Online Poker in France
Playing poker online in France was officially made legal April 6th 6 2010 when the French Parliament passed a resolution that legalized online gambling. However, the law did create some stipulations on where poker players could legally play, and how much tax they’d pay on winnings. To enforce the law, France blocked its residents from visiting any poker sites that do not end in a .fr extension.
Poker sites that accept players from France are subject to a 2% tax on all cash game pots, and 2% on each tournament buy-in. Some rooms cover the tax for their players, and other’s raised their rake accordingly passing the tax onto their players from France.
ARJEL Licensed French Poker Sites
All legally operating poker sites operating within the French market must have a license issued by ARJEL. Since 2012 ARJEL has been issuing poker licenses to applicants that wish to offer poker play to residents of France on the Internet that are able to meet new French gambling regulations as well as pay the price of licensing.
List of Licensed French Poker Sites
French Poker site Deposit Options
Most popular poker deposit methods are available to residents of France, that includes, eWallet’s, Instant Banking options that work as a seamless bridge between the players bank account and their poker account, deposit vouchers like Ticket Premium and Ukash, as well as credit cards, check’s, prepaid cards, and money transfer services.
Deposit Options in France
- Credit Card
- Bank Transfer
- Carte Bleue
- Ticket Premium
Playing Poker in at Poker Clubs in France
With nearly 200 licensed casinos operating within France, there are plenty of places to play poker in the country. The majority of poker rooms are located in Paris, Toulouse and Reims.
The Aviation Club de France
The Aviation Club de France is located at 104 Champs-Elysées 75008 Paris, France. The poker room is steeped in poker history especially because it’s one of the first places to ever host the WPT outside of the United States. The poker room at ACF holds 20 + poker tables and is available to players 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Aviation Club always has Texas Hold’em tables available, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, Mixed Games, and other tables open when there’s enough player interest.
For those looking for a poker room in Paris, the Cercle Cadet Paris is an available option. The poker room features There are 30 available poker tables at Cercle Cadet in Paris France. There are always several options for the NL Holdem player, Pot Limit Style Omaha is also commonly on often. The casino even features Dealers Choice games pretty often. The poker room is located at 14 Rue Cadet 75009 Paris, France 01 40 22 60 80. Tournaments at Cercle Cadet Paris commonly seat as many as 300 players.
Cercle Clichy Montmartre
The poker room at Cercle Clichy Montmartre features 14 poker tables, offering both tournament and live cash game action. The Cercle Clichy Montmartre is located at 84 Rue de Clichy 75009 Paris, France. The poker room is open every day from 15h to 6h. The poker room offers Holdem, Omaha, PLO, and Dealers Choice.
Seven Casino Amnéville
7 Casino in Amnéville is located at Parc de Coulange, Rue de l’Europe, 57360 Amnéville, France. The poker room features 10 poker tables and a regular tournament schedule. Cash games are available every day from 18:00 to 1:30 Sunday through Thursday and until 2:30 on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays.
Mobile Poker in French
Famous French Poker Players
- Antoine Saout
- Arnaud Mattern
- Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier – PokerStars Supernova
- Bruno Fitoussi
- David Benyamine
- Fabrice Soulier
- Tuan Le
- Vanessa Rousso
World Poker Tour in France
The World Poker tour makes two stops in France, the World Poker Tour Prix de Paris, and the World Poker Tour’s Amneville.
WPT Grand Prix de Paris
This event is held in the fall each year at the Aviation Poker Club in Paris France. The 2012 main event’s prize pool reached $2,094,467.
This World Poker Tour event is held annually at the Amnéville Municipal Casino in Amneville France.
European Poker Tour in France
The EPT Deauville is played in France each year at the Resort of Deauville in Normandy. In 2013 the event is scheduled take place from January 30th through February 9th. Season 9 of the EPT Deauville is set to be merged with the France Poker Series this year, which will provide players with a 10 day schedule jam packed with more than 40 poker tournaments.
French World Series of Poker Results
France was the 1st country outside of the United States to host a World Poker Tour Tournament event. The event was held in Paris France at the Aviation Club. This was back in 2003, when poker really wasn’t all that prevalent in France. In fact, during that time, there was just one poker table available at the Aviation Club.
France has come a long way since that time, in fact, in 2011; the country became the new home of the WSOPE.
2012 by Cathy Roberts AKA LadyHoldem