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Revenues at Switzerland’s casinos have seen a total gross gaming revenue (GGR) of €632m in 2016, resulting in 1.2 percent growth overall compared to 2015.

The number of visits made by players raised by around 100,000 with a recorded 4.8m visits in 2016, compared with the 4.7 accounted in 2015.

The 21 casinos employe 2024 full-time staff.

Swiss law bans the operation of slot machines outside of licensed casinos.

Internet gaming is currently prohibited in Switzerland, aside from lottery companies Swisslos and Loterie Romande, but draft legislation is expected to introduce a regulated online casino market in 2019.

Under the legislation, online operators would have to partner with existing land-based casinos, while offshore operators will be blacklisted.

In advance of this, the Grand Casino Baden has already announced that it is working with a software partner to develop an online offering.

ECA MEMBERS

ECA MEMBERS :   Swiss Casino Federation

NUMBER OF CASINOS

2016 21
2015 21
2014 21
2013 21

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

2016 2024
2015 1999
2014 1999
2013 2300

TERRESTRIAL CONSUMER PROTECTION / SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEASURE

Under regulation established by the Loi sur les Maisons de Jeu, all casino operators must produce an annual report outlining their efforts in fighting problem gambling.

In addition, every casino must adopt a social awareness plan, detailing future plans to improve problem gambling resources.

Casino workforces must undergo two days of training every year on how to detect and approach potential problem gamblers.

Swiss casinos are obliged to exclude players when they recognise a person to be heavily indebted or if they are witnessed risking wagers that are disproportionate to their income or wealth.

Casinos are required to ask regular players to provide documents detailing their financial situation.

Upon entering a casino, players must provide a valid form of identification which must then be cross-checked against an exclusion database.

Players must be provided with readily available information on the risks of gambling and the services available to problem gamblers.

Every casino must also disclose the number of exclusion cases which were referred to addiction prevention services annually.

Personal spending limits must be allowed to be set by players and casinos should respect those limits and reject a wager should the player seek to spend over the limit.

 

Legal Gambling Age: 18 Years Old

Smoking Ban: YES

THE REGULATED MARKET

NATURE OF THE CASINO MARKET

Terrestrial:Multiple licences (21)

Online: Prohibited. However, a draft law published in April 2014 proposes to allow land-based casino concessionaires to offer online casino games.

 

RESPONSIBLE REGULATOR FOR TERRESTRIAL AND ONLINE CASINO GAMES

Terrestrial:Eidg. Spielbankenkommission

IN THE CASINO

NUMBER OF CASINO VISITS (in 000s)

2016 4798
2015 4782
2014 4780
2013 5000

REVENUES (GGR & Tips EUR Million)

2016 667 million
2015 651 million
2014 616 million
2013 635 million

HIGH-LEVEL MARKET DATA

Currency : Swiss franc (CHF)

Population:8,286,980
(Source:The World Bank)

Internet Penetration (Internet Users):87%
(Source: The World Bank)

Mobile Penetration (Mobile Cellular Subscriptions): 141%
(Source: The World Bank)

Doing Business Ranking (June 2015):26
(Source: World Bank Group)

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Last Updated: 1st September 2016