Bassendean croupier in the spotlight
WHEN it comes to dealing cards or keeping clam in tense situations, croupiers Patrick Nekrews and Amy Legg Jurgens and inspector Helen McAlister are the best of the best at Crown Perth.
The trio were named as the winners of the Croupier and Inspector Championship at Crown Perth on September 12.
Mr Nekrews and Ms Legg Jurgens will travel to Sydney to represent Crown Perth in the Australasian Croupier Championships from October 30 to November 1.
Bassendean resident Mrs McAlister said she had worked at Crown since 1989, with a stint in Melbourne in the middle.
“I love it because I feel like a people person and the job is all about building rapport with people,” she said.
“My role is all about customer relations. You need to meet and greet people so people are comfortable. It was nice to win the award because you can feel faceless, so it’s good to get recognition.”
Ms Legg Jurgens said it was her third time taking part in the championships and her first triumph.
“It’s not easy to be judged; you are given 15 minutes for two games and you’ve got to show what you’ve got,” she said.
“You need to show your skills and your customer service too.
“I’m excited and nervous about heading over to Sydney. It’s a bit like a paid holiday but being assessed is a big thing.”
Mr Nekrews said what he enjoyed most about his role was never doing the same thing twice.
“I do quite a few games, including roulette, baccarat and Texas hold ‘em poker,” he said.
Sharpest cards in the deck: Crown croupiers Patrick Nekrews, Helen McAlister and Amy Legg Jurgens.