Olympic Casino Dealer Wins European Dealer Championship!!
Posted on 17. May 2017
Organised by the European Casino Association (ECA) in conjunction with UK’s National Casino Forum, the 2017 championships took place from 8th – 10th May in the heart of London’s capital, a first in the competition’s 11-year history. Hosted within the historic former Hippodrome theatre which dates back to 1900, The Hippodrome Casino provided a compelling backdrop for the prestigious competition, as Europe’s dealer elite battled it out to be recognised as the best in the business.
Launched in 2007, the EDC has grown into one of the premier events in the gaming industry’s calendar and this year brought together 33 participants from a record-breaking 20 European countries. In a quest to crown Europe’s top dealer, two talented entrants from some of the biggest casino operators in the industry travelled to the UK’s famous capital city to take part, including ambassadors from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and Sweden to name but a few.
31 judges from 20 countries oversaw three main categories: technical skill, game control and hospitality in a fierce knock-out competition over two days to establish Antra Gaike-Mica from Latvia’s Olympic Voodoo Casino, as Europe’s number one all-round performer. Dealers’ showcased their talent and skill on two of the most popular casino table games: American Roulette and Blackjack alongside a range of fun activities designed to showcase style including best chipper, best card handler, best cutting chips, best pushing stacks and best mathematician.
Antra Gaike-Mica, Dealer at “Olympic Voodoo Casino” commented: “Just when it turned out that I will be one of those representing Latvia in London, deep down I knew I will be bringing that Cup home. The confidence was there, the only thing that could go wrong was too much stress. During preparation I polished my technical skills as I was sure about the rest, really had no doubts. As the competition started, I managed to get just that right feeling of flow – that everything is possible, and it worked! I am grateful for my support team that came with me to London as well as my family that supported me from Latvia.”
Gints Pakarklis, Chairman of the Board of Olympic Casino Latvia commented: “We are happy and proud of Antra’s achievement, that she has earned a status of being best among the best. The significance of this fact can not be overstated since European Dealer Championship is the most prestigious competition of our gaming professionals in Europe. We have always been encouraging and supporting our employees pursuing the toughest challenges, professional or otherwise, and Antra’s success boosts our dedication to continue doing so.”
Per Jaldung, European Casino Association Chair commented: “For the ECA, the European Dealer Championship is always a fantastic forum to demonstrate the great skill and talent of the thousands of employees in the casino industry across Europe. The EDC competitors once again showed great finesse, delivering a fascinating competition.”