eCOGRA Awards More Seals of Approval - Friday 16th of December 2005

LONDON –- Ten more quality online casinos havepassed probity, fairness and efficiency inspections and have been awarded theeCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) "Play It Safe"seal by the board of directors of the standards authority.

The casinos underwent extensive independent testing and inspection byprofessional teams from a top international business services and auditinggroup to ensure compliance with the standards and requirements of theorganisation concerning operational efficiency, fair and responsible gamingand player protection.

Ismael Diagne, Business Strategy Manager for the Mini Vegas group thatoperates the casinos said that the inspections had been intensive and timeconsuming with on-site visits from the inspection teams, but worthwhile.

"There is significant value in the eCOGRA initiative in terms ofincreased business efficiency and as a highly professional vehicle to proveour commitment to superior service and fair gaming for the player," he said.

The new awards bring the number of seal casinos and poker rooms operatingto eCOGRA standards to 66. eCOGRA's members currently account for 70 to 80percent of the online casino industry action.

eCOGRA CEO Andrew Beveridge says that other top quality operations arecurrently under consideration, and that the eCOGRA initiative to present theonline gambling community with a wide range of safe, honest and efficientonline casino and poker room venues continues to gather momentum.

"We expect to make further announcements early in 2006," he said."Interest in the eCOGRA standards is growing from players, casinos, leadingpoker rooms and software providers alike, and membership continues to be opento any software provider that is prepared to commit to our goals andprinciples."

eCOGRA requires that member casinos are financially stable and haveadequate reserves to cover wagers. The probity of casino management isscrutinised, together with player protection measures, payout times andfinancial facilities, games fairness, responsive support and generaloperational efficiency. Policies have to be in place for communicating withclients and dealing with any player complaints, together with satisfactorytechnical capabilities and anti money-laundering systems.

The standards and requirements, inspection and monitoring and the awardof "Play It Safe" seals are the responsibility of independent directors onthe eCOGRA Board, all of whom are well known and highly respected gamblingindustry personalities.

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