ODJ: French Gambling Declines Problem Gambling Rises

The latest survey by Observatoire des jeux (ODJ), the governing body that tracks France’s gambling activity, revealed that gambling activity is decreasing in the country, but cases of problem gambling are growing.

Problem gambling is one of the Gambling industry’s biggest setbacks. Protocols which ensure players are safe from themselves are required for each company before their licences are accepted.

The fall in a country’s gambling operation may mean two things. Firstly, the country earns less industry revenue. And it also means that gambling attracts fewer people which means more money for their families.

ODJ announced that 47.2 percent of the 10,000 respondents were involved in any gambling last year, down from 57.2 percent in the 2014 survey.

The study also showed that excessive gambling activity in the country doubled from 0.8 percent in 2014 to 1.6 percent in 2019. Gamblers at risk of being problem gamblers rose from 3.8 percent last year to 4.4 percent in 2014.

The governing body estimated that about 370,000 French adults are problem gamblers, while around one million are at risk of being one. ODJ also estimated that 6 percent of problem gamblers expenditure and those at risk of being one contributed 38.3 percent of all gambling expenditure in 2019.

The survey also reported that lottery games lead the gambling activity in France, but problem gambling among lottery players remained small at almost 1 percent. The study reported that scratch lottery games are twice as addictive as typical draw games. Poker and casino players are four times more likely to have gambling issues compared with lotteries, while sports and race betting are six times more addictive.