Swiss Supreme Court upholds ban on foreign online betting operators

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The main courtroom (Grande salle) of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgericht) is pictured in Lausanne, Switzerland November 16, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

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ZURICH, June 28 (Reuters) – The Swiss Supreme Court has upheld a ban on access to foreign online gambling sites, dashing the hopes of three betting groups to exploit the Swiss market.

The Federal Court said in a statement on Tuesday that the ban on the “domain name system” was proportionate. Since 2019, gaming officials have used network blocks to limit market access to Swiss-approved games of chance.

The system means that Swiss players can only bet online with Swiss casinos and lotteries that pay taxes in the country and protect people against drug addiction.

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The German group bet-at-home.com AG (ARTG.DE) had already revealed the verdict on Monday.

The three decisions published on the tribunal’s website did not name the companies involved.

In four verdicts delivered last year, the Federal Administrative Court ruled against Interwetten International Ltd, Videoslots Ltd, bet-at-home Entertainment Ltd and Malta-based Lopoca Gaming Ltd in proceedings against the Federal Gaming Commission of chance seeking to circumvent the prohibition. Read more

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Reporting by Michael Shields Editing by Mark Potter

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