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.
Feldman will be out in Las Vegas to bring you the highlights of all the action and will chat every day throughout this year's tournament. Be sure to check out ESPN.com's coverage of the 2010 World Series of Poker.
Send your questions now and join Feldman Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET!
Andrew Feldman (4:00 PM)
Hey everyone! Welcome to Wednesday's WSOP chat. Seven events today at the Rio, lots of action...lots of action...
Greg (Los Angeles)
Has Shawn Sheikhan been playing in any events? He always makes for good TV but I haven't heard anything about him in the last year or two.
Andrew Feldman (4:03 PM)
Umm, who? Just kidding. Sheiky hasn't been in the poker spotlight for a few years now. He had his personal issues and I haven't heard just about anything regarding him this year.
Phil H. (Vegas)
10 years from now, will I still have more bracelets than all of these other idiot poker players?
Andrew Feldman (4:03 PM)
I don't know if I give you the lead in 7 years. Although i did pick you to win a bracelet this year...so, get to work.
Pete (Rochester, NY)
I get into Vegas at 10:15 AM on July 2nd to play a prelim and the main event. More preferable event to play: the 1k at noon or the 2500 NLHE at 5pm?
Andrew Feldman (4:04 PM)
$2,500 gives you a little more for your money. Both will have absolutely gigantic fields and a huge first-place prize. In any case, I think you should pre-register. GL GL.
Andrew Feldman (4:05 PM)
Red card for the South African keeper...GG sir.
Wayne (Sonoma, CA)
Andrew, can we please stop with the skill over luck when talking about tourneys. It's impossible to win a tourney without getting lucky a few times. No matter how good you are. The skill over luck only holds water over the long haul at a ring game. And the reason Cada didn't get as much attention is because we all saw him get, not one, but 2; two-outers at the final table to stay alive. A bad point man when you're trying to get it recognized as a skill game (aka; repeal the UGIEA)
Andrew Feldman (4:08 PM)
So you're saying that Phil Hellmuth has simply gotten lucky 12 times to beat out WSOP fields? Or Phil Ivey has seven bracelets in non-hold 'em games because he's lucky? I think we see more long term skill over luck arguments made easier through tournaments. In cash games what you said is absolutely right, but long term tournament success should be enough proof. Yes, you have to get lucky a couple times in a tournament, but you put yourself in positions so that if you do get unlucky, you have enough chips to move on.
Grant (Fairfax, VA)
Voting closed last night for the WSOP TOC. Any word on when the results will be made public? What's your prediction on how many non-multiple bracelet winners will be among the field? I fear that proven winners like Flack, Seed, Forrest, Chiu and the like won't get in, despite the fact that they're all 4+ bracelet holders.
Andrew Feldman (4:11 PM)
I would imagine we'll hear about the fields in a day or two and obviously we'll analyze who made it in and out on the site. I'll set the line at 5 single-bracelet winners...and I'll assume that at least three will be modern-era main event champs...
BurnThis (Los Angeles)
Who's your leading contender for best to not win a bracelet? Durrrr? Mine is Gavin Smith.
Andrew Feldman (4:12 PM)
I'm leaning towards Andy Bloch. Durrrr is a great player, but Bloch has done everything but win a bracelet.
you know everytime you tweet with @WSOP to start this chat only WSOP sees that in their feed. Unless that is your goal...
Andrew Feldman (4:13 PM)
What do you mean only WSOP sees that? (sorry for non-twitter folks)
Donny (Fresno, CA)
Followin up on BurnThis' question, if the pros had to list the top 3 players never to have won a bracelet, who would they choose? Would Phil make the cut?
Andrew Feldman (4:14 PM)
Durrr, Bloch, Antonius would be the three names I bet you'd hear most often.
I keep hearing - rightfully so - that a lot of the players who succeeded right after the poker boom have failed to keep up skillwise with the newer generation of players. But is there a particular player who you think gets mislabeled in this group - one who still plays well but maybe just hasn't run too well of late? Maybe Allan Cunningham?
Andrew Feldman (4:17 PM)
I don't think anyone would put Cunningham as a player that failed to keep up skillwise, so yeah, he'd definitely be omitted from there. I'll also add in Joe Hachem and Greg Raymer to the mix...both really talented players that get mis-labeled.
Travis, most of the players pre-boom specialized in games that weren't no-limit holdem.
Brian (Charlotte, NC)
How have coaches from the online poker training sites - like leggopoker, cardrunners, and deucescracked - been performing so far in the WSOP? I know last year there was a strong showing by leggopoker in the ME, getting 3 in the top 100. How are guys like aejones, bobbofitos, seabeast, selbst, krantz, townsend and cts among others doing so far this year?
Andrew Feldman (4:20 PM)
Andrew Lichtenberger has only had one cash so far and I've been hearing a lot more about Cardrunners pros doing well. most notably from that group David Benefield has a couple cashes for $150K or so.
That's why I said "right after the poker boom" champ
Would you rather be a excellent tournament player or an excellent cash game player? Would you rather be an excellent live player or online player? Lastly, which game would you choose to be best at?
Andrew Feldman (4:21 PM)
A cash game player that appears on HSP (you'd get the exposure that a successful tournament player would get). Live player for sure and O8 would be my game to choose to be the best at.
What do you think about this idea. A $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Heads-Up event capped at 512 players. This allows people like me who enjoy heads-up but cannot afford $10,000 a chance to play in a heads-up event.
Andrew Feldman (4:22 PM)
I bet you could get at least 1,024 for that event, but the capacity issue at the WSOP would be the problem. Organizing that thing would also be a nightmare. I'd like to see it and give everyone a chance at a heads-up event.
Ned (Hershey, PA)
Random question - if the WSOP knows that a pro, like maybe Durrr, is playing in two events at the same time, will they try to put him at tables closer to each other?
Andrew Feldman (4:23 PM)
Table seating is random, so nope. They are not going to accommodate based on the fact that someone is involved in two events.
Wow someone just said Gavin Smith was great at poker? 5 year flashback?
Andrew Feldman (4:24 PM)
Zing! Gavin is a great player, but definitely not at the top of my best without a bracelet list.
Who is the best sports handicapping poker player? Is there one?
Andrew Feldman (4:25 PM)
Haha. Walk around the WSOP and ask that question. You'll get a couple thousand different answers. Let's just say that many of them participate in other gambling ventures and all believe that they have the edge over the house in every game.
1024 and possibly 512 would obviously be a logistic nightmare. In headsup you need one dealer for every two players. Where in a normal event the ratio is 1 to 10. But it would be a great event if it could be pulled off.
Andrew Feldman (4:26 PM)
Releasing the tournament list and different starting days could ease the concerns. Or hold "brackets" all across Vegas at different Harrah's casinos.
BurnThis (Los Angeles)
Biggest surprise so far this year -- two brothers (Mizrachis) in top 5 of tourney? Men Nguyen winning? The Ladies' tournament dustup?
Andrew Feldman (4:28 PM)
The Ladies issue isn't surprising at all. It's pretty much expected every year at this point. I'd say a family final table with the Mizrachi's is my #1 shock, followed by Shchmelev's success
TJ Cloutier is a lock to win event 28 right?
Andrew Feldman (4:31 PM)
Far from it. Would love to see him at the final table. Not the craps table.
#1 shock...Jerry Yang's 3 cashes...
Andrew Feldman (4:31 PM)
I stand corrected.
We've seen two poker players appear on mainstream reality TV shows, one (Annie Duke) with great success and another (Bellande) not doing so well. What do you think would make a good show for a poker pro to be on - Hellmuth on Dancing with the Stars, or maybe an internet phenom on the Bachelorette?
Andrew Feldman (4:33 PM)
Put Negreanu on just about anything and keep Hellmuth off of reality TV. His persona is too much for many to deal with. Wait wait, how about Hellmuth on Wipeout? GOLD MINE! Don't forget about Tiffany and Maria on Amazing Race...
Bill G. (Burlington)
Have you seen Ted Forrest? Is he looking sickly?
Andrew Feldman (4:35 PM)
Take a look for yourself: http://www.wsop.com/images/ImageStore/__Selected/EV7_TedForrest.jpg
Keith (Augusta, ME)
Do you think the WSOP will ever introduce a hybrid event, like one where it's Pot Limit preflop but no limit post flop, or one where the event starts as a shootout but then turns into heads up after that?
Andrew Feldman (4:36 PM)
I think they will. Seems like a logical progression to see a pot/no limit. I don't think a shootout-->heads-up is something that would become a bracelet event.
Jobin (Quincy) [via mobile]
Are Tom Dwan and Jason Mercier missing out on their chances to gain more ezposure due to their awkward interciewing styles? Imagine their appeal if they were articulate like Negreanu or Eric Baldwin.
Andrew Feldman (4:37 PM)
YES! Jason Mercier has had every chance in the world to really extend himself and build his brand, but his quiet demeanor prevents that. Stars loves having him, but knows they can only promote him in certain ways due to that restriction. Dwan has his exposure and despite some awkward interviews, he does a good job most of the time.
Kidding about Cloutier obv. Would be hilarious to see him win one though.
Andrew Feldman (4:38 PM)
If he wins tomorrow, what's the line on his prize winnings ending up somewhere else... half an hour?
Best poker player in the world today? Ivey?
Andrew Feldman (4:39 PM)
Yes. Here's our rankings: http://espn.go.com/sports/fantasy/blog/_/name/poker/id/5268759/the-nuts-mizrachi-earns-final-spot
BurnThis (Los Angeles)
hey, this sounds like one of my articles (reality tv and Poker players). I suggested at the time Jesus Ferguson on DWTS.
Andrew Feldman (4:40 PM)
Being a ballroom dancer, he'd win. And if he didn't like the ratings he was given, he'd take a deck of cards and slice up the number the judge was holding up.
What happens first: Hellmuth wins a non holdem bracelet or Ivey wins a holdem bracelet?
Andrew Feldman (4:41 PM)
Yeah Juanda should definitely crack that top 10 list next time. Maybe top 5. Does it in all games too.
Andrew Feldman (4:43 PM)
I'm very interested in seeing where he ends up in July...and if Mizrachi remains on the list if he doesn't cash again...maybe I'll do my rankings on here in one of the chats during rankings week.
What is up with Daniel and Annie?
Andrew Feldman (4:43 PM)
The usual I'm right, you're wrong argument about the Ladies' championship
Lon ((Tracy, CA))
Andrew, while it's been great to see you in the chats, any guests coming up for these ESPN chats?
Andrew Feldman (4:44 PM)
Yes. Next week I'll get a couple people besides myself to answer the questions. Feel free to share your excitement to get rid of me for a day.
I don't understand the hostility over the ladies event. Anything that promotes the growth of the game, AMONG FEMALES, is good right????
Andrew Feldman (4:46 PM)
You would think. The event has a lot of potential to make the game even bigger every year.
Daniel dislikes Annie from back in the day. I wish I could remember all the reasons. I read about it a month or so ago.
Andrew Feldman (4:47 PM)
There's not enough time in this chat to get through all of the reasons...google works.
Reggie (Sturbridge, MA)
In one of this week's whats, you said there is a way to calculate which players win the most at the WSOP per event entered. Has anyone kept track of a bracelets to events entered ratio? Do you think Hellmuth would even be in the top 10? My guess is no.
Andrew Feldman (4:50 PM)
We won't be able to analyze the old data as there really wasn't any kept. First you'd have to determine a minimum events played to be counted in the standings. I bet Hellmuth would be in the top 20, maybe not 10. Ivey's probably in there and definitely Doyle and Johnny. They didn't play a ton of events back then....they were there for the cash games.
The pros should hold a $1000 buy-in flip tournament (6-max). Last one standing gets the all of the dough. They'd get probably around 100 that would chance it and it would make for one amazing hour of TV.
Andrew Feldman (4:52 PM)
I love it. No bracelet though. Flipaments for bracelets just wouldn't cut it.
how many people are you hearing are going to be there to lose to me in the main event?
Andrew Feldman (4:53 PM)
7K. I really am having a hard time accepting we'll get to that number, but everyone is confident we'll be there this year.
Who is the most respected (among pros) player under age 30?
Andrew Feldman (4:55 PM)
Three players earn that title: Eric Baldwin, Jason Mercier and Tom Dwan.
7 thousand people could play? wow I feel sorry for the pro's, if that is the case what pro's do you think can make it far if not to the final table?
Andrew Feldman (4:56 PM)
Ivey made it through last year and it seems that pros have been able to get deep since the boom began. Matusow and Hellmuth both have amazing records in the large-field main event and I would expect nothing less this year.
What percentage of those 7k do you think actually come out of their own pocket and pay for the entry?
Andrew Feldman (4:59 PM)
Define that a little bit. I'd say at least 6,000 of them are satellite winners from one variety or another. They have therefore won that money and have the option to put it up for the entry. In terms of backing during the main event, I'd say probably 25% of players have given away pieces of themselves to try and limit their risk.
Andrew Feldman (4:59 PM)
Thanks for all the question again today! I'll see if I can't get a guest chatter in here for tomorrow. Have a great Wednesday night!