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July 11, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (3:01 PM)

Afternoon everyone! Welcome to today's WSOP chat! Send in the questions now, we'll get started in a minute.

Keith H (Seattle)

What were the Fantasy Standings going into The Main Event? Thanks again.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:03 PM)

I think I won. I'll have the full counts later on today and post them in the blog.

Eric (LA)

Day 1 chipleader busted? 266k to out! Bad play or unlucky?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:04 PM)

Brutally bad play...well, he played every single hand. So he played very hand, and played most of them poorly. Not a good day for William John.

Josh (Philly)

I know we don't have any "right" to know, but its the pains of celebrity. Do you think after taxes are filed and whatnot, we would be able to get an idea of how much Esfandiari and Trickett had of themselves in the One Drop?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:06 PM)

I doubt it. I don't think information like that is going to be publicly available.

Zach (Vegas)

Any idea on estimates for how many will be left going into day 3?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:08 PM)

I was thinking 2K from the start. With 842/856 advancing from yesterday (nobody knows apparently) and 2300 or so playing today, it still seems like a good estimate. Playing form 2K to about 800 on Day 3, then into the money and down to 250 or so on Day 4, then 72, then 27, then 9

Danny (MI)

Are the women in the main event playing as impressively as it seems?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:10 PM)

The women are playing incredibly well. Bernard Lee called it the the year of the woman before the main event and so far in the main, they're putting on a show.

Q (NJ)

Where is the Inside Deal??????

Andrew Feldman
  (3:10 PM)

On permanent hiatus...

from @RealKidPoker (DNegs Twitter)

Random thought: there are more strong/intelligent woman in poker today both at the tables and on the media side than ever before.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:11 PM)

Agreed

Phil Ivey (Las Vegas)

Can I make my 6th final table of the summer in the main event?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:11 PM)

You may be out by the time this chat is over...big first level for you today.

Matt R (NJ)

To the outside observer like me, the main event doesn't get exciting until everyone is playing on the same day in the same field. I can't keep track of day 1a/2a 1b/2b 1c/2c chip leaders and who's playing today and who's playing tomorrow. Are you ready to be done with the split fields? I know I am.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:13 PM)

I'm in your camp. The split fields makes it extremely tough to cover this event and there really is nothing better than when they all converge together on Day 3 and we're finally able to see who emerges. The fewer starting Days and Day 2s the better in my book.

Jasen (North Royalton, Ohio)

Andrew, while I have to think your job would be a blast, I don't envy all the work that must be entailed in covering such a vast field. That being said, could you please let us know how everyone from the November Nine in 2011 is doing? Thanks.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:16 PM)

Appreciate the good words. Staszko and Makiievskyi are the only members of last year's November Nine that are out right now. That said, Pius Heinz is the only man to have made Day 3. The rest are currently in action right now.

Willow (Southside)

What was behind the decision to reduce the opening days from 4, down to 3 and to keep days 1a and 1b separate on day 2a?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:21 PM)

The reduction of starting days was for a couple reasons. First, the WSOP can now seat 4,870 players per day. They understood the expected turnout and planned accordingly. As for keeping day 1A and 1B separate, I really have no reason why they chose to do that. It's not like they needed to given the size of the remaining fields, but maybe they thought combining them could create a capacity issue...

Willow (Southside)

Is it true that it does not seem that Pius Heinz has the buzz has several of the past champs over the past say dozen years?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:21 PM)

You barely recognize he's here. It's actually pretty sad. He's like fallen into the Varkonyi category...like an also-ran. No rail, no excitement, just another player.

Jon (Tampa, FL)

Is Ali Nejad going to be apart of the WSOP Poker Tuesday Night? He was great on poker after dark.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:21 PM)

Nope

Roger (NY)

Why so many people with weird costumes? Cat suits? Umbrella hats? I thought this was supposed to be a serious poker tournament.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:22 PM)

People are having fun...personally I don't mind it as long as its not too over the top.

Ian (LA)

Do you know if there are any plans for some live streaming for the ME?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:24 PM)

Not this year...at least not that I know of.

Jaxx (Philly)

What exactly was/is the Championship tournament?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:26 PM)

The National Championship is basically the culmination of the WSOP Circuit. Players could earn their way into the event for free by winning the WSOPC main event at each stop, winning the Player of the Casino title at each stop, or being in the top 60 (or so) overall throughout the entire Circuit. Then, the top 100 players on the WSOP's Player Rankings could buy-in for $10K.

Jim (Boston)

Did the Bingo Players....Dennis Phillips and Darvin Moon play this year? results?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:26 PM)

Both out. Phillips lost set over set on Day 1 (6s to 7s) and Darvin went out yesterday.

Alison (NC)

What did you think of the Phil Ivey interview on WSOP.COM? I figured he would not talk about FTP, I found it funny he did not want to name people who impressed him because he did not want them to know.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:26 PM)

Good interview, but left a lot more to be desired.

Reece (Miami)

Who is you're favorite for the National Championship?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:27 PM)

Gotta like Sam Stein's position right now, although David Baker going for his second bracelet of the summer is a ton of motivation for him.

Eric (LA)

Better for poker, a woman makes final table or a big name pro like Daniel makes it?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:27 PM)

I'll be greedy and ask for both. Probably Negreanu.

Willow (Southside)

If Ivey wins his 2nd PoY honor, who does he join as a multiple winner?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:28 PM)

He never won a first one...

Keith H (Seattle)

Might we assume The Inside Deal went the same place as Poker After Dark? (Gone due to sponsorship after Black Friday.)

Andrew Feldman
  (3:29 PM)

That could be an assumption to make.

Q (NJ)

Of the final 9, how many big name players (Ivey, Mizrachi types) do you think will be there?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:29 PM)

One big name, six mid-level pros, 2 amateurs...seems like the formula year after year

Mark (Boston)

Do you think the current lack of poker TV shows might explain why there's no heat on Heinz? In the past, he would have appeared on PAD, NBC's Heads Up tourney, etc., as every winner from Moneymaker to Duhamel has. As it stands now, few people have seen Heinz since November.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:30 PM)

Nobody has seen him at all since November in the US. He's done press in Europe, but not here. He also didn't want to do the typical main event champion press when he returned.

Steve (PA)

Hi Andrew. Yesterday in the small blinds section you mentioned that Phil Hellmuth missed his own bracelet ceremony. Razz was over on June 10th, why was the ceremony pushed back so far?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:30 PM)

Because it's Phil Hellmuth

Mike (Dallas)

Is there a listed TV time schedule for the Main Event on ESPN? If so where can I find it. Thanks

Andrew Feldman
  (3:32 PM)

Here's the schedule: http://espn.go.com/poker/story/_/id/7891468/espn-broadcast-wsop-main-event-big-one-one-drop-national-championship-part-2012-coverage

Jay (Albany, NY)

Has Annie Duke been seen at the WSOP this year? Couldn't imagine she'd be too popular amongst the field given the Epic Poker Disaster.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:32 PM)

She's been at the WSOP, but did not play the main event.

Robert (TX)

Wish more pros would be like Heinz. He gets to give a speech and all he says is "I know you guys are tired of this and just want to play, let's go". Seriously I can't stand all the ceremonies and parading around the people who run hot enough to win a donkament. Didn't know much about Heinz but from what I've seen of him in person and in interviews lately I really like the guy.

Willow (Southside)

I thought that Ivey was PoY in 2009 when he won 2 bracelets and made the ME final table, but I did not research further as that girl in the leopard suit and black high heels distracted me.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:34 PM)

Jeffrey Lisandro won POY that year thanks to his 3 bracelets.

Josh (Philly)

How is the World Championship a bracelet event if its truly not an open event?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:34 PM)

I know you mean the National Championship and..... DING! You know how I feel about bracelets in closed events.

Al (Boston)

What is your favorite day of the ME to cover?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:35 PM)

Money Day - Day 4. The bubble just creates such a great feeling in the room. There's the anticipation, nervousness and finally relief after its all over...then half the remaining field is eliminated in the next few hours. If you're in Vegas and want to choose a day to come, that's what I would recommend.

Reece (Miami)

Technical the National Championship is an open event because everyone has the opportunity to play in them during the year...

Andrew Feldman
  (3:36 PM)

True, but very debatable

Pam (FL)

Who have the biggest rails at the WSOP? I know Ivey, Hellmuth, and Kid Poker but who else do people like to watch.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:38 PM)

Celebrities. Kevin Pollak had a nice rail yesterday and once people realize that Jason Alexander is the guy with a mustache and hair, they stood around his table as well. Other pros that get love - Mercier, Jean-Robert Bellande, Erik Seidel, Antonio, Liv Boeree, Maria Ho...I think that's a good start to naming that group

Josh (Philly)

Just a note: I completely disagree with "Reece (Miami)", as yes the circuit events are open events, but not the Championship itself. An Open Event is any event that any player can simply pay their way in regardless of skill, rank or status. Only qualification is $$$.

Kent (IL)

Is ESPN doing more than just the final table on the 15 minute delay again this year or just the FT? I know you said no streaming, but last year I thought the last few days of the ME were virtually live?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:38 PM)

We are not airing Days 3-7 like we did a year ago. Just the final table...

Andy (PA)

What exactly is Hollywood Poker? I never heard of it until Kevin Pollack started doing the full court PR press on Twitter. When I went to the site, it seems like just another defunct poker site.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:39 PM)

I didn't either until three days ago. They're trying to build it up as a new, social place for poker where you can play against celebs for prizes.

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

After the chat yesterday and I did some research on the Erik Lindgren answer you gave and dug up the forum talk about how poorly he has been at repaying debts on prop bets and other gambling he has done. This made me want to pose a question to you: can you name me 5 professional poker players who 1) consistently win (even with some dry spells) 2) keep a healthy enough bankroll to maintain their ability to enter tournaments and play cash games without needing to be staked and 3) invest their profits in other businesses to ensure long-term financial stability? In other words, are there 5 successful and responsible poker players out there?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:41 PM)

Short answer - No. Longer answer - there are absolutely pros who make smart financial decisions, but even they go through cold streaks that cause them to rely on others for a stake here and there. The players that invest in other assets are also the ones that aren't going to be around for decades...

Steve (Roanoke)

How's Ben Lamb doing so far in the Main Event? Last November, there was a fair amount of debate as to whether he played the hand he got knocked out on boldly or foolishly. Eight months later, is there more of a consensus?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:44 PM)

He made it to Day 2 and I haven't been able to check on him yet today. I don't think there's more of a consensus now, but he still remains confident that he played in in the way he wanted to.

Josh (Philly)

Do you think Ivey or D.Brunson have had to be staked or borrow money in the last 10 years?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:44 PM)

Yes.

Andrew (Baltimore)

I want a poker pro to win the main event and go on national tv to talk about the game, that is what poker needs to get back to where it was and also help with online gaming to help create bigger live fields.

JL (SC)

Annie actually played in events? How was response?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:44 PM)

Cold-ish.

Eric (LA)

Ivey still surviving?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:45 PM)

Just heard he's out...

Zach (MD)

To Bryan's question, I remember people talking about when you know you've made it in poker. The winning answer was "when you realize you don't have to play poker anymore". The problem is that when you reach that point you lose motivation to work as hard as you need to work to stay at the top.

Jon (Tampa, FL)

How much would it affect poker if an established star (Kid Poker, Antonio, Ivey, Doyle to lesser extent Liv or Vanessa Selbst, etc.) to in the main event?

Andrew Feldman
  (3:48 PM)

First off, I would disagree and say that Liv/Vanessa would be a lesser extent. The key is that the pro who makes it must be willing to go above and beyond with media appearances to make people interested in the game and their success.

Andrew Feldman
  (3:48 PM)

Thanks for all the questions today! Speak to you all tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET!