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Switzerland Gambling Guide

 

Gambling is legal in Switzerland (officially the Swiss Confederation). However, most forms of online gambling are not. UPDATE: In 2019 most forms of online gambling were legalized, and it’s now possible for private companies to acquire a Swedish online gambling licence that covers online casino gambling and online poker, both of them were either illegal or unregulated prior to the 2018 Federal Act on Gambling* (Das Geldspielgesetz, effective from 2019).  Online sports betting, online lottery and online bingo remains the monopoly of Loterie Romande and Swisslos. This marks the biggest change to the Swedish gambling legislation since the initial regulation of gambling in 1923 (only lottery was legalized in 1923, Act on Lotteries and Commercial Betting 1923  -SR 935.51; LLB), and it’s the biggest change in the country’s online gambling legislation so far.

This development is actually in line with trends across Europe. There is convergence when it comes to the legalization of gambling and online gambling (this is because of the EU, even though, Switzerland is not a member of the EU proper, it is a member of the EU economic area, the European single market), and all European countries eventually end up with a similar gambling legislation.

Switzerland now has almost all the characteristics of a typical European gambling framework, which are the following:

 

As you can see, the legal framework of gambling in Switzerland is very similar to how it is organized in other European countries.

Under current law, only licensed online gambling websites with a Swiss gambling licence can operate legally. You can find licensed online gambling websites below. If they no longer accept players from Switzerland, or if they are blocked for some reason, please let me know, so I can update the list. Thank you.

Foreign gambling websites that accept players from Switzerland without a licence, illegally, are blocked by Swedish internet service providers since 2018, and since 2019 even payments to, and from, these illegally operating gambling companies are sometimes blocked*** (, so far it’s only on a voluntary basis, the government asked the financial institutions cooperation on this matter, not known how many of them actually do cooperate, if you know please drop a line in the comments section below, thank you).

Between 1921 and 1993 there was a constitutional ban on gambling in Switzerland (except on the lottery). After 1993, gaming statutes were enacted to regulate the market. The 1998 legislation, the Federal Act on Games of Chance outlawed all forms of online gambling in the country, and it is the reason that there was no legal Swiss online gambling market up until 2019. Only the canton lotteries were exempt from the ban – the two licensed providers were and still are allowed to offer their games online.

The Swiss gambling market is very well regulated. The Swiss Federal Gaming Board (SFGB) is the governmental body trusted with overseeing Swiss casinos and other land based gambling venues in Switzerland in compliance with the Federal Act on Games of Chance.

Land based lotteries and betting activities are regulated by the Federal Act on Lotteries and Commercial Betting of 1923. The industry is controlled by the Intercantonal Lotteries and Betting Board or ‘Comlot’. The Comlot was established by the cantons in 2006. The legislation still doesn’t allow country-wide lotteries, but cantons are permitted to set up such games on a local level.

Currently, the online gambling market in Switzerland looks quite liberal, looks open to investors from within the European Economic Area, at the first glance, but in reality (details at the the gambling license section below) is actually very restrictive, it’s very difficult for foreign online gambling companies, even form within the European economic area, to enter the Swiss legal online gambling market. Some changes to this system, licensing process are expected in the coming years.

 

Switzerland gambling licenses

Gambling licenses are issued by the Swiss Federal Council UPDATE: renamed to Swiss Federal Gaming Board in 2018. The number of casino licenses is capped at 21. And the upper limit of online casino licenses is also 21. Currently, all 21 land-based licensed are used, and at the time of writing 9 online casinos licenses are also used.

There are two types of gambling licenses in Switzerland: lottery license (good for regional lottery and betting, small stakes CHF 1 per stake maximum, CHF 100 000 total, no online betting or lottery, that is a state monopoly), casino licence (good for one brick&mortar casino gambling and with an extension online casinos games).

There are two types of casino licences:

 

To get an online casinos licence a company needs to have a brick&mortar casino (splielbank) license, A or B, doesn’t matter, then they need to apply for an extension of that license, that is how a company one can acquire an online gambling licences. Casino concession licenses or online gambling licenses are are not transferable. However, it’s possible to have a joint venture with a company that has a Swiss land-based casino license. Because all the 21 land-based gambling license are taken, the only way a foreign online gambling company can enter the Swiss market legally, at this point, is by partnering with a Swiss casino company with a Swiss online casino license (here is an example of this, Oryx Gaming’s partnership with Grand Casino Luzern). The online casinos below which accept players from Switzerland all accept players like this, through intermediaries which have partnerships with Swiss gambling companies. If the online casinos below no longer accept players from Switzerland, or if they are blocked in the country, please let me know so I can update the list.

Licenses are used to be valid for 20 years, but since 2018 they re only valid for 6 years.

The current system is criticized somewhat, because it makes it difficult for foreign online gambling companies to enter the market, and sports betting and bingo are still the monopoly of the state. However, Switzerland is not a member of the EU, just the economic area, and it doesn1T have the same pressures, expectations placed on it, like other full members. The current system is in line with the directives of the European economic area. It actually closely resembles the Hungarian casino licensing system, which is very similar, almost to the teeth. And just like the Swiss gambling licensing system, it was made on purpose to protect and favour domestic gambling companies and discriminate against the offshore, often tax evading foreign operators.

 

Switzerland gambling tax

The tax rate of Switzerland is the second highest in all of Europe (the highest is France, where the gambling tax rate can literally reach 100% in certain rare cases), it’s a progressive tax rate.

 

For players: Winnings from land-based gambling establishments within Switzerland are tax-exempt. Gambling winnings from licensed online gambling platforms up to CHF 1 million are also tax exempt. Gambling winnings from unlicensed online casinos or from casinos in other countries are subject to taxation.

Winnings from small stake gambling organized by the regional authority (canton) are tax exempt.

Winnings from lottery, skill games, raffles, and other lottery like games, organized as part of a a sales promotion, are tax exempt up to CHF 1000 total amount per tax year.

 

Other:

Social gambling, fantasy football are not yet regulated in Switzerland. However, loot boxes (and gambling functionality with other forms of digital merchandise e.g.: skins, weapons, achievements, items, houses etc…) are considered gambling if****:

 

In these cases a gambling license would be needed, and sans a gambling license (an online casinos licence to be specific) these websites and online games could be blocked in Switzerland. Despite this, so far, no legal action was taken against video games companies, even though it’s obvious that most major loot box and skin gambling systems fulfill at least one of these criteria.

 

Sources:

*The Federal Council of the Swiss Government – Federal Act on Gambling

**Lex Europe – Article 56 TFEU

***Sweden to Start Blocking Payments Associated with Unlicensed Gaming  Operators

****Lexology – Lootboxes and Skin Gambling in Swiss Gambling Law

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Switzerland

The following online gambling websites accept players from the Swiss Confederation:

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sportsbook + Poker

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.
Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino + poker platform + online sports book Betsson's various current 2021 promotions. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, their terms and conditions, paythrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to Betsson's internet platform ,where you can register an account.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

Summary:

 

 

Swiss casinos and online casinos

 

Online casino gambling in Switzerland: legal, requires a land-based casino licence and and online gambling licence extension

 

In Switzerland, casino gambling in land-based venues is legal and regulated. With 21 casinos currently in operation, Switzerland has one of the highest land based casino densities in the world*. Actually 21 is the absolute limit on the number of land-based casinos in the country. Therefore, until the government increases the number no new casino gambling establishments can open. Most of the Swiss casinos are located in major cities, like Zurich, Basel, Bern and Lucerne.

Before 2019, online casinos were not legal in Switzerland. However, since then, it’s possible for private companies, who have an existing brick&mortar casino licence to apply for a licence extension. With that they can add online casino gambling to their portfolio.  There are currently, at the time of writing, 8 Swiss online casino licenses awarded. There are no slot halls in Switzerland, there are no sperate licenses for slot halls or electronic casinos.

Ever since the big 2018 online gambling legislation change, unlicensed online gambling websites are blocked by ISPs in the country. Players who visit such websites are not prosecuted, but it’s still illegal, we do not recommend it.

The online casinos below accept players from Switzerland. If the online casinos below no longer accept players from Switzerland, or if they are blocked in the country, please let me know so I can update the list.

*Source: Gambling and Gambling Addiction in Switzerland

Online casinos accepting players from Switzerland - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Switzerland:

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sportsbook + Poker

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.
Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino + poker platform + online sports book Betsson's various current 2021 promotions. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, their terms and conditions, paythrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to Betsson's internet platform ,where you can register an account.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

Click here for more info on casinos in the Switzerland.

 

 

Bingo in Switzerland

 

Online Bingo in Switzerland: legal, monopoly of state-run Swisslos

 

Bingo is legal in Switzerland, and a company needs to have a lottery licence from the regional ,cantonal authority, limits on small stakes gambling apply (details at the gambling licence section above). E.g.: in Casino Zurich (part of the Swiss Casinos network) bingo nights are held on a regular basis for slot coupons, real money and other sorts of prizes.

However, online bingo is clearly, and exclusively the monopoly of Swisslos, one of the two legal and licensed lottery providers in the country. This situation remained unchanged even after the big 2019 legislation change. Swisslos does offer a bingo online. Unlicensed bingo websites are blocked. However, Swiss players are not prosecuted for playing on foreign online bingo platforms, but I do not recommend it, it’s illegal.

The following bingo websites accept players from Switzerland:

Swisslos, it’s a monopoly

 

 

Poker in Switzerland

 

Online poker in Switzerland: legal, requires a casino licence with online gomb extension

 

The gaming legislations enacted in Switzerland between 1993 and 1998 sorted games into two categories: games of pure chance and games of chance and skill. In December 2007 the Federal Gaming Board ruled that poker is a game of skill and chance, since then poker tournaments can be held outside of casinos – with the canton’s approval*. After the ruling, de facto poker clubs started to pop-up all around the country and the game quickly became very popular.

UPDATE: However, partly due to the work of the casino lobby and partly, because legislators saw that the game was spreading uncontrollably in 2010, the authorities reversed their stance on poker with a supreme court decision stating that Texas Hold’em is after all a game of chance. That marked the end of the blossoming poker tournament scene in the country and forced the game back into the Swiss casinos.

As for online poker, it was made legal in 2018 by the Money Gambling Act. The online gambling extension of the casino licence covers online poker as well, because it is considered a casino game of chance since 2010. Because of the high gambling taxes associated with the casino licenses, most of the big poker websites never applied for a licence. There are actually very few online gambling websites, which accept players from Switzerland and also have a poker section.

The online poker sites below accept players from Switzerland. If the online poker sites below no longer accept players from Switzerland, or if they are blocked in the country, please let me know so I can update the list.

*Source: Swissinfo – Poker boom forces cantons’ hand

Online casinos which have online poker sections and accept players from Switzerland. - click to see

The following online casino websites have poker and accept players from the Switzerland:

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sportsbook + Poker

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.
Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino + poker platform + online sports book Betsson's various current 2021 promotions. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, their terms and conditions, paythrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to Betsson's internet platform ,where you can register an account.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

Sports betting in Switzerland

 

Online sports betting in Switzerland: legal, monopoly of Swisslos, and Loterie Romande

 

Sports betting has actually been prohibited under the Federal Act on Lotteries and Commercial Betting since 1923. The new 2018 Geldspielgesetz just reaffirmed this status quo.

Only the state owned lottery companies Swisslos, and Loterie Romande are allowed to conduct large scale sports betting and online sports betting. One such online gambling product is Sporttip, of the Basel-based Swisslos. Loterie Romande offers pari-mutuel betting on horse races in the French-speaking parts of the country. Both games have online platforms as well.

Even though, technically, it’s not possible for private companies to acquire a sports betting license in Switzerland. However, some online casinos which have Swiss online gambling licences through a partnership with a Swiss company, and also have sports betting sections on the same online platform, seem to somehow let their Swiss player base use their sports betting section, despite this being illegal, to the best of my understanding. I have no idea how this is legal, I suspect a special agreement with the Swiss Federal Gaming Board, but I just have no idea, I have to admit. I have collected the two online gambling sites that are supposedly doing this, you can see them below.

/Maybe this is not even true. I can’t test it sadly, I already have an account with them. I can’t register a new one. If you are from Switzerland please confirm this. Please drop a line in the comments section about this. And if you are a lawyer, or if you work for the Swiss government please let me know how is this possible and legal. And before you say: “they operate illegally”. No! They have a Swiss gambling licence, I just checked (At the time of writing of course), check their website, it’s all there. Probably a special agreement, interim solution perhaps. I’m grasping at straws, no idea. They are both huge, law-abiding, very well known companies in operation for 20+ years, it’s really not like them to do anything illegal./

The following online sportsbooks below accept registrations from Switzerland. If the online bookmakers below no longer accept players from Switzerland, or if they are blocked in the country, please let me know so I can update the list.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from Switzerland - click to see

The following online casino have sports betting sections and accept bettors from the Swiss Confederation:

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sportsbook + Poker

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.
Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino + poker platform + online sports book Betsson's various current 2021 promotions. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, their terms and conditions, paythrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to Betsson's internet platform ,where you can register an account.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

Lottery in Switzerland

 

Online lottery in Switzerland: technically illegal on a federal level, cantons can grant special lottery licenses, foreign online lotteries are illegal, duopoly of Swisslos and Loterie Romande

 

According to the Federal Act on Lotteries and Commercial Betting, any lottery on a federal level is illegal. However, individual cantons are given the autonomy to establish local lotteries or grant non-transferable licenses for lotteries to operate. The two companies, Swisslos and Loterie Romande offer their games in all cantons, making lottery, lottery like games, and online lottery a duopoly in Switzerland. Both of them joined Euro Millions in 2004, and both have online platforms as well.

With Swisslos and Loterie Romande being the only operators in the country (both state run), the lottery is the monopoly of the state in Switzerland. Purchasing lottery tickets online form foreign lottery platforms is illegal, even if they are the national lotteries of other European countries. However, purchasing lottery tickets abroad, in person, is perfectly legal. Don’t forget that in this case you have to go back to claim your winnings, in person, and winnings from foreign lotteries are not tax-exempt.

Foreign lottery websites do not seem to eb blocked unlike unlicensed online casinos. Players who purchase lottery tickets from them are not prosecuted. However, it’s still illegal and we don’t recommend it.

Apart from Swisslos and Loterie Romande, the following websites allow people from Switzerland purchase lottery tickets online:

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Switzerland

 

Bitcoin gambling in Switzerland: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Cryptocurrencies are legal, taxable and are accepted as payment in some contexts. Even cryptocurrency exchanges are legal and regulated in Switzerland. Therefore it comes as quite a surprise that bitcoin gambling is entirely not regulated, not even by the 2018 Gambling Act.

A report on virtual currencies released by the Swiss Federal Council stated that Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are not in a legal vacuum, meaning that all transactions in Bitcoin and all businesses specialising in the cryptocurrency fall under current legislations*.

Does this mean that Bitcoin gambling is legal with a casino license? Perhaps. There is no official answer to this for now, but IMO, I think it’s probable. At the very least it’s not illegal. What further supports this is that some of the online casinos which accept players from Switzerland (you can see them below) accept bitcoin, litecoin, bitcoincash and ethereum (look for Skrill among the payment options). Even though this depends on their payment processor and has nothing to do with their Swiss gambling licence, these companies only offer this payment method to players from countries where bitcoin gambling is at least not illegal. And at the time of writing, Swiss players can use bitcoin and other cryptocurrency as a means to deposit and withdraw money form these websites (if nothing else through Skrill).

The following Bitcoin casinos below accept players from Switzerland. If the bitcoin accepting casinos below no longer accept players from Switzerland, bitcoin, or if they are blocked in the country, please let me know so I can update the list.

*Source: Federal Council report on virtual currencies in response to the Schwaab (13.3687) and Weibel (13.4070) postulates

Online casinos accepting crypto and players from Switzerland - click to see

The following online casino websites accept bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum, and accept players from the Swiss Confederation:

 

Black Lotus Casino

This is Black Lotus Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 40 free spins on BIG GAME. Use the code: SAFARI54
OR:
  • Get 250% match bonus, up to $2500. Use the code: SAFARI250
  These are only available to new players. Returning players get daily, exclusive bonuses and other rewards. It changes daily, check the casinos's page for info, the are usually very good, also they have cashback almost each month, so even if you lose, you will get some of it back, usually 10%, but sometimes more.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All offers are available in USD$, C$, Euro €, NOK, SEK, DKK. * Bitcoin is accepted as a deposit currency. * Visa and Master Card Deposits are accepted. * Minimum withdrawal of $100. * 60X wagering on all bonuses. * Maximum withdrawal of $100 on all Free Spin or Free Bonus offers. * A minimum $20 deposit is required to process a withdrawal. * Maximum withdrawal of $1000 on Match bonuses from 101% or greater * All offers are available for 1 claim per IP. * Offers valid till end of April 2022   Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else
 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sportsbook + Poker

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.
Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the legal status of online gambling in this country, especially if you are from Switzerland or nearby.

 

This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.

 

Last updated: 2020-12-31

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In depth look at the legal status of gambling, online gambling, bingo, poker, sports betting, lottery, bitcoin gambling and casino gambling in Switzerland. Find out why Switzerland has the highest casino density in the world and take a look at the list online gambling websites licensed in Switzerland, which accept players from the country.
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