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DINE ON THE WHALE

 (UPDATED: 09/10/14) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"Did 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."
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LITTLE THOUGHTS

[UPDATED  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 here.

"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 mind.
Borgata!

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. "
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NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  11/16/14] Nolan Dalla.com is where you find the wit and wisdom of one of the most well known poker writers in the industry.  His WSOP coverage speaks for itself.  His home blog covers a wide range of topics written with that singular Dalla conviction. 

"Must I do everything around here?
I already do your handicapping. Do I also have to do your thinking for you?
Listen.
When I say “fire on the teaser wheel,” your only question should be “how high, Sir?”
Well today, my answer is — SKY’S THE LIMIT.
As in “bet it all.”
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MENDEZ SEZ

[UPDATED  11/17/14] 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.

"I believe that the state of on-line poker in the USA is but a shadow of its former self. Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of action to be had, but it’s +EV to have some perspective you want to look for “max value” on what’s available in the Gulf South. Let me help you do that! The site I currently trust the most & use the most is,-America’s Card Room. This site is part of the Winning Poker Network (WPN) formerly Yatahay. Founded in 2001, the WPN currently carries America’s Card Room, True Poker, BetCRIS Poker, BetDSI Poker, Fab Poker & Bookmaker Poker. These sites or skins, as they’re known on-line, all contribute their players to the WPN:" [+]

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:" [+]

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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MSPT FLIGHT 1A AND 1B RESULTS:

FRIEDMAN FIRES, FIRES, AND FIRES AGAIN--REWARDED WITH MASSIVE CHIP LEAD:

We saw Adam Friedman fire two bullets Friday night in Flight A.  He made the correct decision to fire again on Saturday because he returns with a huge chunk of the chips.  He's the only player over 200k.  Not only that, he's the only player over 300k.  The Vegas pro has over 350k and will be a major force to contend with in the restart.  Mihail Karasoulis (no stranger to multiple bullets either), Josh Mancuso, Rufus Yates, and Brandon Creel also made it through the day.  A number of local rooting interests in that group.

CHOCHELES AND FLIPPEN TOP FIVE IN DAY ONE CHIPS:

David Chocheles (pictured) and Bill Flippen both finished over 100k at the end of day 1A.  Garret Theriot with 148k held the chip lead over night, before Friedman smashed through it.   Rufus Yates and My Nguyen rounded out the top five for the first day of play.  Randy Landry, Michael Benton, Corrie Wunstel, Mike Horchoff, Frank Alpandinar, and Jeff Quin all made it through too. 

GCPERS ELIMINATED:

Will "Monkey" Souther, Gene D, and Wild Bill all busted Flight 1A.  Joining them on the rails were Jacob Naquin, Trucker Kenny Milam, Ryan Gafford, Captain Ron Hope, Brock Gary, and Austin Bursavich.  Steve Bierman, David Weinstein, and Nick Graphia went out late in Flight 1B.

KUDOS TO MSPT AND THE BELLE:

Once again, Bryan Mileski, Eric Anderson and the guys at MSPT pulled off a successful tournament in Baton Rouge.  Several tweaks and improvements over last year.  Thanks to everybody that came out to support the event.  They'll be back in early February.  More updates to come. 

CHIP COUNTS AND TABLE DRAW FOR RESTART:

Adam Friedman 356,500  Table 1 Seat 8
Mihail Karasoulis 151,000 Table 2 Seat 4
Garrett Theriot 148,500 Table 1 Seat 1
Josh Mancuso 128,000 Table 3 Seat 8
Rufus Yates 112,500 Table 3 Seat 7
Brandon Creel 110,000 Table 3 Seat 9
David Chocheles 106,000 Table 1 Seat 4
My Nguyen 103,000 Table 2 Seat 3
Broderick Scott 102,500 Table 2 Seat 8
Randy Landry 101,000 Table 2 Seat 2
Bill Flippen 101,000 Table 3 Seat 6
Michael Benton 96,500 Table 2 Seat 6
Corrie Wunstel 76,500 Table 3 Seat 3
Adam Simoneaux 69,000 Table 1 Seat 6
Krista Lowery 68,000 Table 2 Seat 1
Chris Savage 63,000 Table 2 Seat 9
Robbie Matthews 61,000 Table 1 Seat 7
Michael Horchoff 60,500 Table 2 Seat 7
Frank Alpandinar 54,500 Table 1 Seat 9
Jeff Quin 49,500 Table 1 Seat 3
Adam Lamphere 46,500 Table 3 Seat 1
Wade Smith 46,000 Table 3 Seat 2
Storey Clayton 45,000 Table 1 Seat 2
Richard Hairston 43,500 Table 3 Seat 4

GCP NEWS, NEW BLOGGER, POKERNEWS INTERVIEW AND LINKS:

DAVID MENDEZ WELCOME TO THE BLOG ROLL:

Our latest blogger David Mendez shines a light on an area of poker we've been hoping to report more on, online poker.  While the glory days of Full Tilt and PokerStars threatening to become the Coke and Pepsi of the poker generation are gone, there are still options out there.  Mendez knows where they are at.  He also will talk about his live exploits.  Go here to read his first post and look for him on the left side of the blog roll going forward.  Also some fresh content from Jason Mercier, Davy Murrah, Nolan Gay, a touching tribute to a passed friend by Jennifer Gay, the Poker Monkey and Wild Bill.

POKERNEWS INTERVIEW ABOUT MSPT COMING TO THE BELLE OF BATON ROUGE:

We got a chance to speak with bracelet winner Chad Holloway about the return of the MSPT to Baton Rouge.  You might have notice their logo above and to the right.  We talked about some other issues pertinent to the Gulf Coast too.  Go here for more.

MARTIN JACOBSEN WINS MAIN EVENT, KENNY MILAM WINS SEAT TO NEXT YEAR'S:

MILAM WINS MAIN EVENT SEAT:

We should probably lead with the Main Event champion, Martin Jacobson's triumph... but we don't know the guy and we know Kenny, so the Gulf Coaster gets first billing.  Kenny "Mega Master" Milam won his 101st mega (that's careful record keeping by the way) and the 101st was a big one.  It's the second November in a row he's won a seat in Harrahs NOLA's WSOP Main Event satellite.  So next July, he'll be back in Vegas giving it another shot. 

They are going to get tired of putting his picture on the wall (actually they might already be tired of it... they just put last year's picture up... wait a second did we do the same too?).  Congrats to Kenny, hopefully he can improve on being 70 something away from the money at the Main Event.  Also of note, Kenny lost significant pots to eighth place finisher Bruno Politano and Norwegian runner-up Felix Stephensen on his final day.  Those guys  won millions and Kenny has a couple of bad beat stories.  Painful.

NORDIC HEADS UP MATCH AND BRIEF WSOP WRAP-UP:

Martin Jacobson arguably played better than anybody at the final table (was it us that predicted a Northern European victor?) and rode his second shortest stack to the only stack left in the tournament.  Time after time he seemed to make the right decision, and time after time, when the cards went against him he quietly and patiently rebuilt.  Dutch player Jorryt Van Hoof played his big stack as well as he could play until very late in the tournament when the Norwegian and the Swede ran him down. 

In terms of entertainment value it's a shame Bruno Politano, the slow moving Brazilian lasted as long into the telecast as he did... talk about bad for TV.  He literally but some people to sleep.  And perhaps, even worse it's a missed opportunity for high-wire poker fans that Mark Newhouse went out ninth.  His exit also a repeat in November hurt because play seemed fairly conservative after he left and he wasn't afraid to mix it up.  He got criticized and lauded for his move against Will Tonking which ended with him busting out.  He went for the win which earned him plaudits.  He got it in bad and took a line that seemed bluffy which got him heat.  Our take and what nobody is mentioning is maybe he just picked the wrong opponent.  More than half the table could or would (?) have found the fold, Will Tonking told his rail he essentially was snap calling.  Perhaps that was based on Newhouse's reputation (a great call) or perhaps Tonking was just the wrong guy to try and bluff.   We are going with a combination of both.  Right play, wrong guy?  Or just wrong play?   Either way wrong result.

Still, a little bit like the year Greg Merson won it, it seemed fitting and justified for Jacobson to take the title.  He had that calm zen-like demeanor and just seemed in the moment for the duration of both marathon telecasts.  The only regret is that he didn't garner more coverage in the build-up to the final table.  It'd be nice if ESPN could repackage the Main Event and use a lot of that unused footage to retell Jacobson's story.  A drawback to the November Nine is knowing the winner really allows them to frame the narrative of the tournament better retrospectively.  This year it was all about Newhouse, while compelling and relevant, Jacobson and poker fans got short shrift by a lack of camera time.   

MSPT SATELLITES PICKING UP STEAM AND MISC POKER NEWS:

BATON ROUGE SATTYS FILLING UP:

We've played in a couple of satellites for the MSPT at the Belle and seen them fill up quickly.  Check the link above and to the right for times to play.  Can get into their 100k tournament for as little as $65 with the top 20% moving on to the $250 Satellites. 

JEAN ROBERT BELLANDE SURVIVES WEIGHT LOSS BET:

Bellande bet two high stakes players 70K he couldn't lose 42 pounds in five months.  He shed the weight going from 287 pounds to exactly 244.4 pounds (somewhere Daniel Negreanu was talking about the significance of 4s).   

WSOP MAIN EVENT TO AIR MONDAY/TUESDAY NIGHTS:

Mark Newhouse is third in chips but probably a favorite sentimentally, a favorite as the last "name player" left, and maybe a favorite as possibly the best player remaining.  

That said the top two in chips, Jorryt Van Hoof of the Netherlands and Felix Stephensen of Norway, will be determined to bring Europe another bracelet.  With their continent holding a huge percentage of the chips in play odds may be in their favor.  Those two are joined by a Spaniard (Andoni Larrable 4th in chips) and a Swede (Martin Jacobson the second shortest stack). 

Three other Americans and a Brazilian round out the table.  Foosball champ William Pappaconstantinou has drawn a lot of attention but as the third smallest stack and lacking final table experience it'd be a real upset if he wins.  When polled one of the GCP.NET owners selected Stephensen as the winner.   

HEARTLAND POKER TOUR VICKSBURG RESULTS:

WINNERS LANE:

Chris Lane of Brandon, MS wins HPT Main Event and 43k for first.  He edged out Gulf Coast reg Jesus Cabrera of Atlanta, GA who won 26k.  Jay Bishop of Pearl, MS won 17k for third.  Also making the TV table Jonathan Hart of Jackson, MS (won 12.8k) and Shane Lea of Petal, MS (just under 8k).

BILL FLIPPIN WINS:

Two Harrahs 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 BATON ROUGE:

Here's the schedule 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 3RD:

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 reentry format.

BOWERS FIRST LADIES CHAMP, MS. JOAN CASHES TWICE:

Congrats to Morgan Bowers who won the first ever Harrahs NOLA ladies weekly tournament beating Ms. Joan 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.

HEADS UP:

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 FACEBOOK page.  While you are there don't be afraid to hit like.  We love to feel loved.

IP WSOP-C  MAIN EVENT 2014:

EENY, MEENY, MOEINI:

Moe Moeini wins WSOP-C IP Main Event on Home Turf:

Mohammad 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!

Newsome earned 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 seventh.

Blake Barousse 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.

GRAY'S DAY:

Anthony Gray 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.

IP BILOXI WSOP-C UPDATES:

HOLLEY, MCBRAYER GO 1-2 IN RE-ENTRY:

Congrats to 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!

Matthew 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 EVENT 5:

Circuit reg 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:

Rodney Sermons 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.

IP BILOXI WSOP-C UPDATES:

FINK 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).

Thomas Doussan 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:

Danny Doucet (pictured) of Opelousas, LA came close to a ring in Event Two's 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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POKER IS WAR

 (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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BELLE OF BATON ROUGE

MAIN EVENT NOVEMBER 21, 22

SATELLITES UNDERWAY NOW

GO HERE FOR MORE INFO.

 

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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THE POKER MONKEY

 [UPDATED: 11/01/14] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:


"Since I last posted, I had a cancerous basal cell removed from my neck (skin cancer), had a procedure done on my back where they made some weird injection, the Giants won the World Series (again) despite an amazing postseason 'feel-good' story by the Royals that was stopped just one win shy of the happy ending. My mom seems to have conquered her bout with breast cancer. Speaking of cancer, Percy Harvin got traded away from the Seahawks to the 1-7 NY Jets.!"
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RIVER POKER

 [UPDATED: 10/26/14] Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an  intriguing approach to  the game: 

"Back in May I wrote a blog entitled "Bad Runs". In that blog I described how my game had basically gone to pot. As I said in the blog, it all started with some bad luck and developed into a mental attitude of scared money. The "bad run" had gotten into my head.

I said back in May that I "won't be traveling to any more series and I won't be making the trek to Vegas this summer unless and until I turn my game around. I'll be playing the Friday and Saturday tournaments at the Beau until I get my bearings".

I did exactly what I said I was going to do. I've been strictly playing the poker room tournaments at the Beau with the lone exception of playing a couple of tournaments at the IP during their WSOP circuit event. As expected my initial results were nothing to write home about (or to write in a blog about). However, I started to turn things around in July. Just as in the original blog I declined to "bore you with specific bad beat stories" I won't now bore you with the details of my ever growing good run. Let's just say that my success rate has improved dramatically and continues to improve every week. Consequently I'm about to jump back into the saddle of circuit poker. "
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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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SAINTS WIN

[UPDATED 09/28/14] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and lives in Mobile brings his poker Saints 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 thereof.. "
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[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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