DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
have one weird hand history. During an Aces
cracked promotion at Harrahs, I somehow lost the
minimum with them against pocket kings. He
flopped a set and boated up on the river. I
thought the board pairing the low card might
have been good for me because when he raised me
on the turn I thought he had at least two pair.
So, I lose the pot and they go off to get me my
hundred dollars in chips .
The dealer didn't ask if they were in play, and
right before I looked at my hand I thought about
saying something. She was attending to something
so I said to myself no big deal I'll wait a hand
before mentioning it. Then I spied Queens."
10/08/14] Jonathan Little has more tournament winnings than only
a handul of pros. At 24, he had already
eclipsed 4 million dollars in lifetime
winnings . The WPT Season VI player of the year, Jonathan
was born in Pensacola Florida and currently
operates a new poker site, which includes his
blogs and videos you can find it
"In this blog post I am going to reveal to you a
flaw I currently have in my game. I am also
going to explain the actions I am taking to fix
it. I hope you enjoy this candid look into my
I recently had the pleasure of playing the
$3,500 Borgata Poker Open World Poker Tour
event. I must admit, Borgata has done an
excellent job of cultivating their poker
community and constantly growing their games. "
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 10/08/14] 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.
"ďPoker Night in AmericaĒ remains a work in
progress. The show has overcome huge odds just
by the fact itís made it to national television
and has even found an audience with many
viewers. Ratings are solid and the network is
quite pleased with whatís been accomplished, so
far. This is a testament to Todd Andersonís
grand vision as the showís creator, the
unwavering support given to us by Rush Street
Productions in Chicago, a stellar film and
editing crew which is as dedicated as any group
Iíve ever worked with, and lots of support
within the poker community ó including players
who have appeared on our show.
Iím astounded that every player without
exception who has joined us so far has been
highly complimentary about what weíre trying to
accomplish. Frankly, I did not expect this level
of support and enthusiasm. Poker (especially
televised poker) can be a very rude awakening,
especially for optimists and those who seek
predictable outcomes. But nothing is predictable
when it comes to televised poker. "[+]
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
"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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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
OF BATON ROUGE
EVENT NOVEMBER 21, 22
SATELLITES UNDERWAY NOW
HEARTLAND POKER TOUR VICKSBURG RESULTS:
Chris Lane of
Brandon, MS wins HPT Main Evnet 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 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"."[+]
MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY|
06/24/14) Florida's Jason Mericer is one of the best poker
players in the world. Why wouldn't you read his blog?
"This will be my seventh summer in Las Vegas. This is
actually the longest time Iíve gone without being in Vegas, as I
literally havenít been back since the end of the WSOP last
summer. Iím not looking forward to the weather, obviously,
because I donít really like the dry heat during the summer. But
Iím really looking forward to playing all of the different
tournaments again. Itís like a poker playerís dream.
I like this yearís schedule a lot with all of the $10K events,
and I plan to play a scaled-back schedule sticking mainly to the
$5K buy-in events and higher. Iím also obviously looking forward
to the Big One for One Drop and the $50K Poker Players
THE POKER MONKEY
Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker
circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:
"It's Thursday...and all the dust has settled, my sleep has been
caught up on, and I've started with my personal trainer, in my
mission to lose 30-35 lbs before our family cruise in January!
All in all I'd say the WSOP-circuit event at IP could be viewed
as a success, despite firing twice and not cashing in the Main
Event...which was regrettable. But 4 cashes, including a 5th in
the 6-Max (an event I'd never cashed before) and a 3rd in the
11th ring event...coupled with a 1 for 1 Mega record and a 4th
in the only nightly I played...and it was the 2nd consecutive
circuit event where I turned a profit! Woo Hoo!"
Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an intriguing
approach to the game:
" I didn't remember him but he had a story to tell me. We
stepped to the side out of the crowd and the following is his
"About four years ago I was playing in a tournament here at the
Beau at the same table with you. We were getting fairly deep in
the tournament and you had a pretty large chip stack. You got
into a big hand with a young lady at the other end of the table
and the end result of the hand was her elimination.
She seemed pretty distraught. I'm sure you didn't notice because
you were too busy stacking chips. I'm also sure you didn't
notice that I got up from the table and followed her outside to
console her. I had never met her but just felt like she needed a
bit of comfort at the time.""
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new title but the same blog,
Goondingy or Big Smoove and pure aggression on the felt examines
live poker action:
"Greetings and salutations.
I had to get on here and throw down some thoughts on how the
year went for me and to set some expectations for 2014.
Poker has really taken a back seat, I live through Gulf Coast
Poker.net and some friends in Vegas. I truly plan to get back
into action in 2014, slowly but surely. My action figure
business did not get off to a good start and following up on
that with my other responsibilities hurt my slothfulness. [+]
[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
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