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Involuntary exclusion

In certain circumstances, Swiss casinos are legally obligated to issue an involuntary exclusion (see Article 80, Sections 1 and 2 Swiss Federal Act on Gambling).

A person will be excluded from gaming in the following circumstances:

  • if it is known or suspected that the person
    • is heavily in debt
    • is unable to meet their financial obligations
    • is betting beyond their means (income and assets)
  • if the casino’s own observations or the reports of a third party such as a specialist agency or social security office lead the casino to believe or suspect that the person is addicted to gaming.

Exclusions – whether voluntary or involuntary – apply indefinitely. They apply to all concessionary bricks-and-mortar casinos and online casinos throughout Switzerland as well as to the online platforms of Swisslos and Loterie Romande.

Lifting an exclusion is a complex process and subject to strict legal regulation. Find out how the exclusion can be lifted in the “Request to have an exclusion lifted” section.