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High street bingo and adult gaming business Merkur has chosen Aberdeen as the location for its first casino in the UK.

Its purchase of Rainbow Casino on Summer Street has been hailed as a milestone for the group and will safeguard around 40 jobs in the city centre.

The casino is still in full operation and will officially reopen to the public on 23 June.

Mark Schertle, Chief Operating Officer of Merkur Casino UK, said: “We’re really excited to be opening our first casino venue in the UK and what better place to choose than Aberdeen.

“The city has a vibrant night-time economy, provides the perfect location to launch this new arm of our business and will successfully complement our portfolio of over 225 high street bingo and adult gaming centres across the UK.

“It will also be a welcome addition to our existing Merkur Slots venue on Union Street in Aberdeen, safeguard jobs and reinforce our continued investment in the local high street.

“Having already undergone a refresh and new layout of the casino, we now have some exciting plans to invest and develop the business further and look forward to welcoming new and existing customers.”

The new-look casino will include a selection of table games, including blackjack, poker and roulette, along with the latest slots products. It will also offer a range of corporate packages to the local business community.


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