Revenues at Switzerland’s 21 casinos amount to 690 Mio. Swiss Francs. Although the number of Swiss casinos remained the same, the number of visits made by players in 2016 decreased by around 300,000 over the same period, with a recorded 4.78m individual visits compared with the 5m accounted for in 2013.
The sector has shed around 300 full-time staff from its workforce, meaning that there are now 2,024 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, aside from lottery companies Swisslos and Loterie Romande, but legislation designed to introduce a regulated online casino market was passed into law in 2017.
Under the legislation, which is due to come into effect at the earliest in January 2019, online operators will 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.
In the days after the bill passed through Swiss parliament, a group of opposition parties pledged to force a public referendum which may prevent the bill from becoming law.
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: December 2017