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Casino guide France

 

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in France. Find out what are the best casinos and online casino sites are in France, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

 

Online casinos in France

Legal status: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Gambling is really popular in France and has been around for several centuries (probably even before but we only have objective written proof from those times). France is the birthplace of roulette and is also the country the ubiquitous standard 52 cards deck. In light of this, it can come as quite a surprise that online casino gambling is illegal in France.

Although it may seem counter-intuitive, countries with many land-based casinos are often the most opposed to the legalisation of online casinos. The reasoning behind this, in the case of France, is that online casino gambling is considered more addictive than its traditional forms. And with 200 licensed casinos already operating in the country (offering the same games as online casinos) I’m sure they really know….

While there is certainly some truth to this, problem gambling and gambling addiction is certainly a thing. However, in the 21.st century if a country does not have online casinos it doesn’t meant people can not and will not play in online casinos online. That’s what the the probably really old, pre-internet era lawmakers should get int their heads. The average person does not know and does not care where a online casinos is licensed and the overwhelming majority of French players playing online are not even aware that online casino gaming is actually illegal in their country. France has most definitely not managed to prevent online casino gambling among French players by banning online casinos. Additionally, in accordance with European Union regulations it would be near impossible to effectively stop French gamblers from accessing foreign online casinos, and blocking online gambling websites licensed in other EU countries is also violating EU laws.

Luckily, French players who place bets in offshore online casinos are not prosecuted or fined at all.

In the past decade, France has taken some steps towards liberalising the French online casino market. The most important event in this regard was the introduction of ARJEL (Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne), which has since been responsible for licensing and supervising online gambling companies in France. UPDATE: L’Autorité nationale des Jeux ANJ replaces ARJEL as the regulatory authority of most forms of gambling and online gambling from 2020, but ANJ also has no plans on legalising online casinos.

Because of these issues there are few online casinos accepting players from France, and none of are available in French (they are in English). In fact I could only find one, see below.

 

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from France

The following online gambling websites accept players from France:

 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

 

 

 

Land-based casinos in France

 

While there are no licensed online casinos in France, there are plenty of land-based casinos in the country. There are currently 200 casinos in France offering table games such as baccarat and roulette, slot machines, video poker machines and poker. Slots, legalised in 1988 actually contribute the most to the state’s revenues from gambling, because of the extremely high taxes.

The largest and arguably best casino in France is the Casino Barriere Enghien-les-Bains (see below) and not the Lyon Vert casino in Lyon as many other websites claim (it has less slots, and smaller in size).

Another popular establishment is the Palais de la Méditerranée located in Nice right on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The building created in the image of the Paris Opera house has hosted a casino since 1929.

Apart from the land-based casinos, France also has a casino ship called Le Lydia which is permanently moored in Barcarés. Apart from casino games, the ship also houses a restaurant, a discotheque and a pool with water slides.

Most of the biggest casinos are owned by GLB (Groupe Lucien Barrière).

Even though France already has 200 casinos, which seem like a lot, a country this size and with this many tourists ( 89 million tourists, most visited place  in the entire world) could easily have twice as many casinos. However, France also has the highest gambling tax in all of Europe, and casinos and gaming clubs have to pay the following taxes:

Casino tax in France (all percentage of gross gaming revenue, from 2020 onwards)

For casinos it’s 28% first + the following progressive tax on the remainder, based on annual gross gaming revenue:

For gaming clubs (special type of casino, VIP, entrance fee, dress code):

If this wasn’t enough a 11.2% tax is paid on 68% of the gross gambling revenue from slot machines.
In addition every gambling establishments has to pay 13.7% tax on any winnings by players equal to or exceeding EUR1,500 (this is because gambling winnings over €1500 are taxable in France and players never paid tax on them, so now casinos have to).

 

Gaming clubs: Gaming clubs came into existence to circumvent the ban on casinos in Paris the capital of France (Paris banned casinos entirely). These are really upscale, posh establishments with dress codes, VIP, membership only clubs with entrance fees. However, the biggest difference to casinos is that they don’t have any slot, only table games and card games. In Paris gaming clubs (so far only one is in operation) can operate but casinos can not. These gaming clubs are like the casinos of old, which was a members only club of the aristocracy, invitation only and had no slots, only high roller tables and card games. So in many ways these gaming clubs are more like real genuine casinos than casinos themselves

 

The top 5 biggest and best casinos in France:

 

This is a picture of Casino Barriere Enghien-les-Bains, Frances biggest casino. To the right of the picture you can read about the casinos and you can find its address.
Casino Barriere Enghien-les-Bains

1., Casino Barriere Enghien-les-Bains, 3 Avenue de Ceinture, 95880 Enghien-les-Bains

This is France’s biggest casinos with 500 slot machines, 72 video poker machines (572 gaming machines in total!), 39 English Roulette Stations (automatic roulette machines) and 43 tables (French Roulette, Black Jack, Punto Banco, Poker and Sic Bo). It’s a very luxurious establishment (dress code: smart casual) with a Belle Epoque-style façade with huge fountains and Klimt-style frescoes of gold decorate the walls inside. It exudes wealth, luxury.  This is France’s most visited casino so avoid rush hour on the weekends if you don’t like crowds. It has VIP rooms to rent, high roller tables and its own classical 195 m² theater,  Théâtre du Casino with stand-up comedy, French variety, pop and rock concerts, musicals, boulevard theatre and cabaret. There is an entrance fee €16.

 

This is a picture of Hôtel Casino Barrière de Lille in France. This is the second item on this list of the biggest and best casinos of France. On the right side of the picture there is a short summary of the establishments and its adress.
Hôtel Casino Barrière de Lille

2.,Hôtel Casino Barrière de Lille, 777bis Pont de Flandres, 59777 Lille

This casino complex features 300 slots, 20 electronic roulette machines (bets as low as €0.50), 20 tables (boule, roulette, blackjack, ultimate poker) , 4 poker tables (Texas Hold’em cash games, 200 € minimum, € 500 on Saturday), a restaurant and a hotel. Open 10am-4am for slots and 7pm-4am for table games Monday through Friday. Saturday, Sunday 4pm to 4am. Ample parking (680 spaces under surveillance) free cloak room, terrace and smoking facilities complete the package for visitors. Guests of the hotel have many more amenities to choose from. The France Poker Series often stops here.

 

 

This is the third element of the list of the best and biggest casinos in France.This is a picture of the Casino Barriere Le Ruhl's gate. To the right you can find a short summary of the casino and the games offered in the establishment.
Casino Barriere Le Ruhl

3.,Casino Barriere Le Ruhl, 1 Prom. des Anglais, 06000 Nice

Another one from GLB (Groupe Lucien Barrière), which owns most of the country’s really big casinos. The casino is located in Nice. The casino’s official name is Le Ruhl – Casino Barrière de Nice. It offers 280 slot machines, 9 tables (Blackjack and Roulette) and 6 poker cash tables featuring Texas Hold’em Poker. Visitors can play the slot machines from 09:00 until 04:00 and the tables are open from 20:30 until 04:00. You can raise your bets on the poker cash game tables as early as 20:30 and 04:00 at the latest.

 

 

4.,Grand Casino de Forges-les-Eaux, Avenue des Sources, 76440 Forges-les-Eaux

Also known as Domaine de Forges, Forges-les-Eaux. The casino has 300 slot machines, 11 tables (Blackjack and Roulette) and in addition 3 poker cash tables with Texas Hold’em Poker. Visitors can play the slot machines from 11:00 until 03:00 and the live table games from 21:00 until 03:00. You can raise your bets on the poker cash game tables as early as 21:00 and 03:00 at the latest.

 

 

This is a picture of the Pasino Saint-Amand-les-Eaux hotel and casino complex in France. Right next to the picture you will find the name, address, number and type of games you can play in the casino.
Pasino Saint-Amand-les-Eaux

5.,Pasino Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, Chemin de l’Empire, 59230 Saint-Amand-les-Eaux

This casino and hotel complex has 290 slots, 81 other machines (electronic roulette, video poker machines), 13 tables (Blackjack, Roulette and Casino War) and 8  poker cash tables featuring Omaha Poker and Texas Holdem Poker. Visitors can play the slot machines from 10:00 until 04:00 and the live table games from 21:00 until 04:00. You can raise your bets on the poker cash game tables as early as 19:30 and 03:00 at the latest.

 

 

 

 

 

Other forms of online gambling in France

 

Online gambling other than online casino gambling is legal in France. Online sports betting, online poker and online lottery are all legal.

Horse racing betting, traditionally belongs to PMU (Pari Mutuel Urbain), though today PMU also offers betting on other sports on their website. Still, horse racing betting remains their monopoly. Other forms of online sports betting are not a monopoly in France. There are licensed online sports betting sites, bookmakers and sports books run by private companies.

While traditional online casino games such as slots or roulette can not be get incenses and can not be operated online legally within France, ANJ does authorize online poker sites. However, the only games the regulation allows are Texas Hold’em of various limits and Omaha, excluding stud, pineapple, and various other games. Also, the French online poker market is separated, or “fenced off”, which means French players playing on licensed poker sites may only compete against other local players, not internationally.

As a result, many French online poker players still prefer to play on international sites that are not licensed within France. The same is true for online casino gambling, although the French government has been quite adamant at blocking some sites.

The third online gambling authority in France is FDJ (Francaise des Jeux). FDJ runs the French national lottery, which offers traditional number games alongside with bingo, keno and scratchcards. As all lottery-type games are covered by FDJ’s monopoly, no private companies may receive a licence for organising online lotteries or online bingo games.

The French online gambling market is very heavily regulated and taxed, consequently there aren’t many licensed online operators due to the various monopolies as well as the heavy taxing (and many operators who did have a licence left the market because of the taxes). As a result, French gamblers have a limited choice and many of them still, to this day, choose foreign unlicensed websites.

Fortunately for them, locals participating in online gambling organised by foreign, unlicensed online casinos are not prosecuted or fined. Though the government has been actively trying to discourage this practice by blocking these websites (rather unsuccessfully, only about one third of unlicensed websites are blocked and it can easily be circumvented by a VPN, IPmask or the TOR browser). Still, French players are free to play on any international online betting site, which accept players from France. However, not many of them do, due to the issues mentioned.

 

 

Bitcoin casinos in France

 

Bitcoin is widespread and accepted in France. It’s legal to own and trade bitcoin, and there are bitcoin exchanges and even bitcoin ATMs in the country. However, bitcoin gambling is not specifically regulated. There aren’t any bitcoin casinos licensed in France and none of the licensed online gambling sites in France accept any cryptocurrency.

 

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from France:

 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the casinos in the country, especially if you are from the France or nearby. Thank you.

 

This article supplements the general guide to the legal status of gambling in France.

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in France is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide.

 

Last updated: 2021-08-04

 

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