By James Spillane, Rakeback.com Staff Writer
|Where 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.|
|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|
|PokerStars||1300||Up to 74%||€500||Yes - dot.fr playerpool||PLAY NOW|
|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
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.
|French Currency - Euro (EUR)|
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.
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.
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.
If 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.
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.
Unfortunately 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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