France Pari Sports Review
France Pari is a relatively new French bookmaker. The company was founded in 2008 and approved by the Regulatory Authority of Online Games (ARJEL) in 2010. Their business model relies on offering a traditional online sportsbook and also selling and licencing software to competing operators both domestically and abroad.
The company has some high profile backing, with the likes of former Formula One star Alain Prost and former French international footballer Frank Lebeouf having active ambassadorial roles and stakes in the company. In 2010 the new legislation which legalised online betting opened up a plethora of new opportunities for sports gambling firms, with bookmakers able to offer markets on a wide range of sports.
France Pari’s website is crisp and well designed and it has adopted a traditional French red, white and blue colour scheme. The list of different sports and markets can be found down the left hand side of the page, with football and tennis at the top. Four tabs across the top of the page provide quick access to the Sportsbook, Live Betting, Jackpot Pool style betting and Horse Racing sections.
Since the new legislation came into force, the French sports gaming market has flourished and France Pari have been one of the best performing firms. In the first quarter of 2014 the company generated revenue of over €4m, with profits rising considerably as a result of a 70% increase in operations.
Whilst these figures are small fry in comparison to established online bookmakers around the world, they are encouraging as both the company and sportsbook market in France are still in their infancy. Sports gambling is gaining an increasing market share as poker revenues in the regulated French market remain flat.
France Pari offers solid football coverage, with odds for most of the major leagues from around the world available. For domestic football in France, odds for each round of upcoming matches can be found along with the outright prices for the winner of both Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. While the basics are covered, there are no Specials markets for any of the leagues – something which most of the major European bookmakers will offer.
One month away from the start of the Barclays Premier League in England, they offered around 44 different markets per individual match. By comparison, Bet365 (widely considered one of the top bookmakers for football) had on average 72 markets available and Bet Victor averaged 61.
France Pari offers a similar number of markets for game in France’s Ligue 1 as to those in England. Whilst the number of markets are likely to increase as the matches approach, this is a fair barometer that the sportsbook, whilst growing, still remains behind the major players for football betting.
There are a number of different jackpot games that can be played on the website, providing an alternative to the conventional forms of sports wagering.
The Jackpot 12 game provides players with the chance of picking twelve correct results. There is the possibility of covering more than one result on each line, with an overall pool style prize fund growing as the number of entrants increase.
Jackpot 10 works on a similar premise and the Super 8 Jackpot is a prediction-style pool game which covers the French Ligue 1 fixtures. The minimum entry is fifty cents and the games are innovative and provide the opportunity to win a large amount for a small outlay.
Horse racing is a very popular sport in France and there is an entire section dedicated to it on the website. Customers are able to bet on all horse racing across France and Germany – both flat racing and trotting. Straight win bets can be placed along with a range of combination forecasts and tricasts, while users can even bet on which horse is going to finish fourth in a race.
Football is undoubtedly the most popular sport, but France Pari also covers a large number of different sporting markets. This includes tennis, American Football, hockey, rugby, basketball, Formula One, cycling and baseball.
Paris Live offers in-running betting on a range of events, most commonly football and tennis. For each match there are usually several individual markets, such as Correct Score, Over/Under etc. and customers can look at statistics and data pertaining to the contest by clicking on the chart icon next to the odds. This allows a more informed decision to be made.
The bookmaker offers a reasonably generous bonus structure for new sign-ups if the customers intend on using the site regularly. A matched €30 sign-up bonus can be followed with up to a further €90 of bonuses, which are activated at various points when certain wagering requirements are met.
For those who like a regular bet, France Pari offers a monthly bonus system. Accumulate 400 points and you receive a €10 bonus. Points are accrued at different rates depending on whether a customer is betting on horse racing or football, and there is a maximum of €100 a month on offer.
Professional vs Recreational Punters
This is probably a sportsbook for the recreational punter. The depths of markets are reasonable, but do not compete with the major European operators. Furthermore, there is a conspicuous absence of Handicap and Asian Handicap betting on Football – two of the major markets that professionals use to make their living due to their low margins.
As would be expected of any large scale bookmaker, there are plenty of different methods that can be used to fund an account. The conventional Visa debit and Visa Electron cards, along with the Visa credit and Mastercard options, can be used. These card deposits come with the added protection of the 3D Security system for extra verification.
A number of major e-wallets, such as Paypal and Moneybookers, are facilitated. These options provide customers with peace of mind and some anonymity, as the money only needs to be deposited into the e-wallet and then can be distributed as desired without transactions showing up on individuals bank statements. Paysafe cards and Moneyclic accounts can also be used.
They also offer E- Carte Bleue as a funding option. In return for payment with this bank, customers receive an e-code which they can use with the bookmaker. This removes the necessity of inputting card details into the site.
Ticket Premium follows a similar principle, allowing customers to purchase a voucher code in a shop before using it online to add to their balance. Ticket Premium is a good option for those with bad credit who don’t have a bank account or access to a card which is valid online.
The customer service telephone number is available from 9am to 6pm daily and there is also an email form that can be completed with any queries. With sport happening across the globe throughout the day and night, it would probably be wise to extend their customer service coverage.
France Pari is a solid bookmaker with strong backing and a positive image. The turnover and results are increasing and naturally the progression would be to improve the depth of markets and the customer support as income grows. They are a growing company who have fast become one of France’s top online bookmakers and one that we here at SportsBettingOnline highly recommend.
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pros & cons
- One of the fastest growing sportsbooks in France
- Great range of horse racing markets
- Plenty of deposit options
- Great for European football
- Some limitations with betting options