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July 6, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (3:55 PM)

Hey everyone. The field today is sold out and players have been turned away from the main event. Not something I wanted to see happen, but it is what it is. Send in your questions now and I'll get started in a bit.

Jeremy (Bangor, Maine)

Hi Andrew, how close will the Main Event entries be to last year's numbers?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:03 PM)

We're probably going to be about 200 players short. Still, a great success in my opinion during these tough economic times.

Jason (Boston)

Do you think there's a better way to handle these 1A, 1B, etc. days at the WSOP so something like this does not happen again?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:04 PM)

Absolutely! There's no reason to even have a situation like this happen. Day 1B had 873 players...that's it! This field will have nearly 3.5 times that field. Harrah's needs to regain control and assign players a starting day to ensure equal fields on each day.

Andrew (Kingston, NY)

So what's your take on players being turned away today? Who do you side with?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:05 PM)

I don't like it. I think the main event should welcome everyone who wants to play and figure out a way to accomodate. That said, players had more than enough time to register. It's not lik ethe main event was announced yesterday. Pros like Brandon Adams, Patrik Antonius and TJ Cloutier were here every day. There's no reason they thought they had to buy in today.

Mikey (Amazon Room)

Has Gavin Smith drank the Rio out of booze?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:07 PM)

No. He hasn't been here in a couple days...but Phil did tell me that he got all the money back that he lost to Gavin early during the BBQ.

Zach (IA)

Why does everyone make a big deal about the earlier starting days having too many "days off". Days off would be better in a mental game. I know you might get in the zone, but poker is not like a sport where a long time delay is bad physically like the NBA playoffs. Why play on day 1D, espcially since it ended up sold out!

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

I think that players dont like to have too much time off. It's a tournament, you want to get it overwith. If you only have a few chips left from Day 1A, you've got to hang around for three more days before you can bust in the first level. I think that wait is the painful one.

kevin (baltimore)

just for arguements sake and for entertainment value, what happens if say helmuth(i know he already played yesterday) and ivey stroll up late today and havent bought in yet. you really think they would have been turned down too or they would have come up with something to get them in?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:09 PM)

I saw a ton of full tilt players trying to pull strings. It isn't working. They got turned away, that's all. Nobody to blame there but themselves.

Mike (CT)

what is sold out?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

Day 1D. I wish they announced a number, but they haven't. Media row estimates are 2700-2800

Andrew (WI)

The reason for the stacked field should be fairly obvious - 4th of July weekend. People want to enjoy the holiday weekend before playing, not playing during it. Start the ME at any other 4-day stretch and it shouldn't be as big a problem.

Derek (Detroit)

From what you have seen and heard in the past week or so, how motivated is Phil Ivey to do well in the Main Event? Is he really focused or since he has won his two braclets this year, is he going to play just to play? Thanks

Andrew Feldman
  (4:12 PM)

He's extremely motivated. This is Ivey's return and with such a great structure today, I'd be surprised if he didn't make it out of Day 1.

Robert (Toronto)

How about this for a simple solution:You can register for any Day 1 you like, until that Day reaches 1800 players. Then you have to go with your second choice, third choice etc, until there is a relatively equal number of players on each day. After that they can fill them evenly, making sure there are 400 spots open for walkups on the day in question.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:13 PM)

See? It's just that easy! Harrah's made a big mistake and that will most likely be the first thing they discuss when they regroup after the WSOP is over.

John (Niceville, FL)

How many people are really worrying about being ultrashort at the end of Day 1A *going into* the main event? That's loser speak.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:14 PM)

It might be loser speak, but I've heard it time and time again. They don't want to wait for days in Vegas, they want to get back at it.

Rick (Carver, MA)

Do any celebrities have any chance of making the cut?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

Jason Alexander has nearly 90,000 chips heading into Day 2AB. I spoke to him on the podcast, got him on our videos and I highly recommend listening/viewing as there is so great content.

Aaron (Vancouver)

Any word on the floor about a day 1e? (Which would combine with 2a, and bump the media event).

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

Not a chance. Especially because they told all players from Day 1AB to come back tomorrow.

Billy (NYC)

Who's still around out of the big name poker players?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:16 PM)

With the new structure, it seemed that the pros had an easier time making it through. The biggest names not around are much easier. Daniel Negreanu, Annie Duke, Doyle Brunson and Chris Moneymaker lost on the prior Day 1s.

Andrea (cleveland, ohio )

Do you think the pros have a better shot to make it to the final table since there is an improved structure this year's main event (i.e., 30,000 chips)?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:16 PM)

I think that it gives them a better position early on to make the right moves. With this super-deep stack strcture, the pros so far have taken advantage.

Bill Clinton (Away from Hillary)

So how the rail birds looking for 1D. Should I take a stroll over to the Rio?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:17 PM)

obviously.

Jas (Edmonton)

Who has been turned away (big names)?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:17 PM)

Brandon Adams, TJ Cloutier, Patrik Antonius and Sully Erna are the biggest ones that I've heard. I'm sure there are more.

JD (KY)

So now that we have a rough estimate for the total field, about how high do you need to finish to make the money and what is the top prize looking like?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:18 PM)

I can't see if it has changed yet this morning, but earlier 648 places were getting paid. Top prize is announced later on today.

Poker Shrink (Las Vegas)

They have balanced Day Ones in the past by opening only 1,000 seats in each and then adding more seats as they filled up. But the WSOP staff has once again bowed to the wishes (bithcin') of the players, so now they have another problem because they (WSOP) have no backbone about setting and keeping to rules.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:19 PM)

TY sir.

John (Niceville, FL)

If Lisandro makes the money in the Main Event, does he clinch the Player of the Year competition? How high would have have to finish to do that?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:19 PM)

It's between Lisandro and Wahlbeck. I don't know if Ville has played yet, but Lisandro has a mountain of chips heaidng into Day 2CD.

Jason (IL)

I was listening to the podcast, THE POKER EDGE and I can't understand what email address you say to email "KENT SENTER" to in regards to the FULL TILT HOODIE. Please let me know, because I would love to get that hoodie!

Andrew Feldman
  (4:21 PM)

Poker@espnradio.com

Sean (East Harttford, CT)

If the starting stack was 30K, what were the blinds to start on the Day 1s?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:38 PM)

Hey everyone, having internet issues. I'll get back up as soon as possible. sorry!

Andrew Feldman
  (4:41 PM)

Ok, I'm back! Sorry, internet is real spotty here.

HCooke (Hawaii)

Hey AJ, How is Eric Mullens, the EPC winner doing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:41 PM)

Eric is currently hovering about even and sitting directly next to Nenad Medic

phil's table (ex tv table)

do you think phil owes us all 10k a piece? If any other player would have said anything, we would have been laughed at

Andrew Feldman
  (4:42 PM)

I think that's a little redic and I honestly don't know what happened. I'll try to follow up on that story ASAP.

Craig (Boston)

Reports are that over 500 players (maybe more) got shut out of the Main Event because the Rio hit capacity. Angry crowds in the hallways.IF this is the case will they do anything? That is a lot of Cash to turn away?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:42 PM)

I just heard of a meeting between Jack Effel, Mike Sexton and Tom McEvoy where they are trying to determine what I do. I think it's too late to go back since players have already left the area....

Bill B ((Sunrise, FL))

In your opinion was dropping the number of levels from 5 to 4 for days 1A

Andrew Feldman
  (4:44 PM)

It was done to make life easier on the players. With initial #s from Harrahs, they figured that 4 levels each of those days would be fine. Fortunately, or unfortuantely for Harrah's, they got a lot more players to register on Day 1C and D. I think it backfired on them and now the Day 2AB will be a level longer than Day 2 CD.

Zach (IA)

There's no edge in waiting so long to sign up bc you could have just PRE-REGISTERED for Day 1D!!! This is the WSOP Main Event folks, let's get serious about it! Stop acting like Junior High kids coming late to a dance.

Steve (PA)

Who are the Day 1D, Main and Secondary tables featuring?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:44 PM)

Erick Lindgren at feature, Peter Eastgate at secondary.

Marty (Raleigh, NC)

Does Harrahs intentionally schedule the Main Event during Fourth of July weekend so that people have to pay holiday room rates at their properties?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:45 PM)

Another great conspiracy theory...I really can't argue with that one...

Justin (Denver)

Were the satellites running all night? What happens to those players that won tournament chips, but couldn't register?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:45 PM)

Those that won the satellites will be given $10K. They were running all the way until the start of the day.

Paul (Sheboygan, WI)

If they are turning away people, how is this a true World Championship? If you are turning away people like Antonius, TJ Cloutier, some of the biggest names in the game I do not think it is the real World Championship event. I am not saying that Either of them would win outright, but they are HUGE names in the industry

Andrew Feldman
  (4:46 PM)

It is the world championship regardless. Anyone should be able to play, but as I said before, I blame the players for not registering in time, not Harrah's. However, I do thing something needs to be done to make things right at harrah's.

Jamey (Columbus, OH)

In addition to the economy, wasn't it supposed to be difficult for people who qualified on-line to get their entry fees due to the Feds seizing some on-line accounts? Heard any problems there?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:47 PM)

I thought that would've been the case initially, but apparently, players had no problem bringing the money to Vegas.

Teller (Dedham)

If you buy in, do they keep a database of names, to make sure you don't buy in again after getting knocked out?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:47 PM)

Yes. You must have a player's card and that data is tracked by the WSOP. No player could buy-in twice without them knowing.

Jamey (Columbus, OH)

Why not do a Day 1E concurrently with Day 2AB? What would be the problem with that at this point? The survivors would just be a part of Day 2CDE

Andrew Feldman
  (4:48 PM)

That is one of the options I've heard being discussed. Probably the most likely one too.

Scottish (M-dub, NY)

With Bonomo having 100k after day 1, it got me thinking. How much would he hate being one of the November 9? On every interview he does, he will have to talk about the ZeeJustin thing. Obviously he cheated and deserved what he got, but you'd still have to feel bad for him.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:49 PM)

Scottish! He wouldn't care, honestly. He's been extremely upfront about his past and I think that he'll handle himself in a great way if he were to make the November 9.

Tiny Tim (Philadelphia)

Who do you think is hotter, Clonie Gowen or Isabella Mercier?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:49 PM)

Depends on the day/outfit.

Vincent (Mesa, Arizona)

I know of one guy (me) who won a ME Event seat online but played in a $1,500 event and pocketed the rest. Would you agree with me that the numbers will never reach the 2006-level unless and until the WSOP allows 3rd party registrations again? One other thing, do you agree with me that 6,000 is a more preferable number than 8,000 for the ME?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:53 PM)

There won't be a chance that we'll reach 2006 numbers without repeal of the UIGEA. I think 6500 in these conditions is amazing. As for the second part, I always like to see more players. It's the WSOP main event, get as many people as possible in here.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:54 PM)

There won't be a chance that we'll reach 2006 numbers without repeal of the UIGEA. I think 6500 in these conditions is amazing. As for the second part, I always like to see more players. It's the WSOP main event, get as many people as possible in here.

Justin (Denver)

If I'm a pro, why wouldn't I want to play with all the amateurs on 1A and 1B? Is having to take an extra day off better than playing with unknowns for two straight days?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:55 PM)

I don't really get it either. Ok, the internet is killing me right now. I'll be back tomorrow for more questions, but in the meantime, check out the blog as I'll be updating it all day. There's also a rumor that an announcement will be made regarding the players. Thanks for all the questions, see you tomorrow!