Online Gambling Laws In France
In comparison to several other countries, France has a very open approach to online gambling. In fact, France had been moving towards the legalisation of online gambling ever since 2009. However, it was not until April 2010 that a bill was passed legalising online gambling in France.
Today, online gambling has been legalised in France and the country has taken several steps and measures to regulate and control gambling websites catering to the French market. Online casinos, poker portals and sports betting sites now have the right to operate and provide gambling services to French players as long as they have the necessary license to do so.
The Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) was a special organisation specifically created by the French Authorities to manage underage gambling and control online gaming in the country.
As of now, ARJEL has already supplied several online poker sites with licenses to operate in France. PokerStars was one of the first sites to get a French license and is currently doing very well in French market. Other poker portals in the French market include Virgin Poker, Everest Poker and Bodog Poker.
ARJEL has also authorized more than a dozen sportsbook sites and over 50 online casinos. French online gamblers can now be reassured that they are dealing with reliable and legal gaming portals and transact securely with thee enterprises. Furthermore, France is continuing to add online casinos, poker sites and sportsbooks to its licensed list so online gamers can expect o get a large variety of gambling sites to choose from.
France has also licensed around 30 bingo portals and 3 mobile casinos. France is one European country that has set a good trend and standard for the online gambling industry as it is both regulating the sector by suppressing underage gaming while making a national revenue stream out of it as well! Countries like the United States of American may do well to follow suit and regulate their online gaming sector.
France made a smart move when it came to licensing its sportsbooks and had them ready for action well before the World Cup in 2010. As a result, punters were able to take advantage of this and place and win bets legally. Some of the legal sportsbooks in France include Bet365, Unibet and Sportsbook.com.
ARJEL also authorized a few horse betting sites to cater to punters, putting in a few new runners into a sector where the Pari Mutuel Urbain had once had a monopoly.
However, in order to secure a license, online gambling companies are required to have their operator file servers located in France and will have to a host a specific site that can only cater to French players. The sites will also have to offer self-exclusion facilities to players and a limited range of games.
In the upcoming years, we can expect to see more offshore gambling sites enter the French market which will surely improve the competition and weaken the foothold of the French Parimutuel monopolies. France may also decide to further cement its rules by regulating tax limits and fine tuning its licensing requirements.