First time competitor Ray de Rozario from Holland Casino, went straight into the finals of the 10th edition of the European Dealer Championship that was held on May 11 and 12 2016 at Casino Breda, Netherlands.
In an unusual outcome never seen before in any dealer championship final, whereby two competitors from the same country went head to head, Ray triumphed and won over his colleague Ted Bakker from Holland Casino, both of them finishing with the same score of 4314 points. As there can only be one European champion it was nuances in the communication with the players that made the difference at the end and convinced the jury in the finals. The title came also with a first place cash award of EUR 3000,- sponsored by Scientific Games
Ray de Rozario’s 5 opponents in the final round all added to an excellent fight for first place. The ranking at the end was, Ray de Rozario from Holland Casino Rotterdam, Ted Bakker from Holland Casino Scheveningen, The Netherlands, Jannick Nielsen from Casino Copenhagen, Demark, Saverio Angel from Casino St. Moritz , Switzerland, Sanda
Jevtic from Grand Casino Beograd, Serbia and Dina Kasparane from Olympic Casino, Latvia. 32 participants from 19 European countries participated in the 3 rounds observed by a total of some 29 judges.
Dealers were not only rated by their technical skills and control of the game, but also by their hospitality, service and the pleasant atmosphere that they were able to create during the game.
The members of ECA, and especially the organisers of the EDC, would also like to extend their sincerest congratulations to the winners of this year’s side events. The awards for “Best Card Handler” went to Katja Zupancic from Slovenia Best in “Cutting Chips” went to Ray de Rozario from Netherlands. Karolina Niemas from Poland won the “Roulette Mathematics” and Michal Jarošek from Czech Republic won the “best chipper” award and the Award for “pushing Stacks”.
These side competitions measure just a few of the necessary skills involved in being an outstanding dealer.