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   Friday, March 01 2024 
Online poker: Cash game sinks further during the 2nd quarter in France

Online gambling activity in France, particularly online poker, is currently crossing a difficult period since a few times, according to the quarterly report of the French Regulation authority of online games (ARJEL). Compared with the same period of the year 2012, the activity on legal online poker rooms in France knew a significant fall, of the order of 16% on the bets in cash game, 1% on entry fees and 9 % on the Gross Gaming Revenue of operators. The activity of cash game collected a total bet of 1,266 million euro, during the 2nd trimester 2013, or a drop of 16%, compared with the same period of the year 2012. The activity of poker tournament was less touched by this regression in France, with a recession of only 1% at 341 million against 345 million euro in the 2nd trimester 2012.

With the fall of the global activity of online poker, the Gross Gaming Revenue of operators declined of 9% at 63 million against 70 million euro in the T2 2012. The number of active player's accounts has also known a substantial drop during this period. The authority of regulation recorded 273,000 active accounts in the 2nd quarter 2013 against 295,000 in the same period of 2012, or a drop of 7%. Sports betting and horserace betting have also followed this downward trend but the variation is only of the order of respectively -2% and -1%.

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