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Better result for poker: a Selbst/Ho/Boeree Main Event winner, or a Negreanu/Chan/Esfandiari Main Event winner?
Tough side for me to take. I think a Negreanu/Chan/Esfandiari winner would do a ton, especially with good press coveage, but a female champion could immediately change the game forever. I'm going with the ladies.
Somerville & Selbst are favorites. Name your top 5 favorites at this point.
This tournament is made for a player like Somerville so I'll agree with you there. Selbst is getting into too many tough spots. I think her hyper-aggro style might not work on these final days given the field that's left. My four others to watch: Lee Childs, Johnny Chan, Eric Baldwin and Phil Collins...
@Emanuel I think it would be better for a Women to win it but they're all pro' so and they would promote the game a lot.
Heard about Negreanu's(sp?) big hand where he lost 250k AA to Q-10. Where is he now chip stack wise?
He's short with just about 100K...which is still 20 big blinds. I think he's in the same boat as Ivey was the other day -- we'll know right away if he's going to make it through the day. His chips should be in the center soon...
good job on the espn daily podcast!
Thanks, Dave! For those that didn't listen to last night's yet, its right here: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=8162882
What would be your over/under on number of players if One Drop had been held four or five years ago in the midst of the Full Tilt/Pokerstars boom and the roll that sites played in player backing?
Love this question...and there was no cap? Probably 100.
Being that the poker crowd, and gamblers in general, are a superstitious bunch, why wouldn't the wsop make the number of payouts 665 or 667, to avoid having the mystical 666?
I agree...lots of people talking about that today. Half the guys haven't changed their shirts, yet we expect them not to be superstitious about 666? No chance...
Are you aware of anything from the one drop that shows the %'s and who the backers are?
Players are not making this information public...and they are in no way obligated to
Are we likely to see a US champ or since Black Friday, are we more likely to see a foreign champ both this year and the years to come than in years past?
The number of international players increases every year, but the US has won more than 75% of the bracelets this year. I'll take a US champion but five members at the final table from outside of the US.
How big a story would a Johnny Chan Nov. 9 appearance be?
Pretty huge. It really just shows how much Johnny hasn't fallen off despite not playing tournaments at all. Oh, plus the fact that he could become a three-time champion and win his 11th bracelet. Might not be anything bigger... He would also be a strong representative during the final table hiatus since his name carries a lot of weight even outisde of poker circles. He's Johnny ... Chan!
Daniel's actually one of the higher stacks at his table...does that change his play from getting chips in quickly?
The whole table will have the same mentality... I think he may be able to have a little more flexibility, but it's not going to change a four-bet all-in during the first hour.
So you do you think of the WSOPTD ruling on the Cash game? Where a guy mucked his card face up, then joking stated all in
Miserable. It's not WSOP TD though, it's a cash game, so it's just floor staff.
The main event is starting...get back to tweeting coverage...I look for your tweets all day for the latest info on the main event
I appreciate that. Not too much? I think I'm killing too many timelines...
Any details about some of the big cash games that went on while the One Drop guys were in town? Rumors about $1,000,000+ buy-ins...
The $2K/$4K/$10K NL game had a $1M buy-in which is insane. That game was happening not just during One Drop, but often during of the WSOP.
Do you think play begins tight or do we see a lot of all-ins early to get to the money bubble?
Lots of all-ins already. Lots of unhappy faces walking out the doors of the Amazon Room. Pretty brutal to play for four days and just miss the cash.
Why is Selbst able to play such a hyper-aggro style and get it in with K6, but if someone beats her with a similar hand, she berates them? What does your insight tell you why they have that train of though?
Because she believes her aggression should get people of the hand. In most spots, Selbst is the one shoving most of the time, so when she gets called and is behind, there's nothing she can do. When other opponents shove on her, it's their mistake... Clearly it's not the right mentality, but that's the thought process.
What's the best part about your job?
Today. Watching the field get into the money.
With so many mid-level pro's how do you decide on which one's to report about?
It's a challenge to cover them all, so I try to pick the ones that I feel have legs for a long run...Most of the time I pick the wrong ones...
Based on the players remaining, what would be your perfect dream final table (however unrealistic that it might be)?
Johnny, Antonio, Daniel, Somerville, Pollak, Luongo, Selbst, Liv, and a 55-year-old amateur chip leader.
Obviously it's early, but can you make any predictions about changes that might be in store for next year's WSOP?
I'd expect another re-entry event, another four-handed event and a $100K buy-in Players Championship.
Have you had a chance to play yourself while in Vegas? Or has it been all work, and no chance to sit down at a poker table yourself?
Have you seen my Twitter feed? Just kidding...I have no time out here for anything but the main event.
Don't cover my play then please, Andrew
You are not a mid-level pro. You move the needle. People want to know how you are doing. Players like Negreanu are the no-brainers to follow.
Putting you to the test Feldman... what are the odds of ever having a repeat main event winner?
When? Ever? It's bound to happen eventually.
Can you share more of the "brutal muck story" for those that aren't aware?
The story goes that a guy was playing in a cash game, threw his cards in the muck in a $300 pot, joked that he was all-in and his opponent called the floor and ruled that he was all-in for his entire $3K stack. Pretty poor of the opponent to act in that fashion...
Has Phil Gordon played any this Wsop? Miss his commentary. Will he be back?
Nope. Doubt he'll ever be back. He's moved on to other ventures.
Were you happy with the amount of mainstream coverage that Antonio got winning One Drop? Do you think an amateur winning would've been a bigger story?
I think Antonio did a great job as the One Drop champion. He received a lot of opportunities and accepted most of them. The story gets bigger every day he moves on in the main event.
Do you sleep at all during the main event?
A couple hours a night. Coffee is good.
Aloha, wondering what your thoughts were on the "Hit The Showers" guy and the "Maholla"? Were they having fun or just being kids?
They haven't stopped talking in two days...I'm sure they'll make an appearance on the broadcast and you'll be able to weigh in for yourself...
You mean you doubt Phil G. will ever be back at the felt, or doing commentary?
Why do you hate "Player of the Day"? LOL
Why do I hate Player of the Day?
It seems that Negreanu is at the feature table every year for the World Series. Does this help him, hurt him, or not matter due to the amount of television exposure he has had over the years?
While it might allow more people to see his game and definitely expose him a little bit, his comfort under the lights is such a benefit when he's playing against others who are in this position for the very first time.
Could you reiterate what ESPN's plan is for broadcasting the Main Event?
One Drop, National Championship, then Main event. On Tuesday nights, schedule here: http://espn.go.com/poker/story/_/id/7891468/espn-broadcast-wsop-main-event-big-one-one-drop-national-championship-part-2012-coverage. Then main event final table live in October.
If Antonio were to win the ME, would that perhaps be enough for a mini boom in poker? A single player winning over $26mil in a year could be big news, right?
Huge news. Plus, he's Antonio. Great with media and already has an established image.
With how many left will they start playing hand-for-hand?
The usually start when they are nine away from the money.
If you had a choice of investing your money in the stock market or handing it to Doyle Brunson, and only getting 25% of the return he gets on it, which would you take?
I'm a terrible investor, so I'd go with Doyle.
Do you think we could ever see the main event covered virtually live? With featured tables being live or tape-delayed on ESPN from Day 1?
Yes. The climate in the industry would have to change significantly in order for that to happen.
Bigger story - a Ben Lamb/Phil Collins repeat November 9 appearance, or an Antonio Esfandiari back-to-back final tables in One Drop and the Main Event?
Ben's not going to make it since he's out (http://espn.go.com/fantasy/blog/_/name/poker/id/8162526/wsop-2012-ben-lamb-eliminated-main-event), but Collins or O'Dea or Holden making it back would be incredible and even more impressive than Antonio.
If online poker gets passed, do you think companies like Harrahs would ever purchase an online site like Pokerstars, or would they just start their own?
Start their own...
On the Pokeredge Podcast. You have been forgetting to do Player of the Day at the end.
I don't have anything good to give away this year! I'll pick it up tonight...
Any leads on branding the new final table? "The Final Nine" maybe? That way, it can stick no matter when it's played. (Why did they change it from Nov again? Ratings?)
It was changed to October due to the Presidential election. The "Final Table" really should be a big enough reference to this group in general.
Ok, I've gotta get back on the floor! Thanks for all the questions and remember that you can follow everything that's going on Twitter - @AFeldmanESPN. I'll be back Monday for the final day of the main event before October! Have a great weekend!