Revenues at Switzerland’s casinos have seen a €16m increase throughout the past two years, raising the total gross gaming revenue (GGR) to €651m in 2015, resulting in a 2.5 percent growth overall.
Although the number of Swiss casinos remained the same, the number of visits made by players decreased by around 300,000, with a recorded 4.78m individual visits, compared with the 5m accounted for in 2013.
The sector has shed just over 300 full-time staff from its workforce, meaning that there are now 1,999 people employed by the country’s 21 casinos, an overall decrease of 13 percent.
Swiss law bans the operation of slot machines outside of licensed casinos but they are authorised in both class A and B casinos.
Internet gaming is currently prohibited in Switzerland, including online casino games, but lottery companies Swisslos and Loterie Romande are permitted to offer remote lottery games and sports-betting.
Players gambling with illegal operators offering into Switzerland risk the confiscation of their stakes and winnings but do not face prosecution under current Swiss law.
In 2015, the draft Federal Law on Games of Chance, which would allow online casino games to be offered by land-based casino licence holders, was submitted to parliament.
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