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Swiss Federal Council Grants Licence for Online Casino Luzern

George Miller

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This summer, Grand Casino Luzern is going online. The Swiss Federal Council has given the green light, issuing the licence for the Online Casino Luzern. With mycasino, the classic casino experience meets the new online world in a unique way. The online casino from Lucerne offers Switzerland an attractive experience with high protection for players.

 

The new Gambling Act has legalised online gambling in Switzerland. It enables responsible Swiss casinos to establish and operate their own online casinos. In recent years, Grand Casino Luzern has been preparing intensively for its entry into the online business with its dedicated brand, mycasino.ch. It stands for innovative, safe gambling from Switzerland, for Switzerland.

Online casino for all of Switzerland

The positive decision of the Federal Council was met with huge excitement in Lucerne. According to Casino CEO Wolfgang Bliem, ‘Grand Casino Luzern is one of the first to receive a licence for a Swiss online casino from the Federal Council. We see the online casino market as an additional and important sales channel for the casino, the core business of our company.’

Safe gambling, responsible support for players and reliable handling of data are key pillars of Grand Casino Luzern’s online strategy. The casino has been certified in accordance with the strict standard ISO 27001 for its information security. Grand Casino Luzern has already been held the GoodPriv@cy certificate for data protection for ten years.

Future vision: a virtual seat at the roulette table in Lucerne

The online casino mycasino.ch offers a varied, international range of games that are easy to access and tailored to the requirements of Swiss customers. The international range of slot games leaves nothing to be desired. For table games there is a very special innovation in the planning stage – once we receive an operational licence we aim to bring together the casino and the online world in the form of a live roulette table. The game will be transmitted via live stream from Grand Casino Luzern to mycasino.ch. That means you can play live in the casino in the usual way, or online. We have already reserved a place for this new highlight in the prestigious casino building on the Lucerne lake promenade.

CEO Wolfgang Bliem emphasises the close connection between mycasino.ch and players. ‘We want to offer our customers in Switzerland a unique, fair and safe gambling experience. We set high standards for our range of games. All our online games are certified. As a licensed Swiss online casino we guarantee fair conditions and instant payouts for big wins. And we have our nationwide customer service on hand here as well.’

The Grand Casino Luzern Group is an independent Swiss company. Its company Kursaal-Casino AG Luzern has a broad shareholder base with strong links to central Switzerland. The largest single shareholder is the City of Lucerne, which holds an 11% stake.

 

Source: Grand Casino Luzern AG

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Spelinspektionen Penalises United Lottery Solutions

Niji Narayan

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Spelinspektionen, the Swedish gambling regulator, has issued an official warning and financial penalty of SEK700,000, around $73,30o on United Lottery Solutions, after the operator breached national laws on lottery betting.

The regulator said that United Lottery Solutions had been offering players in Sweden the opportunity to bet on the outcome of various lottery games via its Lottoland.se site, including Eurojackpot.

State-owned Svenska Spel holds the exclusive licence to market lottery games in the country, including Eurojackpot, and Spelinspektionen said that it did not grant permission to United Lottery Solutions to offer betting on its lotteries.

Spelinspektionen also noted United Lottery Solutions has been offering online scratchcards via Lottoland.se, despite this form of gaming not being covered by its Swedish licence.

The regulator said that although United Lottery Solutions has now stopped offering betting on Swedish lotteries and scratchcards, such activities had been going on for some time and the violations were judged as serious.

Spelinspektionen said the warning and penalty fee is based on the severity of the infringement and the operator’s turnover on the Swedish market.

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ASA Warns Betfair and William Hill After Gambling Ads Appear in Looney Tunes App

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ASA Warns Betfair and William Hill After Gambling Ads Appear in Looney Tunes App
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The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has warned William Hill and Flutter Entertainment to refine their advertising targeting strategies, after their promotions appeared in Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem, an app seen as being of particular appeal to minors.

Flutter Entertainment responded that the ad had been placed by mobile engagement platform Tapjoy. Following the ASA’s complaint, it discovered that the app’s publisher had mistakenly opted in to accepting advertising content at a “mature-plus” level for the app.

William Hill also said the fault lay with the game publisher, but added that it should not have appeared in the app regardless of who was at fault. It had blacklisted the app, meaning its ads would no longer appear in Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem, via Tapjoy or any other affiliate.

ASA upheld its complaint, pointing out that the app had a PEGI 7 rating in the UK Google Play store, meaning it was suitable for players aged seven and above. “Given the use of cartoon characters, cartoonish violence and the relatively simple nature of the game, we considered it was likely to appeal to many under-18s,” ASA said.

It added that the app was likely to be of particular appeal to minors and that its player base was likely to include under-18s. It noted that Tapjoy’s platform allowed advertisers to target campaigns using interest-based data gathered from gaming preferences and self-reported demographic data, such as dates of birth.

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California Tribes to Continue Fight for Protecting Gaming Exclusivity

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The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California has dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation for breach of their respective compacts with the State of California.

The court acknowledged the exclusive right of tribes to conduct banked card games. The ruling constituted a procedural finding by the court that it lacked the power to require the State to enforce the law under the tribes’ compacts.

The court reasoned the State had not promised to protect the tribes’ right to gaming exclusivity ― despite compact language acknowledging “the exclusive right” each tribe enjoyed under its Compact “to operate a gaming facility in an economic environment free of competition from the operation of slot machines and banked card games on non-Indian lands.”

Notably, the State does not dispute the merits of the case. To the contrary, as detailed in the tribes’ complaint, various high-ranking representatives have acknowledged that the California cardrooms are playing unlawful house-banked card games, and are also playing blackjack, which is illegal under the Penal Code. But, the State is doing either little or nothing to stop the cardrooms’ unlawful conduct.

Despite the court’s ruling, the tribes will continue their efforts to preserve the rights guaranteed to them.

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