Two new gaming clubs have been authorised in Paris with The Barrière club and the Centaura joining the Paris Elysées Club and the Circus Club.
The Raineau Group’s application for the Centaura and the Barrière Club, received approval from the Advisory Committee on Circle and Casino Games (CCJCC) at its meeting on June 12, followed by the green light from the Ministry of the Interior.
The Centaura will be installed in the Massena 13 shopping center, in the 13th district. The goal is to open at the end of the year 2018. It will open with 24 tables, two stud poker, six Punto Banco, two Ultimate poker, one three card poker, four poker 21, four Texas hold’em poker and one Omaha poker.
The Barrière group confirmed that it had been given the green light for a club on the Champs-Elysées, in the 8th arrondissement, opposite Fouquet’s, in the premises of the former French Aviation Club Circle. It will open with 33 tables, including four of Punto Banco, four of Ultimate Poker, two of poker three cards, four of poker 21, four of Mah-Jong, 11 of Texas hold ’em poker and four of Omaha poker.
Paris now has four licensed gaming clubs. The first to obtain its authorization was the Paris Elysees Club, run by group Tranchant, which opened on April 26, on rue Marbeuf, next to the Champs-Elysees, with an authorization to operate 30 tables. The Belgian group Ardent, also got to open the Circus Club, which will open on Boulevard Murat (16th arrondissement) with 31 tables. The opening date has not been specified yet. The CCJCC is set to examine a file presented by the Partouche group for a club with 30 tables..
In other news, the last of the old style gaming circles still active in Paris, the Clichy-Montmartre, was searched on July 3, as part of a judicial investigation opened by two Paris judges for ‘laundering organised gang, concealed work and abuse of trust.’ Nine people, including officials of the venue, were arrested and placed in custody by the police of the central service of racing and games (SCCJ). The venue has not been closed yet.
The circle Clichy-Montmartre was the only survivor of the 15 or so Parisian circles that were all closed one after the other for the same reasons, money laundering or tax evasion.