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June 9, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (2:00 PM)

What's up everyone? Happy Tuesday. No guest today for today's WSOP poker chat, so shoot in your questions now and I'll get started in just a few minutes.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:03 PM)

Before we get started, a big congrats goes out to Brian Lemke who won the $5K last night. Lemke is a cousin of Justin Shronk, one of the poker industry's best who passed away a couple months ago, and it was great to see this accomplishment wearing a "Got Shronk" t-shirt. Congrats Brian.

Richard (Louisville, KY)

With another cash last night, if Negreanu can get a bracelet this year he's definitely the POY, right?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:05 PM)

Actually, no. Ville Wahlbeck who won the $10K mixed games world championship finished third in Event 6 and now is third heading into the final 17 of the 10K Omaha world championship. He's in the lead and Daniel would most definitely need to win and have some more great finishes to overtake him.

Glenn (Seatlle, WA)

The Champions event was a lot of fun. I heard that Russ Hamilton was not the only living WSOP ME champ not there - that 1990 champ Mansour Matloubi also did not play. What was the story there?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:06 PM)

Russ isn't looked upon highly right now in the poker industry. I'm not going to propel any rumors here, so take a look for yourself by googling Hamilton and the ultimate bet scandal. Many believe he's responsible to some extent.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:07 PM)

And...Mike Matusow is now confirmed for Thursday's chat.

Ken (Palo Alto, CA)

Are you seeing a lot of non-pros playing "small ball" this year, and it that perhaps why tourneys are stretching longer than the WSOP organizers had expected.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:10 PM)

Haha...no small ball this year. Well, not much in terms of amateurs playing it. There's a ton of shove preflop poker and that's the majority of the action. As for why things are going longer -- the organizers added more chips and more blind levels in almost every tournament. It would make sense that things are running longer, but in my mind, they could've made some of these three-day tournaments in into four-days. Yes, they have to get more players in and out each day, but forcing the action until 3 am or later is painful. Playing your best is tough enough after 10 hours...forget the fact that its 3 in the morning.

Matt (NYC, New York)

Hey Andrew,I am coming into Vegas to play the Thursday $1,500 NLHE. I arrive at 11pm vegas time on wednesday. Is registration open 24 hours? Best of luck !!

Andrew Feldman
  (2:11 PM)

Matt - first off, good luck. Take it down. I'm sure you'll have to beat out 2-3K players, but someone needs to win!You can reg at that time for sure. The poker room rarely closes and there is almost always someone at the registration desk. Avoiding the lines is the best idea, so pre-registering is a good option if you can do it.

Matt (Houston, TX)

Do you see any "name pros" walking away from the game soon to concentrate on life away from the table? I know Phil Gordon has scaled things back since becoming a dad. Wasn't Juanda rumored to be quitting? What happened there?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:15 PM)

Great question. Phil has most definitely scaled things back since becoming a father and its great to see the priorities there. Many players take some time away from the tables from time to time for one reason or another, but Juanda isn't one of them. He just finished fifth last night in Event 16. I haven't heard the rumors that he's quitting, but I'll ask around. I'm trying to think of others who I think might take some time off soon, but I doubt that we'll see a Hellmuth or Negreanu or Lederer take some time away.

Tubz (Norway)

ey, disapointed of allen cunningham? why he hasnt played more?, no cashes etc..do u think he can win a braclet this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:17 PM)

Actually, this might be a great answer to the previous question. Cunningham hasn't been making headlines this summer and the questions started to arise after he didn't participate in the $40,000 hold 'em. If he plays, he can win. He's one of the best that makes his presence known in any tournament.

Mike (Vegas)

Is the World Series of Poker going to be shown on ESPN this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:18 PM)

Absoutely. Starting July 28th the $40,000 no-limit Event 2 will be broadcast, followed by the WSOP tournament of champions, the Ante Up For Africa and then the main event.

Dwight (Falls Church, VA)

I know pros said that the late Chip Reese literally never tilted. Which current pros do you think handle defeats and suckouts best, without going on monkey tilt?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:21 PM)

I don't think there's a definitive answer for this as some of the best players in the world can be tilted with a bad beat. That said, Chris Ferguson, Greg Raymer, Phil Ivey and Doyle Brunson are probably the best in taking beats and shaking them off. Once you get emotional about a hand you're going to need to re-center yourself and get back in mental shape...

Frank (Brooklyn)

I haven't heard a thing about Tom Dwan since the WSOP started...what happened to everyone's favorite wunderkind?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:23 PM)

Frank - rumor has it Dwan has been busy playing the cash games. It's pretty surprising that he isn't at the WSOP all the time, but the WSOP brings out the big cash from around the world.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:23 PM)

He's definitely playing tournaments too, but hasn't seen any success yet.

The Mets (New York)

Whats wrong with us?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:24 PM)

I'd like to see the team get healthy so that I don't have to consider them a minor league team.

Pete (Lincoln, MA)

I know the Rio is huge and the Harrah's folks do a great job with all the logistics of the WSOP, but having never been there live I have to wonder how things like bathroom trips and food are handled when thousands of players go on break at the same time. Is it total chaos?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:27 PM)

Absolute chaos. Players run to the bathroom to get at the front of the line, then stand there and wait as the facilities are very crowded. Let me say that the WSOP has gotten better about this each year and the lines have been diminished each time, but if I'm playing, I'm leaving a hand or two early to make sure that I can get to the bathroom before the crowds. Food is a different story. There are many places to eat now at the Rio and the poker kitchen has become more popular each year and allow players to get food quickly. Players eat at the tables or whenever they can. In terms of the dinner break, find a family member and tell them to go 10 minutes earlier to one of the restaurants at the Rio to get you a table. You'll meet all the media members there at that time, too.

David (Denver)

Why does ESPN only show no-limit this year? Boring! I'd love to see the HORSE again or some other games. Is it because they don't want to have to explain all the games on the broadcast or because they don't think people care about any other version of poker? For once, listen to Norman Chad - in Omaha, every hand's a carnival!

Andrew Feldman
  (2:28 PM)

The company line is that viewers seem to like no-limit hold 'em better and thus, draws more positive feedback. Remember that while many of us like HORSE, Omaha, etc, the general viewer just likes to see hold 'em as its easy to understand. And listen to Norman Chad? Only on Thursdays.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:29 PM)

Wow, a lot of you are playing this weekend...

Heath W. (NYC, New York)

Andrew -First off, I enjoy these chats, and appreciate your time! I am playing in a $1,500 NLHE event this week. Any advice on how to player in the earlier levels (tight, agressive, etc.) Thanks!!

Andrew Feldman
  (2:31 PM)

Thanks Heath. Glad to keep things entertaining during the ever busy 2-3 hour. Good luck this weekend.As for strategy, the best advice I can give isn't mine at all. Listen to the Poker Edge Podcast with Joe Sebok. He breaks down early tournament strategy in a great way and gives tips for everyone on how to get chips early. If I'm you, I'm getting comfortable early, learning about my opponents and start picking my spots in the second/third levels. Once you have a good read on your table, you're ready to play optimally.

broke (vegas)

stop giving gambling so much glory.. i just lost my kids college fund!!

Andrew Feldman
  (2:31 PM)

Thanks for stopping by.

Brian (South Orange, NJ)

Do you think they bring back rebuys next year?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:34 PM)

I hope they do, but I don't think they will. I think rebuy events are always entertaining and it's challenging to players as they'll need to employ a different type of strategy in these events. I'm on the bring back rebuys side...If you can't afford to make the rebuys, it shouldn't be an event you enter.

Todd (Olympia, WA)

What's it like to be prepped for a TV table? How long does it take? Are players given any special instructions? Do they have to sign something?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:36 PM)

When you arrive at a TV table the first thing they do is mic you up. Obviously its relatively invisible to the TV viewer. After that, they'll show you how to use the hole card camera and have you do a couple of tests for the producers. For ESPN tables, you fill out a form with a little bit of info about yourself so that Norman Chad can insert that little tidbit of info he likes to do. I think when you sign your entrance form with the WSOP, it covers TV, so I don't think there's anything additional.

Brad (Lexington)

Is PLO the NLHE 10 yrs from now?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:39 PM)

In Europe, yes. In the US, I still feel NLHE will still steal the show. PLO is a great game and if you're still a NL-obsessed player, give it a try. Just never think that the nuts are good until the river.

Robert Frank (Delray Beach, FL)

Hi Andrew,I was wondering if you recommend the best place to eat at the Rio? I will be playing in the event on Thursday, and was just wondering what I should do regarding food. Thanks for the help!

Andrew Feldman
  (2:42 PM)

Party at the Rioooo! Good luck on Thursday. Place to eat -- if you can afford it, check out Cafe Materano. Great food there, but amazingly expensive. You can always get a good meal at the BBQ place and Lance Bradley from Bluff will recommend the sushi place...but watch out for Wasabi Joe.

Harry (Flagstaff, PA)

I hear about pros playing games I've never heard of, and for big stakes. If the pros could vote on one entirely new type of game (i.e., not HE, Stud, Omaha, Razz, Lowball, etc.) to add to the WSOP, what would it be? Maybe Chinese poker?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:43 PM)

I'm not sure chinese would be great as a WSOP event, but I know the pros would love if they could win a bracelet for it!

Sean (Orlando, FL)

Todd's question got me thinking - what would happen if someone at at TV table decided they didn't want to show their hole cards? Would they be forced to do so, or replaced at the table?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:44 PM)

Good question. first off, I don't think that anyone would have the authority to move someone off of the TV table. If a player doesn't show their cards, they're reminded to do so a couple times, but if they don't show repeatedly, I don't think there is any penalty. I doubt that action would be eligible for the tournament director to give time away from the table.

Brian (East Hanover, NJ)

Why is there no Badugi or team event?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:45 PM)

I think a Badugi event wouldn't attract a large enough field for WSOP-terms. As far as a team event, I could see Dream Team expanding to a WSOP event if successful this year.

Chris (Lakeland, FL)

Chinese Poker was a bracelet event in the mid 90s for 2 years. Steve Zolotow has a bracelet in it.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:45 PM)

Thanks Chris. I couldn't remember if it had been or not.

Sarge (Lee's Summit, MO)

You can only pre-register online for events two weeks ahead of time. Found that out last night trying to register for event 24. Thought I'd throw that out there so people know.

Betsy (Stamford, CT)

If a woman won the WSOP main event, do you think the resulting press coverage and attention would create another "Moneymaker Effect" for poker? Short of that, do you think anything else could happen that would drive players to poker like Moneymaker's win did?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:48 PM)

Without a doubt, Betsy. If a woman won the main event...or even made it to the November Nine, I think there would be a boom. If online poker was regulated in the US, there would be a large boom as well as players could now deposit and play freely and without concern.

Grumpy old man (Tx)

post your question or commentwhats up with the new format. Don't like it

Andrew Feldman
  (2:48 PM)

Different on this side too, but I think it's working great. Props to the dev team.

Hefthoy (NYC)

Hi Andrew, I would like to know your opinion on the WSOP rule not allowing headphones once the players have reached the cash. As I am huge proponent of headphones as I do not enjoy much table chit-chat, this might affect my game. I will be in town for a few events next week, and I was wondering if I could secretly listen to music (if I can keep the wire hidden). Lol. Thanks. Ryan Hefthoy

Andrew Feldman
  (2:50 PM)

I don't get the rule. Honestly, I think it's outdated. There's no reason why a player can use headphones up until the money, but then stop. Perhaps there are more instructions given when you reach the money, but really, does it take a minute to ask players to remove their headphones? Good luck at the WSOP and no, they won't let you secretly listen to music.

Wes (North CA)

What's the odds of being able to sit with a pro in the main event? Does it happen at least a little bit? Or is there so many people that you mainly sit with ameuters until later in the tournament?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:52 PM)

I would think the more unlucky players would get stuck next to the pros in the early going. I had the honor of playing with Minh Nugyen in the 3,200-player event in 2007 at the start. Nice luck there. Figure that the main event will have around 7000 players in it. With a total of 200-300 "name pros", odds aren't that great...

Johnny (Tx)

was prahlad on hand to was lisandro win his braclet

Andrew Feldman
  (2:52 PM)

LOL. No. Doubtful.

Bobby Valentine (Japan)

I think they should add a WSOP event for the variation of 7-card stud called "Baseball" in which 9s are wild, 3s are wild if you pay for them, and 4's get you an extra card. If I got knocked out, I would rebuy and I would play wearing fake nose and mustache.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:53 PM)

Great idea. I'll throw it to Harrah's with Orel Hershiser being the tournament director.

Tim (Long Island)

I'm playing in an event, and it's a big deal to me. One thing I'm concerned about is taking too long to make a decision. I don't want people to call clock. Assuming it's a big decision (i.e., one for my tourney life), how long can I safely expect to take before I get the clock called on me? 5 minutes maybe?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:54 PM)

Good luck in the event Tim. Players at the table are understanding of your situation and unless they really aren't friendly, won't call the clock if it is major decision. I'd say five minutes before a clock call would be OK, but remember that they'll try to get under your skin in every way possible, and calling the clock is one of those ways.

Richard (Louisville, KY)

My boss would like to know why my productivity is down these past couple weeks from 2-3pm. What should I tell him?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:55 PM)

Poker>Work?

Brad (Lexington)

Cash a ton of times in the WSOP for the rest of your life without making a FT and profit 10 million or win the WSOP main event ONCE for 10 million, busting out of every other event missing the money? Which would you rather?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:57 PM)

Wow...so you're saying be good in one event and get ridiculed that you can't make another FT ever or be consistent. My initial and immediate response was win the ME as great things come along with being the world champion, but imagine the Jerry Yang/Jamie Gold hatred you'd receive for never doing anything else. I'd go with consistent without a victory in that case...I'd be Tony Cousineau. You'd never be broke, always respected, but never an all-star.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:57 PM)

Would love to see your thoughts on that. Great question.

Stuey the Kid (Lower East Side)

Would I really be the biggest star in poker today like a lot of people say?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:59 PM)

There is no doubt in my mind. Would be nice to see a Ungar vs. Insert online talented pro name here matchup...just to compare styles.

Tony (Naples)

With an extremely slow structure in the Main Event, do you think it's better to play super tight in the early going or to take some chances in hopes of building a big stack early (especially since others might be subscribig to the tight theory)...Stuey always said he'd bust out early or go onto to win so we know which way he liked to go and his results might be best ever in big NLHE tourneys

Andrew Feldman
  (3:01 PM)

As mentioned before in another question, I would play conservatively until I knew the tendencies at my table. I'd definitely try to get some chips early and take some risks. Give the suited connectors, small pocket pairs and A-x suiteds a chance. Hit one of those, get paid off and build your stack.

Sylvain (calgary)

Hey Andrew, are you seeing a more international field similar to last year largely due to the ban on online poker and economic issues in the US?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:02 PM)

Very similar to last year, but I think the influence on the main event might be even greater than in the past.

Richard (Louisville, KY)

Chances Scotty quits poker if he doesn't make the $4 million, which doesn't look likely?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:02 PM)

0. Ok, maybe a 1 outer on the river.

Xzavia (Detroit MI)

Hey! Wanted to know what are the cash games looking like, are thr a bunch of dunks and fish? Also how many more brac u think IVEY will get over or under 1.5?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:03 PM)

More bracelets? If the line of total bracelets was 1.5, I'd take the over. If it's total 2.5, I'm taking the under. He was the last player to win 3 bracelets in one WSOP and I don't think he'll do it again this year.

Kevin (Raleigh, NC)

If I'm going to play in a lower stakes WSOP event and I want to use reverse psychology to purposely dress to get the least amount of respect, would you recommend sunglasses, headphones, backwards hat with a poker site logo, and a hoodie pulled over my head? Or is there something else I might want wear instead. Serious question by the way!

Andrew Feldman
  (3:05 PM)

LOL. Would love to see the combo. Yes, sunglasses and a online poker site logo'd shirt is a must. Don't forget the lucky chip protector and asking the dealer what the blinds are every hand...

Andrew Feldman
  (3:05 PM)

Thanks for all the questions today! Looking forward to another WSOP chat tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET! See you all then.