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July 10, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (4:03 PM)

Hey everybody. Sorry about bailing yesterday, but I'm back and will take all your questions for the next hour.

billy (newark, nj)

Does Jordan Farmar have a shot at making the money? Will he be all over TV ?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:03 PM)

Yes, he will be all over TV, but I'm not sure he has a money run in him. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see it, but being that it's his second live tournament, it's going to be an uphill battle all day.

Frank (E-Ville)

How did u do yesterday?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:06 PM)

Hahah. I'll say listen to the Poker Edge podcast for that. I played into the third level and had A-A<4-5 after an A-3-10 flop. Miserable/hate

Horns Fan (Austin)

So how'd the ESPN Poker Dream Team fare yesterday?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:07 PM)

I think we actually finished in third or fourth place. Gary and Bernard both made it down to the top 24, but unfortunately couldn't win hands when we needed it. Congrats to Team Lacey on their victory.

Dave (PA)

How many resources does ESPN dedicate to the mobile version of the Poker webpage - I can't seem to locate this chat, current blogs, etc., when I am mobile...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

LOL. Umm, that's me too. I'll get to updating that site shortly.

seth (staten island)

did not see any status on the story of kent Senter everyone was talkng about his day 1 but i have not seen anything on if he made it through day2 it would be a tremendous feat if he did. Does anyone know what happened?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

He did make it through Day 2 and as I just posted in the blog (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=poker), Elky knocked him out in the first or second hand.

Pete (Rochester, NY)

Wish I wasn't here to send this question, but alas! The atmosphere during the main event this year seemed quite subdued-is this an effect of the rules that Harrahs has imposed over the past few years or something else?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

I'll say it's a little subdued, but with the field getting smaller and every hand getting more important, there have been some outbursts and cheering. I think it'll pick up. The rail is packed today, so players are starting to bring their support teams out for a deep run.

Mike (Honolulu)

Who's at the feature table today?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

Joe Hachem and Jeffrey Lisandro.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:13 PM)

Chops has arrived too. He likes doing chats and is sitting right next to me.

Ron (Tampa, FL)

Of the big names left in the field other then Ivey, who do you think can make the run to the final table? And if one of them makes it will it help the main event for next year?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

Some guy named Hellmuth, Lisandro, Hachem, Raymer, Elky, JC Tran, etc. There are plenty of names left and we're hopig that we'll keep that many heading into the final three days. If one of them makes the final table, I think the poker world will get a lot of attention as we head to N9.

Shane (Cleveland, OH)

Did you get to watch Daniel Negreanu at the feature table of Day 1? He said he was sick and spewed chips. You're thoughts on his performance?

Mike (Honolulu)

Is there anywhere on the ESPN site I can find a list of whose left in the tourney and their chip counts. If not where can I get this info at?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:19 PM)

I'll start giving chip counts when the field gets smaller, but I'd head to worldseriesofpoker.com for all that info.

Evan (Denver)

Was Pollack serious about having a Poker Hall of Fame? That would be sweet!

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

There already is a poker hall of fame at Binions, but nothing like the hall of fame of another sport. I bet they'll build something here at the Rio soon.

Frank (Miami)

Can you give a quick answer on how the tables breakdown and the players are moved to new seats, never playing a live tournament before I have always wondered the procedure. Do the organizers have the ability to place two big names at a table by choice?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:26 PM)

Sure. The breaking order is posted at the start of the day. As players are eliminated at other tables, the players at the table to be broken are given new seat cards randomly. Tournament directors have the dealers deal out 1 card to each player and the high card will get the first seat card. They do not have the ability to place players at one table intentionally.

Joe (Green Bay) [via mobile]

Just an FYI, the WSOP site is real spotty with chip counts. I know a guy that started the day with 233k and he's not even on their list. If he had 23k I'd get it but 233,000 is pretty significant.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:27 PM)

By the way, I just realized Dan Harrington is sitting right in front of me. No neck brace today.

BJ (NYC)

If players survive today are they in the money...or one more day?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:27 PM)

Money will be burst tomorrow at some point. The staff said that we're playing five levels today, but I still think we'll be far away from the money at that point.

Andy (Arlington, Texas)

With the WSOP drawing to a close what do you think the WSOPE number of entrants will look like this year

Andrew Feldman
  (4:28 PM)

I think a lot of Europeans made their way over here this year which would make me think that WSOPE will probably break records in attendance. There isn't the same amount of hype or excitement around WSOPE, but still, it's for a bracelet.

Teller (Dedham)

What's your guess for the big stack at the end of play today. As a completely wild guess I'll say $1.2 Million

Andrew Feldman
  (4:29 PM)

Chops agrees with you at $1.2 million.

anna (san antonio, tx)

Who would be the biggest name for the November Nine out of the remaining players? Jason Alexander?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:30 PM)

Hellmuth. Ivey. A celeb would be great too. OR...one of the previous November nine...like a Phillips or my boy, Darus Suharto. Ok, maybe not Darus so much.

Chops
  (4:31 PM)

1) Hellmuth. 2) Any female, a woman. Kara Scott, Dee Dozier or Paola Martin would be very nice.

Neal (Philly)

Who do you expect to walk away with the bigger stack from the featured table, Lisandro or Hachem?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

I think they both chip up today, but Hachem.

Chops
  (4:32 PM)

I actually agree with Andrew. Wow.

Pete (Flint MI)

You've been watching this tournament now for a total of 6 days, whats the worst beat you've seen? Also, have you noticed any players getting verbally abusive/violent after being eliminated? Has anyone had to be restrained?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:32 PM)

Quad jacks lost to a straight flush...but I don't remember when it happened. All the days blend in.

James (Honolulu)

Are media members aloud to sweat players for indefinite periods of time? Or are you rushed away after a few minutes ?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:33 PM)

There is a "no sweating" policy. We can go watch, but standing over the player's shoulder and waiting isn't what the WSOP wants us to do. Chops is surprised.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:34 PM)

Billy Gazes is gone...but his coffee is still there.

Jeremy (Rochester)

But the player with quad jacks got $100 in jerky! That's a win if you ask me.

Wes (North CA)

So I played in 1A on Friday and was cruising along with only 1 hour and 20 minutes to go until Gus Hansen sat down at my table. UNfortunately that didn't go over so well. Granted it left a bad taste in my mouth but it was a cool experience. I am trying to not keep track right now, but how is ole Gus doing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:35 PM)

I was wondering how you did. Gus is out. I think minutes into Day 2.

Brad S (Oakland, CA)

Do you think truly "dead money" and pure luck can win the ME, or do you need at least some talent and experience?

Chops
  (4:35 PM)

See 2002, 2007.

Bart (Anchorage)

Is everyone at the WSOP tired of Hellmuth's "grand" entries? Does anyone there think they are cool or original, or is it just a tired old dog-and-pony show?

Chops
  (4:36 PM)

No. I love them. I think they're great for poker and made ESPN's Top 10 plays of the day. We need more things to break into mainstream for the sport to grow. If you had actually been there, 90% of the people ahd a big smile on their face.

Brad (Seattle)

Did Phil Ivey pry himself away from the 4K/8K game at Bobby's Room to make it back for Day 3?

Chops
  (4:39 PM)

Yes, he's here. I wonder how much he made on the day off though...any estimates?

J (WY)

.0005% of what he makes from Full Tilt?

Shelton (MO)

Include 2006 on that list as well.

Brad (Seattle)

Regarding 2007, wasn't that win really a result of having Jesus back a guy? :)

Andrew Feldman
  (4:40 PM)

Liz Lieu just doubled up. and Dennis Phillips is at her table.

Shane (Cleveland, OH)

You posted my questions, but no answer.Did you get to watch Daniel Negreanu at the feature table of Day 1? He said he was sick and spewed chips. You're thoughts on his performance?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:42 PM)

Sorry Shane. Yes, I got to see a little bit of Daniel and he was active. He was sick and it had a strong effect on his game. He wanted to either get chips or go home...and he chose to go home.

Stan (Green Bay)

Do you think that my company blocking me from the wicked chops site is reason enough to look for a new job? How could I explain this to my wife?

Chops
  (4:43 PM)

In this economy, I'd definitely recommend keeping your job. However, did you see Brad Garrett's girlfriends assets? NSFW...which is why we're having this discussion.

Joe (Green Bay) [via mobile]

Chops, I'd call 2006 a fluke before 2002. What has 06 done since other than get sued a few times and spew chips on High Stakes Poker?

Chops
  (4:44 PM)

Hi Joe on your mobile phone. I'm not going to say Jamie Gold has killed it like some of his 2006 ME table-mates, but his performance that year was no fluke. He was chip leader for 5 straight days. You don't luckbox your way into that. Jamie's problem more likely is that he's never adapted his game since.

Buddy (Durham, NC)

What is standard swapping? If I have 10% of you and you win 9 million.....do you hand me 900k or do you figure out taxes first and hand me my cut? Or does the WSOP cut the percentages to the two people. Always wondered this.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:46 PM)

The WSOP does not like this to happen, so when it does, they don't accommodate for it. The players figure out the taxes and then figure out swap. So no, 10% isn't 10%. It's about 7%.

James (Los Angeles)

Is Nate Silver still in?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:47 PM)

Nope. He was eliminated on Day 2. Good blogs though.

Shelton (MO)

Is Dragon-something around, the guy who liked 10 4 from last yr? I loved when he told Hellmuth he was an idiot.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:48 PM)

Yes. Christian Dragomir made it to Day 3, but I have no idea what he's at right now.

J (WY)

So how is Art Vandaly doing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:49 PM)

Awesome. His import/export industry is thriving. Although, today, more exporting than importing.

Chops
  (4:50 PM)

I hear his dermatology business is thriving with his revolutionary meat-slicing technique. But where...does the meat go?

Andrew (Springfield)

How's your buddy Phil Gordon doing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:50 PM)

He gone. Day 1. K-K<A-Q.

Andrew Feldman (Worcester, MA)

so, how does it feel to be the 3rd best poker player named Andrew Feldman?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:51 PM)

I'm sure there are lot more to put me at like 25th on the list. Feels great though.

John (NYC)

Any truth to the rumor that Joan Rivers won a "last longer" ME bet with Annie Duke?

Chops
  (4:51 PM)

No.

Ron (Tampa, FL)

How has the play changed this year with the larger starting stacks compared to years past? I would think it slowed the preflop action down and there is alot more post flop play. Better for the pros!

Chops
  (4:53 PM)

Is your name really Ron? What year were you born? That's almost as awesome as being named Randy.Slowed things down day one but the blind structure is different too so things will pick up/even out. Being deep-stacked in general helps the pros. Just ask Phil Ivey.

Awayne (Indy)

What hurts worse calling a bad bluff then getting out drawn or someone calling your KK with a K-9 and they hit two 9s on the flop.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:55 PM)

K-K<K-9.Ew.

Danny Noonan (Mowing the Judge's Lawn)

How does it work when a player gets moved to balance tables? I recall last year when there were three tables left and Matusow's table had an opening Hellmuth was moved. Couldn't the tournament director influence when they decide to bring a player to the table and oh look - Hellmuth is over there so let's bring him over to make good tv...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:56 PM)

I answered this a little earlier, but no, the tournament directors do not have any control of what players get moved to what tables. It's completely random.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:57 PM)

Jason Alexander just doubled up. He's over 200K.

Bling (Blang Blaow)

Any good stories regarding penalties, like outrageous celebrations or anyone going off on anybody? Any good slowrolls or anything like that?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:58 PM)

Very few penalties, if any have been applied. I've heard of a one-hand penalty, which I find absolutely ridiculous, but there hasn't been anything too crazy given by the tournament staff.

Andy (LA)

Is it true that Jordan Farmar learned to play poker from Jerry Buss?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:59 PM)

Not that I've heard of, check out Gary's story: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/poker/columns/story?columnist=wise_gary

srangler (hazard)

How many levels are we going to see today?

Andrew Feldman
  (5:00 PM)

Five

Brad S (Oakland, CA)

We need our November 9 update!

Andrew Feldman
  (5:04 PM)

Dennis Phillips is right in front of me with a lot of chips, probably $200K, I think at this point we ruled out the fact that Craig Marquis is still alive, Suharto and Kim are also still in, but I'm unaware of their chip counts right now.

Andrew Feldman
  (5:08 PM)

Sorry for the delay here. Again, my internet has been brutal. I'll be blogging all day and check back for another chat on Monday at 4 when we only a couple hundred players left.