Novomatic opens casino in Skopje

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On Sunday, November 17, the Novomatic Group celebrated the opening of its second casino operation in northern Macedonia.

The Skopje casino complies with the highest responsible gaming standards, using the latest biometric technology from Novomatic Biometric Systems.

Since the opening of the group’s largest casino, the Casino Hotel FlaminGo Gevgelija in 2014 and its expansion in 2016, Novomatic has firmly established its position as a casino operator in the Balkans. With the new Casino FlaminGo Skopje, the group has now further expanded and strengthened its casino expertise in the region.

The casino is located in the building complex that houses the Marriott Hotel Skopje, which opened in 2016 directly on the main square of the Macedonian capital.

In addition to the 164-room hotel, the premises are now home to a state-of-the-art casino with an exclusive ambience and state-of-the-art gaming equipment across four levels. In the immediate vicinity are the lively pedestrian area as well as numerous attractions of the city centre.

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After about eight months of restructuring work – from April to November 2019 – and investments in the millions, the casino opened its doors to reveal a venue featuring around 2,600sq.m with 290 state-of-the-art gaming machines, a generous live gaming area with 12 tables (six roulette tables and six card tables), a large bar with an extensive range of snacks and the Cigars Bar, where guests can take a break in a relaxed atmosphere. More than 130 employees guarantee a smooth operation and premium service.

Fulfilling the highest responsible gaming standards, Casino FlaminGo Skopje is the first casino in northern Macedonia to be equipped with Novomatic Biometric Systems. The gaming regulation requires casino visitors to register upon their initial visit to a gaming venue. Revisiting guests can pass the casino access control by means of database verification by fingerprint.

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This ensures fully automated player protection processes as well as a guaranteed protection of minors through the denial of access for under-age guests or for players who are blocked due to a display of problematic gaming behaviour.

More than 800 guests, including the mayor of Skopje Petre Shilegov and the Austrian ambassador to Macedonia, Dr Georg Woutsas, came to the big casino opening and were treated to a varied entertainment programme as well as culinary delights.

Before the official ribbon cutting ceremony, Dr Bernd Oswald, chairman of Novomatic’s supervisory board, welcomed the guests and extended the best wishes on behalf of Novomatic founder Professor Johann Graf.

To celebrate its opening, the Casino FlaminGo Skopje invited the whole city for a free concert by the legendary band Bijelo Dugme and local superstar Goran Bregović on the main square, right in front of the casino entrance.

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Regional manager Milos Pejic, who developed the project together with Aleksandar Simović, said: “With this casino, we have definitely set a new standard in the region.”

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