Opening of French Online Gambling Market Delayed

The gambling industry has been abuzz with talk about the impending opening of the French online gaming market ever since Eric Woerth, head of the French Ministry of the Budget, began talking about it last March. However, operators hoping to launch into the French market as early as January 2010 may be in for a disappointment, as the opening of the French online gaming market has been delayed once again.

On July 21, 2009 Woerth announced that Paris finally wants to put an end to the monopoly on the online gaming sector currently held by La Française des Jeux and Pari Mutuel Urbain. French betting sites will be supplemented by a liberalization of online sports betting, horse betting and poker laws. Other gambling and casino games, including table games and slot machines, will still be illegal amongst non-authorized operators. The new market of online games in France will be well supervised and regulated. The government has even hired an independent regulation authority to ensure regulated, safe and responsible gaming.

The new French gaming market, according to Woerth’s previous comments, was set to open in January of 2010. However, evidence is growing that issues with the European Union will delay the opening. It seems that the online sports betting, poker and horse racing operators will have to wait just a little while longer. Woerth stated that the new market should be ready to launch in time for the World Cup football matches in June.