If you normally stick to playing the classic single player casino games which pit you up against a dealer or the machine, such as you might find at S-Casino online, then the world of online poker might not be something that means a lot to you – but if it does, then you may be surprised to hear of the latest decision from the National Assembly in France, where they have decided to reject the proposal from the gambling regulatory body to share player pools with other jurisdictions. In other words, French online poker players who are playing at poker sites regulated in France cannot play against others from around the world.

This is not such of a big problem thanks to the fact that there are a lot of online poker players in France, meaning that there is plenty of action to go around; but for many, the fact of the matter is that playing against others around the world would simply make things a bit more interesting for them. Sometimes it can be possible to see the same players at the same sites at the same times on a regular basis, which means that everyone gets to know one another and what kind of strategies are best to use in order to beat one another – leading to a playing field which is far from level. The French gambling regulator ARJEL had made the suggestion that other regulated countries ought to share their player pools with France, to not only provide more diversity but also to boost the revenues which the French online poker industry is able to provide. However, the government were quick to reject the idea, possibly because they still do not understand the true potential of the poker industry on the internet and everything that it might be able to provide for them.

Razzi Hammadi, from the Committee of Economic Affaris, was the main opponent of this idea when it reached the government. He is not at all in favour of online poker, calling it an ogre, and it is perhaps because of this that he rejected outright the idea that keeping the player pools isolated is killing the French industry and preventing the economy from getting the real benefits of a boost that poker could provide. His attitude is to suggest that people just do not like playing poker as much as they used to, and that this is why the poker rooms are starting to decline. Hammadi said, “We could simply realize that despite significant investments in advertising and development, poker has now gone a little out of fashion”. It is suspected that the current debate may have had some impact in terms of the sudden and as yet unexplained departure of the former head of ARJEL, Jean-Francois Vilotte, who departed his position a full two years before his contract was due to come to an end. This is a bit of a mystery, and we are sure to hear more about his resignation.