Bingo halls


The English-speaking market of the Gauselmann Group

With the re-entry of the Gauselmann Group into the English-speaking market in 2008 with Blueprint Gaming Ltd., one of the UK’s most successful multi-platform development companies, the games makers have increased their business activities in Great Britain. Consequently, business activities in gaming machine operations were then also expanded. In 2012, the Gauselmann Group took over the English Praesepe Group, which is active only on the British market with a nationwide network of arcades, entertainment centres for families and bingo clubs. With a transaction value of approximately 100 million euros, this was one of the largest acquisitions in the Gauselmann Group’s history. Today, Praesepe (now called MERKUR CASINO UK) operates over 200 gaming arcades, family entertainment centres and bingo halls, at which games and gaming machines developed by the Gauselmann Group are also on offer. Europe’s largest bingo hall, in London Cricklewood, also belongs to MERKUR CASINO UK. The company has over 1,800 employees.

MERKUR CASINO UK, formerly Praesepe Group, operates the brands MERKUR SLOTS (formerly "Cashino") and MERKUR BINGO (formerly "Beacon Bingo"). MERKUR CASINO UKs integration creates significant synergy effects for the Gauselmann Group. As a result it benefits from the expertise of established employees and can thereby secure a clear competitive advantage through its exchanges with Blueprint. Similarly, just like MERKUR CASINO in Germany, it is intended to establish MERKUR CASINO UK as a leading provider of arcades in Great Britain. The Gauselmann Group’s icon, the laughing sun, has already been installed at the UK sites.