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.
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
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.
Currency : Swiss franc (CHF)
(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)
Last Updated: 1st September 2016