The European Dealer Championship 2019 culminated on 1 May with the final that saw Tamas Adam from Switzerland come out on top.
Over two days, 38 competitors from 20 countries fought hard for the prestigious title at Olympic Park Casino in Tallinn, Estonia.
Dealers were rated on their technical skills, control of the game and above all od their hospitality on Roulette and Blackjack.
Tamas Adam, who works for Swiss Casinos Pfäffikon, had participated twice and came second in 2018. He showed himself to be a highly skilled competitor with strong customer interaction that brought him to be the first-ever Swiss winner of the competition.
Adam received a €3,000 cash prize sponsored by Scientific Games and the prestigious winner’s trophy sponsored by Clarion Gaming.
Rounding off a triumphant competition, Adam was also awarded best cutting chips. In second place came Cezary Bednarczyk from Casino Copenhagen in Denmark and Milan Kušović from Casino Cosmopol in Sweden.
Local competitor Gristin Rebane from Olympic Park Casino Tallinn won the title of best mathematics, crowning a successful competition for her having also made it to the semi-finals. The other side events where participants had the chance to show the talent and skills required for dealers were awarded to:
- Best card handler: Milan Kušović from Casino Cosmopol in Sweden
- Best chipper: Edyta Misiewicz from Casinos Poland
- Best pushing stacks: Mladen Stanisic from Maestral Hotels and Casinos Montenegro
Reflecting on his achievement, Tamas Adam commented: “The 2019 European Dealer Championship had such a high-calibre field, which makes me even more proud to have won the competition. It is an unbelievable honour and I look forward to coming back next year as a judge.”
Corey Plummer, chairman and CEO of Olympic Entertainment Group commented: “It was a real pleasure to host Europe’s croupier elite for the 2019 European Dealer Championship at our flagship venue Olympic Park Casino Tallinn. The competition was at the highest level and we congratulate Tamas Adam for winning the title after a thrilling competition. We are also delighted that Olympic Casinos’ Gristin Rebane was able to win a title in front of her home crowd.”
Per Jaldung, ECA chairman commented: “As an industry we owe a great deal to our employees that provide our guests with a great entertainment experience on a day-to-day basis. The European Dealer Championship celebrates their achievements, skills and demonstrates the importance of people for our business. It also shows the great diversity in our industry, with competitors coming from across Europe and even the globe to work in our sector. Congratulations to Tamas Adam for coming out on top among this outstanding field of competitors.”
The ECA is grateful for the sponsors of the EDC: Scientific Games, Clarion Gaming, Dallmeier, Genesis Gaming, TCS, Matsui, Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), GPI Gaming, Abbiati, ICS Europe, CLS and CTC.
The 2020 European Dealer Championship will take place in Monaco hosted by the Société des Bains de Mer Monte-Carlo.