Gulf Coast Poker Championship
Season Six – 6 – 9 September 2007
$2 483 200
The Beau Rivage, ‘beautiful shore’ in French, has one of the most spacious and comfortable casinos in the Deep South, with over 16 tables featuring all the most popular table games. The waterfront casino was virtually destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and had to be re-built in its entirety, only the hotel tower, said to be the tallest in the state, remained unscathed. The original casino was built on a barge in keeping with Mississippi Law, but following the devastation of the hurricane, the legislature changed the laws so that gaming houses could be constructed on terra-firma.
From the Gulfport / Biloxi International Airport it is only about a 15 minute trip by car to Beau Rivage and both New Orleans and Mobile in Alabama are about an hour’s drive away.
On leaving the Airport take a left onto Airport Boulevard, and at the first set of traffic lights turn right onto Highway 49. About ¾ of a mile further on you will come to the Interstate where you go east onto the I-10. Take exit 46 – A (I-10 loop). Stay on the loop to the Ocean Springs exit which will put you on Highway 90E. The Beau Rivage is the first hotel-casino on the right on Highway 90. Travel time is estimated to be in the region of 20 minutes.
Beau Rivage Hotel-Casino, 875 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39530
Telephone – 228 386 7111
It will be hallowed as one of the biggest comebacks in WPT history, and eventual champion, Bill Edler must be thanking the poker gods for his $747 615 victory and the inaugural Gulf Coast Poker Championship title. The Las Vegan native looked well out of the running when he was left with two $1000 chips with 17 players left to outmanoeuvre. The ante was already at $1000 and once he had settled that bill, he tempted the fates and put his final chip in the big blind. His luck changed and he soon began winning a series of all-in pots which earned him a bit of breathing space and a pretty comfortable chip stack.
When he reached the Final Table he was third on the chip leader board with only Tom Franklin and John Davidson ahead of him. The final decider was between Edler and David Robbins, who came to the Final Table with only $727 000 compared to Edler’s $1 005 000. The heads up encounter lasted a lengthy twenty hands and as the match progressed Edler threw caution to the wind and became more and more aggressive, taking down pot after pot preflop.
The penultimate hand clearly had Robbins against the ropes and he was left with just $230 000 which he injudiciously put all in blind even before the cards hit the table.
Edler called and flipped over an Ace of Hearts and a 9 of Spades, Robbins followed with a Queen and 7 of diamonds and then it was all up to the board which showed an 8 of diamonds, 4 of clubs and a 4 and Ace of hearts, giving the WSOP bracelet holder a hard fought victory.
- Bill Edler
- David Robbins
- Hank Sitton
- John Davidson
- Tim Frazin
- Tom Franklin