ast June 73% of voters approved the overhaul of the country’s gambling legislation despite claims by opponents of government censorship. The revised law contains a provision which restricts online gambling to a few authorized local casinos, and it will become effective as soon as July 1.
Swiss gamblers will be able to bet online only with Swiss casinos and lotteries that pay tax in the country and take measures to prevent problem gambling, Swiss Info reports. Those who signed up with foreign casinos will have to contact them directly for any money due as Swiss regulators have no jurisdiction over them.
A list of unauthorized gambling providers will be published on the websites of the Federal Gaming Commission and the Lotteries and Betting Commission. Those on the blacklist will be automatically blocked by Swiss telecommunications service providers by means of DNS (domain name server) blocks. Only websites accessible from Switzerland will be blocked. Foreign service providers who voluntarily withdraw from the Swiss market with appropriate measures will not be blocked.
It is estimated that more than CHF250 million ($252 million) a year flows into the coffers of foreign internet casinos based in offshore locations such as Malta or Gibraltar.