Welcome to Day 3 everyone. Send in your questions now and lets get going.
Will we make the money late tonight?
Nope. Money day will definitely be tomorrow. We'll get probably within a couple hundred to the money tonight.
Will there be a Main Event live stream this year like last year? I forget what day they started last year but it was awesome!
Nope. Didn't have it last year either. We're just showing the final table live this year in November.
Time to get serious!
Yup. Serious times.
Do you see any 21 year olds out there that look good enough to break Cada's record?
I think with 1700 players left we don't really know about the ages of the chip leaders. Definitely a storyline to follow in the coming days.
How big was Helmuth's tantrum last night?
Pretty substantial. He was on the verge of major tilt blowup and the night ended at just the right time for him.... otherwise I bet he would've been out within the next hour or so calling down with some sub-par hand.
What odds do you think a competent $1/$2 live player would have of cashing in the main event?
Tournament play is very different than a cash game, especially in the later stages. That said, anything's possible during the early days.
Sorry, just saw JRB busted. Wowie. He had 320K to start the day!
Is Phil Hellmuth having his worst WSOP in ages?
It's definitely been a struggle for him this year, but after so many consecutive years of success, guess he was due for a tough time. He's still alive here though, so those thoughts could all change quickly.
So much for JRB's good run....
That's insane. You've gotta get super coolered for that to happen and KK<AA will do that.
Always wanted to play in the WSOP. Don't have the $10k though. What are some good ways outside of satellites that people do to get into the event?
Besides satellites? I guess you'll need to get staked. Not many ways to get in otherwise.
I've always wondered, when the ESPN TV coverage shows a hand at a non-feature table and indicates the cards that each player has, do they get that information during or after the hand? And if it's after the hand, what would ESPN do if a player mucks on purpose or accidentally?
We have mobile hole card cameras so after the hand is over, the dealer protects the mucked hand and then returns it to the player who "peeks" at his hand a second time for the camera.
Can Doyle physically hold up to make a deep run?
I sure hope so. He's still over 200K today, but the next few days are simply a grind at 5 levels apiece.
Who's at the feature table now?
Ivey at feature. Doyle, Minh Ly, Shawn Sheikhan at secondary. At the four outside tables there's chip leader Mark Kroon, Hellmuth, Merson, and JRB was there, but now he's gone.
Compared to other remianing players, do you think former Oct/Nov 9ers have a better chance to get back there, given their experience, or a worse chance, as others might be gunning for them?
I think they have a better chance. They know what it takes to last through the seven days and can exploit the situations and dynamics that other, inexperienced players might not. All of the players I spoke to said they feel more comfortable after their run and why not? They definitely aren't concerns about the money bubble...
How is Hille and Bauman doing?
Wow - Shawn Sheikhan. Now there's a name from the past. Busto??
Not yet apparently.
Sorry, missed the Hille and Baumann question. Hille is still in, Gaelle went out on Day 2.
Does being at one of the "featured" tables help or hurt the pros? Seems to me like it would help since the rest of the table is probably distracted by being on tv, but maybe that's just me.
Depends on the comfort level of the player. Its definitely intimidating for the first-timers, but even some of the player hate being up there.
did Chris Christie's move to legalize online gambling in NJ do anything for online poker? is there even a conversation going on at the congressional level that could see a return for US players in the next 1-5 years?
Absolutely. That conversation is always ongoing and once real money games are back up in New Jersey, I fully expect that there will be more momentum for the return of the game across the country. It may happen on a state-by-state level first, but federal will always be the best case scenario.
What takes longer, the combined time for Rob Salaburu to act on each of his hands during an entire day of tournament play, or Tom Dwan to act on his hands in just one orbit of a live cash game?
What place does the money bubble burst and does that person receive anything from WSOP?
The actual bubble player in the past has received a seat into the next year's main event. This year, the bubble will burst at 649th.
Meaning 649 will be the bubble boy.
Pardon my ignorance, but I always thought everyone was talking about how Omaha was the next big thing, and now I keep hearing about pros playing open-face chinese poker all the time. What gives?
I thought Omaha was always going to be the next big thing for TV, but it never had a chance to get going. OFC is the gambler's game of choice these days though, but I don't imagine it'll ever make any sort of TV or mainstream effort.
Seems like we always see the "big names" on the featured tables. Is it fair that some people play on featured tables year after year? It's obviously not a random draw, right?
The production team looks at the table draw and then selects what tables they want to put on TV. Is it fair that some players are there more than others? That's definitely a debatable question, but there's such limited airtime and out of all the hands that are played, so few are actually shown on TV.
Andrew it seems like last year many events spilled over into a fourth day while this year it only happened a couple times. Variance or were measure put in place to limit that from happening?
They didn't have a hard stop this year like they had last year. Players had the option to continue and that allowed for more finishes on Day 3.
Any idea when WSOP.com will launch for real money?
After missing the WSOP completely, there's probably no rush. Maybe end of summer? Maybe Nov. 9?
Do you feel poker on TV is on a down slide? If so, is it due to online shutdown?
I feel that the shows are better than ever, but I believe in a flat-area right now. Yes, I completely think that Black Friday made an impact on that. Online poker fueled excitement for the game and that is definitely missing at times.
Thanks for all the questions today! See you all again tomorrow!