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Swiss court upholds ban on foreign online betting operators

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Swiss gamblers can bet online only with Swiss casinos and lotteries that pay tax in the country © Keystone / Gaetan Bally

The Federal Court has upheld a ban on accessing foreign online gambling sites, dashing the hopes of three betting outfits to tap the Swiss market.

The court said in a statementExternal link on Tuesday that the “domain name system” ban was proportionate. Gaming officials have since 2019 used network blocks to limit access to the market to Swiss-approved games of chance.

The system means Swiss gamblers can bet online only with Swiss casinos and lotteries that pay tax in the country and that protect people against falling victim to addiction.

The three rulings posted on the court’s website did not name the companies involved.

In four verdicts released last year, the Federal Administrative Court ruled against Malta-based Interwetten International Ltd, Videoslots Ltd, bet-at-home Entertainment Ltd, and Lopoca Gaming Ltd in suits against the Swiss Federal Gaming Board seeking to circumvent the ban.

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