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DINE ON THE WHALE

 (UPDATED: 06/07/15) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"Some of this is simply about perspective. Some pros view the Colossus as really a 2k tournament, having fired four bullets. For them having invested up to $2k and fighting 22,000 entrants they want a bigger upside. Predictably it's the pros and semipros who have been going nuts, while the casual players I've talked to are just as happy to cash, and chase a half million as a whole million. Unless, one of them wins it probably none of them will care if the first place doesn't make a million. Course, for future years a one million dollar first place makes a better sell. The WSOP says the Millionaire Maker is the spot for that. I say if you have 22,000 people in a $565 tournament you need to find room for another spot to give out a million dollars for a nominal buy-in." [+]

LITTLE THOUGHTS

[UPDATED  06/07/15] 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 here.

"Every summer, poker players from all over the world flock to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. Luckily for the professional players, most of these visitors have little to no chance to actually come away with a big score because they set themselves up to fail from the start. To last the seven weeks at the WSOP you must remain focused and ready to play your “A” game the entire time.
Here are a few tips that will greatly increase your expectation at any tournament series without even mentioning how to technically play poker.."
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NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  06/07/15] Nolan Dalla.com is where you find the wit and wisdom of one of the most well known poker writers in the industry.  His WSOP coverage speaks for itself.  His home blog covers a wide range of topics written with that singular Dalla conviction. 

"I just learned Eskimo Clark died.
He passed away a few months ago here in Las Vegas. His death went unnoticed within the poker community, until Chad Holloway from PokerNews.com uncovered the details of his passing and posted an announcement along with a feature story late last night. One presumes no one recognized Eskimo at the end of his life, nor made the connection to his many exploits and achievements in poker.
He’d become forgotten already, even before he passed away.
Like old soldiers, some poker players don’t die. They just fade away. Eskimo faded from relevance to the poker scene years ago. It’s easy now to forget his deserving place among the legendary gamblers we so often revere, those with the great poker faces masking not just the cards, but perpetual lives of isolation, and even loneliness.
I didn’t know Eskimo well. I don’t think many of us did. He’s wasn’t an easy man to get to know. Perhaps no one really knew Eskimo, aside from the all-too familiar grumpy caricature we got so used to seeing out in the hallways at every big poker event, occasionally embellished with yet another funny story about his obvious degeneracy. What we did learn from Holloway’s research was that long before he became a poker pro and full-time gambler, he served as a medic in Vietnam. "

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SHORR 'NUFF

[UPDATED  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 his homepage:  http://shannonshorr.com/

"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 experience:" [+]

MENDEZ SEZ

[UPDATED  02/15/15] David Mendez grinds online poker at a time when it's hard to find a game.  His blog centers on his poker both live and online.

"Hey everybody, glad to be back for the second time. Let’s talk money! Allow me to be more specific. Let’s talk A LOT of money. Let’s talk about the PEAK of on-line poker since black Friday, here & now! I wanted to get the word out sooner but the end of the year found me on a tremendous heater.

Christmas came a bit early with a 2nd place score in the Winning Poker Network’s (WPN) Sunday $12,500 guarantee for over $2,000. The next day I shipped 1st in the $1,000 rebuy/add-on for over $400. The next day I was able to place 3rd in the $15,000 guarantee for $ 1,750. In that same day I was able to ship 1st in the $2,000 guaranteed 4-max for $500. It was a blast being at the final table of two tournaments SIMULTANEOUSLY! That was a first for me. It didn’t stop there, though."
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Bella Donkey

[11/02/14]  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.

"Dear Tony,

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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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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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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WUNSTEL WITH ALL THE CHIPS, WSOP UPDATE:


WUNSTEL FIRST IN CHIPS IN PLO EVENT WITH 19 LEFT: 

Keep knocking on the door and just maybe somebody will answer.  A summer of deep runs by local players continues, hopefully this time a bracelet will be waiting for Corrie Wunstel when the door is finally answered.  So far, so good.

The Baton Rouge player has almost double the stack of second place Shane Abbot with 1.2 million.  Matt Colvin of Dallas, TX is in third with 520k.  Wunstel won a massive at the end of last night to bring a lot of bullets back for his mission today.

Also, in contention is the ever dangerous Jared Ingles of Dry Prong, LA.  He's got 292k.  First place pays 266k.  Every player is guaranteed 8k, with the laddering up to the bigger paydays about a table away.   GCP's Jonathan Little busted in 25th place, Jonathan Gaviao of Gainseville, TX left in 23rd place.  Jason Gladden of Hattiesburg, MS made the money, so too San Antonio's Jim Willerson, Knoxville's Eric Brelsford, and  Houston's Seth Bearden.

Good luck to Jared and Corrie today.  Get that bling.  Also, we saw that Caufman Talley added another of many WSOP cashes this year in the Split Format.  Sean Winter of Jacksonville went deep in the 10k Six Handed championship finishing 15th and winning 27k.     

JASON MERCIER WINS FOURTH BRACELET:

It's been a good year to be from Florida.  Mercier won the 5k No Limit Hold'em Event and 633K.  The Fort Lauderdale pro is quickly climbing the short list of multiple bracelet winners. 

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MONSTER STACKS AND MORE AT WSOP:


BAROUSSE OVER A MILLION:

There are only seven players with bigger stacks than Blake Barousse.  There are also only 271 others that stand in his way from his first bracelet.  With 1,003,000 in chips he'll have a lot of ammunition to fire in Day 3 of the Monster stack tournament.   The players return already in the money and guaranteed 6k at the cashier's cage.  The number they are all looking at is the 1.2 million for first.

Hoyt Corkins went to bed with 844k in his bag.  Jason Su of Austin, TX will return to 643k, fellow Texan bryan Sneed of Houston has 399k.  Kyle Cartwright finished with 375k.  Michael Horchoff of River Ridge, LA is making another run with 352k.  Tim Burt ended the night with 324k.  Houstonians Pedro Rios (275k) and Jackson White (271k) got some work to do but still bagged.  Baton Rouge's Josh Mancuso is cashing again in another gimick event and also returns for day 3.  So too, friend of GCP Jeremy Halaska. 

Doug Ashmore of Houston made the money but didn't make day 3.  He was joined at the cashier's cage by three players from Autin, TX;  Mark Napolitano and John Hay and Raouf Malek.  Also cashing were Dustin Brunner of Jasper, AL, Rick Basham of Destin, FL,  Herb Montalbano of Addison, TX, Stephen Falcon of Houston, Luther Tran of Bayou La Batre, AL, and Andrew Meibaum of Metaire, LA.
 

LITTLE FINISHES SIXTH AND RELEASES NEW BOOK:

In a much more subdued and more likeable manner than Phil Hellmuth Jonathan Little is a master of self-promotion.  What's he do on the night of his book release (also features chapters by fellow Gulf Coasters Chad Holloway and Ed Miller)?  He makes a final table in the 5k NLHE 8 Handed event.  Then he manages to bust just in time to go sign some books for his fans.  85k payday for Jonathan.

Cord Garcia of Houston second bracelet chase of the series ended in 25th place.  Grayson Ramage of Austin TX won 11k for 35th and also from the same hometown (feel like we've mentioned Austin a lot this update) Sampath De Silva won just under 10k for 48th. 
BARBOUR FALLS TO FELLOW FLORIDIAN IN WSOP 1500 NLHE:

NATASHA BARBOUR WINS 284K FOR SECOND:

Barbour, featured in our "Ladies" section, link above, is one of a ton of great female players from our region.  She proved it again as she fell in heads up action to Ben Zamani (Boca Raton) who won 460k to go with the bracelet.  In basketball there is a phrase "Live by the Three, Die by the Three," in poker that could easily by "Live by the Bluff, Die by the Bluff."

Barbour bowed out after repping the type of hand her opponent had on a two ace board.  She's capable of brilliant, pressure applying bluffs and this time it just didn't work out for her.  Her top two finish was well deserved as she made a tremendous fold to not go out very early at the final table when her AQ rivered an Ace.  However, she figured out her opponent's shove meant he had better (he did AK). 

Fun final table to watch although we hated the way it started.  When it was ten handed Caufman Talley of Lafayette flopped a set of 8s against chipleader Ben Zamani.  Only problem, Zamani flopped a set of aces to bust Talley.  Just gross.  Talley earned 26k.  Next we turned our rooting attention to Baton Rouge's Kevin Benoit only to see him the first player eliminated from the official final table earning 33k for ninth.  Great run by both players. 

Also, in the money were Houstonians Darrell Funk of Houston, Van Vandervoort, Jason Ryan, Jason Lang, Melanie Weisner, Craig Friou, Jackson White.   Also cashing:  Enrique Melguizo of Austin, Daniel Weiman of Atlanta, David Lin of Auburn, AL, Jason Lee of Gainesville, FL, Shannon Shorr, and Jason Mtichell of St. Augustine
LOCALS DEEP, HELLMUTH'S 14th, DEEP STACKS FOR CHEAP:

SHORR CLOSE, 6 HANDED SCORES:

It might surprise you to discover Shannon Shorr has yet to win a WSOP bracelet.  In the 1500 NLHE event he came really close finishing 5th for 43k.  James Sievers of Monroe, LA finished 22nd.   One event later Jovon Williams of Gretna, LA and David Nicholson both made the top 40 of the popular 6 Handed format.
 
MILLIONAIRE MAKER LOADED FINAL TABLE:

The point of the low buy-in Millionaire Maker is to give some novice a shot at a WSOP bracelet and a huge score.  That didn't keep Mike Sexton, Erick "Don't Lend'em" Lindgren, or Oivier Busquet from crashing the final table.  However Adrian Buckley of  Westminister, CO walked away with the most loot of the bunch.  The highest finishing locals were Jonathan Tamayo (36k) of Humble, TX, Hoyt Corkins (29k) of Glenwood, AL,  and Michael Horchoff (16k) of River Ridge, LA.

PHIL HELLMUTH WINS BRACELET 14:

For a guy who can't play or adapt, Phil Hellmuth runs pretty good.  How's this for stas:  109 cashes, 52 Final Tables, 14 Bracelets.  Yeah, you are reading that correcting in just under half the tournaments he's cashed in at the WSOP he's made the final table.  In just under 1/3rd of the final tables he's made he's won the tournament.  His second place finishes is almost as high--meaning the guy gets to the best part of the money over and over again.  This time he won a 10k Razz event, the same game he lost to Ted Forrest heads up to last year.  Oh yeah, his last bracelet was also in Razz.  He also earned 271k for his time. 

MORE TO RIO THAN JUST RING EVENTS: 

Andy Moon (Vidalia, LA) and Steve Bierman (NOLA) are just a couple of local players cashing in the massive deep stack fields.  With first place prizes that tickle 60K not a bad investment for $235.   Go here for complete results.
WSOP: MILLY MAKER DAY 1 CHIP COUNTS:

TALLEY, NICHOLSON, HORCHOFF, COSPOLICH AND MORE MAKE DAY TWO:

Lots of rooting interests chasing glory and over one million dollars.  1130 players returned after 7275 entrants started action in two flights. Houston native Cord Garcia who won the Colossus is in the mix, trying to pull off a double in the "gimmick" events.  Gimmick events?  Monster fields with low buy-ins and cute names; couple more left with the Monster Stack and Lucky 777 still to play.  First place will pay over 1.2 million and everybody at the final table will earn over 115k.  Bubble should burst early.  It's an 11 am restart.

Caufman Talley, Lafayette, 104k
David Nicholson, Perkinston, MS 86.6k
Patrick Horrigan, NOLA 77k
Josh Mancuso, Baton Rouge, 71k
Michael Horchoff (pictured), River Ridgeg, LA 52k
Andy Moon, Vidalia, LA 42.2k
Brian Cospolich, River Ridge, LA 38k
Earl Barron, 40k, Clarksdale, MS
Joseph Schmitt, NOLA 23.4k
Kevin Baker, LaGrange, GA 19.3k
Thomas Pullens, Picayune, MS 18.2
Melanie Weisner, Houston, TX 12.6
WSOP, BRACELETS, CASHES AND CHEATS:

LEHR STEERS CLEAR OF ALLEDGED CHEAT AND WINS BRACELET:

Bracelet number two found its way to Keith Lehr's wrist when he prevailed in the 10k Heads-up No Limit Championship.  The Shreveport nativve won 334k after dispatching Paul Volpe in pretty quick fashion in his final match.  The Shreveport gambler won his first bracelet 12 years ago, this one arguably was much harder.  Valeriu Coca his quarter final opponent has been accused of cheating, but a leery Lehr managed to beat him anyway. 

HOUSTON WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM:

We sniffed out a storyline in the way Texans and Houstonians were attacking the Colossus.  When the dust settled Cord Garcia won the event and fellow Houstonian Ray Henson finished third.   The final table included some crazy hands most notably the three way all in to eliminate Paul Lentz in fourth place.  Garcia bet, Paul Lentz shoved, Henson reshoved, and Garcia insta-called with AA.  Lentz held Ac2c and Henson AK.   That pot pushed Garcia to the title.  Congrats to Caufman Talley who finished 17th winning 38k.   Bobby Toye won a hair over 5k and Mihail Karasoulis of Metairie won exactly 5k finishing 499th.

SHORR FIFTH IN 1500 NLHE:

GCP blogger Shannon Shorr earned 43k finishing fifth in Event 11.  The Tuscaloosa, AL pro is soon to turn 30, and his birthday present to himself of a bracelet may have to wait a few days. James Siever of Monroe, LA added another cash to his WSOP with a 23rd place finish.

PAUL HEBERT GETS BIGGEST CAREER CASH AT VENETIAN:

Thanks to Kenny Milam for this tidbit...  Pierre Part, Louisiana's native son Paul Hevert won 49k in the 600 NLHE 120k guarantee event.  They did a three way chop and he got the second place chunk.  Congrats to Paul who is a fixture on the Gulf Coast scene.  We've heard he may be parlaying this score into a WSOP Main Event seat.  Good luck Paul.
ANOTHER POKER ICON PASSES, AND BLOGS, BLOGS, BLOGS:

FRESH BLOGGINGS ABOUND ALL OVER:

Monkey and Jonathan Little give WSOP tips.  Nolan Dalla continues to pump out quality content from the center of the poker world.  Davy Murrah talks poker friends.  Shannon Shorr checks in before his 30th birthday.    Start clicking some good reads.

ESKIMO CLARK PASSES:


Clark, a one of kind old school gambler, originally from New Orleans recently died.  Chad Holloway (pokernews) and Nolan Dalla (look left) both recently wrote fair remembrances of a man who has been in some of poker's biggest games.  That said of late he's problem even more famous for his ability to angle for a stake to get back in those games.  His first half of a long poker career was notable for his wins.  His second half, perhpas is best summed up by a famous, but probably unture urban legend about Clark.  It involved him and fellow scamp Sam Grizzle in a WSOP bathroom.  "Somebody" overheard the follow the conversation.

Sam:  How you doing today Eskimo, you got any chips?
Eskimo:  I got a bunch how about you?
Sam:  Stacks and stacks.  You want trade 10%?
Eskimo:  Absolutely.
(Clark walks out and a third player approaches Grizzle)
Player:  You got a raw deal, Eskimo just busted, he doesn't have any chips.
Sam:  Awww, that's okay, I never even bought in.
COLOSSUS UPDATE:

A COLOSSAL COLONIC:


Poker players inherently possess some common skillsets and qualities.  Many of our shared traits like critical thinking and a natural questioning of authority can make us good brave poker players.  That streak of independence combined with intelligence at times can produce a massive group who are all really good at doing one other thing besides poker and that's complaining and complaining and complaining some more. Since, we don't always agree it means any decision a floor makes will have at least one person foaming at the mouth.  Makes running a tournament tough to do as literally every guy in the room thinks he's the smartest guy there and he can do it better.  To read the rest head over to Wild Bill's blog: DINE ON THE WHALES.
COLOSSUS UPDATE:

DREAM STILL ALIVE:


There are roughly 500 players still with a shot at winning the Colossus.  Friend of GCP Caufman Talley is 21st in chips.  Seems like it's his turn considering how well his running mates have done so far this series.  Anothere big storlyine;  they do everything big in Texas so it's no surprise the names of Texans, particularily Houstonians litter the chip counts and payouts for an event called the Colossus.  At the top and 12th in chips is grinder Ray Henson from Houston.  Behind him David Chen, Lance Garcia, Gabriel Andrade, Ted Leva, Isidro Sifuentes, Jose Cavazos, Josh Billingsley, David Aue, Sam Robinson, and Bassel Assi.  Also with chips and a prayer, Greg James Vicksburg, MS, Ryan Lawson, San Antonio, Thu Tran, Mobile, AL, Bobby Toye Baton Rouge, Gates Harris West Point, MS, John Dolan, and Mihail Karasoulis, Metairie, LA. 

COLOSSUS CASHING:

Did we mention Houstonians and Texans had a field day in this event?  Good because a slew of players from Houston made the money including:   Dan Schmiech, Larry Karambis, Christopher Clayton, Douglas Ashmore, Hunter Frey, John Sisneros, Mojgan Stringham, Christopher Hall, Mitchell Moore, and Kevin Casey.  Austin almost matched Houston for Texans in the money including:  Brian Rue, Gary Harvey, Jay Lee, Cody Ross, John Duncan.  San Antonio featured Brad Hanson, Maziar Keshavarzi,  Shaun Dery, and Betsy Rudell.

Alabamians in the money included bracelet winner Corey Harrison, Birmingham,  Nathan Willis, Florence, and Thomas Bak of Muscle Shoals.  Louisianians had a few more with Jimmy Patton, Oakdale, Chris Martin, Pride, Frank Folino, Luling,  Gabriel Daspit, Shreveport, Danny Dorcey Chamette,  Illyer Kamberi, Bossier City, Josh Mancuso (pictured channeling Phil Hellmuth behind him--from Rex Clinkscales twitter feed), Baton Rouge, and Lafayetters Tai Cao, Eric Matthieu and Kim Lejeune.

Mississippians in the money included;  Matt Lansdon, Biloxi, Leslie Roussell, Laurel, Robert Briggs, Madison, and Elton BeBee Ridgeland.   Also congrats to Brian Walsingham,   Kristen Deardorff and Chen Chen for cashing.  On the other side of our footprint congrats to Gloria Whimper, Kelley Slay, James Duguid, David Jackson, of Jacksonville, FL.

HYPERACTIVE:

His friend Corrie Wunstel made a deep run in the 5k event and BlakeB couldn't help but go deep in the 1k Hyper Holdem Event.  It's like a Turbo but faster (another new to the WSOP event).  Barousse led a group of Louisiana players as they sprinted into the money.  He finished 16th for 9k.  Joining him at a busy cashier's cage were Judy Leblanc of New Iberia, Ryan Lenaghan, and Jame Sievers of Monroe.  Also in the money Philip Hui and James Scarpulla of San Antonio as well as Jason Mercier.  Actor James Woods followed up a Shoot-out final table with another in the money finish.
WSOP BEGINS:

5K DEEP RUN BY CORRIE WUNSTEL:

 Corrie Wunstel gave Gulf Coasters an early sweat to the hot, fresh World Series of Poker 2015 edition.  In the 5k No Limit Hold'Em Event he made day two with 20 other players.  A field loaded with pros including second place finisher bryn Kenny, Greg Merson (4th), Amir Lehavot, Byron Kaverman, Doc Sands, and Nam Le.  Unfortunately, he ran top two into a straight early on to end his bracelet hopes.  Still earned over 14k.  Great run Slim!

MORTON DAVIS FINISHES 11TH IN CASINO EMPLOYEES EVENT 1:

Okay we fibbed, the earliest sweat for Gulf Coasters, particulariy for those that Splash the Pot or members of Deez Nits out of Pensacola was Morton Davis.  In event one, which awards a bracelet but no POY points Davis ran well early.  He finished 12th after his overpair ran into a set and won 4.5k for his effort.

NICHOLSON WITH CHIPS... IN THE MONEY:

David Nicholson returns with 99k in the $1500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.  Only 48 other players stand between him and a bracelet, but most have more chips... for now. Ky MacPherson of Austin, TX also returns as does Douglass Moss of Valdosta, GA.  Captain Tom Franklin added to his long list of cashes but has already visited the cashier's cage and will not be purchasing a New World Series Champion jacket in honor of this event.

COLOSSUS $565 LOTTO DAY1A RESULTS:

Laurel, MS's Leslie Roussell garnered the biggest stack of Gulf Coasters in the first flight with 81.3k.  Erick Lindgren has his long list of debtees also advanced.  Brian Walsingham made it through with 44k as too TK Miles and Shannon Shorr.   Also bagging were a trio of Lafayetters headlined by Tai Cao and including Eric Matthieu and Brandon Hess.   Ryan Lee of Hammond,  Jason Gooch of Ruston, LA,  and Frank Folino of Luling also put a chip count and chippies into a large plastic bag.  Good luck all.

COLOSSUS $565 LOTTO DAY1B RESULTS:

Kristen Deardorff, formerly of Gulfport, finished in top 100 of chips.  Duy Tran of TN bagged 57.9k.  Gabriel Daspit, Shreveport.  Other locals returning include:  Matt Marsoobian of Gulfport, MS, Matt Landson of Biloxi, MS, Danny Dorcey of Chalmette, LA, Stephen Pirri of Metairie,  and Jimmy Patton of Oakdale, LA.  Good luck all.
WSOP ZOMBIES, MINIONS, AND MISSISSIPPI MUD:

MONKEY MINIONS BACK FOR UNFINISHED MONKEY BUSINESS!

Last year the minions invaded the Rio for the WSOP Main Event for the first time ever.  Complete story, involving 40k in cash and a truck stop here.  This year the roster has changed a little but the group is coming back for more and planning on deeper runs.  If you are interested in owning a piece of the minions you need to go right here right now as shares are selling briskly.  Congrats to Seville Hale, Michael "Carwash" Schneider, and GCP's Wild Bill Phillips on their selection, and thanks to Will Souther for spearheading this effort again.  

CHAD HOLLOWAY'S ZOMBIES ATTACK THE WSOP:

The former Tulane law student won a bracelet a couple of years ago and now debuts his first ever comic at the WSOP.  Not just any comic, one an Academy Award winner requested to be in.   This guy is truly living the life.  You can buy the WSOZ (World Series of Zombies) comic now at Comixologoy ( a digital version) for $1.99.  The limited edition paper version will be available for purchase at the Blue Shark Optics booth in the Rio for $5.00. 

Walking around the Rio about halfway through the Series, perhaps this concept will seem obvious to you.  Players are kind in that groggy punchdrunk daze.  Course most them are not undead and nor are they focused on eating your brains.   Chad asks the question what if they were?  This book looks like a lot of fun.

INTERNET POKER IN THE MISSISSIPPI MUD:

On the docket before online poker gets legalized are the more attractive additions of sports betting and lottery games.  While the casinos are slumping and that seems like an opening to increase taxable gambling revenues lawmakers don't quite figure it that way.  Rather they cite the curious stat that half of Mississippi's residents don't have a computer or Internet Access (you know... you can get the Internet on the computer these days) as evidence of... what?  That the other half doesn't want to play poker.  to read more of your elected officials "thoughts" go to Cardplayer here.

JASON MERCIER'S INTERNET POKER GAME IN THE OPPOSITE OF MUD:

The Florida pro and GCP Blogger can't stop scooping Scoop events over on Pokerstars.  Course he to habitate in Holland to win all those online poker tournaments but Dutch life is agreeing with him.  He's won three events in the last week and as of this writing is deep in a few more.  
 

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POKER IS WAR

 (UPDATED: 04/11/15) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

" Poker wise I have cashed in a few event s since I last blogged. I will highlight them in this blog but keep in mind that they were months ago so my comments will be based off what I remember of the situations…etc. Back in July/August of 2014 I played the Coushatta event and went deep in the preliminary event. I made it down to 2 tables left with about 16-17 players…only person I knew to be a good player left was Dave “Diesel” Nicholson…I was working my 25-30 bigs looking for a good spot. I get it in against a short stack my A-K vs his A-Q…he hits a Queen…I am now down to 12-13 bigs. Very next hand…I look down at QQ…the UTG player on my right with about 30 bigs raised 4-5x the BB….I rip…big stack Asian Kid OTB goes deep in the tank…He’s posturing…I think to myself, “Oh great…hes got KKs or AAs and he is trying to get the UTG guy to stick his all in as well”…He finnnallly rips as well…UTG players says…”I don’t think I can fold these” and calls and shows KK…Asian kid AA…I picked up a little over $2k."[+]

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THE POKER MONKEY

 [UPDATED: 06/07/15] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

"If I was sadistic (okay, if I was REALLY sadistic) I would say this is my favorite week in poker, out of the entire year. I just wonder, scratching my chin, how many of you already know where this is headed!!!???

I decided last night while texting back and forth to my good buddy Kai Landry, that I had to post a blog about this subject. And I was going to do it last night...but dammit if Squirrel didn't slip me the melatonin long before I was ready to call it a night. After all, I had just won a 50/50 sit n go on Bovada good for $60, then smashed a guy heads up in an Omaha 8-b match for another $60...that is the one THING on Bovada I have been murdering lately, heads up Omaha-8 PLO matches. I think I'm something like 14-2 this week. And last, in my 3rd contest, a little $10 single table SNG...I was heads up...and close to even...I raise this guy, get re-raised...and shove on him with AQs...and he calls...with 46h. Are you similar to me? When you see that matchup...especially online...don't you just KNOW you're going to lose? I do. And I did. 2nd place. $27. Whatever. Then I passed out.."
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JASON MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY

 (UPDATED 11/11/14) Florida's Jason Mericer is one of the best poker players in the world.  Why wouldn't you read his blog? 

"I'm back home in Florida, relaxing for most of November before heading back out for more tournaments in December. Now that the NBA season is underway, I'm taking advantage of the time off to watch some hoops, including following how my Miami Heat are going to do without LeBron James this year.

I actually just took a trip up to Charlotte, North Carolina to watch the Heat play the Hornets a few days ago. A friend of mine has courtside tickets and invited me to come up because he knows how big of a Heat fan I am. I've wanted to sit courtside for a Heat game for quite some time so was really excited to experience it for the first time. We sat right next to the Hornets bench, so hearing the interaction between the players and the coaches was pretty awesome. It was one of the most fun things I've ever done and I can't wait to do it again.."
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RIVER POKER

 [UPDATED: 06/01/15] Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an  intriguing approach to  the game: 

"One of my poker buddies is missing. Yes, I happen to know his name (first and last), from which city he hails, and even his college football allegiance. I won't call his name here for his own privacy. I know he reads this blog from time to time and maybe he'll comment and let me (us?) know what's going on.

I've talked to several of our mutual poker acquaintances and they don't know what happened to him either. They all know the same thing I know.........we haven't seen him for quite a while and he was one of the regulars at my home casino.

My buddy's disappearance got me to thinking.........we poker players really don't know a whole lot about each other in general. I know a lot of poker players by their first name only. No idea what their last name is, where they live, or anything about their lives. I call them my "poker buddies" but that's not quite true. I never see any of these guys anywhere other than a poker room. Some of them I play against on a regular basis. Several times a week. But I don't really know them. And, conversely, they don't really know me either.."
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RECOGNIZE AND REACT

 (UPDATED 01/14/15) 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 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. "
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SAINTS WIN

[UPDATED 06/07/15] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and lives in Mobile brings his poker Saints football perspective on to GCP.NET.

"Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis are on the warpath.

It has been quite a spectacle to witness.

In the three days since Free Agency commenced, the Saints have operated at a dizzying, furious pace.

First the blockbuster: Graham and a 4th for Unger and a 1st. Then in quick succession: Grubbs for a 5th. Browner. Spiller. Stills for a 3rd and Ellerbe. Keenan Lewis's future as a Saint hanging in the balance.

There were also the recent departures of Pierre Thomas, Curtis Lofton, and Corey White; the restructures/paycuts for Bunkley, Colston, and Hawthorne; the re-signing of Ramon Humber; and, of course, the contract extension for Mark Ingram. "
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POKERBAT

[UPDATED: 10/21/14]  THE POKER BAT is an online player from Northern Louisiana who is trying out blogging to help him with his game.  Bat will delve into hand scenarios and discuss issues facing today's online player. 

"From his poker blind, the Bat watched Kai magnificently wade through that minefield of Q10 loving princesses and get to heads up action. Heads up action in a ladies tournament… creepy smile, creepy wink, creepy nudge (somebody needs to design that emoticon). There the Bat hears some of the exiled ladies talking. One of them a brutish looking tight end for an Canadian Football League team tells the others, if Kai wins he’s not getting out of the parking lot with the pendant.

This got the Bat picking his nose, actually, the Bat was already knuckle deep, this got the Bat thinking, about poor Kai getting jumped in the parking lot. So taking stock of the future mob, the Bat envisioned the scene if he won:

Kai exits the elevator, with the Ted Nugent muzak fading away as he walks into the IP garage, a car skids out in the distance, but this floor of the garage is empty except for Kai’s car (a vintage Aston Matin) parked by itself overlooking the beauty of the bay of biloxi. As Kai, walks sipping from his shaken not stirred victory martini, the lone light above his car flickers rapidly and turns off, turning the garage to shadow. Dripping water echoes loudly and Kai can’t help but shake the idea he’s being watched"
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