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July 9, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (4:00 PM)

Welcome to Day 2A/2B everyone. Send in your questions now, we'll get started in a few.

Lee (Arizona)

With Loni Harwood out, are there any other females who you think can make a deep run (Selbst aside)...?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:05 PM)

Absolutely. There are a ton of female players with great potential this main event. If I have to only name a few I'm watching today, Melanie Weisner, Adrienne Rowsome, Annette Obrestad, Liv Boeree ... you get the point. There are plenty.

Steve (Pawtucket, MS)

Do you think that $8.3M is life changing money for EVERYBODY in the field Andrew?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:06 PM)

There were 6,352 players in the field. David Einhorn I believe was one of them, so maybe 6,351.

Alex (New York)

How much does it help to have past experience going deep in the main event compared to someone that has never played a tournament with so many days and levels?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:10 PM)

Talking to a number of former November Niners yesterday they said that the first time through it they didn't know just how grueling it would be. They said fatigue was much more of an issue than they expected and if they're able to make it deep once again, they felt they'd have a huge advantage. Similarly, another common theme was that since they've been deep before, they primarily felt that it would be easier to do it again. Many of them felt they could use their image early on to their advantage and the rest of their tables were more interested in talking about their run more than anything else.

Sarge (Lee's Summit, MO)

Is there a media event this year? If so, are you playing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

Tomorrow night, starting at the dinner break and should be over by the end of the first level after dinner. I'm playing and really looking forward to the 15-minute levels.

Carl (Philadelphia)

Great job these past few days Andrew! In all your experiences have you ever seen anything like what Sorel Mizzi did the other day? Not one KO from his table. He had over 100k and everyone else had under starting stack. Pretty remarkable.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:12 PM)

Thanks, Carl. Mizzi's accomplishment is probably one of those most amazing things I've heard of recently. That is a truly dominating performance and heading back to that skill vs. luck argument, here's another perfect example. He's already chipped up so far on Day 2 as well.

Dan Smith (Gainesville, FL)

Is my namesake, Dan Smith, playing the Main Event? (If so how's he doing?) He's only millions ahead of me in career winnings...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:13 PM)

He did make Day 2 and you've got a lot of work to do if you want to catch up to him...

Ted (San Jose, CA)

How is Annie Duke doing, did she survive Day 1?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:14 PM)

She didn't play and I don't think she'll be coming back to the WSOP anytime soon.

Steve (Middletown, CT)

It's amazing to see stars like Hachem who are able to create such a light hearted environment for the whole table despite the magnitude of the event. Do you think players who do this do it on purpose to take control of the game or do you think it's just their personality?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:16 PM)

I had a front row seat for that table all day and man, his opponents just loved playing with him, even though he ended up with a good portion of their chips. He truly made a number of dreams come true for the amateurs that played with him and yes, while getting them hammered was probably beneficial for his tournament, it was also a great way to keep the game social.

Lisa (Georgia)

Do you know if Phil Ivey sign autographs while playing in a tournament? My daughter is in Vegas and wants to meet him. She already has Daniel, Antonio and Phil Laak who were all very kind to her.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:16 PM)

Not during play, but if you catch him in the right mood and at the right time, I'm sure he'll oblige.

Kyle (Dayton)

Are players like Ferguson, Duke, and Gordon hated that much that they cannot play? Will it ever die down?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:18 PM)

I think Phil is different than the other two in that sentence. Ferguson's role in FTP definitely isolated him from the general poker population. Annie's role in Epic/UB did the same. Phil didn't really have much responsibility, if any at all, in what happened. He just decided to take his life in a different direction.

Jack (DC)

So if Dwan finished the day with 18,000 via being blinded out, while Negreanu finished with only 15,600, is it fair to say that skipping Day 1 may not be the worst strategy in the world?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:20 PM)

It's pretty sad. I'm not sure if I feel that its disrespectful for a player not to show or just irresponsible as a pro, but yeah, I guess if you want to head into Day 2 a little short with 30 percent of the field already gone and not want the chance to build a stack on Day 1, sure, go for it.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:21 PM)

Just following up on that. He spent $10K for that seat... or someone did. That money could've went to much better places in the world than to just sit there. Anyone's thoughts on this?

Rickman (Louisville, KY)

Why do some pros (Hellmuth in particular) show up so late to events? Aren't they missing some of the softest action? Is rest really that important?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:23 PM)

Hellmuth loves to play when he's ready and sometimes that could be a few hours late into the day. Hey, at least he shows up, right? There will always be soft action on Day 1, no matter when he gets there. Plus, you know how he likes to make an entrance.

Kevin (NYC)

How would you assess Paul Pierce's skill at Omaha?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:23 PM)

He played every hand. Every hand. Patience and discipline? Non-existent.

Zach (Boston)

Is there anything about this year's 3-part first day that seems different than the prevous few years? Better performance by pros, amateurs, women, foreigners, etc? Less of a presence of young online players with Black Friday kicking in? Or something else?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:25 PM)

Looking around the tables you see a lot less of the 21-year-old crew. The average age of the main event participant went up this year and I think it's reflecting a change in the player demographic. Definitely more women as well, which is great to see. That remains the biggest untapped market for poker and probably will only be activated if an outgoing female player makes the final table.

Jake (Ohio)

Are any of the players doing anything in support of online pro (and well known "nice guy" YouTube blogger) Kevin "Phwap" Boudreau? I was saddened to hear about his sudden brain condition that has kept him in the hospital for several weeks now.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:26 PM)

There's been a constant effort to raise money for Kevin, but I haven't heard anything specific related to the main event. Hopefully he can make a full recovery.

JS (Cincy)

Do better players like Dwan actually have people pay their way in? 10,000 to those guys seems like a normal Tuesday night.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:27 PM)

I'm assuming Dwan's $10K came from his deal with Full Tilt. So it's his money, but probably just part of his contract.

Lee (Arizona)

In regards to your question about Dwan (and Hansen)...I think it is a little disrespectful for a major name pro to 'waste' 10K and get blinded off not showing up for an entire flight. I think these guys view money differently than most people that play these tourneys.

Andy (D.C.)

Do you think if Daniel Negreanu or Antonio Esfandiari or another outgoing good poker personality would make the final table it could lead to much more main stream coverage? I could image both of them on the talk shows leading up to the final table, it would be great for poker.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:29 PM)

That's been the key question for years. The main event will only get expanded coverage if there's an outgoing personality that the main stream can relate to. Daniel/Hellmuth/Antonio would be perfect in that role.

Goldy (NYC)

What's up bud? How's Doyle doing today? Also, when will ESPN start airing this years Series?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:29 PM)

Doyle is doing just fine today. Coverage starts on July 23rd at 9 p.m. ET

steve (california)

did 08 champ peter eastgate play? if so hows he doin

Andrew Feldman
  (4:30 PM)

He did not play. Neither did Darvin Moon as far as I know.

Jon (Tampa)

I have met Doyle Brunson and he was very friendly and accommodating, it seems like Daniel Negreanu is also very friendly. From your years covering the WSOP are their any other PROs who go out of their way to take pictures and autographs? Thanks

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

Mizrachi, Hellmuth, Negreanu, Matusow, Brunson, Duhamel, Hachem are the few that come off the top of my head.

David (Canada)

Do you think Doyle has the stamina for this grueling event? Clearly he can still play with the best, as he is already over 100K in chips. How can he keep this going?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:32 PM)

That's what we talked about on the podcast last night (http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=9462205). If he makes it through, he gets another day off, but then the real grind begins. These days are long and stamina will be the key issue.

Eric (LA)

Saw that Gold and Yang both played, was there any news on both having their bracelets sold off?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:33 PM)

No, but something I'll definitely ask them about tomorrow.

Dale (Green Bay)

Why don't they give players a day off after each round? You'd think it would be good for business since it would keep all the players and fans in town longer.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:36 PM)

They had a day off after Day 2 until 2011, but as much as everyone probably wants a day off and yes, it would make Caesars more money, it also costs them more money by retaining the dealers, staff, etc.

Lisa (Georgia)

Is it true that the bracelet is work 500K in gold, platinum, and jewels? WOW if so that is crazy.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:36 PM)

Yes. It looks incredible.

Dan (Breckenridge, CO)

Is there a feeling if Lederer and Ferguson will be able to comfortably play in a major tournament once the government releases the funds?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:37 PM)

No chance they'll ever be "comfortable" in my opinion. They made a lot of enemies after Black Friday.

Jun (LV)

Yeah baby.... is Scottie in the main event this year?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:37 PM)

He was out really early on Day 1.

Peter (Rochester, NY)

Dennis Phillips not getting a mention in the friendly answer is shameful :)

Andrew Feldman
  (4:37 PM)

true, Dennis is a great answer there.

Reece (Miami)

Any talk from the TDA of implementing a "shot clock"? A lot if players have been complaining about tanking in twitter.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:39 PM)

I think it's only a matter of time, but implementing it is anything but easy. Asking the dealers to do one more thing isn't in the game's best interests and so many tables makes it impossible for a floor staff to oversee individually. Tanking is insane here sometimes, but I bet they'll figure out a solution soon. Especially if live TV remains the goal of the industry.

Dale (Green Bay)

Based on how they are playing, who are your top 5 players that have the best chance of winning this thing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:40 PM)

Way too early. With 4K players left, hard to pick five at the moment.

Joe (New York)

Why does ESPN drag out the coverage of the main event on TV? I remember a few years ago, they used to show a lot more events, but now it seems like it's all about this one tournament.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:42 PM)

We haven't really had a lot of events on our air since 2007 I believe. Maybe 2008. This is the biggest tournament in the world, might as well make it a spectacle.

Peter (Rochester, NY)

4.7% of the field being women is a surprisingly large amount, almost 300, especially given that the women's event didn't draw 1k. Any idea on what this could be attributed to?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:42 PM)

Gaelle/Elisabeth's run last year had to help, as does Vanessa Selbst and her continues presence in media.

Rickman (Louisville, KY)

I think I have a great plan here: I'm willing to pay Dwan or Hansen $100 for the opportunity to sit in their seat and fold the hands each time action is on me. I'd gladly do it just for the experience!

John Resovszky (Pa)

@andrew anywhere near a buddy of mine Eric Rappaport? hes in 2b not sure table seat etc.. also hows the white sox jersey working out for mearson today?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:44 PM)

White Sox jersey is working out great for Merson so far. Well over 100K. GL to Eric! I have no idea how he's doing right now.

Ryan (Milwaukee )

Unpopular opinion alert. Don't people need to get over the Black Friday scandal? I get that people lost money, but we all kind of knew it wasn't completely legit from Day 1.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:45 PM)

It reduced a $4 Billion/year industry to $0 overnight. That will always be part of the game's history, and until the US population is able to play freely once again, it'll be hard to push that aside.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:45 PM)

Thanks for all the questions today everyone! See you tomorrow at 4 ET! Back to the floor...