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July 8, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (3:58 PM)

Hey everyone! It's Day 1C here at the WSOP main event and I'll be here each weekday during the tournament to take all your questions. Send 'em in now, we'll get started in a few

Eric (LA)

Better for game, Doyle, Ivey, Merson or Negreanu make a deep run in ME this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:03 PM)

Great four options, but out of that group, Daniel would be the the best. He can move the needle perhaps more than anyone else.

Rob (Frankfort, IL)

What kind of spectacle will Hellmuth unveil for his entrance into the tourney?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:03 PM)

No crazy entrance today. I have to say I'm relatively pleased with that decision.

Chops (Vegas)

Andrew--how bummed are you that you didn't propose to your wife in front of 1,000 degens at the WSOP?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:05 PM)

Yeah, that wouldn't be my first thought of a way to propose, but I guess if poker means the world to both of you, might as well.

Scott (Chagrin Falls)

how many runners for Day1C?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:06 PM)

No numbers posted as of yet. Tournament staff saying over 3K. I'm having a hard time seeing it so far, but would be happy to be wrong.

Al Riccobono (White Plains, NY)

Hey Andrew. Saw you posted there was no more line for Day 1C, etc.. What do you attribute the "possible" lower turnout for 2013 or what have you heard if this does in fact turn out to be the case?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

I think the low-limit hold 'em events were down across the board besides the Millionaire Maker. I think that since online poker left the US, more of the online pros that made their livings on the games have left the industry. Maybe their money was/is tied up online, maybe they just wanted to find something safer. In any case, I think the general player base for those that can truly afford a 10K is much smaller and the amateurs that took their shot years ago just aren't here.

- J - (Toronto, ON)

Did Loni Harwood/Daniel Alaei register? If so, you think they'll be too exhausted from yesterday's long days?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:09 PM)

I was here when Alaei won at 4 a.m. and after his victory I'm pretty sure he was talking to his friends about the main. Loni said during her winner's interview that she's definitely playing.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:14 PM)

Sorry, internet issues here. Back to the Qs...

Cosmo (New Haven, CT)

Hey Feldman, it's your buddy Cosmo. You're a poker guy, we should call you FELTman. Anyway, two questions:1) Who's your favorite player to watch at this year's tourney?2) When we going to play cards again?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

Hey Cos. Favorite player to watch this year will be Hellmuth. He's had a relatively awful WSOP so no matter what he does today it'll be entertaining. Good chance of a blowup at some point and really, that's what we're all looking for. 2) I'm in.

Ryan (Hoover, AL)

Speaking of Loni, do you see a female making it to the final 50 this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

I do. Loni has a great story right now, would love to see it continue in the main event.

Peter (Rochester, NY)

Another reason for tournament attendance decline is that fields are getting older-fewer and fewer American 21/22/23 year olds at the tables nowadays (kids that would start at 18 or earlier online). Without people being introduced to the game, there are fewer and fewer to pick up when older players who have taken their shot leave the game.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:18 PM)

We had this exact conversation on the podcast last night. Or maybe we had it right before and I wasn't recording (oops). The Black Friday scenario really created a strange situation for those that liked to play in the 18-21 age range. The 18 and 19 year olds probably just went back to college, which is a good thing, and left poker behind for the most part. The 20/21 year-olds who were invested had a tougher choice, but their first year of WSOP eligibility was either '11 or '12 which means that the "farm system" is no longer producing new players.

Kurt (Indy)

Any Jamie Gold sightings?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:18 PM)

Nope. Not on any registration list today either...

Bill (LA)

Did the launch of Iveypoker take too much of Ivey's concentration this WSOP? It seems from the reports I read that he played really poorly, not just runbad.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:19 PM)

LOL. Maybe. Phil was really looking forward to winning millions of play money chips...

Scott (Chagrin Falls, OH)

Andrew, always enjoy your podcasts. You ever going to get another partner on your show?Also, do you play AT ALL when you go to vegas? At least a daily deepstack or something?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:20 PM)

Strongly doubt another partner, but definitely appreciate you still listening! I do not play at all when I come here. Just no time in the day.

Malcolm X's and O's (Alabama)

In my opinion one of the best things about poker is the way it celebrates its history and still is forward thinking to stay popular in the present and future. Your thoughts?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:23 PM)

The history of the game is and will always be the most intriguing aspect of the industry. From the smoky gun-toting back rooms to the spotlight of mainstream TV that story always needs to be told. The WSOP as a brand needs to take a step forward in preserving that and I hope they can create a true established Poker HoF where fans can visit and learn about the game.

Reece (Miami)

What chance do you give Loni Harwood at making the final table and winning POY?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:25 PM)

She'll need to go to WSOPE if she wants to have a chance. Ashton/Negreanu will definitely be there.

Eric (LA)

The chat is back! Did Hille and Bauman's success last year cause an increase in female players this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:26 PM)

I think that we've seen a slight uptick of women here in the main event, but a final table would've really moved the need imo.

Jeff (Dallas)

Has Mike Matusow played in the main even yet?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:27 PM)

Yes. He advanced on Day 1A. Wasn't very "Mikey-like." kinda quiet.

Shaun (Bristol)

Does Paul Pierce still have chips?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:27 PM)

Haven't seen him yet.

Mark Kadner (Oak Park, Ca)

Why so so many player sign up for last day 1 of Main Event? Would t they want a break befor continuing? It's such a grind

Andrew Feldman
  (4:30 PM)

They get a day off tomorrow, but they wouldn't get one in between Days 2 and 3. Poker players like to register at the last minute. Always have. The satellite area is still packed as well. Getting in cheaper is always a main goal.

Eric (LA)

Is Jungleman's big stack the most surprising thing so far in ME?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

I'm pretty shocked. I have no idea how long he can keep his focus, but if he's able to, wow, talk about turning a page in your career.

Angel (Phoenix )

what would it do for poker if dolye brunson wins the ME this year. or his legacy for that matter... Greatest ever?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:35 PM)

He's probably already the greatest ever. That's not going to change. Tim from Bluff says, "It would be like Jack Nicklaus winning the masters at age 46. Only more ridiculous." It would validate every skill over luck argument and definitely put the game in the spotlight on an international scale beyond belief. Go Doyle.

Joe (NYC)

How often would you expect a top player to buy into some 30 odd tournaments and make one small cash? Do you think Ivey played too many events? was too distracted? or just doesn't care that much?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:37 PM)

Not too often, especially in Ivey's case. I'm not sure if it was distraction or what, but Ivey definitely struggled here in '13. Then again he always has the main...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:37 PM)

And yes, he definitely does care. There's no debate about that. He won a bracelet already this year as well, so things aren't that bad.

Erik (PA)

Why is Daniel Negreanu complaining so much this year about slow play. Is it really that bad?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:38 PM)

Tanking for minutes for the extent that I've seen on Day 1 just shouldn't be allowed. I know everyone wants to go through every single scenario, but seriously, make a move before wasting five minutes of the table's time.

James (Pensacola,FL)

Is Phil Gordon playing the Main Event?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:38 PM)

Nope.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:40 PM)

Thanks for all the questions today. I'll be back again tomorrow. Have a great day everyone and remember to follow me at @AFeldmanESPN