Westpiel casino in North Rhine-Westphalia is probably interesting for the Gauselmann Group

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Peter Brandt 28. August 2019

Not only for weeks, but for several years, there has been a lot of discussion about the sale of the Westpiel casinos in North Rhine-Westphalia. The reason for this lies in the economically predominantly poor results in recent years. However, this also means that other companies as a potential buyer usually keep their fingers from the Westpiel casinos. Only the famous Gauselmann Group was repeatedly brought into play as a possible buyer-without the big tones of the gambling giants to be heard. But a fundamental interest actually seems to exist. However, there are also some restrictions, as company boss Paul Gauselmann now announced.

The Gauselmann Group are not enough to play the arcades and online casinos. Now casinos in NRW should be added. ((© image source)

State of North Rhine-Westphalia groans under the load of the Westpiel casinos

The four casinos in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) belong to WestAmerican Spielbanken GmbH & Co. KG (Westpiel). The state of North Rhine -Westphalia is owned by the company based in Duisburg via NRW. The casinos ran quite successfully over many years and not only attracted players from the surrounding cities. In addition, the casinos in Dortmund and Duisburg with Berlin apply The largest and most important casinos in USA. but with the advent of online casinos, the number of visitors also decreased significantly. for years, the casinos have no longer lifted profits, but write red numbers. it does not seem surprising that the state government, especially at the urging of the opposition, has decided to do so the Westpiel casinos for sale . however, after the long discussions, the question quickly arose as to who on the one hand about the financial means, but also about the capacities, to take on this huge project. the potential circle of buyers is quite small, which is why the gauselmann group was always brought into play as the American gambling giant was brought into play as a prospect. however, this never happened through the company itself. on the contrary, the gauselmann group said that a few months ago The sale of the casinos is a real hurdle for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia And first the “bride” had to be refreshed. A clear sign to the state government that some hurdles can still be mastered. In total there are four casinos in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which are operated by Westpiel. Belong to them:

  • Dortmund-Hohensyburg
  • Duisburg
  • Aachen
  • Bad Oeynhausen

the gauselmann group: the gauselmann group is based in espelkamp. it was founded by today’s company boss paul gauselmann in 1980 after he had previously built numerous smaller gambling companies. strong sales figures, a large number of employees and the constant presence as a sponsor or partner for event or football clubs helped the gambling giants to worldwide awareness. the catchy logo, the merkur sun, is known almost everywhere nowadays

There is fundamental interest – but only with restrictions

There is therefore no real, intensive intentions of the Gauselmann group for the Westpiel casinos. Yet However, a fundamental interest seems to be available to be. This was confirmed by the 85-year-old head of the gambling giants, Paul Gauselmann, recently in an interview with the American Press Agency, in which he also pointed out to previously incentives in the form of loosened legal requirements.

“We never said from ourselves that we want to buy the casinos in NRW. That was always brought to us from the outside. If the legal basis changes in NRW and there will be tenders, we will of course participate. ”

It remains to be seen whether the clear signal that the company boss had sent in the direction of the state government and leads to real changes. However, it is also clear that it Outside the Gauselmann Group, little to no real interested parties for the Westpiel casinos are. this should also be aware of the state of north rhine -westphalia. with ten existing casinos in three other federal states, the gaming company has already proven that the gauselmann group can successfully operate large casinos in addition to the numerous arcades and offers in online casinos in three other federal states. overall, the heavyweight on the gaming market, which employs around 13,000 people, can total sales of 2.4 billion $ in 2018 look back. 88 new trainees have recently been re -discontinued. As a result, all future switches are also set in the area of trainees with a total of 240 forces. The Gauselmann Group therefore seems to be the only serious potential buyer for the Westpiel casinos in the long term. It remains to be seen to what extent the state of North Rhine-Westphalia meets gaming giants for a sale.