Two years without legal poker rooms
In late 2018 we wrote about the Swiss gambling regulation that forced the closure of offshore poker rooms in the country. Almost all top rooms and networks stopped accepting Swiss players as of January 2019.
One of the main restrictions of the law is that only a brick-and-mortar casino operating in the territory could apply for a license to operate across the Internet.
Since then, nine companies have launched their online versions without poker, although the regulation does not distinguish between this and slot machines.
It was also known that at least two leading companies (Playtech and The Stars Group) signed cooperation agreements with Swiss casinos in early 2019, but so far, no poker rooms have been launched. Most likely they were working on a solution for the player's liquidity.
iPoker beat PokerStars
A week ago, the situation changed radically:
iPoker Network launched the first legal poker room in Switzerland — Swiss Casinos Poker — granting access to an international pool of tables.
The historic moment was not advertised in any way. It's hard to recall a regulated market where some poker room managed to beat PokerStars.
The new room is not a reservation. Moreover, anyone living in Switzerland can register (it is necessary to indicate a real address during registration), regardless of their citizenship. There is also a strict requirement: provide a copy of the passport within a few days after creating the account.
Besides giving access to the iPoker Network, Swiss Casinos Poker offers a welcome bonus of up to 250 francs ($276), three tournament entries, and a 100% reload bonus of 600 francs ($662).
What does this mean for all iPoker players?
Switzerland is a small country with a population of only 8.5 million people, but it has excellent indicators:
- Average salary — $6,540
- According to official data, 20% of adults qualify as avid gamblers
- 21 brick-and-mortar casinos operating in the country
The first legal poker room in a country that has lived for two years without the top rooms and massive potential for gambling is sure to mean a traffic boost for the entire iPoker Network. Quarantine measures have been tightened in Switzerland for a month, and in most cities, casinos are closed.
We can only hope that this is not the last expansion of iPoker, and we will soon be able to see its penetration in Latin America and Asia, as the head of the network, Joerg Nottebaum, told us a few months ago.
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