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DINE ON THE WHALE

 (UPDATED: 04/04/14) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"The very next hand I got 33, shoved and stole the blinds. The guy in the big blind said, "I wish I hadn't looked I was calling with any two." He showed 4-2. I resisted showing the 3s but also wished he hadn't looked. Then I got moved to three different tables in a matter of minutes. Always behind the blinds, so in some way I was running good.

But I didn't get a hand no matter where I sat. The Baton Rouge fog continued. Pretty sicko, that the streak would carry over from the day before.

Nonetheless, the other players were getting eliminated and peeling out of there like they had a stomach flu. So, despite being card dead I was getting closer and closer to the money. I've come back from near nothing before so I stayed patient. I traded ten per cent with two of my buddies who had decent stacks and were both alive. Wow, if I could get a run of cards this could be a pretty good day for us I thought. ." [+]

NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  04/03/14] 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. 

"I watched a television show last week. It was about outer space. They showed a bunch of planets and stars. Boring stuff like that.
The show was confusing. Even worse, it made me depressed.
They talked about how gigantic the universe is compared to earth. Like that’s big news, or something. Everybody knows that. They talked about the beginning of time up to the present day. It all made me realize that a human life is like a milli-second on the gallactic timeline. We’re nothing a blip. It kinda’ made me feel like shit. Like I’m nothing."
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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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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:

HARRAHS WEEKLY RESULTS:

4/5 2014 MAIN EVENT SATELLITE
$10,000 SEAT AND $1000 CASH
1ST---Michael Lugo (pictured)
2ND ---Kenny Milam
3RD---Stephen Orf
4TH--- David Mytk
5TH---Thoms Cliatt
6TH---Joan Rhodes-Brown

4/02 6 way chop $793
Joe Mince
Charlie Gregerson
Daniel Asselin
Line Vincent
Walter Ohler
Philip Treaudo
7TH---Bill Phillips
8TH---Andrew Lugo
9TH---Jason Treme
10TH---Carolyn Grad

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.

HARRAHS WEEKLY UPDATE:

CHOPPING, CHOPPING, CHOPPING AT HARRAHS:

3/26 64 players
Chopped 5 Ways

Robert Mccullough---$1360.00
4 players got $860.00
Vincent Smith
Skyler Cornish
Joshua Fritel
Hugo Deinken

6th---David Mendez
7th---Peter Chocheles
8th---Jerry Wilson
9th---Robert Tourres
10th--Eric Wilkinson

3/29 84 players
Chopped 6 Ways

Christopher Sloan---$1388.00
5 players received $1100.00
Donald Dove
Terry Comeaux
Lee Stearns
Christian Schmidt
Keith Peevy
7th------Srinivasa Naraspura
8th-----William McClary
9th-----Ryan Pinell
10th----Patricia Morales

3/19 Chop $8601238.00
Eric Dogu
Trishelle Cannatella (pictured)
3RD---Charlie Gregerson
4TH---David Johnson
5TH---Warren Jaubert
6TH---Joan Rhodes-Brown
7TH ---Patricia MCardle
8TH---Jerod Deroche
9TH---Peter Chocheles
10TH---Robert Barrios

3/22 Chop
Kevin Facheaux----$1275.00
James Shoults-------$1275.00

4 PLAYERS RECEIVED--$900.00
Alex Wood
Donald Dove
Keith Accomando
John Keefe

7TH---Hugo Deinken
8TH---Joey Wideman
9TH---Daniel Snowden
10TH---Todd Skinner

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. 

HARRAHS UPDATES:

3/12 47 players (overlay)
Chopped 4 Ways
$988
Thu "Tony" Nguyen
Steven Martiny
Larry Gonzales
David Johnson

5th------Drew Kelly
6th------Jason Resch
7th------Ian Crozier
8th------Janice Randall

3/15 $7500 Guarantee
63 players (Overlay)
1st---Donald Williams---$2025.00
2nd--Chris Shepard
3rd---Robert Carlisle
4th---Lindsay Weinsten
5th---Thu " Tony" Nguyen
6th---Steven Martiny
7th---Scott Phelps
8th---Robert spider Henderson
9th---Chris Baden
10th--Micheal Cason
 

3/5 Chop $860.00
THU “TONY” NGUYEN
CHARLIE GREGERSON
JUDY RHODES
KENNETH MILAM
ROBERT “SPIDER” HENDERSON

6TH---MICHEAL DEROCHE
7TH ---ERIC DOGU
8TH---NICK MUSTACCHIA

THERE WAS AN OVERLAY FOR THIS EVENT

3/8 Chop $1508.00
STEPHEN ORF
STEVEN MARTINY
RUSSELL WERKHEISER

4TH ---JUSTIN BRACY
5TH---RAYMOND PALMATEER
6TH---JONATHAN WISBEY
7TH---MIHAIL KARASOULIS
8TH---MICHEAL ROBINSON
9TH---WALTER OHLER
TIE FOR 10TH AS 2 PLAYERS GOT KNOCKED OUT ON THE SAME HAND AT DIFFERENT TABLES:
10TH---DAVON HAYES
10TH---MARTIN KERRIGAN

AS ALWAYS, THE DEALERS AND STAFF WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL WHO PARTICIPATES IN OUR TOURNAMENTS TO MAKE THEM SUCH A HUGE SUCCESS.

The dealers and staff would like to thank all who make our tournaments a huge success.

Darrell Guillory & Sabrina Richards
Tournament Directors

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.

HARRAHS NOLA WEEKLY RESULTS:

HARRAHS WEEKLY UPDATE:

The weekly regs got together last Wednesday to battle it out again.  If there was a points title Kenny Milam would be back near the top as he chopped it four ways with Kamon Mitchell, Charlie Gregerson and Ian Crozier.  Teddy Conner and Eric Wilkinson got their first final tables of the new season.

Saturday was the first weekend of the month and that meant a battle for a WSOP Main Event seat.   Perhaps, due to Mardi Gras and a crowded poker schedule, the field was small which meant one thing AN OVERLAY.  Harrahs honored their guarantee and added to the prize pool to make sure the winner Jovon Williams (pictured) got a seat.  Harrahs recount of the finale follows below.

2/26 WEEKLY WINNERS (Chopped 4 Ways $888 each)
Ian Crozier
Charlie Gregerson
Kenny Milam
Kamon Mitchell

In the Money:

5th------Michael Deroche
6th------Lucus Cuccia
7th------Eric Wilkinson
8th------Mark Senas
9th------Teddy Conner
10th----Cody Morgan
Bubble boy--- Thu " Tony" Nguyen

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"Jovon Williams dominated the final table with a huge chip lead over Judy Rhodes who finished 2nd.  On the final hand, Judy went all in with Q4 and Jovon only looked at 1 card which was an ace. When it came to the showdown he turned over AA. What a way to finish off the tournament.  The dealers and staff would like to thank all who make our tournaments a huge success. "

-Darrell Guillory & Sabrina Richards
Tournament Directors

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.

HARRAHS  NOLA WEEKLY RESULTS:

HARRAHS WEEKLY CHOPPING IT UP:

The Wednesday tournament saw Anthony "Binger" Bellao get another big chunk of the pie in a five way chop.  "Wild" Bill Phillps made his third final table in a row, and again busted just before the money was split up.  He didn't get a chance to go four for four as he was tied up in the MSPT in Baton Rouge on Saturday.  Robert "Spider" Henderson, however, went two for two on the week. 

Saturday was also notable because there was an overlay on the guarantee.  Thu "Tony" Nguyen made it three out of four in the good money when he chopped with Spider, Allen Farber and four others.  Thanks to Harrahs for contributing to the pot for the regulars that didn't go up to Baton Rouge and honoring the guarantee.

2/19
Chopped
Richard Elfert--------------$870
Fada Attalah----------------$870
Anthony Bellao------------$870
Gil Peters---------------------$870
Richard Guthrie-----------$870
6th- Wild Bill Phillips
7th- Bruno Skerianz
8th- Robert Spider Henderson
9th- Christopher Stephens
10th- Billy Robinett


2/22
Chopped
William McClary-----------------$943
Allan Faber-------------------------$943
Thu "Tony" Nguyen------------$943
Robert Spider Henderson--$943
Walter Ohler-----------------------$943
Hugo Deinken--------------------$943
David Mendez--------------------$942
8th- David Glass
9th- Randolph Hedge
10th- Philip Treaudo

The dealers and staff would like to thank everyone that participates in our weekly tournaments.

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POKER IS WAR

 (UPDATED: 12/05/13) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"LOL...that's what I have been feeling like recently as its been months since my last blog. I have been working a lot and staying ridiculously busy, and working on trying to get my family into a new house. This blog may take a few days to get up but I will start putting dates just in case I can't pull this blog off in one sitting.!"[+]

JASON MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY

 (UPDATED 01/02/14) Florida's Jason Mericer is one of the best poker players in the world.  Why wouldn't you read his blog? 

"Setting goals for 2014 was one of the thoughts that kept resonating with me throughout my two month break from poker. Often before a new year, I set very broad goals such as “profit a million dollars.” Now, while I think that’s a good goal to have and a very achievable one, I wanted to come up with a little more structured list this year.
 

Most importantly, I want to win at least 3 live poker tournaments this year. “Easier said than done” you might say. Well, I’ve done this twice already in my career- 2009 (5), 2011 (3). I’m hoping to do the exact same thing in 2014.

Winning another major title (EPT, WPT, WSOP) is one of my goals as well. Each of these titles would give me a unique sense of accomplishment. If I were to win an EPT title, I’d become the first player to ever win two. Winning a WPT is the one leg of the triple crown I’ve yet to complete. And if I could win my third WSOP bracelet this summer, I’d become one of the youngest players to accomplish such a feat."
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THE POKER MONKEY

 [UPDATED: 03/24/14] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:


"Some of you recall that I had a monster celebrity crush on Erin Andrews. I'd like to declare that crush as being officially dead. DEAD. It started with that fucking Pro-Biotics commercial. Something about her voice in that thing grated on me. Then it was her switch to Fox Sports...and hearing her in the studio. And watching her act like she is all chummy chummy with every athlete, acting like she is one of them in every interview she does. Just annoying.

Well, the final straw came when Dancing with the Dipshits decided to get rid of Brook Burke, who I've always thought was a rockin hottie...and to add to it, she's incredibly classy and soft spoken...in favor of Erin. Well, after one episode that I forced myself to sit through...I almost sawed off both of my ears. Unbearable. That voice could kill cancer. So yeah. She's dead to me." [+}

RIVER POKER

 [UPDATED: 04/04/14] Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an  intriguing approach to  the game: 

"I made a mistake the other day. I realize that a poker player making a mistake isn't headline news. But a poker player admitting he made a mistake may be.

The hand: We were at the very early stages of a tournament. Most of the players, including myself, had quite a few chips in relation to the blinds. I was on the button and everyone folded around to my pocket aces. I raised the standard amount, the small blind folded and the big blind called. We went to the flop heads up. The flop was Kxx rainbow. He checked, I bet about 3/4 of the pot, he called. The turn was a Jack. Again, he checked, I bet about 2/3 of the pot, he called. The river was a brick. He checked, I put in a value bet of less than half the pot. He shoved."
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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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