Cream of casino dealers to battle it out for Euro crown

  • 11th edition of the European Dealer Championship to be held in London
  • 33 from different nations will compete to be Europe’s top croupier

The annual competition to find Europe’s top casino dealer is to take place in London for the first time next month.

European Dealer Championships
Action from last year’s European Dealer Championship. Pictures: European Casino Association.

The 2017 edition of the European Dealer Championship (EDC) will be held at the historic Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square, from May 8-10.

The EDC, now in its 11th year, is organized by the European Casino Association with the National Casino Forum, and has become one of the most popular events on the industry calendar. Each country is permitted to enter a maximum of two competitors, and this year’s competition includes 33 participants from 21 European nations.

The home nation will be represented by Jamie Cummins from The Ritz and Stuart McCallum from Les Ambassadeurs, who finished as winner and runner-up respectively in February’s UK Dealer Championships, a competition run by the National Casino Forum.

Knock-out competition

31 judges will oversee the knock-out contest, which is separated into three categories of technical skill, game control and hospitality and takes place over two days.

The competitors will be tested on their aptitude for the most popular casino games of American roulette and blackjack, and will also take part in a number of other contests designed to test their chipping, chip-cutting, card-handling, stack-pushing and mathematical abilities. The first round groups will be drawn on May 8, and the winner will be announced on May 10 at a prize-giving ceremony and celebration party.

The Chairman of the European Casino Association (ECA) Per Jaldung, said that the event was a celebration of the skill and talent that the industry’s employees display on a daily basis and that the ECA was proud to be organizing this year’s competition.

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