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Gulf Coast Poker Winners Week at WSOP Nola


As many of you probably know, Harrah’s New Orleans partnered with www.gulfcoastpoker.net to get local poker enthusiasts into WSOP Circuit Event tournaments for free. Poker room manager Chase Haydel gave away over two hundred seats, and seven of them were part of GCP’s social media giveaway. After catching up with most of these recipients, I’m pleased to share a few of their stories.


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Originally from Spokane, Washington, Todd Cowan moved to the Gulf South in 1997 on assignment as a locomotive engineer. In those early years, he often played 10/20 limit hold ‘em at the Isle of Capri in Lake Charles (not to be confused with the Pile of Debris on Lake Marl). After Chris Moneymaker lit the no-limit hold ‘em world on fire, Todd traveled to Las Vegas in 2005 and enjoyed the highlight of his poker career: a victory in the $1,000 Bellagio Weekly NLH Tournament for $45,396. This year, thanks to his free seat, Todd entered Event #1: $365 No-limit Hold ‘e…

MINIONS, WSOP, AND MORE

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First off: Hello world, it's been some time:

Some quick GCP thoughts:

-After much delay decided to add a Group to our Facebook page. Originally wanted the GCP Facebook page to essentially become what Facebook's group are primarily and that's a  forum/community. However, when people post on our main page it's generally not obvious to the reader. Tends to get buried. So hopefully on the new groups page it will allow for the exchange of ideas, selling of packages, sharing of news, hand analysis, and generally be a positive community. Please asked to be added and please don't indiscriminately "add" people... more than a few of us feel quite spammed when other groups do that, so I'd rather that ill will not be directed to the site. Moderating is generally not my thing but if everybody keeps things civil and we'll be all good. Who knows maybe there are too many other places already for this to take off but it's an option we feel is overdue to …

Bets Earned, Bets Paid, cryptocurrency, Rule Nits Wrong, and a Multiverse...

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Last time I left you with some threads dangling...

So...  I had to get to 202 lbs.  I barely made it.  Two days before weigh-in I was under.  A day before I was over.  Morning of...  did it.  32 lbs down and bets won.


Also, the man, the myth, the mega-master Kenny Milam went without his mustachio nor the remainder of his hair and honored his bet.  Here's the new Chrome Dome himself.

Crypto...  it's crashing (as I type this).  I think it'll be a great time to buy, soon (or already is). Not sure if bitcoin will fall to 5k but it might--if it does jump in with both feet. 

Why?  The app Robinhood going to offer the two big crypto coins  "fee-less" which will result in a nice short term uptick in both bitcoin and ethereum.  Robinhood will not be alone in expanding the potential market for investors.  I also think the money moving out and continuing to move out will force the popular Coinbase to add new alt coins sooner rather than later.  I like Ripple and a few of t…

Million Dollar Heater, CryptoCurrency, Weight Loss Bets

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I'm looking forward to the Beau Rivage's Million Dollar Heater which begins... tomorrow.

Somewhat fairly well known on the Gulf Coast is Kenny Milam and Charlie Gelvin's annual prop bet decided by the Arkansas-LSU football game.  Last year Kenny had to play day one of the re-entry event in a dress.  Good sport that he was, he did so.  This year the loser (again, Kenny the Arkansas fan) has to shave his entire head.  That includes that cigarette and coffee imbued flavor savor of a mustache for Kenny (look at that in all it's glory in the pic) which makes sense as Charlie has, shall we say, a "fuller" head of hair.  What will they think of next year?  Also, guys, why not throw in the LSU-Arkansas basketball battles for another prop bet?


That's not the only prop bet that will be settled this weekend.  Known perhaps only by the participants themselves is a weight loss bet for me.  In late October I weighed (a gross!) 232 pounds.  I challenged myself to drop 3…

Who is Hurricane27

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Who is Hurricane27?”
Within the last year, I got asked that question a lot.  Make sense I co-own a site devoted to poker on the Gulf Coast, I live outside of New Orleans and suddenly an online account of a player located in Metairie just starts crushing.  Also, the community of “crushers” who press buttons is fairly small, somebody should know who this is, but nobody did.
In some ways, I was the right person to ask, but in some ways, I wasn’t.  Pre-Black Friday (wow, we’ve been around for a while now) my co-owner Gene D did a much better job keeping up with online accolades than I did.  He’d know what TK Miles did on Full Tilt, the Chemist did on Poker Room (?), and would always know if somebody did something on a random Sunday on Stars.  But we don't live pre-Black Friday.
These days, I don’t play online so, I’m even less aware of what’s going on at America’s Card Room or Bovada or any other site.  That said, all this chatter got me intrigued.
“He came out of nowhere."   &…

Bullet Points and a Crazy Hand. What would you do?

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Lots of things happening right now...

-Soon, I'll get that Hurricane27 article update.  Spoilers:  Super nice kid.  Not a bot.  Owns your soul online.  How he found poker is an anomaly.  More to come.  Soon, I promise.  I'll find the time to write it up and do it justice.

-Wouldn't it be cool to have a GCP.NET Championship?  We think so.  Hopefully, it can happen... somewhere, sometime, soon (?).

-About to go Back to the Beau.  How can you not love the deeper stacks and better structures the Beau Rivage will offer when they go heads up with the WSOP Circuit event in early September.  The pros will be in town chasing points but over at the IP.  Methinks I'll be chasing all that money at the Beau.  Plus, they got Henry Garrison, Derek Dillman, and Paul Dutsch coming in to help.  Great crew there.  Think we are pretty lucky as players on the coast with the staffs at the Beau and with what's being put together at Harrah's lately.

(Who says "Methinks"?)

-S…

November None

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The November Nine, a great (okay, make that "a pretty good") idea that never lived up to expectations has been killed.  Put out of its misery for a lack of interest. Everybody, it seems sighs and says that's just poker's plight these days.  A fad, that's come, gone, and now is back to being a niche game.  Black Friday! Poker scandals!  Blah, blah, blah! Oversaturation!  I disagree.

The truth is the November Nine died, not because of any of those things, but because we let it wither on the vine.  And by "we" I mean us poker players who entrusted the WSOP and its broadcasting partners to do what was best for our game and our signature event.  Sadly, as usual, when it comes to poker, we put our faith in the wrong people.

In a better world with ESPN as a broadcasting partner, the following would have happened with a November Nine.

In the summer nine diverse players, hopefully including a talkative villain/hero (depending on your perspective), a couple of e…