Chat with Andrew Feldman
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, 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 Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET!
Andrew Feldman (4:02 PM)
Happy Wednesday everybody! Send in your questions now, we'll get started in a moment.
Eli (Brooklyn NY )
Why does daniel Neagraenu think hes a better poker player than Phil Hellmuth? Its so obvious Phil is. Daniel needs to quit whinning that hes unlucky, he hasnt cashed once yet this wsop. Play better, Daniel
Andrew Feldman (4:06 PM)
I think the majority of poker players would all say the same thing, that they are the best. Daniel has cashed in the '11 WSOP in the $1,500 shootout a few weeks ago. He's got chips in the 10K, so let's see if he can turn things around. This should be one of his best chances at a big score.
Don (Apopka, FL)
What is your prediction for the number of entries in the 2011 WSOP Main Event? I predict lowest year since the 2004 poker boom year.
Andrew Feldman (4:07 PM)
I might have been under 3,500 a few months ago (right after black Friday), but after the numbers so far this Series, I think we're going to be around 5,100. Its still the main event, people still want to play and even though it'll be a "down" year, that's still one heck of a tournament.
how bout phil H hes playin well,and has a woman won a bracelet yet? If not my bet is selbts or weisner
Andrew Feldman (4:11 PM)
There hasn't been a female open champion since Selbst last won her bracelet in 2008. Hellmuth is playing incredibly well and definitely focused. In past years, I could grab a minute or two from Hellmuth for a quick interview, this year, he's all business.
Hi Andrew, In your blog today you mentioned the large fields in the daily tournaments and Sattys. Also the focus by the wsop being improved on the Sats and its paying off. What have they done to improve them over last year?
Andrew Feldman (4:12 PM)
They've really made it easier for players to get involved with a system that keeps players aware of what is offered and where its offered at all times. They knew coming in this would be big, so they put some resources to making sure that registration and any other potential issues are minimized. It's all about getting the players in/out and on to the next game.
I always wondered at the WSOP when it reaches a final table and they get down to 4 handed or so... do they ever chop it and just play for the bracelet? I've never seen it mentioned in the press...
Andrew Feldman (4:14 PM)
It's technically against WSOP rules to chop at the WSOP, but of course it's been done in the past. Chops are never revealed to WSOP staff or media and that's why you won't see it publicized at all. The closest its come to being televised was a two second conversation in a bracelet event in 2005...can't remember who it was between right now, but if you listened it, they say something about a chop.
Not that it doesn't happen to everyone but DNegs does get rivered and coolered pretty often, like Sklansky says, the better you are the more often you'll get sucked out on I guess...
Andrew Feldman (4:14 PM)
It was a pretty brutal way to lose. I'll agree with you on that.
What is the most shocking stat of the WSOP now that it is half-way over?
Andrew Feldman (4:16 PM)
Hellmuth's 2 runner-ups. It's an amazing accomplishment for any player, but the fact that it's Hellmuth and in two $10Ks puts it over the edge a little bit. I think in terms of general WSOP stats, turnout #s being so great are shocking to me. I'll freely admit I didn't expect to see fields like these.
Any reason why I should hate FTP any less today?
Andrew Feldman (4:16 PM)
If you hated them yesterday there has been nothing that has changed that would make you hate them less today.
Who's your favorite in the 5k PLO? A lot of good players left in the final 15.
Andrew Feldman (4:20 PM)
Plenty of good players. Brooks has the chips which is the most important, but then there's Chiu (four bracelets, 3 final tables in the last two years, three cashes this WSOP, tons of experience and a bracelet in Omaha events), Timex (such a successful young kid who has dominated at 18-21 around the world) and Mercier (poker's biggest young superstar, yes more than Dwan) who are in contention. I'd give the edge to Chiu right now...guy knows how to finish at the WSOP.
Thanks Andrew, I thought the satelite system was awful last year. Sounds like they handled most of the complaints I had. But they probably were much softer last year too.
Andrew Feldman (4:21 PM)
Getting back to this for a second, yes, the composition of players playing satellites has dramatically changed. But with all the new live players out there, if you're a vet, why wouldn't you take advantage of the value?
I heard that Jason Alexander won't play the Main Event unless Pokerstars picks up his buy in, Constanza run out of Seinfeld money??
Andrew Feldman (4:22 PM)
I highly doubt that. Alexander was bought in for the past few years. Now that the $$ is gone (I'm assuming they are not buying any celebrities in this year), it'll be on him to drop the $10K.
I'm in Vegas July 4th weekend - are there any small tourney/cash games (non-WSOP events) going on at the Rio during the tournament?
Andrew Feldman (4:23 PM)
Check out the daily deepstacks, I wrote about them in today's blog: http://espn.go.com/sports/fantasy/blog/_/name/poker/id/6692146/a-successful-first-half-2011-wsop
As amazing as that PLO finally 15 is, with 40 left it could have been crazier with Selbst, Dwan, etc all with chips...surprised they didnt survive until I awoke this morning...
Andrew Feldman (4:24 PM)
It's PLO...and six-handed PLO nonetheless! The game plays so incredibly aggressive that the chips fly in every hand. Chip leaders need to lose one or two pots and they'll be short.
I still don't get why some people fail to realize how good Phil Hellmuth has always been in the other games outside of Holdem in tournament play. Recently he has even worked hard to improve and now it is showing. Total 17 of his 44 final tables are in other games. From 2008-2011 he has 5 final tables and non are in Holdem. With the way Holdem bracelets are now I believe if Phil is going to (and I believe he will) win more bracelets, they will be in other variations of poker.
Andrew Feldman (4:26 PM)
It's definitely easier to go through a field of 200 versus 2000. Players have also decided to only play the smaller events to try and win bracelets. Hellmuth has played everything though, not saying he's only looking for the small fields.
Keith H (Seattle)
Good afternoon, Andrew. Norman Chad has a hilarious column I just read in the Washington Post about the WSOP and his run in Stud-8. Here's the link for those who might be intrested.http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/world-series-of-poker-celebrates-the-great-american-game/2011/06/19/AGdLezbH_story.html
Andrew Feldman (4:26 PM)
Norm writes great stuff. A good read for anyone that is interested.
How has Eric Baldwin been playing so far?
Andrew Feldman (4:27 PM)
Two small cashes for just over $10K. He's not thrilled with that and I'd expect it would turn around real soon.
Topic is the PLO 6max remaining field. Jason Mercier has won and final tabled a ton of PLO events. And seeing his table draw puts him at the chip lead of his table how can he not be a favorite??
Andrew Feldman (4:29 PM)
I don't really love that draw to be honest. Yes, he's got the chip edge over everyone else, but Jetten, Moorman and Ulliott are not easy competition. Fellner also made the final table in the $1,500 PLO event in 2007.
Better to Hellmuth more recognition as a good overall pokerplayer?Winning a HORSE event or winning the ME again..
Andrew Feldman (4:33 PM)
Good question. He wins the main everyone will see him get through the huge field, but of course they'll say he's lucky and it's hold 'em. Win the HORSE, only a limited few will see it and care. Not sure what it will take, but he has earned it already based on all of his previous accomplishments in my eyes.
I realize that Ferguson and Lederer aren't around the Rio or probably even the states right about now, but do you think people are actually angry at them individually? I guess I just don't understand that part of the whole "Black Friday"
Andrew Feldman (4:36 PM)
I think people are angry at them based on their perception of who actually runs Full Tilt. Nobody in the general poker population (myself included) actually knows who runs what for FTP or what the actual associations are with some players. Yes, Ferguson is believed to have a key influence on the tech side and Howard is believed to have a key influence on the company in general, but nobody really knows. People that are angry believe HL and CF are responsible for them not getting their money back.
Should twitter ban bad beat stories?
Andrew Feldman (4:37 PM)
Love the idea, but would like to see anyone try.
Stu (Rhode Island)
I missed yesterday?s chat, but read the transcript today. To go back to the question of bracelet value: I don?t think the prestige of the bracelet has changed per se, but I think our perception of bracelet winners has. We as ?fans? now have a better understanding of luck vs. skill and how luck plays into large tournament fields. Because of this, our perception of a single bracelet winner who has no other poker resume is probably less than it used to be. I think that?s a more accurate assessment of the player. Now, one bracelet is a great accomplishment, but multiple bracelet wins [or a bracelet and multiple other championships] puts the player in the top ranks in the poker public?s eye.
Andrew Feldman (4:38 PM)
Very well said Stu. I think if someone "only" wins a bracelet, it's a point of note, but if he's won a bracelet, event here and there, you're right, we'll probably give that guy a little more respect. Really good points...
Jay (Albany, NY)
What are your thoughts on the whole Tobey Maguire lawsuit? Some pretty heavy hitters listed as playing in those home games...
Andrew Feldman (4:39 PM)
I'm trying to wrap my head around it. So let me put it this way, if I go out and buy a $300,000 car, give the title to my cousin and give it to him as a present, with $$ I illegally made, how can I sue back for it? Isn't it the same idea where he lost the money in a poker game? Someone help me out here...
Thanks for answer. I guess in my opinion, and not that they care, but avoiding the Rio drops my opinion of both of them more than the actual events of FTP. Man up and face the music.
Andrew Feldman (4:40 PM)
I'm confident neither are in the U.S. right now.
Andrew Feldman (4:40 PM)
And its not that they are avoiding facing the music, but they are busy elsewhere. Take that in whatever direction you'd like.
Why has Phil Gordon not given a statement regarding Full Tilt?
Andrew Feldman (4:42 PM)
He did a few weeks ago on the podcast, saying he is unable to comment at this time.
I heard they are both living in Cuba playing on FTP from a shared Internet connection trying to win $150 million to pay us back
Andrew Feldman (4:43 PM)
Do you think there have been more entries in the prelim events because people are being more reckless with their money due to Black Friday? In other words, do you see this spike in participation due to black friday, and then next year we will see a significant decrease in almost all events?
Andrew Feldman (4:44 PM)
I think without online poker up and running by next year, we will see a significant decrease in the lower buy-in events. I don't think people are playing reckless, but I do think more bankroll risks are being taken as a "this is my last chance for poker" type summer. Keeping things in perspective though, I'd say at least 75% of the $1,000/$1,500 buy-ins are coming from amateurs traveling in from out of town to play.
Regarding the Toby Mc thing: Losing your money to another poker player should be on par to losing your money any other way. You lost it. If it was a slot machine they wouldn't be suing the casino. Not sure Toby will fight for that small ammount of money though.
Andrew Feldman (4:45 PM)
He should fight it based on what you're saying above...but really, it gives him lots of poker cred that he took the guy for that much money.
It's vegas pool season and it's 109 degrees out..how's the scenery?
Andrew Feldman (4:45 PM)
Always terrible. Obviously. Can't believe you asked...
I saw recently a bill was going to be introduced legalizing online poker. If this is passed, what is the earliest you see a site pop up for US players
Andrew Feldman (4:47 PM)
Depends on how quick the framework can be put in place...even if a bill goes through, the gov't needs time to hire, set up a department, work on the restrictions, put out applications for permits, accept/reject applications, do the research regarding the companies and oh, by the way, validate and examine all possible sites so that things like UB doesn't ever happen again. I'd say if passed this year, another 6-12 months of development, then live.
Your comment that Mercier is a bigger young star than Dwan intrigues me. Care to elaborate? Not sure which side I fall on. Is it due to TV tournament success?
Andrew Feldman (4:50 PM)
I think it's due to consistency. Dwan has had his big scores and incredible cash game success, but Mercier has been in the spotlight and on TV for both tournament and cash game play. It just always seems Mercier has more going for him. He might not be a better cash game player, but he has more potential to be a real poker star.
I just want to touch on the bracelets for a sec. I feel that its nice to have one bracelet, but the prestige is in having multiple bracelets. As Raymer once said it "hundreds of people have one bracelet, but only an elite group has multiple." So yea, having one bracelet may not mean as much as it did before, but for every bracelet you win after that, especially in the poker world today, it make it that much more impressive.
speaking of moorman.... whats the perception of him live?
Andrew Feldman (4:53 PM)
Awesome. It's great to see him be able to be the best both online and live and it's a shame he doesn't get more love. He definitely deserves it.
Andrew, do you read any of the other chats on SportsNation?
Andrew Feldman (4:53 PM)
adam (auburn MI) [via mobile]
What did u do before poker? Can u give us a rundown on how your career took off?
Andrew Feldman (4:54 PM)
Sometimes the cards just fall into place. I had a good idea and it worked out pretty well...
I'm going to be heading to Vegas July 4th weekend (not to play) - any suggestions of what to watch?
Andrew Feldman (4:55 PM)
$50,000 Players Championship...you don't want to miss it if you are in Vegas. There will also be a $1K and $1,500, but really, check out the $50K.
On Mercier, Couldn't he be a much MUCH bigger star right now if he wanted it? it seems like he's the one keeping himself back in terms of the spotlights, do you agree?
Andrew Feldman (4:56 PM)
Agree 1 million percent. PokerStars had done media training in the past with a bunch of their pros, but I think if they focused on Mercier from the start, he would've been one of the biggest. Regardless, his game really does all the talking.
CJ (The 'Sha)
If an online site opens up in the next 12 months or so for U.S. players, how will it work? Only open to U.S. players? As for the govt...I thought women were the rake?
Andrew Feldman (4:59 PM)
Only open to US players for sure...for now. I expect that in the long run they'll open it up internationally, but really, the entire goal is for the gov't to collect on this, so they'll want to make sure the player base is accounted for here first.
jimmy bronx [via mobile]
Mr.Goldman on the bus as I text heading to Atlantic city to hot the 7pm tournament..any last minute advice for a big fan of yours?
Andrew Feldman (5:00 PM)
Win? No seriously, be patient, have fun and bully the guy who is afraid to lose.
Andrew Feldman (5:00 PM)
Thanks for all the questions today! Talk to you all tomorrow!
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