The Bad Neuenahr casino has now reopened at a new venue after a two-year break enforced by the devastating floods that hit the region in July 2021 and damaged the casino beyond repair.
The operator was forced to move from the storm savaged Kurhaus building directly on the River Ahr to the neo-Gothic style railway station, which was built in 1880.
Whilst the previous casino boasted 150 slot machines, roulette and blackjack tables on a gaming floor covering 1,500 square metres, the new casino in the Bad Neuenahr railway station building is considerably smaller at 600 square metres. Managing Director Michael Seegert hopes to be able to generate about 40 per cent of the former turnover at the new location.
He said: “The long wait is finally over. Two years have passed since the devastating flood disaster in July 2021, and we too had to overcome many problems and unknowns. So we are particularly grateful and happy that we can now operate our casino in the historic train station.”
Following the floods, the operator looked at 12 possible locations were analysed There is still a small railway travel centre in the western part of the building for train passengers, but the rest of the building is now devoted to the casino.
The property now operates with 75 slot machines, two roulette tables and two blackjack tables, around half of what was offered at the old casino, but there is still room for expansion depending on demand