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Switzerland Gambling Guide
Summary: Gambling is legal in Switzerland since 1923 (officially the Swiss Confederation, the richest country of Europe and one of the richest countries in the world, not a member of the EU, has a population of 8.6 million).

Online gambling is legal in Sweden since 2019.

You can find a list of online gambling websites, which accept players from Switzerland by scrolling below, or click here to jump to that list:

History of Gambling in Switzerland - click to expand

1874 – The first legislation on gambling formed part of the Swiss Federal Constitution of 1874.

1881 – The oldest casino in Switzerland is the Casino Barriere de Montreux located at Lake Geneva, built in 1881, it is still in operation today.

1921 – Gambling was officially banned in Switzerland in 1921.

1923 – Lottery was relegalized in 1923 with the Act on Lotteries and Commercial Betting.

1993 – Gambling was partially relegalized, the new legislation did not overturn the ban completely, it only permitted limited-stakes casino gambling.

1998 – The 1998 Federal Act on Games of Chance and Casinos added a casino referendum to the Swiss Constitution. This marked the beginning of the relegalization of casinos.

2000 – Gambling was fully relegalized, restrictions were relaxed. The gambling industry started its rapid growth after the relegalization.

2019 – Online gambling was legalized in Switzerland for the first time (in 2018, effective 2019).

Gambling is legal in Switzerland, since 1923. However, between 1923 and 1993 only lottery was legal, and gambling was only fully relegalized in 2000.

The Federal Act on Gambling1, is the main piece of the gambling legislation, and the other main act is the Federal Act on Lotteries and Commercial Betting2, which regulates betting, lottery and lottery like games.

Switzerland is nowadays a gambling hub, and the country has 21 casinos, which attract visitors from nearby countries regularly.

Online gambling is also legal in Switzerland, since 2019 (legalized via a 2018 amendment to the Federal Act on Games of Chance, effective from 2019).

/Comment: The canton lotteries were exempt from this. The two licensed Swiss lottery providers were allowed to offer their lottery and lottery like games online, even prior to 2019 (basically from 2000, since the full relegalization of gambling)./

In 2018 most forms of online gambling were legalized, and since 2019 it’s possible for private companies to acquire a Swedish online gambling licence and accept players from Switzerland legally (you can see these licensed gambling websites below).

Prior to the legalization, placing bets on unlicensed gambling websites was a huge problem and rampant in Switzerland, and the government could not effectively block such sites for legal reasons.

This legalization is in line with trends across the Europe Union (e.g.: both Germany and France recently fully or partially legalized online gambling and created a licensing process for private companies).

Even though Switzerland is not a member of the EU proper, it is a member of the Eurozone and it is integrated into the European Economic Area – EEA. Therefore, there is a clear trend towards convergence and harmonization of the regulation of cross country activities, e.g.: online gambling.

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

 

Since 2019 unlicensed internet gambling platforms are not only blocked, but financial institutions are also instructed to stop financial transactions to and from these unlicensed wagering platforms and their offshore bank accounts4.

/Comment: It’s only on a voluntary basis, the government asked the financial institutions’ cooperation on this matter. It is not known how many of them actually do cooperate, if you know please let me know in the comments section below, thank you, there is no info about it online anywhere./

Only licensed online gambling websites with a Swiss gambling licence can accept players from Switzerland.

You can find a list of online gambling websites, which accept players from Switzerland below.

 

Can tourists play online from Switzerland? 

Yes, the laws discussed on this webpage only apply to Swiss citizens, and does not apply to tourists. Tourists (expats, non-citizens, illegal migrants) can play online freely. However, unlicensed foreign gambling websites will be blocked by the internet service providers, and won’t be accessible, while you are using the Switzerland internet infrastructure.

 

Betting on blood sports in Switzerland

All forms of blood sports are considered animal cruelty, and are illegal in Switzerland. Betting on blood sports is also illegal.

 

Despite it being a regional casino hub, Switzerland has more to offer than its casino hotels. If you are thinking about visiting Switzerland (and if you have the budget for it, it’s a very expensive country) watch the following travel video to see what the country has to offer to tourists:

/Comment: Switzerland is a very expensive country, and it’s very bad value for money IMO, I certainly can’t recommend it, when there are so many significantly better tourists destinations.

Most people who visit the country (and 100% of people from Eastern Europe, where I live) go there for work, for the famously high wages, not to spend atrocious amounts of money on a cold, landlocked country. Not a good tourist destination./

 

 

Switzerland gambling licenses

Gambling licenses are issued by the Swiss Federal Gaming Board (SFGB). You have to contact them if you wish to set up any sort of gambling business in Switzerland. Their website is not available in English (only available in Italian, German and French).

The lottery is controlled separately by the Intercantonal Lotteries and Betting Board or ‘Comlot’. The Comlot was established by the cantons in 2006.

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 licenses are in use, and at the time of writing 11 online casinos licenses have been issued.

Theoretically, lottery is not a duopoly of Swisslos and Loterie Romande, and private companies can apply for a regional lottery license, but in reality, lottery licenses so far were not issued to anyone not connected to Swisslos and Loterie Romande.

There are two types of gambling licenses in Switzerland:

 

There are two types of casino licences:

 

/Comment: Casino licence B is very similar to a slot hall license in other countries, but instead of restricting the types of activities, the amount per stake is capped instead, there are no slot hall licenses in Switzerland./

There can only be one casino per city.

To get an online casinos licence a company needs to have a brick & mortar casino (splielbank) license, A or B, doesn’t matter. They need to apply for an extension of that license, that is how a company one can acquire an online casino licence.

Casino concession 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 licenses are taken, the only way foreign online gambling companies can enter the Swiss market legally, at this point, is by partnering with existing Swiss casino companies (e.g.: Oryx Gaming partnered with Grand Casino Luzern).

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

The current system is criticized by the EU, 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 (and lottery is de facto a duopoly). The online casino licensing requirements are actually very similar that of Hungary, which is also often criticized by the EU.

Licensing fees and requirements can be found on the webpage of the Swiss Federal Gaming Board.

 

Switzerland gambling tax

The following are the gambling tax rates in Switzerland:

Switzerland gambling tax rates
Activity: Tax rate: Tax base:
Land-based gambling tax 40% up to CHF 10 million per tax year.

For every additional million francs, the tax rate is increased by 0.5% up to a maximum of 80%.

gross gambling revenue
Online gambling tax  20% up to CHF 3 million.

For every additional million francs, the tax rate is increased by 0.5% up to a maximum of 80%.

gross gambling revenue

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

This is on top of regular taxes (e.g: corporate tax, which is between 11.9% and 21.6%). Gambling is VAT exempt.

 

For players, taxation of gambling winnings: Winnings from land-based gambling establishments within Switzerland are tax-exempt.

Gambling winnings from licensed online gambling platforms up to CHF 1 million (€954 K) are also tax exempt.

Gambling winnings from unlicensed online casinos or from casinos in other countries are subject to personal income tax.

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 (€ 953) total, per tax year.

 

Gambling age Switzerland: the legal gambling age in Switzerland is 18+

 

Other:

Fantasy football and sports betting are not yet regulated in Switzerland.

Loot boxes (and gambling functionality involving other forms of digital merchandise e.g.: skins, weapons, achievements, items, houses etc…) are considered gambling if5:

 

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.

Social gambling is not regulated in Switzerland, the small stakes gambling mentioned above is not applicable to social gambling.

 

Sources and main pieces of the Switzerland gambling legislation:

1Fedlex – Die Publikationsplattform des Bundesrechts – Bundesgesetz über Geldspiele (German)

2The Federal Council of the Swiss Government – Bundesgesetz vom 8. Juni 1923 betreffend die Lotterien und die gewerbsmässigen Wetten (German only)

3Lex Europe – Article 56 TFEU

4Sweden to Start Blocking Payments Associated with Unlicensed Gaming  Operators

5Lexology – Lootboxes and Skin Gambling in Swiss Gambling Law

 

List of online gambling sites, which accept players from Switzerland

The following online gambling websites accept players from the Swiss Confederation. They all accept players from the country, and are accessible from within the country, at the time of writing. If they no longer accept players from Switzerland, or if they are blocked for some reason, please leave a message in the comments section, so I can investigate it.

 

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  • 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 Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-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 Sports Book

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  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

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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:
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Promotions:
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  • + 30 free spins
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US players are accepted at the casino.

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.
You can read the review of FairGo casino here (temporarily offline, being updated).

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

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USA and UK players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €200
  • 100 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here. You can read the other online casino reviews here (includes list of restricted countries), and you can find all the current casino bonuses, promotions, offers, codes here.
Gamble responsibly, never paly with more than you can afford to lose, 18+.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the casino's website for up to date wagering and playthrough limitations, the values below might not be accurate (although I update it frequently, they change it for every promotion, certain countries might have higher or lower wagering requirements, and certain countries might be excluded from using the bonuses).
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:
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  • 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.

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

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Mr. Bit current 2021 bonus offers, welcome bonus and free spins available (details below)
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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: Minimum deposit amount: €10 Maximum bonus amount: €500 Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus) In case of the free spins: Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx Bet per spin: €0,10 Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus) Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10 7 days for wagering
Wagering limitation:
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  • 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.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

 

Summary:

 

Casino gambling in Switzerland

Casinos in Switzerland: legal since 1998, operators require a licence

Online casino gambling in Switzerland: legal since 2019, operators require a licence

 

Casinos are legal in Switzerland since 1998 (but casino venues, which existed prior to the 1921 gambling ban were allowed to continue to operate, but no new casinos opened prior to 1998).

The maximum number of casino licences, which can be issued are 21, and all 21 licenses have been issued. With 21 casinos currently in operation, Switzerland has one of the highest casino per capita ratio in the world*.

Until the government increases the limit, no new casino gambling establishments can open.

There are two markedly different types of casinos in Switzerland, these are:

Switzerland types of casinos
Type: Name: Description: Amount:
A Grand casinos
  • the maximum stake per game can exceed CHF 25
  • no limit on the number of tables and gaming machines
  • progressive jackpots allowed
8
B Resort, spa casinos (similar to slot halls in other countries):
  • only 3 tables
  • the maximum stake per game must not exceed CHF 25
  • no progressive jackpots
13

 

Here is a list of all the Swiss casinos and what type of licence they have:

List of casinos in Switzerland
Name: Location: Licence Type:
Grand Casino Luzern AG Luzern A
Casino Interlaken AG Interlaken B
Grand Casino Baden AG Baden A
Grand Casino Kursaal Bern Bern A
Société du Casino de Crans-Montana SA Crans-Montana B
Swiss Casinos Schaffhausen Schaffhausen B
Casinò Admiral SA (Mendrisio) Mendrisio B
Swiss Casinos Pfäffikon-Lake Zurich Pfaffikon B
Casino Davos AG Davos B
Casinò Lugano SA Lugano A
Casino du Jura SA (Courrendlin) Courrendlin B
Casino St. Moritz AG St. Moritz B
Casino Bad Ragaz AG Bad Ragaz B
Casino de Montreux SA Montreux A
Société Fribourgeoise d’Animation Touristique SA (Granges-Paccot) Ganges-Paccot B
Casino du Lac Meyrin SA Meyrin B
Casinò Locarno SA Locarno B
Airport Casino Basel AG, Basel Basel A
Swiss Casinos St. Gallen St. Gallen A
Swiss Casinos Zurich Zurich A
Casino Neuchâtel SA Neuchatel B

/You can find all the casinos of Switzerland on this page, with address, opening hours, video of each venue, entrance fee, review analysis, number and types of games, poker info etc…/

As you can see on the table above, there can only be one casino per city, even Bern (the capital of Switzerland) has only one casino, the Grand Casino Kursaal Bern.

There are no slot halls in Switzerland, there are no separate licenses for slot halls or electronic casinos, the  closest thing to a slot hall is a type B casino, which requires the usual casino licence.

Online casinos are also legal in Switzerland since 2019.

Only private companies, which operate a a brick & mortar casino can apply for a licence extension and operate a digital casino gambling platform.

There are currently, at the time of writing, 11 Swiss casinos, which applied for an online casino license extension.Many of these casinos do not utilize their licenses themselves, instead, they entered into partnerships with foreign companies (e.g.: Oryx Gaming partnered with Grand Casino Luzern). This is the only was foreign companies can acquire Swiss online casino licenses.

Ever since the legalization of online gambling, unlicensed online casino 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.

Additionally, finical institutions can sometimes block transactions to and from these rouge casino websites. You can see the licensed online casinos below.

The online casinos below accept players from Switzerland.

Online casinos, which accept players from Switzerland - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Switzerland:

 

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  • 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 Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-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 Sports Book

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  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

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:
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Promotions:
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  • + 30 free spins
COUPON CODE: DOD-GUESS
US players are accepted at the casino.

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.
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Betsson Casino and Sports Book

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European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
USA and UK players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €200
  • 100 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here. You can read the other online casino reviews here (includes list of restricted countries), and you can find all the current casino bonuses, promotions, offers, codes here.
Gamble responsibly, never paly with more than you can afford to lose, 18+.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the casino's website for up to date wagering and playthrough limitations, the values below might not be accurate (although I update it frequently, they change it for every promotion, certain countries might have higher or lower wagering requirements, and certain countries might be excluded from using the bonuses).
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.

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

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Mr. Bit current 2021 bonus offers, welcome bonus and free spins available (details below)
USA players are not accepted. 100% Bonus Up To €500 & 50 Free Spins (10 per day) The bonus has to be claimed within thirty (30) days upon registration 18+ Play responsibly. rgf.org.mt, T&Cs apply. Avento MT LTD MGA/B2C/450/2017
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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: Minimum deposit amount: €10 Maximum bonus amount: €500 Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus) In case of the free spins: Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx Bet per spin: €0,10 Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus) Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10 7 days for wagering
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • 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.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

 

Click here for more info on casinos in the Switzerland.

*Source: Gambling and Gambling Addiction in Switzerland

 

Bingo in Switzerland

Bingo halls in Switzerland: legal since 1923, operators require a licence

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

 

Bingo is legal in Switzerland since 1923.

Bingo is considered a lottery like game, and as such it is regulated by Bundesgesetz vom 8. Juni 1923 betreffend die Lotterien und die gewerbsmässigen Wetten (Lottery Act).

Bingo is not restricted to the two state owned gambling companies Swisslos and Loterie Romande. Private companies can apply for a cantonal lottery licence, and organize bingo games as well.

Bingo events in Switzerland are only permitted with a licence from the Intercantonal Lotteries and Betting Board (a.k.a. ‘Comlot’).

Bingo games must be regional, small scale, restricted to one canton, and can not be conducted online.

Therefore, the operation of commercial bingo halls is not possible in Switzerland (and there aren’t any, bingo is usually organized as secondary activity, side gig by businesses, or it conducted by non-profits or a local community).

The licensed casinos can also host bingo games. E.g.: 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 smaller prizes, coupons.

Online bingo is also legal.

However, online bingo is the monopoly of Swisslos, one of the two legal and licensed lottery providers in the country.

This situation remained unchanged even after the 2019 amendment to the Gambling Act. Swisslos has bingo on its online platform.

Unlicensed bingo websites are blocked. Playing on unlicensed foreign online bingo platforms is illegal.

The following bingo websites accept players from Switzerland:

Online bingo websites, which accept players from Switzerland - click to see

The following online gambling websites have live bingo and accept players from Switzerland:

Swisslos, it’s a monopoly

 

Poker in Switzerland

Poker halls in Switzerland: legal since 1993, operators require a licence

Online poker in Switzerland: legal since 2019, operators require a licence

 

Poker is legal in Switzerland, since 1993.

The new gambling legislation enacted in Switzerland in 1993 sorted games into two categories: games of pure chance and games of chance and skill, it was not clear in the begging which category poker will be put into..

In 2007 the Federal Gaming Board ruled that poker is a game of skill and chance, ending the debate. And as a result, from 2007 until 2010 poker tournaments could be held outside of casinos with permission from the authorities of the local0 canton.

After the 2007 ruling de facto poker clubs started popping-up all around the country to take advantage of this and the game quickly became very popular.

UPDATE: However, in 2010 the authorities reversed their stance on poker, with a supreme court decision. They reclassified all forms of poker as a game of chance. This marked the end of the blossoming poker scene in the country and forced the game back into the Swiss casinos.

/Comment: This was partially the work of the casino lobby and partially because uncontrollable spread of poker clubs in 2010.

In reality, poker exists both asa banking games and non-banking games. Banking poker is clearly a games of chance (when you play against the dealer in a casino) and non-banking poker (when you play against other players, a tournament or cash game) is clearly a game of skill and chance.

This the typical when bureaucrats, who don’t even know how to play poker make laws about it. And I don’t care how many degrees, doctorates or work experience they have, if someone doesn’t even know how to play poker, they shouldn’t be allowed to make poker laws, otherwise this is what happens./

Online poker is also legal since 2019.

Online poker is legal with an online casino licence (casino licence with and online gambling extension).

Because of the high gambling tax rates associated with the casino licenses, none of the big poker networks have Swiss gambling licenses and are unavailable to Switzerland players. 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:

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

The following online poker 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 Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-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 Sports Book

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Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

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.
You can read the review of BetOnline here.

FairGo Aussie Themed Casino

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Promotions:
  • 125% Welcome bonus: 125% on your first deposit
  • + 30 free spins
COUPON CODE: DOD-GUESS
US players are accepted at the casino.

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.
You can read the review of FairGo casino here (temporarily offline, being updated).

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino, poker platform and online sports book Betsson's various current 2022 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 and play- Gamble responsibly, never spend more than you can afford to lose, 18+.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
USA and UK players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €200
  • 100 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here. You can read the other online casino reviews here (includes list of restricted countries), and you can find all the current casino bonuses, promotions, offers, codes here.
Gamble responsibly, never paly with more than you can afford to lose, 18+.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the casino's website for up to date wagering and playthrough limitations, the values below might not be accurate (although I update it frequently, they change it for every promotion, certain countries might have higher or lower wagering requirements, and certain countries might be excluded from using the bonuses).
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.

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

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Mr. Bit current 2021 bonus offers, welcome bonus and free spins available (details below)
USA players are not accepted. 100% Bonus Up To €500 & 50 Free Spins (10 per day) The bonus has to be claimed within thirty (30) days upon registration 18+ Play responsibly. rgf.org.mt, T&Cs apply. Avento MT LTD MGA/B2C/450/2017
You can read the full review of Mr Bit 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: Minimum deposit amount: €10 Maximum bonus amount: €500 Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus) In case of the free spins: Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx Bet per spin: €0,10 Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus) Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10 7 days for wagering
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • 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.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

*Source: Swissinfo – Poker boom forces cantons’ hand

 

Sports betting in Switzerland

Bookmakers, betting shops in Switzerland: legal since 1923, monopoly of Swisslos and Loterie Romande

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

 

Sports betting is legal in Switzerland.

Technically, sports betting has been prohibited by the Federal Act on Lotteries and Commercial Betting, since 1923. The new 2018 Geldspielgesetz reaffirmed this status quo.

However, the state owned lottery companies Swisslos, and Loterie Romande are allowed to conduct large scale sports betting despite this; they are an exception.

Their main sports betting activities are: Sporttip, organized by the Basel-based Swisslos and Loterie Romande offers pari-mutuel betting on horse races in the French speaking part of the country.

Online sports betting is legal too, and both Swisslos and Loterie Romande conduct sports betting on their digital platforms.

Even though technically it’s not possible for private companies to acquire sports betting licenses in Switzerland, some companies manage to get around this the following way:

  1. They get a Swiss online casino licence
  2. They operate for years without issues
  3. They make their Swiss players sign obscure, convoluted terms and conditions pages, which have lines like : “I’m responsible for the legality of the gambling activity I’m partaking in”, “I’m fully responsible for the legal consequences of the gambling and betting I’m undertaking on this digital platform”, or similar, to indemnify themselves from any possible future legal action.
  4. They add a sportsbook later down the line, after some years.
  5. They allow their Swiss punters to place bets on sports in this new sports betting section (the sports betting section is licensed and housed on servers in offshore Caribbean countries usually).
  6. They funnel the sports betting revenue through an offshore company, and report it as casino gambling activity, and pay taxes on it via the company licensed in Switzerland.

 

And through this legal acrobatics these online sportsbooks can allow punters from Switzerland to place bets on their digital platforms, despite this being illegal, to the best of my understanding.

These digital bookmakers are not blocked, and it is uncertain if the government is aware of this or not.

/Comment: Maybe the government is aware of it, but because they pay their fair share of taxes they turn a blind eye, similarly to how it works in Russia, after all, if they blocked them, people would just simply go and use another unlicensed platform, at least these ones pay taxes.

Obviously these sort of deals are behind closed doors and they are not announced to the world. Therefore, I can only make an educated guess as to what is possibly going on in the background, behind the scenes, take it with a grain of salt./

Using unlicensed digital bookmakers is illegal, but punters are not prosecuted for it.

The following online sportsbooks below accept bettors from Switzerland. If they are blocked and are no longer available form Switzerland please let me know so I can update the list.

Online bookmakers, which accept punters from Switzerland - click to see

The following online sportsbooks 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 Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-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 Sports Book

Bet Online digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website's animated GIF banner displaying the latest 2021 promotional offers and bonus codes offered currently by the gambling platform to new and existing, returning players. This is a paid promotional banner, and acts as a link. By clicking on it, you will be taken to website betonline.ag , where you can register and start playing if you so choose.
Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

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.
You can read the review of BetOnline here.

FairGo Aussie Themed Casino

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FairGo Australian casino
Promotions:
  • 125% Welcome bonus: 125% on your first deposit
  • + 30 free spins
COUPON CODE: DOD-GUESS
US players are accepted at the casino.

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.
You can read the review of FairGo casino here (temporarily offline, being updated).

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino, poker platform and online sports book Betsson's various current 2022 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 and play- Gamble responsibly, never spend more than you can afford to lose, 18+.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
USA and UK players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €200
  • 100 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here. You can read the other online casino reviews here (includes list of restricted countries), and you can find all the current casino bonuses, promotions, offers, codes here.
Gamble responsibly, never paly with more than you can afford to lose, 18+.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the casino's website for up to date wagering and playthrough limitations, the values below might not be accurate (although I update it frequently, they change it for every promotion, certain countries might have higher or lower wagering requirements, and certain countries might be excluded from using the bonuses).
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.

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: By registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited.
Mr. Bit current 2021 bonus offers, welcome bonus and free spins available (details below)
USA players are not accepted. 100% Bonus Up To €500 & 50 Free Spins (10 per day) The bonus has to be claimed within thirty (30) days upon registration 18+ Play responsibly. rgf.org.mt, T&Cs apply. Avento MT LTD MGA/B2C/450/2017
You can read the full review of Mr Bit 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: Minimum deposit amount: €10 Maximum bonus amount: €500 Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus) In case of the free spins: Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx Bet per spin: €0,10 Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus) Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10 7 days for wagering
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • 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.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

 

Lottery in Switzerland

Lottery in Switzerland: legal since 1923, monopoly of Swisslos and Loterie Romande

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

 

Lottery is legal in Switzerland. It was the first form of gambling, which was legalized in 1923. And between 1923 and 1993 lottery and lottery like games were the only forms of gambling, which were legal.

According to the Federal Act on Lotteries and Commercial Betting, lottery on a national level is illegal. However, there is a loophole, 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 de facto duopoly in Switzerland. Both of them joined Euro Millions in 2004, and both have online platforms as well.

However, technically, lottery is not restricted to these two companies, and private companies can theoretically apply for a licence as well in each canton (although no license was ever issued, which was not connected to these two companies, to the best of my knowledge).

The lottery is not controlled by the Swiss Federal Gaming Board, which controls every other type of gambling. Instead, it is regulated separately by the Intercantonal Lotteries and Betting Board or ‘Comlot’. The Comlot was established by the cantons in 2006.

Online lottery is also legal in Switzerland.

The duopoly of Swisslos and Loterie Romande apply to online lottery as well.

Purchasing lottery tickets online form foreign lottery platforms is illegal, even if they are from 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 taxes on your winnings, only lotter winnings from the two Swiss lottery companies are tax-exempt.

Additionally, Swiss players can participate purchase lottery tickets online, from so called “lottery purchasing services” (lottery purchasing services are businesses, which purchase physical lottery tickets for you in a foreign country, if you make a purchase on their website, you can see an example of such a website below).

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

Online lottery platforms, which accept players from Switzerland - click to see:

The following internet lottery sites allow players from Switzerland to purchase lottery tickets online:

 

Bitcoin gambling in Switzerland

Cryptocurrency wagering in Switzerland: not specifically regulated

 

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

A report on virtual currencies released by the Swiss Federal Council stated that bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum and other virtual currencies are not in a legal vacuum, meaning that current laws apply to crypto transactions*.

Does this mean that licensed Swiss gambling companies can accept bitcoin?

Perhaps. There is no official answer to this for now.

At the very least it’s not illegal. What further supports this is that some of the licensed online casinos, which accept players from Switzerland (you can see them below) accept bitcoin, litecoin, bitcoincash, ripple and ethereum as well, through the various payment processors they work with (look for Skrill or Netteller among the payment options).

However, what does not support this interoperation is that none of the land-based casinos in Switzerland accept crypto, and none of the gambling platforms of Swisslos and Loterie Romande accept crypto coins.

The following bitcoin casinos below accept players from Switzerland.

Online casinos, which accept cryptocurrency and players from Switzerland - click to see

The following internet casino sites accept bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum, ripple and accept players from the Swiss Confederation:

 

RichPrize Casino

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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 €1000 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  Bonus for returning players: Returning players usually get 15% 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).
You can read the review of RichPrize casino here.

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 Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-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 Sports Book

Bet Online digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website's animated GIF banner displaying the latest 2021 promotional offers and bonus codes offered currently by the gambling platform to new and existing, returning players. This is a paid promotional banner, and acts as a link. By clicking on it, you will be taken to website betonline.ag , where you can register and start playing if you so choose.
Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

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.
You can read the review of BetOnline here.

FairGo Aussie Themed Casino

This is an animated gif banner ad featuring all the current 2021 promotions, bonuses of FairGo Australian themed casino. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the casino, where you can try out their games for free without spending any money.
FairGo Australian casino
Promotions:
  • 125% Welcome bonus: 125% on your first deposit
  • + 30 free spins
COUPON CODE: DOD-GUESS
US players are accepted at the casino.

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.
You can read the review of FairGo casino here (temporarily offline, being updated).

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

 

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.

 

FAQ – frequently asked questions about Switzerland internet gambling platforms

FAQ section

The following are some of the frequently asked questions about gambling in Switzerland. Click on the dropdown menu below to see the questions and answers.

Q&A

Is gambling legal in Switzerland?

Yes, gambling is legal in Switzerland since 1923 (technically the first written record of legal gambling is from 1874 (the Constitution of the Swiss Confederation 1874), but afterwards, gambling was banned, and the modern period of continuously legal gambling is from 1923, but most forms of gambling are only legal since 1993).

Is online gambling legal in Switzerland?

Yes, online gambling is legal in Switzerland since 2019.

Is online bingo legal in Switzerland?

Yes, online bingo is legal in Switzerland.

Is online poker legal in Switzerland?

Yes, online poker is legal in Switzerland since 2019. It is considered a form of casino gambling, and therefore only companies with an online casino licence can conduct poker games over the internet.

Is online sports betting legal in Switzerland?

Yes, online sports betting is legal in Switzerland. It is a duopoly of Swisslos and Loterie Romande.

Is online lottery legal in Switzerland?

Online lottery is legal in Switzerland. It is a duopoly of Swisslos and Loterie Romande.

Is bitcoin wagering legal in Switzerland?

Cryptocurrency gambling is not specifically regulated in Switzerland. You can place bets using virtual currencies on the platforms of foreign gambling platforms with a Switzerland licence. They accept virtual currencies through the various payment processors they work with.

Can you play online from Switzerland?

Yes, you can play online from Switzerland on online gambling websites with a Switzerland online gambling licence. You can see a list of these platforms on this page.

Can you play bingo over the internet in Switzerland?

Yes, you can play bingo over the internet from Switzerland, on licensed digital bingo platforms. You can see a list of these websites on this page.

Can you play poker online from Switzerland?

Yes, you can play poker over the internet from Switzerland using the poker networks or apps listed on this page.

Can you bet on sports online from Switzerland?

Yes, you can place bets on sports from Switzerland with the digital bookmakers mentioned on this page.

Can you purchase lottery tickets online in Switzerland?

Yes, you can buy lottery tickets online from Switzerland on the lottery platforms listed on this page.

Can you use bitcoin wagering websites in Switzerland?

Yes, some of the licensed Switzerland online gambling websites accept cryptocurrencies through their various payment processors. You can find them on this page.

Are there gambling websites, which accept players from Switzerland?

Only licensed electronic gambling websites can accept players from Switzerland. You can see a list of licensed internet wagering sites on this webpage.

Which internet gambling apps can I use from Switzerland?

You can use any of the mobile gambling apps listed on this webpage.

Which online bingo sites accept players from Switzerland?

Online bingo is a monopoly of Swisslos.

Which online poker website accepts players from Switzerland?

The following digital poker networks accept players from Switzerland.

Which online sportsbooks accept bettors from Switzerland?

The digital bookmakers and wagering websites above accept punters from Switzerland.

Which online lotteries accept registrations from Switzerland?

Lottery is a duopoly of Swisslos and Loterie Romande.

Which internet gambling platforms have a Switzerland license?

The digital platforms on this site all have Switzerland gambling licences, and accept players from the country.

Which crypto gambling platforms accept players from Switzerland?

The gambling websites listed on this page (at the bitcoin gambling in Switzerland section) all accept various alternative digital currencies and players from Switzerland.

 

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, with interactive map.

 

Last updated: 2022-01-13

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