The European Casino Association has confirmed the next edition of the European Dealer Championship will take place at Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco from 16-18 May 2022.
Following the cancellation of this year’s European Dealer Championship, the European Casino Association has responded swiftly to calls from the land-based gaming industry to announce new dates for the competition in 2022.
Postponed twice due to the impact of the pandemic and ongoing restrictions affecting European travellers, the ECA Board of Directors has confirmed that the next edition of the European Dealer Championship (EDC) will take place at Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco from 16-18 May 2022.
“Every year the EDC has brought together and recognised the amazing talent nurtured across our member locations Europe-wide,” said ECA chair Per Jaldung. “The spirit of healthy competition, best-practices gleaned from over 25 different European countries and the personal connections made at such a truly international event remain invaluable.
“The European Dealer Championship has been sorely missed for the last two years and its return to the fabulous location of Monte-Carlo is enthusiastically welcomed by all members and participants,” he added.
Swiss Casinos’ Tamas Adam remains the reigning EDC champion whose technical skills, control of the game and player-focused hospitality set the benchmark in 2019. To claim the prize of best dealer in Europe in 2022, competitors must demonstrate smart thinking, quick hands and make managing chips, maths and socialising look effortless, whilst being scrutinised throughout by 30 independent international judges.
Since its inaugural event in 2007, the European Dealer Championship has visited 13 countries, welcomed over 400 contestants and 2,000 spectators from across Europe and beyond. The much-anticipated Monte-Carlo event will be an extra special occasion as the industry reunites after so long apart in an extraordinary location. “Casino de Monte-Carlo has been waiting for two years to finally welcome the best dealers in Europe to Monaco,” states Pascal Camia, EVP of gaming operations at Monte- Carlo Société des Bains de Mer and vice-chair of the ECA. “Monte-Carlo is the perfect stage for both the comeback of land- based casinos in Europe and the celebration of the amazing talent and dedication of those working in our sector.”
The ECA’s secretary general, Hermann Pamminger, emphasised that events such as the European Dealer Championship are “more important than ever” in 2022 as the industry rebounds from the pandemic and “seeks to address the challenges of the unprecedented crisis currently facing the land-based sector”.
“We look forward to gathering in Monaco in May 2022 for a unique edition in a symbolic location. The importance of the EDC is highlighted by the fact that this year’s cancelled event was on track to become the largest competition in its 15-year history, with over 40 participating casino members,” he highlighted.
Following 2022’s edition, the European Dealer Championship’s next stop will be Montreux Casino in Switzerland in 2023.