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An interesting report on gambling activities now released - France

France’s gaming business observatory ODJ (Observatoire Des Jeux) has just released the outcome of a thorough study on gaming and betting activities in France for the year 2014. Its latest report was dated back in 2010 when France’s gambling industry was not regulated. The said ODJ report actually relates gambling sector in general. That of poker is what interests us the most. In 2014, gambling industry in France was estimatedly brought about € 44 billion per year, nearly € 6 billion of which went to the country’s coffers(tax revenue). One third of the € 44 billion are owed to casino industry while “La Française des Jeux claims 27.8%, PMU’s brick-and-mortar gaming establishments add 19.7% and its online platforms, 19.1%.



Online gross gaming revenues rose up to € 725 million, an increase of 5.7% on year-on-year basis. Each sector has different revenue status from other one. That of sports betting jumped up to 38%, the horse-racing sector was down to 3% and poker’s experienced a 7 % decrease. The prevalence of pathological gambling was estimated at 0.5% of the overal players while problem gambling affected about 2.2% of moderate-risk gamblers. Indeed, more than half of the players put a bet of less than 100 € per year, 1 out of 10 allocated more than € 1,000 on gaming. The same ODJ report stated that about 2 million people make it online, that is, 7.3% of the overall gamblers. Speaking of poker activities, those playing in private facilities represent 55% of the panel, 11% in gaming establishments, and 1/3 on online poker rooms. The latter is broken down as follows: 43% in tournaments, 44% in cash games and 13% in Sit and Gos. Numbers of these poker players choose multi-table poker platforms.

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