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June 15, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (3:04 PM)

Hey everyone - I'll get started in just a few minutes. Send in your questions now

Chris (Florida)

With the announcement of new endorsements to RISE poker what have been the reviews of the site that you have heard? How many players are they currently getting, since they just launched recently?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:09 PM)

Chris - since the launch I've heard Rise has done rather well, but I do not know specific numbers. They are a skin on the Zen Gaming site and thus, they can offer the bigger prizes for those that become members.

gr8fulmouse (Centreville, MD)

When are you bringing back "Player of the Day?" I didn't think it was just while the Main Event was going on...

Andrew Feldman
  (3:09 PM)

It was only during the main event and I have a box full of hats and shirts I need to get rid of.

Sir Ed Hillary (Tonopah, Nev.)

How is Norman Chad viewed among poker pros?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:10 PM)

As a commentator. Although he does have some chips in the stud-8 event going on right now. I'm not sure we'd ever hear the end of it if he made a final table...but I think it would be awesome.

Jaxx (Philly)

Getting tired of the run around... Which Full Tilt person was seen at the Starbux, and why are you not telling us? Is ESPN/ABC/Disney trying to stay away from this story?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:12 PM)

I told you what I knew and that it was a FTP representative. Ask Lance or Bluff if you'd like more information. I definitely don't think we're trying to stay away from the story. Trust me, if it was Howard, Ivey or Ferguson we'd know and discuss it.

Andrew (New York)

What's the likelyhood of a Catskills casino in the near future?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:16 PM)

The talks of these casinos have been going on for over a decade. Every time there's positive movement then something comes up and its tabled. I think ultimately there will be a bunch of casinos in that area, but the timeframe is still tbd.

Dave (NC)

Do you think howard and ferguson are staying away because they feel bad like ivey or do they simply want to avoid the ridicule from other players & media questions?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:17 PM)

No, I do not believe they are in the country at the moment.

Constantine V (Greece)

How come that Rise Poker is legal in the US and most, if not all, of the other online poker rooms are illegal?Thanks

Andrew Feldman
  (3:20 PM)

Its the subscription model. You pay to be a member and as part of that membership, you are eligible to play in poker tournaments. At no point are you actually putting money into a single tournament. As far as the legality, the issue of the indictments was the transaction of finances. Given this route, I don't believe that is an issue. It also is restricted in a number of states.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:20 PM)

I would really email them though if you want more information on all of that.

Brian (Phoenix)

You asked this the other day: 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?What about J.C. Tran? The guy is as solid as they come yet gets pretty much zero attention, why do you think that is?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:22 PM)

I don't think he gets zero attention, but he is solid. He doesn't go out of his way to be a star and I think that limits him.

gr8fulmouse (Centreville, MD)

What do you think about Brandon Adam's rant yesterday about Pokerstars and defending his wearing of the FTP patch?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:25 PM)

Brandon is one smart dude, so I take what he says relatively seriously. I don't have a problem with what he's saying. He's wearing the patch to show support of the people he says have been nice/good to him. I'm not sure I get the whole scared-to-not wear it angle, but that's on him.

Dave (NC)

I think Tom Dwan has the potential to be a superstar. He is my favorite of the new generation players by far.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:26 PM)

Absolutely agree, but like Jason Mercier, he needs to appear more outgoing in front of the cameras. Both like really short one-word sentence answers.

TALENT (EVALUATOR)

Who is the next big thing in poker color commentary?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:27 PM)

I thought Galfond was the real deal during our WSOP ESPN3 broadcasts.

Jaxx (Philly)

Did you know your chat is going head to head against a Brunson? ..."WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week, the Minnesota Lynx' Rebekkah Brunson"

Andrew Feldman
  (3:28 PM)

Haha. No, guess that's why I'm not getting the love today, just kidding.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:29 PM)

Going to be a short one today as I've gotta run! Thanks for all the questions! See you all tomorrow at 4 ET!