Swiss real money online gambling laws have always targeted illegal activity as a regulated market. As part of its more stringent attempts to shut illegal sites down, 65 operators have been blacklisted. A recent report by www.calvinayre.com details the country’s efforts.
The new laws aimed to shutout foreign operators operating illegally toughened the overall effort and stance. As part of the effort, the Swiss Federal Gaming Board (SFGB) has published a list of blacklisted websites. The International Lottery and Betting Commission (Camlot) has followed suit with its published list.
The new regulations went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. Part of the changes allowed Swiss casinos to offer their own online gambling products. Another change taking effect on July 1 this year was the ability to block out certain foreign operators. This includes gambling sites without a partnership deal with local land-based operations.
More Online Gambling Operators Blacklisted?
By identifying the actual sites that are not compliant with the new laws, enforcement has actual teeth. Gaming operators looking to do business in the country will have to change their current plans. If Bet365 wishes to continuing doing business in the country, it will have to pursue the proper channels.
The laws also address this part of the new regulations. A foreign operator must maintain five years of compliance with the local laws. At that point, they would become eligible to engaged in partnerships. These partnerships would act as a re-introduction into the Swiss online gaming industry.
The internal regulatory bodies will be closely monitoring the situation. One such trick is allowing Swiss players to use virtual private networks (VPN’s). This would act to circumvent the new regulations. Some blacklisted sites may pursue a “business as usual” approach to service the market illegally.
William Hill is one of the biggest gaming operators in the UK. It has recently expanded its presence in the emerging online casino and sports betting industry in the United States. This has taken place with partnerships with land-based operations in states with legal online betting. The company noted that leaving the Swiss market was an easy decision as compared with compliance initiatives. The existing Swiss gambling volume was already on the low side. Future plans from any other blacklisted sites were not included in this report.