Print and Go Back ESPN: SportsNation

June 24, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (4:00 PM)

Hey everyone - Happy Friday! Send in your questions, I'll get started in a few.

Robert (Seattle)

Whats more likely to happen: 1. Full Tilt pays players2. Barton bill becomes law.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:09 PM)

I'll still lean No. 1, but slightly.

Evan (Indiana)

Is the crazy/drunk rail something that is new this year? I don't remember a Series being this crazy, from Britts, to 20-somethings, to Frenchmen. I remember the Aussies with Hachem, but this year seems insane.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:12 PM)

I think the new stadium really makes it easier for friends and fans to sit and watch. Plus, the British friends like to drink and with many British players at the final table, it all has just worked itself out.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:13 PM)

But honestly, I love it. I think that when people see the Cody/Timoshenko finale on TV, it'll be a completely different poker experience.

Phil Ivey (Dublin)

Am I here on business or pleasure?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:13 PM)

business.

Tecmo (Vegas Soon)

I'm playing the Triple Draw event on Tuesday. It starts at 5pm and I've heard it stops at 2am. What is the situation w/ breaks? Also, does day 2 start at 3pm on Wednesday?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:14 PM)

Check out the structure sheets on WSOP.com for all that info. If it's a 5 p.m. start it'll restart Day 2 at 3 p.m.

Roland (London)

jason mercier seems to ship tournaments for fun, his 5k PLO triumph being the latest. Is he one of the best in the business or is henas devilfish said upon his (and jetten's) elimination 'the luckiest bastard on the planet.' also, he seems fairly bland in interviews, rumuour has it he's a bit of a joker off camera...?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

He definitely gets a little shy on camera, but he's loosened up a ton. And yes, it is fun for him when all you do is win...

Andrew (New York)

Rank who's had the best WSOP so far in your opinion: Hellmuth, Mercier, Juanda.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

Mercier, Juanda, Hellmuth. I think winning an event is more important than two seconds.

Eric (LA)

Predictions on who takes WSOP POY? Does Hellmuth hold on to it?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:18 PM)

I think he will. He's still in the six-max event today too with the chance to pick up more points. WSOP Europe events count too this year and you know he'll be there if he's within reach at all.

Andy Frankenberger (Wall Street)

So now you're going with over 6,200 (per Inside Deal)? By the time the Main Event starts, are you going to predict eleventy billion?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:18 PM)

That was for the two Weekend Warrior events that start tomorrow. I'm still at 5,100 (I think).

Brian (Augusta, GA)

Does Negreanu make the final table of the 5k six-handed NLHE?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:20 PM)

One of these events his luck will turn around...not sure it'll be this one. Still a lot of players left and while a top-five stack is nice, it doesn't lock up anything.

Brian (Augusta, GA)

Be honest here, after declaring (albeit for good reason) that Dwan needed a ton of luck just to final table the H.O.R.S.E. event, did you think he was actually going to win the whole thing when it was 8-handed? That would have been one hell of a comeback....

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

I did have a feeling I was going to eat my words today and it almost happened. The thing with the limit events is that once the limits get so high, one big hand can change everything. You may go from a huge chip lead to just above average in one hand and in Dwan's case, it only took a few hands to knock him back.

Andrew (New York)

Is the Europe events counting new? I thought the POY always knew he had the title when his closest competitor was eliminated from the Main Event

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

Yep, the fact that they are counting the seven WSOPE events is new.

Justin (Denver)

So, it seemed like only Hellmuth's final table appearance was as highly anticipated as Dwan's. But do you think his name translates outside of the poker circle?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:23 PM)

I don't think it does. Dwan's name doesn't carry weight in the public like a Hellmuth/Negreanu/Ivey/Moneymaker/Raymer/Hachem.

Jobin (Quincy)

How about Melanie Weisner threatening with 20ish left in Event 38, the $1,500 NL?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

She's awesome and very, very smart. I think she'll have a huge rail if she gets to the final table with lots of pros and friends in her corner. Long way to go though.

Josh (Philly)

Do Dwan's bracelet bets expire this year or next?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:26 PM)

He has a bunch that are rolling. He had some last year that were for two years, some this year that are for two years and some that are for only this year. Good thing he can't just play for the enjoyment of the game.

Stu (Rhode Island)

To your point about Dwan v Hellmuth, what do you think it takes now to find that mainstream recognition? It seems that once upon a time, winning the main event was enough [Raymer, Hachem], but that no longer seems to hold true [Eastgate, Cada]. So what do you think is the key to mainstream crossover success? And who is on that cusp?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:28 PM)

I honestly don't think it's possible right now for someone to break through unless they are already established on the other side. Even WSOP main event champions these days don't get a ton of mainstream love. With reduced TV exposure and a lack of positive poker news, it's going to be extremely hard and I don't think anyone can do it who is strictly from poker besides a woman who wins the main event.

charles [via mobile]

Seems lhe has made a slight comeback in popularity. Do you anticipate more lhe tourneys on the wsop circuit in the future?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:29 PM)

I do not. the money is made in bigger-field no-limit hold 'em events.

Network Censors (The Control Room)

How busy do you think we will be in pushing the "beep" button during the WSOP, based upon the rowdy mob behavior at the final tables so far?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

We've got it covered and I don't think too busy.

Jobin (Quincy)

Andrew, you honestly think Greg Raymer and Joe Hachem have mainstream recognition? I completely disagree.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

Raymer is the only guy that consistently goes on non-poker media appearances. People know him and remember him because of the glasses. During the Hachem and Raymer days, everyone watched.

Dennis (New Bedford)

How entertaining would a heads-up be between Kid Poker and Hellmuth? Early yet, but could happen at the 6H NL. Have they ever met before (at a final table)?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:34 PM)

I'd watch. The two have played before, but I'm not sure if they've ever made a WSOP final table together.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:36 PM)

Ok, thanks for the questions everyone. Enjoy your weekend!