The GGR of Switzerland’s 21 casinos amounted to €600m in 2017. The number of casinos remained and the number of visits made by players in 2017 stayed very similar over 2015-2017, with approximately 4.78m individual visits compared with the 5m accounted for in 2013.
The sector has shed around 200 full-time staff from its workforce in the last years, meaning that there are now 1980 people employed by the country’s 21 venues.
Annualised Swiss casino GGR has fallen below CHF700m from a peak of CHF1bn in 2007, exhibiting an average year-on-year decline of 3.9 percent over the last decade. Casino GGR edged back by 1.2 percent to CHF681m in 2017, cancelling out an equivalent increase in 2016, which represented the segment’s first instance of positive growth since 2007.
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 passed into law in 2017.
Having been voted through by the Swiss National Council and Council of States in September 2017, the bill was overwhelmingly approved in a public referendum in June 2018.
Under the new laws, which are due to come into effect in January 2019, online operators will have to partner with existing land-based casinos, while offshore operators will be blacklisted.
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: May 2019