London's Hippodrome has become one of the Capital's most iconic entertainment venues since it opened in 1900 – and now it's set to add to its list of famous acts by hosting the European Dealer Championship. Set amidst one of the world's plushest casino lounges, the contest runs from the 8th to the 10th of May 2017!
The European Dealer Championship is set to feature 33 of Europe's leading croupiers showcasing their table talents, right in the middle of Leicester Square – an apt location for showtime entertainment. Croupiers are expected from 21 countries, rivalling the Eurovision song contest for diversity.
Each contestant will be required to display their skill on the American Roulette and Blackjack tables – with a knockout format to the competition. Scoring is based on a combination of flair and expertise.
The EDC work in association with some of the key players in the casino industry across the UK and Europe, making the event a major networking and marketing opportunity for everyone involved with the gaming world. It's also a great opportunity for croupiers looking for employment opportunities in famous casinos, and is held in extremely high regard – as revealed by UK contestant Stuart McCallum from Les Ambassadeurs Casino:
"I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the whole process and it’s a privilege to be representing the UK this year, especially considering the Championships are taking place on home soil."
The EDC is serious business, with 31 judges from 21 countries analysing each contestant with eagle-eyed precision. Each croupier will be assessed on three core components of dealer aptitude:
In essence, they're looking for a dealer who could rapidly draw a huge crowd in a high-end Las Vegas casino, and satisfy everyone from pleasure seekers to professional gamblers; think Tom Cruise in Cocktail – only with a deck of cards. Other challenges rumoured to be on the score sheet are number one chipper, card handler, chip cutter, stack pusher and number cruncher.
The Championship is a highly anticipated event in the casino calendar and is very enjoyable for both gamers and those working in the industry. Tracy Damestani, CEO of the National Casino Forum, shares this sentiment:
"It's an art form, a piece of theatre, watching these men and women perform is truly entertaining."
The 2017 EDC is being run by The European Casino Association in tandem with the National Casino Forum, who represent all land-based casino vendors in the United Kingdom. Expectations are high that this year's event at the famous Hippodrome will be the best-attended and most-publicised show of its type, in the past decade.
The Hippodrome is well regarded as one of Europe's finest gaming and entertainment venues (as well as online casino), having won the accolade of Best Euro Casino Operator in 2015. The EDC is set to further showcase the gaming venue, which is already the largest casino in London and extremely popular as a hot spot for evening drinks, pre-theatre dinner and gambling.
In fact there are in excess of 45 classic casino tables including roulette, blackjack, three-card poker, dice, baccarat and casino war, plus a vast range of electronic games and slots. In recent times the growth of online gaming has also seen the brand launch highly acclaimed online casino and mobile gambling products. However, CEO Simon Thomas is keen to publicise that the event's focus is on the dealers, who are integral to the success of casino industry:
"It's vital we recognise the enormous dedication of the dealers who represent the best customer experience of any casino. Good luck to all the competitors, and I look forward to welcoming them to The Hippodrome."
Simon's view is echoed across the gambling industry. Every casino operator is ultimately reliant on an annual influx of new croupiers, coupled with the skill development and retention of existing employees. Working in the casino industry can be tough and challenging – but becoming a leading croupier can definitely be fun and rewarding.
How many careers offer plush surroundings, exotic travel, a good salary, career progression and personal development? When the Hippodrome opened in 1900, it took its name from the circus animals that wowed the crowd. This May, London can look forward to another exotic spectacle when Europe’s top croupiers take centre stage.
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