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Online Casino watchdog changes qualifications for seal.

19/3/2007
Following a change in how the player protection and standards body eCommerce and Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) awards their seal, dozens more online casino and poker room operators will soon qualify for affiliation.

The main change will mean that software providers of interested operators will no longer be required to be members of eCOGRA. According to the standards body, this will not mean a reduction in the inspection and monitoring levels required in order to display the prestigious "Play It Safe" seal, awarded by the organisation.

‘We've experienced an enormous amount of interest from operators who aren't using our existing members' software, which was previously a pre-requisite to obtaining a seal,’ says Andrew Beveridge, CEO. ‘The new arrangements will allow all operators to apply for an eCOGRA seal of approval, at a time when it is vital the industry demonstrates responsibility for player protection and improved operational standards.’

eCOGRA will now offer operators that use software provided by non-eCOGRA members its certification services, which will allow many more operators with solid reputations and proven track records, the opportunity to obtain an independent and widely respected third party assurance that the players are protected, the games are fair, and the operator behaves responsibly.

All new operators will be subject to the same detailed on-site testing procedures to ensure compliance with eCOGRA's Generally Accepted Practices, and the seal award will be conditional upon eCOGRA's independent directors' satisfaction that there is full compliance with the requirements.

This move will see operates gain access to services, including eCOGRA's Fair Gaming Advocate dispute resolution service, affiliate program reviews, responsible gambling training and external and internal security assessments. This is in conjunction with publishing eCOGRA's Total Gaming Transaction Reports for fairness of payout percentages, card shuffling, and RNG behaviour.

Stephen Holder.
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