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PokerStars' SCOOP for France and Spain exceeds record-breaking guarantee
The online poker festival surpassed its €10 million guarantee by more than €1.7 million, coming to €11,768,035.

PokerStars FRESH tournament attracted more than 30,000 entries
The first joint tournament series between French and Spanish players generated a prize pool of €6,149,751 across 50 scheduled events.

PokerStars 'Fresh' Series launches with €5 million guarantee
The new France Espania Hold'em Series celebrates player pool liquidity in France and Spain.

Better Collective secures acquisition of Pull Media
Pull Media says the new agreement will enable Better Collective to instantly become a market leader in the regulated French market.

SIS signs exclusive deal with Mauritius Turf Club
The supplier will deliver coverage and fixed-odds prices for 300 races to U.K. retail and online customers.

APCW Perspectives: Gambling news from North America and Europe
This week, J. Todd returns with stories out of California and Quebec, as well as online gambling news from Greece, France and the U.K.

APCW Perspectives: The 500th episode
This week, J. Todd celebrates the 500th show with online gambling news from Malta, France, China and the United States. Plus, information on another affiliate program closing its doors.

iAffiliates presents new promotion
From Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, affiliates can compete against one another in order to gain points to get a chance at winning a luxury vacation.

BetStars launches in France
Now available on desktop and mobile devices, offers seven popular sports for customers to bet on, with more to come in the near future.

Cloudbet offers Euro 2016 bracket competition featuring 300 bitcoin prize pool
The free-to-enter promotion runs from June 6 and gives players a chance to win up to 300 bitcoin by correctly selecting a perfect bracket in the upcoming tournament.

Celebrate the European Championships with free spins from Lucky Club Casino
Until June 30, claim up to 200% match-up bonuses including free spins on the soccer-themed game Winning Shot.

Jean Christophe appointed CEO of LVS
FDJ Group, the owner of LVS, has commissioned its new CEO to deliver an enhanced sportsbook solution for more than 25,000 shops in France.

WSOP Europe on the move
Paris will host the 2013 WSOPE at the historic Casino Barrière Enghien-les-Bains as the tournament series returns to mid-October dates.

Hellmuth gets #13 with WSOP Europe Main Event win
Phil Hellmuth was in top form on Thursday night, claiming the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event championship to increase his record WSOP bracelet total to 13. And oh yeah, he also won more than €1 million in prize money.

France: Gambler sues French government
Gambling addict files $133,000 lawsuit against French government contending they should have blocked his access to online poker sites.

Unibet signs agreement to acquire the Solfive Group and re-enter the french market
Unibet to acquire 100 per cent of shares of French company Solfive SAS, owner of SPS Betting France SAS.

GTECH G2 unveils new slot game at EiG
GTECH G2 introduced the new Sherlock Holmes slots game at the European iGaming Congress in Copenhagen.

The Netherlands, South Africa take different approaches to iGaming
This week, two countries have announced that are taking vastly different approaches to online gambling. While the Netherlands has decided to license and regulate online poker — and online poker only — South Africa's courts have banned online gambling completely.

GPWA podcast with Everest Affiliates on French regulations
GPWA Managing Editor Vin Narayanan is joined by Itsik and Dorrit from Everest Affiliates for a talk about the new regulations for online poker in France and what it means for affiliates.

France issues 17 online gambling licenses
The French government issued 17 online gambling licenses to 11 different operators Tuesday for betting on sports, horse racing and poker.

France: William Hill terminate French online business
Following regulatory changes, William Hill pull out of the French online gambling business.

Right2Bet makes its GPWA debut
Right2Bet discusses European regulations in general and takes a closer look at France's new online gambling law in its first article for the GPWA and APCW.

French remote gambling law fails EU tests
The Remote Gambling Association says the remote gambling law adopted by the lower House of the French Parliament does not adhere to EU rules.

Clarion Gaming announces events schedule for 2010
Clarion Gaming has released its events schedule for 2010 and has made a number of radical changes to the calendar.

Eyes turn to France as market opens up
Many online gambling operators expect a boost for their business from the 2010 scheduled opening of the French market.

Tennis-Autopsy shows Montcourt died of cardiac arrest
International news brief: Montcourt, who had just begun a five-week ban for gambling on other players' matches, suffered cardiac arrest.


Historically, the French government limited gambling to a lottery, run by state-owned operation Groupe Française des Jeux, and horse racing, run by state-owned operation Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU). All other forms of gambling were illegal. However, this changed when the French government passed and enacted the Gambling Act in spring 2010, allowing regulated online gaming. The purpose of this law was to thwart gambling addiction and money laundering, and to shelter existing French operators' market share, including the government-owned monopolies.

Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) was created to regulate the online gaming industry and opened its doors to foreign operators with the stipulation that operators adhere to a strict set of guidelines. On 1 June 2010, ARJEL began offering licenses for online poker (Texas Hold'em and Omaha), online sports betting and online horse betting. Online casinos are still illegal.

Even though the new law opened up France's online gaming market to foreign operators, it came with restrictions. Only limited types of online gaming would be available to the operators, and the incumbent French monopolies were to get preferential treatment.

ARJEL also implemented extensive requirements for dealing with problem gambling. Players must have the option to self-exclude from play and to limit how much they can gamble, and links to problem-gambling resources must be displayed on the site in a prominent position.

All of the newly licensed operators stopped accepting French players at their online casinos to stay compliant with French gambling law. Additionally, the pool for online poker players was restricted to France. And online operator file servers storing player account information had to be located in France to be eligible for a French operating license.

The effective tax rate on sports betting is 8.5% (increased from the original 7.5% in 2010) and payback to players is limited to 85%. The taxes and 85% payback limit were intended to protect players by making gambling less addictive. Poker is taxed at 2% of each pot or tournament prize pool.

The government has been urged to consider making amendments to the existing gaming law due to numerous player and operator complaints, with many operators withdrawing from the French market due to high tax obligations.
Two French online poker rooms, Barrière and Partouche, pulled out of the market in 2013, citing the soft economy and a poor tax structure. And French operators who were hoping to build liquidity by sharing player pools with Italy and Spain had their dreams dashed by France's parliament, which nixed the idea.

The government has also consistently rejected the idea of changing the onerous tax structure.

In October 2016, the French Senate accepted a version of the Digital Republic bill that will allow for international poker liquidity.

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