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European Dealer Championship 2024

Noemie Serra Crowned European Dealer Champion 2024 at the 16th Championship in Venlo

The 16th European Dealer Championship, hosted by Holland Casino in Venlo, was a remarkable event that brought together 37 elite dealers from 21 European countries. Over three days of intense competition, these professionals showcased their exceptional skills in front of the European Casino Association’s (ECA) judges.

Champions of the Night

The competition culminated in the crowning of Noemie Serra from Casino de Monte-Carlo as the European Dealer Champion 2024. Jamie Cummins from London’s Crown Casino claimed the second place, while Asa Ekerot from Casino Copenhagen took third place.

  • Winner: Noemie Serra, Casino de Monte-Carlo - €5,000
  • Second Place: Jamie Cummins, Crown Casino, London - €3,000
  • Third Place: Asa Ekerot, Casino Copenhagen - €1,500

Skill Challenges Winners

In addition to the main competition, the event featured five Skill Challenges, each with a €500 prize, highlighting the diverse talents of the competitors:

  • Best Mathematician: Jamie Cummins, Aspinalls
  • Best Chipping: Tsvelan Kritonov Yanchev, City of Dreams Mediterranean, Cyprus
  • Best Cutting Chips: Noemie Serra, Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco
  • Best Pushing Stacks: Stefano Samperi, Casino Malta
  • Best Card Handler: Marco Skorjanic, Casino Innsbruck, Austria

A Showcase of Excellence

The finals brought together Europe’s finest casino dealers, who demonstrated their astute decision-making, lightning-fast reflexes, and exceptional chip management and mathematics skills, all while engaging with guests seamlessly.

The dealers were evaluated by an impartial panel of international judges, each an experienced professional committed to upholding the highest standards in the gaming industry. The EDC judges meticulously assessed game control, communication, and technical skills.

Voices of the Event

Erwin Van Lambaart, Chairman of the ECA, expressed his gratitude: "It has been a huge honour for Holland Casino to host the 16th European Dealer Championship in Venlo. I’d like to thank the team behind the scenes for their tremendous efforts in organising and hosting this prestigious event, and I’d like to thank the event’s sponsors without whom it simply wouldn’t happen. It has also been a great honour to be able to celebrate the amazing craftsmanship of live dealing. This event is a showcase offering a glimpse into the passion, professionalism, and hospitality that define the experiences of guests at our member casinos daily. Our dealers and croupiers must be recognised as the most vital ingredient at the forefront of customer interaction. They are the very essence of the land-based casino industry, and we really have celebrated the 'best of the best' in the field here in Venlo. This event gives us an opportunity to honour these skilled professionals, to highlight the remarkable achievements of our dealers and to say thank you for making live casino gaming what it is today.”

Hermann Pamminger, General Secretary of the ECA, added: "This year’s event has been truly phenomenal. I would like to thank all the sponsors of this year’s competition who made it possible to stage this international celebration of land-based gaming talent. The ECA extends its gratitude to these leading companies from the European gaming industry for their continued commitment to the European Dealer Championship, ensuring its success and growth into the future."

Reflections from the Winners

Noemie Serra, the winner, shared her excitement: "Being a croupier is the best job in the world. I am so thrilled to take home the top prize. I came through the dealer school for Société des Bains de Mer de Monaco in 2018 and have worked there ever since. It was an honour to represent them in this competition. My father also works as a dealer for SBM, so I suppose you could say that being a croupier is in my blood. The tournament has been intense and exhausting, but all the competitors have been so supportive throughout the event."

Runner-up Jamie Cummins reflected on his achievement: "It is a huge honour to finish second in this prestigious event. I’ve loved every second of the event and my time with the other dealers. Since starting out at Genting Casino in Luton, it has always been a dream of mine to work in Mayfair, which I achieved with Aspinalls and Crown. Doing so well in this competition is right up there, though. I was at the tournament in London a few years ago, which was an outstanding event, but this one has topped even that. I’d advise any croupier anywhere in Europe to have a go at this dealer championship. It’s an incredible experience."

Second runner-up Asa Ekeret added: "I’m thrilled to have been recognised at this event. It has been tiring and gruelling, but just as in my job in Copenhagen, the other dealers have been amazingly supportive and encouraging. We’ve picked each other up and kept each other going. It’s been an amazing experience."

Looking Forward

The European Casino Association is delighted to announce that the next European Dealer Championship will be held at the Grand Casino Lichtenstein from June 16 to 19, 2025. This event promises to continue the tradition of excellence, celebrating the remarkable skills and dedication of Europe’s finest casino dealers.

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HALL OF FAME

  • Winner

    Noemi Serra - Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco
  • Runner up

    Jamie Cummins - Crown Casino London, UK