With gross gaming (PBJ), we calculate the performance of casinos. It is the difference between bets and winnings can be assimilated and to turnover. For 2008-2009, the PBJ French casinos of the 197 fell 9% to 2.3 billion euros.
Groupe Partouche illustrates the decline of activity: sales 2007-2008 of 481.8 million euros, down 5.7%. Its Gross Product of Games at April 30, 2008 was 409.2 million euros for the 2007/2008 financial year while it is 361.4 million euros in the April 30, 2009 for the year 20008/2009. To improve its image, “the Partouche Poker Tour” arrived last year and won the poker players. Clairvoyancy services and other benefits are also popular in casinos Partouche to attract new customers reluctant.
According to group chairman Dominique Barrière Desseigne, questioned by AFP, these figures reflect “the sad reality that affects our business for two years.” This represents a decrease in activity by 20% in 2 years.
A hint of optimism is the stabilization of school attendance from September through to multi-site jackpots, poker and table games.
Depression, prohibition of smoking and development of online games.
The crisis in casinos due to two important factors. Economic crisis leads to smaller set of the players and the ban on smoking in public places since 1 January 2008 because they make less in gambling establishments. Favoring the Internet and online casino, the French and even the Europeans a more generally shunned the casino world over a series of golden years.
Morale among employees of the casino of Namur, Belgium, which had threatened to strike for 14 days from November 18, illustrates a troubled period for the casinos. The management refused by the unions to introduce a pay system guaranteeing a minimum monthly wage. If the 74 people concerned about the 130 employees have finally given up the movement through an agreement reached with their leaders, this episode shows some changes in establishments such as the pressure is presented with figures at half mast and a cash problem. Hopefully this does not reflect bad days ahead for more than 18 000 employees of casinos.