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Dealer's Choice

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What is Dealer's Choice

Dealer's Choice is a popular poker format where players take it in turns to select games. The game is then played on rotation, either for an orbit or for a select number of hands.

This means that games can be played in any order players wish, and indeed the same game can be selected back-to-back.


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Here we go over the poker rules for Dealer's Choice.

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What Games are in Dealer's Choice?

In theory, players could pick any game in Dealer's Choice, including non-traditional poker formats and those including Wild Cards. However, for the purpose of this article we will cover the traditional listpoker formats that are included in the Dealer's Choice bracelet event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

There are 20 formats split up as follows:

Hold'em Games

There are three Hold'em variants in Dealer's Choice:


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Omaha Games

There are five Omaha variants:

Stud Games

There are four Stud variants:

Single Draw Games

There are two Single Draw variants:

  • No-Limit 5 Card Draw
  • No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw

Triple Draw Games

There are six Triple Draw variants:

How to Play Dealer's Choice

Just like with any mixed game poker format, it is important to know what games you are strong in and what games your opponents are weak in.

That way, you can make sure you put yourself in profitable positions in games you are familiar with, and can avoid the sharks if a game you aren't as confident in is selected. Make sure you take time to assess your opponents' strengths and weaknesses before

Dealer's Choice at the World Series of Poker (WSOP)

Dealer's Choice first became a bracelet event at the 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP) with a $1,500 buy-in event.

The following year, a $10,000 event was introduced.

$10,000 WSOP Dealer's Choice Championship

YearEntriesPrizepoolWinnerPayout
2015108$1,015,200Quinn Do$319,792
2016118$1,109,200Jean Gaspard$306,621
2017102$930,600John Racener$273,962
2018111$1,043,400Adam Friedman$293,275
2019122$1,146,800Adam Friedman$312,417

$1,500 WSOP Dealer's Choice Event

YearEntriesPrizepoolWinnerPayout
2014419$565,650Robert Mizrachi$147,092
2015357$481,950Carol Fuchs$137,735
2016389$525,150Lawrence Berg$125,466
2017364$491,400David Bach$119,399
2018406$548,100Jeremy Harkin$129,882
2019470$634,500Scott Clements$144,957

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