French online poker legislation causes Cake Poker to pull out of

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Apr 09, 2010 Posted in Poker Industry News | No Comments »

The good news is French poker players now have a legalized and regulated online poker market due to recent legislation passed by the French legislature; the bad news is that they have lost access to the entire Cake Poker Network, and will likely lose many other online poker sites in the near future.

In response to an inquiry by CompatiblePoker.com, the Cake Poker customer support team had this to say:

“Due to new French legislation, players in France will not be able to play for real money from April 9th. Players will of course be able to access the Cashier after April 9th so that they can withdraw their funds. We are looking into obtaining the relevant licenses to adhere to the new legislation as a matter of priority and once the circumstances change, we will be in contact to let all players concerned know. We do hope to welcome French players back to our software soon. I apologize for the inconvenience caused.”

So, while French players now know where they stand on legal grounds, and will hopefully have a safer, better regulated, market to play poker online, it will take some time for different sites to apply for, and receive, licenses to operate in the country. Additionally, it’s likely many smaller sites and networks will simply pass on obtaining a French license due to costs.

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