Overview of Online Casino Industry in France
While to someone it may seem that online gambling is a universal thing that is available everywhere, the situation completely differs from one country to another. So keep reading if you are wondering how things are going for online gambling fans in France.
And things are going pretty controversial. If you have read at least something about the history of casino games, you know that France can be easily considered the motherland of gambling or at least the motherland of the roulette. Thousands of French people have been playing it for years since it’s been invented in the 17th century but now the good times are over as all the online games of chance are banned by the French legislation. What does it mean for the French gamblers? It means that to play roulette or slots they have to go to one of many land-based casinos where these games are still legal. By the way, the legal age for betting in France is 18, which is less than in most of the countries.
As for the online gambling, French gamblers are granted the right to play video poker and other games of skill. Another side of French online gambling is the sports betting that is very popular in the country. As football is considered to be the national game, many people are making their bets on one of two football leagues online. But not the football alone is feeding the online betting industry. The other popular sports event are horse races and, of course, Tour de France — the most important cycling event in the world.
Online casinos have been given the right to operate not so long ago, in 2010, when the French Gambling Act came into force. Today, the online gambling industry is controlled by the ARJEL — Regulatory Authority for Online Games that passes legislations and decides which games can be played online on the territory of France. No one knows where the French online gambling is heading but it’s obvious that all of the gamblers are interested in the legal games list expansion. As online casinos are bringing quite a lot of money to the government’s coffers, the French may hope that one day the games of skill will become legal and they will be able to play video slots without going to the brick and mortar casinos.