Sports Betting in France in 2018: what's new?


In France, online gambling is strictly regulated by the state via the ARJEL. Since the 12th of May 2010, the Regulatory Authority of Online Games regulates the market by distributing licenses for sports betting, horse betting and poker. A bookmaker must obtain an ARJEL license to offer its services on French territory otherwise it is considered illegal.

Regarding Fantasy League things are slightly different since there is no direct Fantasy license yet. Only Sportsbooks regulated platforms are allowed to offer DFS (Daily Fantasy Sport) to their customers. In France, Winamax is the bookmaker leader of the fantasy football and fantasy basketball. The “ JDE” or “jeu de l entraineur” became a strong online community of virtual coaches who take part in Ligue 1, Premier League, Champions League or even NBA contests.

Today 15 operators are approved by the ARJEL, among them 13 have a license for sports betting in France. The latest getting such permission is Vivaro Limited and it will completely change the landscape of sports betting in 2018 with its site pasinobet.fr launched in association with the second largest group of offline casinos in the country: the Partouche group.

Pasinobet: the new online betting site may announce the return of online casinos in France !

Pasinobet is a brand-new bookmaker whose release in France is expected before the end of April 2018. This sports betting site was born of a partnership between one of the land-based casinos leaders in France, Partouche, and one of the world's largest sportsbook platform providers, BetConstruct.

Betconstruct, via the company Vivaro Limited, will licence the site pasinobet (licence obtained from ARJEL in September 2017) managing also the operations with a strong experience since BetConstruct owns for example the sports betting site Vbet.com. For its part, Partouche will bring its name, notoriety and large database of gamblers. It was Isidore Partouche who launched this the group in 1973. Since then, Partouche opened 39 casinos in France and is a reference for slot machine players, blackjack or roulette.

By launching its own betting site, Partouche brings a breath of fresh air to the sports betting market in France. It comes to compete with sites very experimented such as Unibet, PMU or the reference in France for online and offline sport betting, FDJ. This new site will have to demonstrate modernity and innovation to find a place among the behemoths.

For many, if Partouche launches online sports betting site its surely to prepare for the return of online casinos. As per the financial experts, the French government gave his approval for a regulation update . More to come!