Winamax Becomes First Regulated DFS Operator In France
The expansion of daily fantasy sports beyond the U.S. is essential for operators like DraftKings and FanDuel. Besides the obvious legal challenges and uncertainty in the U.S. markets like Europe are sports crazy and the potential for the likes of DFS in football is massive.
France is one of those countries that is embracing DFS as the regulated operator Winamax is the first to offer DFS in France ahead of the start of the French Ligue 1 soccer season.
Winamax are the market leaders in the regulated online poker market and even are bigger than PokerStars. They launched their DFS games called Le Jeu de l’Entraineur (JDE)—The Coach’s Game.
As part of their marketing blitz Winamax have enlisted the help of former French football coach Raymond Domenech who will be selecting his own fantasy team and reporting on the Winamax blog while providing tips and his experience. The format is that of a five- a-side or full team with players having an initial play-money budget which is used to form a team of defenders, goalkeeper, forwards and mid-fielders. Teams will be awarded based on the performance of players in different positions. Currently game stakes are €2, €10 and €50 are available but higher stakes are set to be coming in the future.
France is different from the U.S. in that it only regulates games of skill like online poker, sports betting and horse racing. DFS is the latest addition and its regulations were outlined by ARJEL in April this year. They include DFS operators having to clearly display rules and ensure that all data and rankings provided are accurate.