Driven by Sports Betting, France Maintains Stable Growth for 2019 After Strong Q4

Published March 3, 2020 by Lee R

Driven by Sports Betting, France Maintains Stable Growth for 2019 After Strong Q4

The French regulation structure is stable, consistent and getting more deeply entrenched.

A boost in sports betting contributed to growth in France for 2019.

Growth Figures

The overall growth figure was 18.1% year-on-year to €1.42bn in 2019; the sports betting vertical contribution was up 27.3%.

ARJEL Domination

L’Autorité nationale de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) reports that sports betting dominated French iGaming take for the year at €880m despite no major football tournaments.

Sports Bets

Sports bets turned in record €5.06bn total for a 30% jump year-on-year; the majority of stakes came on fixed-odds bets (€14m).


Active sports betting accounts rose 6.7%.


Horse racing revenue grew 5.9% to €271m, with player stakes rising 5.4% to €1.11bn for the highest amount staked since 2012. The main driver of this growth was increased player activity, with active accounts up 1.9% to 599,000.

Online Poker

Online poker revenue grew 5.4% to €272m: €88m came from cash games, and €184m from poker tournaments. The 1.2m active poker players in the country in 2019 hiked rates 5.5%.


The total of €701m in 2019 gambling taxes was paid primarily from sportsbook licensees. Sports betting contributed €470m, followed by horse racing's €145m; and poker's €86m.


Q4 saw revenue grow 9.1% to €378m.


The biggest earning vertical for Q4 was sports betting at €215m, on stakes of €1.06bn.

Football Leads

Football remained the most popular sport for punters at €846.4m in stakes, with €125.2m placed on the UEFA Champions League and €124.8m on Ligue 1. Pre-match betting was the most popular form.

Live Betting Impact

Live betting proved was popular in the second most popular betting sport, the NBA, where punters staked €271.9m. Of €171.8m placed, in-play accounted for 40% of basketball bets.

Other Sports

Bettors staked €187.1m on tennis, with the Paris Masters most popular; €57.1m was bet on rugby union, including €27.3m on the Rugby World Cup. Ice hockey (€53.7m) and volleyball (€23.7m) followed.


As a leading economy, stable growth from France benefits iGaming adaptation across the globe.

See also

New Study Predicts Significant Growth of Global Sports Betting Industry

Online Sports Betting Trumps Facebook in Kenya

Delaware Sports Betting Revenue Takes a Heavy Hit in 2019

Betting and Gambling Online to Soar

Indiana and Colorado Laying Groundwork for Legalized Sports Betting

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