More Top Casinos Join Player Protection Initiative - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

The number of quality online casinos committed to player-sensitive, international and monitored regulation this week rose to 53 with the announcement by eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) that two new Seals have been awarded, together with additional foreign language and currency Seals.

The latest casinos to pass the detailed third party acceptance inspection are:

Maple Casino (www.maplecasino.com)

Thunderluck Casino (www.thunderluck.com)

Both of the new Seals are Microgaming-powered casinos belonging to two major and well established business groups.

22 other online casinos have successfully achieved the required service and probity levels to offer eCOGRA-regulated foreign language and multi-currency facilities.

The eCOGRA initiative is open to all and provides practical player protection through a carefully researched set of regulations, termed the eGAPs, which are applied through independent international business services organisations to member casinos and poker rooms.

Detailed inspection and ongoing monitoring to ensure continuous compliance with the regulations are key to the success of the initiative, and extensive probity checks are carried out as part of the acceptance process.

Casinos that successfully pass the inspection are identified by the eCOGRA "Play It Safe" Seal, awarded by the three independent directors on the eCOGRA Board who effectively control the organisation's operational activities.

The eGAP regulations cut across political and geographic barriers to address every aspect of online casino operation, including FATF-relevant money handling procedures, fair gaming, responsible gambling and efficient customer service.

The London-based staff includes a Fair Gaming Advocate to whom players can appeal if any disputes cannot be settled at casino level.

eCOGRA CEO Andrew Beveridge welcomed the new Seal-holders and congratulated the operators on their commitment, "Achieving Seal status recognises the high levels of efficiency at your casinos, and your strong commitment to running fair and professional businesses," he said.

"The Board is especially pleased at this time, because the second cycle of in-depth reviews of several of our existing Seal operations have just been successfully concluded, showing increasing levels of business and player-sensitivity."

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