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Playtech signs poker agreement with France’s FDJ

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Playtech will provide poker network content and services to French operator La Francaise des Jeux

Playtech, the leading poker software provider, has a deal with FDJ that gives them access to Twister Poker and cash tables as well as poker tournaments.

FDJ has also joined Playtech’s Ipoker.eu operator network in a variety of European markets.

Richard Courtois, the chief executive of FDJ’s Sports Business Unit said that Playtech had a proven track record in Europe’s regulated poker markets.

The company’s participation in our selection procedure demonstrated a deep commitment to our strategy and a thorough understanding.

We are delighted to be able to provide our players with a wide range of new games thanks to Playtech. This allows FDJ to expand its market share in France, which is open for competition. It is built on a model of business that balances performance with responsibility in order to make gaming enjoyable.

Marat Koss is Playtech’s vice president of interactive gaming. He added, “We are proud that FDJ chose Playtech to be its partner. The inclusion of FDJ in our Ipoker.eu network is a crucial step for the expansion of the network, as the French gambling market remains buoyant.

We look forward to a successful and long-lasting partnership with FDJ.”

French online gambling growth

The deal comes after French regulator l’Autorite Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) reported record gross gaming revenue (GGR) in 2022. Annual GGR for the 12 months to 31 December 2022 amounted to EUR12.90bn (PS11.08bn/$14.04bn).

The GGR of France’s Online Gaming Market increased 0.8%, to EUR2,18bn. This was 64% from betting on sports, online poker, and horse racing.

In terms of gross gaming revenue (GGR), online poker ranked highest among all games, reaching EUR442m by 2022 – an increase from EUR421m at the end of 2021.

GGR reached EUR1.38bn for online sports betting. This is another record. The stakes here of EUR8.3% also represent another record.

Lottery generated EUR5.6bn, which is a 10.2% increase in revenues from 2021.

Casinos’ GGR for the year was EUR2.5bn, up EUR1.08bn from 2021, and barely edging out EUR2.4bn pre-pandemic in 2019.

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