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June 19, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (2:01 PM)

Hey everyone. Welcome to the final WSOP chat of the week. I'm not sure why Bernard's picture was up there, but he's most definitely not here. Joe Sebok may be stopping by in a bit, but not sure of that. Send in the questions now and we'll get going in a minute.

Craig Johnson (Cincinnati)

Hollywood Casino opens a $35 million dollar renovation to its Lawrenceburg, Indiana casino (was Argosy) in 2 weeks. The centerpiece is a 42 table WSOP high stakes Poker Room they say will host a big tourney. How big? Or is this just like one stop of 50?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:04 PM)

Actually Craig, this is a $10,000 World Poker Tour stop. It should be a pretty big tournament with all the big names as it will be televised for next season.

Kareem (Kansas City)

I hate it when people say that poker does not belong on ESPN. What are your thoughts on this?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:05 PM)

The best part about that statement is that people go to the poker stories to comment that poker should not be part of ESPN. Obviously I feel that poker should belong on ESPN as the network shows competitions of all different games/sports. There's no reason it shouldn't be on our air.

Chance (San Dogg)

Does an Old Champion Win this year's WSOP?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:05 PM)

No. However, that would be one amazing story.

Jon (Homewood)

is Scotty even close to 1 mil let alone his 4 milion or quit goal?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:06 PM)

He has $0 in earnings this summer. He's going to have to win the $50K horse AND final table the main event if he's going to have a shot.

Big Tone Campo (Muscleville, NY)

ANDREW WASSUP! Do you ever find time to get a workout in during a tournament? I eat a lot of protein, and find the food available at the WSOP is insufficient. They have gross pizzas, fried food, rader food, etc. I think there should be an option to grab some healthy snacks next year. Is it that hard to have a protein shake stand or anything of that nature? I'm sick of seeing all the fat, overweight poker players. Looks bad for the game. Thanks for listening.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:07 PM)

I think the only time to work out is before the tournament begins on each day. Poker tournaments go late into the night (figure 2 a.m) after starting around noon. You're going to have to get up for a morning workout if it's going to happen. There's no chance during the day unless you're skipping dinner.

Bob Dobbs (Cleveland Hts)

I'm more a fan of Limit than of No Limit Hold'em and was wondering if the ESPN suits had considered televising some. With more willingness to chase hands to showdown, there are a lot of bad beats on the river that would make must-see teevee.Also, whoever had the bright idea to restrict to certain ISP's can fall in front of a bus, as far as I'm concerned. I'd like to watch some of this web coverage, but I can't because my little indie ISP isn't a big enough player for ESPN. B@st@rds!

Andrew Feldman
  (2:08 PM)

Bob, as a company we've noticed that viewers in general like no-limit hold 'em and that's a key reason why there hasn't been more limit events on the air. As far as ESPN360, it's up to your cable provider to want to offer it. Not on our side! We'd love to show you the coverage...

Matthew Harvey "I roll 7's better then anyone" Radus (Craps tabl

Hi Andrew and Bernard! Great to have this chat making my friday go quicker. Bernard, what events have you played so far and what is your remaining schedule? I'm looking for you to make a run in this years ME!

Andrew Feldman
  (2:10 PM)

I'll answer this for Bernard who is pretty bitter at the moment. He's had a real bad streak so far this WSOP in live poker, but has done well online to make up for it. He's taken some absolutely sick beat, but is definitely looking forward to the main event.

Rob (Delaware)

Have turnouts met expectations so far this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:12 PM)

I would say so. Heading into the WSOP I figured the economy would shrink the field sizes, but generally, they've been pretty strong. We didn't break over 3000 in any $1,500 event this year, but the stimulus special tournament essentially grabbed all those players when 6,008 showed up for that one. If I were the WSOP, I'd be very happy up to this point.

Jon (Naperville)

What Celebrities do you think have the best shot at making a deep run at this years ME? Do you think there is a celebrity that has a real shot at winning it?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:13 PM)

I really doubt that any celebrity has a chance to win this year, but it would be great to see one at the final table. If I had to pick one celeb to make it deep, I'd go with Ray Romano. He did make Day 3 last year.

Richard (Louisville, KY)

Are split-winner games REALLY that much tougher?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:16 PM)

Split games are tougher because accumulating chips is more difficult. You have to play hands that you know can scoop both the high and the low -- and make sure that when you have a high or low, you aren't getting quartered and lose chips.

Chad (Chicago)

With 10 levels per day, and 30K in starting chips, what is your guess as to when (what level) the money bubble bursts in the Main Event? Could it be on Day 4?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:17 PM)

I think absolutely Day 4. Last year it burst around 10 p.m. on Day 3. With all the added chips, I'm thinking around 4 p.m. on Day 4 -- not sure what level that is off the top of my head. It is going to be a long main event...much longer than Harrah's is planning for imo.

Lucifer (Hades)

How in the name of my home did Norman Chad make Day 2 of the $10K Stud Split? Tell him if he cashes, I will have to buy a coat. Brrrrrr.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:19 PM)

Norman Chad has a lot of experience in stud that's really not surprising. I guess we're paying him well enough that he could afford the $10K buy-in. If he wins the bracelet, I think the world might just end...he'd probably agree. Best of luck Norman!

Bree (Robins)

Hey Andrew - Are deals allowed to be made at the final tables in the WSOP? I know they take place in other tournaments. If you know of any I'd be curious to hear abour them. thx

Andrew Feldman
  (2:19 PM)

No. Deals cannot be made at WSOP final tables...that said, I'm sure deals are made at the WSOP final tables. Nothing would ever be made public if a deal were to be done.

Mo (NYC)

I'm heading out to Vegas and was planning on playing in a $1500 NLHE event, but I've heard people say these are 'donkaments' and the structure doesn't give you much play. Is this true? Am I better off not playing? Are these all-in fests? Thanks alot.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:20 PM)

I would definitely play. Just be prepared for a quick structure and a need to make a move in the early couple levels. In almost all of the $1,500 and $2,000 events I'd say 85% of the field is eliminated on the first day. Good luck!

Matthew "I throw 7's better than Anyone in the world" Radus (Cra

Andrew - Can you provide us with an update on the $30 Million frozen last week from the online accounts? I am wondering what the online companies are doing to assure the players that they will receive all their money and its safe to keep playing. Thanks!

Andrew Feldman
  (2:22 PM)

I don't have an update, but I know that the companies are taking care of any players that were affected by re-issuing checks/deposits, etc. I wouldn't worry about that at this point. Continue checking the PPA website at and they'll give you an update about what's going on.

Steve (PA)

Does the Poker HOF have an actual building you can visit like the Baseball or Football HOF?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:22 PM)

There's the wall of fame that is located at Binions, inside the poker room. You can go and check that out, but it's not a real building. I'm guessing Harrah's fixes that soon though...seems like a Jeffrey Pollack-like type idea.

I like Chicken and Cheese and Sword and Pipe (Land of, Tiernynog

Andrew - Whats your strategy early on in the Low buy in NL events? I see all these people amass huge stacks early and am wondering how they do it?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:25 PM)

My advice in this type of tournament is different than my advice in the main event. In the $1,500s you need to come out of the gate firing. If you sit there and wait, your patience will put you in a major hole. There simply aren't enough chips to sit back and wait in this type of tournament. Be aggressive and get chips...or go home early. GL.

Nate (Mesa, AZ)

Andrew, who do you take to win the Main Event this year: Pros or Joes?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:25 PM)

A "pro" that we've never heard of. He plays poker professionally, but not a household name -- another Eastgate.

Heatb00t I like to t00t Ward (Tofuville, Phuket)

Andrew - Do you think they will add a below $3k HU event next year to give the amatures a shot at going 1 on 1 with the pros? I think that would be the coolest event that the WSOP should add. Thanks for listening!

Andrew Feldman
  (2:27 PM)

I would love to see a lower buy-in heads-up event, but think of the number of dealers and days required for an event of this type. With a lower buy-in we're probably looking at 1028 players and the organization of the event would have to be precise to really make it work. I think they should do it.

Stuey the Kid (Lower East Side)

Am I the greatest of all-time?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:27 PM)

Still are...but your habits weren't.

Don (Las Vegas)

Do you know how many players the Rio has been getting for their nightly $300 satellite? How many players should we expect in the next couple weeks w/the main event getting closer?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:28 PM)

Around 200 currently, so I'd look for 300-500 as the main event gets closer.

Keith Mather (Calgary)

What's the toughest tournament through the year? The new 40k? 50K horse? 2-7 Championship? Perhaps the 25K WPT? EuroWSOP? What is your thoughts?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:30 PM)

$50 HORSE. Being proficient enough in five games to the point where you beat out the best in the world is an accomplishment that nobody can ever say you lucked out on. The $40,000 tests out the NL hold 'em experts, but there's more to poker than hold 'em.

I Play Gaimes (Harveytown, Raduskyville)

Bernard/Andrew - Whos got a better chance of winning a 3rd bracelet? Brock or Ivey? I know the obvious answer is Ivey but maybe Brock pulls a surprise to the whole poker world?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:31 PM)

Ivey is thirsty for a third. With only 23 bracelets left to be awarded it will be extremely difficult for either of them to pull this off.

richard (louisville)

Is part of the problem with the main event that the money doesn't matter to people like it used to...I mean with inflation this beast should be 50k min, can we EVER end this joke of a 10k buy in? Is this in the cards (pun intended)?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:34 PM)

See, I answered a question Richard! I don't think that this is the case at all. The $10,000 buy-in is still quite a lot of money...not sure what you're pulling in these days, but to most of us, that's some nice cash. I think that they're going to continue to have the $40K and that will be viewed as the best NL hold 'em tournament of the year...but the 10K will always be the main event.

Joe Maddon (NY)

How excited were the poker players to have Lord Stanley's Cup stop by the Rio the other day? (ps, GO RAYS!)

Andrew Feldman
  (2:36 PM)

Mr. Maddon and his rays are going down this weekend...if K-rod can save a game and Luis Castillo (errorville) can catch a ball.I think the players were genuinely excited to have the cup at the Rio. There was an invite-only tournament with a lot of the NHL's stars and that will be broadcast on ESPN in November or December.

Marty (Raleigh, NC)

Andrew - How about dedicating a chat to the prop bets that are happening at this year's WSOP? Maybe have somebody with some good inside knowledge on here (even if it is just Gary Wise)

Andrew Feldman
  (2:38 PM)

The thing about prop bets is that many players don't like to talk about them for one reason or another. Matusow said he's done with bets since he's been a sucker the last few years. Ivey admitted he has bracelet bets, but won't get into any detail. Then there's the good one at PokerRoad where Joe Stapleton is apparently getting a lot of tanning sessions in a few days to make him look as dark as possible...

Cosmo (Farmington, CT)

I've seen this before, may have asked you this before, but you get AA dealt on the first hand of the ME. Guy goes all in. Feldman, please tell me you're making that call or we can't be friends anymore.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:39 PM)

The very first hand with aces. They're at least 80% to win, how can you possibly fold here? Hello, chip leader! ... or bust with a terrible bad beat story.

Mike (New York)

Any news on Paul Darden?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:41 PM)

Darden has 3 cashes so far this year, but nothing really substantial. He's gone deep and not cashed in other events as well...

Steve (PA)

Has Peter Eastgate been a good poker "ambassador"? His name hasn't popped up as playing in alot of events this year. He hasn't cashed. And he blew off that photo op during the Champions Invitational.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:44 PM)

I don't think he was what the poker world was looking for, but he did play in numerous tournaments around the world along with HSP. I'm still hoping that we'll get another Raymer/Hachem/Moneymaker in 09. It would be nice to have a recognizable champion once again in the general public.

Kevin (Stamford, CT)

Whats the best online poker site to play at in your opinion?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:44 PM)

ESPN Poker Club...thanks for the setup.

Jim (Albany, NY)

Better Poker book The Professor, The Banker and the Suicide King or Bringing Down The House?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:47 PM)

Bringing down the house isn't a poker book, but I thought it was very entertaining. Reading about Beal was great too and I always wonder if he'll take another trip to Vegas.

Jon (Naperville)

With another deep run by shannon shorr do you think that he is making his point about the national headsup championship?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:48 PM)

Shorr has made his point, but I still think he needs a televised final table. I think the committee will need to see him be entertaining in front of a huge audience to put him on their list. He's getting there though...

Dan (Tampa)

Andrew - your coverage of the WSOP is awesome. Thanks. Who do you think is the most underrated and overrated poker players out there right now that most fans have heard of?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:51 PM)

I still feel that Scott Clements doesn't get enough recognition. If there's an Omaha tournament, he's usually in the money. Overrated? hmm...give me a second....

Andrew Feldman
  (2:52 PM)

I really don't know. I'll keep thinking about who fits best here.

Shannon's Fan Club (Alabama)

As much as we support him, Shannon's been doing great but plenty of other's have been playing just as well and actually won bracelets. He'll get there when he earns it!

Andrew Feldman
  (2:53 PM)

And that's a good point. I'm not saying he's never going to make it, but I do think he needs to add more to what he offers to a TV producer.

John (Rye, NY)

Im not 21 but still wanna play in the world series, is it possible to sneak my way in or will security give me a quick boot?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:53 PM)

No chance, but would be a great story if you make it.

Hockey Fans (Canada)

Are they (ESPN or someone else) airing the NHL Charity tournament that was filmed yesterday?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:55 PM)

Yes. November or December. Check the poker page for more info as the months get closer.

Nick (Boston)

Has The Shiek been playing this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:56 PM)

Not that I know of...

Bill (Tampa, FL)

Who would you say are the best and worst twitterers (is that a word???) at the WSOP? My picks: Worst = Allen "The Chainsaw" Kessler - Holy Bad Beat BatmanBest = Lacey Jones - She loves to included pictures

Andrew Feldman
  (2:57 PM)

Yes. Lacey's feed is nice. Negreanu is a great twitterer...he likes to keep everyone up to speed. The worst? Probably that ESPN_Poker about weak.

Matt (Philly)

Question regarding electronic chips. Sensors that track chip counts, bets, etc... This would allow stat geeks (me) to track detailed stats on players and make things interesting. Admittedly difficult, but something discussed?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:58 PM)

Discussed every year, but with the amounts of chips in play at the WSOP, it just isn't feasible yet. I'd say over under 2.5 more years.

Evan Longoria (NY)

I saw the Shiek playing in the 10k 2-7NL tournament

Andrew Feldman
  (2:59 PM)

Glad to hear that Longoria is watching out for other poker players. Atta boy. Strike out tonight...thx.

Every Red-Blooded Male (in the US)

Bill nailed it on the head with Lacey's picture tweets.

Jon (Naperville)

You made my friday afternoon enjoyable thanks, but over under on weds for a guest?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:00 PM)

Under! I'm getting someone!

Patrick (Lincoln Park,MI)

What is with the no shows this week. Andrew is this your way of trying to become POPULAR? We love ya man but seriously, let someone else type for a change

Andrew Feldman
  (3:00 PM)

Hahaha. I'd love for someone to take over for an afternoon.

Sarge (Lees Summit, MO)

What is the reputation of Sorel Mizzi among the media and the pros. He had a monster year online a couple of years ago, and is having a pretty nice WSOP thus far, leading the final day of 5K Pot Limit Omaha. Think he can take home the bracelet tonight?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:01 PM)

I think it was two years ago when Sorel's name was everywhere. He was the next big thing and while it hadn't happened yet, he's still been very consistent and had good results at the WSOP. I think he's in good shape for tonight, but has a tough final table to deal with.

Andrew's Mom (His Hometown)

Be nice, he's doing his best.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:02 PM)

Thanks Mom...and LOL

Andrew Feldman
  (3:02 PM)

Ok, I'm done! Have a great weekend everyone and I'll be back Monday (hopefully with a guest) for another WSOP chat.