provider Evolution Gaming
today announced that it has landed a deal to enter the newly reorganized Swiss gambling space through a partnership with Grand Casino Baden
Under the terms of the deal, Evolution will supply its full portfolio of Live Casino games to the land-based casino’s soon-to-be-launched digital operation. Grand Casino Baden will operate the JackPots.ch online gaming brand, which will be powered by its platform partner Gamanza.
Players will be offered the chance to play Evolution’s mix of Live Casino games, including live dealer Baccarat, Blackjack, and Roulette as well as game show-style games such as the award-winning Lightning Roulette. The games will be available across smartphone, tablet, and desktop.
Commenting on today’s announcement, James Stern, Chief Business Development Officer – America & Land-Based at Evolution, said that they are delighted to have been selected by one of Switzerland’s top land-based casinos and that the company’s portfolio of live dealer games fits perfectly the “House of Entertainment” concept promoted by Grand Casino Baden.
Marcel Tobler, Chief Financial Officer at the Swiss casino, added that tapping Evolution as their Live Casino supplier was an easy decision for them. Mr. Tobler added that “harnessing Evolution’s Live Casino will undoubtedly help us to consolidate and develop our position as one of Europe’s most highly regarded casinos.”
Grand Casino Baden, along with three other land-based gambling venues, is on track to launch Switzerland’s first online casinos under the nation’s new rules on July 1.
It is important to note that the JackPots.ch brand has been operating as a free-to-play casino for a while now and, according to Grand Casino Baden, has amassed a customer base of more than 15,000 players, meaning that the land-based casino has already gained some competitive advantage in the online casino space.
Regulated Online Gambling
Earlier this month, the Swiss Federal Council approved the first four online casino license applications submitted with the country’s Gaming Board (Eidgenössische Spielbankenkommission, ESBK). Grand Casino Baden, Casino Davos, Grand Casino Luzern, and Casino Pfäffikon were the four properties to be given the green light to go live with online gaming on or around July 1.
Switzerland’s new gambling law – Geldspielgesetz – was approved last year. The Gambling Act also gained support from the nation’s voters in a referendum that was held last summer. The new law came into force on January 1, 2019. Under its provisions, only the nation’s land-based casinos can offer online gambling operations.
Foreign companies can be present in the newly reorganized space through partnerships with the 21 Swiss land-based gambling venues.
The first four authorized casinos are expected to go live with online gambling in early July, with more properties expected to follow suit in the coming months.
It will be on July 1 again when an important provision of the new Gambling Act will take effect. Under that provision, local Internet service providers will be required to block the domains of all unauthorized international gambling websites.