Casino croupiers to battle for 2018 UK Dealer of the Year title

  • Caesar’s Entertainment to host prestigious contest
  • £2000 prize and place in Euro heats for Britain’s best croupier

The UK Dealer of the Year contest is heading to London next month, with nominees from top casinos competing for the title of Britain’s best croupier.

18 table maestros will be demonstrating their skills for the panel of judges at a day-long event, with prizes awarded for leading in various disciplines.

At the end of the event, an overall winner will be crowned and awarded £2,000 – along with a spot at the European Dealer Championship later this year.

Jamie Leigh Cummins with bunnies from The Playboy Club where last year’s event was staged
Jamie Leigh Cummins with bunnies from The Playboy Club where last year’s event was staged

Mayfair casino to host croupier event

The competition is organized by the National Casino Forum, and it takes place on February 27th 2017 at the Sportsman Casino in London’s exclusive Mayfair district.

This Vegas-inspired Caesar’s Entertainment venue is hosting the competition for the first time; last year’s event was held at the London Playboy Club.

“We are very proud to be hosting the championships,” said Caesar’s marketing lead Sarah Robinson.

“We are looking forward to a great day of competition and hope to see plenty of support for all the dealers taking part.”Sarah Robinson

The event opens at 10am and will run until 6pm, when the winner will be announced and the prizes handed out.

Prizes and categories for contest winners

The main prize for the event is a £2,000 cash sum for the winner, along with a qualifying place in the Euro championships.

The top runner-up will also be heading to Europe, and they will scoop £1,000 for their efforts. A £500 will go to the second runner-up on the day.

There will also be small cash prizes awarded for individual skills. The top chipper, stacker, pusher and mathematician will be rewarded for their efforts.

Winners will be in good company, joining 2016 Dealer of the Year Clayton Bourne (of the Clermont Club) and 2017 champion Jamie Leigh Cummins (Ritz Club, Park Lane Club).

Europe and beyond for contest winners

The winner and first runner-up at the London championships will be heading to the European Dealer Championship in Montenegro, where they will represent the UK in competition with the continent’s finest casino dealers.

The event is organized by the European Casino Association, and 2018 will mark its eleventh year.

33 participants from 20 countries took part in last year’s contest. The two-day event was ultimately won by Antra Gaike, a croupier at the Olympic Voodoo Casino,in Latvia. 2017 UK winner Jamie Leigh Cummins and runner-up Stuart McCallum also took part in the contest.

Casinopedia will be keeping you up to date with all the news from the championships.

As proud sponsors of the 2018 Dealer of the Year competition, we will be following the event’s progress closely – and bringing you the results and the highlights.

Watch this space for more news on the UK heats, and on the European Dealer Championship in May.

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