Vegas.
Caufman Talley cashed shortly after touching down in event
one. He repeated his feat making the money of event
Josh Mancuso of Baton Rouge
(pictured) had even better luck just missing the final table
but winning almost 4k for tenth place in the reentry event.
Chris Conrad of the Florida Panhandle settled for second.
Jerry Ard also got a min cash.
SURVIVING LARGE FIELDS LOOK EASY:
Within nine months, recent
Alabama grad Eric Fields almost has a ring collection as big
as Nick Saban's. The youngster won his third ring
since debuting in a New Orleans circuit event (that he also
won) last May. This time the payday was a little bit
bigger as Fields will be taking home 52k. His
stats are gaudy. Since last May he's won almost 300k,
with 12 cashes, 6 final tables and 3 rings.
CHOPPING IT UP:
tournament saw Anthony "Binger" Bellao get another big chunk
of the pie in a five way chop. "Wild" Bill Phillps
made his third final table in a row, and again busted just
before the money was split up. He didn't get a chance
to go four for four as he was tied up in the MSPT in Baton
Rouge on Saturday. Robert "Spider" Henderson, however,
went two for two on the week.
also notable because there was an overlay on the guarantee.
Thu "Tony" Nguyen made it three out of four in the good
money when he chopped with Spider, Allen Farber and four
others. Thanks to Harrahs for contributing to the pot
for the regulars that didn't go up to Baton Rouge and
honoring the guarantee.
6th- Wild Bill Phillips
7th- Bruno Skerianz
8th- Robert Spider Henderson
9th- Christopher Stephens
10th- Billy Robinett
Thu "Tony" Nguyen------------$943
Robert Spider Henderson--$943
8th- David Glass
9th- Randolph Hedge
10th- Philip Treaudo
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participates in our weekly tournaments.
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Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
what I have been feeling like recently as its been months since
my last blog. I have been working a lot and staying ridiculously
busy, and working on trying to get my family into a new house.
This blog may take a few days to get up but I will start putting
dates just in case I can't pull this blog off in one sitting.!"[+]
MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY|
01/02/14) Florida's Jason Mericer is one of the best poker
players in the world. Why wouldn't you read his blog?
"Setting goals for 2014 was one of the thoughts that kept
resonating with me throughout my two month break from poker.
Often before a new year, I set very broad goals such as ďprofit
a million dollars.Ē Now, while I think thatís a good goal to
have and a very achievable one, I wanted to come up with a
little more structured list this year.
Most importantly, I want to win at least 3 live poker
tournaments this year. ďEasier said than doneĒ you might say.
Well, Iíve done this twice already in my career- 2009 (5), 2011
(3). Iím hoping to do the exact same thing in 2014.
Winning another major title (EPT, WPT, WSOP) is one of my goals
as well. Each of these titles would give me a unique sense of
accomplishment. If I were to win an EPT title, Iíd become the
first player to ever win two. Winning a WPT is the one leg of
the triple crown Iíve yet to complete. And if I could win my
third WSOP bracelet this summer, Iíd become one of the youngest
players to accomplish such a feat."[+]
THE POKER MONKEY
Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker
circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:
"I suggested that this would be a 3-part tale, but pressing news
has caused me to rethink that promise and narrow the Baton Rouge
trilogy to just a 2-part series. What pressing news, you ask?
Well...seems our game of poker has recently been beset by a
plague of chip-taking/chip-introducing scandals that have rocked
the landscape of tournament poker...and as fate would have it? I
have (why wouldn't I?) some pretty juicy insider intelligence
about the 'culprit' in the Palm Beach Kennel Club debacle. You
will have to just wait on that. Since I like to knock things
down as they would appear on a 'to-do' list. "
Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an intriguing
approach to the game:
NOT what Rush Limbaugh calls a "low information voter". I read a
lot of news reports and editorials, watch the evening news most
nights and have even been known to listen to talk radio from
time to time. In other words, I pay attention.
If one pays much attention to the news depression can set in."
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new title but the same blog,
Goondingy or Big Smoove and pure aggression on the felt examines
live poker action:
"Greetings and salutations.
I had to get on here and throw down some thoughts on how the
year went for me and to set some expectations for 2014.
Poker has really taken a back seat, I live through Gulf Coast
Poker.net and some friends in Vegas. I truly plan to get back
into action in 2014, slowly but surely. My action figure
business did not get off to a good start and following up on
that with my other responsibilities hurt my slothfulness. [+]
08/21/13] 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.
"Anyway, while in Vegas for the World Series of pissing on the
shoes of Eurotrash hipsters in the Rio bathroom, the Bat saw a
sign like the one above in the apartment he rented out. Probably
written by that oompa loompa Matt Marafionetti. Being about a
crotch liceís hair over five fiddy the Bat doesnít take the
stairs ever for no reason. If there is option between one step
and a handicap ramp that swirls around the building the Bat
takes the ramp. Now, on the face of this, these types of notes
make a little sense. Folks on the 20th floor canít get to the
20th floor quick enough when all the fat and lazies insist on
riding the elevator up one floor."
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[UPDATED 12/27/13] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
football perspective on to GCP.NET.
"Plummeting to this point
has been an exercise in frustration, considering where the
Saints were and where they are now. Over the course of the last
month, the Saints have been in a freefall.
They've lost three of four games. In two of those losses,
they've been decidedly beaten by more physical, energetic,
better-prepared teams. In the other loss, the Saints displayed a
trait that's becoming disturbingly familiar: blowing a late lead
against a good team on the road.
In all, the last month of Saints' football has made moderate the
once-lofty expectations for the season.
After enduring the fugue state of 2012, the strangest year an
NFL team has surely ever faced, the Saints of 2013 have been
quite vexing and odd in their own right.
They've taken "weird" and made it an art form. "
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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 wasnít 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 didnít feel like it and
I didnít think there would be much Omaha action for me anyway.
She wasnít 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.."