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June 23, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (2:02 PM)

Hey everyone. Welcome to Tuesday's WSOP Chat. Another busy day at the Rio today with 2 more final tables. Send in the questions and I'll start in a minute.

Mike (San Angelo)

Does Andy Beal play in the WSOP or does he not care about the prestige of winning a bracelet?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:05 PM)

Andy Beal isn't at the WSOP this year. We haven't heard much from him in a about two years now, but I do know he invited a bunch of pros to Texas for a home game.

Phil Ivey (LV NV)

Am I universally regarded as the best poker player on the planet right now?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:06 PM)

You have the Player of the Year lead again, along with your two bracelets and a larger bankroll than anyone else it seems. Yes, I think you're #1 at the moment.

Matt Graham (Braceletville)

Rank my comeback in terms of great WSOP accomplishments.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:07 PM)

You were down 8:1 last year...did you intentionally not have any chips? I think it was an amazing comeback and his patience really countered Lunkin's attempts to finish him off.

Matt Fox (NYC)

Are you concerned that all of these poker "pros" may/will become broke and live a life of a degenerate gambler - ie. no wife, family, etc?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:10 PM)

Many of these players have been broke before and probably will be again. I think the new breed of poker pros is a little bit smarter as many names you'd recognized if I shared them have made investments away from poker. As for the life of a degenerate gambler, see it as you want, they play poker for a living making ridiculous prop bets at any moment. If they can't handle a bankroll, that's a major problem they need to address.

Marc (Charlotte)

Who's the guest today?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:10 PM)

Chops from Wicked Chops Poker. Here he is...

Shed (UK)

Scotty is on the way to his $4m - What do you make the odds of him getting the other GBP;3,966,332 - Sorry, can't post live due to time difference here in the UK

  (2:14 PM)

Scotty is always capable of making a deep run in the $50k H.O.R.S.E. or Main Event, but realistically the odds are pretty slim to none. However, the odds of him actually quitting poker if he doesn't make $4M are around 0%.

bob (chi city)

what?? poker?? this isnt a sport, so wtf is it on espn...this is a shame

  (2:16 PM)

Really? People still submit these questions?

Brian G. (Tempe, AZ)

Where is Paul Wasicka? Is he even playing in the WSOP this year? I always thought that depsite coming second to Jamie Gold he would become a multiple bracelet winner. I have following all the events and haven't seen his name anywhere.

  (2:17 PM)

That's actually a good question. I haven't seen Wasicka around at all. Or anybody even ask about him. Feldman, you hear anything?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:18 PM)

Actually, Paul has been playing and I think he has a cash in this WSOP. I saw him at the dream team event at Caesars in March and he's been busy playing online and promoting this new clothing line.

John (LA)

Did Russ Hamilton ever surface at the WSOP?

  (2:20 PM)

No. Russ won't be surfacing at the WSOP probably ever again. If you haven't seen it yet, go to and search for our encounter with Russ. Might be the only time you'll see him...

Rey (Philly)

What's your odds on Ivey getting 3 Bracelets this year?Do you have the hottest railbird of the year up on your site?

  (2:22 PM)

1) Ivey is playing better than anyone right now, he just missed out on another final table yesterday, and with the $50K HORSE coming up, he's got a shot. Still, winning a bracelet isn't easy, so I'd only put the realistic odds at maybe 10:1.

  (2:23 PM)

2) We definitely have the hottest Girls on the Rail at the WSOP on Wicked Chops Poker. AG blew up this year, and there have been a few others that have impressed. The Main Event really brings them out. Look for our Girls on the Rail Hall of Fame ballot before the WSOP can vote for your favorite.

Drew (Buffalo)

Chops, gotta ask, sunglasses at the table? You for them or against them?

  (2:26 PM)

Doesn't really matter to me either way. Don't think it gives an edge. I wear them occasionally, sometimes don't.

Frank (Brooklyn)

How's Dwan been doing in cash games? Do you think it will hurt his rep if doesn't do anything at all in the WSOP?

  (2:28 PM)

Haven't heard much about Durrrr and cash games during the WSOP. But his rep is in tact regardless of how he performs in WSOP tourneys. For Durrr, I think it's more about $$$ than bracelets.

Pete (Rochester, NY)

Chops, thoughts on the 3 espn writers occupying the basement in the fantasy pool?

  (2:30 PM)

Completely, totally not surprising. At all. In the least. About as shocking as Jon

Andrew Feldman
  (2:30 PM)

Yea, that's about right. I'm the curse to whoever I take.

Lon (Tracy, CA)

Chops and/or Andrew ---In large field Tourny play, say 1000 people plus. What do you consider the skill/variance ratio to be?

  (2:32 PM)

Well, if you look at the large event field winners this year, not a lot of "name" pros are making it deep. So the variance is obviously way greater. You just have way too many landmines to navigate through with the larger fields. You have to win your coinflips, suck out a few times...lots of luck spread out over a few days.

Dave (PA)

Before the Hold 'em boom, I played a lot of Stud and Draw poker. For someone who has played Hold 'em exclusively for the past 4 years, but who wants to take their game to the next level, what game would you suggest I start trying out?

  (2:35 PM)

I'm a PLO junkie. Lots of action, possibilities, the most fun/strategic game IMO.

Paul Amin (Fairlawn)

When will these guys get real jobs and quit pretending that poker is a career?

  (2:37 PM)

What guys are you referring to? That's kind of broad. Hopefully though most people don't take poker up as a career. It's brutal. It's a grind. Play for fun, try to make some cash, but keep your day job.

Poker Players (Everywhere)

Hey Paul, I feel like you're jealous of the amount of money we can make

JP (Iowa)

Do you think the economy adversely affects the turnout for the $50K HORSE event? Or has the added prestige of winning this event made it more popular?

  (2:39 PM)

I think the $40k NLH event will have more of an adverse impact on the $50K H.O.R.S.E., as well as the fact it's not on ESPN this year. You didn't get many casual players in that $50k event in the past, and the top high-stakes players won't be too impacted by the economy. But the $40k NLH put a hurting on some bankrolls, and not getting TV exposure will keep some of the online sites from picking up some of the buy-in tab for other players.

Keith (Calgary)

I've heard a lot of talk that said if a women won the ME it would be like a second Moneymaker boom. While I don't doubt that a woman winning would be good for the game, I just don't think enough women play for it to affect the overall scene like Moneymaker did. Am I off base here?

  (2:42 PM)

No. Not at all. If a woman won, it'd bring a lot of positive attention and focus to the WSOP. But you won't see a flood of new women players to the game. Although it would be nice. There are more than enough overweight dudes who don't use deodorant.

Wil (Buffalo)

Can the players show 1 card (during or after play) or is the show one show all rule still in effect? Seems like the Poker Coordinaters are in direct competition with the NFL (No Fun League)

  (2:45 PM)

Good question. I'm not 100% sure on that. There have been some unpopular rule changes this year, but don't know if that's one of them. Some of the rule changes have been good though. Like no f-bombs. There has also been about a 90% decrease in idiots screaming after they win a big hand as compared to 2005.

Tim (SF)

I've noticed Durrrr has started to pull away from PA in the durrr challenge after they had stayed rather close for some time. PA mentioned he didn't want to play during the WSOP, but it appears they've had more sessions during this month than last month. Do you think Durrrr is doing this on purpose to get an edge?

  (2:48 PM)

These guys are always angling for an edge, but Patrik has played I think in only 1 WSOP event so far, so the WSOP shouldn't be much of a distraction for him. There is still a ton of poker to be played in the challenge though, and when they eventually finish it around 2015, I'd actually be more surprised to see Durrrr on top instead of Patrik.

Shelton (MO)

Over and over I heard that the 50k horse event numbers may be down due to the 40k, but are the pro's bankrolls that tight that they can't afford another 40k? I thought these guys were millionaires.

  (2:52 PM)

Keep in mind a lot of these guys aren't buying themselves into the events. Many have backers. And many of those backers back multiple people. So if your backer has 10 guys in his stable, and has to shell out an additional $400,000 because of the $40k event, that's a ton of cash for anyone, even millionaires.

LOL (Donkaments)

1. Did Jerome manage to make it through to the shootout final table?2. Seems like a handful of players are completely dominating the WSOP (Ivey, Parker, Lunkin, Wahlbeck, Lisandro).

  (2:55 PM)

Ivey just missed out. Got counterfeited on the river when his 8's lost to A-K. Had that hand held up, he would've been table chip leader. The guy who did win it advanced. But yeah, every year there are a few people that dominate...they got hot at the right time.

Shelton (MO)

Who are some of the biggest backers then? What is the typical agree when backing someone, percentage wise?

  (2:58 PM)

Lots of different backing deals, but in general the backer gets half of your winnings, sometimes buy-ins get repaid as part of that. And backers are everyone from top pros to wealthy business people...if you're a solid pro with a track record of making money, you don't have any problem finding someone to stake you.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:59 PM)

Thanks for taking the time today Chops! and thanks for everyone for joining us today. Check back here tomorrow at 2 p.m. for another chat! Only 1 week until the main event!