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Noemie Serra Crowned European Dealer Champion 2024 at the 16th Championship in Venlo

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The 16th European Dealer Championship, hosted by Holland Casino at its Venlo operation proved to be a hugely popular event, where 37 dealers from 21 European countries gathered to demonstrate their exceptional skills before the EDC judges.

Three days of intense tournament competition culminated in Noemie Serra of Casino de Monte-Carlo being crowned the European Casino Association’s Dealer of the Year. Jamie Cummins from London’s Crown Casino took the runners-up spot, with Asa Ekerot from Casino Copenhagen securing third place.

As well as taking home their trophies, the winner scooped a grand prize of €5,000. The second and third place finishers were awarded €3,000 and €1,500, respectively. In addition to the main prizes, there were another five Skill Challenges, each offering a prize of €500 for the winners, showcasing the diverse talents and expertise of the competitors.

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  •     Best Mathematician: Jamie Cummins, Aspinalls
  •     Best Chipping: Tsvelan Kritonov Yanchev, City of Dreams Mediterranean, Cyprus
  •     Best Cutting Chips: Noemie Serra, Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco
  •     Best Pushing Stacks: Stefano Samperi, Casino Malta
  •     Best Card Handler: Marco Skorjanic, Casino Innsbruck, Austria

The finals, which followed intense national heats, brought the crème de la crème of Europe’s casino dealing professionals to Venlo for the skill-based competition to demonstrate their astute decision-making, lightning-fast reflexes, and seamless ability to balance chip management, mathematics, and engaging social interactions.

The dealers were evaluated by a dedicated panel of impartial international judges, each an experienced professional dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in the gaming industry. The EDC jurors played a vital role in evaluating participant performances, thoroughly examining game control, communication, and technical skills.

Erwin Van Lambaart, Chairman of the ECA, said: “It has been a huge honour for Holland Casino to host the 16th European Dealer Championship in Venlo. I’d like to thank the team behind the scenes for their tremendous efforts in organising and hosting this prestigious event, and I’d like to thank the event’s sponsors without whom it simply wouldn’t happen. It has also been a great honour to be able to celebrate the amazing craftsmanship of live dealing. This event is a showcase offering a glimpse into the passion, professionalism, and hospitality that define the experiences of guests at our member casinos daily. Our dealers and croupiers must be recognised as the most vital ingredient at the forefront of customer interaction. They are the very essence of the land-based casino industry, and we really have celebrated the ‘best of the best’ in the field here in Venlo. This event gives us an opportunity to honour these skilled professionals, to highlight the remarkable achievements of our dealers and to say thank you for making live casino gaming what it is today.” 

Hermann Pamminger, General Secretary of the European Casino Association (ECA), remarked: “This year’s has been a truly phenomenal event. I would like to thank all the sponsors of this year’s competition who made it possible to stage this international celebration of land-based gaming talent. The ECA extends its gratitude to these leading companies from the European gaming industry for their continued commitment to the European Dealer Championship, ensuring its success and growth into the future.” 

The winner, Monaco-born Noemie Serra, said: ‘Being a croupier is the best job in the world. I am so thrilled to take home the top prize. I came through the dealer school for Société des Bains de Mer de Monaco in 2018 and have worked there ever since. It was an honour to represent them in this competition. My father also works as a dealer for SBM, so I suppose you could say that being a croupier is in my blood. The tournament has been intense and exhausting, but all the competitors have been so supportive throughout the event.’

Runner-up Jamie Cummins of Crown London said: ‘It is a huge honour to finish second in this prestigious event. I’ve loved every second of the event and my time with the other dealers. Since starting out at Genting Casino in Luton, it has always been a dream of mine to work in Mayfair, which I achieved with Aspinalls and Crown. Doing so well in this competition is right up there, though. I was at the tournament in London a few years ago, which was an outstanding event, but this one has topped even that. I’d advise any croupier anywhere in Europe to have a go at this dealer championship. It’s an incredible experience.’ 

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Second runner-up Asa Ekeret from Casino Copenhagen added: ‘I’m thrilled to have been recognised at this event. It has been tiring and gruelling, but just as in my job in Copenhagen, the other dealers have been amazingly supportive and encouraging. We’ve picked each other up and kept each other going. It’s been an amazing experience.’ 

The European Casino Association is excited to announce Grand Casino Lichtenstein as the next distinguished location for next year’s European Dealer Championship 2025, which will run from June 16 to 19.

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Slott: New Trusted Player in the World of Modern Casinos

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In 2024, an innovative product joined the world of online gambling: the Slott platform. Slott is more than just another casino — it’s a fully-fledged gaming platform with its bonus engine and unique solutions that have been proven in practice. Slott was designed to offer superb gameplay and best-in-class user-centricity emphasising social interaction, community development, and a system of motivation through regular performance rewards, which guarantees continuous player involvement in the process.

The creators of Slott have set an ambitious goal: to become the leading global online casino. Slott’s mission is to revolutionise the world of online gambling by introducing a unique online gambling platform that includes seamless deposit mechanisms that uphold security and transparency. The platform provides an exciting and secure gaming environment.

Slott is now available on both desktops and mobile devices, allowing users to enjoy games wherever and whenever they want. The platform has been developed by a highly qualified and experienced team of product designers and developers to deliver its players a truly unique experience.

Slott plans to significantly expand the product variety by the end of the year; the platform expects to feature 10,000 games and cooperate with 200 providers. In addition, a sportsbook will become available, while unique in-house developed games are already available to users!

Slott started working with fiat currencies in Q2 of 2024 and has already added support for cryptocurrencies. The platform will offer betting options for gaming and casino, regular promotions and a VIP program.

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Slott is not a startup but the result of years of experience in launching casinos and developing igaming products that have been successfully operating worldwide, including in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, for many years. Slott’s creators bring their combined experience to the project, thus ensuring the reliability and prospects of the new platform.

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In 2024, an innovative product joined the world of online gambling: the Slott platform. Slott is more than just another casino — it’s a fully-fledged gaming platform with its bonus engine and unique solutions that have been proven in practice. Slott was designed to offer superb gameplay and best-in-class user-centricity emphasising social interaction, community development, and a system of motivation through regular performance rewards, which guarantees continuous player involvement in the process.

 The creators of Slott have set an ambitious goal: to become the leading global online casino. Slott’s mission is to revolutionise the world of online gambling by introducing a unique online gambling platform that includes seamless deposit mechanisms that uphold security and transparency. The platform provides an exciting and secure gaming environment.

Slott is now available on both desktops and mobile devices, allowing users to enjoy games wherever and whenever they want. The platform has been developed by a highly qualified and experienced team of product designers and developers to deliver its players a truly unique experience.

Slott plans to significantly expand the product variety by the end of the year; the platform expects to feature 10,000 games and cooperate with 200 providers. In addition, a sportsbook will become available, while unique in-house developed games are already available to users!

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Slott started working with fiat currencies in Q2 of 2024 and has already added support for cryptocurrencies. The platform will offer betting options for gaming and casino, regular promotions and a VIP program.

Slott is not a startup but the result of years of experience in launching casinos and developing igaming products that have been successfully operating worldwide, including in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, for many years. Slott’s creators bring their combined experience to the project, thus ensuring the reliability and prospects of the new platform.

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IGT CEO Global Lottery Renato Ascoli Inducted into Lottery Industry Hall of Fame

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International Game Technology PLC announced that Renato Ascoli, IGT CEO Global Lottery, will be inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2024. Ascoli will be honored later this year at an event hosted by the Public Gaming Research Institute (PGRI) in conjunction with the World Lottery Summit in Paris.

“With nearly 20 years of experience serving in high-level positions in the lottery and gaming industries, Renato Ascoli is an accomplished senior executive whose leadership has been paramount in driving new business and innovation. Renato has a keen ability to identify and realize business growth opportunities, and his contributions will benefit the lottery industry for years to come. IGT congratulates Renato on his well-deserved induction into this year’s Lottery Industry Hall of Fame,” Vince Sadusky, CEO of IGT, said.

“I am incredibly honored to be inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame’s Class of 2024. Working in the lottery industry with many great leaders and innovators has been an absolute privilege. The future of the lottery industry is bright, and I look forward to helping our customers propel the modernization of lottery worldwide while continuing to generate funds for philanthropic causes,” said Ascoli.

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In his current role, Ascoli is responsible for global lottery and iLottery sales and operations, product and sales development, and technology and support for IGT’s 90-plus lottery customers worldwide. Since the merger of GTECH and IGT in 2015, Ascoli has successfully led both the Global Lottery and Global Gaming business units for the Company. Some of the key achievements within his tenure have been launching sports betting with the Rhode Island Lottery, partnering with the Mississippi Lottery to initiate operations, deploying lottery terminals in Walmart retail stores, and rolling out IGT’s proprietary Cash Pop draw game, which is now live in over 15 jurisdictions.

Ascoli previously served as General Manager of GTECH S.p.A. (formerly known as Lottomatica Group S.p.A. and Lottomatica S.p.A.) and President of GTECH Products and Services, where he was responsible for overseeing the design, development, and delivery of state-of-the-art platforms, products, and services. Renato had also served as Head of Italian Operations in which he was responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the Company’s Italian businesses.

During his tenure leading Lottomatica, one of the largest lotteries in the world, Ascoli sustained the launch of the Gratta e Vinci (Scratch & Win) instant ticket brand in Italy. Additionally, he was instrumental in gaining the exclusive Lotto concession in Italy with a consortium led by IGT, Lottoitalia S.r.l. The Italian Lotto, and its associated games 10eLotto and MillionDAY, which are among the most popular and successful games in Italy.

The Lottery Industry Hall of Fame was founded by PGRI in 2005 as a means of honoring those who have done the most to make the lottery industry the great success that it is today. Membership is reserved for lottery professionals who have promoted excellence and integrity throughout their careers. Each year, former inductees nominate and vote on the final recipients.

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