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Germany – Merkur Casinos receives planning permission for site in Halle

By - 7 August 2018

Merkur Spielbanken Sachsen-Anhalt, a joint venture between the Gauselmann Group and the Swiss Stadtcasino Baden, has received permission from the City of Halle in Saale to build a €4.5m casino in the historic premises on Franckestraße 1.

The Merkur Spielbank Halle will cover a total area of 800 sq. m. and will house 85 slots along with electronic roulette. Halle will be the group’s third casino location after Leuna-Günthersdorf opened in 2014 and Magdeburg in 2016.

David Schnabel, Managing Director of Merkur Spielbanken, said: “With the approval, work on the Merkur Spielbank Halle can now begin in a timely manner. We are very happy to be able to realise the blueprints now. After the very successful development of the two casinos in Leuna-Günthersdorf and Magdeburg, the implementation of another location was the next logical step.”

Architect Susanne Rasspe said the main colour of the property will be gold.

“Since the building is a listed building both from the outside and inside, we will carry out the conversion work in close cooperation with the monument protection authority. It is important to us to preserve the historical character of the premises,” she said.

In accordance with the provisions of the Casino Act, the number of machines might be increased up to 120 in the future. The casino manager will be Tobias Hellbach, who has been a member of the team since the opening of Merkur Casino Leuna-Günthersdorf more than three years ago.

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