Dealer compensation, given FT won't complete for 4 months?
Effel: same as usual. Usual withholding paid when reach final 9. When final 9 players play, gratuities pro-rated back to all toke pool participant, whether they participate in final table or not.
Any funds added to prize pool from extra revenue? Opportunities for collusion a problem?
It would be a mistake for players to act unethically, and we hope the players will represent the game well. New code of conduct released next week. Severe penalties for unethical conduct. Will encourage world to take close look at players during 117 days off, giving them great opportunities, hope that brings out the best in everyone.
Prize pool will be plumped up a bit: prize money invested in interest-bearing account, interest added to prize pool.
Bob Ciaffone: biggest problem he's had is hours they play (he's 67 and lives on east coast). What have they done to address the schedule.
Jack's response: Try to play additional levels on early days and less later. Tough for anyone. This year in Main Event 5 levels on first days, never more (5 two-hour sessions, plus breaks). Should end 12:30 AM, not so bad. 10 levels for smaller events.
Bob says the two hours difference should be a great improvement.
Gary Wise: will ESPN cameras follow people over 4 months?
Jamie H: Nov. 4 preview show will document last 4 months. Expect that Nov. 11 storytelling will more precisely detail their story than in past.
Adam Schwartz: main concerns: things that happen during 4 months, ethically. What plans have been made for things that could go wrong? Visas, etc?
Answer: Probably 100 different problem scenarios, hard to anticipate them beforehand. Be confident in our ability to stage event well as they always do. They'll deal with extraordinary circumstances as they come up.