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ARJEL - a new acronym to remember

A statement on the French government website www.premier-ministre.gouv.fr/acteurs/gouvernement/conseils_ministres_35/.../jeux_argent_hasard_ligne_63045.html, widely reported in the French media yesterday, delivers further information on French moves to open up that country's gambling markets (see previous InfoPowa reports).

The statement announces the appointment of the French Tennis Federation's secretary general, Jean-Francois Vilotte, to head up a new French online gambling regulatory authority with the rather ponderous title of l’autorité administrative indépendante de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL). The body will be responsible for issuing the 5 year online gambling licenses envisaged in the draft legislation opening up the market from January 2010.

The statement also confirms that the proposed legislation to effect the liberalisation of the French market in compliance with European Commission principles has been placed before the French Council of Ministers.

Vilotte is a name known to most online gambling corporate execs due to his involvement in the French Tennis Federation's legal assaults on Internet gambling companies such as Ladbrokes, Betfair, Unibet, Expekt and Bwin last year regarding Internet betting on tennis matches.

Early reaction from the European Gaming and Betting Association, which numbers most of the major European gambling corporates among its members, has not been favourable to the appointment, with the organisation suggesting that the French government justify Vilotte's appointment to a post where an unbiased and independent approach is of significant importance.

Tennis – The Championships at Wimbledon – Leave up all weekend

As the 2007 Wimbledon Championships wrap up this weekend in England, stick with for the latest developing matchups, props and other wagering options. The men’s bracket has the semi-finals scheduled for Friday and the Final for Sunday, while on the women’s side of things, the finals are set, with surprising Venus Williams taking on Marion Bartoli Saturday morning on NBC. Of course, there are doubles tournaments to be decided as well. A full championship weekend of Tennis awaits.

As predicted last week, the upsets were few and far between in the early rounds of the men’s division, as all four of the top seeded players had reached at least the quarterfinals. Because of that, the semifinals, and championship rounds figure to be barnburners between the world’s best players. Look for Roger Federer to continue his strong play but don’t discount Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, the matchup in the opposite Semifinal. The phenomenal Federer opened the tournament as a 1 to 3 favorite. For those who have not ardently followed tennis from a wagering perspective, consider that he is in his record 179th consecutive week at #1 in the rankings and has won six of the previous eight Grand Slams. He also takes a record 52-match winning streak on grass into the semis.

As the days go by, the matches get bigger and bigger. Don’t miss out on any of it. Make your home for great tennis wagering actions.