Though’s he been a professional poker player since 2003, Jean Gaspard can claim his largest cash in the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Tournament at the 2016 WSOP. He was an overseas professional basketball player for years and Chicago Bulls prospect at one point. His previous largest cash was for $211,722 in the WSOP Circuit event in 2009. For his win, he collects $306,621 and a gold bracelet. He won by defeating William O’Neil. Runner up O’Neil will take home $189,505 in the event.
The first Dealer’s Choice was in 2014 It is a mixed poker variant game with the dealer at the button given the option of game to play. There are 19 different games that can be played in this tournament. The games and descriptions are below.
No Limit/Pot Limit Games
No Limit Holdem is one of the most popular forms of poker played today. It’s the seen the most on tv and is the game played at the Main Event.
Pot Limit Holdem is very similar to No Limit the main difference is betting limits prevent all-ins and this makes stealing blinds harder.
Pot Limit Omaha because of the four hole cards, a wide range of winning hands is possible. There are more all-ins in this poker variant.
Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo Split Eights of Better is a more complex poker variant. Low hands and high hands can both win. Since this is a more complex game winning this game along with the Dealer’s Choice helps to demonstrate overall great poker playing.
Big O is a game where players get 5 hole cards instead of 4 and it’s played similar to Pot Limit Omaha HI Lo so high and low hands can both win. It’s a rarely played game except at the WSOP and large poker tournaments.
No Limit 2 7 Single Draw is similar to the Triple draw version but there are no limits in the betting structure and two rounds of betting.
No Limit Five Card Draw is a poker variant with only once chance to draw. A strong starting hand makes a difference and pairs, two pair and three of a kinds are the winning hands most players look for.
Seven Card Stud was the most popular form of poker till No Limit Holdem rose to take number one. Two hole cards are dealt face down, one face up door card and three more cards are dealt face up. Because it’s not as popular, older players have an experience edge with this game..
Seven Card Stud Hi Low Eights or Better is another less frequently played game today. Older and experienced players have an edge.
Seven Card Stud Hi Low Regular is a high low game without the eights or better restriction. Either high or low can win.
Razz is the low ball version of stud poker and the goal is to get the lowest hand. For those great a reading fellow players, this is a great game since it’s more simple poker variant game.
Limit Flop Draw Games
Limit Holdem is the betting limit version of No Limit Holdem.
Limit Omaha Hi uses four hole cards and has more potential winning combinations.
Limit Omaha Hi Low Eights or Better is great game for those not trying to bust out. Aces are high and low. It’s more common for pots to be split among players.
Limit A-5 Triple Draw Lowball doesn’t count straights or flushes and Aces are low. The objective is low hand wins.
Limit 2 – 7 Triple Low Ball is similar to Limit ace through five but straights and flushes are included. Deuces and sevens are critical.
Badugi is mostly played in Asia and is similar to Limit Ace – Five but played with four cards. Unpaired and unsuited cards are the cards to play. It’s a challenging game.
Badacy is a Ace Five variant but half the pot goes to the best Badugi hand. Being a split pot poker game diminishes potential wins but can cover help prevent busting out.
Baducy is a complex 2 – 7 type of Badacy. It’s a split pot poker game between the best 2 – 7 dras and Badugi hand. It’s a combination of 2 – 7 Triple Draw and Badugi.
These are the poker variants that need to be mastered for the Dealer’s Choice event. The player on the button can choose between any of these games. Jean Gaspard has finally walked away with this one . But these game brings all the experienced players to the table and you will probably find these players competiting in other games as well.
The top winners in this event were:
Jean Gaspard $306,621
William O’Neil $189,505
John Monnette $135,061
Randy Obel $96,876
Mikhail Semin $69,937
Viacheslav Zhukov $50,818
James Obst $37,167
Andrew Brown $37,167
Dan Smith $27,362