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June 14, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (4:00 PM)

What's up everyone? Hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for some great events that end today...Does David Baker really get #2 in his "worst game"?

Austen (Md.)

Over/Under 10.5 total bracelets won by Doyle Brunson on the day he dies...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:02 PM)

That's a pretty morbid question. I'm going with over. If you said 12.5, I'd probably say under.

Dave (Boston)

What scenario would you rather see heads-up in the Main Event: Phil Ivey vs unknown player or Dwan vs Annette?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:03 PM)

I like that question for the simple reason that it's a no lose. Dwan vs. Annette would be amazing. Showing that two of the most talented young players could get heads-up against each other in the biggest event in the world. I'd love to see that. however, Ivey against anyone is a must-see. If the best player in the world wins the biggest bracelet in the world it's ultimate proof for all the skill/luck doubters

Pete (Rochester, NY)

Any chance of getting a Cover-It-Live kind of thing going if we ever get a prelim final table of several big names? Btw I continue to enjoy all the crow, Bakes keeps serving it up by the heapful.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:05 PM)

That's a great idea. Definitely for the WSOP main event, but maybe for the $25K later this Series. I'll ask around and see if its possible.

Sean (Vegas)

What's going on with Ivey? He's been awful quiet by his standards so far. Is his concentration level not where it needs to be or just having trouble making his mark so far?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

Nothing is really going on with Ivey, it just seems that he's trying to force the issue a little too much. He's been getting a big stack in a lot of events, it's the middle stages that are causing him some problems and it's unlikely that his focus is the cause. He's got wayyyy to much on the line not o be out there playing his best day in and day out.

Thomas (New Mexico)

I know you said on one of last week's chats that there will be a piece this week about Men the Master's past and why some pros still don't like him, but despite that is it safe to say that even more pros were unhappy to see Dutch Boyd win, not only because of the who "Crew" stuff but also the scandal about his online site?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:09 PM)

The item on Men Nguyen is still being worked on and I'm sorry for the delay. I don't think any pros cared about the "Crew" stuff, but they probably would care about his other business decisions. It's been a dead issue for the last few years, but I'm sure this bracelet will kick up those discussions once again.

Doug (Las Vegas)

Andrew, I made it through to Day 2 in the $1000 event today. Any tips?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:10 PM)

You made it to Day 2, you probably don't need any tips from me. Good luck! What's your chip count?

Austen (Md.)

I rewatched the PAD in which Phil G claims he ran into Howard Lederers mother...was that ever cleared up? Funniest moment in poker imo is RW3's reaction after losing that bet.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

"Back up the truck" -- Gordon's favorite words. Yes, it was not Howard's mother and it was probably the funniest situation that cost Phil a lot of money.

Vinny B. (Albuquerque)

Enough with Annette Olbrestad already. I had the opportunity to play with her and her sense of entitlement is disgusting. And I am not the only one that has had it with her attitude. Did you see what Doyle Brunson tweeted about her? "Must be a bad tme of the month for Annette whats her name. By the way, I'm at Bobby's Room almost every day if she really wants to play." Please, hold off on the hagiographies until she proves herself. (Sorry, WSOP Europe and that made for TV Casear's Cup doesn't count)

Andrew Feldman
  (4:12 PM)

Hold on a second. I'll leave this up to everyone else in the chat... Did you just say WSOP Europe main event doesn't count? Really? WSOP Europe ME field is much tougher than the one in Vegas...

Pete (Rochester, NY)

I'm assuming this won't get an answer-any comment regarding the Joy Miller/Bilzarian brothers situation?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:13 PM)

She is not an employee of ESPN and does not speak for our company.

Willy (Burlington)

I'm getting tired of hold em. Do you think players will ever start paying attention to other games? I see many pros are playing the non-hold em events. I wondering about the recreational players.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:14 PM)

I've always said the next logical step is an Omaha boom, but while the game has increased in popularity, it hasn't reached hold 'em status yet. I still don't count it out, but for now, hold 'em is going to be the biggest at every level.

Mike (Chicago)

At what point are there too many WSOP events? Seems like some luster is lost, no?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:16 PM)

Great point, Mike. I think that as long as the WSOP is done within 2 months, I'm with this amount of bracelets. The luster isn't lost. Poker needs a "season" like this. Enough time to really enjoy and observe the industry at it's best. What do you think?

Jobin (Quincy)

Do you feel that Sebok, Baldwin, Devo, etc., made a mistake in signing with UB?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:20 PM)

It's a hard question based on the current opinion of the site. I thought UB's desire to turn things around and re-brand themselves was the right way to go. They brought in talented players and really looked like they were moving up. If I'm a young player and looking for endorsement, I'd like to be one of 10 players, not one of 100. And really, are you going to turn down a big paycheck and know that you're freerolling most of your events? I don't fault them for signing with UB, I just hope it works out for them.

John Franklin (Easton PA)

How's Bernard Lee doing? He hasn't thrown many "bad beats" via Twitter in a while.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:21 PM)

Saw him today for the ESPN Inside Deal taping. He's not too happy with his play so far at he WSOP, but ready to turn things around when he heads back out this weekend. However, he's very happy about the Celtics.

Steve (Toledo)

Any detail as to how Phil G and Rafe got knocked out of the limit tourney? The WSOP.com updates didn't shed too much light.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

I spoke to Phil afterward and he said he took a rough beat to cripple him and then went out shortly after. We'll have more on his tournament on this week's Poker Edge. I'm not sure about Rafe though.

imasmrtazz (poker road)

We need you on The Poker Beat, and Jess Wellman and BJ Nemeth joining you guys for an Inside Deal.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

Ok.

Brad (Seattle, WA)

Did I read correctly that 2007 WSOP Main Event winner Jerry Yang picked up a cash in a WSOP event this year? Does this mean he now has one more career WSOP event cash than 2006 WSOP Main Event winner Jamie Gold? BTW, whatever happened to Jamie Gold?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:23 PM)

Let me correct you. Jerry Yang has TWO cashes this year. Jamie Gold is currently somewhere doing something. He'll be in Vegas for the main event in a couple weeks and I'll find out more about what he's up to.

Noodles (Bridgeport) [via mobile]

How do sponsorship deals work? I've seen red FTP pros playing fake money and micro-stakes.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:25 PM)

It really depends on the player. Pros could get anything from simply rakeback and an hourly rate to full tournament sponsorships and endorsements. I know that FTP like when pros play a variety of stakes, so players at the lower limits shouldn't raise an eyebrow.

Dave (Boston)

Once Vinny B. wins the WSOP Europe Main Event, come 2nd in an EPT event, make the Aussie Millions final table, and win an online tournament without looking at his cards, then he can disrespect Annette.

Vinny B. (Albuquerque)

Sorry Andrew. WSOP Europe is a great event, but it isn't on the level of WSOP in Vegas. They can say it is the same, but it just isn't. I see it on par with the WPT and EPT, meaning it falls short of the top dog.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:26 PM)

It's not the biggest event of the world just based on the attention paid to it, but it should be one of the most respected titles of the year.

Michael (Columbus)

Any Roshambo tournament this year for BBOC?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:27 PM)

There's always a Roshambo tournament. I haven't heard much about Phil's 4th of July BBQ yet, but that's usually where it happens.

Eric Baldwin (Vegas) [via mobile]

Why haven't I been on the Inside Deal? Do I need to re-grow the stache?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:27 PM)

I believe the stache may have automatically disqualified you for the moment, but you'll be on soon enough. Want to come to Bristol?

Cito (Seattle)

How do pros like Mercier, Bakes, Base Baldy and the rest of the young breed that is succeeding now really feel about the aging "name pros" getting all the public recognition and sponsorship perks? I know the standard answer is to say they just like it that it brings attention to poker, which in turns helps them make money. But there has to be some resentment, no?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:30 PM)

I don't think there's resentment, but I do know that there are new marketing campaigns for the young superstars that should hopefully bring them into the public eye. Here's the deal: the reason why everyone still remembers the old guard is because they were on TV all the time during the boom. Their names became familiar and that's who they're still looking out for today. Many of the events that Mercier, Baldy and even Baker have done well in, aren't televised and so the only people that follow them are those within the industry. They aren't getting to the full reach of the public unless they make a big score that hits TV. Win the main, you'll get to that point, but it's really hard besides that.

Lawrence (Milton, MA)

Last year it seemed like ESPN really increased the coverage of celebrities in the Main Event broadcasts (Lou Diamond Phillips, Jason Alexander, Jordan Farmar stand out), so much so that it actually got redundant and irritating, especially since there's really no way any of these guys stood a chance to win. Dare I ask whether I should expect more of the same this year, or is there a chance (please!!!) that ESPN might ratchet back the celeb factor even a little?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:33 PM)

I understand your concern, Lawrence. first off, you're going to see more hands this year. The reason why the celebs were a big factor on the shows was because of the desire to tell the story that applies to everyone. Nobody is going to see "George" on TV and simply dismiss it. If you're scrolling through, you're going to wonder what he's doing there and how he's doing. LDP, in his own right, is a great poker player. Showing him shouldn't be a celebrity mention anymore. He's extremely talented. We tell the stories that are there and hopefully, this year, you'll get less of what you don't like.

Paul (Sheboygan, WI)

In regards to the WSOP-E thing, I completely disagree because the field is tougher, the girl has NEVER put money into poker, she started with freerolls. I think that the Vegas ME has taught us that anybody can win, see Jerry Yang and Jamie Gold as proof of that, so anything could happen, but I think that she is the real deal. Overly cocky? Probably yes, but arent all great poker players?

Louis (Raleigh, NC)

Do you think the WSOP would ever make it so only events with guy-ins of $2500 or greater would get bracelets? I think this could go a long way towards silencing those who say the bracelets are being cheapened. Plus, the number of players in the $1000 and $1500 events probably has less to do with the bracelet than the lure of big money for a fairly small investment.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:36 PM)

I don't think so. The anyone can win mentality of the WSOP encourages buy-ins of all different levels. Now, there might be different bracelets for different buy-ins, but I think you're always going to have bracelets at any level. I would say that the numbers in the $1K fields should show the fact that people just want to be part of this event. They might not expect to win, but they're part of the action

Brad (Seattle, WA)

Speaking of "Win the main, you'll get to that point..." Didn't we expect to see a little more publicity for 2009 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Cada, especially after 2008 WSOP Main Event winner Peter Eastgate was seemingly in the Witness Protection Program after his bracelet?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:37 PM)

I think Joe did his job right afterward, but he wanted some time away from the spotlight and that was granted earlier this year. He's been active in tournaments and a face at many industry events. I'm very happy with what he's done for the game, but it would've been nice over the last few months if he'd been more of a prominent figure.

Eddie (NJ)

You've covered some of the basics of staking in previous chats. Instead of that, me and my buddies sometimes exchange pieces of each other when we all play in multis. Do pros ever do that?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:39 PM)

Of course. You're always going to hear pros swap pieces before events. Somewhat related note - I just heard a story from Bernard today about Tom Dwan offering up 50% of his action to Andy Bloch in the 10K stud. It was an interesting swap though. If Dwan lost before the money, Bloch would get 5K. If he made the money, Bloch paid Dwan 50% of his earnings. Bernard said that a couple hours in, a $5K chip flew over his shoulder and landed in Bloch's stack...

Martin (Delaware)

Over/under on the number of years until we see someone show up trying to sell a WSOP bracelet on that Pawn Stars TV show?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:41 PM)

It's already been on Ebay...

Steve (Stamford)

What is your favorite place to play in Vegas (outside of the Rio)?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:42 PM)

Love Caesars. Great poker room.

Mike (Las Vegas)

Any actions taken yet on the ladies event intruders?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:42 PM)

Nothing yet. I really don't agree with any action that will be taken, but we'll wait and see what happens.

Rob (Phoenix)

With the increasingly massive fields in the wsop do yuo see anyone ever reaching 20 bracelets or even 15?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:43 PM)

Depends how many more bracelets they give away as the WSOP evolves. I think 20 happens eventually.

Mike (Las Vegas)

Caesars??? Really??? There's never anyone in there. How about the Venetian?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:44 PM)

Love the room. Great atmosphere to play in. Like the Venetian too.

Andy C (Indiana)

Given that the Main Event has stacks that are so much deeper and a structure that is so much slower than most tournaments, are there certain pros who you think are much better/worse suited for it than the rest of the tournament circuit?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:47 PM)

Not really. The structure is soooo slow which is why you'll continue to see a lot of pros make it out of Day 1 and 2, but I don't think that the specific structure benefits one more than another.

Brad (Seattle, WA)

Is it just me, or does it seem like the practice of "staking" and "horses" has the potential to turn into a nasty scandal at some point? Imagine if it turns out that two or three people at a Final Table were being staked by the same person (or consortium) and that wasn't public knowledge. (Heck, it's already happened, perhaps.) Doesn't this create the possibility of some shenanigans that would severely set poker back in the eyes of the general public, it terms of viewing it as a legitimate, skill-based endeavor?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:48 PM)

This has been the argument about staking and backing for years...you've brought up the important ideas...

Roland (Buffalo, NY)

Has Scotty Nguyen kept to his vow of good behavior and no alcohol at the table? Do you think that if his results suffer we'll likely see a return to his old ways soon?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:48 PM)

Yes he has! I did receive the greatest text message of my life from Scotty on Friday. It had four "baby"s in it. Hopefully he'll be on ESPN Inside Deal next week.

Nathan M (Madison Ave)

Why do pros perpetually register late for tournies and get seated with other tough pros when they are always at the RIO and should be registering early and be put in the random population of fish?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:53 PM)

Chris Ferguson has waited until the very last minute to register for every tournament he's played in so far this WSOP. Getting a full stack at that point seems to be worth it for some players, even though they're potentially sitting with tougher tables. I'm for registering early, showing up a little late and be OK with getting blinded out during that time.

imasmrtazz (poker road)

does scotty get a nickel each time he uses "Baby"?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:54 PM)

First off, thanks Brad. We do our best.I think he might have royalties on it. Better note on that topic though is that I spoke to his wife to set up Inside Deal and she ended the call with "thanks for calling, baby." I was dying laughing. Guess it runs in the family.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:56 PM)

Thanks for all the questions today everyone. I'll be back tomorrow at the same time to take more questions! enjoy the action tonight...watch the updates for the Omaha event...it's going to be a great final table.