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July 19, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (4:01 PM)

We're down to 19! Welcome to the last chat of the WSOP. It's been a blast, let's keep it going.

Ryan (Illinois)

Andrew, I've watched the coverage live on ESPN3 everyday at work. It keeps loading and wont come on today. Help me!!! Whats the problem?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:02 PM)

No idea. First I've heard of this, but I'll let the E3 team know...

Spencer Hulsey (Bay Area)

Is the ESPN 2 coverage tonight gonna go down until we get to the final table no matter how long it goes?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:02 PM)

I believe that is the case.

Jared (Atlanta, GA)

Andrew, I'm LOVING the Main Event coverage on ESPN2. I appreciate what Norman Chad has meant to the WSOP over the years, but the mindset of people watching poker these days is very different that it was seven years ago. Plus, Lon McEachern has been surprisingly fantastic now that he's freed from the responsibility of selling Norm's stale jokes. I thought Esfandiari was great, and there are plenty of other good options out there like Negreanu, Dunst etc (but please, NOT Phil Hellmuth. He was awful). Do you think this move towards focusing on poker and getting analysis from the pros will be permanent? Its a HUGE upgrade over the old human-interest format, which had gotten a bit stale.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:05 PM)

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we have taken a new approach to our coverage and you'll be seeing more strategy this year than ever before. We'll still keep the human interest, but top pros will be on hand at all times explaining what's going on.

Rose G (Hamilton Ontario Canada)

What do you think of the young kid Makievskyi

Andrew Feldman
  (4:06 PM)

He's tough. Very inexperienced in live play, but an extremely solid player.

Jared (Atlanta, GA)

Given his performance so far this year, wouldn't it only be fitting for Phil Hellmuth to finish 2nd in the WSOP POY standings?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:07 PM)

Seems like that's going to be the case, but that said, seven events in Europe though can drastically change the standing.

Brian (Virginia)

Hey Andrew!.....Love the live coverage....any idea on how it is doing ratings wise?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:07 PM)

Unfortunately I don't have that info! Sorry!

Fay Smith (Pennsylvania)

I think televising the WSOP and not being able to see theplayers hands is very boring. Today, at one of our card games,everyone else voiced the same opinion. I don't even care towatch it anymore.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:09 PM)

The edited episodes will still air on ESPN beginning in a couple weeks.

Josh (Philly)

Bigger upset if they bust today... Ben Lamb or Anton Makievskyi?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:09 PM)

Lamb. He's up to 19.1 million...he just continues to run.

Andy (Hawaii)

What do you think of the predictions of 10k+ entrants for 2012, with the assumption that online poker (or at least WSOP.com satellites) becomes regulated by this time next year?

Eric (LA)

Given the way the action is going, will they still be playing by the time it's set to air on ESPN?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:16 PM)

Yes. We'll be on ESPN no matter what and I'm assuming play will stop if we get to a number that's too low.

Dave (CT)

Pretty crazy that the hottest player in each of the 3 years (Ivey, Grinder, Lamb) likely will have made the November Nine. Talk about run good.

Anderson (WA)

What table was the first to break and who got moved where?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:20 PM)

We are down to the two feature tables. The main table includes Pateychuk, Lamb, Holden, Lenaghan, Heinz, Gianetti, Bounahra, Makiievskyi, Barnhart.

Dave (CT)

How is Lamb with the media? Will he be the kind to embrace the spotlight of the November Nine and take a bigger role as a spokesman/representative for poker or is he more of a dry guy in interviews/demeanor ala Dwan and Mercier?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:20 PM)

I think he's be great. He's a genuine nice kid who I think can be a great representative during the November Nine.

Spencer Hulsey (Bay Area)

Is the coverage on ESPN beginning at 8ET/5PT tonight gonna be a highlight reel of big hands from the last few nights or the 30 min tape delayed live coverage? Please tell me it's the delayed live coverage!

Andrew Feldman
  (4:20 PM)

Delayed live as we've had the rest of the week.

Ben (Charlotte)

did Lamb make any comments about his hand yesterday where he put in about $6 mil w/ jacks? thought that was his only real "mistake" i've seen, asssuming he thought he had a read on his opponent

Andrew Feldman
  (4:21 PM)

He said he likes to keep the pressure on preflop and didn't believe his opp was that strong. You're right, it was a mistake, but clearly he overcame it quickly.

Erik (Pennsylvania)

How would you rate this WSOP compared to the last 5 years or so?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:23 PM)

In terms of the main event, I'll go 2009 (Ivey), 2010, this year, 2008 and 2007.

Andy (Hawaii)

Does it make a difference ratings-wise to have a Matusow/Cunningham/Ivey/Grinder name at the final table? I think Lindgren was the last hope on that front, though Benba and maybe Devo could be on the Chino/Watkinson second tier, no?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

I think it helps if there's a recognizable name at the table for the casual fan to attach to, but this year, I think Lamb really can steal the spotlight and appeal to the masses instantly.

Jobin (Quincy)

Andrew, thanks for these chats. I look forward to them every year and appreciate your enthusiasm for your job.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:25 PM)

Appreciate all your questions for the past six weeks.

Eric (NJ)

They just announced they're stopping if/when they get down to 16 before 8:00 PM. Hope they don't regret that when the final table bubble goes 8 hours again...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:26 PM)

Yeah, I knew that, but didn't think they'd make it public yet. FT bubble won't go late tonight. I think we're a few levels ahead of where we were last year. Should be a 5-6 level day. I just hope I make my flight.

Eric (LA)

Best story from the remaining 18 in your opinion? Got to be one other than Lamb running so hot.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:26 PM)

No question. Barnhart is also a great story with his run in 2011. He was down to his last $200 and has run it into a circuit win, bracelet win and now, this.

Max (NYC)

Great table draw for Lamb. Small stacks on his left and Makievsky to his right. Not so good for Devo, though. He's in a rough spot with Nguyen, O'Dea, and Collins to his left. It'll be pretty amazing if he can make the Final Table now.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:27 PM)

Devo is off to a good start on the day. Don't count him out just yet. I believe Lamb just yelled out "Free monies" (well actually Jess Welman just did, but it works)

Jay (Albany, NY)

Wouldn't Sam Barnhardt totally be this year's Darvin Moon / Dennis Phillips should he make it to the November 9? He definitely has that look and he seems hard not to root for.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:28 PM)

Yeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaappppp

Anderson (WA)

If you had to pick a dark horse with the final 18 who is it?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:28 PM)

Pius Heinz.

Al (Pittsburgh)

Will we see a Billy Kopp or Scotty Nguyen blowup in the final 18 this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

There's always someone....

Jon (NYC)

Was the re-draw with 18 players they just did random or did they go for a balance of total chips?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

Random.

Darius (Sacramento)

With all the ESPN2/3 coverage of the final 50 players, will that change the November 9 dynamic? To me, it would give better, more experienced players an edge since there will be less unknown. But could it also help less experienced players, since they can reinvent themselves?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:32 PM)

I think it gives everyone the chance to look at the players and study them. It also provides fans with a deeper look at these guys and they won't just be new faces come November.

JP (Indiana)

Andrew, can you tell Ryan from Illinois who is having a hard time with the connection with espn3 to get back to work? His boss would appreciate it.

Andy (Hawaii)

Who left in the field would you say are playing strictly to maximize their chances at the win? And conversely, who looks like they'd be willing to just sneak into the Nov 9?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:33 PM)

Makiievskyi is playing to win, as is O'Dea. Players looking to sneak in, maybe Barnhart...but he's been really card dead for two days.

Matt R (NJ)

Why is 9th place in the main event not worth a million dollars? This being a down year for online endorcements I would think that the WSOP would reward the November 9 with 7 figures. This creates another money bubble at the start of the final table.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:35 PM)

All nine will find endorsements once again. The million mark may be nice, but once they've reached November, they're not playing for that bubble, only to win.

Phil (Cleveland)

Could the amount a player was on one of the live tables hurt them versus other players that had less exposure. For example, if Ben Lamb makes it to the November 9, there would be alot more footage of his hands versus other players.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:36 PM)

Agreed, but every player is going to be featured. Lamb is smart enough to have people go back and analyze his game and I'm sure, if he makes it, he'll return with a different gameplan.

Jobin (Quincy)

Is Olivier Bousquet starting to make the leap into mainstream poker? Poker After Dark appearance, deep run in the NBC HU, fantastic live commentary...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:36 PM)

I think he's already there. He's done a tremendous job for us this year.

Lawrence (Utica, NY)

Do you see US players who make the November 9 at a disadvantage because they will be unable to play online between now and the final table? To me, that could really hurt them by comparison to their foreign counterparts.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:37 PM)

That's a really good point I hadn't thought about. I'll ask those that it might affect later on tonight.

dg (calif)

makii is not there without the cooler though....karma will come to get him but will he see it and avoid it?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:37 PM)

He has 32 million right now. He'd have to run into a number of coolers.

Alex (St. Paul)

Hey Andrew. Awesome job on the chats. What time does the coverage start tonight on the deuce?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:38 PM)

Starts on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET

Andy (Hawaii)

Off the top of your head, can you remember any members of the Nov 9 dramatically changing their style of play coming back from the break? Or is the effect of the 4 month layoff relatively overstated when it comes to people "reinventing themselves?"

Andrew Feldman
  (4:38 PM)

Filippo was a completely different player in November compared to July.

Sarge (Lee's Summit, MO)

With all the knockouts so far, has the chip lead changed hands, or are the chips just moving around the table?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:39 PM)

They just keep on heading into Makiievskyi's stack.

Jobin (Quincy)

Did you play any part in bringing live coverage to ESPN2 and ESPN3 this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:39 PM)

I'd like to think so, but it's really a big team effort here. There are a number of people really dedicated to the success of the game/sport and everyone worked really hard to make this happen.

Jon (NYC)

You could see that Laborda blow up happening a mile away! What's your prediction of what time play ends tonight?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:40 PM)

I didn't think it would happen that quickly. I think we'll be done with play about 3 a.m. PT tonight.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:41 PM)

Gotta start writing today everyone. Thank you all for your time and questions over the last six weeks. It's been fun talking to everyone as always.