If you talk to someone who played at last year's World Series of Poker, they will probably tell you about some problems that they had with either the dealer, or the floor after a poor ruling. Players were unhappy at the quality of dealing and with floor rulings; dealers were unhappy because Harrah's was giving them a raw deal apparently when it came to their wages.
According to several of my sources, Harrah's was going to audition for dealers for this year's World Series of Poker over a two week period. Dealers would be chosen and placed in three different categories; an A, B and C category, with A being the best and most experienced dealers, and C being brand new dealers, with little or no experience that could be "taught."
The problem, according to my sources, is that once Harrah's filled their quota for finding dealers, they closed down the audition period early, turning away many qualified and experienced dealers that wanted to deal in the World Series of Poker.
The question would arise; why would Harrah's want to turn away experienced dealers? Do you really want inexperienced dealers dealing in the biggest tournament of the year? Would an inexperienced dealer know how to properly deal with several short-stacks going all-in pre-flop, and several sidepots forming?
So far, this doesn't bode very well for this year's World Series of Poker. Don't be surprised if you hear of more tales this year of poor dealing, unhappy dealers and poor floor decisions.
Filed Under: The World Series of Poker