Sunday, May 12, 2019

WSOP New Orleans and my thoughts on the Kid Poker/Deeb feud

Ok..looks like I will get to fire at a few tourneys this week in New Orleans for the last circuit event event before the chaos in Vegas kicks off and the World Series of Poker. I haven't played much lately and I am not happy about he way I played yesterday. It really sucks when you dont get to play as many tourneys as you want you have to try to make every shot count. Its tough to out run variance  ...but I will give it a try thats for sure. I hope to see you all in New Orleans...stop by and say Hi...I have already had 10-15 people I havent seen in awhile stop and catch up...good stuff.

I will say I saw some terrible plays...just "head shaking" stuff...Guy calls off 40-50bbs on the turn looking at a 8 high board with AQo...while his opponent tables set of eights??? Where do these people come from...yikes.

Hope to see you all there this week for the remainder of the Circuit Event and the Main Event...gonna be huge!!!

Been watching that whole twitter feud/fiasco with Kid Poker and Shaun Deeb. I watched the entire Joey "ChicagoJoey" Ingram podcast where they discussed this and a slew of other topics...2 hours worth. I will say after watching the video I kinda like Deeb more and more. He isn't trying to be something hes not...he tells it like it is...doesn't sugar coat anything and he is real. I think where he got the most flack was when he threw out the prop bet on a "marriage last longer" bet with him and his wife Ashley...vs. Kid Poker/Amanda Leatherman who recently got engaged after being in an " ...on again" relationship. There was a discussion on "death variables"...escrow the money...and Deeb took some flack for it. I for one think there is nothing wrong with this. Deeb is comfortable in his marriage with his wife...he is not wishing ill-will on their marriage he is just saying he is confident his marriage will last and theirs "might" not...and looks like he sees a huge +EV in the "might". Daniel is the one that started with the "family" stuff attempting to call Shaun out for not being there when his child was born...well hey...if you go there and get trapped in an uncomfortable position...who.s fault is that?

How does Kid Poker handle this in Amanda's eyes? If he doesn't take the bet then does he have confidence in their love for each other? Is or will there be some sort of pre-nuptial between KP and AL? Deeb basically said on the podcast him and Ashley dont have one and if he ever cheated on her she would take everything and leave him...including all the money. He loves her dearly...loves his family even probably a great Dad to his kids...and hes confident in his marriage...I really like the guy.

I wanted to just put my "humble .02" out there as some of you know the reason I dont play as much as I used to is because I have a 9 years old at home. I feel the same way about my wife as Shaun does that he would never cheat on his wife and loyalty means everything. Wild Bill also has 3 young children and its my perception they also have a great life/marriage with beautiful kids.

Deeb talks on the podcast about back in the day when him and KidPoker were more friendlier they had a discussion and Deeb told Kid Poker he would be a "Great Dad"...and KP said he wasnt interested in having kids back then. I think anyone with kids will back me up and say there is a love out in the world we never knew existed until we had children.

Let KP/AL have children and let this sort of Prop Bet come up again and I bet KP jumps on it and will see it as a huge "push". I would have liked to seen Deeb throw out something like a 5 year escrow. Both marriages stay together for 5 years its a push and everyone gets their money back.

Anyhow...I like Shaun Deeb more now then I did before...and I admire his courage to stand up and be willing to let the whole world know his family comes before anything.

"What happens in court is a story...It is not whats true...What prevails in court is whichever of 2 fictional narratives makes the most material sense to the lowest common denominator"

"What I am asking you is if something was too complicated to explain would advise not not explaining it at all?"


Interaction in the Movie "Mojave" between Garrett Hedlund and is Attorney and his Attorney Walton Goggins
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is a story.
It isn't what's true.
What prevails in court is whichever
of two fictional narratives
makes the most material sense
to the lowest common denominator.

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What happens in court
is a story.
It isn't what's true.
What prevails in court is whichever
of two fictional narratives
makes the most material sense
to the lowest common denominator.

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What happens in court
is a story.
It isn't what's true.
What prevails in court is whichever
of two fictional narratives
makes the most material sense
to the lowest common denominator.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

I finally got some time so I figured I would bust out a Blog right quick.

Whats been happening...Hmmmm. I have found some time to play a little poker over the past couple of weeks. I been playing once or twice a week in a weekly tournament either at Coushatta or Harrahs. I wasnt able to play the Heater at the Beau as I had work commitments. I planned on firing a couple of shells at the WSOP Circuit they ran Tunica last week...but could not get up there.

I plan on playing more poker in the near future...My son is now 9 years and I will be able to start to try to play more.

Lots of good things coming up with GCP and Poker Gras...we are getting some traction on multiple fronts and you sill be seeing some big news coming soon.

See Ya soon!!!

Friday, May 25, 2018

New Blog for 2018

Had some time to sit down and bang out a new blog pre-wsop. We just finished with the New Orleans Circuit event and everyone is getting geared up for wsop in Vegas. I am unsure if I will be heading out this year as Ivy is now 8 years old and he is at that "cool age" and we have alot planned for the summer...we will see.

Played a few events in New Orleans including the $1650 Main Event. I wasnt happy with how I played ...but then again I will always find fault with my play unless I

Its an exciting time to be in poker as the laws may be changing soon, and online poker may come back in full force. GCP has been a mainstay for poker on the Gulf Coast and we hope to take advantage of the second coming to bring GCP to more computers in the future and gain more readers. Bill and I want to take the time to thank everyone who has came back for the stories and blogs. We wish we could update the site more but there is just not that much poker news on the Gulf Coast.

Any Poker Tournaments out there that would want to see how many numbers/viewers we get tot he site please reach out to either Bill or I. We worked the Marketing for the WSOP Circuit event in New Orleans as well HPT Boomtown and numerous Pearl River Events.

I hope to play more tourneys and events the rest of 2018...Hope to see everyone around
Take care

Monday, July 04, 2016

Heading to Vegas

Hey many of you know I am heading to Vegas to play in the Main Event of the WSOP in a few days. I have been swimming everyday and eating nothing but vegetables and fruit to try to get my mind right. I lost 5 -6 lbs since I was announced as the 6th runner. For those that do not know what I am talking about here...

Will "Poker Monkey" Souther has an investment group that I have been apart of for the last 3-4 years and he collects investment shares at $200 a piece and for every 50 shares sold...he send a player to the Main Event at a 35-65% stake with the investment group getting the big swig. I was confident (If you read my previous blog) that this year he was going to easily sell out the shares ...the closer we got to the Main Event. Once they had sold out 5 players/250 shares...Monk shot me a text while I was sitting in the $500 Coushatta event telling me that they were going for 6 players this year...and that I would be #6 if he could sell it out...another 50 shares. He also announced it on Facebook so I was getting blown up from all my friends letting me know in case I hadn't seen it.

WOW!!!!...I was taken aback and pretty pumped!!

Well...he sold out that last runner/50 shares in ...I was within 24 hours...I know it was fairly fast. I had thanked Monk early in the week once the last 2 of the original 5 were announced thanking him for considering me. I was still a little "blown away" that I was going and that last 50 shares were sold so quick...Thank you to all that recruited...spoke highly of me...invested in take a page from Wild Bill..."ALRIGHT...ALRIGHT...ALRIGHT"

Since I was announce, I have  been burning up the videos on Card Runner all week and will be hitting "Float the Turn" also tonight. I also went back to my 2 favorite books...Johnathan Little Vol 1 and 2.

Looking forward to seeing all the other players when we get there. Obviously Wild Bill and I have dissected more hands between the 2 of us than any other player alive in the past 10-15 years. Looking forward to meeting Stephen, Christian and Dr Laura...and looking forward to seeing Robert again. Robert and I have alot of history with him living on the Gulf Coast for awhile a few years ago. We have played against each other many times and I think we both have a solid respect for each others game. In that Circuit Event where I won the Casino Championship at the IP in 2011...we were at a Final Table together.

Well...I am Pretty pumped...flying out this week...I am planning on playing Day 2 which will be twitter feed is @gcpgened.


"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."
Game of Thrones

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Its been awhile...

Hello anyone still reading this blog…I am in New Orleans now waiting to play the final post-lim and final circuit event of the season. Congrats to Wild Bill for making it to day 2 along with a host of other friends (you know who you are). I whiffed the 1st couple of tournaments last weekend, and I had a funeral party to go to for my Aunt Linda last Saturday so I had to skip most of the weekend. I’m in sales and our EOM (End of Month for non salesfolks) was last Friday 5/20…so I also had my hands tied a little during the week. The plan was to play some megas and if I didn’t satty into the High Roller or the Main Event to fire bullets at the last 2 post-lims to try to win a ring. Today at 3pm will be the final chance for anyone to win a ring this season and before the actual WSOP.

The WSOP…yep…its right around the corner. I am going to try to get out to play a few events this year as I been absent the past couple. It seems I landed on Monk’s Possible Minion list to play the Main Event because some friends and investors decided to put my name in the hat. I am really humbled by this as we all know how brutal the game of poker can be…variance is a bitch. I know Monk is trying to drum up some sold shares early but I predict it will happen just like the past few years…halfway through the wsop schedule the main event will start to loom and then people are going to want to jump on board to get a piece of the action. I truly feel he will be sending as many as he sent the past 2 years. I am confident that my family/friends will buy some shares that are not gamblers. I want to publicly thank him for considering me for the honor, but I also understand there are a lot of other good players to choose from. Either way…I am planning on making a trip to Vegas this wsop.

Poker wise…I have been playing as much as I can with work and the family. I don’t remember the last time I blogged so I will focus on just a few events. GCP got an advertising assignment for the Pearl River Resort series in Philly, MS recently. Bill and I both went up to play the main and both my swaps cashed…Bill and Dave Chocheles. Great run event as always by Eric Comer…lots of comps given away…there was also a slight overlay but if you take away the casino rake/juice…I think they get there. I will also tell you guys that this is a great Casino location. I will be bringing the family to hit the waterpark this summer…food was ok. I think I played well in the event…wound up sattying my way into the main event.

I also headed on up to the Heartland Poker Tour in Vicksburg, MS. I sattyed into their main event also and wound up playing for about 5 hours on the same table as Robert Williamson III…what a cool guy. He was drinking wine and really having fun and I may be wrong, but I think he was some sort of “honored guest” per say. Chan Pelton was also at our table and Chan wound up winning the event. I want to apologize to Chan as of course me being something near/wanna be poker media and having a big mouth...I had to ask him about the “chip debacle” down in Florida. I didn’t realize how “touchy “ of a subject it was to Chan and he was obviously flustered and became a little embarrassed and didn’t want to talk about it. I hope he gets over it and he realizes that anyone trying to 3rd level him may bring it up just to get under his skin. That’s not what I was trying to do…and I do apologize …FWIW…and he did win the event and a cool $42k.

This brings me to the guy that got 2nd place in Vicksburg…old school pool player Elby Tyson. Elby and I sat next to each other in the Satty and he immediately took a liking to me …and after we started talking about playing pool and I realized who he was…we kinda hit it off and hung out. We had lunch together and talked about pool. You see…I use to play pool competitively in my younger days and lived with the local “Stakehouse” from Houma Troy Hebert…Troys known in the Rec.Billard/Pool online forums as the “Houma Hitman”. Troy was getting divorced from his wife and he had gotten shot at out there by himself and he asked me to come stay

Troy and his wife owned The Orange Grove plantation in Houma and we had access to the Big House but Troy and I lived in one of the small cottages on the grounds. We had a stocked pond in our backyard…pool with a working Hottub (I was actually in my senior year of college and I was working a swimming pool route and I took care of the pool)…go carts…weight room…all kinda cool stuff…we had some wild parties at that place…anyyywaaayyys

 Below is the Pic of the house we lived in for close to a year....

The Big House...We had access to the Bog House and it was some cool...there were hidden staircases...old school stuff

Cottage 14

I was always around Troy... I would get in smaller action while he ran the big dogs for the high stakes…It was nothing for Scotty Townsend…Eddie Brown…Lil Sal…Gary Adoud or other top pool players to show up and hang out at the house in between their road trips. Well Elby played on that speed and played against the best in South. Really nice guy and man does he have some gamble in him…I watched the PLO game that after day 1 and they were throwing chips around.

Coming back around to the New Orleans circuit event this last weekend…I whiffed the High Roller Mega and a few sngs…whiffed the sattys into the main. Played the $365 ring event on Saturday and made a terrible call with AJo against this Asain guy from Lafayette that I should know his name but cant remember it. I raised with A-Jo…he defends flop was something like 5-6-8 with 2 hearts. I c-bet and he rips… and I snap called. I was thinking in my head that he was going to try to push me off the hand and I didn’t think he had any of that…he turns over something like 4-9h…and he bricks all his outs and I doubled up. I can tell there were several guys that were like “Daaammmmnn kid”…yea…I hate that play in hindsight.

After busting out of the $365 turbo…Bill and I both jumped in the Nightly. These nightlies use to be Bill and I’s “bread butter”. This is where Kenny 1st started staking me back in 2008…etc. Well I get a couple of beers in me and decide I am playing this tourney just to have fun…started playing crazy and kidding with the whole table…shoving anything that smelled like it might hold…and Bill and I make the final table…It paid 9 but we gathered up the $10 from everyone for the bubble…Bill took the bubble…I got 6th…Blaaaahhhh (I had already decided in my head I was not chopping…their lucky)

"You should move to a small town, somewhere the rule of law still exists. You will not survive here. You are not a wolf, and this is a land of wolves now" Benicio Del Toro as Alejandro in "Sicario"

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Well..Well...Well...What have here?...a Blog?

Hi to all who are left reading this blog. I had made it a New Years “resolution” to start blogging more often and start to focus more on my Poker game…but that was in January when I started this particular blog post…4 months later…I am completing it…LOL

 I had a great year in 2014 and we are pretty much finished building our new house. We are in the final stages of flipping the construction loan to traditional financing, but we had no idea how much added cost come with building a house…Landscaping hits us for $4k… “window treatments” was $4k (I like the way the sales girl worded that…making it seem like my windows were getting a spa day)…now we need a shed…more flower beds…gutters in certain spots…etc. It seems like a never ending cycle of “$500 here…$1000 there”…sigh.

 But we are super happy and we love the new house and the added space. It makes me feel good to know we have a standalone  playroom just for my son and his friends…and we love the trees. My grandfather planted the 5 (five) Oak Tress that grace out property and we chose the house design to compliment the lot as well and fact that the Government forced us to build off the ground. I am being told by numerous contractors though that …”That’s a good thing Gene”….I guess so…we love our house. (Pics below)

 Poker wise I have cashed in a few event s since I last blogged. I will highlight them in this blog but keep in mind that they were months ago so my comments will be based off what I remember of the situations…etc. Back in July/August of 2014 I played the Coushatta event and went deep in the preliminary event. I made it down to 2 tables left with about 16-17 players…only person I knew to be a good player left was Dave “Diesel” Nicholson…I was working my 25-30 bigs looking for a good spot. I get it in against a short stack my A-K vs his A-Q…he hits a Queen…I am now down to 12-13 bigs. Very next hand…I look down at QQ…the UTG player on my right with about 30 bigs raised 4-5x the BB….I rip…big stack Asian Kid OTB goes deep in the tank…He’s posturing…I think to myself, “Oh great…hes got KKs or AAs and he is trying to get the UTG guy to stick his all in as well”…He finnnallly rips as well…UTG players says…”I don’t think I can fold these” and calls and shows KK…Asian kid AA…I picked up a little over $2k.

 What else…I made the final table in the WSOP circuit event in Biloxi at the IP. I wound up coming in 4th for over $3400…I has happy with the way I played but felt I could have played better. I could tell I need some more time at the tables to kick some rust off. It was also one of the toughest Final Tables I have played in some time. Austin Buchanan got 3rd place and I was really impressed with Mark Fink’s game. He wound up getting 1st and I think a 3rd also…in fact…I think he wound up the Casino Champion in that event. You can look for this guy to do some damage in poker in the future.

 I went to the Coushatta Spring Poker Championship but could not play as I had to play Golf with some Clients on the day of Main Event. Got unlucky in the cash games. I am really starting to like these events at Coushatta…Easiest Tourney with the best Value in juice…if you can stand the Indians/Staff running the tournament. I like them…I think they do a great job…I just wish they would let Bill and I know when there having their events so we can post them up on GCP.

 I went check out the WPT event at the IP…I didn’t play because I didn’t like the turnout…then a week later I played the 6 max at the Beau. I had a great time and felt I played the best I could with the cards I got. I didn’t cash but made it to the final 3 tables… I got to sit next to the eventual winner for the early part of the tourney…Gabe Costner. It was great to catch up with Gabe and see how happy he is with his new son…hes gonna be a great Dad…Congrats on the score Gabe!!!

 A really cool thing happened recently on GCP…not sure if we posted something up about it or not on the main site. We were able to grab the .com of gulfcoastpoker. So if anyone types in…it will bring them to the “Branded .Net Site” (Thanks Michael!!)

 That’s about it for now…

 "I'd consider myself a realist, alright? But in philosophical terms I'm what's called a pessimist... I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware. Nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself - we are creatures that should not exist by natural law... We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self, that accretion of sensory experience and feelings, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everbody's nobody... I think the honorable thing for our species to do is to deny our programming. Stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction - one last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal" Matt McConaughey as Russ Cohle on HBO's "True Detective"

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Round and Round we go...

Hello all who are left here. I apologize for the long delay in blogging but I just have not had it in me to sit down and bust one out. I got hazed a little recently and then came on to the site and saw... "Damn...I haven't wrote a blog since 2013 around November"...yikes...maybe I can put something together here about what I been up to...I don't know.

Poker 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".
The tournament was held at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino which most poker players know in the State of known for being pretty "Rough/Shady"...but I must admit that they did in fact step up to the plate and do everything they could to accommodate the poker players. I am going to say I was absolutely "Stunned" when with 2 tables left in the tourney... the Casino Boat General Manager called all his slot bosses over and in a somewhat pissed off voice said, "I CANT BELIEVE I am doing this but TURN OFF THE VOLUME on all the slot machines up here" (3rd Floor)...15 min later we had a somewhat normal poker could hear chips riffling...etc. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen/heard it myself. Also the structures got tweeked by Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler while the Baton Rouge event was going on to make the structures "Chainsaw Approved".

Bad things about the Event...They didn't get as many as we had hoped. (GCP was a Marketer/Sales agent for the event)...Cash games were non-existent except for 1-3 limit holdem played with white chips. I believe that the Casino should have had a dealer sit there during peak hours with a 1-3 NL card and even rally some locals to come play. If the game jumps off even 3 handed I believe they would have gotten a NL cash game going. Food kind of sucked also...I have never been a fan of that restaurant they have there.

I was able to get a respectable stack and made it through to day 2 pretty confident. I cooler-ed WSOP Bracelet winner Nick Jivkov in a 50k pot with set over Kings against his deuces. I played an interesting hand with 2nd place finisher Kou Vang where I flop bottom 2 on an ace high board and he rivers higher 2 pair. Got to play with a bunch of other good players...and some bad. I was knocked out 13th-14th and they paid 11 places...Monkey and Justin "@theycallmetrues" Truesdell were at my final table.

I also made it over to Coushatta to play that event...nothing going...Whiffed the Beau tourney and their Main semi-coolered by Ben Mintz...Blind vs. Blind my A-Q vs. his A-K on an Ace high least my chips went to a nice guy

There has also been alot of news lately ...National News and Twitter/Facebook news about players "Angle Shooting" and such. Phil Ivey made the national news in the Borgata scandal. Personally...what Ivey has built in Poker/Gaming...his team/website will eventually blow-up huge...I dont think he should have to go around "semi-cheating" casinos. I am indifferent about who was right or wrong...I dont really care...I just dont think he should have to put himself in these types of "shady spots"...he should be above that. Say what you want about Hellmuth but you dont read about him being sued by casinos because of defective playing card printers.

All poker players need to also understand that Twitter/Facebook opens you up to getting "Called Out" by your poker peers if you try to angle shoot or do sketchy stuff. Nancy Birnbaum found this out the hard way recently. We have been playing with Nancy for years and she has emerged as a "known pro"...and she was called out for doing something other players thought was sketchy...twitter flame war ensued. The guy that won the National Championship the year I played...Ryan slammed for crumbling cards in a tourney and got DQ'ed...then he wanted to debate with Matt Glantz on twitter who is that poker room's "ambassador" ...really??...not a smart move.

I am not saying any of these people did...or didn't do...anything wrong...all I am saying is watch your self out there or you could wind up like Robert "Uncle Krunk" Panitch who gets called out by Johnny Bax for going to restroom at the WPT Championship ...and didn't wash his hands. In fact...this is the 2nd time he is called out as I seem to remember Tim "TK" Miles tweet something similar about Uncle Krunk months before...BE CAREFUL OUT THERE FOLKS!!!

Our House broke ground last week...we hoping to be in by my son Ivey's birthday on 11/9...Ivey's growing up faster than we want...I am told it always happens this way.

Every now and then... I play with a player that I can tell is way above avg...and is just an all around solid poker player. I had the pleasure of playing the MSPT tourney in Baton Rouge with a players named Matt of the sponsored MSPT players...and he was by far...the best player I have seen in a long time. I played everyday with him in Baton Rouge...Sattys...and in the Main Event...and we wound up 4 handed in a Satty with Matt and another player from the MSPT tour...and Me and "Trucker" Kenny Milam from Louisiana...3 got a seat...and Matt shifted gears 4 handed on the bubble...better than anyone I have seen in a long time...look out for this guy in the future and I would take him to win a bracelet this summer in the WSOP.

Thats all folks...and I was the eventual "stone cold" bubble boy in that satty...LOL

Take care...

"Anything in life worth worth overdoing...Moderation is for cowards"
Alexander Ludwig as Shane Patton in Lone Survivor