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French Casinos & Gambling Scene

France is a beautiful country situated in Western Europe. Gambling is popular in the country but the French casinos face many restrictions. While certainly gambling has roots in France it was most recently popularized when slot machines were legalized in 1988.

While most gamblers would think that France's casinos are similar to Las Vegas' casinos or East Europe's casinos they are mistaken. Much of today's casino revenue in France is from slot machines. But the French have a history. Roulette comes from France. Blackjack is also believed to originate here. For a complete list of card games that are popuplar in France, please check French Card Games

Casinos in France

There are few casinos in France as nice as Lyon Vert Casino situated at Lyon and Palais de la Mediterranee Casino at Nice. Both of these casinos are luxurious gambling destinations. Lyon Vert Casino is France’s biggest casino and has about 400 slot machines. It also offers Stud Poker tables, Roulette wheels and Blackjack. The age restriction for the players is 18 years and above. The player should also have some sort of identification and the visitor should follow the prescribed dress code.

“Palais de la Mediterranee” Casino hotel is a very beautiful place with wonderful décor. The lovely décor has Egyptian, Greek and 1930’s French influences. The casino hotel offers 17 table games table, 6 American Roulette tables and 2 French Roulette tables.

The Casino “Barrière d'Enghien-les-Bains”, is situated at the outskirts of Paris. This lovely casino with the stylish twenties ambience and décor, boasts of the only slot machines room in Paris. These slot machines attract casino visitors in large numbers. There are about 44 games tables and 280 slot machines at the casino. Baccarat, Black jack and English Roulette are also popular at the casino. To visit the casino you should be eighteen years of age or above and you should have a valid ID. Foreigners can use their passports as their ID. The dress code of the casino is formal.

Poker in France

France is famous for its Poker rooms and the tournaments held in France are something that all Poker enthusiasts look forward to. The leading Parisian Poker salon Aviation Club de France conducts the World Poker Tour tournament and each year the number of player doubles the past records. Some of the world’s famous personalities and Poker champions play in this tournament and ACF offers record breaking prize pool for the winners. France also supports and hosts many charity tournaments and Poker events, which just adds to the craze for the game here.

Pari Mutuel in France

Pari Mutuel was first introduced in France way back in 1870 and soon its popularity spread across the globe. Paris, however, remains one of the most favored destinations for betting on the elegant thoroughbreds. Longchamp, one the most popular race track, witnesses more than 50000 spectators including visitors from all parts of the world. With the turn of events in the Pari mutual betting front, the only form of legal betting that is now permitted in France is its Tote based system, the PMU or Pari Mutuel Urbain. The PMU is the 3rd largest in the world with over 8000 off track outlets all across France and its territory and thereby it enjoys sheer monopoly.

La Française des Jeux

In France, all the lotteries and betting activities are conducted by the La Française des Jeux. This is the French national lottery which is state controlled. The lottery has a wide variety of games and lotteries with new ones being introduced from time to time. The lottery also supports humanitarian and social causes like financing different sporting activities. From sixteenth century onwards, the lottery is providing fun and amusement to the French people.

Gambling Law in France

Gambling in France is considered legal only when Justice Ministry specifically sanctions it. Le Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) and its affiliate Le Pari Mutuel Hippodrome (PMH) have power over all French sports betting. Around 20% betting takes place on-course and the other 80% off-course in PMU licensed café kiosks and bars. There are 160 state licensed casinos in France. Sous Direction des Courses et des Jeux is a special police force, which keeps a check on all sorts of gambling activities in France from illegal betting to casino licenses, doping, race fixing and selling information.

Online French casinos

A large number of online casinos are found on the internet and are hugely popular among the French people. As French casinos face restrictions, the gambling craze of the French people is taking them to the online casinos. These casinos serve the needs of the gambling enthusiasts to play their favorite casino games online. The popular games are French Roulette, Black Jack, Poker, slots etc. With the growing popularity and availability of high-speed internet in most parts of France, online casinos rank high on the popularity charts of the French gamblers.

In summary, French casinos are places where you can have lots of fun and excitement. If you plan to visit France, plan your vacation by including some gambling activities in your agenda and enjoy yourself. Make sure the casinos you are visiting are legal joints so that you do not end up losing money. France is a lovely destination for all the tourists, who love natural beauty and relish the French cuisine. Visit the French casinos to spice up your vacation and add some more excitement to your trip.

Casinos and Gambling Facts

France is a country in Western Europe with legal gambling. There are 176 cities with gambling facilities in France which have 188 legal gambling facilities available in total.

The types of gambling available in France are: casinos.

The largest gambling city in France is Paris with 6 gambling facilities, 18 tables games.
The largest casino in the entire country of France is Casino de Divonnes les Bains which is located in Divonne-les-Bains. Casino de Divonnes les Bains has 13 table games, 1 poker tables, 355 gaming and video poker machines.

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France Casino List

Aix-les-Bains
Slot machines: 150
Table games: 5
Paris
Table games: 1
Poker tables: 5
Alvignac
Enghien-les-Bains
Slot machines: 280
Table games: 38
Poker tables: 3
Hossegor
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 3
Biarritz
Slot machines: 139
Table games: 13
Cannes
Slot machines: 194
Table games: 17
Deauville
Slot machines: 234
Table games: 24
Dinard
Slot machines: 100
Table games: 5
La Rochelle
Slot machines: 120
Table games: 5
Menton
Slot machines: 150
Table games: 10
Trouville-sur-Mer
Slot machines: 225
Table games: 15
Cannes
Table games: 13
Poker tables: 3
JW Marriott Cannes
Agon-Coutainville
Slot machines: 45
Table games: 3
Ajaccio
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 13
Alet-Les-Bains
Slot machines: 35
Table games: 4
Poker tables: 1
Allevard les Bains
Slot machines: 35
Table games: 5
Amneville
Slot machines: 270
Table games: 12
Amélie-les-Bains
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 12
Andernos les Bains
Slot machines: 75
Table games: 2
Annemasse
Slot machines: 150
Table games: 10
Poker tables: 2
Antibes
Slot machines: 150
Table games: 9
Arcachon
Slot machines: 100
Table games: 10
Argeles-Gazost
Slot machines: 25
Table games: 1
Argelès-Plage
Slot machines: 32
Table games: 1
Ax-les-Thermes
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 4
Evaux-les-Bains
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 5
Evian les Bains
Slot machines: 285
Table games: 10
Saint-Martin d'Uriage
Slot machines: 100
Table games: 7
Yport
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 2
Bagnères de Bigorre
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 4
Poker tables: 1
Balaruc les Bains
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 2
Bandol
Slot machines: 120
Table games: 9
Barbazan
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 3
Benodet
Slot machines: 85
Table games: 4
Berck-sur-Mer
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 1
Biscarosse Plage
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 2
Bordeaux-Lac
Slot machines: 212
Table games: 9
Poker tables: 2
Boulogne-sur-Mer
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 2
Boubon L'Archambault
Slot machines: 60
Table games: 4
Bourbon-Lancy
Slot machines: 80
Table games: 5
Brides les Bains
Slot machines: 25
Table games: 3
Poker tables: 2
Cagnes sur Mer
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 7
Canet-en-Roussillon
Slot machines: 160
Table games: 10
Capbreton
Slot machines: 65
Table games: 6
Capvern les Bains
Slot machines: 25
Table games: 1
Carnac
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 5
Poker tables: 1
Carry le Rouet
Slot machines: 105
Table games: 4
Cassis
Slot machines: 167
Table games: 15
Poker tables: 3
Castera Verduzan
Slot machines: 40
Table games: 6
Poker tables: 1
Cauterets
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 2
Cayeux sur Mer
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 2
Cazaubon-Barbotan
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 4
Challes les Eaux
Slot machines: 60
Table games: 1
Chamonix
Slot machines: 82
Table games: 10
Châtel-guyon
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 1
Chatelaillon
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 1
Chaudes-Aigues
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 3
Contrexeville
Slot machines: 55
Table games: 1
Dax
Slot machines: 70
Table games: 3
Dieppe
Slot machines: 90
Table games: 9
Divonne-les-Bains
Slot machines: 355
Table games: 13
Poker tables: 1
Dunkerque
Slot machines: 150
Table games: 10
Poker tables: 2
Etretat
Slot machines: 100
Table games: 1
Font-Romeu
Slot machines: 35
Table games: 4
Fouras
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 2
Fécamp
Slot machines: 80
Table games: 2
Granville
Slot machines: 80
Table games: 4
Grasse
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 4
Le Grau du Roi
Slot machines: 95
Table games: 6
Poker tables: 1
Gréoux-les-Bains
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 6
Gérardmer
Slot machines: 64
Table games: 3
Hauteville Lompens
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 4
Poker tables: 1
Hendaye
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 4
Houlgate
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 2
Jonzac
Table games: 3
Cherbourg
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 2
Biscarrosse
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 2
La Baule
Slot machines: 200
Table games: 9
Poker tables: 2
La Faute sur Mer
Slot machines: 45
Table games: 1
La Grande Motte
Slot machines: 130
Table games: 13
La Roche Posay
Slot machines: 130
Table games: 8
Lacanau
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 8
Poker tables: 1
Lamalou-les-Bains
Slot machines: 49
Le Touquet
Slot machines: 161
Table games: 8
Les Sables d'Olonne
Slot machines: 83
Table games: 4
Lons le Saunier
Slot machines: 70
Table games: 6
Luc sur Mer
Slot machines: 114
Table games: 6
Poker tables: 2
Bagnere-de-Luchon
Slot machines: 40
Table games: 4
Luxeuil-les-Bains
Slot machines: 100
Table games: 7
Luz Saint Sauveur
Slot machines: 40
Table games: 5
Poker tables: 1
Megève
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 7
Poker tables: 1
Mimizan Plage
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 2
Montrond-les-Bains
Slot machines: 180
Table games: 8
Néris les Bains
Slot machines: 60
Table games: 5
Poker tables: 1
Nice
Slot machines: 303
Table games: 18
Poker tables: 4
Niederbronn les Bains
Slot machines: 138
Table games: 11
Poker tables: 1
Ouistreham
Slot machines: 130
Table games: 6
Palavas-les-Flots
Slot machines: 100
Table games: 4
Poker tables: 1
Pau
Slot machines: 100
Table games: 7
Poker tables: 1
Perros-Guirec
Slot machines: 103
Table games: 4
Plombieres les Bains
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 6
Poker tables: 2
Plouescat
Slot machines: 80
Table games: 3
Pornic
Slot machines: 130
Table games: 3
Pornichet
Slot machines: 175
Table games: 10
Poker tables: 2
Pougues les Eaux
Slot machines: 100
Table games: 6
Quiberon
Slot machines: 70
Table games: 1
Roscoff
Slot machines: 46
Table games: 4
Royan
Slot machines: 175
Table games: 8
Poker tables: 1
Royat
Slot machines: 120
Table games: 8
Saint Brevin
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 1
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 6
Poker tables: 1
Saint Jean de Luz
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 5
Saint-Nectaire
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 3
Saint-Paul-les-Dax
Slot machines: 90
Table games: 4
Saint-Quay-Portrieux
Slot machines: 80
Table games: 2
Saint-Raphael
Slot machines: 123
Table games: 12
Casino de Saint Valery en Caux
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 4
Saint-Amand-les-Eaux
Slot machines: 200
Table games: 8
Poker tables: 2
Saint-Aubin sur Mer
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 1
Saint-Honoré-les-Bains
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 1
Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 10
Poker tables: 2
Saint-Malo
Slot machines: 125
Table games: 2
Saint-Pair sur Mer
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 1
Sainte Maxime
Slot machines: 52
Table games: 9
Poker tables: 1
Salies-de-Béarn
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 8
Salies-du-Salat
Slot machines: 90
Table games: 6
Salins les Bains
Slot machines: 45
Table games: 1
Sete
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 6
Soulac sur Mer
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 1
Saint-Cyprien
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 2
Valras-Plage
Slot machines: 90
Table games: 5
Poker tables: 1
Vals les Bains
Slot machines: 60
Table games: 1
Vernet les Bains
Slot machines: 20
Table games: 2
Veulettes sur Mer
Slot machines: 40
Table games: 5
Vic sur Cère
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 5
Villard-de-Lans
Slot machines: 20
Table games: 5
Villers-sur-Mer
Slot machines: 65
Table games: 6
Vittel
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 3
Eaux Bonnes
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 5
Poker tables: 1
Allegre les Fumades
Slot machines: 35
Table games: 2
Hyères
Slot machines: 170
Table games: 7
Poker tables: 2
Les Sables d'Olonne
Slot machines: 90
Table games: 5
Frehel
Slot machines: 60
Table games: 4
Santenay
Slot machines: 150
Table games: 7
Le Boulou
Slot machines: 80
Table games: 7
Poker tables: 1
Cap D'Agde
Slot machines: 150
Table games: 10
Poker tables: 1
Cavalaire sur Mer
Slot machines: 100
Table games: 8
Poker tables: 1
Bagnoles-de-l'Orne
Slot machines: 80
Table games: 6
Besançon
Slot machines: 134
Table games: 1
Pleneuf Val Andre
Slot machines: 69
Table games: 5
Juan les Pins
Slot machines: 180
Table games: 18
Poker tables: 2
Vichy
Slot machines: 49
Table games: 7
Lacaune-les-Bains
Slot machines: 25
Table games: 1
Vichy
Slot machines: 100
Table games: 1
La Bourboule
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 1
Saint Jean de Monts
Slot machines: 60
Table games: 3
Saint-Galmier
Slot machines: 100
Table games: 4
Poker tables: 1
La Tour de Salvagny
Slot machines: 224
Table games: 15
Mont-Dore
Slot machines: 30
Table games: 2
Gruissan
Slot machines: 70
Table games: 6
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Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vic
Slot machines: 100
Table games: 3
Calais
Slot machines: 60
Table games: 6
Poker tables: 1
Le Tréport
Slot machines: 69
Table games: 3
La Ciotat
Slot machines: 40
Table games: 2
Le Touquet
Slot machines: 100
Table games: 2
Aix-en-Provence
Slot machines: 200
Table games: 17
Arzon
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 5
Poker tables: 1
Paris
Table games: 2
Poker tables: 4
Paris
Table games: 1
Poker tables: 10
Paris
Table games: 1
Poker tables: 2
Paris
Table games: 2
Poker tables: 3
Paris
Table games: 11
Poker tables: 5
Beaulieu-sur-Mer
Slot machines: 65
Table games: 2
Poker tables: 1
Cabourg
Slot machines: 50
Table games: 11
Poker tables: 1
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Forges-les-Eaux
Slot machines: 260
Table games: 16
Lyon
Slot machines: 200
Table games: 17
Poker tables: 3
Lille
Slot machines: 300
Table games: 20
Poker tables: 4
Hôtel Lucien Barrière Lille
Annecy
Slot machines: 140
Table games: 5
L'Impérial Palace
La Trinité-sur-Mer
Table games: 4
Toulouse
Poker tables: 4
Le Barcares
Table games: 4
Aix-les-Bains
Slot machines: 45
Table games: 1
Nice
Table games: 17
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
Cannes
Slot machines: 100
Table games: 20
Mandelieu la Napoule
Slot machines: 206
Table games: 12
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