Who is eCORGA?“eCOGRA is a genuine initiative to provide real self-imposed regulation of quality online casinos and poker rooms through internationally set standards enforced by independent inspection and monitoring, and to provide a dispute mediation service to the player community where issues arise between a casino or poker room member and a player that cannot otherwise be satisfactorily settled.”
e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance. They are an independent, non-profit organisation that provides important player protections to consumers of the online gambling world. This would include that operators are honest, games are fair, all monetary deposits are safe, and winnings are paid in full and of a timely manner. They are currently monitoring online casinos and poker room gambling but they want to progress on to the other forms of online gambling, which will include sports books and bingo.
They have an independent board of directors who are responsible for determining which of the software developers are admitted as members of eCOGRA and which of the online gambling operators qualify for their coveted eCOGRA’s Players Seal of Approval. The software developers are subjected to numerous checks, from background to management, they will even check their history in the industry. With the gambling operators they will be subjected to audit by eCOGRA’s audit panel, the audit panel have only global audit firms operating out of major financial centres. Seals and memberships can be revoked if any site or developer does not uphold the high standards insisted upon them, and real monitoring through diverse avenues is continuous.
The eCORGA seals are entered into voluntary, this means that the site operators are prepared to implement strict player-sensitive regulations, and have submitted themselves to rigorous inspections and have on going reviews and monitoring just to ensure continued compliance. eCOGRA have a lot of regulations in place to ensure that these online operators that have the seal of approval do put their players first.
The members of eCORGA are responsible for funding the operation of eCOGRA, but the operators (casinos and poker rooms) do not make any contributions to the organisation, which enhances their ability to be independent. From a financial perspective it will make no difference on how many sites get the seal of approval. Therefore even if they approve 10 or 100 sites they will not benefit from it. The only beneficiaries will be the players of the approved casino or poker sites, to know that the operator they are wagering with will not rip them off.
For more information on eCOGRA and what they stand for please visit their site at www.ecogra.org You will also find a list of approved online gambling operators.