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