Regulador francês introduz novo sistema para monitorar manipulação esportiva

The ANJ will have the power to suspend sports betting markets and monitor sports manipulation.

Gambling regulator Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) demonstrated the system to sports minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra and Olympic and Paralympic Games executives at an event last week.

Implemented during the Rugby World Cup, the new system includes daily monitoring by ANJ to prevent sports betting on easily manipulated events and low-level competitions.

Operators must record online bets to help the regulator identify unusual betting patterns hidden among operators and abnormal odds.

The ANJ has the authority to suspend a betting market if it suspects manipulation.

In approaching the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the ANJ will also implement directives from the Copenhagen Group aimed at improving international cooperation.

The objective is to monitor sports manipulation

The Paris 2024 Goal will include closer collaboration with national sporting bodies on surveillance, and the ANJ will train volunteers on betting regulations and notification procedures.

Revenue from the French game in the first half

ANJ reported that the gross gaming revenue of the main gaming operators reached US$5.58 billion in the first half of the year.

This represents a 4% year-over-year increase.

FDJ and PMU generated 78% of all revenue ($4.42 billion), while other licensees such as Betclic had combined revenue of €1.2 billion.

The ANJ suggested that the FDJ has seen the momentum continue since the World Cup in late 2022, noting that the increase in revenues was “partly explained by sports betting enthusiasm generated by the Football World Cup in Qatar.”

He stated that the event led to an increase in player recruitment in both sports betting and poker through cross-selling.

Online revenues increased by 10%, to 1.2 billion euros, while sports betting represented 64% of all GGR, with 750 million euros.

Poker generated $264 million and horse racing betting generated $186.4 million.

This month FDJ completed the acquisition of ZEturf, expanding its online presence.