New Gambling Laws in Switzerland - Your opinion

hoff1985

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Hi Guys,

as you know although i'm not really playing often these days i'm heavily interested in the market and i know a lot of friends who are active gamblers as well.

Switzerland has now a new online gaming law and so far 4 casinos are "ready to launch soon", so they will open up in the next months.

The biggest player already made quite some marketing and said "We will have over 100 games available" , i think to me and to all of us the message is clear: What a lousy selection. The others won't be better.

So i think a lot of players would like to continue to play on other sites.

Now with that new law our government will also block access to foreign gambling sites through the providers. How they will do it is not clear (If they only try via DNS blocking or IP blocking etc.)

So what usually happens is that some foreign casinos will jump out of the market and will close the accounts of swiss players, but some will not.

Maybe this is a specific problem for swiss players but most likely we will never see even just 10 swiss online casinos, ever as it's not like in the UK where you can just get a license as a foreign operator. In Switzerland you can only get a license if you have a landbased casino in Switzerland, and there are, i would say maybe 4-6 operators in Switzerland that have landbased casinos.

The question is now... How is the situation with VPN's these days? I already have friends asking me if they are allowed to use it. I know that usually this is NO-GO and pretty much all casinos have it in the Terms.

But what is your personal experience? Do you know casinos that allow it?

AFAIK with swiss law it would not be "forbidden" to use a VPN to get over the blocking, so it's only a question if the casino allows it or not.

PS: Currently nothing has changed for swiss players afaik. The new law startet January 2019 and the network blocking can start earliest July 2019 but so far everything is as it was afaik.

Would love to just get some feedback :)

Cheers,
Hoff
 
I would advise any player to NOT use one without express written permission from the casino. I know of players that have permission to use them at some casinos. I would think that a casino would likely only do that for an established player, not a new sign-up.

One casino (sorry, can't recall which one) allows VPN use, but only from same country. So I could use a VPN with a Canadian location (if I was on a public wifi network for instance).
 
In January 2019, Switzerland introduced amended gambling laws to protect Swiss players from unlicensed foreign online gambling sites. In addition, it ensured that gambling revenues remained within Switzerland. These laws allow only Swiss land-based casinos and their online partners to offer online gambling services. Under the upcoming legislation, Swiss internet service providers (ISPs) are also required to block access to foreign online gambling sites not licensed in Switzerland. The law applies to all types of online gambling, including sports betting, online casinos, and poker.

Overall, the updated gambling laws in Switzerland aim to provide a safer and more regulated gambling environment for Swiss players. While some people argue that these laws limit consumer choice and competition, others believe they are necessary to protect vulnerable individuals. In addition, they are necessary to prevent money laundering and other illegal activities. It's critical to note that gambling laws and regulations differ from country to country. It's important for individuals to understand the laws and regulations in their own jurisdiction.
 
In January 2019, Switzerland introduced amended gambling laws to protect Swiss players from unlicensed foreign online gambling sites. In addition, it ensured that gambling revenues remained within Switzerland. These laws allow only Swiss land-based casinos and their online partners to offer online gambling services. Under the upcoming legislation, Swiss internet service providers (ISPs) are also required to block access to foreign online gambling sites not licensed in Switzerland. The law applies to all types of online gambling, including sports betting, online casinos, and poker.

Overall, the updated gambling laws in Switzerland aim to provide a safer and more regulated gambling environment for Swiss players. While some people argue that these laws limit consumer choice and competition, others believe they are necessary to protect vulnerable individuals. In addition, they are necessary to prevent money laundering and other illegal activities. It's critical to note that gambling laws and regulations differ from country to country. It's important for individuals to understand the laws and regulations in their own jurisdiction.
block ISPs can be by pass by VPN,
 
In January 2019, Switzerland introduced amended gambling laws to protect Swiss players from unlicensed foreign online gambling sites. In addition, it ensured that gambling revenues remained within Switzerland. These laws allow only Swiss land-based casinos and their online partners to offer online gambling services. Under the upcoming legislation, Swiss internet service providers (ISPs) are also required to block access to foreign online gambling sites not licensed in Switzerland. The law applies to all types of online gambling, including sports betting, online casinos, and poker.

Overall, the updated gambling laws in Switzerland aim to provide a safer and more regulated gambling environment for Swiss players. While some people argue that these laws limit consumer choice and competition, others believe they are necessary to protect vulnerable individuals. In addition, they are necessary to prevent money laundering and other illegal activities. It's critical to note that gambling laws and regulations differ from country to country. It's important for individuals to understand the laws and regulations in their own jurisdiction.
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The feds cant hold an ISP liable for allowing non licensed entities. The ISP is NOT THE WATCHDOG, nor do they have the actual authority or internal staffing to verify any such licensing if it does actually exist. If it exists, to what legal end is the licensing?
 

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