France is only behind Germany and Great Britain in the number of traditional casinos existing in the country. France is essentially a gambling country, with around 160 casinos and also a cruise ship, reserved solely for gambling operations with most of them in Paris, and the rest spread all over the country, mainly in the cities.
French Contributions to Gambling
France has made many significant contributions to several aspects of the world of gambling. Popular table games such as Blackjack and Roulette actually originated from France. More importantly, the standard 52 card deck used in casinos around the world, come with a French design.
For a long time, gamblers in France wishing to play games on French online casinos had very few options. These gamers could be played only at sites that were provided by the state gambling monopoly, or played at the various online casinos operated by foreign companies, and hosted offshore. Most of these sites provide their services in French, and almost every one of them accepts deposits in Euros for payment, although none of these online casinos are sanctioned by the government of France.
There were some changes made in the law in 2010 and these really altered the prevailing situation somewhat. However, this was only in the case of online poker, with no hope of ending the ban on all other types of casino games. French gamers in general, wishing to play online casino games such as roulette, baccarat, blackjack etc., have to use websites of providers from overseas.
The First French Casino
The first ever online casino, named ICI or Internet Casinos, Inc. opened its doors to the gamblers in France, as far back as 1995, at a time when very few people used emails. This state run casino featured a small choice of a mere 18 games. However, several internet casinos offer no less than 300 games that include slots, video poker, table games, card games, and even some arcade games.