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Switzerland expands online gambling blacklist

Switzerland’s online gambling blacklist has added 16 new domains. Also, recent research found that number of frequent gamblers in Switzerland have declined again.

Italian bet365’s dot.it site is among the latest additions to the Swiss blacklist, which was first published last month following implementation of the country’s Federal Act on Real-Money Gaming (Geldspielgesetz). The operator’s primary bet365.com domain already was featured in the initial list.

Article 86 of the Geldspielgesetz gives local Inter-Cantonal Lotteries and Betting Commission (Comlot) the power to have internet service providers block access to platforms that are accessible in Switzerland but not licensed, using a domain name server (DNS) lock.

A total of 65 operators featured on the original blacklist, including high profile brands such as Interwetten, Pinnacle, Betclic Everest Group and Unibet.

In another gambling-related news from Switzerland, research commissioned by the Comlot and the Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission (ESBK) and carried out by the Swiss Institute for Addiction and Health Research (ISGF) shows that 16.4% of 18,832 respondents gambled at least once a month, down from 16.9% in 2012 and 18.0% in 2007.

Lotteries were the most popular form of gambling, as 48.2% of frequent players said they had played these games. Raffle and private games followed on 14.3%, then table games with 6.7%, slot machines on 6.7%, gambling halls on 5.7% and Swiss sports betting with 4.5%. 2.3% of frequent players said they had gambled with a foreign or international online provider

The ISGF also reported that 0.2% of respondents were at risk of pathological gambling behaviour, while only a small proportion of respondents reported problems at work or in relation to family members or friends because of playing.

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