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May 28, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (3:55 PM)

What's up everyone? Welcome to the start of the daily poker chat here on ESPN.com. I'll be taking all your questions on just about everything each weekday at 4 p.m. ET. Send in the questions now, we'll get started in a bit.

Mike (Las Vegas)

Estimate on entrants in the $50K event today?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:03 PM)

It's tough to really estimate just how much TV will have an impact on the numbers for this event. Obviously we know it's going to be an increase from last year's 95 players. In the predictions column, I said 183, but I think that might be a little optimistic. 154 is my new guess.

Dave (Austin, TX)

I heard this is being called the "year of hold'em" at the world series. Isn't it about time they diversified? Hold'em tournaments are not very interesting to watch on TV anymore. Been there. Done that. How about something new keep everyone interested?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:05 PM)

22 out of the 57 events this year are non-hold 'em events, which without looking it up, I'd say it's similar to what we saw last year. Hold 'em has been something that ESPN poker fans have told us they want to see, so that's the game that's on the air.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:06 PM)

That said, I'd love to see this eight-game mix in its purest form.

Vinny B. (Tempe, AZ)

Look, I don't mean to be callous, but enough already with Annette Olbrestad. I know she won WSOP Europe in 2007, but Jerry Yang won in 2007 too. For both her sake (less pressure) and mine (tuning out of what you say and write), give her a rest.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

I hate to say this, but we're far from over with the Annette Obrestad hype. In fact, there's a column coming out about her next week too (sorry). If Annette truly succeeds, we could see a spark in the industry once again. I think that if she lives up to the hype, which btw, she's been doing great in Europe and online, it could be a truly great thing. If or when she has a rough time this summer, don't worry, you can call me out on it and we'll have one more feature on "What happened to Annette_15".

Mike (NY)

You playing any events this year Andrew? Have Phil put you in a few :)

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

Fail.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

My goal is to play a HORSE event in 2011. Really looking forward to that. For now, I'll be on the sidelines.

oddkev (Iowa)

Who will win more bracelets, Daniel N or Phil I

Andrew Feldman
  (4:09 PM)

Both have crazy bracelet bets this year, but I'm going Ivey.

zach wallace (illinois)

hey andrew what is the best strategy for a 50k tournament like this and how many players wont play because they dont want to take the chance of being stuck 50k to start off the series

Andrew Feldman
  (4:12 PM)

Great question Zach. Honestly, if you don't have a strategy on how to play the 50K then you probably shouldn't be in it. You better be an expert in almost all the eight games and if you aren't an expert, you better believe you're better than average. To win this tournament you can't have a weak game.It's pretty intense to think that after the first or second day of the WSOP you're stuck a significant amount. Last year, the mindset of some players was shot after the $40K hold 'em. Most of the field will probably have swapped or sold pieces so they won't be in for the full investment, but no matter what they sell, it's a lot of money to pony up on the very first day.

Marc (Big D)

Coming out to Vegas this weekend. I won't be playing but would love a primer on how to best experience the WSOP as a fan.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

First of all, it's free. When you get to the Rio, walk to the convention center and into the Pavillion (where the majority of tables are placed). You'll be able to find a seat at the ESPN feature table for certain events or if you just want to walk around, you can do that as well. There are four tables that offer fans a look at the action, so find your favorite player and get comfortable. Almost all players are personable and will be willing to sign autographs and talk to you, but don't bother them at the table...

Caldwell (Houston)

Who would you think is a favorite to win two bracelets in Vegas this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:17 PM)

I don't think anyone is a favorite to take down two bracelets. I'm going to go the easy route and say Ivey just because of what it would mean to him financially.

md [via mobile]

why do u find poker so fun and interstin to play

Andrew Feldman
  (4:20 PM)

To me the game is a great game with a strong mental challenge. There's nothing better than outplaying your opponent and him walking into your trap. I'm sure everyone else has their own reasoning...

George (Tampa)

Any news about ESPN3 streaming final tables?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:20 PM)

Nothing to share as of now. Sorry George.

James (St. Louis, MO)

Are the players preparing for a not so favorable UIGEA ruling? Are any players worried that this will effect the WSOP negatively?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

I think everyone is worried that the UIGEA will affect the WSOP negatively. It's going to be very interesting to see the poker industry post-June 1 when the bill goes into effect. I've heard rumors of players taking money offline, but I think we should be optimistic that things will change by the end of the year.

Larry Williams (Atmore, AL)

Has the WSOP taken a turn towards "superstars" and lost the "gentlemen" aspect of the game? All you see now are PokerStars, Ultimate Poker, Full Tilt etc... on all of the jackets and hats. Reminds me of the self destructive NASCAR! Mike "the mouth" and the "poker brat" seem to take center stage with the "stand up and call people names childish B.S." instead of the actual game itself.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

Loaded question. The biggest poker sites continue to get bigger and therefore you're going to see a lot of branding on a lot of players. Hellmuth and Matusow are good poker-tainers, but you're right, there are definitely times that they go over the edge and make the game not so enjoyable. We'll see if the new Phil Hellmuth shows his face at the WSOP or if the Poker Brat will return again.

Dave (Redondo Beach)

Any chance the Inside Deal will be made available as a podcast?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:25 PM)

Working on it Dave. I'm hoping by the end of the summer.

Johnny K. (Los Lunas, NM)

Andrew, good podcast with Lon and Norman. If the rumors of the Full Tilt guys getting frog-marched out the Rio actually come true, what kind of impact do you think it will have in the WSOP in the future? Thanks.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:27 PM)

I honestly don't believe that this is going to happen, but that's just my opinion. If it does happen, the WSOP will have to figure out a new marketing plan asap...

Adam (Connecticut)

Andrew, general knowledge question here. What does it mean when an announcer says that some is getting "X to X" ( 4 to 1) (7 to 1) on their $ to call a bet? I've been playing poker for a long time, and I still don't know what it means.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:29 PM)

This should help you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot_odds

DL (Texas)

Don't they have to show Hellmuth on tv? Some people complain that the young online pros need more tv love, but the people watching the tourneys on tv don't know who they are. If you're really into poker, chances are you're online and you know who won the tournament months before it's televised. The guy who plays poker 10 times a year with his friends and will watch the WSOP on tv isn't interested in watching Steve Gross.

k dogg (Phoenix, AZ)

Can you shed some light on some of the prop bets you've heard about thus far?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

A couple that I can't post here, but Dwan addressed his own bets in this thread on 2+2: http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/29/news-views-gossip/bracelet-bets-794782/

oddkev (Iowa)

will a woman win an open event this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

Yes.

Jobin (Boston)

Can we hear more of Eric Baldwin? The two podcasts he did were probably the two best you guys have done.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:33 PM)

Yes. We'll be hearing a lot more of Baldwin this summer (I hope). And Jobin, it'll be very "good for the industry" if he's able to make some more noise this WSOP.

James (New York)

Andrew, of all the online/amateur Main Event champs this past decade, which one surprised you the most?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:33 PM)

I'm leaning towards Jamie Gold with a side edge over Jerry Yang.

Marc (Big D)

Can you ask Adam in Connecticut for his online name?

Mike (Las Vegas)

What (if any) are the significant changes to the Rio?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:35 PM)

More tables, more food options, a bar and more options for fans to watch the action. Rio has done a great job in getting ready for this year.

Sam M. (Cottonwood, az)

Andrew, whats your take on Phil Laak and trying to break the record of 78 hours straight. Has he set out a game plan of trying to accomplish this, and if so what is it? Do you think he will do it?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:38 PM)

I had a lengthy discussion about this attempt this morning. The first reason being that we're hopefully going to have his attempt as a feature on E:60. The second reason is that I think he can do it just given his history of playing long sessions without even trying to break the record. Laak doesn't like to leave his seat...ever. If it's a good game, he'll be there for as long as it takes. Phil loves the excitement about this attempt and has prepared for it by eating better and training. I say Laak does it and knowing him, he'll probably go out and party afterwords instead of sleeping

Pete (AZ)

I asked this question last year and got 6.2 as an over/under. Andrew, whats the over/under on the amount of people Phil Helmuth will verbally assault this year at the WSOP on TV.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:39 PM)

8.1

Robert (Alaska)

What is the best bet for getting in on some satellites. I heard the day before any event at the Rio. Will that suffice or are there any others I should look for?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:40 PM)

A lot of different poker rooms in Vegas are holding satellites. Call around, but start at the Rio as most of them will be found there

Dave (Austin, TX)

Why have you stopped the debate articles? They were actually interesting. Also if you do restart them can you post a hand history like they do on 2+2? Often times you leave out important information.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:42 PM)

I know I keep saying this, but we're going to bring them back soon. A lot of the hands are from live action, but the ones online I can provide HH for.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:42 PM)

Or can try to at least

Brett (Rio)

Over/Under on $5 million being the amount of money Ivey has invested in bracelet/prop bets for the World Series

Andrew Feldman
  (4:43 PM)

That's a great line. I'd probably say just under.

karl (seattle)

Of the big name players how many are poker players (Ivy, Barry, Doyle) and how many are investments for other people- meaning that they are only going to play at this point if someone else pays their entry?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:46 PM)

I'd say that in this event specifically, the majority of the field has sold pieces to backers or have swapped a percentage. There's been a lot of talk of people looking for stakes and with the potential of TV coverage, there are probably more players receiving other endorsements than usual.

T. Dwan (Las Vegas)

Do I care about any of these events enough to try?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:49 PM)

This year? Yes. You'll be in a ton of events and I've heard you're really looking to secure that first bracelet around your wrist this summer.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:50 PM)

Thanks for all the questions and comments today everyone. Enjoy the start of the WSOP. You can always stay up to date with all information on my Twitter feed - @ESPN_Poker and of course all the columns and blogs here on ESPN.com. Speak to you all on Tuesday, enjoy the weekend.