A new casino is set to open in Halle, in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, in August.

In the location of the former casino in Franckestraße 1, the Merkur Spielbank Halle is the latest joint venture in the state between the German Gauselmann Group and Stadtcasino Baden of Switzerland.

The Merkur Spielbank in Halle offers 800sq.m of floor space, including a 340sq.m gaming area, 85 certified gaming machines and will create 20 new jobs.

The joint venture, known as Merkur Spielbanken Sachsen-Anhalt, holds licences for six gaming venues in Saxony-Anhalt – two casinos and up to four slot machine venues.

So far it has invested €16m in two venues in Leuna-Günthersdorf
and Magdeburg, creating 77 jobs. A further €4.5m is being spent on the Halle location.

“The casino business in Germany is difficult – therefore, we are proud to be able to buck this trend,” said David Schnabel, managing director of Merkur Spielbanken Sachsen-Anhalt.

“One decisive aspect for success is the staff at our venues, who are trained and qualified within the company and therefore – unlike in many other casinos – can
be deployed universally in all areas of the casino.

“The first-class atmosphere is another hallmark of the Merkur Spielbanken,” continued Schnabel.

The new Merkur Spielbank in Halle will be an entirely slot-machine venue with a mixed offering of modern slot machines from a variety of manufacturers, including a wide range from Gauselmann. Highlights will include electronic roulette and electronic blackjack, gaming and amusement machines featuring 3D games and a variety of jackpot systems.

Presenting the plans for the new Merkur Spielbank Halle (L-R): Dieter Kuhlmann (Gauselmann Group); Tobias Hellbach (future head of Merkur Spielbank Halle); Susanne Rasspe (interior designer and architect); and Marcus L Brandenburg, Jan Kampe and David Schnabel of Merkur Spielbanken Sachsen-Anhalt (casino director, management PA and managing director, respectively).