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ARJEL: Release of the French online poker 2012 results

The French Regulation Authority of Online Games (ARJEL) presented its results 2012 about the activity of online games, including sports betting, horserace betting and online poker in France. The report was well marked by the recession of cash game activity and the diminution of the number of active players accounts, but the Authority brings also some « propositions » to revitalize the sector and increase the attractiveness of the offer. The poker tournament activity has known an increase of 21% whereas cash game showed a decline of 5%. Certainly, the number of active accounts with less significant bets increased by 4%, but it did not compensate the important decrease of the accounts, with higher stakes of 20% more. In all, tournaments and cash game activities registered a diminution of the number of active players accounts to about 295,000 in 2012, against 300,000 the previous year. Consequently, the Gross Gaming Revenue decreased by 5% at euro 297 million.

To limit the decline of poker activity and to face the disappearance of many online poker rooms approved since the legalization of online games, the ARJEL recommends the questioning of the current offer, which focuses on three axes. According to this regulation authority, the opening to new variants of poker, the concentration of liquid assets from poker tables, at the European level and the change of the tax system, on game based on stakes and not on the Gross Gaming Revenue. Although cash pooling depends on the cooperation of the ARJEL with other regulators, the introduction of new variants of poker and the change of tax base requires the implication of the government and the parliament.

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