• January 16, 2023

The bets are made in the National Assembly Online Casino Malaysia

 

Considered too liberal by the opposition and too restrictive by the new operators in the sector, the text of the law on the opening of the French Online Casino Malaysia market as well as sports and horse betting on the Internet was adopted by the deputies on Tuesday October 13 2023.

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The bill relating to the opening of the French market to competition and the regulation of the online gambling sector is progressing slowly but surely. Tuesday, October 13, the National Assembly adopted at first reading by 302 votes against 206 the text for a “controlled liberalization” of the online gaming sector.

If the text of the law opens online gambling to competition (sports and horse betting, poker) and therefore restores the traditional monopolies of la Française des jeux, PMU and casinos, the physical network is not impacted.

About fifty operators should thus be legalized. The outline of the text provides that from 2023, Internet gaming operators will be able to apply for a renewable 5-year license from a new independent administrative authority: ARJEL (French gaming regulatory authority). line), which is intended to award approvals, control the activity of operators and participate in the fight against illegal supply.

On Tuesday, during a round table at the Marmottan hospital in Paris on gambling addiction, Budget Minister Eric Woerth explained that this project aimed to regulate a sector “which is literally exploding” and which has “more than 20,000 illegal sites”.

Among the 58 articles of the law, there is one that is more debated than the others. The State wishes to offer protection both to players and to operators who have legally received an approval by preventing other players from operating on the market. Thus article 50 discussed on October 9 provides for the control and closure of sites that do not have authorizations. For defenders of the free Net, this article poses a fundamental problem in the same way as the Hadopi law.

MEPs also sought to strictly regulate the links between the organizers of sports events and online betting operators, to avoid fraud and cheating. Particularly discussed by deputies, article 52 aims to regulate the organization of bets, by obliging operators to sign a contract beforehand with the federations and organizers of sporting events. “I think that sports federations should be given the freedom to dialogue face to face with operators”, explained Jean-François Lamour, UMP rapporteur for the bill.

The text provides that the State will deduct 7.5% of players’ bets for sports and horse racing bets and 2% of poker bets, part of these revenues being allocated to the fight against gambling addiction. The State, in a social order approach, wishes to protect the players both in financial terms and psychological addiction. Thus, hospitals will have to equip themselves with a cell adapted to the treatment of gambling addictions and a call center will also be created. Furthermore, in order to limit the risk of money laundering, it will be necessary to prove one’s identity to withdraw one’s winnings and the rates of payment to players are also subject to a framework, they will be as low as possible in order to discourage such operations.

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) considered that the draft law thus amended does not constitute a real opening of the sector to competition: “If the Senate votes in this direction, the prospect of a viable French market and in conformity with European law risks being called into question”.

The text having to be reread in the Senate at the beginning of 2023, Eric Woerth reaffirmed his desire to see the law come into force as soon as possible, so that the system is operational before the Football World Cup in June 2023. to follow…

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