Two More Swiss Casinos Secure Online Gaming Licenses

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The Swiss Federal Council has approved an extension of the gaming licenses of land-based operators Grand Casino Kursaal Bern AG and Casino Interlaken AG to offer online casino games. The casinos can launch online operations as soon as the Federal Gaming Board (ESBK) approves their online gambling product offering.

Casino Interlaken is already teasing a countdown to the launch of its gambling website, which will operate under the StarVegas brand. StarVegas is operated by Novomatic’s Malta-licensed Beatya Online Entertainment subsidiary and is already operational in Italy and Spain. The Bern venue, which is operated by Casinos Austria International, has yet to detail its online plans, but CAI has partnered with online gambling operator Betway in other markets.

The ESBK previously approved four other casino operators launching online in June. There are 21 land-based casino licensees, all of which are eligible to apply for online licenses under the gambling expansion legislation that took effect on January 1.