IAACD, (though also a freelance writer). I only deal poker now, since our facility doesn’t share the pool of staff between poker and other table games.
Our casino pools tips for TG dealers, but not for poker dealers. Thus, TG dealers make a pretty consistent twenty-something an hour no matter what they deal. Poker dealers face much more variation, you could deal a game for only a few minutes before it dies, get shuffled around in the line-up and have an excessive number of breaks, or you could get lucky and get a huge tip from a $5000 pot. But, most dealers are making between $25 and $50 per hour.
So, where money is the priority, dealers hate games that don’t generate tips. If tips are pooled though, it’s a matter of personal preference. Some dealers don’t mind a deadspread. It’s literally money for nothing. Other dealers prefer the fun and variety of craps or roulette. Another factor is that a lack of variety involves repetition of certain motions a VERY large number of times over a day (or week, or month, etc). Blackjack is virtually an assembly-line style job and I’d rather not deal another hand of it in my life. But, since I liked poker and wanted some variety to stave off carpal tunnel syndrome, I’d often volunteer for the relief string covering Let it Ride, Carribean Stud and Three Card Poker.
Finally, more ambitious staffers will seek the additional pay of being qualified on many games or even if there is no incentive pay, improve chances of promotion or surviving a layoff by diversification.