2007: Establishment of Praesepe
2012: Acquisition by the Gauselmann Group
2020: Introduction of the brand "MERKUR Slots"
2021: Company name changed to MERKUR Casino UK
MERKUR Casino UK, which still operated as Praesepe until the beginning of 2021, has been an important part of the Gauselmann Group since 2012. The company has grown steadily through acquisitions and now operates around 170 gaming and leisure venues in the UK under the MERKUR Cashino and MER-KUR Slots brands. The portfolio also includes several bingo halls - among them the largest in Europe. In connection with a transaction volume of about 150 million euros, the takeover is considered the largest acquisition in the history of the Gauselmann Group. With around 1,800 employees, MERKUR Casino UK is a heavyweight in the British gaming industry.
The branches are particularly specialised in the area of slot gaming and are very successful with this concept. 2018 also saw the launch of the "Future Venues" project, which initiated the nationwide transformation to state-of-the-art gaming venues and thus plays a pioneering role in the industry. In addition to the innovative branches, however, the typical features of the country are also taken into account with the operation of attractive bingo halls.