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France Online Casinos

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in France (officially the French Republic, a rich Western European country with a population of 67.39 million, a founding member of the EU). Find out which are the best casinos and online casino sites in France, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

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Online casinos in France

Legal status of digital casinos in France: technically illegal, players are not prosecuted, you can play freely online due to EU laws

 

Gambling  has been really popular in France for several centuries (the first time gambling was officially legalized in France was 1539). France is the birthplace of roulette and is also the birthplace the ubiquitous standard 52 cards deck.

In light of this, it can come as quite a surprise that online casino gambling is actually officially illegal in the country.

The official reasoning behind the ban is that online casino gambling, especially digital slots are considered more addictive than other forms of gambling.

/Comment: It is an interesting stance, especially considering that there are 200 gambling venues in the country with tens of thousands of slots, with the same kind of slots (sometimes exactly the same) as you can find online…/ 

Luckily, French players who place bets in offshore online casinos are not prosecuted or fined at all. This is because of EU laws.

France online casino gambling and the EU:  France is a member of the EU, therefore Article 56 TFEU1 and Article 8 of Directive 98/34/EC (EU gambling directives) apply. These state that other EU online gambling companies should be provided access to the French market, and an opportunity to obtain local online casino licenses.

However, no French online licenses are issued, and according to some interpretations of EU laws foreign online gambling websites can not be blocked or prosecuted in this case (because they can not get a licence).

Opinions are divided on this issue, and there is a lot of litigation in the background, between the companies and the government, over this.

/Comment: Many European countries are in similar situations. The verdicts of the EU top court are very diverse and context dependent. E.g.: Germany was in a similar situation. It did not issue online casino licenses prior to 2021, and the EU top court ruled that Germany can not block or prosecute these unlicensed operators (or their German players) because they didn’t provide them with a way to obtain local online casino licenses./ 

Asa result players can freely visit offshore online gambling websites (see below), and they are not prosecuted for it (nobody was ever fined or prosecuted for playing on these websites, this is true for all EU countries, this is due to various EU laws protecting players and citizens in addition to Article 56).

However, despite the EU laws discussed above, the French government does block the biggest of the unlicensed online casinos, according to the Decree 2011-2122 of 30 December 20112 (in an attempt to prevent local players from choosing something other than the state owned monopoly Française des Jeux).

Many of the blocked websites have taken action, and there were many lawsuits (some ongoing) because of this.

This is far from a settled issue, but for now no online casino licenses are issued.

/UPDATE 2021: Germany, who was in a similar situation, started issuing online casino licenses in 2021, exactly because of similar issues with the EU. It seems like the EU’s firm stance on market liberalization remains unchanged. This is indicative that eventually France will also open up its online casino sector./

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 with plans to expand into online casino gambling. UPDATE: L’Autorité nationale des Jeux ANJ replaces ARJEL as the regulatory authority of most forms of gambling and online gambling from 2020, and ANJ also has no plans on legalising online casinos.

Because of these issues and ongoing litigation there are few online casinos willing to accept players from France (you can see the few that so below).

By scrolling below, you can find a list of online casinos, which accept French players.

 

Can tourists play online while visiting France?

Yes, tourist (or non-citizen expats, or illegal migrants) can play online freely while enjoying their stay in the country.

 

Online casino licensing and regulatory body of the Republic of France: 

Online gambling is regulated by the Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) UPDATE: L’Autorité nationale des Jeux – ANJ replaces ARJEL as the regulatory authority of most forms of online gambling from 2020.

However, online casino licenses are not issued.

 

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Taxation of online casino sites in France: 

There is no online casino taxation regime in place.

 

For the players, taxation of gambling winnings in France:

Gambling winnings from unlicensed online casinos are taxed as income. It is subject to the very high personal income tax.

/Comment: Reportedly this is not enforced in case of small winnings, $5000 or less. But if you win a larger amount, make sure to contact an accountant, a CPA, who will help you with your taxes./

 

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Age requirement of French online casinos: 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of the French online casino gambling legislation:

1JSTOR – Freedom to provide services — Article 56 TFEU — Games of chance

2EURLex – Decree 2011-2122 of 30 December 2011

 

Online casinos accepting players from France

The following online gambling websites accept players from France. They all accept players from the country, and are accessible from within the country, at the time of writing. If they no longer accept players from France, or if they are blocked for some reason, please leave a message in the comments section, so I can investigate it.

 

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Land-based casinos in France

Legal status of casinos in France: legal, operators require a licence

 

While there are no licensed online casinos in France, there are plenty of land-based casinos in the country.

There are currently 200 licensed casinos, although most of these venues are barely more than slot halls (they have 1 table only usually, there are only about 80 real, bigger casinos in the country).

Slots, which were legalised in 1988, contribute the most to the state’s revenues from gambling, because of the extremely high taxes (see below in the casino taxation section).

The main piece of the gambling legislation is the Article L.320-1 of the French Code of Homeland Security (Chapitre préliminaire : Dispositions communes  – Articles L320-1 à L320-18)1.

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

Actually, most of the biggest casinos are owned by GLB (Groupe Lucien Barrière), they have 30 casinos + 1 gaming clubs.

List of all Groupe Lucien Barrière casinos in France - click to expand
  • Casino Barrière Bénodet
  • Casino Barrière Biarritz
  • Casino Barrière Blotzheim
  • Casino Barrière Bordeaux
  • Casino Barrière Cannes Le Croisette
  • Casino Barrière Cannes – Les Princes
  • Casino Barrière Cap d’Agde
  • Casino Barrière Carry-le-Rouet
  • Casino Barrière Cassis
  • Casino Barrière Deauville
  • Casino Barrière Dinard
  • Casino Barrière Enghien-les-Bains
  • Casino Barrière La Baule
  • Casino Barrière La Rochelle
  • Casino Barrière Le Ruhl – Nice
  • Casino Barrière Le Touquet
  • Casino Barrière Lille
  • Casino Barrière Menton
  • Casino Barrière Niederbronn
  • Casino Barrière Ouistreham
  • Casino Barrière Ribeauvillé
  • Casino Barrière Royan
  • Casino Barrière Sainte-Maxime
  • Casino Barrière Saint-Malo
  • Casino Barrière Saint-Raphaël
  • Casino Barrière Toulouse
  • Casino Barrière Trouville
  • Le Club Barrière Paris

 

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.

+EXTRA: Apart from the land-based casinos, France also has a casino ship called Le Lydia which is permanently moored in Barcarés.

 

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 world2) could easily have twice as many casinos. However, France also has the highest gambling tax rates in all of Europe and the world. Not to mention, the COVID-19 pandemic also decimated the tourism sector.

Only the casinos and gaming clubs in mainland France are listed. You can find the casino in the French territories here: French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories (no permanent population), Martinique, Mayotte, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon

/Comment: French casino gambling laws apply to the French territories as well. Territories, which don’t have their own pages either have no permanent population at all (e.g: French Southern Terriotires) or they have no casinos (e.g: Saint Pierre and Miquelon)./

Gaming clubs: Gaming clubs came into existence to circumvent the ban on casinos in Paris (Paris banned casinos entirely). These are really upscale, posh establishments with dress code, VIP, membership only clubs with entrance fee. However, the biggest difference to casinos is that they don’t have any slots, only table games and card games.

You can find all the currently operating brick and mortar casinos in the list below.

 

Can locals visit the casinos in France?

Yes, both locals and tourists can play in the casinos.

 

Casino licensing and regulatory body of France:

Gambling in France is not supervised by a single entity, but by several. Betting activities have traditionally been divided between the Pari Mutuel Hippodrome (PMH) and the Pari Mutuel Urbaine (PMU). The country’s national lottery, as well as some lottery-style games such as bingo, are in the hands of Francaise des Jeux (FDJ).

Casinos are regulated by the L’Autorité nationale des Jeux – ANJ, which replaced ARJEL as the regulatory authority of most forms of gambling.

You have to contact them if you want to get a casino or gaming club licence.

UPDATE: The licensing process, fees, procedures were overhauled entirely in 2019, during  the implementation of PACTE Act. The whole process is now more business friendly, fees are lower, and it is streamlined, the document, which lists all the changes, is attached below3.

 

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Taxation of brick & mortar gambling establishments in France:

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 in Paris, 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).

 

For the players, taxation of gambling winnings in France:

Gambling winnings over €1500 are taxable, at a rate of 12%. However, the licensed domestic gambling companies are required to pay the taxes on your winnings, not you. Therefore, as long as you play in any of the licensed casinos, you don’t have to pay any taxes on your winnings from them.

However, if you played abroad, or online, and if you won over €1500, you would have to pay taxes on it.

 

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Age requirement of land-based casinos, Paris gaming clubs and slot parlours in France: 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of the French land-based casino legislation:

1Legifrance – L.320-1 of the French Code of Homeland Security (Chapitre préliminaire : Dispositions communes  – Articles L320-1 à L320-18)

2themayor.eu – France – the most visited country in the world

3Whitecase – PACTE Act (action plan for the growth and transformation of companies)

 

 

List of the top 10 biggest and best casinos in France

This is a list of the top 10 biggest and best rated casinos in the country, with address, opening hours, number and types of games, dress code, entrance fee, reviews and a video of each gambling establishment if one is available.

/Comment: In truth the list should consist only of Barrière casinos, because the group owns all of the biggest and best rated establishments. However, I  included other operators as well on purpose, even if they are not as big or best rated, and I only included 3 Barriére casinos. I think this more diverse list gives a better overview of the French casino sector than a rundown of 10 Groupe Lucien Barrière casinos./

 

1., Casino Barriere Enghien-les-Bains
This is a picture of Casino Barriere Enghien-les-Bains, this is France's biggest casino currently. This is the first casino on this list of the top 10 biggest and best rated French casinos, you can find the other gaming venues on this list under this one. To the right of the picture is a description of the casino and its address., opening hours, dress code.
Casino Barriere Enghien-les-Bains

Casino Barriere Enghien-les-Bains, address: 3 Avenue de Ceinture, 95880 Enghien-les-Bains

Casino Barriere is France’s biggest casino with over 600 gaming machines and 40+ tables (see below for a detailed breakdown). It’s a very luxurious establishment for the upper classes with a dress code and a €16 entrance fee  (although the dress code is only smart casual officially, surprisingly). The building is known for its a Belle Epoque-style façade, huge fountains and for the Klimt-style frescoes and gold decorate the walls inside. It exudes wealth, luxury and its priced accordingly.

Despite the astronomical prices it’s the second most visited landmark in the region (Val-d’Oise).

The gambling establishments also has multiple VIP rooms with high roller tables for those whom desire a more personal experience. They also a have a 195 m² theatre (for US people: not movie theatre, actual theatre), with plays, French variety and pop and rock concerts, musicals, stand-up comedy and cabaret.

This is the flagship venue of the Groupe Lucien Barrière group, which has 28 casinos in France.

 

Games: around 572 gaming machines(slot machines, video poker machines) and around 43 tables (French Roulette, blackjack, punto banco, poker, Sic Bo) + 39 electronic roulette terminals

They have many VIP rooms as well. They also have a poker room, but sadly there is no info about it on their official website.

 

Video of Casino Barriere Enghien-les-Bains:

 

Opening hours:

Slots: daily 10am-4am

Table games: daily 4pm-4am

 

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: smart casual, from the official website:

“Whatever your style, you’re always welcome at Casinos Barrière, as long as your clothing is appropriate (no vest tops, shorts, swimming costumes, etc.)”

Entrance fee: €16 per person

Meta review analysis: the casino gets average reviews, 3/5, most people complain about the crazy prices, the entrance fee, and that the staff is very unfriendly and the entry procedure is long and complicated, security measures are extreme, especially during the COVID-19 debacle

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

2., Hôtel Casino Barrière de Lille
This is a picture of Hôtel Casino Barrière de Lille, one of the bigger casino hotels in France. To the right of the picture is a description of the casino and its address., opening hours, dress code and a video of the venue.
Hôtel Casino Barrière de Lille

Hôtel Casino Barrière de Lille, address: 777bis Pont de Flandres, 59777 Lille

Another casino of the Barrière group (quite a few of their casinos is on this list). This 12,000 m² + 2500 m2 casino complex features restaurants, a theatre and a 142 room 5 star hotel with a wellness centre.

The France Poker Series often stops here. 680 parking spaces, free cloak room, terrace.

 

Games: around 340 slot machines (bets as low as €0.50) + 30 video poker stations and around 17 tables (English Roulette, boule, blackjack, Ultimate Poker, punto banco) + 39 electronic roulette terminals.

They also have a poker room with Texas Hold’em and ultimate Poker cash games (200 € minimum, € 500 on Saturday). However, there is no tournament schedule or any additional info online.

 

*Boule poker explanation, tutorial, how to play: A French game that is very similar to roulette (only available in French casinos). It’s quite a rarity nowadays in casinos, very fun, fast-paced, faster and simpler than roulette. If oyu have the option try it out. The following video illustrates how boule is played and teaches you the basics (French only): 

 

Video of Hôtel Casino Barrière de Lille:

 

Opening hours:

Slots: daily 10am-4am for slots and  for table game

Table games: 7pm-4am, except Sunday when it’s from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: smart casual, from the official website:

“Whatever your style, you’re always welcome at Casinos Barrière, as long as your clothing is appropriate (no vest tops, shorts, swimming costumes, etc.)”

Entrance fee: free

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

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

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

Another Groupe Lucien Barrière casino. The casino is located in Nice and that’s why you can often see the alternate name of the casino online: Casino Barriere Nice, but that’s just unofficial nickname, the casino’s official full name is Le Ruhl – Casino Barrière de Nice. The casino is advertised as “A bright, festive casino in the heart of Nice”. according to official marketing materials.

The casino has restaurant with a 150 m2 stage, where the dinner shows, French variety, pop, rock or themed nights take place.

 

Games: around 282 slot machines and 19 tables (3 English Roulette, 10 Texas Hold’em, 1 Ultimate Poker, 5 black jack) + 30 electronic roulette terminals.

They also have a poker room with Texas Hold’em and ultimate Poker cash games. However, there is no tournament schedule or any additional info online.

Bingo nights are also held on two Thursdays per month.

 

Video of Casino Barrière Le Ruhl:

I couldn’t find any videos of the casinos. However, there are multiple videos of the kind of dinner shows you can expect. Here is one:

/Btw. €75 is the ticket for this show (dinner included), per person./

 

Opening hours:

Slots: daily 09:00 – 04:00

Table games: 08:30 – 04:00

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: smart casual, from the official website:

“Whatever your style, you’re always welcome at Casinos Barrière, as long as your clothing is appropriate (no vest tops, shorts, swimming costumes, etc.)”

Entrance fee: free

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

4., Grand Casino de Forges-les-Eaux
This a picture of Grand Casino de Forges-les-Eaux. To the right you can find a short description of the casino, with dress code, age requirement, a video, and a list of the games offered in the establishment.
Grand Casino de Forges-les-Eaux

Grand Casino de Forges-les-Eaux, address: Avenue des Sources, 76440 Forges-les-Eaux

Also known as Domaine de Forges or Forges-les-Eaux. The historic 19th century casino is located in the heart of Normandy. The venue belongs to the Partouche Group since 1986. In addition to the casino the complex also has three restaurants, four hotels, a spa and a golf course.

This casino is popular among 50+ older upper middle class French people, not that many tourists compared to the casinos in the cites.

 

Games: around 234 slot machines and 9 tables (5 English Roulette, 2 Ultimate Poker, 2 black jack) + 53 electronic roulette terminals and 7 electronic black jack terminals + Partouche Tab multiplayer interactive table*

 

This is a picture of a Partouche Tab in a French casino. Next to the picture you can read about this innovative casino game equipment.

*Partouche Tab explanation, tutorial, how to play: It is a genuine innovation in the very stagnant world of casino games. On this touch controlled table (seen on the right) you can play against your friend (or alone) the following games: Galaxy pinball, Treasure Harvest,  Combine Blocks, Poker Flow Use, Sniper Casino, Bingo Switch.

This device can only be found in Partouche casinos.

Comment: I haven’t had the opportunity to try it, but IMO it’s simply the most interesting and most innovative gaming equipment of the past 5+ years, for certain.  If you have the opportunity make sure to give it a try, especially if you are with friends. It combines the fun of arcades with the thrill of winning real money. Sound really exciting!

 

Video of Grand Casino de Forges-les-Eaux:

 

Opening hours:

Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Bank holiday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: smart casual, from the official website:

“We just ask you to dress correctly.

For your information: caps, hats, sunglasses or hoods are prohibited in the gaming areas of our casinos.

If you have any doubts about your outfit, check directly with the staff at the entrance control.”

/Comment: I think “correctly” means smart casual in this context,  but I wish they would have been more precise./

Entrance fee: free

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

5., Pasino Saint-Amand-les-Eaux
This is a picture of the French casino complex Pasino Saint-Amand-les-Eaux. This is the fifth casino on this list of the top 10 biggest and best rated French casinos, you can find the other gaming venues on this list above and below this one. To the right of the picture is a description of the casino and its address., opening hours, dress code.
Pasino Saint-Amand-les-Eaux

Pasino Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, address: 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.

 

Games: around 290 slot machines and 8 tables (3 English Roulette, 1 Texas Hold’em, 1 Ultimate Poker, 2 black jack, 1 Casino war*) + 66 electronic English Roulette terminals and 7 electronic black jack terminals + Partouche Tab multiplayer interactive table

 

*Casino war explanation, tutorial, how to play: It is lesser known card game in European casinos. If you want to know how to play Casino War, then watch the video tutorial below:

 

Video of Pasino Saint-Amand-les-Eaux:

I couldn’t find any good video of the casino online. if you know of any please drop a link to it in the comments section.

 

Opening hours: 10:00 – 04:00, every day

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: smart casual, from the official website:

“We just ask you to dress correctly.

For your information: caps, hats, sunglasses or hoods are prohibited in the gaming areas of our casinos.

If you have any doubts about your outfit, check directly with the staff at the entrance control.”

/Comment: I think “correctly” means smart casual in this context,  but I wish they would have been more precise./

Entrance fee: free

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

6., Casino Arevian de Alvignac
This is a picture of the French casino complex Pasino Saint-Amand-les-Eaux. This is the fifth casino on this list of the top 10 biggest and best rated French casinos, you can find the other gaming venues on this list above and below this one. To the right of the picture is a description of the casino and its address., opening hours, dress code.
Casino Arevian de Alvignac

Casino Arevian de Alvignac, address: Route de Padirac, 46500 Alvignac

Casino Alvignac is located halfway between Rocamadour and the Gouffre de Padirac at the entrance to the Causses du Quercy national park.

This is a small French casino but it hasa a good rating.

/Comment: That’s why it is on the list, this is a list of the biggest and best rated casino in France. Even smaller places with customer reviews can get included./

Apart from the usual casino fare, they have a terrace, where you can play slots while you are outdoors (very few French casino have open-air gaming terraces).

 

Games: around 64 slot machines and 2 tables (blackjack) + 8 electronic roulette terminals and 7 electronic black jack terminals

 

Video of Casino Arevian de Alvignac,:

I couldn’t find any good video of the casino online. if you know of any please drop a link to it in the comments section.

 

Opening hours:

Gaming machines: 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., every day

Tables: 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., every day

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: no dress code

Entrance fee: free

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

7., Casino Lyon Pharaon
This is a picture of Casino Lyon Pharaon. To the right of the picture is a description of the casino and its address., opening hours, dress code and a video.
Casino Lyon Pharaon

Casino Lyon Pharaon, address: 70 Quai Charles De Gaulle 69006 Lyon

Casino Lyon Pharaon is France’s biggest but not the only Egyptian themed gambling venue (the staff even wears costumes).

/Comment: For some reason Egyptian theme is very common among casinos, and based on my experience writing about casinos for 10+ years, it is the most common theme by far. I have no idea why.

The second would be American, US themed casinos outside of the US, which is understandable because of Las Vegas, which is erroneously believed by many to be the birthplace of casinos (it was not btw., that was Europe)./

 

Games: around 230 slot machines and 9 tables (2 English Roulette, 3 blackjack, 3 Texas Hold’em, 1 Ultimate Texas Poker, 1 Casino War and 1 Boule table) + 72 electronic roulette terminals and 7 electronic blackjack stations

 

Video of Casino Lyon Pharaon:

I couldn’t find any good video of the casino online. if you know of any please drop a link to it in the comments section.

 

Opening hours:

Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: smart casual, from the official website:

“We just ask you to dress correctly.

For your information: caps, hats, sunglasses or hoods are prohibited in the gaming areas of our casinos.

If you have any doubts about your outfit, check directly with the staff at the entrance control.”

/Comment: I think “correctly” means smart casual in this context,  but I wish they would have been more precise./

Entrance fee: free

Meta review analysis: the casino gets average reviews, 3/5, some people complain about the bad atmosphere, that problematic migrants are let in, who don’t follow the dress code and behave improperly and the overzealous COVID-19 safety measures

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

8., Casino d'Evian
This is a picture of the very decorative front entrance of Casino d'Evian. To the right of the picture is a description of the casino and its address., opening hours, dress code and a video.
Casino d’Evian

Casino d’Evian, address: Quai Baron de Blonay, 74500 Évian-les-Bains

Casino d’Evian is the centerpiece of the Evian Resort complex. The complex has five restaurants and bars, dinner shows, live music, and a theater.

The casino is in operation since 1877, in a historic building (the palace of Baron de Blonay, the mayor of the city of Évian during 1877).

 

Games: around 225 slot machines and 9 tables (2 French roulette, 3 English roulette, 3 blackjack and 1 Ultimate Texas Poker table) + 30 electronic roulette terminals and 7 electronic blackjack stations

They also have VIP private lounges.

 

Video of Casino d’Evian:

 

Opening hours:

Sunday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Public holiday eve and summer season, closing at 3:00 a.m. ever day

UPDATE COVID-19: open, certificate of vaccination is required

Dress code: no official dress code, but I would recommend smart casual

Entrance fee: free

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

9., Casino de Beaulieu
This is a picture of the building of Casino de Beaulieu. To the right of the picture is a description of the casino and its address., opening hours, dress code and a video.
Casino de Beaulieu

Casino de Beaulieu, address: 4 Av. Fernand Dunan, 06310 Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Casino de Beaulieu is located in a renovated (in 2014) Belle Epoque palace on the French Riviera between Nice and Monaco.

The establishment also has a restaurant, a bar and a nightclub.

It’s a place for older upper middle class white French people semi-formal dress code, according to reviews online the place is very “elitist” full of “arrogant born into wealth silverspoons” (taken directly from reviews online, not my words). Despite some bad reviews, the place maintains good rating on most casino review sites.

 

Games: around 75 slot machines and 9 tables (3 English roulette, 3 blackjack, 1 Stud Poker, 1 Punto Banco and 1 Ultimate Texas Poker) + 8 electronic roulette terminals

 

Video of Casino de Beaulieu:

 

Opening hours: Open Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 until 03:00, and until 04:00 on Friday and Saturday evenings and public holidays.

UPDATE COVID-19: open, certificate of vaccination is required

Dress code: semi-formal, jacket required

Entrance fee: free

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 3.5/5, some people complain about the prices, the semi-formal dress code, elitism, face-checks and that the night club section is full of “working women looking to “”date”” older men with money”

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

10., Casino COGIT de Biscarrosse-Plage
This is a picture of the front entrance of Casino COGIT de Biscarrosse-Plage. This is the last casino on this list of the top 10 biggest and best rated French casinos, you can find the other gaming venues on this list above this one. To the right of the picture is a description of the casino and its address., opening hours, dress code.
Casino COGIT de Biscarrosse-Plage

Casino COGIT de Biscarrosse-Plage, address: Boulevard des Sables, 40600 Biscarrosse

The venue is best known as Casino de Biscarrosse.

This small casino is part of the COGIT group, which operates 8 casinos, mostly in the French territories.
This one is barely more than a slot hall, and it only has 1 table, but the venue has good reviews. They have a a restaurant and a piano bar too.

 

Games: around 50 slot machines and 1 tables (blackjack) + 7 electronic roulette terminals

 

Video of Casino COGIT de Biscarrosse-Plage:

 

Opening hours:

Gaming Machines: 12:00 to 02:00 from Sunday to Thursday and 12:00 to 03:00 on the weekends and on the eve of public holidays

Table games: 20:00 to 02:00 from Sunday to Thursday & from 21:00 to 03:00 on Friday and Saturday and on the eve of public holidays

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: no dress code

Entrance fee: free

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

 

Bitcoin casinos in France

Legal status: not specifically regulated

 

Bitcoin is legal in France. France’s Financial Markets Authority, the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) accepted the Pacte Bill in 2019 making it possible to create a bitcoin trading and exchange company in France.*

However, bitcoin gambling is illegal**. According to the National Gaming Authority (ANJ):

“The use of cryptocurrencies is forbidden on the websites of authorized operators who are obligated to combat fraud, money laundering, and terrorism financing”

As a result there no bitcoin casinos in France. None of the land-based casinos accept bitcoin, litecoin or any sort of cryptocurrency.

Online bitcoin gambling is banned as well. Many of the big bitcoin casinos are blocked in France. However, players who place bets on offshore platforms are not prosecuted, only the companies operating these websites are targeted.

Despite the ban, the foreign online bitcoin casinos below accept players from France.

 

**Source: TheCoinrepublic – Cryptocurrency Gambling is Prohibited by a French Regulator

 

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 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. 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 third online gambling authority in France is state owned FDJ (Francaise des Jeux). FDJ runs the French national lottery, which offers traditional number games alongside with bingo, keno and scratchcards. Lottery and online lottery are a monopoly of the state.

The French online gambling market is very heavily regulated and taxed, consequently there aren’t many licensed online operators (due to the various state-owned monopolies + crushing taxes). That’s why many operators who did have a licence left the market over time. As a result, French gamblers have a limited choice and many of them still, to this day, choose foreign unlicensed websites because of the lackluster local options.

Fortunately, locals participating in online gambling organised by foreign, unlicensed online casinos are not prosecuted or fined, due to the EU laws discussed at the start of this page.

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).

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from France:

 

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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 is an extension to the 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: 2021-10-06

 

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