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What is Gambling?

A game becomes gambling when money is involved and the players have little or no influence on the outcome of the game. Chance determines the winner. This is the case, for example, with scratchcards or when you play roulette.

In a game like chess, on the other hand, the skill and knowledge of those playing is what determines the result.

Anyone in Switzerland operating facilities for gambling needs a license from the appropriate authorities. Anyone operating gambling facilities without a license is breaking the law.

Which Games of Chance make people addicted?

Fast games (e.g. gaming machines or online poker) are more likely to become addictive. Even if you bet small amounts you can lose quite a lot of money in a short space of time. You can also become addicted to games such as roulette, blackjack, scratchcards, sports betting, raffle tickets, the lottery or other games of chance.

Other Games

Games requiring skill can also pose a problem or lead to addiction. This is particularly the case with computer and online games (for instance, the multiplayer online role playing game World of Warcraft). If you or someone you know has a problem with such games, you can contact our counselling services.

Internet Addiction

Compulsive surfing on the internet can also become a problem. You can also seek help from our counselling services about internet addiction.