The French gaming regulator AutoritÃ de rÃgulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) announced that an amendment to the Digital Bill will be presented in the French Senate in April, which if passed would allow dot-fr poker rooms to share liquidity with other jurisdictions with similar gaming regulations.
Online gaming has been legal since 2010 when the French Gambling Act became the law of the land. However, the regime as it currently stands requires licensed online poker operators in the country to ring-fence its players from the rest of the world.
While the major dot-fr poker rooms legally accept players from countries outside of France, the countrys players are limited since these rooms do not link up with neighboring countries that also have ring-fenced gaming regimes including Italy and Spain. Additionally, regulated online poker sites are prohibited from sharing the larger international player pool available on dot-com and dot-eu poker rooms.
For years the countrys online poker players, gaming operators, and ARJEL, have complained about the restrictions, stating that they have stunted the growth and potential of the market. The theory is that increased liquidity would provide more games and thus be attractive to more players in France.