Online gambling law and regulation in France

Is online gambling permitted?Yes
Licence available for…BettingYes
SportsYes
Card GamesYes 1 Poker
CasinoNo
LotteryNo (monopoly)
Footnotes and Notes

Three types of online gambling are licensed in France:

  • Horserace betting;
  • Sports betting; and
  • “Club games” (defined as “pooled games based on chance and skill, in which a player, after the intervention of chance, decides, upon observing the behaviours of other players, on a strategy that is likely to modify his/her expected winnings” - to date online poker is the only game authorised (both in cash games and tournaments).

Online casino games and gaming machines were excluded from the partial liberalisation of online gambling in France.

Online lotteries are subject to the state monopoly of Française des Jeux (FDJ). 

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