Hey everyone! We've got a great final table coming tonight! Send in your questions now, I'll get started in a few.
My program guide only has the FT listed for 8-11pm ET on ESPN2. Obviously it will run much longer than that. Is ESPN2 going to stay with it for the entire thing?
Yes. The entire thing. This may be a very long night and ESPN2 will cover it until its over.
If Benefield started the final table with over 50 BB's, would he be considered the favorite?
Honestly, it would depend on JC's stack. The two of them would probably be 1-2 in terms of poker ability at the final table.
How, if at all, can this final table impact the legal standing of poker and online poker?
I think the telling part of this final table is the amazing range of talent that already exists there. All of these players have accomplished much prior to this main event and if that doesn't show that it's a game of skill, I don't know what will. The only thing that can move online poker forward right now is a successful industry in NJ, NV and DE.
The initial schedule said they would play down to the final 3 tonight and then the final 3 would play down to a champion tomorrow night on ESPN. Did this change?
Yes/No. There's still a very good chance that we'll play down to three tonight and stop, but if the blind levels aren't far enough, the WSOP may opt to continue until we reach heads-up. The goal of that is to make sure that tomorrow night isn't epically long like it has been the past two years.
Which player becoming champion would create the largest main event field in 2014?
Great question. I'm not sure who has the most boom potential, but maybe Ryan Riess.
Do you know if Caesers is allowing state-regulated sites to award buyins to WSOP events?
That's absolutely part of the plan for them. I'm sure that the WSOP satellites will be up and running very soon.
What kind of impact can television/social media/the internet have on players and their decisions at the final table?
Each of the players will have someone at home watching the coverage and relaying information about the big hands. Daniel Negreanu did it for Ben Lamb a few years ago. That's the biggest impact. Socially there probably won't be much of an impact, but it will be great to see the conversations throughout the night.
Whose style do you expect the change the most over the summer vs. how they played to make the FT?
Jay Farber's style. Farber is typically a cash game player, but is friends with a few former November Niners that have been helping him get ready for this moment. I can't imagine that he's going to sit back, like he did at times in July. I think he's going to surprise many tonight and potentially throw off the table.
Make your predictions - who do you think will make it to Day 2?
JC unless someone really sucks out on him, he's too solid and the calls I have seen him make over the years are ridiculous!
I think the only reason why JC may be under a slight disadvantage is the amount of footage available on him. The benefit through is that most of it is from a number of years ago and his strategy has definitely adjusted a bit.
picks for three-handed play... Tran, Reiss and Lehavot
Strong 3. Amir isn't getting any love, but man is he talented.
Who should have the clock called on them but won't at this FT?
During play in July, none of these guys truly tanked all that often. I think if someone is going to play slower than most, it's Marc-Etienne McLaughlin.
Who will we see for commentators? Love hearing guys like Antonio think their way through hands out loud in real time.
Lon, Norm and Antonio will do play by play. Break segments will include Marianela Pereyra and Phil Hellmuth.
Thanks for all the questions everyone. Reminder that I'll be chatting live throughout the entire final table which can be seen on ESPN2 tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET.