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June 17, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (4:02 PM)

Hey everyone. Welcome to Thursday's WSOP chat! Just for your info, this week's Poker Edge podcast will come out Friday afternoon as Phil is currently traveling to Las Vegas. Send in the questions now, we'll get started in a minute.

brent (vancouver)

wheres villie wahlbeck this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:07 PM)

He's actually playing at the PokerStars Baltic Festival. I bet he'll be at the WSOP as soon as it wraps up.

Dave (Boston)

Any chance their will be a $10,000 Razz World Championship event in the near future? It is the only game that doesn't have a 10K event.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:09 PM)

I don't see why it isn't part of the schedule, but there's enough interest in the game for sure. The question is how many 10Ks can they really add? It's getting to the pt where the WSOP is expensive enough for the pros. Running bad during the WSOP can just crush a bankroll already. Imagine adding more 10Ks...

Doug (Houston)

USA winning the World Cup or Ivey winning a WSOP event this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

Ivey winning the WSOP event is more likely, but hey, if the US wins the World Cup, it would be pretty awesome.

Eric (Los Angeles)

Has Dwan entered every event so far? Since the WSOP went to 50 plus tourneys, has anyone ever played in every event?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:14 PM)

If he hasn't played in every one, he's played in almost every one. The statistics of players who played in the most events were released late last year and I was just trying to look to find them. I can't get to it right now, but I'll see if I can get you an answer by tomorrow. My gut says that nobody played 50 last year.

Pete (Rochester, NY)

Now is about the time when some ridiculous prop bet makes its way into the news, right?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

You mean like the last longer between Jason Calcanis and David Sacks where they're putting up 10K shares in their companies?

Neo (Manhattan)

Andrew, I feel it is a major injustice in the poker world that more east coast guys don't get much respect and publicity for their efforts. Allen bari is a beast with 3+mm in tourney earnings in less than 3 years. A true young superstar who plays all the games well (just finished 16th in players championship) but no one knows who he is. Why do you and your media brethren focus solely on those who have produced results in vegas or on TV? This came about from this mornings recap in which you chose to highlight Katrina Jett (really dude?) and David Levi (a whopping 500k in earnings) when Bari finished 8th and was far and away the best player at that FT.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:17 PM)

Bari's $1.4 million in career earnings is awesome and you're right, some more respect could've been given in the story to his game. The reason why the media focuses on certain players is name recognition for our readers. In terms of today's piece, they might recognize Jett or Levi before they'd want to know about Allen Bari. That said, the next time he's running deep, I'll give him some love, cool?

Shelton (MO)

That is a lame prop bet, since they probably got the shares for free. Does the WSOP allow for players to play prop bets at the table (ie: the kind that pay based on the color and type of flop)?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:19 PM)

I don't believe there is an explicit rule in the player contract saying that they cannot. I'm sure it's not something the WSOP staff would love to see happening all the time, but it's probably not their biggest concern during every event. If players want to play props, they would obviously just have to keep track of it themselves.

Ryan (Milwaukee, WI)

Do you think that Matt Savage can help the WPT turn things around? In my opinion I liked the WPT way more when it was on the travel channel but thats just me. I feel like it is just not keeping up with the new age of poker and its kinda stuck in neutral. Thoughts?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

Couldn't agree more. Once the travel channel got rid of the WPT the tour itself went downhill. Then they started cutting events, then they started changing venues, getting rid of their staple casinos, etc. Now they're on FSN and honestly, I don't even know when it's on...I have DVR for that. Matt's organization can definitely help bring them on track, but they'll need a lot more public awareness to earn them the spotlight they had only a couple years ago.

pkhong (oakland)

Where's the best place to grab a bite to eat during meal breaks near/in Rio for under $15?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

I'm not the biggest fan of Rio food, so I'll let that be the disclaimer. They have lots of food options around the poker rooms, plus Sao Paolo and the food court at the Rio. Just about everything there will offer you a meal under $15. I'm always a big fan of the drive to in and out burger on breaks. delicious.

Joe (Green Bay) [via mobile]

Someone can check my math if they'd like, but iit would cost a player $255,500 to play every open event. For someone like Dwan, there's definitely equity in that investment.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

And now he's already made his money back with his runner-up finish

Greg (Omaha)

What do you think are the 3 best books to read to improve your poker game? What are the 3 best poker books that are not intructional, but are non-ficition?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:28 PM)

To improve your game: Harrington on Hold 'em, Read 'Em and Reap and for the math obsessed, Theory of Poker. Non-fiction books - DEfinitely positively fifth street, Cowboys Up and The Godfather of poker. Great reads...

flipxpelon562 (commerce, california)

Hey Andrew hope to be there @ wsop 2011...Out of all the hype leading up to wsop 2010 has any player in your opinion thus far at the mid point proven on the felt to their expectations...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:29 PM)

I was very interested in seeing how Carter Phillips would do during his first WSOP, and his bracelet run definitely meant a non-disappointment. This is going to sound weird, but Juanda has lived up to his expectations. We expect him to crush and he's doing just that.

Pete (Rochester, NY)

You seem to have a pretty good pulse on how Harrah's feels about the turnouts so far-anything they've been particularly happy or disappointed about?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

The WSOP is up 15% year over year so far and they are thrilled to see it. I think they're only disappointment was the 116 in the $50,000 event. I know it's hard to say, but I think they were looking towards the 140 range which would've given them a more significant profit for the Series. That event by itself makes them a ton of money.


I think you said yesterday that 6,000 of the expected 7,000 ME entrants will have won a satelite for the entry fee. Has there been any thought to limiting the amount of satelite entries, or are 'the powers that be' ok with that type of ratio?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:33 PM)

If they limit the number of satellite winners then the anyone can play, anyone can win mantra of the main event won't hold true. I think the more the better, especially in the main event.

Nick (Whitney Point,ny)

Who do you think your biggest competition will be this year at the 2010 wsop?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:33 PM)

My biggest competition? Ummm,

RJ (Edmonton, AB)

Enjoy your chat everyday. Just curious...what's your best non-hold'em game and would you consider entering? What would your odds be to cash, final table and win, respectively?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:37 PM)

Thanks RJ. I honestly feel that I'm a better mixed game player than hold 'em player these days. I'm just putting more time into them. I've really started to enjoy all aspects of each games and the event I'm aiming for next year is the $1,500 HORSE. Figuring there's a 1000 player field -- Odds to cash: 5:1, Odds to final table 50:1, odds to win: 200:1. Strangely, I don't think that sounds that bad.

Bob (Seattle)

Any chances of getting a non-Hold 'em MTT on the ESPN poker site?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:38 PM)

So you're saying there's a patient, I've been working on something for all the ESPN PC players out there for a few months and I hope we're not far away from making everyone happier.

James (Pensacola,FL)

Whatever happened to Johnny Chan?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:38 PM)

Nothing. He's still playing and enjoying his oranges. He'll also be part of the TOC so you'll see him this summer on ESPN.

Shelton (MO)

Thanks for reminding me of my question yesterday. Andrew, so of those 1000 people, how many of them do you think pay their ME entry fee all on their own (no selling shares, no staking, no sponsors, etc...)? They spend $10,000 of their hard earned money.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:39 PM)

600. Maybe a little more

Mike (Chicago)

200-1? I smell prop bet. I am in.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:42 PM)

Yeah, I guess that's low. it's probably higher, I'm just being too confident today.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:43 PM)

Ok, a couple more questions and I'm done for the day.

Sam (Red Crown)

How in the world did those guys enter the ladies' event? Could someone really not tell they were dudes?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:46 PM)

They could enter no matter what. They didn't have to dress up (although Deeb did), it's legal for them to enter the event and Harrah's cannot prohibit it legally. They willingly entered the event...and yes, it's messed up.

Larry David (HOV Lane)

Andrew, love the chats, keep up the good work! After all the talk about the ladies event I found it odd nothing has come up about the casino entry and senior's tournaments. Do they have similar "restrictions"? That is they can't legally keep anyone from entering, or do you have to prove your age/occupation? What do you see happening to all 3 tournies in the future? Thanks again.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:48 PM)

Oh, hiiiii Larry. Clever names coming through today. Both the casino employees and seniors events do have restrictions and you need to prove that you fit in each category. I believe the laws for these events are different and that Harrah's can refuse entry based on the types of these tournaments. In the future I see all three being part of the WSOP and none of them awarding a bracelet to the winner.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:49 PM)

Thanks for all the questions today everyone. I'll be back tomorrow for the last WSOP chat of the week and then I'll get some fresh blood in here next week with someone else to answer everything you've got! Speak to you tomorrow.