The ECA and its members understand and recognise that training is crucial in order to learn all the necessary skills to become a good and qualified dealer. To this end, the ECA promotes training and supports its members by always trying to improve professionalism in casinos across Europe.
The European Dealer Championship underlines this ethos while at the same time providing the perfect opportunity to exchange information, expand networks, and meet with friends. The championship also provides European dealers with the opportunity to showcase their high levels of professionalism and promote best practices in creating a welcoming, fun, safe and fair environment in European casinos.
March 2007 saw Spain host the ECA’s inaugural European Dealer Championship, which celebrated a high level of professionalism from dealers across Europe. 18 contestants representing ten European countries (Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, and Sweden) participated in the finals with contestants demonstrating their excellent skill levels and hospitality techniques which embody the European casino experience.
Italy hosted the second Championship in April 2008. 24 contestants from 16 member countries of the ECA took part in this event. Once again, the skill levels and competitive spirit of the contestants throughout the championship were exceptional. The third Championship took place in April 2009 in Sweden. This time 30 contestants from 19 member countries competed for win the prestigious title of European Dealer Champion. In 2010 the championship took place in Vilnius, Lithuania where 33 Top dealers from across Europe were present.
The fifth edition took place in Serbia on 10 & 11 May 2011. As always, the participants were given the chance to showcase their talents, while learning from their competitors around them. The sixth European Dealer Championship took place in April 2012 in Finland. Hosted by Casino Helsinki, the event followed its tradition of being a huge success full of excitement from the beginning right up to the very end.
The seventh European Dealer Championship took place in Campione d'Italia, Italy on 7 & 8 May 2013. Once again, a superb event. The eight European Dealer Championship took place in Belgrade, Serbia. Again, the excitement and hospitality was brought to a new standard. In 2015 the ninth European Dealer Championship took place in Nova Gorica, Slovenia at HIT casino Park. Once again, a superb event.
The ten year anniversary of European Dealer Championship took place in Breda, Netherlands at Holland Casino on 11 & 12 May 2016. Once again the excitement and hospitality was brought to a new standard and the great spirit the competition was felt clearly.
In 2017, the European Dealer Championship took place at the fantastic Hippodrome Casino in London and was organised in conjunction with the UK's National Casino Forum. It brought together 33 participants from a record-breaking 21 countries and once again proved the position of the EDC as one of the premier events of the gaming industry calendar.
The following people assist the ECA in organising the European Dealer Championship 2017 in the UK:
Sandra Sturgess Persson (Head organiser), Casino Cosmopol
Jaana Ruokamo, Veikkaus - Casino Helsinki