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July 9, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (3:00 PM)

Hey everyone. Day 1C is about to begin! Send in your questions now, I'll get started in a minute.

Matt R (NJ)

Do you think the main event should be a re-entry event? If you bust on Day 1A then you can re-enter the next day and the next until Day 1D? It would make the numbers go way up with pros and the rich taking multiple shots.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:04 PM)

Nooooo. I think that's where I would draw the line. Re-entry events are great, but the main event is simply untouchable in terms of buy-in and modifications of that sort. At least I hope so.

BILL (NJ)

is doyle playing this year...main event

Andrew Feldman
  (3:04 PM)

He's not here yet...so it really doesn't look like it.

Dan (NYC)

So what's your prediction for total entrants? and early line on next year's ME#?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:07 PM)

This place is packed right now. I set a new line this morning at 6,670...and people are taking the over.

Jabberwocky (Chicago)

Andrew, as the voice of ESPN's online poker page and a journalist, don't you feel like you should be reporting more on FTP? It seems kind of bogus that you can't get Phil Gordon to talk after keeping him employed for years.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:09 PM)

There is honestly nothing to report right now, but there will be soon. The negotiations between the DoJ, FTP and PokerStars are continuing and due to the nature of that deal, everyone needs to be tight-lipped. As for Phil, he, just like all the other pros who represented the site, can't comment on it...even to me. Sorry...

Dave (Philly)

How much buzz is still going on from One Drop?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:10 PM)

A good amount. It was a great event and the talk in the halls around here is usually people asking each other how much Antonio really had of himself. Loving that the players can watch the replays on the screens around the Amazon Room as they play the main event.

Dan (NYC)

Speaking of FTP, what's the feeling in Vegas about the chances at the PS/FTP purchase?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:10 PM)

Imminent.

Jobin (Quincy)

Do you have any idea how Olivier Busquet was brought into the ESPN live broadcast? Whoever made that decision should get a raise.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:11 PM)

Haha. Olivier did a great job both this year and last year during our live coverage. I'll pass that note on to the appropriate people.

Eric (LA)

Any more details about Trickett getting jumped? Is he playing today?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:13 PM)

He is playing today, I'll try to talk to him about it then.

Scooby (Mystery Machine)

How does the Vegas Main Event compare to the Europe Main Event in size and caliber?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:14 PM)

The main event here in Vegas usually has a field 9-10 times bigger than the WSOPE main event. Winning the WSOPE bracelet may be tougher given the lack of amateurs in that field, but still, making it through nine days is ridiculously tough no matter what.

Scott (Indiana)

Does ESPN plan on showing live like they did last year? Or if not, why did that go away?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:15 PM)

The final table will be live in October. No live coverage during the main event like last year. Unfortunately I can't comment on the last part, that was a decision made by the TV side.

Bill (Tampa)

Why not for Doyle? What about Raymer, Moneymaker and Harrington

Andrew Feldman
  (3:16 PM)

Doyle said it is too much for him. Raymer is out. Harrington advanced yesterday and Moneymaker plays today.

Kevin (England)

Trickett got jumped? Whats the story?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:18 PM)

After the final table he went out, got jumped and that really is the most we all know based on what he's said publicly. I'll try to get more on it later....

Kevin (Vegas)

Surprised Dwan even wastes his time dropping 10k for main event considering he busts on in the first hour every year

Andrew Feldman
  (3:19 PM)

He just didn't look like himself. Maybe he was here after a long stint at the cash games, maybe he hasn't slept in a couple weeks, who knows. In any case, he had a double up quick or go home approach and we know how that worked out.

Ho (Brooklyn)

Do you think we'll see more $1M buyin events in the future? Do you think they'll keep capping them?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:20 PM)

I think we may see them every few years. I don't think the poker economy could handle an annual $1M event. As for the cap, I really hope not, but if they want the businessmen to keep playing, they might just have to.

Ben (Charlotte)

other than covering the players, does a PS/FT deal pave the way at all to legalizing online poker in the states?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:22 PM)

Not quite, but it will help. Getting a bill through congress is going to be a big challenge but knowing that the DoJ is content in their spot will be a big piece of this and is a removal of one of the major obstacles

Justin (Denver)

Do the pros like the blind structure of the ME, or is it one of those things that will always have it's detractors?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:23 PM)

It's rare that you hear pros complain about the blind structure of the main. It really is so slow that if they are unhappy, it's that the early levels aren't going up quick enough. That's typically the opposite of anything they'd say in any other tournament. Jack Effel and his team have done a great job with these structures.

Ryan (Vegas)

Was there any backlash to Einhorn? not wanting/trying to show his cards to the cameras during the Main Event? Since they sign the agreements before hand, would that be subject to a penalty or what happens? Thanks, keep up the good work!

Andrew Feldman
  (3:25 PM)

No backlash. He was told a couple times at the table to show his hands and he complied with that for the most part. The players do sign agreements before play starts that essentially asks them to comply with the hole card cameras

Jeff (KS)

Has Ivey already started the ME? If so, update? If not, then ok.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:25 PM)

Started today, sitting next to '11 November Niner Phil Collins.

Scott (Tampa)

Do you like it now with only 3 Day 1's? Do you think they could reduce it down to one day 2, or would that take too long of time on each day 1 to get down that low?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:27 PM)

With a daily capacity of 4,870 players, there's no reason this can't be a two-day starting event. That said, I don't think there can be only one Day 2 yet because the remaining field would be too large. I think one of the WSOP's goals this year was to make the time spent in Vegas by the amateurs a little less. They could've tightened it even further but this schedule is definitely a good start.

Joe Z. (Toronto)

Is there any significance to the colour coding I read about in the rooms. Seems like the stars and top poker pros are always in the purple section. Just coincidence?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:27 PM)

Coincidence. Table draw is random.

Jobin (Quincy)

What's it gonna take to get poker back on TV? No more HSP or PAD, ESPN's drastically reduced coverage in the past few years... basically online poker needs to get legalized in the US and then PS needs to buy a crapload of ad space, right?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:28 PM)

Ding!

Mike (Boston)

If someone folded the entire day, would they make it through Day 1?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:28 PM)

Yes, with about 12,000 out of the starting 30,000.

Justin (Denver)

Has anyone done any work to track the top 50 or so finishers each year to find out where they were through the first portion of they tournament? Just curious if it makes a difference to get off to a great start, or if you can just average your way thorughout each day.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:29 PM)

We did a similar analysis last year by looking at the top 10 after the Day 1s...Off the top of my head, I think Lamb and Heinz both were among the leaders after their first starting days. Someone in '10 was in the same situation...sorry for the lack of detail, but yes, a good start makes a difference.

Matt (Boulder, CO)

Who is at the featured table today?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:30 PM)

Haven't left my seat since play has started, so can't really tell from here. Will tweet out after the chat is over.

Phil (Las Vegas)

When's the next time we get an >30 y.o. Main Event champion?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:31 PM)

Good question. I think we'll get a 30+ in the next three years.

Dan (NYC)

With 2k+ players playing, how fast do tables break?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:32 PM)

Right now tables are 10 handed, so before any tables break, one player needs to be removed from each table. Later on tonight, probably during Levels 4 and 5, a table will break every few minutes.

Eric (LA)

Gut instinct and taking into consideration chip counts, which pros from days 1A & 1B do you see making a super deep run this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:35 PM)

Baldwin, Selbst and Negreanu. Vanessa having chips on Day 1 is usually a really bad thing for the rest of the field....well, either that or we get a new chip leader after a failed six-bet bluff.

Rhodes (Lexington)

Andrew, Did you find anything wrong with how the Poker Brat qualified for One Drop?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:35 PM)

Not really. He gave away pieces and made a lot of those players happy...very similar to how many of the pros got in.

Jobin (Quincy)

Let me answer Eric from LA's question, Feldman style: "I think (Big-Name Player X) is really gearing up for a big run. He's really locked in lately and has had disappointing results in the preliminary WSOP events, so I expect him to have 9 billion chips by the end of day 2 because it's #goodforthegame." How'd I do Andrew?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:36 PM)

I think 9 billion is a little too over the top...but yeah, spot on.

Joe (NYC)

Have you heard any rumors on how much Ivey lost on his bracelet bet this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:36 PM)

There's still the main, plus WSOP Europe. Hasn't lost anything yet...

Dave ((NJ))

So if there's all this talk about how much Antonio had of himself, is there any consensus yet? Any good guesses, at least?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:37 PM)

Many are guessing around 10-15%. Nobody knows for sure though.

Clay (Charlotte)

Which "celebrity" do you see making it the farthest? Pollak?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:39 PM)

He was scared money during the last level the other night. He needs to completely get out of the perception that he's playing to endorse the site and instead, try and win. Luongo can play...could be a crazy story if he makes a run.

Ryan (Vegas)

Guys like Dwan, Ivey, and Mercier, who play every event they can plus all the cash games. Legitmately, how much sleep you think they get during the WSOP?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:42 PM)

I think they put in marathon sessions, crash for 12 hours and go back at it. I'd go with an average of six hours a night during the WSOP with 0 hours factoring in a number of times.

Chuck (Dallas)

Do you know what time you and your team will publish today's 1C updates? Can't sit at work and read this chat all day as much as I'd like to!

Andrew Feldman
  (3:44 PM)

I tweet incessantly at AfeldmanESPN, but blog and video updates will be at about 2/5/7/10/2 PT.

Joe (Toronto)

I don't understand why they let you buy into a days event up to the second level or something. Isn't there a distinct advantage in seeing who has been eliminated in the first two levels (theoretically anyway)

Andrew Feldman
  (3:45 PM)

Very few players are knocked out during the first two levels of the main event...and while the assumption of seeing who busted would be true, I don't think registering late gives a distinct advantage.

Dennis (Philly)

Change your headshot, dude. Blue Steel you ain't.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:47 PM)

No kidding! I've had that photo since 2004...it's time to change it. I agree.

Ray (Vegs)

You think Hellmuth was wiped out/too fatigued by the time the ME rolled around?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:51 PM)

He looked tired, frustrated, anxious and just wasn't himself. No shock that he busted on Day 1A after seeing him at the table.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:52 PM)

Thanks for all the questions today. We'll do this again tomorrow at the same time! Speak to you all then!