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June 10, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (4:01 PM)

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! Send in your questions now, we'll get started in a moment.

JohnCT (CT)

I thought Harrahs was supposed to move the WSOP to Planet Hollywood this year. What happened with that plan?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:05 PM)

Nope. Too many rumors out there regarding the movement of the WSOP. Truth is, the WSOP is too big. It might be hard to hold at any other space besides the Rio at this point.

Mike (Boston)

What profession would you say would be the most likely to produce the most quality non-pro poker players? I'm thinking actuaries.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:07 PM)

Psychologists and or math teachers/whizzes. Put them together and you're all set.

Freddy Fish (NY)

Are the Brick and Morter Casinos still working behind the scenes on building out there online poker sites. I imagine they see huge opportunity and working the political game now. Can you supply any additional info you may have heard?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

I'm pretty confident in saying that most brick and mortar casinos have already began to form departments to investigate and prepare for an online integration. Everyone is just waiting for the gov't to say, "OK, go." First one in the market will grab a lot of share when it's time.

Kurt (Indianapolis)

I guess I'll be the one to ask if there has been anything on the FTP front? Seems everyone has went silent the past week.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:10 PM)

No new lawsuits this week. Pretty dull. FTP reps were on site at the Rio believe it or not, ready to give out gear/patches. Go figure.

Padraig (Boston)

Andrew, What was "the confrentaton" mentioned in one of the first articles covering the WSOP, it was never really spoken about just mentioned. Also, who you got the Bruins or Canucks? thanks

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

James Bord had some words with John Juanda. Seems the two have had an issue in the past and Bord felt like airing it out.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

Oh, and I think the Canucks in 7.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

Which means Boston in 6.

johnny (SC)

some buddies and I are doing a fantasy contest, what are the five biggest events left on schedule to do our contest? (Poker Players Champ, Main Event, 10k Horse)????

Andrew Feldman
  (4:14 PM)

Obv the main, $50K players, 10K HORSE, 10K six-max, 10K PLO.

Erik (Pennsylvania)

It seems like it's quiet with Mike Matasow. Is he playing in the WSOP

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

He's playing. Finished 20th in the 10K PLH event. Not playing online...which is probably good for him.

Roland (London, UK)

Is there going to be a lack of interest from the wider US public in the absence of Phil Ivey, especially when the events start airing on ESPN. Do you think the TV companies need a new star to rise to the top and someone to win at least 2 bracelets prior to the main? Presumable Dwan would be the ideal 'replacement', but who do you think of the new generation has that wow factor that could draw in audiences like ivey could?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:17 PM)

Personally I don't think anyone can draw like Ivey can. Negreanu comes closest in my mind and like him or not, Hellmuth does the same. The ideal replacement...that's a good question. You need a story that can stick out. A player who has more to him/her than just, I left college, played a lot of poker, worked my way up and now here I am. I think if a woman ran deep it would do wonders.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:18 PM)

I'll throw that question out there, who, if anyone, from the newer generation of poker players do you guys think would really intrigue fans?

TheL3v3L (Los Angeles)

Well you nail two birds with one stone if Vanessa Selbst made a Main Event ft

Jobin (Quincy)

Lex Veldhuis is very entertaining. Sarcastic and self-deprecating. His style of play is fun to watch on TV.

Aaron (Texas)

I think luckychewy can be a big poker star if he tried harder to be on TV. He was hilarious when he was on 2M2MM. Dang bros would also be big as well.

Alex (Brooklyn)

Viktor Blom?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:21 PM)

Too young. Maybe next year.

Gil (Kenosha)

Not sure about newer generation, but that Siedel guy is having a pretty good year. I'd like to see him featured more.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

Yeah, Erik has had a pretty good year...

Tecmo (Annapolis)

The reason Ivey drew people in is because he was considered the best at pretty much everything. He did have a certain mystique, but without his talent it wouldn't have mattered. The next Ivey will have to be like Chip Reese - someone who just dominates in all disciplines. That is Ivey's lure.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:23 PM)

Even more than that, he was Ivey. He never did media because he didn't need to put himself out there. He had everything going for him and didn't need to work a bit for the international fame.

JohnCT (CT)

Good for TV: Antonio Esfandiari is early 30s (not that old) but can bridge the 2 generations. Has personality and can play.

Jay (Albany, NY)

How could it be anyone other than Dwan? Those hands from HSP Season 6 have made him a legend...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:23 PM)

Because the casual public, perhaps, has never even heard of/seen Tom Dwan.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

I actually think if Matt Affleck somehow made another run, he could be great.

Stu (Rhode Island)

I don't think the young 20-somethings really do resonate wth general fans, just with other young 20-somethings. Optimally, you probably want mid-30's to 40's, and I'd say someone who left another carreer to play poker. That resonates closer with the "everyman" ideal. On the flip side, a woman, especially an attractive woman, would be great as well.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

So you're saying a little bit younger Darvin Moon?

brett (atlantic city)

vanessa selbst and jason mercier have the "it" factor

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

I absolutely agree.

Jobin (Quincy)

Jason Mercier has "the look", the skill, and the results, but he's very drab and tight-lipped during interviews.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:25 PM)

I absolutely agree with this as well.

Mark Gahagan (San Diego)

Need someone that is just a dominating force, and we don't really have someone else like that. Mercier and Selbst come to mind but their success has been away from the cameras. Players like Lex Veldhuis and Scott Seiver are entertaining to watch, but suffer from Dwan's problem of not enough casual fan exposure. It's tough to peg anyone as the next Ivey, but maybe fans will find one in his absence.

KS (Illinois)

How many people do the low buy in (non-braclet) deep stack dailies get typically? I never knew about these until I saw them on the WSOP's official schedule and thought that was a cool opportunity for the low rollers.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:29 PM)

Huge. I think the one last friday, the $235 buy-in was paying out ~25K to the champ. It was pretty insane how well they've done, smart move by the WSOP.

Darryl (Greenville)

if the FTP situation is still unsolved, do you think Ivey will play the main event?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:30 PM)

Nope. He's on the bench until FTP pays (or announced they'll pay) back.

Aaron (Texas)

I have a question regarding ESPN WSOP coverage. How does the new/live coverage compare to re-runs in terms of views? Is there a significant increase in viewers for new content? Poker on TV has a ton of re-run value I'd assume.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

There won't be as many reruns at all going forward and I think we're taking the next step to try and continue to build interest. Making it live is the next logical progression and this summer will be very significant in terms of future WSOP coverage.

Chris (Florida)

along with the low buy in question what is the Satelite scene like. Last year it seemed like there were only a few tables set up for it and the sign up system was chaotic at best.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:32 PM)

Always packed. With no online poker, the WSOP stepped up their game to offer sattys to everything. They realized more people than ever are trying to get in on the cheap and provided a good venue to do so.

Jeremy (Columbia)

If you had to choose five guys for a fantasy team, who would you pick? guys that are good at all games

Andrew Feldman
  (4:33 PM)

Ivey (if he's playing), Seidel, Negreanu, Mercier, Juanda

Frank (Chi)

I love playing hold em but Im nowhere near a high roller.... know of any massive tournaments I can play in where I wont have to spend a ton of money?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:34 PM)

I guess it depends on your definitely of a ton of money. I would say check out your local casino for low buy-in tournament series. Any place that has a poker room is running them and they usually get good fields.

Nate (New Jersey)

Andrew do you know what time the daily WSOP deepstack events finish at the RIO? I am going there tomorrow, and wanted a heads up. thanks!!

Andrew Feldman
  (4:36 PM)

LATE. These tournaments are getting so many players...if you make it deep, don't expect to be done before 10-12 hours.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:36 PM)

LATE. These tournaments are getting so many players...if you make it deep, don't expect to be done before 10-12 hours.

pkrgssp (Palo Alto)

Andrew, how many WSOP events have you played in lifetime and what's your current record? Assuming that you are something like Oh-for-17, when are you going to get off the schneid?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:37 PM)

0/1. I guess 0/6 if you count media events (which I've bubbled twice, sick brag, I know). I was planning on playing today's event actually, but it didn't pan out. the next event I'll play will probably come when I'm no longer covering this stuff to be honest.

JohnCT (CT)

Anything new at the WSOP venue this year or is it pretty much the same? Food is typically hard to come by, last year they scaled down the retail space for WSOP merchandise, etc.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:38 PM)

Smoothie Bar. Food at the Rio is still not my favorite.

Kevin (Kentucky)

Saw pics of the espn set, just how awesome is it? What events are going to be shown on espn leading up to the main event coverage?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:40 PM)

It's really cool. Mori, Dan and PokerProd did a great job bringing that vision to life. The atmosphere is almost like a real sporting event. On ESPN we're going to have the Grudge Matches, $25K heads-up, $50K Players Championship and then main event.

Steve (Stamford)

Back to the "face of poker" debate -- the big 2003 boom was due in large part to "any man" being able to take on the best. You lose that with the 20-somethings b/c they're looked at by the masses as lazy/"video game" type of players. The game needs established elder statesmen that have a bit of an edge.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:40 PM)

I'll say that Kassela would've been great if he was doing what he's doing now in 2004. Just sayin'

Alex (Brooklyn)

With every day that passes, is it better or worse with regards to FTP? On the one hand, they haven't paid out US players, and on the other, they're still in business and running games. Thoughts?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:44 PM)

I wish I knew the answer to this. I'll say that to your point, if raising money is the real issue, each day that passes they have to be getting closer to their target, right? There's always rake coming in from overseas players...Maybe we'll get a press release this month...

Roland (London)

I think Phil Galfond should get a mention here. Great likeability (lovely smile!) and he does seem a little more tv friendly than most of the internet generation. bloody good player as well.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:45 PM)

He actually did best in my mind during the ESPN3 broadcasts last weekend. I thought his analysis was really right on and he can explain it well to a general audience.

Bob (Seattle)

What if Gabe Kaplan won a bracelet? How big would that be?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:45 PM)

Pretty huge given the massive international publicity it would get. He's still a celebrity first, not a poker player, to most out there.

Tecmo (Annapolis)

Oh yea! How is the smoothie bar!? Taste, price, options, etc.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:46 PM)

Haven't had one yet. Looked like a smoothie bar.

John (Chicago)

I didnt like this season of HSP. The horseshoe seat setup was terribl and there were too many unknown businessman players. I want to see the poker personalities play, not billionaires who can blow thru 500K and not care.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:47 PM)

That's not possible when you can't get Ivey/Dwan/etc involved. At least we don't have to worry about that argument anymore -- the question of when sites will put the things between them behind them for the benefit of the industry. Things have changed...

Jobin (Quincy)

What if Kevmath won a bracelet?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:48 PM)

The world might end. Could be awesome though.

John (Chicago)

Any Chris Klodnicki sightings?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:50 PM)

He's been playing, just cashed in the $1,500 six-handed event the other day.

Shawn (Hellabama)

The world would end if Phil Gordon won a bracelet

Andrew Feldman
  (4:50 PM)

Doubtful.

brett (atlantic city)

Jean Robert Bellande has the personality like Hellmuth, you love to hate him. But he would be a great ambassador

Andrew Feldman
  (4:51 PM)

Yes/No. Bellande might have a few too many quirks/leaks to be poker's ambassador. That said, he would do a great job at it. Perhaps a top twitter candidate as well.

Jobin (Quincy)

Random question. Who are your favorite non-poker writers for ESPN?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:54 PM)

Simmons, Gene Woj, Drehs, Karabell/Berry/all the fantasy guys, Olney...I'll usually read anything that looks interesting, regardless of writer...

Kevmath (Vegas)

Yesterday's 2pm deepstack was over 700 players, probably ended like 3 or 4am. Me, I'll stick to video keno at the Gold Coast.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:55 PM)

Video Keno? Kev...we need to talk. At least go play the big wheel of fortune thing the Rio has now.

Michael (MN)

Is poker in the processing of dying as a public sport? As a covered sport on ESPN?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:56 PM)

I hope not. I think it took a huge hit on Black Friday and the good turnouts at the WSOP is giving the industry some life to this point. We need something positive though to get back out...it's hard when everyone views the game in a negative light, but we're doing our best at ESPN to keep up the excitement...and of course we need you guys to watch.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:57 PM)

That's it! Done for the day! Have a great weekend everyone and I'll talk to you on Monday!