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September 29, 2020

He spoke within the iGaming Forum

Patrick Partouche wants to launch an online casino site for French players

(Sweden / France).- Patrick Partouche is campaigning again against the government’s attitude towards online gambling while sports betting, horse racing bets and poker should be legalized before the opening of the Football World Cup on 11 June.

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he chairman of the board of directors of Partouche, who was in Stockholm (Sweden) last week for the iGaming Forum, took the opportunity to mention that, as soon as he would obtain an operating casino licence in a European country (roulette and slot machines), he would be also offering them to the French clientele. And yet, these games have been excluded from the bill adopted by the Parliament and which is presently in the hands of the Constitutional Council.

“As soon as I will obtain a casino licence in Europe, I will target the French market with casino games. The war is not over. I am still alive. Finally, the resistance will win”, he stated to the British professional review GamblingCompliance.

Previously, during the Forum, he said he was “ashamed” of the bill. “The underlying objective of the law is to replace a monopoly by another monopoly”, added Mr Partouche, for whom “the FDJ and the PMU are a mixed economy, they are neither public nor private, but something else, of its own. The French law does not allow real businesses to offer what the client is waiting for at the moment. We are now switching to a technical monopoly.”<br

The chairman of Partouche Group has also criticized the partnerships which are currently multiplying in France, putting their financial interest in question. “There are companies which have invented this business - PartyPoker, PokerStars, Paddy Power – and I am very respectful of these companies. But look at what is happening in France, they are now going into partnerships with companies like FDJ and PMU. They collaborate. It’s their problem, not mine. But the main point in France is seeing how much it will cost you. Each time you have a partner, you are giving up 30%, 40%, or 50% of your income because you are linked to M6 or Canal+. It is thus some kind of organised racket. If you want to have a company in France, you must go into partnership with someone in France.”

“I haven’t seen any partnership which makes sense to me, he carried on. I am the only enterprise which does not have any partner for the moment. If I sign an agreement with M6, I will lose 50% since I will have to share my benefits. And I am not sure of gaining more money.”

Finally, Patrick Partouche gave his explanation regarding the exclusion of casino games from the future law. “This is because casino games are linked to lottery games. The only games which can compete with lottery are Roulette, Blackjack, which are pure games of chance” he said.

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