DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
have one weird hand history. During an Aces
cracked promotion at Harrahs, I somehow lost the
minimum with them against pocket kings. He
flopped a set and boated up on the river. I
thought the board pairing the low card might
have been good for me because when he raised me
on the turn I thought he had at least two pair.
So, I lose the pot and they go off to get me my
hundred dollars in chips .
The dealer didn't ask if they were in play, and
right before I looked at my hand I thought about
saying something. She was attending to something
so I said to myself no big deal I'll wait a hand
before mentioning it. Then I spied Queens."
08/24/11] 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
canít believe I have to post this in 2014, given
all of the excellent poker educational material
available, but during a few recent tournaments,
I was shocked and amazed to witness countless
mediocre (possibly) professional poker players
say ďnice handĒ in a condescending way to
amateurs after they got lucky, taking the proís
I want to make it perfectly clear that this sort
of behavior is unacceptable in every possible
way. You make money because the weak players
show up to play. If you make them uncomfortable
or bring it to their attention that they played
poorly, they could quite realistically stop
playing or improve their skills, killing your
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 08/24/14] 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.
"Okay, itís not called the Las Vegas Hilton
Itís called something else.
I forgot what it is now.
Anyway, the casino that used to be known as the
Las Vegas Hilton (and long before that, ďThe
InternationalĒ), hosts a football handicapping
seminar every year. This annual event used to
take place at the Red Rock Casino, and was held
over a two-day period. Now, itís been trimmed
down to a single night, which lasts about four
hours. One canít complain, since the
presentation is free. Much of the seminar is
pretty good. I figure, if I learn one thing or
get a tip on a team or a game, itís probably
worth my time."[+]
08/22/14] Shannon Shorr has graduated. That's bad
news for the poker world because he's terrorized the circuit
while also being a full time college student. Now without
distractions, like class every day, the only question is how
quickly will he add to his over 3.2 million dollars in
tournament winnings. You can also read Shannon's blog at
"Hey friends! At 6:34 a.m. local time
Friday I summited the world's largest
free-standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro with
my buddies Jesse and Paul Yaginuma! I consider
it one of my biggest personal achievements and
got so much out of the journey. The idea was
proposed by Jesse and Paul over a year ago. I
initially laughed it off thinking it was an
unattainable goal. I'm really, really, really
glad I looked further into it. A big thank you
to the Yaginumas for being such cool fucking
guys with ambition and a strong desire to live
their lives to the fullest. This reiterates to
me just how essential it is that we all keep an
openmind about everything. Opening one's mind
isn't a process that happens overnight. It's a
matter of being exposed to different people,
things and places. I'll take this platform,
however small it is, to try to express that
through this documentation of my Kilimanjaro
Jennifer Gay is a poker player, poker room supervisor and
Ante Up Magazine Poker Columnist local to
Tunica, MS. Her blog covers the sometimes personal and
always comical reality of a life fully centered around poker in
"Early this morning, Amanda Desnoyers called me.
I missed the call while I heated a bottle up for
Carter. Her voicemail told me everything without
saying more than "call me back".
She said, between sobs, when I called her back:
"You know the poker people. Would you help get
the word out so I can stop making phone calls?"
She sounded exactly like you'd expect a woman
who'd just lost her husband to sound. Grief
stricken. Frazzled. Tired. Full of the
realization that this nightmare is only
beginning. She spoke briefly about her family
being local and an autopsy, not knowing when
arrangements would be. Her words were soft and
broken, tearful, before she exclaimed another
call was coming in and to please keep in touch. " [+]
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IS DAVID CLARK?|
David Clark bagged more points than any other at large qualifier on the WSOP this year. The Texan has been blogging and
winning for some time now.
"Rocky road to the Rocky Mountains.
La recently decided she wanted to add the Colorado Black Hawk
circuit stop to the schedule. I wasnít convinced. I was enjoying
the beautiful Dallas weather, sleeping in our bed, and getting
some much needed exercise. I eventually told her she should go
by herself if she wanted to grind, but I didnít feel like it and
I didnít think there would be much Omaha action for me anyway.
She wasnít very happy about the idea of traveling without me and
decided to make a few last minute compromises that would allow
me to enjoy the Colorado state of mind while she got on the mtt
grind. Once I agreed we got all the travel arrangements sorted
quickly and packed for an early morning flight.."
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[UPDATED: 03/08/12] PLAYER N scribes a tale
of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all
hustling on the Coast.
cigarette breath assaulted me as the man in the tattered Red Sox
jacket put his hand on my shoulder, "Hey boss, spare a
dollar..." it hung there not as a question but an instruction. I
couldn't sidestep it or the man. His gently tightening grip,
neither affectionate nor comforting, but oddly somehow both soft
and malevolent made the hairs on my neck stand up. The harsh
cold wind pushed at me, up the darkened street gaining speed
between the concrete buildings. It buttressed me helping the man
stop me on that corner. " [+]
I gave him a steely look, and he inhaled quickly through his
nostrils, "Sorry guy." I tried to wave him off, but his hand
didn't move. I had to look him in the eye.
Quiet, gray blue eyes surprised me, they looked like they still
had the sparkle of youth, maybe a forty years old but his
weathered face told a different story. Craggy, fractured and
leathery ridges told of many more years and hardship born of
living outdoors. Then in a flash, those eyes lost their luster
and bore into m
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MAIN EVENT 2014:
EENY, MEENY, MOEINI:
Moeini wins WSOP-C IP Main Event on Home Turf:
Moeini played Georgian Brandon Newsome three hours in heads
up play until he prevailed. He won 106k for topping
the 301 person field. He downplayed his recent success
by saying, "The last two years I've been getting lucky," to
the WSOP.com. We wouldn't be surprised if this humble
player one day says, "For the last twenty years I've been
lucky." Sure it takes good fortune to win any
tournament and sustain success on the tour, but to be in the
money as often as Moeini does it requires a great amount of
skill too. Congrats Moe!
65k for finishing second. Friends of GCP, Tim "TK"
Miles finished in third, winning 47k, and Corrie Wunstel
eigth pocketing 12k. Roger "Lynn" Morris of Pensacola
finished 9th for just under 10k. Congrats also to
Metairie CPA Thomas Doussan, who can't seem to stop cashing
lately finishing sixth for 20k. Lance Jones of
Birmingham, went out fifth winning 26k. Larry Hirons
of Arlington, TX rounded out the final table winning 15k for
at one point held the chiplead but got run down finishing
23rd. A number of names we see a lot in the money,
finished outside the final table but went home with some
pocket change. They included Metairie's Curtis Terry,
Tim Burt, Beverly Lange, Ben Thomas, Josh Palmer, Jerry
Monroe, Chris Conrad, and Dan Lowery.
earned the Casino Championship by winning his second ring in
event 11 to edge Mark Fink, Joshua Reichard and GCP's Will
Souther in the standings. Gray beat the capable Kip
Jones, and Will Souther in the final three to win his second
ring. Also, a shout out to Kai Landry who finished
second in the Ladie's event. His cash had many
petitioning the WSOP to install TSA type X-ray devices to
insure the proper chromosomes of all Ladies events players
in the future.
The MSPT is
coming back to Baton Rouge. We hope to be promoting
the event as we did last year. So look for updates and
information about their qualifiers running up to the event
itself here. Also, the Beau Rivage has released it's
Million Dollar Heater Schedule already. Might be a
good time to get a jump on booking rooms. You can find
the link on our
page. While you are there don't be afraid to hit like.
We love to feel loved.
BILOXI WSOP-C UPDATES:
HOLLEY, MCBRAYER GO 1-2 IN RE-ENTRY:
John Holley of Destin, FL (first 38k) and BJ McBrayer of
Tuscaloosa (second 24k) for going deepest in the event
everybody want to win. The tournament set the highest
attendence of any WSOP-C event ever at the IP Casino.
This time the fisherman prevailed winning his third ring.
We were happy to see both players do so well.
Great job John and BJ!
Davidson of Birmingham (third 17k), Justin Hooker of
Tuscaloosa (4th), and Justin Booth of Dallas (8th 4.5k) all
made the final table. Steven Giddings of Ruston, LA,
Tom Franklin, Kyle Nunez of Erath, LA, Robert Matthews of
Denham Springs, LA and Blake Barousse of Lafayette, all got
some circuit points. Joey Wideman of Belle Chasse, LA,
Alexander Debell of Gulfport, Mark Wilds of Biloxi, Garret
Jones, Ashly Butler, Mike Husar, Fred Sigur, Charles Moore,
Ben Thomas, Frank Aplandinar, Kris Cannatelli, and Thomas
Doussan all cashed.
REICHARD COULD HAVE
STAYED AT HOME TO BEAT CHRIS CONRAD IN EVENT 4:
One of the
storylines of this circuit event has been the success of the
roommates in a local house. Josh Reichard, John Holley
(yep, that's him above), Chris Conrad and Paul Ewen all
lived together and all cashed together. In event 4,
Josh Reichard, a Monkey's Minion, won 10k after beating his
roommate Chris Conrad (second 6.6k) in heads up action.
Paul Ewen also
made the money. Pretty sure they've won the House
Casino Championship. Meanwhile, we were also pulling
for Tai Cao (pictured) of Lafayette who despite coming back
to day two with one of the shortest stacks ran it up to
3.4k. Great job Tai.
VALENTIN'S DAY IN
Valentin Vornicu won 12k for first beating Danny Gray of
Tallassee, AL heads up. Vornicu now boasts five
Circuit rings. Gray earned 7.5. Ray Parker of
Long Beach and Robert Lovell of Houston, TX also made the
final table. Meanwhile, another cash for Will South
and Doug Gambel of Ponchatoula, LA.
SERMONS WINS EVENT 7:
of Shreveport, played his first tournament and went home
with a ring. Will Souther earned his third cash of
this series with a fifth place finish (2.7k). As for
the points race he's still well behind Mark Fink who jumped
over Josh Reichard in the points lead by finishing second.
Fink's first place and second place finishes gives him 12.5
more points than Reichard.
BILOXI WSOP-C UPDATES:
BINKS EVENT ONE, DUDEK THIRD:
Gene D (aka
Gene Dudek) gave 'em hell in event one. Like Austin "SkinnyDonk"
Buchanan (third 4.6k), Gene was in search of his first
circuit ring. Dudek, a GCP co-owner, previously has
been casino champion at the IP so it would be fitting to get
the gold here. Unfortunately for Dudek, Mark Fink of
Sioux Falls ended up winning the event and 10k for first.
Robert Iversen of Gulf Breeze finished second for 6.4k, and
Dudek had to settle for fourth (3.6k).
and Todd Cowan both of Metairie finished sixth for just
under 2k and 8th for a little over 1k respectively.
John Durio of Metairie, also cashed as did Robert Pierce of
Slidell, Charles Hubbard of Gulfport, Steven Giddings of
Ruston, LA and another GCPer Will "Poker Monkey" Souther (in
a triumphant return to the IP of his own).
GRAND DAY FOR GRAY,
BIG DAY FOR BAMA, DOUCET SECOND IN EVENT TWO:
(pictured) of Opelousas, LA came close to a ring in Event
turbo NL Hold'Em, but couldn't get past Anthony Gray of
Coker, AL. Doucet had to settle for second
and 7.6k. Ricky Romero of New Iberia, LA earned 3k for
fifth. Gray won 12k for first.
They must like
to play turbos in Alabama because Alabamians accounted for
almost half of the players in the money. Along with Gray,
Brett Hearn of Mobile, finished third; Charles Bailey of
Mobile, AL and Christopher Nunnally of Birmingham each made
the final table; and Luther Tran, Gerald Beard, and
Barry Champion all cashed.
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Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
wise I haven't played in a bunch of events...but I have been
playing enough to keep my chops somewhat sharp. I have been
beating the cash games when I get to play, but haven't had much
success in the tourneys I have been playing...but I will discuss
a few here below:
Mid States Poker Tour (MSPT) came into Baton Rouge and put on a
tournament with a $100k Gaurantee that had a buy-in of $1100.
Good things I liked about the tourney were I was real impressed
with the owner of MSPT Bryan Mileski. He came into town in a
tough spot and assessed the situation and adapted to his
environment to put on a great event. I really like the smaller
"personal touch" tours and the "Satellite Structures" to get
players into the main event is a smart move vs just blowing
through prelims...etc. The tourney was held during Mardi Gras
which I personally believed was a good thing so tourney
rounder's could see the Mardi Gras parades as the Parades passed
literally... right in front of the Casino. Most of the locals
would probably take this as a "negative"."[+]
MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY|
06/24/14) Florida's Jason Mericer is one of the best poker
players in the world. Why wouldn't you read his blog?
"This will be my seventh summer in Las Vegas. This is
actually the longest time Iíve gone without being in Vegas, as I
literally havenít been back since the end of the WSOP last
summer. Iím not looking forward to the weather, obviously,
because I donít really like the dry heat during the summer. But
Iím really looking forward to playing all of the different
tournaments again. Itís like a poker playerís dream.
I like this yearís schedule a lot with all of the $10K events,
and I plan to play a scaled-back schedule sticking mainly to the
$5K buy-in events and higher. Iím also obviously looking forward
to the Big One for One Drop and the $50K Poker Players
THE POKER MONKEY
Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker
circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:
"I probably should have posted a blog last Monday, to report to
you how Day 2 went in the Main Event at Palm Beach Kennel Club.
Well, I figure most of you who truly care did enough limited
research to discover that I finished 6th...which matches my
highest finish in a WSOP Circuit Main Event. I also took 6th in
Hammond back in 2010...in a gigantic field, at a table littered
with great players like Kurt Jewell (winner), William Reynolds,
Nick Jivkov and Bryan Devonshire.
This final table had the likes of Tristan Wade (winner), David
'Lefty' Diaz, Zohair 'BrownMagic) Karim, and Chance Kornuth. I
came into the day with a pretty small stack...but did what I'm
best at, playing patiently. Eventually, my breaks would
come...and I would amass enough chips to allow me to persevere
long enough to get to the Final Table, which was my ultimate
goal...well, okay, it was Hurdle #4 officially, with Hurdle #5
being WIN! I guess the good thing about waiting a week to write
this is that I have pretty much forgotten about most of the
hands...so you don't have to be bored with that"
Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an intriguing
approach to the game:
"Like a lot of other poker players I track my winnings and
losses. Personally, I do it with a spreadsheet and graph the
results. I'm sure there are multiple ways to track how you're
doing, that's just the way I do it.
I've been having a rough poker year. In fact, this year is (so
far) the worst year of my poker career. My results had gotten so
bad that I had quit updating my spreadsheet. I knew I was way
behind but didn't really want to know just how far behind. It
was too depressing.
A month or so ago I stepped back and evaluated the situation and
changed my game accordingly. My results have improved quite a
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new title but the same blog,
Goondingy or Big Smoove and pure aggression on the felt examines
live poker action:
"Greetings and salutations.
I had to get on here and throw down some thoughts on how the
year went for me and to set some expectations for 2014.
Poker has really taken a back seat, I live through Gulf Coast
Poker.net and some friends in Vegas. I truly plan to get back
into action in 2014, slowly but surely. My action figure
business did not get off to a good start and following up on
that with my other responsibilities hurt my slothfulness. [+]
[UPDATED 08/24/14] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
football perspective on to GCP.NET.
"Now? I can't shake the
feeling there's a deep-rooted, impenetrable belief that this
season is destined to be a defining moment of the Sean Payton
era, at least from a purely 'football' perspective. That, of
course, offers needed context considering the
impossible-to-predict renaissance of 2006, the enduring beauty
and joy of 2009, and the face-melting thrill-ride of 2011.
In spite of the regression that was a side effect of Bountygate,
there remains the hope that what once seemed
inevitable--Lombardi Gras II--still has a heart that beats on,
one that refuses to recede into history with a listless fade.
There's a finality to the Payton-Brees Saints that's yet to be
determined, and if the abundant evidence from this preseason is
any indication, that resolution portends something inescapably
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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 liceís hair over five fiddy the Bat doesnít 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 canít 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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