The French regulator says the country’s gross gaming revenue reached €8.2bn in 2022, with a 130 per cent jump in casino sector GGR reflecting "strong" overall growth.

ANJ France

Casinos’ GGR in 2022 amounted to €2.5bn, compared to €1.08bn in 2021 and €2.4bn in 2019 - with post-pandemic recovery cited.

However, the ANJ said monopoly operators accounted for the biggest share of the market.

La Française des Jeux and Pari Mutuel Urbai constituted 64 per cent of the GGR, showing overall growth of eight per cent year on year.

The ANJ said the growth was “mainly driven” by the lottery sector, where GGR increased by 10.2 per cent to €5.6bn.

“The horse racing betting activity in physical network is on the rise again,” the regulator said, after the “strong” impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

The sector’s GGR under exclusive PMU rights increased by nearly 10 per cent against 2021’s efforts.

“This recovery enabled a 24 per cent increase in GGR over this period compared to the first half of the previous year, while the second half shows a two per cent decline in GGR (vs H2 2021),” the ANJ said.

“After experiencing strong growth between 2017 and 2021 with an average annual GGR growth rate of 18 per cent, the progression of the online gambling market has stabilised at a level similar to that of 2021 in 2022, with a GGR of €2.18bn,” the regulator added, pointing to an increase of 0.8 per cent.

Online sports betting GGR in France in 2022 reached a record €1.38bn, up 2.5 per cent compared to 2021. The €8.3bn figure for stakes, meanwhile, was also a record.

As for online games, online poker showed the fastest growth in GGR rate, increasing by three per cent to €442m from 2021.