European Dealer Championships marks another successful year

European Dealer Championships marks another successful year

Monday, May 21, 2018 Posted by Michael Lawson
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Finn Matti Kankaine won the coveted best dealer award.

The annual European Dealer Championships (EDC) is celebrating another successful competition, with Matti Kankaine of Veikkaus Casino Helsinki being awarded with the coveted ‘Europe’s Best Casino Dealer’ award for 2018.

Held at the Maestral Resort & Casino in Montenegro for the first time, EDC 2018 featured a record 37 participants from 20 European countries.

Judges scored competitors on technical skill, game control and hospitality in blackjack and American roulette over the 2-day event.

Per Jaldung, Chairman of the European Casino Association, spoke enthusiastically about the way that EDC has continued to grow. He told TotallyGaming.com: “Over the past 12 years, the competition has had 317 participants and each of them has helped to raise the level of competition. One of the benefits for participants is that they bring back new skills and ideas from the EDC.”

“With membership of the European Casino Association growing to now 28 countries across Europe, a lot of new countries are eager to show the professionalism and high level of their croupiers.

“A perfect example of this is Monte Carlo, who joined the ECA last year and already sent two competitors this year. With a record number of 37 participants from 20 countries, the level of competition has increased once more.”

Jaldung also went on to explain the criteria for judging the main competition and its various side events: “The margins between the competitors get closer each year. This year’s winner Matti Kankainen from Finland is testament to this. He already participated five times, coming second twice and third once.

“Competitors are scored on technical skills, control of the game and hospitality on Blackjack and American Roulette. Among these three areas, hospitality is rated above the others as it is the  mark of a great casino dealer.

“The side events are slightly different, as they are rated on speed and skill. This year we had side events for chipping, card handling, cutting chips, pushing stacks and mathematics.

“All these, besides the main competition, really bring out the best in the participants and show the real skills of being a first-class casino dealer.”

Totally Gaming says: The European Dealer Championships is an opportunity for the gambling industry to illustrate the thrill of the casino to a wider audience. After all the negative gambling publicity of late, it’s refreshing for the trade to be portrayed in a far brighter light.

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