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June 9, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (4:00 PM)

Good afternoon everyone! I'm here for a half hour today, so let's get the questions in and get started.

Ivan (Toronto)

Hi AndrewIs it possible to roll the winnings form one tournament as entries into the next one? Or are the taxes deducted on the spot and the entry fee is not tax-deductible.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:03 PM)

You can do it a couple ways, but the easiest way to do what I think you want to do is get the payout in chips, then walk to the registration cages and register. Taxes are deducted on the spot, I believe, for American players if the prize money exceeds a certain amount.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:03 PM)

You can do it a couple ways, but the easiest way to do what I think you want to do is get the payout in chips, then walk to the registration cages and register. Taxes are deducted on the spot, I believe, for American players if the prize money exceeds a certain amount.

Gary (Los Feliz)

Whats going on with my boy Phil Hellmuth?? The self proclaimed greatest no-limit player of all time!! Top 5 tournament player of all time in my book...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:04 PM)

Not too much. He's playing a lot, but nothing is going his way so far.

Eric (San Diego)

Speaking of taxes, how does backing work when you're paid out? Do you list backers right then and there, and they get paid, or do you get it all and pay out on your own? The former makes more sense for tax purposes.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:06 PM)

The casino will pay you and then you are on your own to work out the backing percentages. One tip - have a good accountant. With backing, taxes can get relatively complicated.

JB (Chicago)

Last year, some mocked Michael Mizrachi for wearing a patch for a fence company or some similar firm. Given the state of online poker, have pros started wearing patches from "non-poker" or more traditional sponsors yet?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:07 PM)

I don't think the traditional sponsors are interested at this point. Maybe during the main the agents will come in with different brands, but right now, it's just training sites and foreign operators. I saw Grinder, but I can't remember what patches he was wearing. I know he's big on his charity this year, more on that at thegrinderknot.com

Jeremy (Seattle)

Loving the hard cut off times, makes my Bluff streak to 7 that much easier with 3 people to choose from.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:07 PM)

I am not doing well in that at all. Love the idea of it though.

Petey (Cleveland)

Placing aside all the attention focused on team FTP pros, will we see PokerStars Team USA players like Vanessa Rousso playing fewer events? Speaking of Vanessa, how is Chad Brown doing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:09 PM)

Doesn't seem that way. PS players have been and are out in full force so far this series. I saw Chad the other day and he looked OK. Definitely thinner, but in general, he told me he was feeling good. Amazing that he's been able to play out such a full schedule with all that's happened.

Joel (Arizona)

Any word on what's going on with the Ivey situation?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:10 PM)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQFEY9RIRJA(I think that explains it)

Robert (Iowa)

Next year, I plan on making my first ever trip to the WSOP. Other than the main event, what events would you think it would be best for player new to these level of buy-in events to play?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

Depends on your bankroll. If you're just looking to get a taste of the WSOP and what it has to offer, go for the $1Ks. It's not a great tournament as your stack isn't very deep, but it'll still whet your taste.

Jerome (Quebec)

Hey Andrew, while we're on the topic of backing, will you back me for the $1 Mill next year. I won a home game last year, I shipped a cool $17.50 (After converting to American Dollars)

Andrew Feldman
  (4:12 PM)

Hmmm. Don't think it's going to happen. Anik told me this morning he'd give me $1. So I'm on my way to buying in.

BD (NYC)

Hey Andrew,Great take on the $1 million buy-in event planned for next year, if that's not "buying a bracelet" I don't know what is. I understand the importance of charity but given the current poker climate, do you think the timing of the announcement could have been any worse?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:13 PM)

Appreciate that BD. It could easily be viewed as a kick in the face to many. When everything is going in the wrong direction and people are frustrated with poker in general, offering this up just wasn't the ideal solution. That said, it generated a huge buzz and from a PR perspective, it did its job.

Nick (Boston)

The WSOP should (very obviously) host a televised cash game. The high stakes being spread right now at the rio is amazing. Your thoughts?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:14 PM)

Already proposed it on this side. Seems like no-brainer, but I'm not sure the WSOP wants to take their brand in that direction.

AJ (San Francisco)

Last year it seemed like folks were really rooting for Annette15 to do well. How is the mood around her this year, especially after a few well publicized TV incidents where she seemed to be disrespectful to amateurs (WSOP ME) and pros (Huck Seed in Doubles Poker) alike?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:16 PM)

I think everyone is just being patient with her. Perhaps the worst thing that could have happened is that she won WSOPE a few years ago. Everyone knew she had the ability and she proved it off the bat. Now, the standards have been set so high and her WSOP could've been viewed as a "disappointment". It's only a matter of time before she puts things together at the Rio.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:18 PM)

Talking to Lance Bradley from Bluff. Someone FTP related just walked into the Rio that shocked him...

Mark Gahagan (San Diego)

Do you have any thoughts on the streaming final tables and how they've been presented so far? (The ones on WSOP.com, not the ESPN3 coverage.)

Andrew Feldman
  (4:19 PM)

I like the perspective it delivers. It does what it was intending to do - give fans a fly-on-the-wall view of what's going on. Putting together an entire production is pricey and I think the WSOP delivered on giving fans a view on everything going on.

Amy (Tampa, FL)

Why the tease... go ahead on tell us, I say its Chris Ferguson.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:20 PM)

Because he wouldn't tell me. Follow @lance_bradley on Twitter to see if he says anything else.

Max (Pittsburgh)

Will the PAD episodes and Big Game that have already been filmed ever air, or at least be available on the web for viewing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

I think most of the shows will never hit TV, but I'm sure they'll find a wake to make it online. Pokerstars.tv has a lot of never-hit-TV content.

Tecmo (Annapols)

Just curious to know if you use our site to see fantasy updates for the WSOP? Any suggestions? (I won't name the site cuz I don't want to spam your forum here, but let's just say Ivey is in the name ;) )

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

I enjoy the coverage. Spoke to MK about it yesterday via email. Great concept, now make it bigger.

Jay (Albany, NY)

Not really WSOP related, but what did you think of High Stakes Poker this season? I thought Norm actually held his own. I missed the FTP guys being in there though.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

Wasn't a huge fan of Norm's coverage, but in general, I enjoyed the show. It needed the FTP guys...it needed Dwan and Ivey, etc to mix it up. The make the show most of the time imo.

JB (Chicago)

With all the player confrontations both at the tables and in the halls, has security been increased?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

Yes. WSOP has brought on additional security this year for those reasons.

Nick (Boston)

Ivey winning more bracelets is always THE most intriguing storyline in the WSOP. Besides, "Ivey's not playing." What's the big storyline now?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:26 PM)

Who is playing. I think I've been focused on numbers more this year than ever before. Honestly though, it's early. The real stories will develop in a few weeks when we see who starts to shine. Eddie Blumenthal has stolen the spotlight for now though, a 2nd and 4th so far this WSOP is pretty sick.

dave (nc)

Wsop without ivey is boring...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:26 PM)

Gotta find some new players to root for...there's plenty out there.

checkout (memphis)

Any idea what is going on with PokerRoad? I am saddened that there is no daily show from them. They used to be very informative and funny in previous WSOP's.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:27 PM)

Not sure. Spoke to Seebs last week though and I'm sure he's frustrated with how its turned out recently.

Ced Denver CO [via mobile]

If I can add one tool to my NL Holdem arsenal what would u recommend?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:28 PM)

Aggression. Take your aggression level and then add it 10x. If you feel you're aggressive enough, then add some patience to the mix.

Mike (Atlanta)

Concerning Black Friday - Are the laundering charges the main thrust and the operation of gambling sites secondary? Seems they always push as hard as they can legally to give momentum to legal cases. _OR- is this same scenario destined for Cake and Gold and other sites still taking US players?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:30 PM)

Keep in the back of your mind this was a processing indictment more than anything. The gov't didn't want the processing of gambling bets taking place and targeted them from that direction. They included the operational aspect as well and it seems likely the DOJ isn't done just yet. Which is unfortunate.

Rapheal (Iniana)

Do you think that Jeffrey Papola is the best 6 handed NH player in the world right now?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

Nobody is hotter than he is. A first, second and third in 6-handed events at the WSOP is outstanding. I thought he was going to take it down yesterday though. He had a solid edge for most of the final two days.

Nick (Dallas)

What percentage of known poker pros under the age of 30 do you think would be willing to never play another hand of poker ever again in their lifetime in exchange for $10M?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:33 PM)

LOL, great question. Ummm, most of them. They'd take the $10M and start sports betting or some other casino-related activity. I used to ask the "Quit number" all the time to players and havent in a while (How much do you need to make before you quit). These guys just enjoy what they do and have fun with it. $10M is a pretty sick # to turn down though.

Les (Fresno, CA)

Is it safe to say that if US players cannot find a way to play online in the next 12 months that at next year's WSOP there will be a drop off in performance between them and foreign players?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:33 PM)

I think we're already going to see that change in composition this year. The longer the US goes without online poker, the greater the disparity there will be between international and domestic players.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:34 PM)

Ok guys, I gotta run. I'll be back tomorrow at the same time. Have a great day!