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Swiss casinos have become the country’s only legal online casino providers, as a result of legislation that came into effect in 2019. Meaning that only those land-based providers can hold licenses to offer their games on the internet.

Six casino operators have so far been granted approval to launch online operations, generally partnering with online gambling specialists.

Grand Casino Baden was the first to get up and running a few weeks after the new law came into effect in Summer 2019, with others following, including Casino Interlaken in early 2020 and Partouche later in the year.

There are a total of 21 land-based casinos in Switzerland, which have the exclusive rights to offer slot machines.

The implementation of the new law also saw the creation of two internet blocklists, to try and restrict the access of Swiss residents to illegal gambling.

The list maintained by the Swiss Lottery and Betting Board (Gespa) focuses on online betting and lotteries, while a separate list tracking online casino domains is overseen by the Federal Gaming Commission (ESBK).

In February 2020, Google made changes to its terms and conditions which allowed Swiss online operators to advertise on its platform for the first time.

ECA MEMBERS

ECA MEMBERS :   Swiss Casino Federation

NUMBER OF CASINOS

2017 21
2016 21
2015 21
2014 21
2013 21

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

2017 1979
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)

2017 4770
2016 4798
2015 4782
2014 4780
2013 5000

REVENUES (GGR & Tips EUR Million)

2017 661 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: May 2019