As is so often the case in the early levels of a tournament, many of the pots lack significance. This is especially true when there are a few limit games involved, restricting the players' bets and keeping pots on the small side. While most of the time this lends itself to silence around the tournament room, the exact opposite is true here in the AU$1,650 8-Game Dealer's Choice.
For starters, all of the players are chatting it up a bunch in a cheerful manner. For some, this is their way of feeling out their opponents to see who understands what games the best, so they can make their selection accordingly when it comes around.
"Do you know all the rules to all of these games?" one player was heard asking.
"What game are you picking first, Mike?" another player asked to Mike Leah.
For others, chatting about the nuances of all of the different games is paramount, with several joking with one another about skill levels.
"Michael Guzzardi is terrible at eight game!" blurted out Oliver Gill.
"Oh come on, why would you pick stud hi-lo, you know you're a fish at it?" another player said to Jan Suchanek.
This dealer's choice format is a new one at the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific, but there's clearly no lack of fun.