Chat with Andrew Feldman
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN.com poker columnist Andrew Feldman will stop by to chat about the World Series of Poker and take any other poker questions you may have.
Be sure to check out ESPN.com's coverage of the 2009 World Series of Poker.
Send your questions now and join Andrew to chat Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Andrew Feldman (1:58 PM)
Welcome to the final WSOP chat before the main event! Bluff's Matthew Parvis is joining me during today's chat so send in all your questions and we'll get to them in a few minutes!
Will you send me an ESPN pokerclub Tshirt? I read your chat everyday at work and its depressing, I wish I was there, hook a brother up? My address is 21191 E Nassau Ave, Aurora CO 80013
Andrew Feldman (2:02 PM)
Haha. I honestly don't have them anymore, but you can win Full Tilt T-shirts from the ESPN Poker Club right now!
Andrew, do you feel there should be a new rule for freezing final tables like they do with the Day 2's (stopped at 3 AM)? I realize ESPN360 was showing it, but no one really wins when a table goes 19 hours long.
Andrew Feldman (2:04 PM)
I do, but I'll let Matthew take over from here.
Matthew Parvis (2:10 PM)
Thats a tough one. For poker purists, its hard to justify stopping a final table due to length. Part of being a great player, is having the stamina to finish things off, when needed. They dont suspend play of a Stanley Cup multiple OT game, do they? However, I think the tournament structure needs to be looked at to prevent these situations in the future.
Why should I subscribe to Bluff instead of Card Player?
Matthew Parvis (2:12 PM)
Well, Im not hear to knock any of our competitors, as I think we both put out strong content. Bluff brings you into the lifestyle of poker in a way no body else does. We have articles from players you see, and hear about every day, on top of strategy articles from some of the most prolific thinkers in the game. Its a great combination of entertainment, and strategy.
Nate (Flagstaff, AZ)
With the 4th of July almost here, which poker pro do you think would do best in the Nathan's hot dog eating contest? Somehow I gotta go with Matusow.
Matthew Parvis (2:14 PM)
Wow, good question. I think Mike may spend too much time yapping to focus on shoving hot dogs in his mouth. I think Huck Seed may take this one down; He has proven himself a prop bet master, and would certainly be among my top three picks. Jean-Robert Bellande would be a good pick as well, and also Michael Binger... he tends to excel at everything.
If he's a pro...gobboboy
Do you guys know much about John Hanson or David Bach, the guys who got Heads Up in the 50k Horse Tourney? I remember from the 2007 50k horse tourney that Hanson is a rich businessman who sometimes plays the big game, is that correct? And what about Bach?
Matthew Parvis (2:17 PM)
Hanson is one of those guys that comes out of the woodworks every so often. I've heard he is pretty tight with Ivey, and may even be staked by Phil in some of these big buy-in events. David Bach has been in the poker world for quite some time, with results in the WSOP dating back to 1997. He seems to be a solid grinder, who has definately been due for a big score.
Brian (Tempe, AZ)
Hey, what happened to the following people: Prahlad Friedman (I was just thinking about him when Lisandro has his run, for obvious reasons), John D'Agastino, Mark Newhouse, and Paul Wasicka? Are they even playing naymore?
Matthew Parvis (2:21 PM)
I have not heard much of anything about Newhouse, or Friedman, but Paul Wasicka is playing a slew of events at the WSOP this year, although he tends to only play the No LImit Hold'em events. I know he took a few weeks off during the WSOP this year to get away. Its not uncommon for big name players, like Paul to have an "off WSOP". The variance in tournament poker is so high that you can look like a genius one year, and win zero money the next.
Matthew Parvis (2:21 PM)
Dags I've seen around this year, but havent noticed him in any of the chip count updates.
Michael F. (Vegas)
Will the Euros overtake the States when it comes to poker prowess or will the USA stay on top (over the next five years)?
Matthew Parvis (2:24 PM)
I think the U.S. remains on top for the next five years. Yes, I know we are in Vegas, and its much easier for US players to travel here, but just look at the International breakdown on the WSOP.com, of how much money players in the USA have made compared to the rest of the world. Again, we need to get those numbers for EPT events as well, to make it fair, but as for the WSOP -- USA #1
Jason Lawless (Melbourne, FL)
So were 2 days away from the main event, whats your prediction number of how many we will have this year? From looking at the past 56 events looks like a decrease from the 6,844 from last year. I think it might be about 5,500, whats your take on it?
Matthew Parvis (2:26 PM)
I was saying last month when the WSOP started we would break 7K, but now my opinion has changed due to the recent seizure of online funds by the DOJ last month. Players are having difficulty withdrawing money won for WSOP seats, so I think if we get 6,000 it will be viewed as a success.
Andrew Feldman (2:26 PM)
Who has more to prove in this year's main event - Hellmuth or Matusow? Or maybe someone else?
Matthew Parvis (2:28 PM)
I don't think there is any one player who has something to prove in the Main Event. Obviously Phil and Mike, have both had sub-par WSOP's in their minds with very little to show for all their efforts. That being said, the WSOP is a mine field for pro's and amateurs a like, and it takes a lot of skill mixed in with some luck (and avoidance of bad luck) to get deep in the Main.
Bob (Hermitage PA)
What would be more important for the WSOP this year to have accomplished...a top name pro winning or a no-name amateur?
Matthew Parvis (2:31 PM)
I think it would be great for poker, if a pro won the event, and a name pro at that. We've seen how amateurs have greatly increased the WSOP turnout, and its been great for the game. That being said, with poker struggling for its legal life, a name pro, to show that the the cream does rise to the top would be a great statement, and selling point to lawmakers.
Andrew Feldman (2:31 PM)
That said, I think that point has already been proven this year. Four WSOP multiple-bracelet winners who are known in the industry. I think that these results speak for themselves.
Something to chew on: If California was it's own country, they'd be #2 in WSOP earnings this year.
How are the commentators selected for the ESPN360 and Bluff final table coverage? Some (Haxton in particular stands out) have been great, but others (won't mention names) have come across as dull and non-informative.
Matthew Parvis (2:34 PM)
Finding quality names to help out the broadcasts is tougher than most think. We have to accept that the players primary focus during the summer is to play, and win events. So, we do our best to find players that are not only able to step in for a few hours, and donate their time to us, and also proficient in the games they are discussing. Sometimes its a swing and miss, and sometimes its a home run.
Matthew Parvis (2:35 PM)
To add to the stats CA's $11 million was won by over 4,000 players, and Nevada's $10 million plus is won by only 1,600 or so players....
Jim (Tempe, AZ)
Where's the best place to play a cash game of 2-5 PLO this weekend? The Rio or Venetian?
Matthew Parvis (2:37 PM)
Wow. I am not super familiar with PLO cash games in Vegas, as I usually only play PLO online. I'd say the Venetian may be your go to spot though, as you'll find less experienced players waiting in the wings there.
Wes (North CA)
Headin to Vegas tomorrow for the ME. I am excited to say the least. I was curious what type of play you sense on Day 1. Is it a shove fest from the young guys? Everybody feeling it out for a while? Be ready for me to give you a high five if I see you!
Matthew Parvis (2:41 PM)
I'm super excited to be a guest member of Team Pokerstars for the Main Event as well. It's by no means a shove fest on day one, as there is plenty of play, and a great structure. There WILL be players who will be looking to exploit tight, play though, as they know inexperienced satellite winners will be looking to stay out of trouble in the early goings. Check out my video blog in BluffMagazine.com, I've had some great tips from PokerStars pro's like Greg Raymer, Gavin Griffin, and Elky
After 2008, you would've thought the Dwans and Galfonds of the online world would conquer the WSOP in 2009. Yet here we are and they're hardly playing any events, let alone doing well. Is the WSOP just something the online whizkids are starting to think is not worth their time? Will that have a ripple effect, given the deity status some of these guys enjoy?
Matthew Parvis (2:45 PM)
I think 2008 WSOP was somewhat of a novelty for the super high stakes spooky wizards like Dwan and Galfond. They now realize if they focus their energy on the big live cash games, they will most likely be able to make much more money this summer. I wish we saw more of them, but, a guy like Dwan probably has some horses in most of the events to give him some of the WSOP action, while he piles up 5K flags at the Bellagio
Everyone is a Hold'Em expert nowadays, so if I wanted to become an expert in the game with the least experienced people, which game should I choose?
Matthew Parvis (2:46 PM)
2-7 lowball seems to be the game with the fewest players in it. I think the field Ivey beat for his first bracelet had maybe 142 players? So, start mixing it up in those games, and get in there next year... Maybe well be interviewing you!
Larry (San Francisco)
More obnoxious poker prop - David Williams' jeweled toothpick or Humberto's "chark"? Be honest!!
Matthew Parvis (2:49 PM)
LOL. I think the "charK may be more annoying for me personally, as Humberto tends to taunt players with it, especially with the cameras around. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of hearing him make that chomping noise with it while he tries to get an opponent to muck a hand.
Paul (Sheboygan, WI)
With the funds be seized by the Government, what do you think the chances are that this finally goes to the Supreme Court to get a ruling for online poker are? Do you think they would side with the PPA or against it?
Matthew Parvis (2:51 PM)
I think we have a lot to look at before anything makes its way to the Supreme Court. Its far more important for poker players t reach out to your local politicians, and let them know you support online poker regulation. Barney Franks's introduced bill is picking up steam with 34 sponsors.... so lets keep pressing.
Matthew Parvis (2:51 PM)
Andrew Feldman (2:51 PM)
Thanks for joining us today, Matthew. I'll keep on going for just a little bit longer.
Is there no chat tomorrow? At the beginning, you said that this was the last chat before the ME, but that starts on Friday...
Andrew Feldman (2:52 PM)
Correct. There will be no chat tomorrow as I'll be covering the Ante Up For Africa event. However, daily podcasts begin tomorrow and we'll be giving away some cool prizes every day.
Rob (Chicago, IL)
I am coming down for the ME. Which day do you think is the best to play, and which day usually gets the most and the least players?
Andrew Feldman (2:53 PM)
Day 1A will probably have the least players. Day 1D last year was stacked with the big names and a gigantic field. I'd definitely rather play that day due to the short break, but it's going to have the toughest competition.
Will J (Portland, OR)
Andrew, which game in H.O.R.S.E. would you say is your weakness?
Andrew Feldman (2:55 PM)
Believe it or not, I think I need to work on my stud. I don't remember the cards of my folded opponents well enough and that causes a lot of mistakes when trying to draw.
Andrew, if you had to pick five players for the ME, who would you choose? Looking for some guys who might go deep for a "prop" bet...
Andrew Feldman (2:57 PM)
I went with Hellmuth and Matusow last year and they did pretty well. You have to take the guys who can be patient early on. Hellmuth, Matusow, Cunningham, Ferguson and Greenstein would be my five. The old schoolers know how to wait out the landmines...
How much more does Scotty need to win his prop bet with himself? $3,990,000?
Andrew Feldman (2:59 PM)
As mentioned in the blog today (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4299336
Any tips for me on sizing up my opponents when I sit down at the ME? I realize that with the blind/stack ratio I'll have plenty of time to figure things out, but I'd still like to get an early jump.
Andrew Feldman (3:00 PM)
Look for the signs of those that are uncomfortable -- glasses, headphones, etc. As players have said on their twitter feeds, those are the first items they're looking at when gauging the experience of those at their table. good luck!
Andrew Feldman (3:01 PM)
Ok, that's it for me! good luck to all those playing in the main event! I'll be back Friday at 4 pm ET for another chat and of course, check out all the poker coverage for updates as the days go on.