This is a picture of the front entrance of the French gaming venue Palais de la Méditerranée. Under this picture, on this page, you can find a list of all terrestrial France casinos, info about the legal status of gaming venues, slot halls, their taxation regime, licensing system, and you can find a list of Republic of France licensed online casinos, which accept players from the country.

France Casinos Guide (on the picture: Casino Palais De La Méditerranée in Nice, a resort town of the French riviera)

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 land-based casinos and licensed 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, not enforced, players are not prosecuted, you can play freely online due to various laws of the EU and the European Economic Area

 

Online casinos are technically illegal in France, even though online gambling is legal in the country since 2009, according to Law 2010-476 2010 (Loi no. 2010-476 du 12 mai 2010 relative à l’ouverture à la concurrence et à la régulation du secteur des jeux d’argent et de hasard en ligne)1.

The official reason for this is that digital slots are thought to very addictive, much more so than other forms of gambling.

/Comment: Despite this, land based casinos are allowed to have slots. Details can be found below, in the French brick & mortar casinos section./

However, this is not enforced, French players can play freely in digital casinos licensed in other EU (European Union) countries or in other countries, which are part of the EEA (European Economic Are) due to the interplay of various complicated laws. The following is the detailed explanation of why this is the case.

France is a member of the EU (a founding member) and as such the country is also part of the EEA. Therefore, Article 56 TFEU2 and Article 8 of Directive 98/34/EC3 (colloquially referred to as EU gambling directives) apply to France and its’ overseas territories (collectivité d’outre-mer):

 

/Comment: However, Article 56 TFEU and Article 8 of Directive 98/34/EC do not apply to the so called collectivities (collectivité d’outre-mer. e.g.: Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin).

These articles of law state that EU online casino companies should be provided access to the French online gambling market, and a way to obtain local licences, including online casino licenses.

However, because France does not issue digital casino licenses, online gambling websites licensed in other EU countries can not be blocked or prosecuted, according to some interpretations of the EU laws. Because that would violate the free flow of services within the European Economic Area (EEA).

Opinions are divided on this issue, and there is considerable litigation behind the scenes. Verdicts vary greatly and they depend on the judges’ interpretation of the EU, EEA and local laws. Therefore, some online casinos (you can see a list of them below), which are licensed in the EU (or have subsidiaries licensed in countries, which are members of the EEA), continue to accept players from France.

/Comment: Many European countries are in a similar situation. The verdicts of the EU top court are manifold and controversial.

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 unlicensed operators (or their players) because they didn’t provide them with a way to obtain local online casino licenses.

UPDATE 2022: However, German authorities started issuing online casino licenses in 2021 due to pressure from the EU.

It seems like the EU’s firm stance on market liberalization and their commitment to the unified EEA is slowly emerging victorious from this drawn-out legal battle.

This is indicative that eventually France will also open up its online casino sector, due to mounting pressure5./ 

As a result of this, French players can freely visit offshore online gambling websites (as long as they have a subsidiary, which is licensed by an EU member country), and they are not prosecuted for it, despite it being illegal domestically.

However, despite the EU Laws, the French government does block the biggest international online wagering sites, according to Decree 2011-21224, albeit illegally. Many of the blocked online gambling companies have taken action, and there are many ongoing lawsuits as a result.

UPDATE 2022: This is far from a settled issue, but digital casino licenses are still not issued by the ANJ (L’Autorité nationale des Jeux, the French online gambling authority), despite the. pressure form the EU. French players can still freely play online and some internet casinos are still blocked illegally.

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. However, some gambling websites are blocked for tourists as well, while they are using the French internet infrastructure. French ISPs (internet service providers) block access to gambling websites regardless of the users’ nationality.

 

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 replaced ARJEL as the regulatory and licencing authority of most forms of online gambling in 2020 (the exceptions are: lottery, lottery-like games and sports betting).

However, online casino licences are not issued by the the ANJ.

 

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Taxation of online casino sites in France: 

There is no online casino taxation regime in place.

/Comment: You can see the tax payable by land-based casinos in the next section. If digital casinos will be legalized in the future it is very likely that the same tax rates will apply to them as well./

 

For the players, taxation of online casino gambling winnings in France: 13.7%

Gambling winnings over €1500 are taxable, at a rate of 13.7%.

The licensed French domestic gambling companies are required to pay taxes on the players’ winnings (withholding tax, it’s automatically deducted), not the players. Therefore, players don’t have to pay additional taxes on their winnings after this deduction, as long as their winnings come from licensed legally operating domestic venues and websites.

It is unknown what is the applicable tax rate (if any) in case of online gambling winnings form foreign digital wagering platforms. We recommend consulting a certified personal accountant in such cases.

 

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Age requirement of French online casinos: 18+

 

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

12010-476 du 12 mai 2010 relative à l’ouverture à la concurrence et à la régulation du secteur des jeux d’argent et de hasard en ligne

2JSTOR – Freedom to provide services — Article 56 TFEU — Games of chance

3EUR Lex – Directive 98/34/EC of the European Parliament

4EURLex – Decree 2011-2122 of 30 December 2011

5European Commission – On-line gambling: Commission welcomes France’s decision to open its gambling market and closes infringement procedure

 

List of online casinos, which accept 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. Thank you.

 

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Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
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  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

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Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

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Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
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Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
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Land-based casinos in France

Legal status of casinos in France: legal since 1907, operators require a licence, except in Paris

 

Casinos are legal in France since 1907, according to Article L.320-1 of the French Code of Homeland Security (Chapitre préliminaire: Dispositions communes  – Articles L320-1 à L320-18)1.

/Comment: Except in the capital Paris, where casinos are banned since 1920 (with the exception of Casino Barriere in Enghien-les-Bains, which was allowed to stay in operation). However, gaming clubs are allowed to operate in Paris since 2017, which are the local casino equivalents (basically casinos without slots and more restrictions)5. Details of the various casino gaming venues can be found in the table below./

Casinos must be attached to “sea, thermal, climatic and tourist resorts and on certain ships” according to the French casino law (directly translated from the French casino regulations, using Google translate, not an official translation).

Despite the crushing casino taxes (you can see the tax rates below) there is an abundance of casino venues, 200+ of them to be precise4, mostly due the high number of tourists.

/Comment: France is the most visited country in the world, visited by 210+ million visitors per year (around a 100 million of them tourists)2.

UPDATE COVID-19: However, these are pre-coronavirus numbers. The number of visitors has fallen by about 50% to 117 million per year, which is still an impressive figure./

UPDATE 2022: The pandemic compounded the problems of the French casino sector. Especially, considering the sector’s historic reliance on tourists. Unsurprisingly, the overtaxation and lack of tourists has resulted in a number of closures. Although, none of the bigger casinos seem to have closed as a result.

Most of the casinos is France are smaller venues barely more than slot halls, although there some bigger casinos located in landmark buildings.

/Comment: This is all because of the casino sector’s reliance on international visitors. International tourists rarely go back to visit France again just for the casinos, and that’s not why they come in the first place. Therefore, there is no point in developing the casino sections of the hotel-spa-resort complexes. Even a small casino is good enough for the “oh honey, look, they have a casino, let’s check it out” tourists./

Slot halls are illegal in France, only casinos or gaming clubs can be operated by licensed companies.

The following is a detailed breakdown of the various types of casinos in France:

Types of casinos in France
Gaming clubs: Must be owned by a non-profit company, or it must be located in Paris, no gaming machines.

Types of games that can be played::

  • chemin de fer;
  • limited bank baccarat on two tables;
  • open bank baccarat on two tables;
  • the écarté;
  • Texas Hold’em poker;
  • Omaha poker 4 high;
  • bingo.
Casinos: Needs a casino licence, can not be located in Paris. It must be attached to a sea, thermal, climatic and tourist resorts or they must be located on cruise ships.

Types of games that can be played:

  • gaming machines;
  • the boule;
  • the twenty-three;
  • French roulette;
  • American roulette;
  • English roulette;
  • thirty-forty;
  • blackjack;
  • craps;
  • punto banco;
  • Casino Hold’em poker;
  • casino stud poker;
  • Casino war;
  • wheel of fortune;
  • Ultimate poker;
  • Three card poker;
  • rampo;
  • Sic- bo;
  • chemin de fer;
  • limited bank baccarat on two tables;
  • open bank baccarat on two tables;
  • the écarté;
  • Texas Hold’em poker;
  • Omaha poker 4 high;
  • bingo.

 

Slots, which were legalised in 1988, contribute the most to the state’s revenues from casinos because of the extremely high taxes on gaming machines (details can be seen below, in the casino taxation section).

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 its’ gaming area is also smaller).

Actually, most of the biggest and most luxurious casinos are owned by GLB (Groupe Lucien Barrière), they have around 34 casinos worldwide (30 in France, 3 casinos in Switzerland + 1 casino in Egypt).

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 (gaming club)

 

All of the Barrière venues are upscale, very expensive venues with dress codes, meant for patrons from the upper middle class or above (not for budget travelers or backpackers).

Another notable casino venue in France is the Palais de la Méditerranée located in Nice, in the heat of the French Riviera, on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel complexes’ building (created in the image of the Paris Opera house) has hosted a casino since 1929 (you can see it on the picture at the top of the page).

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

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:

Casinos are regulated and licenced by the L’Autorité nationale des Jeux – ANJ, which replaced ARJEL (Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne) in 2020 as the casino gambling authority.

You have to contact them if you want to set up a casino or gaming club in France. Their website is available in English as well.

UPDATE: The licensing process, fees, procedures were overhauled entirely in 2019, with the implementation of the PACTE Act. The whole process is now more business friendly, the fees are lower, and it is streamlined. The document, which lists all the changes and has information about the casino licencing process, fees and requirements can be found here3.

 

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Taxation of brick & mortar gambling establishments in France:

Casino tax rates are extremely high in France.

These high taxes keep the number of gaming venues down, and it forces several operators out of business regularly (but new ones take their place, and the number of licensed casinos venues stagnate at around 200, since 20136).

The French tax system is progressive* and it’s also very complicated. It’s probably the worst gambling tax regime in the entire world. You can see it below.

*Progressive tax definition: The tax rate depends on the revenue, there is no flat tax rate, the more a company earns the more tax they pay. Progressive taxation discourages growth.

France casino tax rates
Activity: Rate: Tax Base:
Casino tax Casinos have to pay 28% tax in the first round + then the following progressive tax rate is applied to the remaining revenue in the second round of taxation, based on their annual gross gaming revenue:

  • Up to EUR 100,000: 6%
  • EUR 100,001 and EUR 200,000: 16%
  • EUR 200,001 and EUR 500,000: 25%
  • EUR 500,001 and EUR 1 million: 37%
  • EUR 1,000,001 and EUR 1.5 million: 47%
  • EUR 1,500,001 and EUR 4.7 million: 58%
  • EUR 4,700,001 and EUR 7.8 million: 63.3%
  • EUR 7,800,001 and EUR 11 million: 67.6%
  • EUR 11,000,001 and EUR 14 million: 72%
  • EUR 14 million: 83.5%
gross gaming revenue
Gaming club tax Gaming clubs (special type of casino, VIP, entrance fee, dress code) have to pay the following:

  • 10% of revenue, up to EUR 100,000
  • 30% of revenue, EUR 100,000 – EUR 1,500,000
  • 40% of revenue, EUR 1,500,000 – EUR 2,600,000
  • 55% of revenue, EUR 2,600,000 – EUR 5,500,000
  • 70% of revenue, above EUR 5,500,000
gross gaming revenue
Slot machine tax 11.2% tax is paid on 68% of the gross gambling revenue from slot machines. gross gambling revenue from slot machines.
Withholding tax (comment: this incentivises gambling companies to make players lose as much as possible, very bad practice, luckily very few countries implement withholding taxes on players’ winnings, like this) 13.7% players’ winnings

 

As you can see French casino gambling tax rates are incredibly high, the highest gambling tax rates in all of Europe, and most likely in the world as well. No wonder that despite the size, affluence, and the number of tourists the country still has relatively few and small casinos.

/Comment: With a more fair taxation system France could easily rival any of the big gambling destinations (e.g.: Macau, Las Vegas)./

Gambling taxes are payable in addition to licensing fees and regular taxes (e.g.: corporate tax, which is 31% in France), according to the French tax laws.

 

For the players, taxation of casino winnings in France: 13.7%

Casino winnings over €1500 are taxable, at a rate of 13.7%.

The licensed domestic gambling companies are required to pay taxes on the players’ winnings (withholding tax, it’s automatically deducted), not the players. Therefore, players don’t have to pay additional taxes on their winnings after this deduction, as long as their winnings come from licensed, legally operating, doemstic venues.

 

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Age requirement of land-based casinos, Paris gaming clubs and slot parlours in France: 18+ (was lowered from 21+ in 1987)

 

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)

2The World Bank – International tourism, number of arrivals – France

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

4Statista – Number of casinos in France 2013 – 2017

5Thelocal.fr – The Paris opens doors to first ever ‘gaming club’

6Statista – Number of casinos in France 2013 – 2017

 

List of the top 10 biggest and best rated 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 in the country. However, I included venues from the other groups as well on purpose, even if they are not as big or well rated.

We ended up only including 3 Barriére casinos. we hope this more diverse list gives a better overview of the French casino sector than a rundown of the 10 best 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

The Casino Barriere in Paris is France’s biggest casino and it is Paris’ only casino.

It’s a luxury casino establishment for the upper classes with a dress code and a €16 entrance fee.

The building is known for its a Belle Epoque-style façade, huge fountains and for the Klimt-style frescoes and gold decorations inside. It exudes wealth, luxury and the venue is priced accordingly.

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

The gambling establishments also has multiple VIP rooms with high roller tables for those whom desire a more personal experience (and can afford it). They also a have a 195 m² theatre (for US people: not movie theatre, actual theatre) for 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, the biggest French casino group, which has 30 casinos throughout the country.

 

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 10:00 – 04:00

Table games: daily 16:00 – 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: €16 per person

Meta review analysis: the casino gets average reviews, 3/5, most people complain about the crazy prices, the entrance fee, the long and complicated entry procedure, over the top security measures and reviews mention that the staff is unfriendly

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.

 

Other forms of online gambling in France

Most other forms of online wagering are legal in France (e.g.: digital poker, internet lottery, electronic sports betting).

You can learn more about the legal status of the various forms of offline and online gambling in France here.

 

Bitcoin casinos France

Legal status: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies themselves are 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*. This legitimized the use of cryptocurrencies in the French business sector (it was possible to do it even prior to this, and there was some adaptation on the smaller levels, but French big business tended to avoid digital currencies).

However, bitcoin gambling (placing bets via virtual currencies) 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”

In short: France licensed online gambling businesses can not accept bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum, ripple or any other cryptocurrency due to strict anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing laws.

Many of the big bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum casinos are blocked by the French internet service providers (ISPs). However, players who place bets on these offshore platforms are not actually prosecuted, only the companies operating these websites are targeted (and only if they operate out of France, or if they are licensed by the ANJ, foreign bitcoin gambling websites can not be targeted by the French authorities due to the limitations of French law).

However, there is a loophole, as mentioned previously, online gambling websites licensed by other EU countries do still accept French players occasionally, and these gambling websites do also sometimes accept bitcoin and other crypto coins. This is the only legal way for French citizens to place bets on crypto gambling platforms at the moment.

The following bitcoin casinos below accept players from France.

 

Sources:

 

The following casino websites accept players from France:

Fair Go Aussie Themed Casino

This is a banner of Fair Go internet casino website's current 2022 promotions, bonuses. FairGo is an Australian ("Aussie") themed casino, which accepts players from Australia and New Zealand. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the digital gambling website, where you can try out their games for free without spending any money, and you can register a real player account if you are 18 or older. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner and on the casino's website.

FairGo - click to check out the digital casino, latest promotions, offers, hundreds of pokies, Aussie players welcome

Promotions:
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  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these latest 2022 promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and place bets with real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account we (the website owners and/or employees) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible. Must be 18+.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

FAQ – frequently asked questions about France online casinos

 

FAQ section

The following are some of the frequently asked questions about casinos in France. Click on the dropdown menu below to see the questions and answers.

Q&A

Are casinos legal in France?

Yes, casinos are legal in France since 1907 (originally made legal by Act of June 15, 1907, which allowed the operation of permanent casino establishments for the first time, in spa or seaside resort towns).

Are online casinos legal in France?

No, online casinos are technically illegal in France. However, this is unenforceable when it comes to EU licensed online casinos due to Article 56 TFEU and Article 8 of Directive 98/34/EC. As a result French players can play freely in online casinos.

Are there any casinos in France?

Yes, there are around 200 casinos in the country currently, post-pandemic.

Can I play in an online casino from France?

Yes, players from the country can play in online casinos licensed in EU or EEA countries, which accept players from the country. You can find a list of such digital casino platforms on this page.

Are bitcoin casinos legal in France?

Crypto casinos are officially illegal in France according to anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing laws. This means none of the French casino companies can accept bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum, ripple or any other crypto coin.

Are there online casinos, which accept players from France?

Yes, the licensed international online casinos listed on this page accept players from France, through their licensed EU or EEA subsidiaries. The detailed explanation can be found on this page, above the list of online casinos, which accept French players.

Can tourists play in the casinos of France?

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

Can tourists place bets in online casinos from France?

Yes, tourists visiting France can play freely online.

What is the age requirement of France online casinos?

You have to be 18 years of age or older to engage in online gambling in France.

Do casinos in France have dress codes?

Most French casinos do officially specify a dress code (usually the bigger, more upscale venues). The dress code expected in these cases is almost always smart casual (and sometimes semi-formal during special events, but it is never full formal attire, casinos in France no longer require formal wear).

How much tax do I have to pay in France on my gambling winnings from an online casino?

All French gambling companies are required by law to deduct a 13.7% withholding tax from players' winnings. Players don't have to pay any other tax on their winnings apart from this. However, how this is enforced in case of EU online casinos, which do not have a French online casino licence, is not known (if it is enforced at all). We suggest contacting a licensed France personal accountant for clarification.

Are there any digital casinos licensed in France?

No, online casino licences are not issued in the Republic of France. However, internet casinos licensed in other EU countries can accept players form France; their licence is valid within the European Economic Area due to Article 56 TFEU and Article 8 of Directive 98/34/EC.

How many casinos are there in France?

There are around 200 casinos in France since the end of the covid-19 pandemic. Some of these casinos are technically gaming clubs (around 10 of them). However, gaming clubs are a type of casino venue and not a type of slot hall.

Do casinos in France have entrance fees?

The bigger French casinos located in landmark buildings usually charge an entry fee.

Which is the biggest casino in France?

The biggest casino is the Casino Barriere in Enghien-les-Bains, Paris's only casino (casinos are banned in Paris since 1920, except this special casino, which was allowed to stay in operation, which makes this the only casino of the capital).

Which is the biggest casino group in France?

The biggest French casino group is Groupe Lucien Barrière, which owns 34 gaming houses.

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in France is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide – with an interactive map.

Last updated: 2022-08-13

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