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June 6, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (4:00 PM)

Hey everyone. Welcome to today's WSOP chat. Send in your questions now and I'll get started in a few.

Chris (Alabama)

Who would be a bigger winner story-wise in the $1500 Re-entry, Rast or Mueller?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:04 PM)

Not the answer you're looking for, but if either them win it would be huge. Rast, coming off his double-bracelet performance last year, and earning another one so soon would be incredible. He's often spoken about as the player who nobody wants to compete against, but even with his run last year, doesn't get the exposure he probably deserves. As for FBT, his double bracelet run in 2009 was equally impressive, but he struggled the past two years. It's good to see him back at a final table.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:06 PM)

All that said, the biggest story to come out of the re-entry event would be Amanda Musumeci. It's been approximately 230 consecutive events with male champions at the WSOP. She's extremely talented and can easily break the trend today.

fran fitzpatrick (Newburgh N Y)

Daniel Negreanu is having a terrible WSOP. What do you think is up with him?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:07 PM)

I wouldn't consider two cashes and a final table a terrible WSOP. I think he's doing just fine and is going to be playing in a ton of events coming up with hopes of getting that fifth bracelet.

Jon V (Allentown, PA)

Have you heard anything about Tom Dwan? Last year he played something like 54 of the 58 events he was eligible to play, but he's been MIA so far this year.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

I've heard the games in Macau are keeping him there. He's playing the $1 million buy in, so we'll see him in Vegas, it's only a matter of time...

Matt R (NJ)

What is your opinion on multi-tabling live tournaments at the WSOP? I think it is a waste of money. Example: Daniel N went deep in the 1500 PL HOLDEM and bought into another 5k event. He basically blinded off the $5k because of the $1.5k final table when he could have saved the $5k buy in for another event by finishing the first before registering for another.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

Honestly, I think it's crazy. These guys are playing for incredible amounts of money and risking incredible amounts of money to do so. If they want to take the risk and play more than one event at a time, knowing full well that it probably decreases their odds of success, so be it. It's their money. The WSOP would never turn them away or change their policies because they're profiting from the entire situation as well. They might as well encourage it...

Lee (Washington)

Alan Bari, winner of 2011 5K NLHE. Fluke or legit?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:13 PM)

Absolutely legit. It's hard to criticize someone with $2.7 million in tournament earnings by saying their victory was a fluke. He may rub people the wrong way with his vocal nature, but its working.

Eric (LA)

What's the latest numbers on the Big One for One Drop? Last official release from April says 30 players but a lot of pros been tweeting out they'll play. Also, will it over shine the ME?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

Just heard from the WSOP that they're at 44 players with new names being announced soon. Pretty incredible that this field will sell out and I can't wait for the live final table on July 3, of course on ESPN. Will it over shine the main? No, not much can. The main event is a beast of its own and while it may share some of the spotlight this year, in 2013, there won't be any competition for the biggest tournament at the WSOP.

Kevin (Syracuse)

Do you think Ty Stewart's interview yesterday will calm the rough seas the WSOP has experienced so far?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:17 PM)

I thought Ty did a great job in that interview in explaining exactly what has gone wrong at the WSOP this year and what they've done to address the issues. I don't think it will calm the seas Kev, but I do think that his offer to meet with players will open a lot of avenues for discussion that weren't available. Now, he has to follow through on that and the players have to see tangible results or else it was all talk. Ty and his team know they made some big mistakes and now that damage control has been done, they need to start working to make everyone happier once again.

Goldy (NYC)

First off congrats on the baby and the shout out on Fox Detroit! When will ESPN begin broadcasting this years WSOP? Will they show any non Hold Em?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:18 PM)

Thank you, Goldy. The first event of the WSOP that will air on ESPN will be the $1 million buy in. The live final table will be broadcast on July 3 on ESPN and ESPN2, starting at 4 p.m. ET. There will only be no-limit hold 'em on TV this year, but to watch the final tables of all the events, head to WSOP.com where they're showing a wide variety through their feeds.

Chad L (Chicago)

Did you apologize to Sam Trickett for jinxing him in the $10K HU event?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:19 PM)

Not yet.

Aaron (Texas)

I think the attendance is really picking up. A few are disappointed in the $10k heads up, but most people who play in these tournaments don't care whether it's $10k or $25k. What do you think?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

Define "picking up". I think attendance has been OK thus far, not a true success. The $10K heads-up was about as terrible a showing as I could've imagined given that it's usually one of the most popular events in any venue around the world. You're right though, a lot of the players really probably didn't care that it was a $10K or a $25K. If they felt they have an edge in heads-up play, they'd play in the event.

Danny (Michigan)

Is Ivey playing poorly, or getting unlucky?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:25 PM)

I don't think he's playing poorly. It's tough for him to come back day after day when he's coming so close to the money repeatedly, and knowing how many close calls he's had, it's only a matter of time until he wins that key flip around the bubble and runs it to a final table.

Aaron (Texas)

I'm saying that since the $10k surpassed last year's $25k, it is a good thing considering most of the player's are indifferent about the buy-in.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:29 PM)

Yes, 152 is better than 128, but the last 10K heads-up at the WSOP in 2010 had a field of 256...

Eric (LA)

John Juanda the early favorite for POY? He seems to be off to great start

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

Three cashes are nice for Juanda, but no final tables. Aubin Cazals currently leads the race thanks to his one bracelet, but he can't keep the top spot unless he makes a few more big scores. Look for John Monnette to make a run for it. He's going to play all the non NL hold 'em events and is off to a great start as well.

Goldy (NYC)

How are the bracelet leaders (Hellmuth, Chan, Doyle) doing this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:32 PM)

Hellmuth has two cashes already while Chan and Doyle haven't left their seats at the cash games. Doyle teased on Twitter that he might come play some WSOP events soon, but he knows that he has a better chance to make some real money just down the street...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:32 PM)

Hellmuth has two cashes already while Chan and Doyle haven't left their seats at the cash games. Doyle teased on Twitter that he might come play some WSOP events soon, but he knows that he has a better chance to make some real money just down the street...

Keith H (Seattle)

Andrew, could we please get more frequent updates on how the Fantasy Teams are doing this year? Thanks for all your great work.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:36 PM)

I posted it on Twitter yesterday, but if you missed 'em, here are the standings through 8 events (does not count Event 10): Wise: 117, Bradley: 100, Feldman: 56, Brikis: 53, Pilgrim: 51, Chops: 51, Lee: 44, Baldwin: 41, Holloway: 13, Negreanu: 0

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

What's the chatter around the WSOP about legislation getting passed to open up internet poker to U.S. residents again?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:37 PM)

It's really looking like state-by-state is how the market will open up. The question is if the individual states will offer intra or interstate iPoker. If its intra, the industry will never reach its potential. If it's inter, there's still a chance. I think it will still pass on a federal level, but not before some states give it a shot on their own. Look for the first states to be up and running by the end of the year...no promises though.

Keith H (Seattle)

Thanks. I don't tweet.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:39 PM)

Doesn't mean you can't follow a Twitter feed! When you join, don't forget to follow @ESPN_Poker

Joe (NYC)

Is Ivey playing in he shootout today?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:40 PM)

Sure is. Ivey made the final table of a shootout in 2009...

Harrison (New York)

What do you think of Cory Ziedman's POY chances?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:43 PM)

Cory said he's not going to play a lot of events this summer and that might hurt his POY chances. The other challenge for Zeidman is that he really excels in stud events, but has never made a non-stud game final table at the WSOP. He'd have to overcome that in a big way to win POY in 2012.

Chad L (Chicago)

Where would you put the over/under for number of entrants in the Main Event? 5,200?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:44 PM)

Over. 6,150 is my guess this year. I hope I'm wrong and it goes well over that too.

Chris (Alabama)

Without TV, what kind of number do you expect for the $50k 8 Game?

Harrison (New York)

Does 75 entrants for the Players championship sound about right to you?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:47 PM)

I think you're in the ballpark, but it might be even lower. With the $1 million buy in taking up even more of the overall bankroll available to the players this year, it's going to be very hard to get the fringe players in the $50K. Once again, I'd love to be wrong, but I think we might be looking at a disappointing 60s. No TV, no site endorsements, no backers...it doesn't look good for the $50K.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:49 PM)

Thanks for all the questions today everyone! I'll be back for another chat on Friday. Talk to you then!