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July 18, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (4:01 PM)

Happy Day 7 everyone. We're down to 54 players....let's get some questions in and I'll start in a moment.

Brian (Augusta, GA)

How about David Bach's all-in move on the turn with an open-ended straight draw against Vanessa Rouso when she had a set? Brutally bad beat for the GoDaddy girl....

Andrew Feldman
  (4:03 PM)

At that point in the tournament, he was making a move and got paid off. He clearly didn't expect her to flip over a set there...

Mark (Oak Park, Ca)

Is the live coverage on ESPN 2 being we received? Its different, but I think provides tremendous insight into the game if people really pay attention.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:04 PM)

Honestly, we're open to all feedback and I encourage everyone to send in their thoughts, positive and negative, and comments to insidedeal@espn.com

Ben Lamb (run-like-godville, vegas)

So, who is going to bet against me making the November Nine? I know what happened to Affleck last year but I am just running too good right?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:05 PM)

You're playing incredibly well and a Nov. 9 appearance would be the perfect end to your WSOP. Keep in mind you finished 14th a few years ago...you are no fluke and aren't just running hot.

Paul (Valparaiso, IN)

Has anything more come from Darcourt's complaining about the hole card cams? Are other players upset about the "real-time" data that ESPN is showing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:06 PM)

Apparently it's in the contract (which I haven't seen, so can't confirm) that the players sign when they register. Not many other players care about it. What's the difference between the feature table and using the hole card cams outside? Nothing in my mind...

Jeremy (NJ)

At this point in the tournament, how important is chip stack in comparison to the skill of a player? For example, will Lindgren be able to mix it up a bit, or is it just pick one or two hands and be willing to risk the tourney on them?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:06 PM)

I think we've seen for the last few days that the better players do not need a big chip stack to outlast the less skilled-players. Look at Lindgren and Sands who for days, haven't had a lot of chips, but have been patient and are holding strong.

Joe (Atlanta)

Forgetting about Chip Stacks, the best player left in the tournament is??? E-dog?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

Hard to argue given his past live results, but there are some incredible online players from around the world still remaining in the field.

Josh (Philly)

Okay, so now that Ben Lamb is this deep, and has a huge stack, who do you think wins POY?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

Both he and Hellmuth will go to Europe, still up in the air. Bach can win it too if he wins the event and Lamb doesn't make the final table.

Barry (Boston, MA)

The live coverage has been great to watch and very insightful! Where are Lon and Antonio (or whomever) sitting in relation to the two feature tables? Are they close enough to see the actual players or are they off to the side and commentating from a screen?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:09 PM)

Lon and Antonio, David and Olivier and whoever else is doing the commentary is in a room outside of the Amazon Room so that their commentary is not heard. They are looking at a screen to call the action.

Dave (CT)

Three straight top 90 finishes for Andrew Brokos in the Main. About time he gets some love, no?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:10 PM)

Yep and nice timing. Smart player, very methodical

Andrew (New York)

How much is ESPN rooting for E-dog or Lamb to make the Nov. 9 so there's at least some player that people may have heard of?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

At this point, there are a lot of great players that people have seen for the last five days. You've been introduced to a lot of the future November Niners and hopefully new stars will be born this way. Regardless of Lindgren making it, it will be a great final table.

Matt R (NJ)

ESPN live coverage is a great idea. But the hole cameras are sometimes slow to appear and the commentators sometimes are confused about the action. I know its live but to not know who has what hand in an ALL IN sitch is disappointing.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

It's the first year and there are a lot of things we're going to improve on looking forward. For a first effort, I think this has been a great success.

Spencer (Walnut Creek)

Andrew, positive feedback all the way. I have been waiting for live stream coverage like this for years. Now we understand why guys make certain moves (3 bet, 4 bet, 5 bet, etc.) on other guys because we see the prior action between said players and not a 3 hour gap in the hands that they played. Nothing against Norman Chad but Antonio and Olivier Busquet's analysis was spot on and really insightful compared to his tired comedic jokes that he's been doing for the last 8 years. Nothing but good feedback and will the final table in November stays the same way?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:12 PM)

November has not been determined yet, but I would love to see it as real-time as possible.

JP (Columbus, OH)

Andrew, did Negreanu's constant whining about the table talk rule ever make you consider stabbing your own eardrums? I came close. Good lord, he was whining about it 2 days later.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:13 PM)

He could've taken the conversation to a private venue. There was really no reason he needed to go off on that. He knows he has a lot of pull and if he took it to a more private setting, it may have been more appropriate.

Greg (Boston)

Love this live coverage, but one thing I have noticed is the excuse "you only see the exciting hands" when people complain about the odd stuff these guys play isn't really that true. There really are just some really messed up plays going on that if made by amatuers against these same pros, we'd be hearing about lucky donkies (I'm looking a Librido's 3-5 gutshot catch and Bellandes 10-4 preflop call as 2 of the more egregious).

Andrew Feldman
  (4:13 PM)

During our edited broadcasts you're going to hear a lot from the players after the hands happen. Pros are going to weigh in on just why they're doing one thing or another and hopefully that will further explain why they're playing in a certain manner.

Greg (Boston)

Something tells me ESPN and the poker world are rooting far more for the poker love couple to make it, that would be a major boost not just for ESPN, but for poker amongst the ladies as well.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

Incredible story and two genuinely nice people. The poker world would see a great boost if Erika was to make the November 9.

Andrew (Alamo, CA)

Thoughts on the pace of this year's ME? Seems to be going fast despite the slowdown last night and how deep they all are.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:17 PM)

If you look back at these chats for the past few years, I've said the same thing. This year, it's more aggressive than ever, but shipping 30 bbs on a 3-bet with K-J is really not necessary. The pace has been incredible which is why we're playing five levels today...we need to make sure tomorrow night doesn't last forever.

JP (Indiana)

The coverage has been great. Esfandiari is an excellent analyst. I think he should be in high demand as a broadcaster.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:17 PM)

He covers the WSOP Circuit on Versus and does a great job there too.

Ryan (Seattle)

What ratings have the shows been getting? Good i hope...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:23 PM)

No idea. Wish I knew as well.

Jim (NY)

I would have to agree with Esfandiari being very good as an analyst. Hellmuth talked about "these online kids" so many times throughout the time he was on to the point that it made me cringe. Does he not realize that a majority of people playing now are "online kids"

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

I would hope so, but Phil appeals (or does not appeal, to everyone). He's very polarizing, but love him or hate him, he knows what he's talking about.

Dave (CT)

Any player here stand to get some publicity here that could boost their career ala Tony Dunst this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:25 PM)

If you don't know who Ben Lamb is by now, you'll know by the end of the summer.

Josh (Philly)

You're right that Negreanu could have done it in a more private venue knowing he has the ear of the powers that be, but don't you think he may have done it purposely just to emphasize how absolutely absurd the rule was basically stating that he will not stand for it at all in the future?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:25 PM)

He did it intentionally there, but it also can make him look bad that he's critical on the big stage.

Scott (Rockwall, Tx)

The feature table the with Negreanu, JRB and Cunnungham was great TV. Just watching the banter between the players and Daniel whining like a 2 yr old that just lost his blankie was quite amusing. Almost felt like a home game. How much of that will make the edited broadcast.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:26 PM)

I didn't get a chance to see much of it, but that sounds like great TV. The Producers will edit it down, but I'm sure keep the good stuff.

Spencer (Walnut Creek)

Any new color analysts other than Antonio, Olivier, and PH from the last few days? KidPoker? Other young online gurus?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:26 PM)

I don't think there will be anyone new, but I know a number of other players would be great in this role.

Paul (MI)

love couple?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:27 PM)

http://espn.go.com/poker/story/_/id/6780825/2011-wsop-couple-erika-moutinho-david-sands-working-their-way-main-event-together

Greg (Boston)

I've been insanely impressed with the level of insight. This newer form of math that keeps getting mentioned where people are playing more the percentage a move will work vs. the percentage hole cards is something I might spend the next year reading more on, any suggestions, it seems like Super System for math guys?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:29 PM)

Check out ElkY's new book.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:29 PM)

Gotta run everyone. Thanks for the questions today and for the past six weeks. One more chat tomorrow.