The Regulatory Authority of online games (ARJEL) recently published the results of the first quarter of 2011 online games. If poker and horse paris are doing well, the dunce cap goes to paris sportsmen who have seen the amount bet to fall by 26.5% over last quarter.
The calendar guilty?
Between January and March, bettors still have 147 million wagered on the 16 sites de paris sportifs authorized in France. But this figure is in sharp decline and the loss of popularity due to a fairly hollow period in terms of major sporting events. Last July, the World Cup football had the effect of significantly boosting bets.
Operators have degraded their ratings
Interviewed by Le Figaro, Jean-François Vilotte, the president of the Arjel, also points the finger at the operators: “To reconstruct a portion of their margins and respect the average rate of return to players imposed by law, they (the operators) have degraded their ratings, making Paris less interesting for the players. ”
The activity of the poker tournaments has increased
The poor performance of sport paris contrast with those of Paris and the horse poker, always very good. In the last three months, 241 million have been wagered on races and 1.9 billion on poker tables. Numbers unchanged from late 2010. Like the success of the SCOOP on PokerStars , the activity of tournaments has increased by 4% to EUR 271 million was paid in fees. Overall, the market for online games is doing so quite well.