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July 13, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (4:01 PM)

It's my day off out here, but I couldn't leave you guys hanging. Send in your questions and let's get going.

Matt C. (Richmond, VA)

Best of luck today at the media event. Who is the biggest threat to you, maybe Lon or Norm?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:02 PM)

Haha. There are some really good players in the media who travel from tournament to tournament and on their days off, play a ton. I'm definitely not the strongest one in the field, but I do plan on winning today.

Nick (Boston)

What's the full details about tomorrow's coverage? Times? Hole cards? Commentators? espn3? espn2?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:03 PM)

Starts at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com, then moves to ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET and will run basically to 2:30 a.m. With hole cards after the flop on ESPN2. Commentary is still tbd, but Lon McEachern and David Tuckman will handle the play by play with a number of rotating pros.

Jake Stone (Raleigh)

Yesterday you said u weren't good at coin flips in tourneys. I seem to win about half of mine.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:06 PM)

Ha, well said sir.

Steve (PA)

Hi Andrew. Has the tv team picked which tables will be featured during the live broadcasts tomorrow?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:06 PM)

I haven't heard the lineup yet, but will find out soon. I really can't think that we wouldn't have either Negreanu/Hellmuth at feature and one of the chip leaders (or the other one) at secondary.

NYRAJFF (Seattle, WA)

Live hole cards at 4PM PDT tomorrow. Will players be playing in the ESPN mothership in the 3 hours before then?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:07 PM)

Nice name. Yes, on ESPN3.com is where you can see that, but with NO hole cards at that point.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:07 PM)

This page explains everything: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/poker/news/story?id=6477409

Matt (AZ)

I havent heard much about Johhny Chan since his deep run last year. Did he play in this years WSOP..

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

He was eliminated on Day 2A.

Willow (Southside)

So, were any hands dealt with the 44 card deck or was it just spread out in front of the players and caught before any were dealt and how long did it take the floor to review the video to determine that?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

Very weird situation and lots of confusion. The floor staff initially came over and said that there was 5-6 minutes where the deck was in play. Then surveillance looked at it and said no hands were dealt.

Brendan (Maryland)

I realize the espn3 coverage will not have hole cards from 4-7 but will espn3 have hole cards when espn2 starts its coverage?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:13 PM)

Yes. Anytime that coverage is on ESPN2, ESPN3.com will be showing hole cards.

Mike (Boston)

Big names: who's still in and how's the stack doing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:16 PM)

Plenty of big names still in, with Hellmuth and Negreanu the biggest in my mind. Lots of really solid pros still in the field, but the biggest stack belongs to 2011 bracelet winner Ben Lamb.

sully (lowell)

I see P.A. is 7th in chips, makes being interested in the main event much easier when a big name his a big stack, how do u like his chances and has he ever won a large entry field before?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:20 PM)

He's made a lot of deep runs and made it into the money last year. The question is if he can stay focused when he can play for so much more, at a level he'd prefer, just down the street at anytime.

Jamie (Maryland)

What can you tell me about Aleksandr Mo (3rd in chips)?

Bruce (NH)

Do we have any past champions with more than 100K in chips?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:23 PM)

I believe Joe Cada is the only one with 111K

Nick (Boston)

It's not so often that cash specialist, like Patrik go deep in huge tourneys you mentioned a patience issue cash guys might have in big tourneys. The good news is that they aren't scared money, and aren't at all interested in a min cash.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

And I think that works in their favor. The min cash means nothing to them and even more than most other pros, can take advantage of any situations where scared money is involved.

James (Florida)

How is Costanza doing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

167K to enter Day 3.

Jack (MA)

On a scale from 1-10, how big of a nightmare would it have been for WSOP management if Hellmuth hadn't been awoken and blinded out? If he really thought he wasn't playing that day, I have to think that would have marked the end of the subdued Phil Hellmuth we've been seeing.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:25 PM)

For management, a 1. For Hellmuth, a 10. I don't think he'd ever let himself live this one down if he didn't wake up. He's below average, but it means nothing at this point.

Ryan (Vegas)

Do you think a lot of the players will be DVR'ing the action and having updates about hands to gather more information more quickly? Are players concerned about this?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:27 PM)

I think that players will definitely DVR it for information. It adds another layer to the game. Just like players in other sports watch tape, it's now going to be an option for poker.

Ryan (Seattle)

Let Esfandiari and Laak call an hour of the live coverage with no play by play man..could be good stuff

Andrew Feldman
  (4:27 PM)

Or one of them would be broke my the end...just sayin'

Ben Lamb (Las Vegas)

I got to be the favorite at this point, right?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:29 PM)

#whenwillitend. You have the most chips, three final tables, four cashes, more than $1M in cashes, and a style that either gains a lot of blows up quick. If things continue to fall right, yes, of course.

Pete (MD)

How about a non-WSOP question? Any word on if Pokerstars is going to produce a third season of The Big Game for pokerstars.tv? Since networks are bailing on poker site-sponsored programming, is it economically feasible to produce them exclusively for online viewing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:30 PM)

I haven't heard yet, but I guess it depends if they could get it on TV internationally. I think the pros would change dramatically as the only ones included would be europeans (and Daniel Negreanu), but it still is an excellent idea if was a great execution.

Josh (Philly)

Who goes into the WSOPE atop the POY leaderboard: Hellmuth or Lamb?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

Hellmuth. Lamb needs to finish higher than 138th...that's pretty tough. And on top of that, Hellmuth can't cash.

Brent (NC)

Should I try to steal the TV from my wife for the ESPN2 coverage or should I just resign to ESPN3 on the computer?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

TV!

Jobin (Quincy)

AJSuited, do you have any idea what the highest rated show ESPN ever had for poker-related content?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:33 PM)

I think, not 100% sure, that it was the final table in 04/05. The latest recent one was Eastate's Nov. 9

pokertvstar (NC)

what is the best part about covering the ME for you?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:35 PM)

Meeting the players, hearing and sharing their stories. It's a fun experience to learn about the backgrounds of these guys. My favorite moment of the ME is definitely the bubble and we'll be there on Friday.

Josh (Philly)

I hate follow-up in a group chat, BUT just to clarify are you saying that if Hellmuth does min-cash in the ME, Lamb can't catch even if he wins the whole thing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:36 PM)

No, it just means he needs to finish higher. Doing the math on that is basically impossible as we don't know where Hellmuth will finish.

Dustin (Mukilteo, WA)

Any further comments from Phil Ivey or his peers regarding his stance against Full Tilt Poker and absence from the WSOP?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:36 PM)

He dropped his lawsuit. No other further comments.

Kevin (Buffalo)

On average how many hours at the table does it take to win the ME? Around 50 hours of not busting?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:38 PM)

10 hours day 1, 10 hours Day 2, 8 hours Day 3, 8 hours Day 4, 8 hours Day 5, 8 hours Day 6, 8 hours Day 7 and 12 hours Day 8....so....72 hours.

Daniel (Dallas)

Have you noticed any ME players playing cash game (at least big names), or does everyone you talk with seem to be resting? How are the cash games anyway?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:39 PM)

They all played on their days off.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:39 PM)

Ok, I'm out of here and going to get ready to ship the media event. Talk to you all tomorrow and thanks for today's questions.