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May 17th 2018

NATIONAL CASINO FORUM WELCOMES DCMS REVIEW PLEDGE

The National Casino Forum, which represents all the UK’s land-based casino operators, has today issued its response to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s statement on changes to gaming machines and social responsibility measures.

“The National Casino Forum welcomes the commitment from the DCMS to consider a fresh review of machine allocations in casinos, which are mostly limited to 20 gaming machines. We put forward modest proposals to modernise and harmonise the sector, which would allow casinos to offer the leisure experience our customers can find around the world, and the DCMS has accepted that machine allocations are low by international standards.

These changes would encourage investment in the sector and socially responsible growth, which the consultation was designed to achieve, whilst preventing harm to players and generating more revenue for HM Treasury.

Consistent with their position at the top of the regulatory pyramid, casinos have always had the highest levels of player protection and supervision, and operators are seeking ways to improve further. We are currently trialling new player protection measures, including time and limit setting and increased tracked play, and look forward to presenting the evidence from these trials to the Gambling Commission and the Government in the coming months.

Casinos are the safest, most tightly regulated places to gamble, with high staffing levels, and operators are committed to putting the welfare of customers at the heart of their business.

It has long been accepted that casinos are the most appropriate environments for harder forms of gambling. We understand why a decision has been taken to cut the maximum stakes for B2 machines on the high street”.

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ABOUT THE NCF:
The National Casino Forum represents all the UK’s land-based casino operators. It promotes a well-regulated, socially responsible and commercially successful casino industry. Its vision is to make the UK the most attractive destination in the world for casino gaming. The NCF’s role is to encourage and highlight best practice in the industry. Its runs forums to promote innovation and promote the safe gambling agenda.


February 27th 2018

One in Ten Thousand: Slawomir Workun voted UK’s best Dealer

National Casino Forum announces Championship winner at event hosted by Caesars Entertainment

Slawomir Workun has been named the best croupier in the UK after winning a gripping UK Dealer of the Year Final at the Sportsman Casino in London.

In a test of dexterity, mental agility and charisma, Slawomir, 34, saw off competition from 23 other finalists to claim the cash prize of £2,000, sponsored by gaming technology company, Novomatic. He will now represent the UK at the European Dealer Championships (EDC) in Montenegro in May 2018.

There are an estimated 10,000 dealers in the UK’s 148 casinos, meaning that the elite few who made it to the final are in the top 0.25% in the country.

Points were awarded to contestants on their technical skills, control of the game and hospitality at the all-day event. Casinos are part of the mainstream leisure industry and judges prioritised excellent customer service, with the most points available in the hospitality category.

Shaun Kelly, from Les Ambassadeurs, finished as first runner-up with a cash prize of £1,000, while Will Gosnold, of the Hippodrome, finished as second runner-up and secured a £500 cash prize.

Slawomir and Shaun now turn their attentions beyond the UK, with the European Dealer Championship (EDC) running in Montenegro from 7-9 May 2018.

Launched in 2007 by the European Casino Association (ECA), it is one of the premier events in the gaming calendar and last year brought together 33 participants from a record-breaking 20 European countries with 31 judges overseeing the competition.

Antra Gaike, from Latvia’s Olympic Voodoo Casino, was crowned as Europe’s number one all-round performer, and Slawomir and Shaun will be striving to bring the trophy back to the UK.

Polish-born Slawomir, from Chessington, Surrey, has worked for ten years at the Sportsman, operated by Caesars Entertainment UK, and was celebrating a ‘home win’. He said:

‘I hoped I would get to the final stage, and maybe the top three, but I honestly did not expect to win and it felt unbelievable. I’m not the best at anything, but I’ve got a complete game. It’s easy to find people who are the best at maths, or dealing, or customer service, but it’s rare to find somebody with the complete set.

‘Today was the right time, right moment, right mood, and though it’s been a long day, it felt great. I ended up in casinos by random luck. At my friend’s suggestion I went for an interview, got into croupier training school and that was it. The closest I had been to a casino before was watching James Bond films!’

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

‘The UK Dealer Championships are a showcase of the wonderful talent we have in this country. The 2018 Final was exceptionally competitive, with Dealers from across the UK demonstrating great skill in sleight of hand, mental agility, and hospitality. The best croupiers command the casino floor, creating atmosphere and a sense of occasion, and Slawomir is a worthy winner. For anyone looking to enter the industry, croupier training school is a great career opportunity.’

Various side events ran on the day to test the specific skills of the finalists. Winners were:

Card handler – Shradda Fernandes, Aspers
Chipping – Chris Stanworth, The Opera House Casino
Chip cutting – Chris Stanworth, The Opera House Casino
Maths – Slawomir Workun, Caesars Entertainment UK
Stack pushing – Ivan Vrso, Caesars Entertainment UK & Francesco Di Marco, Crown London Aspinalls

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NOTES FOR EDITORS:

The National Casino Forum represents the UK’s land-based casino operators. It promotes a well-regulated, socially responsible and commercially successful casino industry. Its vision is to make the UK the most attractive destination in the world for casino gaming.

The NCF’s role is to encourage and highlight best practice in the industry. Its runs forums to promote innovation and promote the safe gambling agenda. Its four pillars of activity are: legislation; regulation; consumer protection; communications.