DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
"I've gotten so much out of teaching those hand
labs I will gladly do them every time I get the
chance. I have a great respect for the WSOP
Academy and the success of its students. One of
the biggest things I've learned through teaching
is to pull the trigger in spots were I might
just be a little too cautious previously. As I
told the students, and really reinforced with
myself, its far better to make mistakes, in my
opinion, by being too aggressive instead of
being too passive. Now, when I find a marginal
spot where I think I could get something through
instead of being cautious I pull the trigger.
It's amazing how many chips are just there to be
taken, and how important it is to jump all over
weakness when you sense it. And the more
experience you get the more you recognize those
Also pokerwise, Monkey has selected me to be one
of the finalists for his package to the Main
Event. I'm honored and think highly of the other
names he's mentioned. I'm in pretty good
company. I will probably buy shares regardless
if I'm selected or not. As they say it's good
just to be nominated. I do feel I'd do great in
a deep stack event at the WSOP against bad
players. Really, I'm chomping at the bit to have
a chance to play a WSOP main event against the
massive field where one unlucky hand won't
cripple me and I can be even more selective in
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 07/22/14] 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 just read of the passing of actor James
He seemed like a really nice man. He certainly
enjoyed a remarkably long and distinguished film
and television career which spanned nearly six
decades, including many memorable roles, perhaps
none quite as endearing to those of us in the
poker community as ďMaverick.Ē
ďMaverick,Ē which ran as a popular television
series from 1957-1962 and was later made into a
hit movie (1994), helped to redefine poker and
those who played it as a noble, almost heroic
pursuit. Maverick was always fair and honest,
but also cool and clever. Somehow, he always
outfoxed the cheaters and thieves. Everyone who
fancied the legendary Old West wanted to be Bret
There were numerous other film roles too ó from
The Great Escape to a weekly stint on The
Rockford Files. The movies, television shows,
and scripted parts might have varied over the
years. But each character played by Mr. Garner
seemed to embody the classic Maverick spirit."
07/22/14] 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 guys. Thanks for checking out this
entry. I trust that you're all out there doing
what you love and living life to the fullest.
This blog entry comes on the heels of a summer
spent in Las Vegas playing poker tournaments at
the World Series of Poker. This marks the 9th
consecutive summer I've competed in the Series.
From a financial perspective, things went
I am reasonably happy with the effort and focus
that I brought each day which is most important
to me when it comes to playing tournaments. I
have written about the variance of tournament
poker in past blogs, so I won't bore you guys
with any of that. I will say that the business
is as competitive as ever, so there is no time
to make excuses. I need to constantly be working
on my game if I want to compete at the highest
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. " [+]
[UPDATED 03/09/14] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
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
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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
"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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[UPDATED: 03/08/12] PLAYER N scribes a tale
of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all
hustling on the Coast.
cigarette breath assaulted me as the man in the tattered Red Sox
jacket put his hand on my shoulder, "Hey boss, spare a
dollar..." it hung there not as a question but an instruction. I
couldn't sidestep it or the man. His gently tightening grip,
neither affectionate nor comforting, but oddly somehow both soft
and malevolent made the hairs on my neck stand up. The harsh
cold wind pushed at me, up the darkened street gaining speed
between the concrete buildings. It buttressed me helping the man
stop me on that corner. " [+]
I gave him a steely look, and he inhaled quickly through his
nostrils, "Sorry guy." I tried to wave him off, but his hand
didn't move. I had to look him in the eye.
Quiet, gray blue eyes surprised me, they looked like they still
had the sparkle of youth, maybe a forty years old but his
weathered face told a different story. Craggy, fractured and
leathery ridges told of many more years and hardship born of
living outdoors. Then in a flash, those eyes lost their luster
and bore into m
There are still lots of good options. Look for our
upcoming article where we rank all the sites still
RIVAGE 50K GUARANTEE:
SEVILLE HALE WINS IT:
50K guarantee has become a bit of a destination tournament
at the Coast's destination Casino resort. Players from
East Texas to the Florida panhandle travel for the juicy
prize pool in the weekend tournament. Seville Hale,
one of those traveling, hails from Pensacola and finished
first winning 24k. Local Bert Ladner can't seem not cash in
his home casino winning 4k for sixth.
Davy Murrah finished 9th for 1600. Captain Ron Hope came in
to day two with 2.5 big blinds and ran it all the way up to
a 16th place finish winning $800. Mihail Karasoulis
won $800 for 17th place. Kenny Milam finished
23rd for $680. Moe Moeini cashed again but this time
the first to exit once they hit the money.
BLOGGERS GONNA BLOG:
updates all over the site. Monkey, Shannon Shorr,
Jason Mercier, Davy, Wild Bill, and even some blasts from
the past like
Ross Leitz have all
update us with tales from the summer and beyond.
not have played this year's Main Event but he and his investors
put four players into the tournament. They included
two of our own GCPers Wild Bill and Kai Landry. Also,
getting the nod, in fact, the first two selected, friend of
GCP BJ McBrayer and Josh Reichard.
Really cool idea by Monkey and his friends. See Will
Souther AKA the Poker Monkey's blog to the right to get full
recaps on the Monkey's Minions in action.
and Sam Bailey (pictured) went the deepest out of the bunch
of players who won their seats via Harrahs New Orleans.
Bailey cashed and Kenny finished about 50 players short.
Also in the money Jonathan Hart, Tim Burt, Sean Winter, Mark
Gallagher (TX), and David Smith (Walls, MS).
Liporace, a former Harrahs New Orleans player, made
headlines as a chipleader early on in the tournament.
Liporace finished 158th for 52k. Kevin Eyster of
Lafayette continued his hot summer with a 44k payday
finishing 204th. Benton Blakeman finished 282nd for
finished highest of all the Gulf Coasters bowing out in 21st
place, slightly ahead of Brian Roberts of Houston who
finished 26th. Force won 286k as did Roberts and Bryan
Devonshire. Interesting about Force, and many of the
other Gulf Coasters like Eyster and Hart, their Main Event
cashes followed a successful summer and recent cashes in
other WSOP events.
made an improbable second Main Event final table in a row.
Considering the size of the fields this has to be one of the
greatest accomplishments in Main Event history.
Newhouse is one of four Americans to make the final table
and enters third in chips.
WRAP-UP OF GULF
COASTERS IN THE MONEY TO CLOSE OUT THE SUMMER OF PRELIMS:
of Slidell, 68th in Event 55.
Ray Henson of
Houston, TX who won 29k for 9th place in Event 56.
Jack Ernest Ward of Ocean Springs,
MS who 11k for 26th place also in Event 56.
(pictured) of Jackson, MS 33rd for 14k and Mark Rose of
Orlando, FL 53rd for 9.6k in Event 60.
of Lafayette won another 40k in the Big One for the One Drop
finishing 10th and Maurice Hawkins who also won 40k for
In Event 64,
10k PLO, Leif Force won 44k for 13th place and Sean Winter
of Jacksonville 28k for 23rd.
EFFORTS TO GET CHAD
BROWN HIS BRACELET:
Wow, is all we
can say. Much respect to Monkey and Jennifer Gay and
to all involved in the ongoing effort to get Chad Brown his
honorary bracelet at his hospice. Cool thing for the
poker world, and a big thank you to the WSOP for making it
happen too. Read the latest update from Jennifer Gay
we shared on our facebook page
DA KID GAVE IT ALL:
Austin Bursavich on an incredible run in the Monster stack.
Things went south on him a little bit (not in a Freddy Deeb
way) after entering three tables as one of just three
players with 10 million in chips. He ended up ~20th
winning over 50k. More deep runs for this kid, the
sooner the better--how about the Main Event?
SUMRALL GOING TO
their last satellite to the Main Event in Las Vegas and one
of the good guys Chris Sumrall took it down.
It's been a whirlwind month for the Houma native. He
recently hit the Bad Beat jackpot and decided he was going
to put 10k of that toward playing in his first Main Event.
No need for that now, the dude is freerolling. So
happy for him.
runs by some players that have already won seats including
Mega Master Kenny Milam and Brigette Fredericks who both
cashed and just missed winning a second seat. Also
thanks to Harrahs NOLA for adding second seats previously,
and funding the bounties on the players that had already won
this go round. Great tournament series and
hopefully an annual fixture.
DA KID MAKING A
MONSTER RUN, AUSTIN BURSAVICH SECOND IN CHIPS WITH JUST 62
field featured almost 8000
players. They've been cleaved to just 62 with every
player guaranteed to win at least 21k on a $1500 buy-in
which ain't too shabby. First is over a million.
Right now, Austin Bursavich of Baton Rouge is sitting on a
monster stack at just under 5 milly.
three quarters of the field has less than half of that he's
in good shape. Action will continue today with
coverage on WSOP.com. Let's go Kid finish it out!
UPDATE: Still second in
chips now only 36 left in the field. Now up to 8.7
CHAD BROWN HONORARY BRACELET
AWARDEE IN HOSPICE:
Chad Brown, who has ties to GCP Bloggers and touched a lot
of people on his way to some big scores on the coast is in
hospice battling his cancer. Upon hearing the news the
WSOP awarded him an honorary bracelet, that's well
deserved and speaks to the impact he made on a lot of
people. He was a man who was almost universally loved
and if you ever need to see an example of his disposition
look no further than a memorable interaction with Men the
Master. We'd write more, but think the words of
Jennifer Gay will be better written than any we'd craft.
I adore this man and I am so, so
very lucky to have been the recipient of his friendship. He
would cross a room at the WSOP just to say hello to me,
never ever too busy to share a hug. Chad has always been a
classically handsome man, a gentleman proficient in courtesy
and the sort of leather-jacket-wearing, sparkling teeth
smiling hunk that men are naturally admirable of and women
swoon over. I'll admit, it was impossible not to feel a
little special in his presence. He has a way of giving you
his undivided attention. Chad has never allowed negativity
to take hold. He has made certain to comfort those already
grieving him and to spend his final days wrapped in the warm
embraces of those who love him most. He's taken the time to
return texts, emails, phone calls when able, even now
putting the needs of other's a priority. He's meeting death
with his shoulders square and a smile on his face because
it's the exact manner in which he lived his life, and he
wouldn't have it any other way. I am sad that I won't have
another Chad-hug, but happy that you're ready for whatever
is next in store for you."
Blogger of world renown, is giving two maybe three players
an opportunity to play in the Main Event. Out of the
six finalist at least three are from the Gulf Coast.
The three we are rooting for are BJ McBrayer, Kai Landry and
Wild Bill Phillips (who co-owns this site). Hopefully,
one, two or three of these players will win the poll on
Monkey's blog and represent the Minions in the WSOP Main
Event. Go to
THE POKER MONKEY to
vote. The poll is in the upper right hand corner.
DOLAN FINAL TABLES,
POCHE CASHES IN EVENT 49:
John Doan gave
'em hell, despite suffering the gross run out of 33633 when
he held 1010 v. AK. He still managed to finish 8th for
70k. As for
the Youngsville, LA native finished 34th, just ahead of Phil
Hellmuth in the No Limit Hold'em tournament to win 18k.
Melanie Wiesner (pictured) of Houston, TX also won 22k for
her 21st place finish.
OTHERS IN THE MONEY:
Tim Burt for a 19th place finish in event 48, PLO Hi-Low.
Mark Wilds also had a deep run finishing 11th for 27k in
event 44 No Limit Hold'em. Jonathan Little finished in
26th for 14k in event 42 PLO Six handed. Sure we
missed some of you. We know Teddy Connor also cashed a
couple of times out in Vegas, congrats to everybody who's
made some money.
888 POKER AMBASSADOR
LOUIS SUAREZ UNSUCCESSFULLY ATE, ATE, ATE THREE PEOPLE:
It's a bad
week for the 888 brand. Their new signing promptly bit
a person and received international scorn. Literally,
days after announcing their partnership with Suarez, the
Uruguayan soccer star made news for sinking his teeth in an
Italian. This is his third biting on the soccer pitch.
Not the kind of impact you are looking for in a
spokesperson. We are a big believer in using the gifts
God gave you, and Suarez got some chompers, but perhaps he
can put those teeth to better use. He'd make a pretty
good bottle opener we think.
MONSTER STACK DEBUTS
DESPITE WSOP MISGIVINGS TO RECORD NUMBERS:
months ago, at the urging of players the WSOP agreed to host
a Monster Stack tournament. Despite assurance from
suit Seth Palansky to players like Matt Salsberg on a famous
twitter exchange that rec players didn't care about deep
stacks, the Rio was flooded with players looking to take
advantage of the Monster Stack and the hours of
entertainment it provided. Lesson learned? After
the same suits crowed about the events success, they once
scoffed at, we can only hope there will be more of these in
the future. The most common remark on twitter
surrounding this event is that it's kind of a like a junior
Main Event with the atmosphere throughout the Rio matching the
big tournament for electricity.
BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP,
MILLION DOLLAR BUY-IN PARTICIPANTS:
There are some
rich businessmen and there are some poker pros, some you
expect, some you wouldn't. Here are the highlights of
the 37 man roster. Unless you are an expert on rich
businessmen with a million dollars burning through their
pockets we'll just focus on the pros: Brian Rast, John
Juanda, Phillipp Guissem, Jean-Robert Bellande, Antonio
Esfandiari, Scott Seiver, Dan Smith, Greg Merson, Phil
Galfond, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Erick Lindgren
(interesting to say the least), Vanessa Selbst, Sam Trickett,
Dan Cates, Tony Gregg, Jason Mercier, Guy Laliberte, Noah
Schwartz, and Isaac Haxton. Somebody, and their
backers is about to get rich, or if a businessman somehow
wins this... richer.
a snowboarder who now lives in Colorado to be, you know,
closer to snow, wore a Saints hat and a Moss jersey while
winning his first bracelet. Moss, a complicated figure
is one of the all time great talents to play football.
Kevin doesn't seem anywhere near that complicated but right
now he's made the case that he's the greatest tournament
poker player Louisiana has ever birthed. You say
hyperbole? What about Keith Lehr? What
about Fred Berger? We'll get to all that.
First off, to
the lede we buried, Kevin Eyster beat 540 other players to
win his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the 5k
Six-max No Limit Hold'em event. Barely 24, Eyster over
the last two years has won a WPT tournament, made multiple
final tables and now has won a WSOP bracelet.
at a final table that include Andrew "luckychewy"
Lichtenberger (3rd), Bryn Kenney (4th), Jeremy Kottler (5th)
and Belgian pro Pierre Neuville (2nd). Eyster won 622k
for first. This cash moved him into first all time for
money won by a Louisianan with over 2 million in lifetime
earnings. Third place in Louisiana's ranking has only
half the money Eyster's won. He's a big deal.
He's also just outside the top ten for total live cashes,
which seems insignificant until you remember he's only 24.
One sick player.
PLAYING FOR MILLIONS?
Monkey is sending three lucky players to this years WSOP
Main Event. First place is guaranteed 10 million
dollars. That's a lot of money to a lot of people.
Do you wanna own a piece of the Monkey Threesome?
You can, because he's selling shares. Go to Monkey's
blog for the latest.
RIO SECURITY LIVING
UP TO SECURITY IN THE REAL RIO:
travelers have been told to beware the rampant crime
infesting the city emanating from the favelas of Rio De
Janeiro. At least those visitors got a heads up.
World Series of Poker players should be equally warned about
the abysmal security at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas.
There have been tales of at least one mugging in the parking lot, a
spate of room breaks in, a "security" presence that is
essentially nonexistent (unless you are trying to sell
lammers), and fill in the blank theft by "rake" joke.
On the one hand you have to credit the Rio hotel for going
for an authentic Rio De Janeiro experience, it is exciting
to be fearful of getting your bankroll stolen, on the other
While one of
the GCPers was there, at least once, after requesting to be
on the do not enter room list, employees did just that.
"We were just checking to see if the room was occupied..."
"Uhhh... yeah, better to do that in person when there is a
do not disturb sign on the door, a request in the system to
not to be entered, and a record at the front desk showing
check-in." Thanks for the service!
powers-that-be at the WSOP have pretty much ignored the
favela-like conditions in the Rio Towers on social media but
to be fair they will... prepare to chuckle in derision...
talk to you about in person. So travelers beware keep
your cash, your laptop, your chips and anything else you'd
rather not stolen on you at all times, unless you going to
the parking lot... then you might want to risk leaving them
in the room. Better yet, don't bring anything of value
but good luck buying into the tournaments. A loooooong
2+2 details all the
rumors, fact and fiction about this problem.
COX, PHILACHACK CLOSE
IN EVENT 23:
Chad Cox of
Mobile, AL won 73k for fourth place, while Garland, TX's
Andy Philachack won 155k for second. 1473 players
signed up for the 1k No Limit Hold'Em Turbo. Caufman
Talley of Lafayette finished 28th. Also in the money Arvis
Cumbest of Pascagoula, MS,
TUCKER AND TOYE'S FUN AND GAMES IN EVENT 21:
Bobby Toye of New Orleans, a
former GCP blogger finished 39th in the massive 1k No LImit
Hold'em field. Also in the money Bronson Tucker (a
WSOP Academy coach at the NOLA stop) from Austin, TX and
Tripp Kirk of Atlanta, GA.
Arthur Hatcher of Baton Rouge,
finishes 28th in the Seniors Event. The Baton
Rouge rounder scored his first cash at the World Series.
Dan Heimiller won the event getting past a final table that
included Dennis Phillips and David Tran.
JUST MISSES BRACELET GLORY LIMIT 2-7 TRIPLE DRAW LOWBALL:
Tom Franklin of Gulfport
finishes second for 76k in the $1500 buy-in event.
Todd Bui bested the Good Captain in heads-up play. 348
player signed up for the event and at least 200 of them knew
the rules of the game. Meanwhile in Event 13, the 10k
No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event Jason Mercier finished third
on a loaded final table.
VANESSA SELBST WINS $25K MIX-MATCH EVENT FOR 3RD BRACELET:
3 $1K BUYIN HAS KYLE CARTWRIGHT AS CHIP LEADER WITH 12 LEFT:
grinder Kyle "@da_kyky" Cartwright is set to make a push to
the Final Table.
Also in the mix is Lafayette Native and friend of GCP Blake
"@Blakeb0921" Barousse. Hopefully they will play heads-up
for the bracelet and $360k...they both are guaranteed $20k
as they sit now. Barth Melius makes a nice score for his 1st
event of the summer getting 28th out of 2224 runners for a
nice $8.2k payday
EVENT 6 IS A $1500
players to highlight but we have some favorites we are
rooting for...Shawn Johnston...Allen Kessler...Chris
Tryba...Greg Merson...and many more
CIRCUIT NEW ORLEANS:
CAMPANELLO WINS SEE-SAW BATTLE:
Bryan Campanello bested Gary Friedlander in heads up play.
The two Texans battled for a long time exchanging chip-leads
and suckouts. Both looked poised to close the other
out, when the other would get there. When it wa
finally settled Campanello a youngster won the 175k, the
National Championship seat, and ring. Friedlander
pocket 108k for second.
one of the great guys of poker Danny Doucet of Opelousas, LA
who finished fourth, just shy of 60k. Great job Danny!
Ben Thomas of Baton Rouge just missed the final table
winning 13k for 12th. Curtis terry of Metairie also
won north of 10k finished 15th. Ashly Butler of
Metairie who 7k for 21st. TK Miles popped up again on
the coast to win 5k for 26th. Ken Hebert and Drake
Roetger of Lafayette also made the money. A slew of
Texans in there too. Complete results
LOVING FIRST PLACE IN EVENT 12:
native bagged 16k for first and topped NOLA local Brandon
Jackson in heads up play. Jackson had him about three
to one but couldn't hold on. Bronson Tucker, one of
the WSOP Academy instructors finished ninth. (BTW,
Jeff Madsen who was the lead instructor at a WSOPA in NOLA
last year just took down the
HPT event in
California). Sam Al Shurieki of Pensacola seventh and
Ray Caywood of Houston fourth. Also in the money Dan
Rivera, Dennis Phillips and Barth Melius.
We know two
local regs made it into the top five. And we know
there was no chop, which is a headline in itself. And
that's why it is the headline. When we have the final
results we'll get them posted for you.
BEAU RIVAGE 50K AND
MOST OF CHOP:
Whittington of Lafayette, LA got the biggest chunk of the
chop. 173 players stayed on the coast and played in
the 50k guarantee. Shaun Johnston of D'Iberville,
MS listed second, with Thomas Ballow of Denham Springts, LA
third. David Mendez of New Orleans fifth. Ludek
Sisak of Biloxi ninth. Bruce Taylor, Bert Ladner and
Larry White all made the money. Congrats to all that
played and won.
CHAMP CRUMPLES CARDS,
a "pro's pro", and 2012 National Champion, can't take a bad
beat too well. He lost a massive pot in the Parx
casino in a tournament when his pocket Aces were cracked by
the pocket Queens of his opponent. Still, he had 85k
left. Then, Eriquezzo tweeted he got kicked out
because he crumbled his cards. Pretty hard to crumble
cards, but that's since been corrected to crumpled.
Surprisingly, many in the poker community came to
Eriquezzo's back saying he shouldn't be kicked out for
crumpling the cards.
crumpling cards is worth about a two round penalty.
Because Matt Glantz weighed in and said that's all he would
have gotten had he not threatened to blow torch the place.
Eriquezzo clarified that he said he'd blow torch the place
on twitter (which he did, and is why everybody knows about
SEMINOLE HARD ROUGH
10 MILLION GUARANTEE SCHEDULE IS OUT:
things heat up in Florida. Stretching from the 14th
all the way into September the SHR is going to be offering a
lot of poker. Go
here for the
PLAYERS AREN'T LUCKY:
Or maybe, they
are not necessarily more lucky then anybody else.
James McManus wrote a piece for Bloomberg. Read it
interesting nuggets and developments in this piece about the
Borgota's counterfeit chip-dumping scandal. Including
possible private deals by Borgota to separate individuals
still alive in the tournament. Go
CIRCUIT NEW ORLEANS:
BATOON WINS EVENT
of Austin, TX won 17k and the ring. The former
cultural anthropology student put his major to good use.
Dennis Crowley of Pearland, TX was runner up for 10k.
Barbour of Tampa, FL won 7.7k for third. Barbour
(pictured) finishes third. Also in the money Bertrand Fos, of Chalmette, LA, Renaldo Carriere of NOLA, and
Justin Gates of Baton Rouge.
BOOTH RULES ROOST IN
While we were
pulling for Jerry Giroir at the final table there were lots
of rooting interests there. That includes the winner
Justin Booth, who we've heard fits the "good" guy seal of
approval. He who won almost 20k to go with his first
ring Jerry finished 8th but was pipped by fellow
Lafayette player Kevin Cooper who went out seventh.
of Houma, LA finished ninth. David Nicholson, Eric
Vogel, of NOLA, Jennifer Roney of Pensacola, FL, Corey
Harrison of Birmingham, Jeffrey Sager of Slidell, Drake
Roetker of Lafayette, and Michael Northwick of Gretna all
made the money too.
HART ATTACKS SIX MAX:
of Jackson, MS despite being a young player was probably
overdue for his first ring. Consider that milestone
checked off the list. He beat a loaded final table
that included Justin Truesdell to win 21k. Todd Sousa
of NOLA finished 10th. He was joined in the money by
Brian Fontana of Slidell, William Stanford of Tupeloe, MS,
John Durio of Metairie, and Kevin Eyster of Lafayette.
WEST BEST IN EVENT 8:
Tim West beat
circuit reg Chris Parsons in heads up play to earn his
second ring. Robert Keller of Gulf Shores, and Tim
Martin of NOLA made the final table. David Nicholson
added another cash, though still got passed in the Casino
Champion race by West. Drake Roetker and Jeffrey
Sager also cashed again. Bradley Glasser and Joe
Didonato both from New Orleans made the mone. One
other notable, Randy Landry, is listed as from Las Vegas,
but is a Louisiana local, cashed. We understand he
also had a final table earlier in the week we might have
POTTER TURBOS TO
of Tulsa Oklahoma ripped through the turbo event to win 18k
for first. He beat Jacque Gremillion of Gonzales, LA
in heads up. Gremillion won 11k for second.
Jerry Girior (pictured) of Lafayette got close again winning
almost 6k for 4th. Blake Barousse, added another final
table to his resume, as he finished seventh. Shawn
Calvit of Lafayette, Lance Cone, of Tallulah, Andrew Rust,
of Scot, LA, and Jed Dyrek of Lake Charles all made the
BOATMAN WINS EVENT 10
In the tenth
event, tens played a vital role in Arthur Boatman's win.
Behind the pocket Aces of second place finisher Puneet Modha
(of Baton Rouge), Boatman had top pair of tens. The
money got in and another ten found the board. The
Tampa, FL player won almost 50k for first. Modha
settled for 30k.
Also, at the
final table, Kevin Eyster won 16k for fourth. John
Holley of Destin, FL finished seventh for 7k. Robert
Iversen of Gulf Breeze, FL, Ben Thomas of Baton Rouge, Seth
Dunlap of NOLA, Erica Sumner of Walker, LA (her third cash
of the series) and Friend of GCP Chris Sumerall of Houma all
cashed. David Nicholson got the first pay slot to
retake the lead in the Casino Championship.
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY
DECIMATES A COUPLE OF
Sunday last week, the WSOP-Academy rolled into town.
After one day of lessons under Phil Gordon, many of the
Academy players decided to take on a nightly. No fewer
than seven out of the final nine were Academy players.
A whopping 14 out of the final three tables were Academy
players Considering there were only 20 or so entrants out of
146 it defies logic a little bit. First place was won
by David Preng, who beat fellow Academy player Martin Sirkin.
night, after the graduation of the Academy players, Scott
Billips went to his second final table in a row. The
top prize was taken down by GCP's own Wild Bill Phillips who
helped coach at the Academy. Three other Academy
students also made the money. Congrats to Phil Gordon,
Bronson Tucker, Ben Logan (and Wild Bill) for some great
tutelage and to the students for applying it.
Can't argue with results.
several other students went deep and cashed in Noon Events.
AND UPDATED: one student
was one of the chipleaders after day one of the Main Event.
More on the main to come.
CIRCUIT NEW ORLEANS:
third for 9k. Duane Fontenot of Geismar, LA sixth for
3.8k. Franklin Klug of NOLA eighth for 2.3k. Jeff
Sager of Slidell pocketed 1.8k for ninth (pictured).
We've since seen Sager deep in other events so probably some
more results forthcoming. Also, in the money were
Jeffry Quin, NOLA, Edward Luwig, Metairie, Joane Haas,
Covington, Jon Guidry, NOLA, William Spangler, Baton Rouge,
Tim Martin, NOLA and David Vanbrunt, Metaire.
IN EVENT TWO:
Larry Hirons of Arlington, TX
won event two for a 22k lick. He was joined at the
final table by Syedimuddin Alvi (2nd for 14k, Duluth, GA),
Stephen Grant of Gretna, LA (3rd 10k), Bryan Hooker of
Tuscaloosa, Sean Locantro of Metaire, John Lauve of Baton
Rouge, and Justin Hooker also of Tuscaloosa. Bruce
Little of Covington just missed the final table.
So too Erica Sumner of Walker,
LA. Also cashing from Louisiana were Faith Giordano,
Kent Landry, James Hutches, James Arruebarena, Thomas
McEachin, James Hauk, Donal Dove, and Simplicio
Losauro. Mississippi barely represented in this
tournament with Kamran Shahlaei and William Stanford
AND THE KID IN EVENT THREE:
Heads up Austin Bursavich of
Baton Rouge fell just short of all the glory against David
Nicholson of Perkinston, MS in the PLO event. The
Playboy won 10k while the kid earned 6.4k. Walter
Chambers and Doug Gambel also cashed. So too Gary
Clark of Jackson MS.
TRACK NIPPED AT THE LINE:
Two regs from Pensacola Gordon
Hardy and John Langevin both went Deep in the big Event 4A
re-entry. Hardy, an Atmore, AL, native busted fifth
for 10k. Langevin, fresh off his Main Event win at the
Beau, won 6.5k for seventh. Ricky Marks of Chalmette
earned almost 20k for third. Erica Sumner got her
second cash of the series with a final table appearance
(sixth 8.3k). Too many locals cashed to name everybody
here to see for
CIRCUIT NEW ORLEANS:
FRIEND OF GCP... ROSS
"@SpamBx392" LEITZ TAKES MASSIVE CHIP LEAD TO FINAL TABLE:
destroyed day 1 in taking a chip lead that saw Ross having 3
more times the chips than the rest of the field. He held
that CL until he took a massive cooler to eventual winner
Louis George. George gets $20.2k for 1st and Ross gets $9.6k
for 3rd. Other notable was DJ MacKinnon who took down 2nd
place for $12.5k. DJ Mac also secures his seat into this
years Circuit National Championship in Atlantic City with
the 2nd place points
PLO TOURNEY FINAL
The finla table of the PLO
event also has several Friends of GCP with Austin
Kid" Bursavish (Pic Playing Magic) also sitting on a massive
3 to 1 Chip Lead. David "@davediesel85" is sitting 3rd in
chips of the 6 handed Final table. Their playing for $10.4k
twirling up top. Good Luck to everyone playing today.
BOOK COMING OUT:
Issac Haxton's Father (who
happens to be a Poet and Professor) is writing a book about
his son and his High Stakes lifestyle called "Fading
Hearts on the River: a Life in High Stakes Poker". It
starts with Issac at the Final Table of Caribbean
Adventure...and will follow Isaac.
***We missed another
Friend of GCP score in Cherokee...Mike Horchoff got 3rd in
Cherokee for close to $20k,..and we missed it here at GCP***
(we got a bundle of results from Tunica and the IP we are
going to drop on you soon enough but until then here's a
smattering of good reads to tide you over):
TOBY MAGUIRE POKER
Bloom ran high stakes poker games. Toby Maguire played
in many of them. He won a lot. She got arrested.
She wrote a book. He's in the book.
Go here to
interested yet? How about if she writes about how
Tobey would buy in his glamorous actor friends, like Leo Di
Caprio, just to attract billionaires to play in his
game, so he could fleece them? Not sold yet?
better, Bloom will also write, supposedly, that those same
billionaires backed Toby's movie company. So, he
got their money twice? Also, revelations that he
essentially cornered another player into a deal he couldn't
win. The player had to share half his profits equally
with Spiderman but all the losses were on the villain (...
or hero?). Do the math... He'd win 200k twice, Toby
gets 200k, he gets 200k. He loses 200k once.
He's back to even. Toby wins 200ks. Pretty good
deal for Spidey...
DEWEY TOMKO FRIEND OR
old school poker winner and generally rich guy, co-wrote an article bashing the security of online poker,
then he said he didn't. Just some guy attached his
name to it, then one of the guys that had a part in it said
Tomko read it signed off on it but forgot it, then Tomko's
lawyer said he didn't but the guy who said he did... is a
good guy. Huh? A pretty good time line that
fleshes that out all this better is
here. Nolan Dalla
seemed to be the only guy to do some real investigative work
in all this and actually did the digging to speak with Tomko
and you can read his blog for some better insight into this
hubabulloo. Look left.
TALKS WSOP AND RYAN LENAGHAN:
Colson Whitehead went to the WSOP on Grantland's dime and
then wrote a book The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef
Jerky and Death. NPR had him on to talk about his
experience. In the Fresh Air segment, he
mentions playing with a "Robotron" (which we thought was the
home planet of the Transformers so maybe we are
misremembering what he said). Whatever noun he
used/created he meant an Internet hoodie'd kid. The
one he referenced turned out to be Ryan Lenaghan.
Pretty interesting interview, and good for poker (?) book
concept, without the Ryan reference. Go
here to listen.
HOLLOWAY ON PAWN STARS POKER EDITION TONIGHT?
writer, WSOP bracelet winner, and Tulane Grad, Chad Holloway
visted PawnStars last year to sell some merchandise.
They filmed it. We don't have any info on how the
negotiation went but we predict a bald headed man, or a
heavy set man, underbid him. They negotiated, maybe
they called in a friend of the bald headed man to evaluate
the material, and then he underbid Chad again. The
bald headed man has to make money, and it can't just sit in
a final offer and it was either accepted or somebody had to
pass. If they did pass, the bald man was happy he got
a chance to recite his minutes before googled information on
the piece and to have looked at it. Chad was either
not impressed with the offer or happy with it in an exit
interview. We predict Chad walked away from the deal.
One thing we know for 90% certainty, the offer was not above
what Chad said he was hoping to get in his pre-interview,
unless Chad had no idea what it was really worth and the
expert they brought in blew his mind with how much value his
piece actually had. Then Chad still walked away.
IP BILOXI WPT EVENT
STARTS MAY 1:
EVENT HITS THE IP:
In a bit of a
scheduling quirk there is some overlap with the WSOP-C event
at Harrahs New Orleans (and also the WSOP Academy) which
starts next weekend. Grinders will probably be
traveling back and forth from the coast to New Orleans quite
a bit. The Main Event is next weekend. This
Saturday there is a re-entry event with two flights on the
same day. For complete schedule click
SKILLED POKER PLAYERS
NEED NOT APPLY?
You can win
just don't win that much? Interesting story on the
Equity Poker Network banning "aggressive" players
written by Dan Katz at PokerNewsDaily.
WSOP ACADEMY COMING
TO TOWN MAY 10TH:
your opportunity to learn from Phil Gordon and to take your
game to the next level. He'll be leading the course
this go around with plenty of hand labs to grill the
assembled pros. See the banner ad above for more
details. If you do sign up please let them know you
saw it here first.
AND LIARS, ONE AND THE SAME?
article about the tells
that give liars away. Certainly some use poker wise
here, especially when grilling a villain about the strength
of his hand.
LORI KOLSTAD; GULF
article about women playing poker or maybe more accurately,
the lack of women playing poker. In the story Lori
Kolstad gets quoted quite a bit. You may recognize her
from the games on the Coast. Go
here to read more.
MORE ON MISSISSIPPI'S
STUDY ON INTERNET GAMBLING:
We touched on
this last week, and Matthew Kredell of PokerNews explores
the topic a little more in depth and ask the question "Is it
a set-up?" His take on the future of gaming but live
and online in Mississippi is
BEAU RIVAGE SPRING
BREAK MAIN EVENT:
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
JOHN LANGEVIN SHOOTS
DOWN THE OTHER Js TO WIN:
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.
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
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:
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
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...
LEAVE IT LATE AND BUBBLE FINAL TABLE:
(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
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.
Chambers of Jackson, MS, Bruce Soileau of Lafayette, LA, and
Jay Bishop of Pearl, MS all made the final table and tasted
MISSISSIPPI TO STUDY
INTERNET GAMING/SPORTS BETTING:
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
piece on where things
stand. Also, this
article in the
Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald.
school player who used to be one of Chip Reese's mates has
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
PRISSY JUST MISSES SIX MAX FINAL TABLE:
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.
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.
with the winner of the very next event... Reed Cooley...
NO COOLING OFF:
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.
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.
WIN HALF DOZEN BUT PREVAILS IN FULL RING:
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.
BOSSES STUD 8 OR BETTER:
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:
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
BEAU RIVAGE SPRING
BREAK CLASSIC RESULTS:
CAPTAIN TOM FRANKLIN
GETS THE BIGGEST SLICE IN EVENT 1; $340 NLHE REENTRY:
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
SUPERMAN IN EVENT 2; LIMIT OMAHA 8 OR BETTER:
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:
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.
RICHER AFTER WINNING EVENT 4:
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.
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
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
SPRING BREAK, AT THE BEAU WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT:
BEAU RIVAGE SPRING
BREAK CLASSIC STARTS THIS WEEK:
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
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.
NEWS AND LINKS:
HIGHLIGHT FINAL 19 IN WPT JACKSONVILLE:
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.
HEARTLAND POKER TOUR IN VICKSBURG:
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
BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP
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
GREATEST POKER PIC OF
ALL-TIME CHRIS MONEYMAKER:
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
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.
COUSHATTA 7 CLANS NEXT WEEK:
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and culminates with a $1000 buy in ($950 + $50). It s a
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Goods)...etc. Keep in mind that Randall/Tom and team are
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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.
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
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.
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.
What a great
story by Paul Oresteen over at Bluff Magazine (read
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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 thought by now (Day 6) you all knew this already...but I
guess not, judging from a lot of the comments left here.
The Grand Plan fell short...as our only Grinder advancing to Day
3...'Wild Bill' Phillips, was somewhere in the 2nd level on Day
3 when his KK fell to JJ...the other guy flopped a set. It was a
true bummer, as Bill started the second day with 18k...and
managed to get it up to 54k while the other three guys all
busted on Day 2.
In checking the unpublished comments before writing this today,
I happened upon one that kind of irritated me, and left me
feeling like I owed some people an explanation. Maybe I
don't...but hell, whatever."
Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an intriguing
approach to the game:
"I only play in the final ("Championship") event of a series if
I've made enough money during the series to cover it or if I
happen to satellite my way in. I don't play many "megas" simply
because I'm not too fond of rebuy tournaments so I don't often
satellite my way in. Therefore, I'm not a regular in the final
tournament of a series.
A few years ago I played in one of these "Championship" events.
It was a $5k buy-in and I had made enough during the series to
cover it. This was the most I had ever paid out of my pocket to
enter a poker tournament.
I made it down to the final nineteen and they were paying
eighteen places. Eighteenth place paid a little over $8k and,
since a $5k entry was such a big deal to me, I was determined to
make the cut. I was at a tough table. Chad Brown was one seat to
my left and Vanessa Rousso was a couple of seats to my right.
Most of the remaining players at the table were professionals. I
was a little short stacked at this point but one guy at my table
was a little more short stacked than me. Long story short I
waited him out and made the money. Of course, by then I was so
extremely short stacked that I went out in eighteenth place."
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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. [+]
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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[UPDATED 12/27/13] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
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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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.."