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  • French taxes make it tough for sports betting operators to make a profit, even though the market is booming

    The French regulator ARJEL released its annual report for 2015/2016 last week. Online sports betting is on a relentless rise, but even so, French taxes make it extremely difficult to make a profit. A pdf file of the report in French can be found here. In 2015, ARJEL reported...
  • French And Spanish Sports Betting Revenues Soar After Euro 2016 And The Olympics

    THE EURO 2016 GAVE FRENCH AND SPANISH OPERATORS A REVENUE BONUS IN Q2: THE OLYMPICS WILL HELP IN Q3 Q2 reports issued by DGOJ and ARJEL, the Spanish and French regulators respectively, show that this year’s top sporting events have given onlinesports betting revenues a huge boost. The ARJEL...
  • More than 4,000 arrested over illegal gambling on Euro 2016

    More than 4,100 people were arrested in coordinated raids across 11 different countries during Euro 2016, in the latest global police operation mounted against illegal gambling on major football tournaments. Nearly 4,000 raids were carried out in China, France, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam as part of...
  • Players from French club Nice suspended for betting

    Players from French first-division club Nice have been suspended and fined for betting on French league games. Top-scorer Valere Germain, center halves Kevin Gomis and Olivier Boscagli and forward Alexandre Mendy were handed two-game suspensions with one game suspended by the French football league’s disciplinary committee. They were each fined...
  • France submits poker liquidity-pooling proposals for EC approval

    The French government is moving forward with plans to allow its poker licensees to pool liquidity with other jurisdictions, submitting draft legislation to the European Commission (EC) for approval. The proposed legislation aims to allow customers of licensed French poker sites to play against players registered with companies operating...
  • France’s regulated online poker market posts first revenue gain since 2011

    France’s regulated online gambling market experienced its single largest year-on-year gain in sports betting and the highest quarterly wagering total yet recorded. According to figures released Monday by French regulator ARJEL, online sports betting handle in the three months ending March 31 reached €516m, up a whopping 47% from...
  • France okays online poker liquidity deals, spanish legislators urged to follow suit

    France’s beleaguered online poker market got a long-desired shot in the arm after politicians authorized liquidity sharing with other European Union regulated markets. France’s ring-fenced poker market has been in terminal decline for years but politicians steadfastly refused to grant requests by French regulator ARJEL to allow its licensees to...
  • France online poker liquidity saga could be back on

    Reports emanating from PokerNews have suggested that shared online poker liquidity between .eu countries could be back on French cards in April after the French gaming regulator Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) reported that an amendment to the existing bill will be pushed beneath their noses....
  • France rejects online poker liquidity sharing…again

    France’s long-suffering online poker market will get no help from the outside world after politicians rejected sharing liquidity with other European countries. Despite pleas from local gambling regulator ARJEL, the French National Assembly declined to approve gambling law amendments that would have allowed French-licensed online poker operators to share...
  • Sports betting surge spurs french online gambling gains in 2015

    France’s regulated online gambling market saw revenue rise 4% to €756m in 2015, thanks primarily to a stellar sports betting performance. French gambling regulator ARJEL says total online sports betting turnover in 2015 was up 30% to €1.44b, an impressive feat given the comparison with a FIFA World Cup...
  • Italy, France, Spain, Portugal Discuss Possible Shared Liquidity

    The regulators from four European countries convened in Barcelona recently for a two-day meet to discuss regulatory co-operation. As part of a general discussion on information sharing, the regulators discussed the possibility of shared liquidity in online poker. The meeting took place June 19-June 20 between the Italy’s AAMS,...
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