Andrew Feldman on WSOP
Timmy (Teetville)Which of last years Nov 9 will make it the furthest in your opinion?
Andrew FeldmanI would've said Ben if he didn't have Vanessa at his table today... so I'm actually going to go with Eoghan O'Dea.
Tom (Pasadena)Is Vanessa Rousso still in the field?
Andrew FeldmanOut on Day 1B
Gerard (Georgia)Where were ray romano, brad garret, cheadle, lubarsky, that rock group lead singer, etc all didnt show up? Weird to see a bunch of big names disappearing.
Andrew FeldmanRomano played, as did Kevin Pollak who is still in. Not many more beyond that. Quiet year...Brad Garret was actually at the WSOP on Friday, but didn't play in the main. Not sure why.
Andrew FeldmanI'm glad I took Jason Somerville in my fake last longer on the Poker Edge. Up to 550K now and the chip lead in the tournament.
Jamie (Newark, DE)Your odds are much better now...predict a winner!
Andrew FeldmanYes, picking the champion out of 1,700 players should be easy. I'll pick tomorrow...still way too early. It's tough enough picking when only 9 players are left.
Mike (NY)Based on the turnout for all the events would you say that the WSOP has had a succesful year or do you think it was disappointing in any way?
Andrew FeldmanI think it was a successful year given the climate. Attendance was down only one or two percent which is really not bad at all considering so much of the player base left after the 2011 WSOP. The turnout for the main event was great and really, I think everyone who measures poker based on the health of the WSOP should be confident things are doing just fine.
Al (Boston)You ever going to try and play one of these things? (I understand the ME can only happen if you are staked), but what about trying to Satellite into it, or one of the smaller ones?
Andrew FeldmanI'd love to and I'm sure it'll happen eventually...
Chris (Ocala, FL)How many more years can the poker economy keep giving away 10% in rake? It runs dry eventually, right? $22 million or so just for the WSOP this year alone.
Andrew FeldmanI think that unless there's a mass boycott, it will continue to happen. I think the poker economy can continue to do it for a very long time. Think about it this way, the players give X% to the WSOP who continues to run the event. The Event continues to get more exposure and more publicity and as a result, brings in new players. It's basically a cycle that needs to happen. Maybe not to the tune of 10%, but still...
Aaron (Texas)Can you help get a WSOP fantasy poker game on ESPN next year?
Andrew FeldmanNot going to happen...we had one a couple years ago, but I don't think it's coming back anytime soon.
Andrew FeldmanDown another world champion, Eastgate has been eliminated
chris (pleasanton, ca)Does the One Shot success diminish the Main Event in any way, or does it help?
Andrew FeldmanI don't think so. I think One Drop created a great buzz at the right time, but the focus is, and always will be, on the main event.
Tony (Chicago)Andrew, I've been somewhat surprised that the numbers haven't dropped noticeably at the WSOP in general and the Main Event specifically since Black Friday. Clearly there were hundreds (if not thousands) of people who qualified via online satellites. How, in your opinion and experience, are those slots now being filled?
Andrew FeldmanThose online satellites are now live satellites are the Rio. The WSOP did a great job in getting players in and have filled the void in that fashion.
Andrew FeldmanThanks for all the questions today everyone! Speak to you all tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET
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