Niki Lauda throws the first ball in the new Admiral Casino in San Roque

With throwing the first ball of roulette the three times Formula 1 champion of the world of Niki Lauda opened officially the Casino Admiral in San Roque on Friday.

The event was attended by representatives of the company, such as Manfred Schartner, CEO of Admiral Casinos and Bernhard Teuchmann, CEO of Novomatic Gaming Spain and the authorities of San Roque such as the Mayor, Juan Carlos Ruiz Boix and many others.

Casino Admiral San Roque has been open since the end of July and is offering two bingo rooms, 125 slot machines and electronic roulette, eight table games, a versatile party room for all types of events and international buffet.


More than five million euros have been invested and hundreds of jobs have been created. It is located at km 124 of the autovía del Mediterráneo, it has an area of 4.600 square meters and 10.000 square meters of parking.

The opening began with speeches of the officials and some words of Niki Lauda who discovered a chocolate cake in his honour. He then gave autographs ono dozens of caps for those who wanted a memory of the opening of the Casino.

The Mayor of San Roque, Juan Carlos Ruiz, thanked Novomatic Gaming Spain that initially relied on the city of San Roque as a place where carry out this ambitious project that now turned into reality.

The Mayor reminded that “we had to go a path full of difficulties but together Novomatic the administrative procedures were streamlined.

“The truly important thing, – said the Mayor – is that the Casino is now open and that it is employing a staff of more than 100 workers, mostly of San Roque, a municipality that still suffers from a very high unemployment “.


The mayor mentioned the commitment of Novomatic to invest 20 million euros also into the construction of a hotel.

For Ruiz Boix, the Casino leads to an improvement as tourist attraction offering a range of leisure activities in the sector of the gaming that is unique in the Campo de Gibraltar will have tremendous success.”

Bernhard Teuchmann, CEO of Novomatic Gaming Spain, noted that San Roque is the first casino in which Novomatic participates in Spain  and that they are convinced that it will be a complete success.

Meanwhile, Manfred Schartner, CEO of Admiral Casinos, notes that now there is a new dimension of gaming fun, which includes very good food and a multipurpose auditorium.

Finally, driver Niki Lauda was thrilled to be in San Roque in those magnificent facilities and answered some questions related to Formula 1 and its future.

After that, the former pilot threw the first ball in the roulette, which fell 33, black odd.

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