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ARJEL Investigates Illegal Poker Accounts on Partouche.fr

According to Mediapart.fr, a French investigative portal, the French online gaming regulator ARJEL is now investigating 40 Partouche.fr accounts, allegedly opened by employees of Groupe Partouche and family members of Partouche directors in violation of French online gambling regulations.
French gambling law clearly states that employees of online gaming companies and family members of their executive officers are prohibited from playing at online gambling sites belonging to those companies. In spite of this, Groupe Partouche employees stand accused of playing at Partouche.fr and winning cash prizes.
Groupe Partouche has fallen into troubled times. Last year, the company invited criticism by cancelling a €5 million guarantee poker event, which ought to have been held as part of the Partouche Poker Tour’s (PPT) Cannes leg. The event was re-introduced when the poker media and poker players raised their objections. Recently, someone uploaded a video clipping of two French poker players cheating at the final table of PPT 2009. Although Jean-Paul Pasqualini and Groupe Partouche rubbished these allegations, the Global Poker Index (GPI) decided that the players should be banned from its ranking system.
The ARJEL is especially investigating an account belonging to Yohan Zenou, who is related to Katy Zenou, who is on the Groupe Partouche board of directors. Allegedly Zenou has received free tournament tickets worth €36,000 and won prizes worth €27,500 ever since he signed up in April 2011. An ARJEL spokesperson said that 40 accounts “opened under pseudonyms, the majority by employees of the group” are currently being investigated. One of these accounts allegedly belongs to Groupe Partouche Chairman Patrick Partouche.
In Dec 2012, the regulatory body sent a notice to the company, directing it to introduce compliance measures within the next 3 months. Besides checking the company’s compliance procedures, the regulatory body is also investigating many other allegations against it.

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