Land casinos based in Bern and Interloken, obtained their respective online gaming licenses issued by the Swiss gaming controller Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission (ESBK).
The beneficiaries of the licenses were Casino Interloken and Grand Casino Kursaal Bern which from now on, in addition to their ground service offer, may offer online casino games.
However, ESBK will first analyze both casino game offers and individual games offered before authorizing the launch of online games.
Interloken Bern casinos will be in business with Grand Casino Baden, Grand Casino Luzern, Casino Zürichsee and Casino Davos, which also expect to obtain online gaming licenses from the regulator. Of these, Grand Casino Baden was the first game room to launch its offer in July.
After the new legislation came into force last January, it was possible for ESBK to issue the new licenses authorizing the operation of land casinos throughout the country. Instead, foreign operators remain blocked.
The Commission of Lotteries and Intercantonal Betting (Comlot), in the Swiss regulatory body of the game, last month updated its black list of operators of games without a license. The dot.it site of bet365 was among the latest additions to the list.
A total of 17 websites have so far been blacklisted, which was published in September for the first time after the Federal Law on Real Money Games (Geldspielgesetz) of Switzerland entered into force.
Opinion studies commissioned by ESBK and Comlot revealed in October that the average number of frequent players in Switzerland fell again in 2017. Research showed that only 16.4% of the people surveyed played at least once a month.