Hey everyone. I've got a half hour to take all your questions today. Shoot 'em in and we'll get going in a second.
Andrew haave you been following the ub scandal? How come spokespeople like Phil Hllmuth haven't come out and spoken more about it?
Most definitely have been following the scandal and I think that the player representatives, who have had nothing to do with it, just really want to stay out of the way. They aren't the tech team or the top of the line owners of the site and probably can't address the issues the way the fans would like them to.
Have the big cash games started? If so, who is playing and where?
Wow, that is an easy plug for Gary Wise's column today here; http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/poker/columns/story?columnist=wise_gary&id=5247817. The action is ongoing in Bobby's Room and Gary recaps who was there yesterday.
table games will be coming to my state for the first time this summer. i never played live before just online. do you have any advice switching from playing online to in person?
Have fun! Seriously, you know how to play the game and it's all about getting comfortable in the live environment. In terms of actually playing, focus on what you're giving away first (the conceal don't reveal school of Joe Navarro). As soon as you're confident and can make sure you aren't wearing your hands on your face, then start to focus on your opponents.
Where can we go to see an update on the Fantasy Poker League standings, and how often do you update it?
I will have a fantasy poker league update tomorrow. It'll be in the poker blog...I'll try to update them once a week if not more often.
Who's your pick in the 5k NL Shootout, I need help with my picks for Bluff.
I took Levi. He might not be the most experienced SNG player at that table, but he's a survivor and can pick his spots really well.
How's Phil Laak doing in his non-WSOP "event?"
Going to talk to Phil for the podcast in a half hour. Really looking forward to it. He's one day in so far, down a couple grand, but feeling good from what I've been hearing.
Any word from Hal Lubarsky after his blown call in Detroit last night?
Haha. That was brutal. Armando didn't say a word though...can you believe that? I would've been irate.
Hey Andrew - is there a trend of greater interest/participation in mixed games (like HORSE)?
Bernard Lee actually brings up a great point in his blog (which will go up tomorrow). He says that each of the mixed-game events has seen a double-digit increase from 2009 while the hold 'em events have decreased. Maybe people are trending away a little bit from the hold 'em realm.
How deep is Hellmuth in the $1500 event?
Hellmuth is 16th heading into Day 2. He has 84,700 chips. They'll play down as far as they can tonight and I'm not picking against him if he makes Day 3.
Who do you think will win their next braclet first Doyle Brunson, Phil Helmuth, Johnny Chan, Eric Seidel or Phil Ivey?
It's going to be a race between Hellmuth and Ivey. Both of them are going to be playing as many events as possible this year...
You've mentioned before that the bad play and fast structure of the $1,000 "donkaments" create a seemingly bad investment for the pros and will keep most of them away. I'm a ?donk? by most accounts with a little money to blow. I do however have a solid understanding of the basics of the game. Should I enter a weekend "donkament" and hope luck takes me to the money or pony up a little extra and enter the $2500 NLH event #56? Will the larger buy-in, better structure, better overall play, and proximity to the Main Event give me a better overall WSOP experience?
Good question. I think that if you play the $1,000 events you just have to expect to play fast. It could potentially be the quickest $1K you're ever going to spend or you could turn it into $645K like Daya did this last week. Regarding the $2,500 near the main, I'd be even more cautious about playing that one as every single player will most likely be in town for the main and could enter this one as a warmup. Could be a very tough field imo. Good luck in whichever event you enter.
Has there been a shift of pros going to Aria for cash games or has it still been the Bellagio?
Not yet, Paul. The players still have been at the Bellagio, but gradually I think they make the move to Aria. It'll probably really depend on where Ivey wants to bring his money.
Assuming he has at least 6 figures on it, what kind of influence will Ivey have on his table's proximity to a TV tonight for the Celtics/Lakers game? Will they just wheel a TV right up to him?
When there's basketball...ok, let's face it, when there's anything to bet on, Ivey will be nearby to a TV or something/someone that is giving him updates.
I've been curious as to the source of most of the online phenoms' cash, my theory is a lot of it came from Guy Laliberte. Thoughts?
Guy definitely dumped a lot into the system, but there's a lot more around that came from more than him. what percent do you think was from Guy?
Is Phil Laak playing 10-20NL only or is he mixing it up?
As far as I know, it's only $10/$20, but if he's stuck after hour 73, who knows, maybe he'll want to play higher.
Lakers or Celtics?
Celtics...Just to make Bernard Lee happy.
Any early picks on the WSOP POY? Grinder may have won the 50k, but I'm still leaning towards a younger online kid.
Wayyyy to early to make predictions, but if Mizrachi is hungry (and the fact that he played Event 8 yesterday means he is), he'll be a real force these next few weeks. A couple players have already cashed twice though and over the next week we'll really see who will be part of the race this year.
Ok, gotta cut this short. Thanks for all the questions today. Speak to you all tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. ET.