France's online poker market is continuing to struggle, as the country's gaming regulators were informed that industry turnover for the first half of 2013 has fallen by 14% compared to the same period last year to €2.7 billion.
Although it has a regulated online gambling market, France's heavy taxes and a smaller player pool create challenges for the European giant. Online poker tournaments performed a bit better, with wagers being taken in holding steady with €713 million for the first half. That number is offset though by gross gaming revenues, which were down 12% and active players falling to 906,000 (down 7%).
French sports betting and horse racing were positives for the online gaming industry, as online sportsbooks have brought in €402 million with gross gaming revenues up 11.5%.
Horse racing saw its gross gaming revenues jump up 2.5% to €137 million with wagering up 2%.
With the flagging online poker numbers, it will certainly be interesting to see if France changes its tune on tight regulations in favor of growing the market.