UK – Ritz croupier wins UK Dealer of the Year AwardBy Phil - 13 February 2017
The Ritz Club, London’s premier casino is delighted to announce that Jamie Leigh Cummins has been awarded UK Dealer of the Year Award at the annual National Casino Forum (NCF) UK Dealer Championship, which was held at the Playboy Club, London this week.
The event saw 16 of the country’s best dealers compete against each other in a series of tasks in the quest to crown the best in the business. The knock out competition was split into three main categories: technical skill, game control and hospitality. With a collective dealer experience spanning over 65 years, competition was fierce. The judging panel, was made up of 16 judges from the UK’s leading casinos.
Having demonstrated his exceptional skills, Mr Cummins will now go on to the European Dealer Championships, which will take place in London on May 9 to 10 2017.
Roger Marris, Chief Executive of The Ritz Club said: “We are thrilled that Jamie has been awarded UK Dealer of the Year Award. Being a great dealer is a combination of technical skill, mental agility, an engaging personality and being able to exceed in delivering great customer service.”
The National Casino Forum hosted the annual UK Dealer Championships at the Playboy Club London in a quest to crown the best croupier in the business.
The event featured a series of tasks to find a new 2017 Champion with talented dealers submitted from some of the biggest Casino operators in the UK including the Hippodrome, Aspers Group, Grosvenor Casinos, The Ritz and Clermont Club. The championships concluded with the announcement of the winners in Playboy Club’s famous Tale Bar with sponsors Clarion Events awarding the much coveted trophy and Rob Saucier, CEO from cash prize sponsors Galaxy Gaming, presenting the £2,000 top prize.
17 Championship judges, including last year’s winner Clayton Bourne from The Clermonth Club, oversaw three main categories set to test contestants technical skill, game control and hospitality. The challenging knock out competition has been hosted by the National Casino Forum for the last three years and aims to recognise the best individuals in the dealing business, with the winner and 1st runner up automatically gaining spots in the prestigious European Dealer Championships which will take place at the Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square on the 9th & 10th May. Happening in London for the first time in the competition’s history, all 32 participants from 20 countries will gather in the city on the May 8 for a welcome drink where the lottery draw for the first round groups will kick off proceedings. The prize giving ceremony and celebration party on the 10th May will also be hosted at the famous London casino.
Stuart McCallum from Les Ambassadeurs finished as runner up followed by Francesco Paolo Di Marco from Aspinalls. Daniel Weaver of the Hippodrome Casino won the accolade of Maths Master whilst William Gosnold of the Hippodrome Casino won the award of Chipping Champion.
Winner Jamie Cummins said: “Coming into the competition, winning was not something I thought could happen. The skills required to be a dealer in the industry nowadays are tough to master and you need to be on top of your game 100 per cent of the time. To know I am now officially the UK’s best dealer is just an unbelievable feeling and the news will definitely take a bit of time to get used to. I’m looking forward to flying the flag for The Ritz Casino at the European Dealer Championships here in London later this year and would love to build on my success in a respected European wide forum.”
Tracy Damestani, CEO of the National Casino Forum said: “The UK Dealer Championships showcase the transferrable skills required to be a successful dealer in the casino industry, presenting the mental agility needed to control all aspects of a game. This year, we were delighted to be able to host the event at the Playboy Club in Mayfair with the NCF casinos recognising the very best talent in the industry. We are very excited that the European Dealer Championships will be taking place in London this year, and feel confident that our winners today have every chance of victory in the next stage of the contest.”
Sarah Sculpher, Chief Marketing Officer EMEA at Caesars Entertainment, added: “We are honoured to have hosted the UK Dealer Championships at The Playboy Club London this year. Being a great dealer is a combination of technical skill, a commitment to giving great customer service, an engaging personality and an element of tenacity – when you see those elements combined it’s a joy to see. We are delighted to be able to support the industry in celebrating these skills and the role that dealers play in delivering an exceptional casino product. At Caesars Entertainment we value these skills highly and are delighted that we had two of our own competing for the coveted prize.”