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June 16, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (4:00 PM)

Hey everyone! Welcome to a quick Thursday chat! I have to tape a Poker Edge podcast in a half hour, so let's get started!

Cat Stone (Los Angeles, CA)

Will you be wearing your dearfoams slippers when playing poker this year at WSOP?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:01 PM)

Doubtful, but I do want to get the slippers to walk around in. I walk like 10 miles+ a day during the main event, maybe those slippers will make things more comfortable.

Andrew (Minneapolis, MN)

I had no idea that Norman Chad was this good at actually playing poker. Do you like his chances in the stud tourney?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:03 PM)

Yeah. He actually plays the WSOP each year, primarily in the stud events. It could be awesome if he wins, but there's a long way to go.

Pete (Rochester, NY)

Most years, I would say biggest #goodforthegame prelim bracelet winner would be Phil Ivey. No Ivey this year, so it's gotta be Norman Chad, right?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:05 PM)

I think so, but I'm not sure how it will translate. I mean, what sort of exposure will he get if he wins? Regardless, it would be great to see Norm pull through.

Bill (Indiana)

Andrew, In your opinion what % would you say most pros would rather have QQ vs AK unsuited all in heads up pre-flop?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:07 PM)

98%? Why would they not want it?

Jay (Albany, NY)

I read the poker piece on Grantland.com today and randomly thought of this...have you ever met Bill Simmons? If so, what's he like? I thought it'd be cool if my 2 favorite ESPN personalities knew each other (Chad Millman close 3rd). Thanks!

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

Never met Bill in person. Listened to him giving a talk at ESPN about his new book when he came out and have emailed back and forth with him, but we've never met. And Millman is the man.

Andy C (Indiana)

OK, I know that Norm's not quite there yet, but what odds could you have gotten 2 weeks ago on Norman Chad making more final tables than Phil Ivey?Seriously, though, don't you wish ESPN had a way to decide on the spot which events they would air so Norm could get some air time on the other side of the microphone?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

225:1 a few weeks ago? We'll have cameras there tonight, no worries.

Brian (Chicago)

What is the main reason that Negreanu and others are against people wearing sunglasses at the table? Do they think they're looking at their hole cards?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

Daniel doesn't think players should hide behind their sunglasses. If you're referring to his blog from a year ago, he refers to a possibility of cheating, but primarily, I think it's so that they cant conceal.

John (atlantic city)

Regarding QQ vs AK, i think he meant would most pros rather have QQ vs AK or AK vs QQ?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

Gotcha, my misunderstanding. I'd still say 98% like QQ. Why want to be the one that needs to make a hand?

Larry S (Chicago)

Loving the Norman Chad stuff. Do you think he'll commentate on any of his own stuff? Cause I know he likes to bring the schtick and that could be a good scenario for it.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:12 PM)

Follow him on Twitter for his own commentary - @normanchad. It's worth it.

Erik (Pennsylvania)

Is there anything the surprises you so far this WSOP?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

I'm relatively surprised by the turnout, but not disappointed. There have been a ton of people at the Rio and the WSOP has done a good job to keep them there with their numerous side events and satellites. I haven't checked Venetian numbers, but I'd be interested in seeing how they've kept up. Maybe I'm a little surprised we haven't seen more the usual suspects, but it just hasn't been a good WSOP for the old guard thus far.

Kris (San Fran)

Are most out of town pros staying in hotels or renting houses together?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:16 PM)

Depends. A lot of players who are there for the extended grind like to get houses with other players. Some players prefer the hotel though as they don't have to do anything but roll out of bed and go to the event.

Steve (PA)

The Year of the ESPN is going strong! Now all we need is a Lon cash in the Seniors event, a Phil Gordon bracelet, a Kara Scott deep run in the Main, and an Andrew Feldman media title.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:16 PM)

I'm down with all of that. Except I'd rather any title I win be of some value.

Brian (Chicago)

Andrew, What will The Humphries be doing during this WSOP, and do you think Ivey called them to let them know whats up?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:16 PM)

Ha, maybe resting. Maybe there's with Ivey in Macau or wherever he is these days.

Ben (NJ)

A lot of this year's bracelet winners seem to be from abroad; Britain + France, etc. Is this the year of the europeans?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:20 PM)

I figured this was poised to happen given Black Friday. The trend was starting over the past few years, but there are more European players than ever before and it makes sense that we'll continue to move in that direction unless online poker is legalized here in the States. All that said, the US has 16 bracelets to the UK's 3 and France's 2.

Mike (FL)

you said you were surprised by the turnout BUT Totals thru 23 eventsthere have been a total of 23,967 which has equaled $40,949,985. Last year, thru the same # of events, there was 21,781 people for $38,409,370 -- that's 10.0% increase in entrants and 6.6% prize pool

Andrew Feldman
  (4:21 PM)

The $50,000 Players Championship kicked off the 2010 Series.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:21 PM)

So that will account for the prize pool concern.

Mickey (Brooklyn)

I've been a long time Norman Chad fan and would love to see him take down a bracelet. But don't you think that would hurt his shtick/persona? So much of his appeal is the self-deprecating nature of his humor. Winning a bracelet takes away some of that "credibility," no?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

I think you're right, but I actually think that given his persona, it works. The WSOP is always about anyone can play, anyone can win...and if Norm wins...really, anyone can win.

John (NYC)

I'd like to see more features on the established young guns that we know will be around to stay- Isaac Haxton, Vanessa Selbst, even Dwyte Pilgrim, etc.. From what I've seen they are consistent and very strong.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

Our coverage this year will be very different and you'll see a variety of features on players who you don't often hear about on ESPN.

John (NYC)

I've played tons of daily tourneys in Atlantic City with mixed results. Other than the sheer enormity of the field and tables set up, what will be my biggest wake-up call when I play the Main Event?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:23 PM)

Nothing. You've been at the table before and just think of it as any other event. Don't think about the end of the road, just take it one step at a time and you'll do just fine. Say hi when you're out there.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

Hate to cut this off so quick, but thanks for all the questions today...Podcast time now, but don't forget to watch Inside Deal and download the Poker Edge later tonight.