Gauselmann to buy Gala Bingo

10/10/2012

Gauselmann is poised to purchase Gala’s 143  bingo halls, city analysts predict.

Cash-strapped Gala, which sold its Grosvenor Casinos division to rival Rank earlier this year, is said to be in negotiations to sell its bingo division to the German gambling giant to service its debts, said to be over £1bn.

This acquisition by the family run Gauselmann company would complement the recent acquisition of the Praesepe adult gaming centres, which we announced last week.

Blueprint Gaming, the software company based in Newark, which is also part of the Gauselmann Group’s growing UK interests is busy developing content for machines for the new operations.

The company will use its own content, which is already going into online and server-based machines, in Gauselmann cabinets, building them on the German production line, but expressly for the UK market.

Blueprint Manufacturing will be headed by Glyn Mellor, Blueprint advisor Richard Wilson told us. “The machines will go into British adult gaming centres, front-line pubs and bingo clubs. The decision to manufacture machines came as a direct result of requests from customers. We have had a considerable amount of success providing content for various applications, but we were asked to also supply completed machines.”

The announcement came at the G2E exhibition in Las Vegas, where parent company Gauselmann had a large stand under the banner of its Merkur Gaming company. “At this show,” said Wilson, “we have opened negotiations with a number of customers, which is going to lead to a substantial number of orders for the new machines.” The games will go into Gauselmann slant-top cabinets.

Pictured are Richard Wilson (left) with Werner Schroer, chairman of Merkur Gaming, and one of the slant-top cabinets, which will be used to house UK-targeted software.

By Stephanie Norbury and David Snook

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