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DINE ON THE WHALE

 (UPDATED: 06/28/14) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"I've gotten so much out of teaching those hand labs I will gladly do them every time I get the chance. I have a great respect for the WSOP Academy and the success of its students. One of the biggest things I've learned through teaching is to pull the trigger in spots were I might just be a little too cautious previously. As I told the students, and really reinforced with myself, its far better to make mistakes, in my opinion, by being too aggressive instead of being too passive. Now, when I find a marginal spot where I think I could get something through instead of being cautious I pull the trigger. It's amazing how many chips are just there to be taken, and how important it is to jump all over weakness when you sense it. And the more experience you get the more you recognize those moments.

Also pokerwise, Monkey has selected me to be one of the finalists for his package to the Main Event. I'm honored and think highly of the other names he's mentioned. I'm in pretty good company. I will probably buy shares regardless if I'm selected or not. As they say it's good just to be nominated. I do feel I'd do great in a deep stack event at the WSOP against bad players. Really, I'm chomping at the bit to have a chance to play a WSOP main event against the massive field where one unlucky hand won't cripple me and I can be even more selective in attacking spots" [+]

NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  06/29/14] 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. 

" Tonight, our new television show “Poker Night in America” debuts on the CBS Sports Network. The show runs for one hour starting at 9 pm CST. We will air over the next 26 consecutive weeks.
In case you already have plans on Sunday’s, all shows are repeated the following Saturday night.
Many people have asked me how and where to find their local channel."
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SHORR 'NUFF

[UPDATED  04/03/14] 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 his homepage:  http://shannonshorr.com/ 

"It was pretty easy to speak my mind as an arrogant 22 year old. As my 29th birthday approaches, however, I find myself thinking things like "Am I going to regret this one year from now?" before writing. Additionally I'm enjoying living a more private life. I'm finding it rewarding to immerse then reflect personally on each of my life experiences. This is something I didn't do a great job of prior to my last 2.5 years of dedicated self-improvement.

Then, I felt more of a need to be on my mobile device reporting how great my life was to anyone who would listen by way of this blog, facebook or twitter. I've done a lot of reading with regard to freeing oneself from the ego. This is easily the biggest and toughest personal battle with which I deal, and it is an ever-ongoing process. It's a goal of mine to one day get to a stage in my life where all of my decisions come from my Higher Self.

It is a process that is going to take serious time, but it's a process to which I'm committed. All of this said, thanks again for checking in. I appreciate the interest in my life and career. While I may blog infrequently, I am at an all-time high when it comes to personal happiness. You can trust that I am somewhere in the world attempting to live my life to the fullest." [+]

Bella Donkey

[01/18/14]  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 the South.

"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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SAINTS WIN

[UPDATED 03/09/14] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and lives in Mobile brings his poker Saints football perspective on to GCP.NET.

"The second installment of the Sean Payton era is in full bloom.

Earlier this year, the Saints jump-started their offseason by releasing Will Smith, Roman Harper, and Jabari Greer: all valued, productive, respected players who helped the Saints win their first Super Bowl.

With those cuts made, the Saints took another step forward on Friday and released Lance Moore and Darren Sproles. Pierre Thomas's future in New Orleans, meanwhile, hangs in the balance.

The carnage will probably continue in the coming weeks.

While it stings to watch these players depart, their bonds to the team and fanbase remain indissoluble even if their playing careers don't. Their departures, and career resumptions elsewhere, are the natural end-result of the NFL's salary cap infrastructure. "
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LITTLE THOUGHTS

[UPDATED  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 sngicons.com

"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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Poker Fiction

[UPDATED:  03/08/12] PLAYER N scribes a tale of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all hustling on the Coast.

"Thick 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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2014 WSOP:

EFFORTS TO GET CHAD BROWN HIS BRACELET:

Wow, is all we can say.  Much respect to Monkey and Jennifer Gay and to all involved in the ongoing effort to get Chad Brown his honorary bracelet at his hospice.  Cool thing for the poker world, and a big thank you to the WSOP for making it happen too.  Read the latest update from Jennifer Gay we shared on our facebook page here.

DA KID GAVE IT ALL:

Congrats to Austin Bursavich on an incredible run in the Monster stack.  Things went south on him a little bit (not in a Freddy Deeb way) after entering three tables as one of just three players with 10 million in chips.  He ended up ~20th winning over 50k.  More deep runs for this kid, the sooner the better--how about the Main Event?

SUMRALL GOING TO VEGAS:

Harrahs had their last satellite to the Main Event in Las Vegas and one of the good guys Chris Sumrall took it down.   It's been a whirlwind month for the Houma native.  He recently hit the Bad Beat jackpot and decided he was going to put 10k of that toward playing in his first Main Event.  No need for that now, the dude is freerolling.  So happy for him. 

Also great runs by some players that have already won seats including Mega Master Kenny Milam and Brigette Fredericks who both cashed and just missed winning a second seat.  Also thanks to Harrahs NOLA for adding second seats previously, and funding the bounties on the players that had already won this go round.   Great tournament series and hopefully an annual fixture.

2014 WSOP:

DA KID MAKING A MONSTER RUN, AUSTIN BURSAVICH SECOND IN CHIPS WITH JUST 62 LEFT:

The monster field featured almost 8000 players.  They've been cleaved to just 62 with every player guaranteed to win at least 21k on a $1500 buy-in which ain't too shabby.  First is over a million.  Right now, Austin Bursavich of Baton Rouge is sitting on a monster stack at just under 5 milly.

Considering three quarters of the field has less than half of that he's in good shape.  Action will continue today with coverage on WSOP.com.  Let's go Kid finish it out!  UPDATE:  Still second in chips now only 36 left in the field.  Now up to 8.7 million.

CHAD BROWN HONORARY BRACELET AWARDEE IN HOSPICE:

We learned this week owntown Chad Brown, who has ties to GCP Bloggers and touched a lot of people on his way to some big scores on the coast is in hospice battling his cancer.  Upon hearing the news the WSOP awarded him  an honorary bracelet, that's well deserved and speaks to the impact he made on a lot of people.  He was a man who was almost universally loved and if you ever need to see an example of his disposition look no further than a memorable interaction with Men the Master.  We'd write more, but think the words of Jennifer Gay will be better written than any we'd craft.  Her thoughts:

"...

 I adore this man and I am so, so very lucky to have been the recipient of his friendship. He would cross a room at the WSOP just to say hello to me, never ever too busy to share a hug. Chad has always been a classically handsome man, a gentleman proficient in courtesy and the sort of leather-jacket-wearing, sparkling teeth smiling hunk that men are naturally admirable of and women swoon over. I'll admit, it was impossible not to feel a little special in his presence. He has a way of giving you his undivided attention. Chad has never allowed negativity to take hold. He has made certain to comfort those already grieving him and to spend his final days wrapped in the warm embraces of those who love him most. He's taken the time to return texts, emails, phone calls when able, even now putting the needs of other's a priority. He's meeting death with his shoulders square and a smile on his face because it's the exact manner in which he lived his life, and he wouldn't have it any other way. I am sad that I won't have another Chad-hug, but happy that you're ready for whatever is next in store for you."

MONKEY'S MINIONS FINALISTS SET:

Monkey, GCP Blogger of world renown, is giving two maybe three players an opportunity to play in the Main Event.  Out of the six finalist at least three are from the Gulf Coast.   The three we are rooting for are BJ McBrayer, Kai Landry and Wild Bill Phillips (who co-owns this site).  Hopefully, one, two or three of these players will win the poll on Monkey's blog and represent the Minions in the WSOP Main Event.  Go to THE POKER MONKEY to vote.  The poll is in the upper right hand corner. 

2014 WSOP:

DOLAN FINAL TABLES, POCHE CASHES IN EVENT 49:

John Doan gave 'em hell, despite suffering the gross run out of 33633 when he held 1010 v. AK.  He still managed to finish 8th for 70k. As for Poche, the Youngsville, LA native finished 34th, just ahead of Phil Hellmuth in the No Limit Hold'em tournament to win 18k.  Melanie Wiesner (pictured) of Houston, TX also won 22k for her 21st place finish. 

OTHERS IN THE MONEY:  

Congrats to Tim Burt for a 19th place finish in event 48, PLO Hi-Low.  Mark Wilds also had a deep run finishing 11th for 27k in event 44 No Limit Hold'em.  Jonathan Little finished in 26th for 14k in event 42 PLO Six handed.   Sure we missed some of you.  We know Teddy Connor also cashed a couple of times out in Vegas, congrats to everybody who's made some money.   

2014 WSOP:

888 POKER AMBASSADOR LOUIS SUAREZ UNSUCCESSFULLY ATE, ATE, ATE THREE PEOPLE:

It's a bad week for the 888 brand.  Their new signing promptly bit a person and received international scorn.  Literally, days after announcing their partnership with Suarez, the Uruguayan soccer star made news for sinking his teeth in an Italian.  This is his third biting on the soccer pitch.  Not the kind of impact you are looking for in a spokesperson.  We are a big believer in using the gifts God gave you, and Suarez got some chompers, but perhaps he can put those teeth to better use.  He'd make a pretty good bottle opener we think.   

MONSTER STACK DEBUTS DESPITE WSOP MISGIVINGS TO RECORD NUMBERS:

About six months ago, at the urging of players the WSOP agreed to host a Monster Stack tournament.  Despite assurance from suit Seth Palansky to players like Matt Salsberg on a famous twitter exchange that rec players didn't care about deep stacks, the Rio was flooded with players looking to take advantage of the Monster Stack and the hours of entertainment it provided.  Lesson learned?  After the same suits crowed about the events success, they once scoffed at, we can only hope there will be more of these in the future.  The most common remark on twitter surrounding this event is that it's kind of a like a junior Main Event with the atmosphere throughout the Rio matching the big tournament for electricity.

BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP, MILLION DOLLAR BUY-IN PARTICIPANTS: 

There are some rich businessmen and there are some poker pros, some you expect, some you wouldn't.  Here are the highlights of the 37 man roster.  Unless you are an expert on rich businessmen with a million dollars burning through their pockets we'll just focus on the pros:  Brian Rast, John Juanda, Phillipp Guissem, Jean-Robert Bellande, Antonio Esfandiari, Scott Seiver, Dan Smith, Greg Merson, Phil Galfond, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Erick Lindgren (interesting to say the least), Vanessa Selbst, Sam Trickett, Dan Cates, Tony Gregg, Jason Mercier, Guy Laliberte, Noah Schwartz, and Isaac Haxton.  Somebody, and their backers is about to get rich, or if a businessman somehow wins this... richer.

2014 WSOP:

LAFAYETTE'S EYSTER WINS BRACELET:

Kevin Eyster, a snowboarder who now lives in Colorado to be, you know, closer to snow, wore a Saints hat and a Moss jersey while winning his first bracelet.  Moss, a complicated figure is one of the all time great talents to play football.  Kevin doesn't seem anywhere near that complicated but right now he's made the case that he's the greatest tournament poker player Louisiana has ever birthed.  You say hyperbole?   What about Keith Lehr?  What about Fred Berger?  We'll get to all that. 

First off, to the lede we buried, Kevin Eyster beat 540 other players to win his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the 5k Six-max No Limit Hold'em event.  Barely 24, Eyster over the last two years has won a WPT tournament, made multiple final tables and now has won a WSOP bracelet.  

Eyster shined at a final table that include Andrew "luckychewy" Lichtenberger (3rd), Bryn Kenney (4th), Jeremy Kottler (5th) and Belgian pro Pierre Neuville (2nd).  Eyster won 622k for first.  This cash moved him into first all time for money won by a Louisianan with over 2 million in lifetime earnings.  Third place in Louisiana's ranking has only half the money Eyster's won.  He's a big deal.  He's also just outside the top ten for total live cashes, which seems insignificant until you remember he's only 24. One sick player.

MONKEY'S MINIONS PLAYING FOR MILLIONS?

The Poker Monkey is sending three lucky players to this years WSOP Main Event.  First place is guaranteed 10 million dollars.  That's a lot of money to a lot of people.  Do you wanna own a piece of the Monkey Threesome?   You can, because he's selling shares.  Go to Monkey's blog for the latest.

RIO SECURITY LIVING UP TO SECURITY IN THE REAL RIO:

World Cup travelers have been told to beware the rampant crime infesting the city emanating from the favelas of Rio De Janeiro.  At least those visitors got a heads up.  World Series of Poker players should be equally warned about the abysmal security at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas.  There have been tales of at least one mugging in the parking lot, a spate of room breaks in, a "security" presence that is essentially nonexistent (unless you are trying to sell lammers), and fill in the blank theft by "rake" joke.  On the one hand you have to credit the Rio hotel for going for an authentic Rio De Janeiro experience, it is exciting to be fearful of getting your bankroll stolen, on the other hand... WTF??? 

While one of the GCPers was there, at least once, after requesting to be on the do not enter room list, employees did just that.  "We were just checking to see if the room was occupied..."  "Uhhh... yeah, better to do that in person when there is a do not disturb sign on the door, a request in the system to not to be entered, and a record at the front desk showing check-in."  Thanks for the service!

Anyway, the powers-that-be at the WSOP have pretty much ignored the favela-like conditions in the Rio Towers on social media but to be fair they will... prepare to chuckle in derision... talk to you about in person.  So travelers beware keep your cash, your laptop, your chips and anything else you'd rather not stolen on you at all times, unless you going to the parking lot... then you might want to risk leaving them in the room.  Better yet, don't bring anything of value but good luck buying into the tournaments.  A loooooong thread on 2+2 details all the rumors, fact and fiction about this problem.  

2014 WSOP:

COX, PHILACHACK CLOSE IN EVENT 23:

Chad Cox of Mobile, AL won 73k for fourth place, while Garland, TX's Andy Philachack won 155k for second.  1473 players signed up for the 1k No Limit Hold'Em Turbo.  Caufman Talley of Lafayette finished 28th. Also in the money Arvis Cumbest of Pascagoula, MS,

TUCKER AND TOYE'S FUN AND GAMES IN EVENT 21:

Bobby Toye of New Orleans, a former GCP blogger finished 39th in the massive 1k No LImit Hold'em field.  Also in the money Bronson Tucker (a WSOP Academy coach at the NOLA stop) from Austin, TX and Tripp Kirk of Atlanta, GA.

HATCHING A PLAN:

Arthur Hatcher of Baton Rouge, finishes 28th in the Seniors Event.   The Baton Rouge rounder scored his first cash at the World Series.  Dan Heimiller won the event getting past a final table that included Dennis Phillips and David Tran.

CAPTAIN TOM JUST MISSES BRACELET GLORY LIMIT 2-7 TRIPLE DRAW LOWBALL:

Tom Franklin of Gulfport finishes second for 76k in the $1500 buy-in event.  Todd Bui bested the Good Captain in heads-up play.  348 player signed up for the event and at least 200 of them knew the rules of the game.  Meanwhile in Event 13, the 10k No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event Jason Mercier finished third on a loaded final table.

2014 WSOP:

VANESSA SELBST WINS $25K MIX-MATCH EVENT FOR 3RD BRACELET:

Congrats to Vanessa...well played.

EVENT 3 $1K BUYIN HAS KYLE CARTWRIGHT AS CHIP LEADER WITH 12 LEFT:

Circuit grinder Kyle "@da_kyky" Cartwright is set to make a push to the Final Table.  Also in the mix is Lafayette Native and friend of GCP Blake "@Blakeb0921" Barousse. Hopefully they will play heads-up for the bracelet and $360k...they both are guaranteed $20k as they sit now. Barth Melius makes a nice score for his 1st event of the summer getting 28th out of 2224 runners for a nice $8.2k payday

EVENT 6 IS A $1500 SHOOTOUT:

Too many players to highlight but we have some favorites we are rooting for...Shawn Johnston...Allen Kessler...Chris Tryba...Greg Merson...and many more

 

WSOP CIRCUIT NEW ORLEANS:

MAIN EVENT:  CAMPANELLO WINS SEE-SAW BATTLE:

Bryan Campanello bested Gary Friedlander in heads up play.  The two Texans battled for a long time exchanging chip-leads and suckouts.  Both looked poised to close the other out, when the other would get there.  When it wa finally settled Campanello a youngster won the 175k, the National Championship seat, and ring.  Friedlander pocket 108k for second. 

Congrats to one of the great guys of poker Danny Doucet of Opelousas, LA who finished fourth, just shy of 60k.  Great job Danny! Ben Thomas of Baton Rouge just missed the final table winning 13k for 12th.  Curtis terry of Metairie also won north of 10k finished 15th.  Ashly Butler of Metairie who 7k for 21st.  TK Miles popped up again on the coast to win 5k for 26th.  Ken Hebert and Drake Roetger of Lafayette also made the money.  A slew of Texans in there too.  Complete results here.

LOVELL LOVING FIRST PLACE IN EVENT 12:

The Killeen native bagged 16k for first and topped NOLA local Brandon Jackson in heads up play.  Jackson had him about three to one but couldn't hold on.  Bronson Tucker, one of the WSOP Academy instructors finished ninth.  (BTW, Jeff Madsen who was the lead instructor at a WSOPA in NOLA last year just took down the HPT event in California).  Sam Al Shurieki of Pensacola seventh and Ray Caywood of Houston fourth.  Also in the money Dan Rivera, Dennis Phillips and Barth Melius.

SENIORS DIDN'T CHOP:

We know two local regs made it into the top five.  And we know there was no chop, which is a headline in itself.  And that's why it is the headline.  When we have the final results we'll get them posted for you.

BEAU RIVAGE 50K AND LINKS:

WHITTINGTON MAKES MOST OF CHOP:

Philip Whittington of Lafayette, LA got the biggest chunk of the chop.  173 players stayed on the coast and played in the 50k guarantee.   Shaun Johnston of D'Iberville, MS listed second, with Thomas Ballow of Denham Springts, LA third.  David Mendez of New Orleans fifth.  Ludek Sisak of Biloxi ninth.  Bruce Taylor, Bert Ladner and Larry White all made the money.  Congrats to all that played and won.

CHAMP CRUMPLES CARDS, KICKED OUT:

Ryan Eriquezzo, a "pro's pro", and 2012 National Champion, can't take a bad beat too well.  He lost a massive pot in the Parx  casino in a tournament when his pocket Aces were cracked by the pocket Queens of his opponent.  Still, he had 85k left.  Then, Eriquezzo tweeted he got kicked out because he crumbled his cards.  Pretty hard to crumble cards, but that's since been corrected to crumpled.  Surprisingly, many in the poker community came to Eriquezzo's back saying he shouldn't be kicked out for crumpling the cards. 

Apparently, crumpling cards is worth about a two round penalty.  Because Matt Glantz weighed in and said that's all he would have gotten had he not threatened to blow torch the place.  Eriquezzo clarified that he said he'd blow torch the place on twitter (which he did, and is why everybody knows about it). 

SEMINOLE HARD ROUGH 10 MILLION GUARANTEE SCHEDULE IS OUT:

This august things heat up in Florida.  Stretching from the 14th all the way into September the SHR is going to be offering a lot of poker.  Go here for the complete schedule.

GOOD PLAYERS AREN'T LUCKY:

Or maybe, they are not necessarily more lucky then anybody else.  James McManus wrote a piece for Bloomberg.  Read it here.

BORGATA LAWSUIT FILED:

Some interesting nuggets and developments in this piece about the Borgota's counterfeit chip-dumping scandal.  Including possible private deals by Borgota to separate individuals still alive in the tournament.  Go here.

WSOP CIRCUIT NEW ORLEANS:

BATOON WINS EVENT FIVE:

Matthew Batoon of Austin, TX won 17k and the ring.  The former cultural anthropology student put his major to good use.  Dennis Crowley of Pearland, TX was runner up for 10k.  Natasha Barbour of Tampa, FL won 7.7k for third.  Barbour (pictured) finishes third.  Also in the money Bertrand Fos, of Chalmette, LA,  Renaldo Carriere of NOLA, and Justin Gates of Baton Rouge.

BOOTH RULES ROOST IN EVENT SIX:

While we were pulling for Jerry Giroir at the final table there were lots of rooting interests there.  That includes the winner Justin Booth, who we've heard fits the "good" guy seal of approval.  He who won almost 20k to go with his first ring  Jerry finished 8th but was pipped by fellow Lafayette player Kevin Cooper who went out seventh. 

John Monteiro of Houma, LA finished ninth.  David Nicholson, Eric Vogel, of NOLA, Jennifer Roney of Pensacola, FL, Corey Harrison of Birmingham, Jeffrey Sager of Slidell, Drake Roetker of Lafayette, and Michael Northwick of Gretna all made the money too.

HART ATTACKS SIX MAX:

Jonathan Hart of Jackson, MS despite being a young player was probably overdue for his first ring.  Consider that milestone checked off the list.  He beat a loaded final table that included Justin Truesdell to win 21k.  Todd Sousa of NOLA finished 10th.  He was joined in the money by Brian Fontana of Slidell, William Stanford of Tupeloe, MS,  John Durio of Metairie, and Kevin Eyster of Lafayette.

WEST BEST IN EVENT 8:

Tim West beat circuit reg Chris Parsons in heads up play to earn his second ring.  Robert Keller of Gulf Shores, and Tim Martin of NOLA made the final table.  David Nicholson added another cash, though still got passed in the Casino Champion race by West.   Drake Roetker and Jeffrey Sager also cashed again.  Bradley Glasser and Joe Didonato both from New Orleans made the mone.  One other notable, Randy Landry, is listed as from Las Vegas, but is a Louisiana local, cashed.  We understand he also had a final table earlier in the week we might have missed.

POTTER TURBOS TO FIRST PLACE:

Jason Potter of Tulsa Oklahoma ripped through the turbo event to win 18k for first.  He beat Jacque Gremillion of Gonzales, LA in heads up.  Gremillion won 11k for second.  Jerry Girior (pictured) of Lafayette got close again winning almost 6k for 4th.  Blake Barousse, added another final table to his resume, as he finished seventh.  Shawn Calvit of Lafayette, Lance Cone, of Tallulah, Andrew Rust, of Scot, LA, and Jed Dyrek of Lake Charles all made the money. 

BOATMAN WINS EVENT 10 1k BUY-IN:

In the tenth event, tens played a vital role in Arthur Boatman's win.  Behind the pocket Aces of second place finisher Puneet Modha (of Baton Rouge), Boatman had top pair of tens.  The money got in and another ten found the board.  The Tampa, FL player won almost 50k for first.  Modha settled for 30k.

Also, at the final table, Kevin Eyster won 16k for fourth.  John Holley of Destin, FL finished seventh for 7k.  Robert Iversen of Gulf Breeze, FL, Ben Thomas of Baton Rouge, Seth Dunlap of NOLA, Erica Sumner of Walker, LA (her third cash of the series) and Friend of GCP Chris Sumerall of Houma all cashed.  David Nicholson got the first pay slot to retake the lead in the Casino Championship. 

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR:

WSOP-ACADEMEY DECIMATES A COUPLE OF TOURNAMENTS:

Saturday and Sunday last week, the WSOP-Academy rolled into town.  After one day of lessons under Phil Gordon, many of the Academy players decided to take on a nightly.  No fewer than seven out of the final nine were Academy players.  A whopping 14 out of the final three tables were Academy players Considering there were only 20 or so entrants out of 146 it defies logic a little bit.  First place was won by David Preng, who beat fellow Academy player Martin Sirkin. 

The next night, after the graduation of the Academy players, Scott Billips went to his second final table in a row.  The top prize was taken down by GCP's own Wild Bill Phillips who helped coach at the Academy.  Three other Academy students also made the money.  Congrats to Phil Gordon, Bronson Tucker, Ben Logan (and Wild Bill) for some great tutelage and to the students for applying it.   Can't argue with results.

Meanwhile, several other students went deep and cashed in Noon Events.  AND UPDATED: one student was one of the chipleaders after day one of the Main Event.  More on the main to come.

WSOP CIRCUIT NEW ORLEANS:

EVENT ONE RESULTS:

Leitz finishes third for 9k.  Duane Fontenot of Geismar, LA sixth for 3.8k.  Franklin Klug of NOLA eighth for 2.3k.  Jeff Sager of Slidell pocketed 1.8k for ninth (pictured).  We've since seen Sager deep in other events so probably some more results forthcoming.  Also, in the money were Jeffry Quin, NOLA, Edward Luwig, Metairie, Joane Haas, Covington, Jon Guidry, NOLA, William Spangler, Baton Rouge, Tim Martin, NOLA and David Vanbrunt, Metaire.

HIRONS FIRING IN EVENT TWO: 

Larry Hirons of Arlington, TX won event two for a 22k lick.  He was joined at the final table by Syedimuddin Alvi (2nd for 14k, Duluth, GA), Stephen Grant of Gretna, LA (3rd 10k), Bryan Hooker of Tuscaloosa, Sean Locantro of Metaire, John Lauve of Baton Rouge, and Justin Hooker also of Tuscaloosa.  Bruce Little of Covington just missed the final table. 

So too Erica Sumner of Walker, LA.  Also cashing from Louisiana were Faith Giordano,  Kent Landry, James Hutches, James Arruebarena, Thomas McEachin, James Hauk, Donal Dove,  and Simplicio Losauro.  Mississippi barely represented in this tournament with Kamran Shahlaei and William Stanford min-cashing.

PLAYBOY AND THE KID IN EVENT THREE:

Heads up Austin Bursavich of Baton Rouge fell just short of all the glory against David Nicholson of Perkinston, MS in the PLO event.  The Playboy won 10k while the kid earned 6.4k.  Walter Chambers and Doug Gambel also cashed.  So too Gary Clark of Jackson MS. 

PENSACOLA DOG TRACK NIPPED AT THE LINE:

Two regs from Pensacola Gordon Hardy and John Langevin both went Deep in the big Event 4A re-entry.  Hardy, an Atmore, AL, native busted fifth for 10k.  Langevin, fresh off his Main Event win at the Beau, won 6.5k for seventh.  Ricky Marks of Chalmette earned almost 20k for third.  Erica Sumner got her second cash of the series with a final table appearance (sixth 8.3k).  Too many locals cashed to name everybody but go here to see for yourself. 

WSOP CIRCUIT NEW ORLEANS:

FRIEND OF GCP... ROSS "@SpamBx392" LEITZ TAKES MASSIVE CHIP LEAD TO FINAL TABLE:

Ross basically destroyed day 1 in taking a chip lead that saw Ross having 3 more times the chips than the rest of the field. He held that CL until he took a massive cooler to eventual winner Louis George. George gets $20.2k for 1st and Ross gets $9.6k for 3rd. Other notable was DJ MacKinnon who took down 2nd place for $12.5k. DJ Mac also secures his seat into this years Circuit National Championship in Atlantic City with the 2nd place points

PLO TOURNEY FINAL TABLE RESUMES:

The finla table of the PLO event also has several Friends of GCP with Austin "Da Kid" Bursavish (Pic Playing Magic) also sitting on a massive 3 to 1 Chip Lead. David "@davediesel85" is sitting 3rd in chips of the 6 handed Final table. Their playing for $10.4k twirling up top. Good Luck to everyone playing today.

ANOTHER POKER BOOK COMING OUT:

Issac Haxton's Father (who happens to be a Poet and Professor) is writing a book about his son and his High Stakes lifestyle called "Fading Hearts on the River: a Life in High Stakes Poker". It starts with Issac at the Final Table of Caribbean Adventure...and will follow Isaac.

***We missed another Friend of GCP score in Cherokee...Mike Horchoff got 3rd in Cherokee for close to $20k,..and we missed it here at GCP***

 

POKER LINKS (we got a bundle of results from Tunica and the IP we are going to drop on you soon enough but until then here's a smattering of good reads to tide you over):

TOBY MAGUIRE POKER SUPER HERO:

Molly Bloom ran high stakes poker games.  Toby Maguire played in many of them.  He won a lot.  She got arrested.  She wrote a book.  He's in the book. 

Go here to read more.  Not interested yet?  How about if she writes about how Tobey would buy in his glamorous actor friends, like Leo Di Caprio,  just to attract billionaires to play in his game, so he could fleece them?  Not sold yet?

It gets better, Bloom will also write, supposedly, that those same billionaires backed Toby's movie company.   So, he got their money twice?  Also, revelations that he essentially cornered another player into a deal he couldn't win.  The player had to share half his profits equally with Spiderman but all the losses were on the villain (... or hero?).  Do the math... He'd win 200k twice, Toby gets 200k, he gets 200k.  He loses 200k once.  He's back to even.  Toby wins 200ks.  Pretty good deal for Spidey...   

DEWEY TOMKO FRIEND OR FOE?

Dewey Tomko, old school poker winner and generally rich guy, co-wrote an article bashing the security of online poker, then he said he didn't.  Just some guy attached his name to it, then one of the guys that had a part in it said Tomko read it signed off on it but forgot it, then Tomko's lawyer said he didn't but the guy who said he did... is a good guy.  Huh?  A pretty good time line that fleshes that out all this better is here.  Nolan Dalla seemed to be the only guy to do some real investigative work in all this and actually did the digging to speak with Tomko and you can read his blog for some better insight into this hubabulloo.  Look left.

COLSON WHITEHEAD TALKS WSOP AND RYAN LENAGHAN:

Novelist Colson Whitehead went to the WSOP on Grantland's dime and then wrote a book The Noble Hustle:  Poker, Beef Jerky and Death.  NPR had him on to talk about his experience.  In the Fresh Air segment, he mentions playing with a "Robotron" (which we thought was the home planet of the Transformers so maybe we are misremembering what he said).  Whatever noun he used/created he meant an Internet hoodie'd kid.  The one he referenced turned out to be Ryan Lenaghan.  Pretty interesting interview, and good for poker (?) book concept, without the Ryan reference.  Go here to listen.

CHAD HOLLOWAY ON PAWN STARS POKER EDITION TONIGHT?

PokerNews writer, WSOP bracelet winner, and Tulane Grad, Chad Holloway visted PawnStars last year to sell some merchandise.  They filmed it.  We don't have any info on how the negotiation went but we predict a bald headed man, or a heavy set man, underbid him.  They negotiated, maybe they called in a friend of the bald headed man to evaluate the material, and then he underbid Chad again.  The bald headed man has to make money, and it can't just sit in his shop. 

Somebody made a final offer and it was either accepted or somebody had to pass.  If they did pass, the bald man was happy he got a chance to recite his minutes before googled information on the piece and to have looked at it.  Chad was either not impressed with the offer or happy with it in an exit interview.  We predict Chad walked away from the deal.  One thing we know for 90% certainty, the offer was not above what Chad said he was hoping to get in his pre-interview, unless Chad had no idea what it was really worth and the expert they brought in blew his mind with how much value his piece actually had.  Then Chad still walked away. 

IP BILOXI WPT EVENT STARTS MAY 1:

WPT EVENT HITS THE IP:

In a bit of a scheduling quirk there is some overlap with the WSOP-C event at Harrahs New Orleans (and also the WSOP Academy) which starts next weekend.  Grinders will probably be traveling back and forth from the coast to New Orleans quite a bit.  The Main Event is next weekend.  This Saturday there is a re-entry event with two flights on the same day.  For complete schedule click here.  

SKILLED POKER PLAYERS NEED NOT APPLY? 

You can win just don't win that much?  Interesting story on the Equity Poker Network banning "aggressive" players here written by Dan Katz at PokerNewsDaily.

WSOP ACADEMY AND LINKS:

WSOP ACADEMY COMING TO TOWN MAY 10TH:

Don't miss your opportunity to learn from Phil Gordon and to take your game to the next level.  He'll be leading the course this go around with plenty of hand labs to grill the assembled pros.  See the banner ad above for more details.  If you do sign up please let them know you saw it here first. 

BLUFFERS AND LIARS, ONE AND THE SAME?

Interesting article about the tells that give liars away.  Certainly some use poker wise here, especially when grilling a villain about the strength of his hand. 

LORI KOLSTAD; GULF COAST GRINDETTE:

Interesting article about women playing poker or maybe more accurately, the lack of women playing poker.  In the story Lori Kolstad gets quoted quite a bit.  You may recognize her from the games on the Coast.  Go here to read more.

MORE ON MISSISSIPPI'S STUDY ON INTERNET GAMBLING:

We touched on this last week, and Matthew Kredell of PokerNews explores the topic a little more in depth and ask the question "Is it a set-up?"  His take on the future of gaming but live and online in Mississippi is here

BEAU RIVAGE SPRING BREAK MAIN EVENT:

BEAU SHINES AGAIN:

First off, a big thank you, and a hearty congratulations to the Beau Rivage for another first class event.  Thanks to Johnny Grooms, Paul, Eric, the dealers and all the tournament/support staff.  Everything went smoothly this year and lots of positive things were said about the event, the numbers, the structures, and the options. 

The Beau is at its best when it provides those little extra perks to players.  Aaron Hendrix, an on site blogger whose coverage over at Beaupoker.com, is a luxury you just don't get at other venues anymore.  Great job writing all the synopses Aaron.  Eric from ImageMasters took great photos all week.  You can still order your own from him right now.

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JOHN LANGEVIN SHOOTS DOWN THE OTHER Js TO WIN:

Only the players whose name began with a J, that came to the final table placed in the top four.  Just a matter of jostling to see who would wind up where.  John Langevin of Pensacola bagged 51k officially for first. Unofficially we heard after a couple of chops it was closer to 33 or 32k.  A great score for the former dealer.   Josh Palmer of Daphne, AL in second got almost as much, even if it's reported he won 27k.  Joe DiDonato of Slidell, LA, third, is listed as a 18k winner and Jeff Bond of California, who finished in fourth got 16k. 

We were rooting hard for a couple of #FriendsofGCP (GeneD starting that twitter hashtag, we'll figure out a way for those that use it in future tournaments to get their tweets on the frontpage in our twitter feed, again, that's #FriendsofGCP) who came awfully close to winning it.  

Frank "On His A Game" Alpandinar came in as a short stack and fought his way long enough to not be the first player headed to the exit.  David Chocheles (pictured) got it in a little bit later, flopping two pair only, to get counterfeited on the turn and finished sixth.  Great job, both of you guys!

 Final Results:

1st John Langevin (Pensacola, FL) $51,894.00
2nd Josh Palmer (Daphne, AL) $27,535.00
3rd Joe DiDonato (Slidell, LA) $19,063.00
4th Jeff Bond (Thousand Oaks, CA) $16,098.00
5th Bryne Wilson (Tuscaloosa, AL) $13,768.00
6th David Chocheles (New Orleans, LA) $11,650.00
7th Lawrence Smith (Jacksonville, FL) $9,531.00
8th Frank Alpandinar (Baton Rouge, LA) $7,413.00
9th Bill Cox (Walker, LA) $5,295.00

BEAU RIVAGE SPRING BREAK MAIN EVENT:

FINAL TABLE SET:

Jeff Bond of California, comes back as the sole player over 1 million in chips.  Bill Cox of Walker, LA and Lawrence Smith of Jacksonville Florida both have over 700k.  Frank Alpandinar is the short stack with 123k.  Josh Palmer, Dave Chocheles, Joe DiDonato, John Langevin and Bryne Wilson all return with stacks somewhere in between. Still anybody's game...

WUNSTEL, PHILLIPS LEAVE IT LATE AND BUBBLE FINAL TABLE:

Corrie Wunstel (pictured), Kevin Choe (a new New Orleanian), and GCP's Wild Bill Phillips exited in 12th, 11th, and 10th place respectively.  Each won over 4k, but were a hand or two away from playing at the Final Table.  Bill Cox of Walker, LA got both Wunstel and Phillips to set the final table.  He'll have a lot of chips to start play.  Here's a look at...

THOSE THAT CASHED BUT WON'T BE BACK: 

10th Wild Bill Phillips (Metairie, LA) $4,024.00
11th Kevin Choe $4,024.00
12th Corrie Wunstel $4,024.00
13th Dean DiGeralamo $3,389.00
14th Jonathan Luckett $3,389.00
15th Chad Melerine $3,389.00
16th Thu Tran $2,754.00
17th Boston Rob Mariano $2,754.00
18th Brian Delatte $2,754.00
19th Kristopher Cannattelli $2,118.00
20th Harry Short $2,118.00
21st Ben The Destroyer Mintz $2,118.00
22nd James Allen $2,118.00
23rd Justin Hooker $2,118.00
24th Carl Guillot $2,118.00
25th Calvin Smith $2,118.00
26th Paul Herbert $2,118.00

27th Drew Kelley $2,118.00

CHANCELLOR COMES OUT ON TOP:

Todd Chancellor, who lives in Chancellor, AL won 4.9k for first place in Event 14.   Tom Knower of Metaire, LA took home 2.8k for second, and Gary Reed (pictured) of Biloxi, MS earned 1.9k for third. 

Rayford Chambers of Jackson, MS, Bruce Soileau of Lafayette, LA, and Jay Bishop of Pearl, MS all made the final table and tasted the money.  

HARRAHS WEEKLY RESULTS AND NEWS:

MISSISSIPPI TO STUDY INTERNET GAMING/SPORTS BETTING:

Despite the best efforts of Sheldon Adelson (who ironically just got in trouble for his casino's allowing minors to play), online gaming movements seem to be gaining traction in different parts of the country.  Now it appears Mississippi is going to give the idea some further thought.  Poker News Daily's Earl Burton wrote this piece on where things stand.  Also, this article in the Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald.

DANNY ROBISON DIES:

Old school player who used to be one of Chip Reese's mates has passed.  Here's a clip where he tells a pretty funny story from back in the day about angle shooting one of the kings of angle shooting Puggy Pearson.

 

 

BEAU RIVAGE SPRING BREAK CLASSIC RESULTS:

PRISSY JUST MISSES SIX MAX FINAL TABLE:

Prissy and Jerry Giroir of Lafayette, LA put together a great trip to the Beau Rivage.  After her husband cashed twice Prissy was looking to make a final table of her own but unfortunately lost a coin flip to finish seventh in Event 7. 

Miki Asunscion of New York went on to win the event and become the first female winner of this series.  Reed Cooley of Santa Rosa Beach, FL (4th 1.1k) Jeremy Eyer of Gulfport, MS (3rd 1.5k) Warren Hughes of Mobile, AL (2nd 2.4k) and Kevin Baker of La Grange, GA finished in the money.  This final table showcased players who would go on to several other high finishes later in the week. 

Starting with the winner of the very next event... Reed Cooley...

NO COOLING OFF:

After a final table in the Six Max Event, Air Force pilot Reed Cooley went out and won the No Limit Hold'em Event 8 the very next day.  Cooley bagged 3.5k for first.  Stephen Rowell of Mobile finished third for 1.5k.  

HERB TAPSCOTT TOPS IN EVENT 9:

Hartselle, AL's Herbert Tascott beat Stan James of D'Iverville, MS in heads up play of the Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better event.  Of late James has been winning every 8 or Better tournament he's entered so when he had Tapscott down to almost the felt, you'd think it was all but a formality.  Tapscott had other ideas and the credentials to make the comeback.  After all he's a Circuit ring and WSOP bracelet winner.  One rush later and it was Tapscott posing for the winner's photo this time and winning 2.4k.  Tommy Welborn of Cornelia, GA finished third and Jay Hall of Lake Bruin, LA finished 5th both in the money.

BAKER COULDN'T WIN HALF DOZEN BUT PREVAILS IN FULL RING:

Just as Reed Cooley parlayed the confidence from his final table in the six max to a win later in the week, Kevin Baker of La Grange, GA did the same with a victory in Event 10.  Baker won 3.4k for first.  Unchong Bairos of Destin finished third for 1.3k.  Terry Fisher of Pensacola, John Durio of NOLA, and Kory Dunn of Foley, AL finished 6th, 7th, and 8th respectively. 

KELL BOSARGE BOSSES STUD 8 OR BETTER:

Walker, Louisiana's native son Kell Bosarge won Event 11.  Pocketing 4.4k for his effort, this is his second win at Beau Rivage poker tournament.  This time beat David Delchamps of Mobile, AL (1.1k) heads up.  Herman Shumaker of Brandon, MS finished third.

CHAMPLIN NOW A CHAMPION WINS EVENT 12:

The Jonesville, LA business owner prevailed late in the night of the one day event.    He beat a loaded final table that included Biloxi's Lacey Coffee (9th pictured), Calvin Smith of Vancleave, MS (8th), Chip Thornhill of Brookhaven, MS (5th), Sean Locantro of NOLA (4th) and Albert Harper of Meridian, MS (3rd).  Champlin won 5k for first.

BEAU RIVAGE SPRING BREAK CLASSIC RESULTS:

CAPTAIN TOM FRANKLIN GETS THE BIGGEST SLICE IN EVENT 1; $340 NLHE REENTRY:

Captain Tom chopped up event one with many of the remaining players and gets credit for the W.  Walker McDuffie, James Galloway, Carl Adkins, Allen Devoll, Luther Tran, Ben Wright, Michael Usakowski and Chioh Yim rounded out the final table.

KRIS KENT SUPERMAN IN EVENT 2; LIMIT OMAHA 8 OR BETTER:

New Orleans tournament reg, Kris Kent scooped $2.6K for first.  He outlasted some familiar names Philip Sass (2nd $1.5k), Charlie Hubbard (3rd $1.1k), James Barden (4th $792) and Dawn Weaver (5th $462).

JACQUELINE PATMAN WINS LADIES EVENT:

The Covington, GA native won 1.5k for first.  Also in the money were Jasmine McGehee (2nd) of Lafayette, LA and Kathleen Gregory (3rd) of Spring, TX.  The $230 Buy-in event three title is Patman's first win.

RICHARDSON RICHER AFTER WINNING EVENT 4:

Okay we know this one ended in a chop and know the details too because GCP's Wild Bill Phillips (pictured) was at the final table.  Richardson and Phillips got the biggest chunks of change and five players each got ~2K.   Richardson from Auburn, AL also earned the trophy and bragging rights.  Friend of GCP Jerry Giroir (Lafayette, LA) pocketed his second cash of the series and made it to the chop. 

Also in on it were Cody Cash (Carrollton, GA), Lane Leblanc (New Iberia, LA), Phuoc Tran (Albany, GA) and Quan Phui (Pensacola, FL).  Aaron Remble of New Orleans just missed the "good" money and along with Ron Baldos rounded out the final table.  Congrats also to Chad Melerine of Slidell, LA who finished in the money in 10th.

JAMES BRINGS THE PAIN:

According to BeauPoker.com's Aaron Hendrix Stan James has been on a roll in Limit 8 or Better.  Four tournament wins, in this discipline, in the last six month is an impressive feat.  James, from D'Iberville, MS, won 1.4k for first.  Eldred Miller of Biloxi finished second.  Also in the money were John Davis of Birmingham, AL, Mike Husar of Biloxi, and Ted Barrick of Ocean Springs.

GIDDY UP GIESSE WINS SENIORS EVENT:

Semi-retired Horse trainer Carl Giesse earned 6.8k for first.  Also at the final table were Jerry Stumbo of Ocean Springs (4th 2.2k), Clyde Duet of Cutoff, LA (5th 1.9k),  and John Olson of Moss Point, MS (9th $826).  "Lucky" Len Emmanuel of Pass Christian, MS just missed the final nine.  

150K GUARANTEES, SPRING BREAK, AT THE BEAU WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT:

BEAU RIVAGE SPRING BREAK CLASSIC STARTS THIS WEEK:

It's time again for another big Beau Rivage event.  It kicked off with a 150K guarantee event on Friday, that they smashed and goes through this week's 150k guarantee Main Event.  We'll make our own guarantee with four flights for the Main Event and a great price point we predict they'll dust this guarantee easily too.  We have a slew of results to get up on here.  In the meantime, you can read the great write ups by Aaron Hendrix on Beaupoker.com and look at the excellent photos by Eric Harkins and ImageMasters over there too. 

FRIEND OF GCP BJ MCBRAYER SHIPS THE $580 IN ST LOUIS FOR OVER $20K

We want to give a shout out to BJ McBrayer for getting some more ringwear up at Lumiere in St Louis. BJ bested 150 other players with a total prize pool of $75,000. We look forward to seeing BJ and all the other local rounders this week in Biloxi.  It also appears, he's wrapped up his seat in the National Championship. 

As we get closer to the final WSOP-C event in New Orleans we'll take a closer look at the players from the Coast who are in the mix for that.

POKER NEWS AND LINKS:

MERCIER, RACENER HIGHLIGHT FINAL 19 IN WPT JACKSONVILLE:

Both Jason Mercier (pictured right) and Jonathan Racener are below chip average with 298k and 216k respectively (average 407k).  Plenty of other notables dot the field including recent champ James Calderaro, Faraz Jaka, Luke Graham, Jordan Christos (2nd in chips), and Jared Jaffe (first in chips).  First place is 206k. 

THE HEARTLAND POKER TOUR IN VICKSBURG:

We have limited information about this event.  We know that New Orleans rounder Teddy Conner had an early cash in one of the preliminary events.  We know Ben Mintz and one of his buddies are at the final table of the Main Event.  We also know they are now one of the most clandestine hosts of poker tournament anywhere (see Monkey's current blog).  Not surprisingly, as the flow information only dribbles out we don't have much to share.   We'd love to share the results with you so feel free to send updates to Wild Bill.

BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP AGAIN:

Can you keep calling it the Big One when it's the second one?  The third one?  Anyway, the WSOP is, and that refers to the Million Dollar entry event that benefits the One Drop Charity.  Last time Antonio Esfandiari won it for 18 million.  The tournament maxed out selling 48 out of 48 seats.  This time the max has been raised to 56.  At least half of the 2012 players have commited to play.  PokerKing has the list here of those who are in.

GREATEST POKER PIC OF ALL-TIME CHRIS MONEYMAKER:

The fellas over at Wicked Chops Poker have been counting down the greatest poker pics ever taken and it's no surprise, the seminal moment in poker tops the list.  Our favorite former accountant from Memphis celebrates with all that money and inspires a poker boom.  Our friend Eric Harkins at ImageMasters took the photo (feels like two good guys won with that ranking).  Sadly, Chris's father, whose presence on the telecast was almost as notable as Chris's, just passed.  We extend our thoughts, prayers and condolences to his entire family. 

COUSHATTA 7 CLANS NEXT WEEK:

The Coushatta Resort and Casino in Kinder is going to be rocking their 7 Clans poker tourney next week. The tournament starts on 3/11 and culminates with a $1000 buy in ($950 + $50). It s a great event with lots of local OMRGs (Old Man Run Goods)...etc. Keep in mind that Randall/Tom and team are going to do their best. They are limited on dealers and will use some blackjack dealers, so come with a good heart...ready to make some money...and have a good time. Some of the best FREE poker meals for players on the Gulf Coast. Click the banner above or clink the link HERE. The new 7 Clan Hotel is one of the nicest Hotels in Louisiana connected to a Casino. See ya there!!!

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POKER 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. 

She also 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 Survivors past. 

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. 

He didn't 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.

BAZELEY BARELY:

What a great story by Paul Oresteen over at Bluff Magazine (read here).  Jacoby 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.

PELTON PENALIZED:

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 2+2 Thread.

GREEN FRIDAY:

FULL 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.

Twitter and 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.

MSPT 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.

LOCALS IN VEGAS:

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 two. 

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.

FIELDS MAKES 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.

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 (UPDATED: 5/20/14) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"Poker 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 Gaurantee 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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JASON MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY

 (UPDATED 06/24/14) Florida's Jason Mericer is one of the best poker players in the world.  Why wouldn't you read his blog? 

"I'm writing just as I'm getting set to start a summer full of poker at the WSOP and not long after finishing playing in the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on PokerStars. As usually happens, the SCOOP was a great warm-up for the WSOP, and this time it was especially fun as I finally won my first SCOOP watch.

I love playing SCOOP both because I always enjoy getting the chance to play online and because I like being able to play all of the different variants. Almost all of the tournaments I’ve played this year have been no-limit hold’em events, so I always like getting a chance to practice the non-hold’em games in tournaments that SCOOP offers
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THE POKER MONKEY

 [UPDATED: 06/26/14] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:


"Originally...the plan was to recruit my candidates, then raise the money for three players...then discuss and decide with the input of the investment group, who our three Grinders would be.

A couple of things got in the way. First...to do this...I should have started this in about April instead of May. Granted...your investors/backers usually don't get in until its close to 'go time.' Just like with all the pools I run...the majority of the people come hard late.

Next...I was bogged down by the last month of grinding my face off playing my own summer schedule out here...and admittedly did not give enough time and attention to making this come to fruition. I can honestly say that if I were running decently...which as most of you know, I haven't been...I'd have been able to take more days off from poker, and give it a little more time. Instead I keep going back...again and again...to get pummeled. !"
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RIVER POKER

 [UPDATED: 06/23/14] Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an  intriguing approach to  the game: 

"I only play in the final ("Championship") event of a series if I've made enough money during the series to cover it or if I happen to satellite my way in. I don't play many "megas" simply because I'm not too fond of rebuy tournaments so I don't often satellite my way in. Therefore, I'm not a regular in the final tournament of a series.

A few years ago I played in one of these "Championship" events. It was a $5k buy-in and I had made enough during the series to cover it. This was the most I had ever paid out of my pocket to enter a poker tournament.

I made it down to the final nineteen and they were paying eighteen places. Eighteenth place paid a little over $8k and, since a $5k entry was such a big deal to me, I was determined to make the cut. I was at a tough table. Chad Brown was one seat to my left and Vanessa Rousso was a couple of seats to my right. Most of the remaining players at the table were professionals. I was a little short stacked at this point but one guy at my table was a little more short stacked than me. Long story short I waited him out and made the money. Of course, by then I was so extremely short stacked that I went out in eighteenth place."
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RECOGNIZE AND REACT

 (UPDATED 01/14/14) A 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. 
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POKERBAT

[UPDATED: 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 lice’s hair over five fiddy the Bat doesn’t 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 can’t 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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SAINTS WIN

[UPDATED 12/27/13] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and lives in Mobile brings his poker Saints 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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WHO IS DAVID CLARK?

[UPDATED:  03/28/13] 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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