ECA member casinos have the most skilled and qualified dealers across Europe.
The European Dealer Championship (EDC) represents the perfect opportunity for them to showcase their skills and professionalism while promoting best practices in creating a welcoming, fun, safe and fair environment in European casinos.
The event became an annual, unmissable appointment in which more and more participants are taking part. It is a special time to get together, exchange information, network and meet colleagues and friends from all over Europe and beyond.
The first-ever EDC was held in March 2007 in Spain, with 18 dealers from 10 European countries. Since then, the number of contestants and countries participating in the competition grew steadily, demonstrating increasingly high levels of skills and hospitality techniques that embody the European casino experience.
The last edition of the EDC took place in Tallin, Estonia, with a record number of participants of 38 from 20 countries.
The 2020 pandemic crisis has delayed the 14th edition, which will take place in 2022 in the prestigious venue of Monte Carlo, Monaco.
After this forced break, we look forward to applauding the impressive skills of the talented European dealers, and to meeting in person again to celebrate land-based casinos, a place of rooted historical and cultural traditions.
The following people assist the ECA in organising the European Dealer Championship:
Jaana Ruokamo, Veikkaus Casino Helsinki
Murat Salih, The Hippodrome Casino London
Wouter Smid, Holland Casino
Pascal Baudry, Monte-Carlo SBM
The first round of the Championship, contestants will be divided in six to eight groups (depending on the number of entries). Each contestant will deal Blackjack and American roulette for 20 minutes. Per group 4-6 jury members will judge on the contestants.
The jury members will be ‘players’ at the tables. The jury will not judge participants of their own country. The jury is committed to judge a complete session.
Each jury member will individually judge a contestant without discussing the scores with other judges at his/her table. After all contestant’s session, the scorecards will be handed to the Championship Director and the rank per pool will be calculated.
When all contestants have dealt both American Roulette and Black Jack, the winner and runner up per group will be determined by the individual scores. The two highest scoring dealers of each group will enter the quarter-finals.
During round two, 12 to 16 dealers (depending on the number of entrants in round 1) will be divided into three or four groups of four contestants. Each contestant will deal both games for 15 minutes and will be judged by 4-6 jury members. The two highest scoring contestants per group will enter the semi-finals.
During round three, 6 to 8 dealers (depending on the number of entrants in round 2) will be divided into two groups contestants. Each contestant will deal both games for 15 minutes and will be judged by 4-6 jury members. The two highest scoring contestants per group will enter the finals.
The two highest scoring dealers per group of round 4 will enter the final.
The procedures at the finals are quite identical to the previous rounds. Each contestant will deal 20 minutes and will be judged by 4-6 jury members. Again, the jury will not judge contestants of their own country.
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As adapted for ECA European Dealer Championship
The ECA reserves the right to promote and provide reportage of the championship via various broadcast mediums such as radio, television, internet, newspapers, etcetera, or to report (live) on the championship itself on the internet or through other media. Participants may be named or pictured in such report or upon registration. By registering for this event participants declare to agree to this unconditionally and irrevocably.
Participating dealers are requested to be dressed in full uniform of their respective casinos. English is the official language of communication at the championship tables.
A participant may be disqualified if found to contravene any of the rules of the Championship.
In the event of a dispute relating to these rules, the decision of the Championship Director will be final and the Championship will not proceed until the dispute is settled.
ECA and the Championship Director reserve the right to amend these Rules at any time.
In the event that the Rules are amended ECA will inform all participating casinos as soon as possible after the amendments are introduced.
It will be the responsibility of the participating casinos to inform their team members of the rules and any amendments.
A copy of these rules will be available beforehand and at the Championship.
Should the number of entries be less than the minimum requirement of 16 contestants, ECA reserves the right to (i) cancel the Championship or (ii) invite national runners up to enter the Championship in order to meet the minimum requirement of 16 contestants.
ECA reserves the right to cancel the Championship without any liability.
All prizes are to be supplied by ECA (and/or sponsors).
All prize winners will be awarded the prizes published in the prize list for the Championship.
Tournament chips do not represent cash value.
The judges on the table will be responsible for placing wagers.
On Black Jack boxes shall be played with a minimum of € 10 and a maximum of € 500 (in units of €10).
On Roulette a maximum of 100 colour chips per player shall be permitted on the inside layout.
The minimum on the inside bets shall be € 5. The maximum on the inside bets shall be:
Straight up: 100 – Split: 200 – Street: 300 – Corner: 400 – Sixline: 600
The minimum on the outside bets shall be € 500 to a maximum of € 5.000 (in units of € 500).
Colour chips will not be permitted on the outside bets.
General rules of Black Jack and Roulette shall apply, with the addition of supplementary Championship rules.
Give tips during the game is not allowed.
If there is a drawn result between contestants, which may cause more than the allotted number of contestants to advance to the next round, or poses a problem to determine the winner of the Championship, each criterion of that round will be reviewed and tallied in the following order:
(2) Technical skills
(3) Control of the game
The participant with the highest score for hospitality will advance to the next round or be awarded as the winner. If there is still a drawn result, the next criterion will be reviewed and tallied. In the event that all the cumulative scores are drawn, the participants will take part in a practical mathematical exercise to determine the person to advance, or the winner.
As adapted for ECA European Dealer Championship
“Championship Director” means a person, or that person’s designee, appointed by ECA for the overall control of the Championship.
Winning wagers at the game of Roulette shall be paid at the odds listed below:
The dealer shall call “No more bets” and starting from the left and continuing clockwise round the table, shall deal a card in sequence to each playing area containing wager/s and a card to the dealer’s position. In a like manner, the dealer shall then deal a second card to each of the wagered playing areas.
Where the dealer’s first card is an ace, a player may place an insurance wager, equivalent to half the amount placed as his/her initial wager, that the dealer’s second card will have a value of ten. All insurance wagers shall be made before the commencement of the subsequent deal and are to be placed on the insurance line of the layout.
Upon completion of the initial deal and before the subsequent deal;
As adapted for ECA European Dealer Championship
Settlement of wagers remaining on the table after the completion of the dealer’s hand shall be as follows:
The criteria for the European Dealer Championship will be multiplied by a factor of importance; hospitality (3x), Technical skills (2x) and control of the game (2x).
The minimum score per criterion is 0, the maximum score is 5, with intervals of 0,5.
Polite and courteous
Is approachable and well-mannered to all customers in all situations. Is authentic in communication and interaction.
Welcomes a player appropriately and is attentive.
Responds actively to meet customer needs
Is pro-active in meeting customer’s service.
Exceeds customer expectations
Creates a pleasant atmosphere at the table at all times, even when the costumers are winning or losing. Always tries to give all customers a memorable experience.
Acknowledges customers after transactions
Uses appropriate body language and/or verbal acknowledgement, including eye contact with the customer, at the right moments.
Is professional at all times
Gives equal attention to all customers without showing preference towards a specific customer. Is professional in any difficult or delicate situations.
Projects positive posture and body language
Faces the customers when dealing. Appears approachable and friendly using appropriate body language / nonverbal communications.
Conforms to grooming standards
Follows reasonable directives from Championship Representatives without questioning and completes any assigned tasks accurately and promptly.
Cuts chips correctly
Cuts chips accurately. Does not demonstrate any incorrect habits. Can drop-cut where appropriate.
Uses both hands correctly
Pays and takes bets using both hands to maintain game pace and table security.
Uses technical equipment appropriately
Uses the supplied equipment smoothly and efficiently.
Moves stacks correctly
Pushes stacks out and brings stacks in using the appropriate configuration and in a smooth and efficient manner.
Positions chips correctly during transactions
Positions chips correctly, taking into account factors such as game security, during all cash/colour transactions.
Spins the ball correctly
Spins the ball, and at the appropriate moment calls ‘no more bets’ (i.e. three revolutions) before the ball drops into the number.
Clears the winning number correctly
Clears the area around the winning number in a smooth and efficient manner, without touching winning chips. Clears the layout in a smooth and efficient manner.
Deals the cards smoothly and efficiently to the boxes
Handling bets at boxes
Pays winning bets and collects losing bets in a smooth and efficient manner.
Current and accurate knowledge of gaming information
Deals games in accordance with Championship rules and procedures.
Calculates payouts accurately
Calculates all payouts accurately prior to making up the winning bets.
Maintains table security
Protects float with correct body positioning. Does not turn away from the table at any time.
Focuses on table activity
Actively monitors the table, players, unusual behaviour, and players’ betting patterns.
Shows clean hands
Shows an open palm at all times when dealing with cash/colour, when going into or out of the float and when arriving at or leaving a table.
Performs cash/colour changes correctly
Announces all changes loudly, without compromising game security. Places chips in the correct area. Accurately performs the transactions, taking into account the customer’s wishes.
Calls games loudly and clearly
Announces the game in an appropriate manner and always clearly and audibly.
Protects winning areas
Follows correct dealing procedures and is aware of movements around the winning area at all times.
Maintains readable float, ensures that the float is well-managed and readable at all times. Regulates chip movements and anticipates float requirements in advance. Plans chip movements efficiently to minimise the requirement for additional chips.
Communicates clearly and accurately
Communicates effectively with no unnecessary information.
Is discrete where necessary
Conveys information discreetly.