By Lea Giandomenico
It will now be possible to go all-in online via the FDJ. La Française des Jeux has obtained an authorization authorizing it to offer “online circle games”, and therefore pokeraccording a decision of the National Gaming Authority registered in the Official newspaper this Tuesday, November 1, 2022.
The online gaming offer will be accessible from the sites “parionsweb.fr”, “parionsweb.fdj.fr” and “enligne.parionssport.fdj.fr”, reads the decision. An offer which will be proposed by the FDJ “by the end of the year”, according to information obtained by news.fr.
Diversify the offer
With this authorisation, La Française des Jeux goes further than its traditional games and continues in its desire to diversify : the company was not present in poker, it now has a new string to its bow.
A turning point for the FDJ which wishes to position itself in a buoyant sector. And indeed, when sports betting were put on hold during the periods of confinement and restrictions, the circle games, and therefore the poker games, were able to continue.
“The containment measures (and more particularly those relating to the first containment) have indeed led to a renewed interest in poker. Online poker benefits from the significant recruitment of new players in 2020”, indicates a report from the National Gaming Authority.
An important segment of gambling, therefore, taken over by public society, in a country where nearly one in two French people is a player, according to this same report.
What is an online circle game?
By online circle game, we mean in particular poker.
But this term includes other types of games. More generally, online circle games are “distribution games based on chance and skill”: the player decides, taking into account the behavior of other players, a strategy likely to modify his expectation of earnings.
Another one decision of the National Gaming Authority authorizes the FDJ cash sharing with other European countries, namely Spain, Italy and Portugal at the moment. In detail, this means that players passing through the FDJ platform will be able to play with players from other countries, in the event that the group joins an existing online poker network.
Focus on horse betting
In addition to online poker, the FDJ is also positioned on horse betting on the Internet. The group announced last September that it had entered into negotiations to buy ZEturf, the second largest operator in the French online horse racing betting market, behind PMU.
Another diversification objective for La Française des Jeux, which tends to be present almost everywhere in the gambling sector.
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Online games: the FDJ launches into Internet poker
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