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Majorca on course for second casino


11 May 2013

If you’re planning on visiting the Spanish island of Majorca, you could well be in for a pleasant surprise, if you’re intending on doing a bit of gambling during your stay.

The family-owned, Germany gaming industry giant, Gauselmann Group, has just applied for a second casino licence through Dosniha – its Spanish subsidiary. The casino, which is estimated to represent a €10m investment, is currently out to tender through the island’s Government and it is expected to be built in the Bendinat Castle area of Calvia.

It’s not just table games, slots and card games that potential punters will be able to enjoy if the licence is approved, as the resort will include a luxury hotel, as well as “an extensive event programme” within the parklands surrounding it. A spokesman for one of Gauselmann Group’s subsidiaries (Merkur International) says they hope it will be “a centre of appeal near and far,” and that around two hundred new jobs will be created by the new attraction.

If the Government awards the licence to Merkur, the company plans to open the casino’s doors in June 2014 and offer 120 slot machines and 16 roulette tables to its visitors. However, the operator of Majorca’s only current casino – Nervion –are also bidding against their rivals, so watch this space to see who emerges victorious.