The National Casino Forum hosted the annual UK Dealer Championships at the Playboy Club, London in a quest to crown the best croupier in the business.
The event featured a series of tasks to find a new 2017 Champion with talented dealers submitted from some of the biggest Casino operators in the UK including the Hippodrome, Aspers Group, Grosvenor Casinos, The Ritz and Clermont Club.
The championship winners were announced in the Playboy Club’s famous Tale Bar with sponsors Clarion Events awarding the much-coveted trophy and Rob Saucier, CEO from cash prize sponsors Galaxy Gaming, presenting the £2,000 top prize.
17 Championship judges, including last year’s winner Clayton Bourne from The Clermonth Club, oversaw three main categories set to test contestants’ technical skill, game control and hospitality.
Jamie Cummins (The Ritz) was crowned UK’s best dealer at the championship and, together with runner up Stuart McCallum (Les Ambassadeurs), will have the chance to compete in the European Dealer Championships held in London for the first time at the Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square in May.
“Coming into the competition today, winning was not something I thought could happen,” said winning contestant Jamie Cummins. “The skills required to be a dealer in the industry nowadays are tough to master and you need to be on top of your game 100% of the time.”
“To know I am now officially the UK’s best dealer is just an unbelievable feeling and the news will definitely take a bit of time to get used to. I’m looking forward to flying the flag for The Ritz Casino at the European Dealer Championships here in London later this year and would love to build on my success in a respected European-wide forum.”
Francesco Paolo Di Marco (Crown Aspinalls) came in at third place and a nail-biting chipping contest, where the dealers pick up the chips and arrange them into piles, saw William Gosnold (Hippodrome Casino) achieve the quickest time.
“This year, we were delighted to be able to host the event at the Playboy Club in Mayfair with the NCF casinos recognising the very best talent in the industry,” said Tracy Damestani, CEO of the National Casino Forum. “We are very excited that the European Dealer Championships will be taking place in London this year, and feel confident that our winners today have every chance of victory in the next stage of the contest.”