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June 30, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (4:05 PM)

Hey everyone! Short chat today, so let's get started!

Pete (LA)

With a lot of former bracelet winners getting to final tables and some getting another bracelet this year, is it somewhat getting back into a "pro" game where we won't see that many amateur players winning?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:07 PM)

I think we've been trending that way for a few years now. The structures at the WSOP enable the patient and more skilled players to succeed. For the last few years we've only seen a handful of true amateurs win WSOP bracelets and this year has been no different.

Matt C. (Richmond, VA)

2 questions: After FTP loses their license, does this change your prediction for the ME? And You mentioned a sunglasses company that was a sponsor of the WSOP? Who are they?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

Blue Shark Optics is the sunglasses company. As far as the WSOP prediction, I'm still flat around the 5,100 mark. It might have made things tougher for players abroad now to get their buyins, but you'd figure that they wouldn't wait a week before the main event to take their buy-in out if that was part of their plan.

Chris (Ohio)

Is Gabe Kaplan doing any poker commentary these days? I really missed him on High Stakes Poker. Does he play any WSOP events?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:09 PM)

He was playing a little bit, but not doing any commentary. He's been really hush on the situation since it happened earlier this year, but if I see him at the main I'll tell him you're missing him.

David (Rockland, MA)

With around a dozen of events extending into a fourth day I propose that next year all of the events should be scheduled for 4 days instead of 3. Day one will be played at the normal ten 60 minute levels. Day two will continue with 60 minute blinds until either 10 levels are played or until the field is down to the final 3 tables. On day 3 the blinds will be 90 minutes and the field will play down to a final table. Day 3 will not end until a final table is reached. On day 4 the final table will have blinds of 90 minutes and will play until a champion is crowned. This allows for more play late and doesn't stop the tournaments at awkward times. What do you think of this proposal?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

I think logically it makes sense, but financially it hurts the WSOP as they're now paying more people for more time to cover these events. I think in years past it was very expensive in overtime when the events ran long and that assisted in the hard stop decision this year. The question is how they can work the situation to appease those who are actually playing.

Alex (Brooklyn)

What the hell is going on over at FTP???

Andrew Feldman
  (4:14 PM)

I'm sure a lot of discussions with lawyers. They certainly aren't talking to anyone else about their situation.

Andrew (New York)

Is anybody in the main stream poker press asking FTP red pros any questions? Grinder finally wasn't wearing an FTP patch, was he asked to comment as to why?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

In their defense, these guys really know nothing. Just because you are patched up doesn't mean that you're in contact at all with the company. I am pretty surprised that anyone at all is wearing FTP at the moment. Doesn't make a lot of sense to promote a site that doesn't exist.

Jaxx (Philly)

Seems like they should just have final table players vote, pay 2 or 4 dealers/staffers OT and that would appease most.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:16 PM)

I agree. I think that's the best way it can be handled.

David (Wilmington)

Andrew not sure if you heard this story but there is a rumor that the supposed investor that was supposed to save FTP was/is Jack Binion and that he could now be getting involved still at a huge discount? Have you heard anything regarding this at all?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:19 PM)

I've heard the same rumors, but Binion isn't commenting either. There's a lot of misinformation out there and really, that's been why I haven't commented entirely on the situation. Make sure you trust your sources...

Howard L (??)

You think I will be able to ever show my face in public again?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:19 PM)

Yes. When? I'm not sure.

Wes (North CA)

If you were flying to Vegas with your ME entry fee in your pocket how would you do it? Cash? Cashiers check in your name? Cashiers check to WSOP? Makes me kind of nervous carrying that around.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:20 PM)

Check and never ever ever ever let it out of my sight or pocket or whatever. Flying with 10K in cash only gets you into a discussion with TSA.

Andrew (New York)

I didn't mean to comment on FTP's status. I meant to comment on their specific situation. He obviously felt he should support FTP until yesterday. Does he think he's fired or just that the site doesn't exist right now?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:21 PM)

Players in general were concerned about not getting paid if they didn't wear their patches, so it was strictly a financial decision.

Steve (PA)

Hi Andrew. If Mercier wins his third tonight, do you think he'll be a unanimous #1 in The Nuts, or do you think some on the panel will still go with Ivey and Seidel?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:21 PM)

Rankings were due a few days ago and it wasn't unanimous, but we do have a new No. 1 player.

Wes (North CA)

Serious question....I will be playing in the ME and was wondering if you will be near by so I give you a big hug after I win a hand. seriously, I might get that excited

Andrew Feldman
  (4:25 PM)

A high five should hopefully be sufficient. Good luck out there.

Jeremy (NJ)

Can you give just a few quick details on Lederer's involvement on FTP and why everyone is coming down on him? I'm just a casual poker fan so I don't really know the whole story...thanks

Andrew Feldman
  (4:27 PM)

Nobody really knows the whole story, that's the problem. They have done an incredible job hiding their organization for years which has often resulted in people guessing who is in charge. Lederer is believed and rumored to be one of the main decision makers at FTP which is why many are unhappy with him at the moment.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:30 PM)

Thanks for the questions today! Speak to you all tomorrow afternoon!