Chat with Andrew Feldman
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN.com poker columnist Andrew Feldman will stop by to chat about the World Series of Poker and take any other poker questions you may have.
Feldman will bring you the highlights of all the action and will chat every day throughout this year's tournament. Be sure to check out ESPN.com's coverage of the 2011 World Series of Poker.
Send your questions now and join Feldman Friday at 4 p.m. ET!
Andrew Feldman (4:02 PM)
Happy Friday everyone! Send in your questions now and we'll get started in a moment.
The Original Donald, West Haven CT [via mobile]
will Hellmuth win #12 this year?
Andrew Feldman (4:04 PM)
30 more events to go...and he's trying for it. It's hard to say anyone is going to win a bracelet, but man, it would be entertaining to see him in the race once again.
Gary (Los Feliz)
I'm heading to Vegas on the 6th of July, what time does the Main event start on the 7th? Thanks
Andrew Feldman (4:05 PM)
Starts at noon PT. I'm not sure if they'll let spectators in right from the start, but that's when action will begin. And I'll be chatting an hour later.
Negreanu really unlucky? Hopelessly tilted? Both?
Andrew Feldman (4:07 PM)
I mean, obviously he's frustrated as he isn't having anywhere near the WSOP he'd like to be having. It's been a rough streak so far, but with 30 events left, including six $10Ks or higher, he has a lot of chances to turn the ship around. If you look at his results last year it was basically the same thing. He starts off slow and then turns it on at the end. On that hand it just seemed like it all built up and yeah, Q-10...ask Hellmuth about that hand.
Big Phil (Rockwall TX)
A lot was written about the new format of the WSOP Circuit, most seemed negative due to smaller fields at the 4 Regional Championships. Hower, I played in 3 locations and the fields for the prelims and circuit championships seemed large. Overall, what are your thoughts on the new format after the first year?
Andrew Feldman (4:11 PM)
The WSOP Circuit in general was up in terms of attendance. Yes, the prelims had the bigger fields, but it was concerning that players wouldn't travel to the televised 10Ks anymore. Years ago a tournament like that would've had a couple hundred min...and we saw under 100 at Rincon I believe? It was just surprising. I think they need to market the events better and send the message about what it has to offer.
Freddy Fish (NY)
Have not heard much about bracelet bets this year. Have you heard anything juicy?
Andrew Feldman (4:12 PM)
Without Ivey to drive the action (and concerns of other players) there hasn't been a ton of talk or excitement. Although a Dwan bracelet would mix things up in a big way.
Are Howard and Chris out of the country because of warrants? Or are the just avoiding the potential abuse from american online poker players?
Andrew Feldman (4:13 PM)
I'm not sure where they are right now, but as far as I know there are no warrants out on them at the moment. I truly believe they are not at the WSOP as they are dealing with bigger issues.
I've always known it wasnt 20 something year olds I was playing with online, it was 60 year olds! How about that senior event?!
Andrew Feldman (4:14 PM)
3,700 Seniors? That's rather insane....going to be tough to break that one-day record with a turnout like this. I'd love to be playing on Saturday and Sunday though...going to be lots of dead money in the field. I expect huge numbers in both of those events as well. I've been trying to convince my dad to play for years.
Do you think there is a chance that Phil Ivey joins the WSOP in next few days?
Andrew Feldman (4:15 PM)
Nope. Not until he and FTP make up...which doesn't seem imminent. Hopefully I'm wrong.
Jay (Albany, NY)
Do you think John Juanda gets the respect he deserves in the poker world? The guy's a monster, crushing huge cash games and tourneys for years. He's so quiet though, which is why I think you don't hear much about him. I felt all the coverage the other day was about Hellmuth losing though and not Juanda winning. Thanks!
Andrew Feldman (4:17 PM)
I was thinking the same thing as I was writing my recap. In any other event I think Juanda winning would've been the biggest story, but this time around, Hellmuth coming as runner-up was almost as significant. I think I said that word for word on Inside Deal too. Juanda earns the respect and because he's quiet he doesn't bring himself out from the crowd. He's the silent assassin that can do everything in poker at any level in any game.
It seems like there haven't been any real big issues aside from the marked cards that were found early on. Has there been anything weird going on? (odd rulings, chips lost/found, etc)
Andrew Feldman (4:19 PM)
Even the marked cards weren't "marked". The lights under the stage caused the confusion, and it wasn't blatant cheating or anything like that. Lack of odd things..which is good. The WSOP continues to do a great job in dealing immediately with anything that may arise.
After Black Friday, honestly online poker lost all of its muster. I have been searching for online poker sites to play and mostly the only options are suscription sites or other sites like Bodog that do not nearly dish out the prizes Pokerstars and Full Tilt did. When do you see another online poker boom in the US?
Andrew Feldman (4:22 PM)
When it gets fully legalized. There's a bill that was just proposed on the hill that handles a lot of the taxation portion of online poker...it's a good start in my mind and I think once it's legal and advertising is non-restricted, we'll see a big boom. That process can't last too long though as the longer we wait, the fewer players who follow poker now will continue to be interested. We need to keep it front and center.
Forget WSOP player of the year. Who is the highest scoring asset in your fantasy league? I know Ashby's owner is very happy in the Vegas fantasy league...
Andrew Feldman (4:23 PM)
I believe its Mr. John Juanda. Elky is close though and might actually have him beat.
Have you noticed any different trends in the way players are playing this year as opposed to years past?
Andrew Feldman (4:25 PM)
Players have been continuously getting more aggressive year over year. I think that's expected at this point. Not sure about the Seniors event though. That one would be fun to analyze.
Do you think the more aggressive play comes about because more guys are playing online? It seems like online play is usually more aggressive than in-person.
Andrew Feldman (4:28 PM)
I think online play has made live play more aggressive and will most likely always be more aggressive than live. There's no place to hide live and that's why pulling off the same aggressive moves/bluffs life is more impressive in my mind.
Will there ever be a poker movie as good as Rounders??
Andrew Feldman (4:29 PM)
No. Unless Rounders 2 pulls off the unthinkable.
Why is it that Black Friday just came about? Online gaming has been around for a while now.
Andrew Feldman (4:30 PM)
It took a little bit for the DOJ to build their case, but there was no specific reason why it happened when it did. Seems like what they did could've happened in 2005...or 2014. I'm sure there was underlying pressure causing the DOJ to take action.
Andrew Feldman (4:30 PM)
That's it for me today! Thanks for all the questions and have a great weekend everyone!