Recently, Winamax became the first online poker room to spread Dealer’s Choice games online. Granted, that game offers only four games to choose from but it is still bodes well for the future of poker and mixed games.
For those unfamiliar with Dealer’s Choice, poker players get to choose which game is dealt when they get the dealer button. The World Series of Poker has held Dealer’s Choice games over the last couple of years and players were able to choose from 16 different variants of poker.
Some of you may find yourselves in a Dealer’s Choice in the near future either in live play or in a home game. When that happens, you want to prepare yourself for what is sure to be an interesting evening of poker. Here’s five things to consider before playing in a Dealer’s Choice game.
What’s Your Best Game?
If you are going into a Dealer’s Choice game willingly, it is assumed you are going to know how to play multiple forms of poker. If not, you’re going to be in for a long evening unless you have a group of friends that just like to play Hold’em and Omaha.
Figure that most everyone at the table is going to be proficient at Texas Hold’em and they will likely have a rudimentary understanding of Omaha poker. If your best game lies outside of Hold’em and Omaha, you should consider tapping into this revenue stream as often as possible.
You want the best edge possible for the times its your deal and it also helps to keep the game interesting.
But Be Careful What You Pick
In Dealer’s Choice, you are going to be playing a balancing game. You want to pick games that you have an edge in, but at the same time you want games that will give you some action.
For example, if everyone absolutely hates Razz or Badugi, then you should probably stay away from these games even if they are your best earners. If all they are going to do is fold when you pick those games, you are wasting your time and everyone else’s.
Careful of Wild Card Games
Whenever possible, stay out of games that allow players to use wild cards. In many home games, Dealer’s Choice is going to devolve into crazy games such as “Follow the Queen” or “Draw with Dr. Pepper Wild.”
Once wild cards are introduced, the strategy is largely taken out of the game and poker becomes a card catching contest. This is fine if you are playing for fun or for pennies (literal pennies – or even dimes and quarters) but if you are playing for anything more substantial, stay away from wild card games.
Be Willing to Teach New Games
If you’re going into a Dealer’s Choice game, don’t be afraid to become a teacher to the more inexperienced players. You’re always going to have a few newbies to the game or you will have poker players that know a limited number of games.
Becoming a teacher helps the game in multiple ways. First, it helps to expand everyone’s horizons and gives more available game options. It is also good for your rep, especially if you keep it fun while teaching the games. A poker player that is having a good time is often going to come back and give you more of their money.
Give Action to Get Action
Lastly, if you are going to play in a Dealer’s Choice game, don’t be the guy that only plays his best games in order to guarantee a win. Most players aren’t stupid and are going to pick up on how you’re playing.
If you’re only playing in the games where you have the biggest edge, then your action is going to dry up. However, if you are constantly playing regardless of the game, then players are going to give you action.
This is a good reason why it’s recommended to be proficient in most forms of poker. You never know when an opportunity will arise to use you atypical skills and Dealer’s Choice is one of those rare opportunities where your Courchevel skill will come into use.