More Sites Receive eCOGRA Seal - Thursday 6th of April 2006

NEW YORK – Poker players across the world willnow find the familiar eCOGRA "Play It Safe" seal on 7 more quality Internetpoker sites belonging to some of the most successful and reliable onlinegaming groups in the business.

Bringing to 76 the number of online casinos and poker rooms committedto the international standards of eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulationand Assurance (eCOGRA), the new seal-holders have successfully passed stiffprobity, game fairness and operational efficiency tests and will undergocontinuous monitoring. As a result, players can be assured that some oftheir favorite online poker sites meet the highest standards on theInternet today.

eCOGRA's independent directors awarded the 'Play It Safe' seal thisweek to the following poker rooms from the Ongame and Prima Poker networks:

Europoker.com (Ongame network)

Trident Poker (Prima Poker network)

3 Piggs Poker (Prima Poker network) Gaming Club Poker (Prima Poker network) River Belle Poker (Prima Poker network) 7 Sultans Poker (Prima Poker network) Royal Vegas Poker (Prima Poker network)

eCOGRA CEO Andrew Beveridge says that each operation underwentextensive independent testing and inspection by professional teams from aninternational business services and auditing group: "This is to ensurecompliance with the standards and requirements of eCOGRA concerningoperational efficiency, fair and responsible gaming and player protection,"he said.

Beveridge revealed that further top tier sites are currently underconsideration, and that the eCOGRA initiative to present the onlinegambling community with a wide range of safe, honest and efficient onlinecasino and poker room venues is now well established and handling asubstantial share of the available online gaming business in a globalsense.

In terms of its specifically constructed poker standards, eCOGRArequires that poker seal holders are financially stable and have adequatereserves. The probity of poker room management is scrutinised, togetherwith player protection measures, payout times and financial facilities,games fairness, responsive Support and general operational efficiency.

Policies have to be in place for communicating with clients and dealingwith any player complaints, together with satisfactory technicalcapabilities and anti money-laundering systems.

"We expect to make further announcements in the near future as our "100'Play It Safe' Seals by 2006" campaign unfolds," he said. "Interest in theeCOGRA standards is growing from players, casinos, leading poker rooms andsoftware providers alike, and membership continues to be open to anysoftware provider that is prepared to commit to our goals and principles."

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