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Poker Sites in France | List of Online Rooms

By , Rakeback.com Staff Writer

Poker In FranceWhere Can I Play? Legislation Deposits & Cashouts PokerStars Do I Need a VPN? Full Tilt
Rakeback.com recommends the rooms below for French online poker players – all the sites shown currently accept signups from France and offer either flat rakeback or a points based VIP program.

rakeback rooms – where to play online poker in France?

Poker room traffic avg * Rakeback Bonus segregated?
bwin Poker 700 Up to 25% €500 Yes – dot.fr playerpool PLAY NOW
Combined PartyGaming Player Pool PartyPoker.fr
PartyPoker 700 Up to 30% €20 Yes – dot.fr playerpool PLAY NOW
Voted Softest Games PartyPoker.fr
PKR 50 30% Flat €500 Yes – dot.fr playerpool PLAY NOW
3D Avatars PKR.fr
PokerStars 1300 Up to 74% €500 Yes – dot.fr playerpool PLAY NOW
Highest Traffic PokerStars.fr
Unibet 550 Up to 30% €500 Yes – dot.fr playerpool PLAY NOW
Sportsbook Casual Players iPoker.fr

* For the latest traffic figures see PokerScout.com

France’s Online Gambling Laws – is Poker Legal?

Online poker is legal in France, regulated by ARJEL in 2009. However its players are segregated from other countries and operator taxes are partially passed onto players in the form of higher rake.

  • Status of regulation:   Regulated
  • Tax on Players:   None
  • Tax on Operators:   34%
  • Extra Rake:   Rake is approximately 6 – 7% in cash games rather than 5%, and tournament fees 11% rather than 10%. Rebuys are also raked.
  • Segregation:   French players play vs other French players on dot.fr networks, and a few EU players who choose to sign up to dot.fr sites as a second site.

France Poker Deposit & Cashout Methods

E-wallets Skrill (formerly Moneybookers) and Neteller are preferred by many grinders as they avoid fees and taxes associated with banks and gambling transactions, and don’t require you to share banking information with poker sites.

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French Currency – Euro (EUR)

Is France in the PokerStars.com Playerpool?

No. As shown in the table above French players are segregated from the rest of the international PokerStars playerpool (dot.com) in the same way Italy and Spain are. Instead French players play on dot.fr with a higher rake due to the higher cost PokerStars has of operating there.

Players living in e.g. UK or elsewhere in Europe can choose to play on PokerStars.fr as a second site in addition to the dot.com or dot.eu sites, by verifying their EU address and bank account with PokerStars.

Can I Play on PokerStars.fr if I’m not a French resident?

Yes, if you have a European bank account – you’ll need to send in verification docs to PokerStars. Once verified you’ll be able to play in the French playerpool on dot.fr as a second site, in addition to dot.com.

Online Poker in France – Do I Need a VPN?

Poker In France

No. There is currently no internet censorship applied to online gambling sites in France, whether lottery, sports betting, casino or poker related. As such a VPN is not necessary. However if you experience difficulties downloading poker clients in the future or while travelling outside France, follow the guidelines below:

Other countries in Europe’s regulated online poker market may censor primary domains of poker rooms. While the poker site’s domain may be down, preventing new players from downloading the client, those who have already downloaded the software can still log in and play unrestricted. The sites are based offshore (e.g. Malta / Gibraltar) with EU licenses – balances and cashouts remain safe despite one country’s internet censorship.

strong-vpn-pokerIf you are unable to download a poker client simply use a cheap VPN service such as StrongVPN or HideMyAss to do so. After install it is no longer necessary to use a VPN although some grinders continue to do so if playing over public wifi, for extra security. Site reps have confirmed on the forums that VPNs are not prohibited, with the exception of VPN use to play online from the US.

No Full Tilt Poker in France?

PokerStars obtained the assets of Full Tilt Poker as part of its agreement with the US Department of Justice and re-opened the online room for real money play in some regulated EU countries on Nov 6th, 2012.

Full Tilt Poker Licensed CountriesUnfortunately PokerStars has stated that they currently have no plans to seek licenses to operate Full Tilt Poker (FTP) in France, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Belgium or Estonia. Full Tilt no longer offers flat rakeback and has 1/10th the traffic of PokerStars.

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