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

Andrew Feldman
  (4:01 PM)

Hey everyone. Hope you all had a great weekend and are watching the Tournament of Champions live right now on ESPN3.com. Send in the questions, I'll get started in a minute.

chris (greenville)

do you think that the number of events at the wsop could be hurting some pros who are trying to accumulate chips too fast with the mindset they can just go play another event?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:06 PM)

I absolutely think this is the case. There's so much pressure to perform well at the WSOP and the safety net of knowing another event is around the corner definitely has affected the mindset of some players. The two-a-day events at the WSOP have changed the way that players approach these events. Even Phil Gordon has said repeatedly on the podcast that just getting it in sometimes is the way to go especially if there's another event just a couple hrs away...

Craig (Boston)

What is your guess for number of ME entries this year? Higher or lower than last year? If lower why?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

7,010. I'm going to remain positive and think that we're going to continue the upwards trend that the preliminary events have set so far this year. As of a couple events ago, year over year, the WSOP has seen a 12% increase in participation.

Bill (CT)

Lookie lookie lookie......Chainsaw with another cash!!!! Barry G and others were making fun talking about the Kessler zone (accumilating enough chips to fold into the money) I'lll take ITM anytime if that's my sole source of income!!!

Andrew Feldman
  (4:10 PM)

Seriously. The Chainsaw has seven cashes. Really? He's definitely in contention for POY, but as we discussed on ESPN Inside Deal this week, the pts in the main event need to be adjusted since at this point, Kessler (or even Grinder) will need a final table to overtake Juanda/Kassela

Jeremy (Maine)

Has Joe Cada been around much at the WSOP? I see he busted from the TOC today.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:12 PM)

He said he played 11 events so far when I spoke to him today. He's been real busy...I have no idea with what, but he said he's been busy.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:13 PM)

Commentators are ripping Hellmuth apart each hand today...wow...

Troy (Buffalo)

What do you think would be considered the second favorite poker movie by most people, with the understanding that Rounders would top the list?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:14 PM)

Wait wait wait...there was a second poker movie? Cincinnati Kid is one that you should see if you have not.

Robert R (New Jersey)

Do you think the U.S. government will consider using the same online poker rules as Italy and France in the sense that we can only play against people in the U.S.?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:14 PM)

I have a feeling we'll go this route to start. At this point, I think anything that gets online poker legal is the way that the PPA is going to fight. We can always look to expand and change the rules in the future.

Samuel (DC)

With Jerry Yang's decent showing this year, it seems like Jamie Gold now "proudly" wears the title of the recent main event champ with the least amount of further success. Do you think he that if someone came to him now and said he could have given up 25% of what he won to be able to just vanish and avoid the ridicule he's since had to face, that he'd take the offer?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:16 PM)

Jamie has definitely made his mistakes and he knows it, but he still loves poker and has done a lot of great things on the charity front from it. No, he isn't the best player in the world, but I doubt he'd ever want to get rid of 25%...especially after giving up probably more than that due to the lawsuit for half his winnings.

Randolph (SC)

How much weight should the Main Event get in terms of POY: 1.5x, 2x?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:18 PM)

I said on the show that the WSOP main event should get adjusted so that the winner takes home between 135 and 150. What I didn't mention on the show is that those that make it deep in the main event should get significantly more. If you finished 8th out of 7,000 players and only earn 35 pts, you hardly get what you deserve for your efforts.

Clint (Houston)

If you're elky, how do you approach the TOC? After all, the field has 27 players with more conservative, straightforward styles. CAn he still play his LAGgy game and expect to win, or does he have to tighten it up knowing that he's bound to run into trouble when he bluffs one of these rocks at the wrong time?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:21 PM)

Take it from the other perspective. Everyone knows that Elky is going to be the "craziest" player at the table, and because of that that he'll tighten up. That said, Elky knows what they know and so tightening up might not be the best idea...so he'll play crazy anyway. Now, the other players know what Elky knows and will probably play against him as they would a loose-aggro that they see at the other fields at the WSOP. Yeah, it's a mind game, but I expect ElkY to be himself today and play a LAGgy game for sure.

Kirby (Saugus, MA)

I'm surprised that there's been nothing so far on Gavin Smith's first bracelet win. It seemed from reading forums that pros kind of were happier for him than they thought, like maybe they realized Smith might be a bit of a clown and has his issues, but overall he's a good guy and people are happy for him.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:23 PM)

There's been a lot on Gavin's win. Everyone was happy to see gav for a number of reasons including more money to prop bet with. It was great to watch him win the other day on ESPN3 and his emotion really got the most of him. You never...ever...ever see that from Gavin.

Ryan (Vegas)

Ivey still hanging around the TOC or was he bored and get knocked out already?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:25 PM)

He was out early yesterday. Guess the $500K first-place wasn't enough to interest him. j/k.

Paul (Baltimore)

Who's on deck for Inside Deal this week? Gavin Smith might be a good choice, and surely would be entertaining.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:26 PM)

We taped this morning and we also have two shows this week. Had Dean Hamrick and Vanessa Rousso for Tomorrow's show. Joe Cada will be on our Main event preview show on Friday.

Ryan (Milwaukee)

Who is your pick to win The TOC as of now?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:29 PM)

Erik Seidel.

alan (Mars)

woud you consider peter eastgate a legit pro? what has he done since his main event?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

Yes. 100%! Since his win, Eastgate has made over $1 million in earnings...and btw he finished 78th in the main last year too...He's a beast.

Jai (Canada, eh?)

How soft will the online fields be this weekend, with so many folks offline in the last 24-48 hours before the ME?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:33 PM)

Definitely a lot of overlays this weekend, but since the ME doesn't start until Monday (Day 1A), they might be inclined the play. The other possibility is that it's July 4th and BBQs might be more the thing to do than staying inside and playing online.

Brian (Stamford, CT)

Is the online qualifier still alive? If he actually won (or a qualifer in the future), would that be a good thing or bad thing for poker?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:33 PM)

He Gone. Bad thing imo. The tournament of champions needs to be won by...a champion. Not an online qualifier. I've gone on my rant about that exemption spot a couple too many times.

Dave (Cleveland)

Best guess - which name pro has lost the most $$ this year at the WSOP? Negreanu?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:35 PM)

Greenstein. He's had a really tough year, well, before the last week.

Jeremy (Maine)

Will the internet logos be down at this year's Main Event, especially UB?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:37 PM)

Not down at all. In fact, I think UB gave away more seats this year than in the past. If any site has less logos this year, it's PokerStars who really didn't put the effort into getting online qualifiers. They started their satellite system later than ever before this year.

Murph (New Mexico)

Do online sites still pay entry fees for their high profile pros? If so, is there variation among how much the pay and for whom? Like if I'm Moneymaker, do I get entered into more tourneys than Hachem?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:38 PM)

It really depends on what type of contract the players have. The sites just give the players a stipend for the year and players can enter what they want.

Charles (Pittsburgh)

Hope this doesn't sound morbid, but did the WSOP paint itself into a corner by coining the Chip Reese trophy. Won't they need to follow suit when other renowned players pass away? And what about those who came before him - doesn't it come across like they've been ignored.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:40 PM)

I don't think that they made a mistake when they named the $50K trophy after him. If, the unfortunate happens, they'll figure out a way to honor the other players. Chip was one of a kind...and this tournament is as well.

Pete (Rochester, NY)

Sadly, of the major 3 US sites, UB has the best package, so I would guess that for people that are choosing, UB would get considered more often than they deserve. That being said, sites have begun to figure out that they can get players to be sponsored for less and less each year-I won't be logo'd for the main unless I make a very deep run, the initial incentives aren't worth it utility-wise anymore.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:41 PM)

So on Day 1 you're at the feature table. An agent comes up and offers you $10K. You turn it down?

Paul (Sheboygan, WI)

While I do think that the main event should be weighted differently than other events, i.e Ivey should have been POY over Lissandro last year, what happens when we have a year that no pro's do well or just ok and the winner of the main is the player of the year, even if that is their only event?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:43 PM)

That's basically not possible. If they weigh things correctly, if a player wins a bracelet and makes one other final table, they'll have more than the main event champion immediately.

Pete (Rochester, NY)

Depends on the deal the agent is offering. One day only, I definitely take it. Full main event, that becomes a very close decision.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:43 PM)

Just make sure you know what you are signing.

Jai (Canada, eh?)

10K? Even for the full main event, I take it... but that's just me. Maybe that makes me a nit...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:46 PM)

I don't think sites offer more than just one day deals to start...Probably not until the money.

Henry (Columbus)

Andrew, can you please tell me who the "chainsaw" is? I've seen him referenced in multiple chats with you, but I don't know the nickname.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:47 PM)

Allen Kessler

Bake Gruntly (Iowa)

The entry fees for these tourneys add up fast at the WSOP. Where does the money come from? How many of these players are staked/backed/whatever? A lot of players lose serious coin overall at the WSOP, and I'm wondering if they eat that themselves.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:48 PM)

It really depends on the event. A lot of the $1,000s and $1,500s are basically amateurs taking their shot. It's their money for the most part. As soon as you start getting into the higher buy-in events, you're going to have more players staked and more backers heavily invested.

alan (Mars)

any alan cunningham sitings this wsop?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:50 PM)

He's on ESPN3...well, he was...feature table just changed.

Matt (Milford)

What is wrong with Negreanu? He seems to not be able to do anything is any tourney.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:53 PM)

He's had a really long stretch without solid results, but it looked like he was turning things around the last few weeks. He's still struggling today, but who knows, long way to go in this tournament.

Bob (Seattle)

Considering that they take a chunk out of every entry fee for dealers and profit, overall, it's a losing proposition for players. Is there really that much dead money in the tournaments that the pros can be successful? For the top pros, obviously, yes over a long time. But those mid-level pros... they probably aren't robusto very long.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:53 PM)

Great point. There still is dead money, believe it or not. It's just harder to find now.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:54 PM)

Negreanu all-in now...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:55 PM)

No call by Harrington, chips up a little bit.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:56 PM)

Thanks for all the questions today. I'll be back tomorrow for more! Enjoy the TOC coverage!