How much money do World Series of Poker dealers make?
At the WSOP, players and their potential earnings receive all the attention. However, do we ever consider the salaries of dealers?
Some months ago, before the 2023 World Series of Poker, which is being held in Las Vegas, many dealers were needed to cover around 600 tables for bracelet events, satellites, and side games.
That’s when the WSOP announced a new pay structure with increased wages for all prospective dealers working in the annual tournament series, which awards the most prestigious prizes in the game.
A raise for dealers at the WSOP
The poker organization said that the starting pay for all dealers would begin at $12.50 an hour with a $100 bonus after completing their first shift.
The WSOP pays an additional $15 per down for Texas Hold’em-only bracelet events and side events and $20 per down for non-Hold’em bracelet events.
A “down” refers to 30 minutes when dealers are at a table before being “pushed” to the next. So, a dealer could make upwards of $52.50 per hour if they deal mixed games, plus their share of any tips left by the players.
If any additional dealer funds are left over at the end of the tournament, they will be paid out as a bonus based on the total number of downs worked throughout the entire series.
The 54th annual 2023 WSOP kicked off May 31 and will conclude July 17.