Merkur opens its first UK casino

According to CEO Ruf, Aberdeen is the perfect location for MERKUR’s first casino in the United Kingdom

Merkur has held the official opening of its first UK casino in the Scottish city of Aberdeen. The venue made its debut on June 23, following an opening ceremony featuring Irina Ruf, CEO of Merkur Casino, alongside Sascha Blodau, General Manager of Merkur UK; and Mark Schertle, Chief Operating Officer of Merkur Casino UK.

The Scottish city of Aberdeen has a new and dynamic destination venue to add to its thriving entertainment economy following the launch of the UK’s first MERKUR Casino.
The grand opening which was attended by local dignitaries, business leaders and colleagues from the gaming industry, featured guest acts the Red Hot Chilli Pipers who have sold out arenas around the world and singer Chris Ashton who has supported Lewis Capaldi, and performed privately for stars, including two times Wimbledon men’s singles champion Sir Andrew Murray OBE.

The MERKUR Casino Aberdeen, which has undergone a substantial refurbishment programme features four Roulette Tables, two Blackjack tables a three Card Poker, two Electronic Roulette products and a machine offering which comprises 20 of the latest B1 Jackpot Machines from top performing brands including Novomatic, IGT and Blueprint.

Irina Ruf, CEO, MERKUR Casino, said: “We are delighted to have made history by opening the first MERKUR Casino in the UK.”

“Whilst the MERKUR brand is synonymous with delivering the very best, socially responsible low-stake slots and bingo experience on high streets throughout Great Britain, as an international brand we have a wealth of knowledge operating Casinos across Europe. When the opportunity arose to purchase a licence in Aberdeen it was a natural progression to move into the sector and launch our first UK casino.”

Describing Aberdeen as being a ‘perfect location’ she added: “The city has a thriving night-time economy and earlier this year retained its Purple Flag status which recognises the safety and vibrancy of the night-time economy. We hope to add to that vibrancy with best in breed gaming entertainment and promote the safety and wellbeing of visitors and residents alike.”

The expansion of the renowned high street bingo and gaming operator into the UK casino space is the result of the company’s acquisition of the Rainbow Casino on Summer Street of the popular Scottish destination. The move also bolsters Merkur’s offerings in Aberdeen, where it also operates a gaming facility that opened in 2022.

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