The Federal Council in Switzerland has issued four new licenses to the Swiss Casinos, allowing them to operate in Zurich, St. Gallen, Pfäffikon, and Winterthur. These licenses, which will be valid from 2025 to 2044, are a significant boost for the company. However, there were some tough decisions made, as the operator did not receive a license for Oftringen and did not apply for the Casino Schaffhausen license. As a result, the Casino Schaffhausen will close its operations by the end of next year. The employees at this casino will have the opportunity to join other casinos within the Swiss Casinos Group or the casino in Winterthur.
Despite the setbacks, the company expressed satisfaction with the licenses they did receive, acknowledging the challenging process and expressing gratitude for the trust gained which led to the federal government issuing the licenses. The Swiss Federal Gaming Commission (SFBC) had proposed dividing the country into 23 gaming zones, with the Federal Council ultimately agreeing to this proposal. However, they also required the right to make decisions regarding issuing licenses in certain cases, provided they comply with the Gambling Act and are justified.
The decision to not grant a license for Oftringen led the company to state that they understand and regret the decision, although they believed the new casino would be welcomed in the area. On a positive note, the Winterthur casino is seen as a great addition to its traditional industrial history and will be a unique mix of industrial tradition and modern casino culture.
The Swiss Casinos also secured concessions for twenty years, starting from January 1st, 2025. The company sees great prospects for its casinos, with plans to open a new casino in Pfäffikon SZ and further anchor its flagship Casino in Zurich. With the inclusion of an online casino, the Swiss Casinos are optimistic about their future in the region.