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July 10, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman
  (3:57 PM)

Welcome to today's WSOP Chat! Send in your questions now and I'll start in a few.

Andres (Peru)

Do you know how many countries were represented in this years ME?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:04 PM)

107 countries

Eric (LA)

Did all of last years octo-nine play this year? I saw Merson and Gee with big stacks

Andrew Feldman
  (4:05 PM)

Yup. Merson, Gee, Thomas advanced yesterday. Ausmus, Koroknai, Salaburu today. Sylvia, Balsiger out. Esposito - I have no idea what he's up to.

Dale (Green Bay)

Thanks for taking some time again today! How's Phil Helmuth doing today so far?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

Steady so far. He's played conservative in early levels in previous years, so seems like his strategy is to feel his table out, then get active.

Dan (NYC)

How are Negreanu and Ivey doing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:08 PM)

Negreanu is sitting right behind me with a big rail and very small amount of chips.

Tim (Atlanta)

I see in the pictures Merson wearing an Ivey Poker patch? What is Ivey Poker all about?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:09 PM)

It's a free-to-play facebook app at this point. Just like a zynga, but has a different and probably better interface. All his "Team Ivey" are playing on the site as well.

Al (Boston)

Sorry if you've answered this before, having trouble finding-will ESPN be doing a live broadcast on ESPN3/WSOP.com this year from tomorrow forward, or will the only live broadcast be for the Final 9?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:10 PM)

The only live broadcast will be the final table this year.

- J - (Toronto, ON)

My calculations show an average stack of $110K for Day 2A/B.....do you expect that to be higher/lower with today's bunch?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:10 PM)

Higher. This field played quicker the other day and with more eliminations the average stack will grow.

Hannah (San Fran)

How are the women doing so far in the main event? Are they representing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:11 PM)

Of course they're representing. 4.7% of the field was women this year, a significant increase from last year. Annette Obrestad, Liv Boeree, Adrienne Rowsome and Melanie Weisner all made it through yesterday and today, Vanessa Selbst is back in action along with many others.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:12 PM)

Today's Poker Edge with Doyle, Greg Merson and Kevin Pollak just came out - http://es.pn/12mHtjM

Lukas (Las Vegas)

How many chin-ups can you do?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:13 PM)

Not so many. All American Dave servers however...

Justin (Denver)

What's the play like this year Andrew? In the past you've said that players were likely to shove if they weren't up to average, even if they had 20+ big blinds.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

Same story, but very early to really get the big picture. Gauging play on Day 1 is difficult since a portion of the field is amateurs at this point.

Cody (Illinois)

Who is on "Team Ivey"

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

Ask Ivey, I bet he doesn't even know these people.

Eric (Tampa)

Did Tom Dwan and/or Gus Hansen show up today?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:15 PM)

Both showed up and both doubled up so far.

Al E. Gator (Gainesville, FL)

Which former Main Event winners are still in the hunt?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:18 PM)

Doyle, Merson, Dan Harrington advanced yesterday, and more are playing today (Hachem, Gold, McEvoy)

John (Tampa)

Do Vegas casino sport books take action on the WSOP? If so do you know some of the wagers you can make?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

Not anymore. The used to have final table action, but it didn't really draw a substantial amount of interest.

Tom (Reading, PA)

I didn't see Ivey's name in any of the preceeding WSOP tournaments this year, did he participate, or just not play that well.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:22 PM)

He ran pretty terribly. That said, he won a bracelet in APAC in April...

Rickman (Louisville, KY)

If you had Kid Poker's stack, are you trying to be patient to find a good spot or looking to jam in any semi-decent situation to try to double?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:23 PM)

He's patient. This is the main event, he's not going to try and just shove for the small chance to double. He'll look for the best possible spot.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

Dwan and Ben Lamb have been eliminated.

steve (california)

i know its early......but you think the are the odds any of the final 27 on day 7 will have made a me final table before?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:24 PM)

Wow. Very early. I'll go with the crazy view and say yes.

Joe (NYC)

Why does it seem like the ME runs so much looser, people jammig 30bb with mediocre holdings, than other tourneys?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:25 PM)

It's "Main Event Syndrome." The tournament screens show the average stack and that's all the players get attached to, not their blind ratio. They just want to catch up with that number and that leads to some very big pots at strange times.

Mari IL [via mobile]

What is the registration process for this like

Andrew Feldman
  (4:26 PM)

Bring $10,000 to the cage and register. Players can also wire money beforehand if that's easier.

Matt (Colorado )

How many stars do you see making the final 9?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:26 PM)

"Stars" - 1, Semi-Pros - 6, Amateurs - 2.

Scott (L.A.)

Hi Andrew, I heard from a friend who was at the WSOP that All In Magazine is back. Do you think a bunch more websites or magazines will launch/re-launch this year as online poker comes back?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:28 PM)

I'm not sold on that yet. I do think that in a few years we're in a brand new market, but I don't see much happening in 2013.

Anthony (Clinton North Carolina )

Do you feel the players like the three month holdover for the main final table?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:29 PM)

If they take advantage of it, yes. If I made the Nov. 9 I would do everything possible to capture those months and brand myself to the fullest extent. Other players just don't want the exposure and would probably prefer to just get it over with the next day.

Jim (San Diego, CA)

It seems like more big name pros are getting fed up with the length of time people are taking to make decisions in every hand. Any chance we will ever see a tournament "shot clock" or do people at the table need to be more proactive and call the clock on repeat offenders?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

I said yesterday that the shot clock idea will eventually happen, but the logistics behind it are incredibly difficult. I'd like see more players be pro-active with this if tanking for extensive amount of times is an issue at their table.

Bill (NYC)

Any word on why Dwan and Hanson didn't show up for day 1?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:31 PM)

They were playing in the big cash games in Vegas.

Jobin (Quincy)

Hi Andrew! You're forever the eternal optimist... is the 2013 WSOP #GFTG?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:34 PM)

It's #OKFTG (OK For The Game). I'll change my mind when we see the final table though, OK?

Joe (NYC)

How about this, a 3 minute clock, with two 5 minute extensions per day?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:35 PM)

Who monitors the clock? how does that work? Is two extensions enough? Do you get more each day? Etc... so many questions...

Rickman (Louisville, KY)

The Grinder always seems to build a big stack early. Sometimes, he then gives it away just as quickly. Is his style crazy for even today's aggressive standards?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:36 PM)

Oh yeah. His style is downright unpredictable, but maybe his aggression is a little bit different as he plays so many pots postflop... and plays in that effort much better than many others in the game.

Poor man (Refrigerator box)

Seriously, how do this many people get the $10,000 that it takes to play? I cant afford $10,000, or the $1000 satellite buy in. This sucks! Want to stake me?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:36 PM)

I have no idea. No stake though, sorry.

Nick (Miami)

If you could tell amateurs who are playing the main event that if they could have one poker pro at their table to have a great day of playing cards who would it be? For me I think either Antonio or Kid Poker or Liv Boeree because she is beautiful with the accent to boot.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:38 PM)

Someone who enjoys the social portion of the game. I'll go off the list and say Eric Baldwin.

Hannah (San Fran)

Who is your favorite poker personality to interview? Second who is the poker personality you want to interview but has yet to happen?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:42 PM)

Doyle was great last night and it's always a thrill to talk to the living legend of the game. I think I'd like to interview Bobby Baldwin.

John (Tampa)

Do you still stay in touch with your old co hosts Laura Lane and Bernard Lee from Inside Deal? I assume Bernard still plays poker but what is Laura up to these days?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:42 PM)

Saw Bernard this week, Laura is busy in the celebrity space these days.

Pete (VA)

Do players tend to get more or less leeway in the Main Event before someone calls the clock on them? I could see it going either way.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:43 PM)

I think during the later days, yes. On Days 1/2/3, no.

Jobin (Quincy)

C'mon, you can be honest. Aren't you a little peeved at Phil Gordon for dropping off the face of the planet after the most important event in recent poker history? After those many years of being irrelevant in the poker world but drawing a paycheck from your company...

Andrew Feldman
  (4:44 PM)

Never drew a paycheck, always did PE for free. I mean, yeah, I wish he was still in the game, but he did what he thought was best for his family and moved on.

Lamar (Toronto)

Which "big name" is in the best shape so far?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:44 PM)

Greg Merson. It's good to be the champ.

Jobin (Quincy)

Trivia: name the last WSOP ME winner (not including WSOP-E or WSOP-A) to win another bracelet after.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:45 PM)

Carlos Mortensen. That's my trivia question.

Richard (Santa Monica)

Who's currently leading for player of the year?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:45 PM)

Matthew Ashton

Michael (Portland)

I know it varies by player, but if you could pick one thing that amateurs struggle with in the Main Event, what is it? Too timid, too impatient, etc?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:45 PM)

Scared money. They aren't used to the 3-4-5-bet dynamic and until they get accustomed to it, they'll struggle.

Dale (Green Bay)

I know the odds are slim to none, but what would it do for poker if a guy like Doyle Brunson, Ivey, or Helmuth would win this thing?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:46 PM)

It would be downright awesome. Poker lost a lot of steam in the mainstream over the past few years, but having one of these guys win would definitely wake up the industry once again.

Steve (PA)

Hi Andrew. Who is on the feature table today?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:47 PM)

No feature table today. Training our camera staff before tomorrow when we begin filming.

Alan (AZ)

No way Ivey enjoys playing "Free" poker on Ivey Poker. Right? And no way he's making his own tweets. right?

Andrew Feldman
  (4:47 PM)

LOL. +1.

Shawn (Fort Lewis, WA)

With the amount of people that enter every year, why cant the payouts for the final table have the 9th place finisher make at least 1 million dollars and adjust payouts accordingly.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:48 PM)

That always seems like a no-brainer to me, but by keeping such a flat payout structure and awarding more players $$, they're helping the poker economy in immeasurable ways. They could always take the $8.3 and make it just $8... but then the top 2 would be too flat as well.

Andrew Feldman
  (4:48 PM)

Thanks for all the questions today. Talk to everyone tomorrow!