DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
"Once you get competent at poker, it taints
your perception of sports to some degree. As you
grow as a poker player dealing with the element
of chance you learn to not be results oriented.
You focus on making the right play-- the one
that is most profitable, most often. The
individual result of the play to some degree is
irrelevant. This kind of thinking doesn't
translate to talking heads and/or evaluations of
02/15/15] 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
"I have been secretly working hard on a huge
project for the last year and I am excited to
finally be able to share it with you. A few
years ago, I realized that the best poker
players have a huge edge that amateurs will
almost certainly never experience. Professional
poker players have the ability to discuss high
level concepts with other pros on a regular
basis. While amateurs struggle to figure out the
game by talking to other amateurs and watching
other amateurs play, pros get insights from the
best in the world and experience high-level
poker on a daily basis."
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 11/16/14] 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.
"Must I do everything around here?
I already do your handicapping. Do I also have
to do your thinking for you?
When I say ďfire on the teaser wheel,Ē your only
question should be ďhow high, Sir?Ē
Well today, my answer is ó SKYíS THE LIMIT.
As in ďbet it all.Ē [+]
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. Letís talk money! Allow me to be more
specific. Letís talk A LOT of money. Letís 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 Networkís (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
didnít 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 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.."
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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
There are still lots of good options. Look for our
upcoming article where we rank all the sites still
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
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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
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Even better, we think you can transfer it. If you sign
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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 haven't played in a bunch of events...but I have been
playing enough to keep my chops somewhat sharp. I have been
beating the cash games when I get to play, but haven't had much
success in the tourneys I have been playing...but I will discuss
a few here below:
Mid States Poker Tour (MSPT) came into Baton Rouge and put on a
tournament with a $100k Guarantee that had a buy-in of $1100.
Good things I liked about the tourney were I was real impressed
with the owner of MSPT Bryan Mileski. He came into town in a
tough spot and assessed the situation and adapted to his
environment to put on a great event. I really like the smaller
"personal touch" tours and the "Satellite Structures" to get
players into the main event is a smart move vs just blowing
through prelims...etc. The tourney was held during Mardi Gras
which I personally believed was a good thing so tourney
rounder's could see the Mardi Gras parades as the Parades passed
literally... right in front of the Casino. Most of the locals
would probably take this as a "negative"."[+]
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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?
"Iím 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, Iím 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. Iíve 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 Iíve ever done and I canít wait to do it again.."[+]
THE POKER MONKEY
Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker
circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:
"I played some online poker this past week...and came to realize
why I hate online poker so much. I fired up my Bovada account
and was shocked to see I had over $500 in there. Hmmm. So I
played some 1/2 NL Hold em and some 50/1.00 Pot Limit Omaha 8. I
played for 3 hours one night...and 4 hours another night. I now
have $250 in my account. There is nothing that took place that I
can honestly call 'normal.' I am pretty sure their software is
geared to provide the most ridiculous things you can ever
imagine on the river. And no one ever folds...ever...so you can
always count on getting drawn out on. Screw it, don't even know
why I brought it up. Online poker is a joke!"
Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an intriguing
approach to the game:
"Back in May I wrote a blog entitled "Bad Runs". In that blog I
described how my game had basically gone to pot. As I said in
the blog, it all started with some bad luck and developed into a
mental attitude of scared money. The "bad run" had gotten into
I said back in May that I "won't be traveling to any more series
and I won't be making the trek to Vegas this summer unless and
until I turn my game around. I'll be playing the Friday and
Saturday tournaments at the Beau until I get my bearings".
I did exactly what I said I was going to do. I've been strictly
playing the poker room tournaments at the Beau with the lone
exception of playing a couple of tournaments at the IP during
their WSOP circuit event. As expected my initial results were
nothing to write home about (or to write in a blog about).
However, I started to turn things around in July. Just as in the
original blog I declined to "bore you with specific bad beat
stories" I won't now bore you with the details of my ever
growing good run. Let's just say that my success rate has
improved dramatically and continues to improve every week.
Consequently I'm about to jump back into the saddle of circuit
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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 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 tournamentÖ creepy smile,
creepy wink, creepy nudge (somebody needs to design that
emoticon). There the Bat hears some of the exiled ladies
talking. One of them a brutish looking tight end for an Canadian
Football League team tells the others, if Kai wins heís not
getting out of the parking lot with the pendant.
This got the Bat picking his nose, actually, the Bat was already
knuckle deep, this got the Bat thinking, about poor Kai getting
jumped in the parking lot. So taking stock of the future mob,
the Bat envisioned the scene if he won:
Kai exits the elevator, with the Ted Nugent muzak fading away as
he walks into the IP garage, a car skids out in the distance,
but this floor of the garage is empty except for Kaiís car (a
vintage Aston Matin) parked by itself overlooking the beauty of
the bay of biloxi. As Kai, walks sipping from his shaken not
stirred victory martini, the lone light above his car flickers
rapidly and turns off, turning the garage to shadow. Dripping
water echoes loudly and Kai canít help but shake the idea heís
BLOGGER REID GILBERT'S BOOK. GO