Interview with Adrija
LeoVegas was recently lucky enough to spend an entire day with their Live Casino provider, Evolution Gaming.
Evolution’s main central studio is in the charming capital city of Latvia, Riga. The city may have been around since well before the days of electricity (the 2nd century to be more precise) but these days the environment within the state-of-the-art office is… electric.
Since spring 2016 you can find Adrija in LeoVegas’ own private Live Casino studio Chambre Séparée (En. separate room), only available for LeoVegas members. In the studio you can play Roulette, Blackjack and a co-hosted version of Blackjack; Celebrity Blackjack Party together with her.
When we sat down to chat with Adrija we were immediately drawn in by her electric personality.
This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
Getting to know Adrija
Favourite casino game: Blackjack
Time at LeoVegas Celebrity Blackjack: Since the start in June 2016
Previous/other occupation: Also currently works as a model and in the process of finishing her final class of high school.
Learnt from working at Evolution: Self-confidence & how to shut up (I talk a lot…)
Special skills: Accents and making weird noises, including everyone’s favourite – mimicking a dolphin.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I come from a small town in the countryside called Gulbene, it’s a small place, but really chilled. I came to Riga about 5 years ago to study and have just been really busy since then.
What are your favourite things about working at Evolution?
It’s great here, we can do all sorts of courses. Anything that will better us as Live Dealers, from make-up courses to improving our language skills. We’re always improving ourselves and that’s pretty cool.
Is there anything that is a big no-no for a Live Dealer?
Well there are the obvious things like your body language. I have a friend who is an artist, he recently told me that I have really learnt how to adjust my body language, not only in terms of the way I hold my body and hands, but also the awareness I have about my face.
We also have to be careful of touchy subjects and try our best not to offend anyone. A great example was during the 2016 US Election. We had to be careful not to take a side, so if someone mentioned Hilary or Donald, I would just say something about the “lovely scarf” she wore recently or how great his tan looks.
It is tricky, but it’s part of what makes the job challenging and fun!
How does it feel when you are at the table?
I just feel really chilled. It doesn’t matter who it is, it might even be a celebrity, but at the end of the day we’re just two people at the Celebrity Blackjack Party table.
I feel really good at the table, there’s a real party atmosphere. I don’t just deal the cards, it’s more than that. The players and I may be in separate rooms and countries, but we get to talk to each other and exchange experiences. And I love to talk…
Is there any LeoVegas event that sticks out in your mind?
I really liked the LeoVegas Rockfestival with the Motörhead event. There was a guitar in the prize pool, which is obviously pretty cool. What I thought was especially amazing was that one of the prizes was for drum lessons with a guy from the band.
10 questions in 25 seconds
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What feedback do you get from your friends and family when you tell them about your job?
Some people get it, and some don’t. It really confused my grandma when I told her. She didn’t understand what a Live Casino was. A few of my relatives, from a different generation, don’t really understand and they’ll ask me lots of questions.
I love what I do, and it’s so much more than that. I think they would rather that I work in a coffee shop, but I’ve done that, and this is what I enjoy, this is where I am happiest.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I really hope that I’ve accomplished something special. For example, I’d love to study something in the cultural arts. I would also love to write a book.
I hope that I’ve continued to stay happy and healthy. I really enjoy modelling and acting, so I hope in the future to have advanced in that side of my career.
Meet the Dealers
Since the Adrija and the rest of the Chambre team have a flexible schedule, you never know who you are going to meet at the table. But you are invited to our Chambre Séparée anytime of the day or night. If you are the social and chatty type, we recommend you to visit the Celebrity Blackjack Party table between 17:00 and 02:00 CET ask your questions!