Bassendean croupier in the spot­light

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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.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d474111

Sharpest cards in the deck: Crown croupiers Pa­trick Nekrews, Helen McAlis­ter and Amy Legg Jur­gens.

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