Chat with Andrew Feldman
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN.com poker columnist Andrew Feldman stops by from the sunny Bahamas as he'll be covering the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
Send your questions now and join Feldman Friday at 4 p.m. ET!
Andrew Feldman (4:00 PM)
Hey everyone. The final table is set and the high roller bounty is underway here at PCA. Send in your questions and we'll get started in a second.
Any rumors or whispers out there where Phil H might be signing?
Andrew Feldman (4:06 PM)
I've heard a bunch of things while down here including the possibility of a site not many have been considering in PP. It seems like he could fit there, but I doubt that's the ending point based on the limited US interest and promotion he'd receive.
steven (huntsville, alabama)
how much do you think moneymakers fall from the top in this tournament will affect all the nay-sayers that were questioning his credibility to begin with?
Andrew Feldman (4:07 PM)
I think this is the step in the right direction for Chris and despite him falling short of the final table, this was still an incredible run. People have questioned his credibility for years and if a 10th place finish doesn't change their mind a little bit, I don't know what will.
Do you think PokerStars home games feature will become a home for the "biggest games" so the players ups and downs as well as play styles can't be tracked on the interwebs? Since it will be invite only I assume their will be no data-mining and no railbirding.
Andrew Feldman (4:08 PM)
Actually, yes. There won't be any data mining or anything like that so if players decide to take their home games to very high stakes, it's a possibility that we'll see a trend in that direction.
Kevmath (media room)
Thoughts on the 25k topping 135 players?
Andrew Feldman (4:12 PM)
Wow. Hi Kev. Glad you aren't sitting at the table behind me or anything. I think the turnout in this event is very impressive and just think that we lost a good number of players who were still in action in the 5K Bounty Shootout. I think the number here shows a very strong sign that there is still a lot of money in the poker economy.
Tyler (Brookings, SD)
How disappointed is EPSN that both Moneymaker and Marquez missed the PCA final table?
Andrew Feldman (4:15 PM)
In poker you can't be disappointed that more-known players don't make the final table simply because it is the essence of the game. It's unpredictable. Obviously if Chris Moneymaker made the final table we'd have a major name and a lot of fans to follow him, but we have an incredible final table headlined by one of the most aggressive players we've seen in quite a while. We'll create some new stories and some new stars tomorrow.
Hi Sr: Andrew
Andrew Feldman (4:16 PM)
Chad L (Chicago)
Is it certain that the WSOP will be back at the Rio this year?
Andrew Feldman (4:16 PM)
Party at the Rioooo! Yes, it'll be at the Rio.
Matt R (NJ)
So let me get this straight, Max Weinberg left the O'Brien Show and now is a semi-professional poker player. Are Coco and Andy sweating him on the rail? ... jk lol
Andrew Feldman (4:18 PM)
I've made that joke about a trillion times and it doesn't get old. This 20, yes 20, year-old, seemed rather poised at the table, but is very quiet. He didn't get very involved during the later levels yesterday and I'd assume he'll have the goods when he moves in during play tomorrow.
my question is , do you see posibility at my friend Bolivar Palacios from Panama, what do you think?
Andrew Feldman (4:20 PM)
Of course! Palacios is so well respected by everyone at this final table that even though he doesn't have a huge stack, he has the experience of a major final table and that could be incredibly beneficial on Saturday.
How is Duhamel doing?
Andrew Feldman (4:24 PM)
Duhamel started off the $25,000 event on fire, nearly doubling his stack, but he's now bleeding chips and looking ever so frustrated at the table.
Jason Senti (Bahamas)
Hey Andrew. Am I a fish for skipping the high roller today to hang out with my wife and enjoy the Bahamas for a few days? Sounds like a ridiculous field.
Andrew Feldman (4:25 PM)
Classic. Well, it's a pretty talented field, so it's probably good game selection that you are hanging out with your wife.
Jeff (BC, Canada)
Andrew I heard Moneymaker saying o the podcast yesterday he doesn't play a lot of tourneys, I even thought he said it was d/t being broke. Would his deal with Stars not include travel and entry into televised events?
Andrew Feldman (4:26 PM)
He's not broke and the majority of Stars deals include buy-ins to events and players receive a travel budget for them to manage throughout their contract.
Wayne (Sonoma, CA)
All this talk of aggression, aggression, aggression. While I agree aggression is a part of the game, it seems stupid to piss away chips just to try to get someone to fold and if he doesn't you hope to get lucky. I understand the idea is to pressure your oppenent but it seems as if this strategy would get killed by strong opponent (unless of course the aggressive player is on a rush of suckouts). How does this Oliver guy survive with all those three bets you are talking about?
Andrew Feldman (4:28 PM)
Tomorrow on the broadcast, I predict you are going to see Oliver do something absolutely ridiculous while he's trying to keep up his aggressive image. There is going to be some sort of five-bet or six-bet with air and that one key hand will either propel him to win the tournament or him to bust much earlier than expected. He survives as he gains an incredible amount of chips in those key hands and then bullies the rest. If you want to see how to three-bet effectively, tune in tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com and 10 p.m. on ESPN2
Is there anywhere I can find a list of the shootout winners from yesterday?
Andrew Feldman (4:28 PM)
PKRGSSP (Bay Area)
Earlier this week you referred to Sam Stein as a "choke artist", then you spoke with him the next day and he gave you a terrible interview. What do you make of him as a player and a person? Is he going to break through this Sat?
Andrew Feldman (4:31 PM)
I actually really like Sam as a player and a person. He understands his mistakes from the NAPT and he will not miss out on this opportunity again. Sam will have to be verrrrry patient if he's going to take this thing down...as will the rest of the others if they want to get a piece of Oliver's chips.
Matt R (NJ)
Considering the increasing payouts do you think Oliver will be on lock down until the 5th place money ($700k) is guaranteed? He has 3 times the number of chips that the person in second has.
Andrew Feldman (4:33 PM)
No. I don't think he is concerned about the pay jumps and neither is Hall or Stein as they've all told me that in recent interviews. If you have that big a chip lead, the last thing you're going to do is coast when you can apply the pressure on those who may be looking for a bigger payout.
Blake (Abilene, TX)
Have poker ethics changed with all the new young players? What do the older players think?
Andrew Feldman (4:35 PM)
I don't think there has been a chance in ethics, but I do think there has been a change in persona. Players a couple years ago wanted the spotlight and wanted to be outgoing. The players here are very much keep to themselves and just focus on business. Maybe its the fact they are young or that they have too much money that they don't really need the exposure, but there's been a significant shift here.
Im thinking about entering a circuit event (Harrahs St. Lous), how tough are the fields?
Andrew Feldman (4:38 PM)
Those fields that encompass the WSOPC events are a lot of players who have poker as a hobby and are trying to take a shot. Best of luck in whatever direction you decide.
Orangey (Orange County)
What do you make of no Team Full Tilters playing in the Super High Roller event at PCA? Are we headed towards Stars and Full Tilt getting involved in a p*ss*ng contest?
Andrew Feldman (4:38 PM)
We're already there. Erik Seidel is in the $25,000 event today which is very nice to see, but that's it.
Listening to Galen Hall on the Poker Edge today made me feel stupid. How about you?
Andrew Feldman (4:39 PM)
The most intellectual answer the Poker Edge has ever heard.
Andrew Feldman (4:40 PM)
Ok everyone. Thanks for all the questions! Don't forget to watch the broadcast of the main event final table Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN3 and 10 p.m. on ESPN2. Enjoy the show!