While French gaming regulators ARJEL are triumphantly declaring their new liberalized market licensing scheme to be a roaring success, French punters are singing a different tune. After all, punters are the ones dealing with a tax of 7.5% on sports and horse-racing bets, and 2% on online poker – the highest in Europe.
Approved operators are also offering worse odds and a limited menu of sporting wagers than that which can be found at the non-licensed operators that are still offering services to French punters. Small wonder that ARJEL is threatening French ISPs with €10,000/day fines if they don’t act as the regulator’s muscle and block these sites from crossing the nation’s digital frontiers. Simply wouldn’t do to let punters realize there was a better way. Liberté, egalité, shité… Read more.