Overall revenue from poker has declined slightly in France, according to the latest quarterly report from French regulator ARJEL. The migration from cash games to tournaments continues, and poker’s popularity has declined among key demographics.
Gross gaming revenue for online poker on all regulated French sites declined from €86m to €83m compared to the same period last year. The amount wagered in cash games down almost €100m and tournament entries up 26% to €75m, continuing the trend of players switching from cash games to lower-raked tournaments.
The total number of active players fell by 3% and in the critical 18-24 age group by 20%. Even in the dynamic tournament sector there is bad news. Player numbers fell for all groups who enter more than €3k worth of tournaments a quarter. High volume player numbers for those playing over €50k in tournaments a quarter collapsed by 49%.
There was growth in the mobile sector. Market leader Winamax has applications for Android and iOS devices. Growth can be expected in the next quarter with PokerStars recently rolling out its popular mobile client in France and other countries in Europe and beyond.