Swiss regulator broadens its blacklist of banned casinos

Gambling in SwitzerlandThe online gambling landscape is changing rapidly in Switzerland after the pass of the Federal Act on Real-Money Gaming, forcing a lot of operators to abandon the country. Comlot, the Inter-Cantonal Lotteries and Betting Commission, has issued a blacklist for the unlicensed online casinos that continue to operate after the act came into effect. As of now, the blacklist includes 87 names of unregulated sites who continue to offer services in the country but their domain names are blocked by the regulator.

Recently, ten more names were added to the list, most important being Allsport365.com, Bahingo178.com, Buff.bet, Coinbet24.com and Winx24.com. This was the second time that Comlot made updates to the list since September because a number of sites started servicing Swiss players without a license.

The original list contained 65 names in it, with powerhouses like Interwetten, Betclic and Unibet included. An update followed up in October that saw bet365.it facing the exit from the country. Operators based in Serbia (Balkanbet.rs), Antigua and Barbuda (Sportsbetting.ag) and Zimbabwe (Africabet.co.zw) also “followed the departure sign” from the DACH country.

The change of legislation brought a wave of alterations regarding the regulatory framework which now demands from the operator to have physical presence within the country. This regulation instantly disqualified off-shore operators from receiving an operating license and practically led them out of Switzerland.

The government’s efforts to make iGaming a more strict industry were approved by 73% of the voters even though the turnout in the respective referendum was just 33.8%. The government intends to crack down on the unauthorized foreign operators as their recent research revealed that approximately €215 million are gambled by Swiss players on those sites.

If you want to read more about the Swiss regulatory framework and be certain which casinos are still legal in the country just visit our page for the best online casinos in Switzerland.


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