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Zurich to get a Grand Casino next year

Switzerland’s biggest city looks set to finally get a fully-fledged casino following cabinet’s decision to grant additional applications.

This content was published on June 22, 2011 - 15:19
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Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga said the cabinet chose a project with an unrestricted licence from among five applications in Zurich.

A project for a casino with a restricted licence in the town of Neuchâtel was also approved.

Sommaruga said both projects fulfilled all the necessary criteria, including quality management, capital, security, anti-money laundering and social measures.

Both casinos, still to be formally granted licences, are expected to open their doors to the public next year.

This means Switzerland will have eight A casinos – with an unrestricted licence that allows many different table games, slot machines and with no real capping on maximum bets – and 13 casinos with a B licence.

The applicants for the Zurich casino pledged to make the new gaming establishment into a top entertainment venue for tourists.

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