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THE 5 MAJOR RULES TO RESPECT

by anyone involved in handball

  • Do not bet on handball, either directly or through a friend
  • Never fix a match, even by influencing a secondary phase of the game
  • Do not accept gifts, money or invitations from unknown or suspicious persons and do not listen to their promises
  • Never offer information about yourself, another player or club that is not already public knowledge that could be used for sports betting
  • If you are approached to fix a match, have suspicions or have any questions on sensitive information, do not keep it to yourself. Talk to someone you trust

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SPORTS BETTING: FACTS AND FIGURES

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There are two ways to place bets:

  • online (using the internet)
  • or "in cash" (at a bookmakers)

Some countries simply forbid sports betting on their territory (India and USA excl. Nevada). However, most countries, like France, allow both forms of betting. Most often, when authorized and regulated, online betting is offered through a licensing system and cash betting through a state-run company which holds a monopoly over the market (e.g. Française des Jeux). France is equipped with legislation on gambling and online gambling, which regulates online sports betting (Act of May 2010).

 

Two main forms of betting exist in France:

  • Totalizator / Pari-Mutual betting: bets are pooled and shared equally between the winners. The bettor does not know in advance how much he can win.
  • Odds betting: an operator offers predefined odds on bets, which represents the probability of an event happening which allows the bettor to know in advance the amount they are likely to win if the bet is correct.

INTERNATIONAL FIGURES 2016

  • €475 billion: the amount bet around the world in 2016. It has been possible to estimate this figure thanks to precise studies carried out in 2016. Previous estimates have been much less precise with the amount of €1000 billion being estimated in 2015.
  • €62 billion: the total amount bet online for Euro 2016!
  • €30 billion: the Gross Global Product for 2016, which is the difference between the total amount bet and winnings paid out to players. It can also be described as the sum of the losses of the bettors (GGP = bets - winnings). This figure has more than tripled over the last 15 years. However, even if sports betting gets large sums of money, the turnover is relatively weak in comparison to other markets. In other words, the sports betting operators pull in as much money as large multinational companies but draw relatively weak profits in comparison.
  • About 5%: the share held by sports in the global gambling market (Casino, poker, horse racing).
  • 82%: the global market share (calculated from the amount bet) held by illegal betting. Nearly 75% of the illegal international market is in Asia, compared to about 6% in Europe.

FRENCH FIGURES 2016

  • € 2,081 million: according to ARJEL, the amount bet on approved websites. This figure is 45% higher than in 2015, due in particular to a number of major international sporting events such as the Olympic Games in Rio and Euro 2016. The gross gaming revenue was €349 million, an increase of 29% compared to 2015.
  • € 506.5 million: the amount bet on events taking place in France, including €297 million on Euro 2016 and €61 million on the French Ligue 1 Championship.
  • € 20.3 million: the amount bet on handball competitions with authorized operators, including €5.5 million on the Rio Olympic Games. This represents a little more than 1% of the total amount bet on all disciplines.
  • € 5.1 million: the amount gained from "betting rights" in France (estimated by ARJEL). This is the sum paid by the authorized operators in France to competition organizers. This amount represents approximately 1% of the total amount bet online for competitions taking place in France. For handball (FFHB + NHL), the amount taken from FDJ’s points of sale reached approximately € 90,000.