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   Saturday, March 02 2024 
The government poised to introduce a new regulation of gambling clubs - France

While the case of the Aviation Club de France (ACF) is barely moving, a newly-planned reform relating to regulation of gambling clubs is likely to appear in the near future. Actually, the administrative closure of the ACF seems to motivate France’s authorities to thoroughly review the May-5-1947 Decree ruling local gambling clubs. Speaking of the ACF and its reopening, the case remains pending from the indictment of its president, Marcel Francisci, another ACF official and two casino dealers. As a reminder, the French national judicial police raided the ACF on Tuesday, September 16 at dawn over suspicion of undeclared gambling operations and money laundering. The fate of its 213 employees is now overshadowed by the unprecedented shutdown of ACF, one of the most prestigious poker facilities across France. To join force and arouse awareness of the case, a rally is expected to be organized on Thursday, October 9 on the Champs-Elysees.

According to reliable sources, the government is seriously considering revising the aging May-5-1947 Decree about gambling clubs’ regulation. The new regulation could be likened to the current one ruling casino establishments. Thus, the two types of gambling establishments still coexist even if a few days earlier, there were concerns about a possible death of gambling clubs and an imminent transformation of clubs into casinos. While players are not affected by this the reform, gambling clubs along with their employees are likely to meet tough recommendations as are already implemented on casinos. And it is the prefect who will undertake the control tasks of the clubs (license issuance, recruitment, accounting ...). The question is whether the decree will have a positive impact on the coexistence of both types of gambling facilities. Profitability when playing in the poker rooms of casinos over gambling clubs also remains unclear.

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