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June 22, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (1:59 PM)

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

Dan (NYC)

O/U on Ivey final tables this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:02 PM)

20-something events left to start...I'll give him 2 more...and one bracelet. He'll set the record for most final tables all-time if he makes them as well.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:03 PM)

Just because there are questions coming in, there are two people named Andrew Feldman in the poker world. I'm not the guy you're asking about...

Vince (NYC)

If Phil Ivey can win a bracelet, do you believe it is one of the greatest WSOP runs in a single year?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:03 PM)

Already is. Gary Wise wrote a great column that will be up momentarily about Ivey's incredible WSOP thus far. I'll post it here when it's set.

Matt R (NJ)

Who of the current 2012 bracelet winners has the best chance of a "double dip" this summer? Mr. PH would be my guess. Has there been any other close calls for a repeat winner in 12'?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:05 PM)

Monnette has made three final tables so far, and with the big mixed game Players Championship coming up, he'll be one to watch to double. Andy Frankenberger and Brian Hastings are probably good candidates for that honor as well.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:06 PM)

As far as Hellmuth winning his second, he is playing incredibly well and is highly motivated to up his finish from the Players Championship a year ago.

Angel (The Tuke)

so how about that shulman family.. pretty impressive uh?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:08 PM)

Pretty sick run by all three of them for make a final table during the span of one week, but Allyn beating the field of 4K is just impressive. She has household bragging rights at this point, even if Barry did win the WSOPE main.

Jordan (Columbia, MO)

Any word on how many entrants are expected for the One Drop $1 million dollar buy-in tourney?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:09 PM)

Expected to sell out at 48. Last official count I heard was 43. Don't count on people saying they're in on Twitter...wait for the official list.

Bob (Seattle)

Do you think it grates on Ivey to get so close, but yet not win? Considering the wide gap in profitability for Ivey between winning a bracelet and finishing second, it has to be annoying to fall just short.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:11 PM)

I think he's the only person who could win 500K and be ultimately angry. The bracelet bets make second place basically like a min-cash for him, plus, we have to remember that he's also paying out if he loses the bets...

Harrison (New York)

Can you really say Joe Cada isn't the Real deal after a 2nd place in another huge field?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:12 PM)

The only people that really see Cada as a fluke are those that base his game strictly on what they saw at one final table on ESPN... Cada is a solid player and if he manages to win the 40:60 during early heads-up play, he's got his second bracelet.

Joe (NYC)

Can you imagine what Hellmuth would have done if that had been his 88 cracked at a final table by 62o? Ivey just looked a little annoyed.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:14 PM)

Ivey gave the "I can't believe that a 6-2 just cost me a couple million" stare and immediately moved on. Hellmuth would've ranted for about three weeks...at least. Although I'm not going to lie and say I wouldn't want to see the explosion when the straight hit...

Angel (The Tuke)

so what do you think of the new trend of #realIveyTweets making fun of the @philIvey tweeter feed not being him. Pretty funny stuff.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:16 PM)

Lots of clever tweets out there and I think everyone knows its not Ivey running that account...at least its active again...only took a year to get it moving...

chris (Salem, va)

I have a clown question Bro...Whats going on with Jason Mercier. Havent heard much about him thus far this WSOP

Andrew Feldman
  (2:17 PM)

Thanks, Bryce. Mercier hasn't had a good WSOP so far, but he's entering Day 2 of the $10K PLO in 11th out of the final 88...could be a good time for him to start his run.

Vince (Harrison, NY)

Where has Johnny Chan been? i have not heard his name much

Andrew Feldman
  (2:18 PM)

Johnny does one thing during the WSOP: play cash games. He's there for the money, not the bracelets.

Jesse May (Copenhagen)

It's been 4 years since Daniel Negreanu won a bracelet. Do you think he is running bad, or that for some reason he is not performing at his best in the WSOP environment? And what reason would it be?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:19 PM)

Looks like he's just getting cold decked repeatedly. Negreanu, perhaps more than anyone, has a huge target on him due to his stature in the poker world. While most pros can get through the amateurs basically unnoticed, Negreanu doesn't have that option. Everyone knows him. Everyone wants to have the story about busting him. He made one final table this year, which is more than most players at the Series...

Josh (Philly)

Now I know you don't know for sure, and you don't want to give it away early, but do you think there is any chance that Ivey isn't atop the Nuts this month? Also, in actual $$$, how much do you think his bracelet bets are for this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:20 PM)

I don't know for sure, but I might have to kick off any panelist who doesn't have Ivey in their top spot this month. As for the bets, rumors are that if he wins, he makes north of $4M. Not bad...

Marty (Raleigh)

Thoughts on Haralabos Voulgaris buying a seat for the One Drop tournament off a guy who basically won the seat from a scratch off? Any rumors on how much he paid?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:22 PM)

Great +EV play. Would love to know how much he paid for it OR if he's just a middle man and is planning on selling the seat to someone else. The fact that the seats can be exchanged like this is adding another interesting element to the event.

Andrew (WI)

Are they sticking with the 48 cap for the One Drop? How many guys are going to get left out of that?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:22 PM)

Hard cap of 48 players. As far as players getting left out...they've had a year to register...at this point, if they're shut out, its probably their fault.

Jordan (Columbia, MO)

Has there been any speculation during the WSOP about the legalization of online poker on a national scale?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:24 PM)

Really looking like state-by-state to start....no federal movement at all recently...

Andrew Feldman
  (2:24 PM)

Really looking like state-by-state to start....no federal movement at all recently...

Jeff (SC)

Can you give quick explanation about what voulgaris did? I missed that story

Andrew Feldman
  (2:28 PM)

Sure. It starts out in Canada where a casino awarded a slot player a seat into a freeroll for the $1M seat. That slot player didn't play poker, so he asked three people to play in the event. The first two couldn't, but the third accepted...and won. The guy who won the seat, Carlos Nahas, then sold his seat to Voulgaris...

Jason (York,PA)

What do you think Phil Ivey's run says in terms of the fleeting thought that some people have towards poker being more luck than skill?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:31 PM)

Gary Wise's column takes care of that answer and is a must read for anyone wanting to know just how incredible Ivey's WSOP has been: http://espn.go.com/poker/story/_/id/8084850/wsop-2012-phil-ivey-changing-history-incredible-2012-wsop

Randy (Vegas)

Any news on Ivey adding the One Drop to his schedule? Event will lose some luster if he doesnt play wont it?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:32 PM)

No new news...he's not officially registered yet...

Jason (York,PA)

I just finished reading the article, I guess I should be more direct with the question. Does his run, and that article add a empirical evidence that could be brought to law makers to show exactly how much skill is actually involved in poker? In essence, do you think his run will help the case for legal online poker?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:34 PM)

I think the past few years on the poker circuit have provided enough empirical evidence regarding the luck versus skill debate. Yes, this run can definitely serve as a great example, but there have been so many stories of consistent success for the past few years that it is hard for lawmakers to simple sit back and claim that poker is predominantly luck.

Josh (Philly)

Excellent question by Jason/York,PA lol... but now for my question lol.. do you think the plethora of pros making final tables/bracelets that it may hurt the amateur attendance? as they may see it as an even longer shot to plop down a few grand in any given event?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:38 PM)

I think amateur attendance is already significantly down. The "anyone can win" attitude may have adjusted based on the consistent professional victories, but there will always be those looking to take a shot and for the experience of being at the WSOP. Once legalization hits, the amateur demographic will increase once again.

Jaxx (Philly)

Any stories of disqualifications? players putting chips in pockets? cursing tirades?

Andrew Feldman
  (2:42 PM)

Always cursing tirades, but there hasn't been anything, besides stealing someone's lunch, that has really been headline-worthy along those lines. The WSOP has done a great job keeping things in order after a not-so-optimal first week.

Andrew Feldman
  (2:43 PM)

Thanks for all the questions today! Talk to you all next week...after Phil Ivey makes two more final tables...