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Information About eCOGRA Association, Its Goals And Directors.

ecogra e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) is a well-funded, independent, non-profit organisation with offices and a permanent staff based in London.

The organisation was initially founded and financed by Microgaming Software Systems and Virtual Holdings, the owner / operators of Casino On Net who each have a representative on the board. Other directors are highly experienced and distinguished executives from the international gambling industry, and the board is structured such that independent directors' votes control it to ensure autonomy from software companies and operators.

The objective of the Association is to ensure efficient online casino (and shortly poker room) operations to high standards of fairness and integrity, leading to genuine player protection so that players may be assured that eCOGRA operators have demonstrated that they are honest, games are fair, monetary deposits are safe and payouts are timely.

In order to distinguish casinos committed to these ideals, a rigorous evaluation and inspection system has been designed, culminating in the successful casino applicant receiving an eCOGRA seal.

Directors include: Chief Executive Andrew Beveridge; independent directors Michael Hirst OBE (chairman and formerly a top executive with the Hilton Group and UK's Business Tourism Partnership); Bill Galston (former chief inspector of the Gaming Board for Great Britain) and Frank Catania (a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Jersey and Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement) Other directors are representatives of the founders, Microgaming and Virtual Holdings.

Andrew Beveridge, eCOGRA CEO and Executive Director siad "Based on its principles and the contribution of its stakeholders, eCOGRA is a powerful and fully resourced entity which ensures approved online casinos and poker rooms are properly and transparently monitored. eCOGRA's Seal, displayed on the homepage of approved sites, shows that the casino and poker room operator is committed to player protection, fair gaming and responsible conduct."

eCOGRA approved casinos include: Jackpot Wheel, Slots Royale, Lake Palace, Golden Riviera, Reef Club, Crazy Vegas Casino, King Neptunes, Fortune Junction, Kasino Grand Bay, Lucky Nugget, Platinum Play, All Slots Casino, Maple Casino, Miami Paradise, Vegas Towers, Casino US, Wild Jack Casino, PokerRoom.com, Ruby Fortune, Gaming Club, Royal Vegas Casino, Arthurian Casino, Mummy's Gold, Vegas Villa, River Nile, Showdown Casino, Jupiter Club, 777 Dragon, Casino UK, Bella Vegas Casino, Jackpot City, Roxy Palace, Jackpots in a Flash, Vegas Palms, Vegas USA, Thunderluck, 7 Sultans, Cinema Casino, Casino on Net, Desert Dollar Casino, River Belle, First Web Casino, Spin Palace, Havana Club, Aces High Casino, Sun Vegas, Home Casino, All Jackpots, Casino Grand Bay, Fortune Room, Piggs Peak, Trident Lounge.

Online gaming operators may be awarded the eCOGRA Seal of Approval under the following circumstances: 1) eCOGRA Member software is utilised for the purpose of online gaming; 2) The operator complies with the eCOGRA Generally Accepted Practices, as documented by an Audit Panel firm; 3) The operator is approved by the independent Directors.

Source: eCOGRA (www.ecogra.com)

Tags: eCOGRA, e-Commerce, Online Gaming Regulation, Assurance.

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