Groupe Tranchant will become the first operator to open a new gaming venue in the Paris, under new legislation clubs de jeux which came into effect in January.
The group has been received authorisation from the Ministry of the Interior to open an establishment on Rue de Marbeuf, situated in the eighth arrondissement, next to the Champs-Elysées.
Representing an investment of E6-7m, the club will cover 2,200sqm and include 30 gaming tables and a restaurant.
Groupe Tranchant’s founder and president, Georges Tranchant, confirmed the new property, which will employ around 160 people in total, will open “during the spring”.
Meanwhile, Groupe Raineau has applied for permission to operate a gaming venue at the Imperial Club in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, but has yet to obtain approval for the project.
France’s largest casino operator, Groupe Barrière, was late to the party, applying for a licence to operate a venue on the Champs-Elysées, opposite its 5-star hotel Barrière Le Fouquet’s in February.
“Subject to obtaining the license and authorisations for development work, [the venue] should open in the summer of 2018,” said the group in a statement to the French press.
Companies will initially be allow to operate clubs de jeux during a three year trial period, while the new venues will be permitted to offer a range of table games including several forms of poker; punto banco; billiards; and key to cornering the Chinese market – baccarat and mahjong.