National Casino Forum Launches 2019 Dealer of the Year Competition


The UK’s finest croupiers will do battle at Genting International Casino, Resorts World Birmingham for the prestigious 2019 Dealer of the Year title.

The UK Dealer Championships, organised by the National Casino Forum (NCF), will test dealers’ technical skill, game control and hospitality, in a high-pressure environment overseen by championship judges.

The eagerly anticipated all-day event will take place at the showpiece venue on Monday March 4th. This year, the limit of two croupiers per company has been lifted, allowing more dealers to take part and test their skills against their peers.

Image: Last year’s winner, Slawomir Workun, from The Sportsman Casino (centre) with runners-up Will Gosnold and Shaun Kelly (right).

A first prize of £2,000 is up for grabs, with cash prizes of £1,000 for the runner-up and £500 for third place. There will also be prizes for the Best Chipper, Pusher and Stacker and the dealer who demonstrates the best maths skills. The overall winner and first runner-up will represent the UK at the European Dealer Championship (EDC) in Tallinn, Estonia, from April 29-May 1, 2019.

The event is supported by sponsors: Novomatic, Clarion Gaming, TCS John Huxley, Galaxy Gaming, Genting, Passport Technology and The Hippodrome.

The 2019 champion will follow in the footsteps of Caesars croupier Slawomir Workun, from The Sportsman Casino, who saw off stiff competition from 23 other finalists to claim last year’s UK Dealer of the Year title.  He represented the UK at the European Dealer Championships in Montenegro, alongside the first runner-up, Shaun Kelly, from Les Ambassadeurs. The second runner-up was Will Gosnold, from the Hippodrome.

Launched in 2007 by the European Casino Association (ECA), the European Dealer Championships is one of the premier events in the gaming calendar. Last year’s event was won by Matti Kankainen from Veikkaus Casino Helsinki in Finland, who triumphed against croupiers from 20 countries.

Tracy Damestani, CEO of the National Casino Forum, said:

“We are delighted to be staging the UK Dealer Championships, which will showcase the talent we have in this country. Dealers need to combine mental agility, card skills and hospitality, which makes it a very theatrical event.

There are great career opportunities for croupiers and we hope the contest will highlight the fun and excitement a good dealer brings to the casino, encouraging more people to consider it as a career”.

Ian Barrett, Operations Director, Resorts World Birmingham, said:

“This is undoubtedly one of the best events of the year in the Gaming Industry calendar and we are absolutely thrilled to be hosting the championship at Resorts World Birmingham. Everyone is looking forward to welcoming all those taking part and their supporters.”

Kate Chambers, Managing Director of the Gaming Division at Clarion Gaming, said:

“As an organisation which is steeped in gaming and responsible for a number of leading brands, not least ICE Totally Gaming, which is the biggest gaming technology event in the world, I am delighted to be able to work with our friends and colleagues at the National Casino Forum and the European Casino Association and support this blue riband event."

Phil Burke, Director of UK Casino and Export at Astra Games Ltd. / Novomatic, said:

“NOVOMATIC are delighted to once again sponsor the UK Dealer Championship in partnership with The National Casino Forum and Genting Resorts World. We look forward to another exciting day of competition between the highly skilled dealers from across the UK casino sector to determine the winner for 2019”.

Todd Cravens, President and CEO of Galaxy Gaming, said:

“We are incredibly proud to support the UK Dealer Championship, a competition that shares our commitment to enhancing the overall guest experience through the casino table games industry and our clients worldwide. We’re excited to celebrate the winners of this year’s event.”

Enquiries about sponsorship opportunities should be directed to Tracy Damestani: