NEW jobs have been created in Worcester as a new slot machine centre opens.

Merkur Slots has opened up a new shop at The Cross, which has seen 10 new positions filled.

The new shop is part of a £200,000 investment by the company, with an emphasis on low-stake gaming.

Mark Schertle, chief operating officer for Merkur Slots' parent company Merkur Casino UK said: "We pride ourselves on our continued investment in UK high streets, and so it means a lot to be able to support the local community and economy in Worcester through the creation of these new jobs.

"Every new venue we open creates an average of 10 new local jobs and we are well on course to create 500 jobs nationwide by the end of the year."

The opening is part of a nationwide programme that will see Merkur Slots invest over £10 million on UK high streets over the next six-months.

Mr Schertle said the new venue contains the latest bingo and digital slot machines with payouts ranging from £5 to £500.

There is also an extensive library of classic games on-site with unlimited free refreshments.

Mr Schertle added: "Our aim with this new state-of-the-art entertainment centre is to give both new and existing customers a unique gaming experience in an environment that reflects the scale of the investment.

"I’m sure those visiting over the next few days and weeks will be as excited about this new Merkur Slots venue as I am."