Casinos in France
Of all Europe, France sits at the top, alongside Germany and the UK, for the number of traditional brick-and-mortar casinos currently in operation. It is a gambling country, and casinos have been around for centuries. As of January 2017 there are around 160 casinos in France.Among them the most luxurious one is Palais de la Mediterranee Casino in Nice, while the most popular in Paris is “Barriered’Enghien les Bains” with more than 500 slot machines and 43 tables most of which include different varieties of poker.
France has contributed many things to the gambling world. The games of Roulette and Blackjack both have their origins in France. More significantly, the 'standard' 52-card deck that is used in all casinos has a French design – these cards can be found in both French casinos and casinos around the world.
Online Casinos in France
Due to the conviction of the regulatory bodies of the gambling industry in France, according to which internet casino games are highly addictive this form of gambling is considered to be illegal in France. The French Gambling Act from 2010 which legalized most of the online gambling in the country left the online casinos outside its scope, although it made traditional table casino games such as poker legal. The justification is that the outcome of poker is a matter of skill unlike the outcome of other casino games.