Paul Gauselmann opened the first Merkur games library in Delmenhorst in Lower Saxony in 1974, thus inventing the modern arcade. With the subsidiary company founded in the same year, today‘s MERKUR Casino GmbH, the entrepreneur repeatedly set new trends in the arcade market over the subsequent decades. MERKUR Casino currently operates more than 300 venues with almost 10,000 gaming machines and more than 850 amusement machines under the logo of the laughing Merkur sun. The company has received many awards and is market leader in the industry.
The four factors ‘qualified personnel’, ‘first-class service’, ‘unique atmosphere’ and ‘innovative products and games’ are the cornerstones of our success – a concept that the company is constantly developing further. For example, MERKUR Casino relies on a wide range of initial and advanced employee training opportunities, including training as a coin-op specialist and in-house advanced training as a casino service specialist (IHK-approved). MERKUR Casino also stands for arcades with first-class design. The modern furnishing concepts follow the corporate design specifications drawn up by the Creative and Design Development department at the company’s headquarters in Espelkamp, and their exclusive look and feel ensures a high recognition value. So that guests can enjoy the best possible entertainment at MERKUR Casino’s arcades, they are offered a modern product mix, which includes not only current cabinet variants but also a wide variety of games.
Since the opening of the first Gauselmann Group arcade in Amsterdam in 1986, the Merkur sun has also shone in other European countries. The international venues are operated by MERKUR Casino International GmbH. In 2017, the Gauselmann subsidiary operated electronic casinos in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, the Czech Republic, Serbia and the UK. Under a brand identity embedded in the gaming culture of the respective country, MERKUR Casino International operates more than 360 branches in other European countries. Here, too, the focus is on a stylish ambience, the latest products and highly qualified employees.
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