DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
"At the IP, I played flight 1B of their
four flights in Event one. I was building up a
stack when I ran Kings into a full house. You
want the hand? No? Well here it is anyway. Guy
with too short of a stack to be limp-folding,
limps with the intention of folding again, then
a guy on my direct right who I had a snug read
on raises. I peel back King... King. Yum and I'm
on the button too!
One of my few big pocket pairs recently. I
three-bet. Big Blind suspiciously calls. The
limper, as predicted folded. The original raiser
stews for a while and then calls. He also did
one of my favorite tells, which let me know he
was calling knowing he was beat. And he did it
dramatically. I mean I already knew he was beat
I had KK and he didn't refire at me, but
importantly, the fact that he knew he was beat
meant he was probably raising the limper in
position with maybe a small to middle pair or
some suited high connector like KQ."
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 05/07/13] 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.
"Among humanity’s interminable crimes
against nature, caging a magnificent creature
for its entire lifetime ranks beyond the
But we do it.
It’s even acceptable.
But acceptance doesn’t make it right. Caging a
species desperately yearning to fly free strikes
me as senselessly selfish. Sure, some animals
easily adapt to people. Some animals even seem
happier when they’re around us — such as dogs
and cats. But imprisoning animals purely for our
selfish pleasures displays utter indifference to
the laws and beauties of nature. A bird’s wings
aren’t meant to be caged. A bird’s wings are
meant to fly.
Yesterday, I sadly looked upon wings longing to
fly which were instead wasting away inside a
cramped cage. The wondrous Amazon parrot – so
full of vibrant colors and natural splendor —
was housed in the waiting area of a Mexican
restaurant in West Palm Beach, Florida. It
matters not if this parrot accepts this odd
place for an animal. He has no choice. This is
his home. It will probably always be his home —
from this point forward and forever — so long as
a steady stream of hungry visitors continue to
pass through the foyer and into the restaurant."
05/01/13]Jay "queen10off" Kaplan is a prolific
online tournament specialist originally from
Maryland, who has spent a good deal of time in
Atlanta and on the Gulf Coast. Jay currently
travels the live tournament circuit, and will be
blogging about his experiences and strategy from
tournaments and cash game. He also blogs on All
weather is heating up, and it's almost time for
the WSOP in Vegas. I know many players will be
coming to Vegas for the full 6 weeks and playing
full or partial event schedules, but there are
also a lot of players that come to enjoy the
experience, and to play a few <$500 tournaments.
It's possibly the best time of the year for
these types of games, since the Venetian, the
Aria, Caesars, the Golden Nugget, and Binions
(maybe more even) have lower stakes tournament
This blog is intended to be several strategy
thoughts, and some general tournament thoughts
designed to immediately improve your game for
the coming summer. I'm not going to do any super
advanced analysis on any of these ideas - but
rather I'm going to focus on filling leaks and
attempting to increase your overall ROI. I tried
to make the title headings as cliff note-y as
possible but there's lots of good pointers if
you can put up with my long windedness . I'm
envisioning a Part 2 follow up to this - How to
Choose a Tournament - as some are clearly better
BLOGGER REID GILBERT'S BOOK. GO
01/03/13] 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
"Happy holidays everyone! I will start by
saying that 2012 was the best year of my life. I
have said that about each of the year last three
years, so it suffices to say that I am happy
with the direction my life is going. My
happiness and enthusiasm for life are at an
all-time high, and I am cherishing every
interaction. This year was so unforgettable for
so many reasons. In 2012 I continued to
strengthen relationships with family (baby
niece!) and friends, whipped myself into the
best shape of my life physically and met so many
wonderful people while seeing a lot of the
world. Things went well professionally for me,
which was a nice sweetener after a disappointing
year in 2011."
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
"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. "
OF BOUNDS SPORTS BAR AND GRILLE
3802 Veterans Blvd in Metairie, La
and you can call @504-889-7350
[UPDATED: 03/05/13] SCOTT CLARK is a GCP friend from
Saint Louis, MO. A pro since 2007, he has played
20,000 hours of live poker and over 5000 MTT tournaments online.
His blog features poker related videos, player interviews, poker
gossip, and tournament reports.
"Full Tilt Poker
founder Raymond Bitar, accused of using online
player funds to finance his company in what
prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme, pleaded
guilty but was spared from serving time in
prison because he needs a heart transplant.
U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska on Monday
approved a plea agreement between Bitar, 41, and
prosecutors, sentencing him to the seven days he
served in jail last year, after saying a prison
sentence would kill him. Bitar, who participated
in a hearing in Manhattan federal court by video
link from Los Angeles, near his home, pleaded
guilty to two felonies that carry a maximum
sentence of 35 years in prison."
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
"Needless to say, this is a big change for
me. Those of you who know me, or even those who
have just followed through the blog over the
last few years, know that I've always been
footloose and fancy free. A relationship was a
stretch for me.. much less, a SERIOUS
relationship. But things change.. and really,
there is something different with this one. I
chased this man down since the first
conversation we had. I fell in love first. Head
over heels really. I moved mountains to put
myself in his path and win him over. And though
he was never far behind me on any sentiment or
idea... this is the first time in my life I've
been 1,000% sure that I want something. Someone.
I couldn't be happier. Even when I'm bawling
because the pregnancy has made me a temporary
nutt bar." [+]
[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
Rants From Baton Rouge|
[07/24/12] This Baton Rouge native tells
the awful, honest, brutal side of poker. He gives a
realistic look at grinding every day in home games, tournaments
and on the boats.
"I had my bags packed ready to go to Vegas last
Friday to catch some main event atmosphere. I
was gonna try one satellite to get in. But on my
way I had friends wanting to go and telling me
we could stay here n there for free and bla bla
bla. So I wait. Then I agree to wait till the
next morning. Then they bail. Then I play in a
friendly home game and get reminded why I havent
played poker in a month. I have been sitting at
a coffee shop making other plans for how to not
work in a cubicle and still make bank. But I do
want to play some tournaments. So anyway I didnt
go. And I wanted to buy a piece of the Monkey a
while back. Lucky for him I guess. Im a cooler.
I guess my next thing will be the AZ state
tournament in August. So anyway I am rooting for
the Poker Monkey. His blog is in my list and on
gcp and its the one of the most entertaining
poker blogs out there. "[+]
12/24/11]Joey Gross takes you on the wild side of poker.
This tournament rounder isn't afraid to tell you how things
really are on the poker road. Buckle your seatbelt
it's a fun ride.
"Wow...Yeah I just remembered that I have a
blog. I cant believe Bill hasn't booted me from
the front page of the site yet. Guess my couple
of posts have huge re-read potential, or my
striking good looks make a good front page for
the site. Either way...Ill take it.
For all of you who don't know me, I'm fixing to
get married. I know I know...I never thought I
would either. I actually remember on several
occasions, telling myself that I would never let
it happen. Until I met Ashley, I was pretty sure
that it wasn't. We have set a date for January
15th and are super excited. Alittle nervous, but
I'm told that's to be expected.
Some re-caps real quick on other things I have
going on around me..."
11/27/10] Jena Delk, isn't an up and coming poker player on the
Gulf Coast because she's arrived. A Florida native, Jena
is a fixture on the circuit. Her blog chronicles her
travels around the country pursuing her poker jones:
"IHow can I play in a million dollar prize
pool without having to go to Vegas for the WSOP or hit the WPT
trail? How can a $30 buy-in get me over $300,000 for 1st place
in a land-based casino? The Florida Poker Rooms have come up
with an solution. It’s called the Florida Million II.
This tournament is split into two flights, with many day 1′s.
There are seven participating poker rooms in Florida: Palm Beach
Kennel Club, Daytona Beach Kennel Club, Mardi Gras, Derby Lane,
Orange Park Kennel Club, Pensacola Greyhound Park, and Naples-Ft
Myers Greyhound Track. These rooms may hold lower buy-in
satellite tournaments to gain entry into the Florida Million II
$500+50 tournament. Alternatively, you can buy-in directly for
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11/17/10] BRIAN HEPTINSTALL has been called the Nolan
Dalla of the Gulf Coast. His informative blog provides the
latest news from an insiders point of view of the poker
industry. His tournament coverage is second to none.
"But, the news that came out today courtesy of TMZ.com now gets intertwined with gambling. They are reporting that VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor has been targeted by the FBI. Why? Well, no one really knows. But, Milton was arrested recently for possibly bribing politicians for pro-gambling legislation.
This doesn't affect gambling. Or does it?
I know that our newly elected governor has stated that he will put the gambling issue to a vote. The problem is that mud is being slung at the person who represents Alabama gambling -- McGregor. He may deserve what comes to him if he's done what he's accused of. There is no question that this situation won't help." [+]
There are still lots of good options. Look for our
upcoming article where we rank all the sites still
WSOP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AT HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS AND WSOP
After one day of action at
the National Championship Valentin Vornicu is the
chipleader. Great player, nice guy but at least one
member of GCP is upset at himself for not getting a a piece
of Valentin when he was selling shares on twitter. Opportunity missed.
As it stands, Valentin
looks set to make everybody that passed on him regret it.
He's the overwhelming chipleader with over 200k.
Second, Brock Parker, only has 133k. Chris Parsons who
finally got his ring this year, after running deep in
everything is third in chips. Ari Engle, Jermey Ausmus
and Joe Tehan are top ten in chips. Meanwhile, Blake
Barousse of Lafayette is the leading local with 111k.
Kevin Eyster, also of
Lafayette, isn't too far behind and is top twenty in chips
with 75.4k. That's the top third of things, because
only 62 players remain. However, registration is still
open and at least Jason Mercier, who confirmed on twitter
he's made the trip from the WPT championship, will buy in
before play begins today. Allan Farber of NOLA has
55k. Other heroes still alive include Josh Palmer,
Ashly Butler, and David Nicholson. All with a
lot of work to do, and barely over starting stack, but all
more than capable.
Caufman Talley, Drake
Roetger, and Ryan Lenaghan were day one casualties.
They joined Kyle Cartwright, David Baker, Allen Kessler, and
Tripp Kirk on the rail.
There are a couple of
articles you need to check out. First and foremost is
Nolan Dalla's series on the 2003 WSOP on his blog (look
left). He delivers the goods time and time again with
an open look into the behind the scenes of that
transformative Main Event. Meanwhile,
Raskin does a bit of looking back of his own though focusing
more on Moneymaker's spectacular run. Highlights, the
aptly named Moneymaker was backed by an as aptly named
Gamble. Moneymaker played the satellite to that WSOP
because of a misclick. If these two pieces don't get
you excited for the World Series you need to stop playing
PAYBACK IS A
Erick Lindgren and Chino
Rheem headline the WPT Championship final table. They
will probably have two of the biggest rails in history if
message boards about their respective mountains of debt are
to be believed.
Expect their trips to the
cashier cages to be convoys as everybody is looking to get
Ericka Lindgren (pictured left, will have a lot of company
cheering on her
husband. Fortunately, for those owed, Chino is first
in chips, and Lindreng second. The other four at
the final table are Jonathan Roy, Matt Hyman, Brandon Steven,
and David Peters.
Joe Cheong (Go Joe!),
Andrew Roble (stuck on ten bigs), and David Sands headline
the final table of six in the 100k high roller event.
Still a long way to go as only three get paid. Jason
Mercier somehow bought into this twice and will still manage
to make the New Orleans national championship event.
Erik Seidel also bought in twice, but had a painful eighth
place exit. He was followed out the door by Yevgeniy
Timoshenko who fell seventh.
HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS CIRCUIT EVENT:
First Renee made the final
table of the women's event then her husband Todd went deep
in Event 11 and cashed himself. Congrats,
to the Lafayette, LA poker player couple. Two of our
favorites, and they repped the GCP hoodies great this
weekend. If you'd like to cash while wearing a hoodie
with our logo on it contact us. We can take care of
the hoodie but you'll have to take of the poker.
Back to event 11, Stephen
Hesse of Houston won for 21k. Jonathan Hart of
Jackson, MS took second (13k). Jason Anderson of
Kenner 6th. Michael Horchoff a cashing machine finished
ninth. Ronald Brown of Sunset, LA, Gabriel Tender of
NOLA, Randy Gordon of Metairie, Christopher Sheffield of
Pensacola, Deric Williams of Harvey, LA and David Nguyen of
Baton Rouge all finished in the money too.
Farber, Sean Gaffney, Drake Roetker and Josh Mancuso all
cashed in the final turbo event of the WSOP-C season.
Alex Masek, Chris Parsons, and Kevin McColgan circuit regs
and point horders also made the money. Brian Green of
Chico, TX won the ring and 13.7k.
HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS CIRCUIT EVENT MAIN EVENT:
If there was
ever a player destined to win a a hometown event it should
be a regular Joe from the city. In a city like New
Orleans, his last name should probably be Hebert.
Hebert did a great job repping NOLA and came up just short,
but there a lot of people proud of the effort he put into
See some of
you might have slept on Joe, but's he's been on our Who's
Who from way back. Congrats to a classy guy, even if
second place is hard to swallow at this point in time, it's
a tremendous finish in a main event the 140k doesn't hurt
either. Luke Graham won 228k for first.
We had several rooting
interests as the field narrowed, including Corrie Wunstel
(pictured below) who finished in tenth place. Congrats
also to Tripp Kirk of Atlanta who finished in 7th for 34k
and to his fellow dirty bird Daniel Weinman of Atlanta
who eneded in fourth place winning 77k.
Ben Mintz of
New Orleans finished 8th.
tables left we saw the heartache of Parwes Nawabi of New
Orleans, running AK into AQ, as he went out 19th.
Claudia "the Claw" Crawford had another deep run but it
ended in 22nd. Rahul Deevara, another Atlanta man, ran
out to a huge early chip stack finished 27th and was
probably being the most feared player in the tournament the
first two days. Danny Doucet of Opleousas (28th), our
friend Chip Ervin of Tuscaloosa (32nd), Nic Gellepis of
Tallahassee (33rd), Morgan Bowers of NOLA (34th), and
Mark Montero of Baton Rouge all made the final four tables
and padded their bankrolls with a little cash.
Campion of Pineville, LA, the wily Mark Wilds of Biloxi,
Pedro Rios of Houston, Brennan Benglis of Lake Charles, Ryan
Lenaghan, Corey Harrison of Birmingham, David
Weinstein of Baton Rouge, Daniel Rivera of Baton Rouge, and
good ole November Niner Robert Salaburu all cashed.
Congrats also to Central Louisianan Corey Matthews how had a
deep run of his own.
HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS CIRCUIT EVENT AND MORE ULTIMATE BET
SECOND IN EVENT 6, GIROIR FINAL TABLES:
Mike Horchoff (pictured
left) of River Ridge has three cashes in 2013, two during
this series, and his latest is his biggest. Horchoff
earned 14k for second. Daniel Lowery of Arkansas
nipped Horchoff in heads-up play winning 22k. Pretty
loaded final table and lots of notables in the money.
Congrats to Prissy Giroir,
pictured right, of Lafayette as she finished 10th and added
another cash to her growing resume. Circuit
regulars Charles Moore, Allan Farber, Josh Pender, Captain
Tom Franklin, Paul Sokoloff, Kat Bowen, Jerry Monroe and
Ryan Lenaghan all added to their cash and points totals.
Should make the national championship a lot of fun this
year, with all the grinders trying to play their way in.
GRABS CIRCUIT GOLD:
New Orleans musician and
Tulane grad (pictured below) won 24k for first place
in event seven. He topped a field of 350 and beat Rob
Georato of Naples, FL
heads up. Maurice Hawkins also of Florida finished
third for 10k. Baron
of Houma cashed again this time seventh for 3.6k so too did
Roy Salinas who finished
The affable Professor Corey
Harrison of Birmingham, AL finished eighth after another
three outer ended his tournament. James Henson and
Chainsaw Allen Kessler also made the money.
AND SOME OPINIONS
Next years circuit will
again end in New Orleans but the National Championship will
be in Atlantic City. Immediately after... Head
scratcher? Of course it is. And realize that the
World Series will start right after that in Las Vegas so
point chasers should expect to log some flight time.
It doesn't appear the travel money stipend awarded last year
is back either, so we'll have fun with that too and coming
out of pocket to bounce around the country even more.
Another tweak is the
Championship will award seats, if possible, to online
players on WSOP.com's new format. While it's
understandable to promote the new product this move "rings"
hollow. The new site doesn't really seem to have
anything to do with the Circuit or the National
championship. Also, when part of the justification for
the exorbitant juice on Circuit tournaments is because of
the big freeroll prize at the end, taking away travel money
and accommodations is one thing but when you take away SEATS
things have really gone a little too far. A number
players who have "chased" the last few years have privately
grumbled the latest tweaks may be the final straw.
David Baker and others took
to twitter to vent their displeasure for the changes and
Baker made the astute point that the eligible pros that can
buy-in likely won't make the trip to AC, just as it is
rumored many won't be showing up in New Orleans.
Though East Coast pro Matt Glantz was quick to credit the
WSOP for finally throwing the East a bone.
Don't want to go too
their credit organizers did repair the structure of the
which turned to garbage out in Vegas last year.
Considering the opportunity for many circuit grinders to win
a piece of a million dollars, is not an every year
occurrence, the more play the better.
Ultimate Poker the live
site for Nevada online players probably didn't think their
name through. Not only does it sound just like
Ultimate scam poker site Ultimate Bet, it's hired some of
the same guys to aid in protecting the site (and for that
matter to represent the company). Greg Pierson, Phil
Hellmuth's best friend, is now getting the Russ Hamilton
treatment over on two plus two. His company, through a
third party was hired and now fired as Nevada is already
investigating the young online poker sit.
Also, not mentioned here,
but common knowledge a tape of Russ Hamilton and his league
of thieves, including Pierson, has shown up with damaging
sound bites. Got an a half hour to kill read this
thread (links to the audio) on that poker
message board site.
HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS
CIRCUIT EVENT AND IVEY NEWS:
EVENT 4: REENTRY
DOWN TO FIVE: Tons of locals cashed in the
massive 800 player field. Most notably, Baron Whipple
of Houma (7th 7.2k), Andy Moon of Vidalia, LA (8th 5.7k)
made the final table, but not the cut-off for today.
Christopher "Nit" Sheffield of Pensacola finished tenth for
With 81 paid lots of folks
found their way to the money. Allan Farber increased
his standing in the National Championship, a tad with a min
cash, Sam Bailey of Gulf Breeze, Tripp Kirk of Atlanta, and
Boquet of Houma were also among the first nine out one the
money bubble broke.
The next pay jump included
Brian Walsingham of Winston, GA, and Mihal Karasoulis of
Metairie, LA. Another bump up were Parag Segan of
NOLA, Ylon Schwartz of Austin, Kamran Shahlaei of Slidell,
Randy Stott of Olla, LA, Todd Hannie of Baton Rouge and
Drake Roetker of Lafayette. A cluster above that in
the 46 through 54 range were Al Yeoh of Mandeville, LA,
Timothy Repp of Plaquemine, LA, Brian Williams of Metairie,
LA, David Landry of Youngsville, Aaron Massy of Chicago, and
Teddy Conner (with another cash) of NOLA.
Josh Mancuso, GCP's Wild Bill
Phillips, Robert Veazey of Carencro, LA, Jerry Monroe, and
Stephen Danos of Harvey, LA all finished in the next bump
between 37 and 45. The pay jumps improved after
that in groups of three. Matt Blanchard of Houma
finished 34th, Alex Dmytraczenko of Baton Rouge and Hunter
Johnson of NOLA were 32nd and 33rd.
Josh Pender, Frank Alpandinar
of Baron Rouge, Kirk Naquin of Houma, and Josh Evans all
finished in the twenties. Congrats also to Alden
Hinkel of Sarepta, LA finished 19th for 2k.
IVEY KNOWS HOW
TO PLAY THE TURN:
We don't mean "fourth street"
either. The British Casino that Phil Ivey is suing for
his Punto Banco winnings has responded saying Ivey and his
accomplice were reading the asymmetrical back of the cards,
which due to manufacturer error had the effect of marking
the cards. This Daily Mail
article explains the
process in full. What's unclear is if Phil Ivey's
sharp eye happened upon an exploitable situation and crushed
the casino, or if there was planning involved, or as Ivey's
lawyers will tell it, Crockfords is full of crock and just
making an excuse to not pay a big debt.
For more news that no
longer qualifies as the latest, because... it's no longer
recent, follow the link below...
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Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
final table was full of friends and people I have alot of
experience with. I busted out to the eventual winner, Claudie
"The Claw" Crawford of WSOP TV fame, and she would go on to win
the whole thing. She played really well, and she deserved the
win for sure. Also at the final table was Benton Blakeman who is
a close friend and a great player. Benton and I have been
playing the tournament poker scene since pre-moneymaker as we
both grew up within 20min of each other in South Lousiana.
went out 4th for close to $10,000. Jerry Ard was also at the
table. Jerry became friends with Bill and I during last years
circuit run and also played in the National Championship with
us. Jerry plays well, but I had him short stacked and dead to
spades right after the money bubble busted where he made a move
from the button to steal blinds/antes with 4s-7s and I woke up
in the big blind with QQ...somehow he gets there to double
THE POKER MONKEY
Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker
circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:
"I think I have slowly, over the past couple of months
eroded away into the landscape of bloggers...once a reliable
source of...well, SOMETHING...I have been ensconced in
fatherhood, and the operation of my poker club on
Pokerstars...to the point that I just don't ever seem to have a
reason, nor the time, to sit down and rip off a blog post.
A lot of people keep asking if I am playing the WSOP this
summer. The answer? No. I'm not. Why? Because of that
incredible, ridiculous, upper-management directed sham of an 86
placed on me in Hammond back in the fall, all over a sentence
spoken to a Russian, excuse me, Belorussian, girl/dealer...who
happened to mention it to a dealer seeking superstardom in the
hierarchy of Harrah's/Caesar's...who then placed it into the
hands of the guy who has been pining for me to 'slip up' since
having to be forced to allow me back in to the WSOP two years
ago....when I should have NEVER been 86'd in the first place.
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 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.."
new title but the same blog,
Goondingy or Big Smoove and pure aggression on the felt examines
live poker action:
"Poker...had my second home game and a neighbor won it all. I
was in the chip lead but made a couple of bluffs as the eventual
winner, who would not lay down after raising with 7-2, missing
on the flop, firing on the flop and turn and having to fold to a
significant river bet. I was out two rotations later and watched
him march to a very nice victory. My wife hooked up the snacks,
the fellas brought over the beverages and most left intoxicated
and not hungry.
I had a
pretty good talk with a buddy of mine who I met in the poker
rooms and he now lives on the other side of the lake close to
me, invited him over and he came over. We talked about how these
young ones are that much better because of the internet and how
they are playing the person versus their cards and how well they
get it. We thought back on ourselves and laughed at how bad we
were but thought we had it. Still it is the dream and I will
continue to chase it. Playing pro football will not happen, but
hey, poker, still a possibility."[+]
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[UPDATED 03/04/13] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
football perspective on to GCP.NET.
"In case it escaped your
notice, the Saints have already lost more regular season games
than they did in 2011. Just like that. After four weeks, the
season is officially on life support if it wasn't already.
The weird thing is that the Saints have lost by only 8, 8, 3,
and 1 point(s). No matter how sloppily and dicolor="#FFFFFF"sjointed they've
consistently played, they've been in every game at some point in
the 4th quarter.
They may have played poorly, but they haven't given up. Nor
[UPDATED: 10/08/12] Kai
Landry is a funny man. He's also a force on the felt.
One of the best live tournament players in the region, Landry
pulls no punches in his blog. One of our favorites. Kai
promises to post every Sunday night so check in on Mondays to
see if he's still doing it.
" Well, I've heard insanity, by definition, is if you fail at
something the first time, to do it again and expect different
results. Or to put on a long blonde wig, wear a luxiorious mink
coat, rob graves by day for food, live in the sewers by night,
and call yourself "Lord Malcom Puddingsworth."
Chicago has become something of an annual trip for me. This will
be the end of the trilogy if it doesn't come out special. Made
the trip two years ago and came out enough of a loser to put me
in a grouchy mood for three days. Last year, broke even despite
being ahead $3k going into the main event, where I learned what
the only feeling worse than busting out of the main event was.
Since the main event format changed into a "one rebuy" format,
that educated me on what was worse than busting out once. Which
put me exactly even on that trip. Grrrr. So Chicago still owes
me a little money over the past two years. And I'm off to get it
with interest. "
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03/11/11] Jeremy Gaubert is one of the world's best online
players and a rising live tournament star. Known as
thechemist83, Gaubert resides in Thibodeaux, LA:
"I’m going to be
offering poker exclusively coaching through this website.
Rates and options:
$200/hour to review my hand histories ‘live’ online through
$125/hour to review your own hand histories ‘live’ online
$15 per 50 hands of your own tournament hand histories through
$5/hand for solo hand histories with analysis. "
AGAINST THE GRAIN:
[UPDATED: 01/16/12] MATT S hails from Lafayette and is big part of
the burgeoning local poker scene. Grinding agains the
Grain charts his progress as he improves as a player and builds
"With the due date
just 2 months away, We are getting more excited with the arrival
of our little girl, but I am also getting fear built up cause I
don't want to be shit deep in debt, but its starting to look
that way. I think that is one of my biggest fears is the money
situation, but like I posted above I just have to keep my head
up and keep working hard to get through it. I guess I'm mostly
afraid because I was never big on surprises and the unknown and
this is definitely a big UNKNOWN. I just hope everything goes
smoothly at the delivery and both the wife and the baby come out
healthy. Unfortunately this will probably put a hold on my poker
funds for a while as I try to adjust to this new life. But it
will be hard as I am so passionate about poker and wont be able
to put as much time as I would like (Based strictly off my
income) hopefully I will be able to sell some action in some
future events to help build my bankroll in some way.
09/09/11] 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.
"Fresh from a
World Series of World Class ass stompings the Bat is going to
answer some reader mail… Don’t get you pasties in a tizzy, this
is a legitimate request for a hand analysis…
Granted anything in a (xxx) are the Bat’s words not this reader…
“OK, so here is the hand I mentioned on your voice mail the
other day (when I begged you to give me a morsel of that Bat
knowledge because you, the Bat, are a poker legend, part myth,
part reality, 100% genius)."
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04/28/10] Bobby Toye is a former LSU student and a
rising online/live tournament player. Toye has six live
cashes to his name half of which are three first place finishes.
The aspiring screenwriter offers a well-written window into the
life of a young poker player.
"My game of
choice has been heads-up no-limit, although I exclusively play
tournaments all day every Sunday. I've been having more deep
runs in tournaments than I used to as well. I attribute it to a
confidence in my online game and the discipline to never ever
ever spaz out in a pot without a very good reason. This does not
mean I've been nitting it up. I play as many hands as I can
justify early on in tournaments, and it's working well.."
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