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Discussion in 'Casino Industry Discussion' started by Casinomeister, May 17, 2004.

    May 17, 2004
  1. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member


    For immediate release 17 May 2004


    Third list of Seal awards contains leading Cassava online casinos.

    Operations from one of the biggest and most marketed casino groups on the
    Internet, Cassava feature in the latest announcement of Seal awards by
    eCOGRA (eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance).

    In the third Seal awards announcement this year from eCOGRA, the following
    Cassava casinos join 41 other successful Seal operations:

    Casino On Net (You must register/login in order to see the link.)
    Reef Club Casino (You must register/login in order to see the link.)

    "We're delighted to welcome these new Seal bearers that have passed the
    rigorous third party inspection process carried out by
    PricewaterhouseCoopers. Cassava presented a significant challenge for the
    audit process due to its size and the Compliance Committee was particularly
    pleased with the way in which the assessment was conducted, and the response
    of the organisation to putting in place the necessary controls and
    procedures required by eCOGRA's eGAP," says Andrew Beveridge, CEO of eCOGRA.
    "The initiative is gathering momentum at a gratifying rate and we are
    currently in discussions with a number of providers and the casinos using
    their software. Other casinos are currently undergoing the inspection
    process and I am confident that we will soon be seeing a diversity of
    operations powered by different software providers on our Seal list."

    Beveridge emphasised that any software provider committed to the ideals of
    the organisation and meeting its probity and other requirements was more
    than welcome to apply for membership. The goal of the initiative is to
    guide players to safe, fair and efficient casinos operating to carefully
    developed and fully enforced regulatory standards.

    eCOGRA is an independent, strongly funded, non-profit organisation that has
    evolved a set of practical operating regulations to ensure fair gaming,
    player protection and efficiency. Called the eGAP or Generally Accepted
    Practices, the regulations embrace some 15 areas of casino operations.
    Before being awarded the eCOGRA Seal members must undergo stringent
    inspections by third party professional bodies, and operations are
    subsequently monitored to ensure ongoing compliance. eCOGRA has an online
    complaints facility for any player with a legitimate grievance against any
    member casino.

    Issued by: Andrew Beveridge, CEO
    Date: 17 May 2004
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  2. May 19, 2004
  3. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service

    For immediate release 18 May 2004

    eCOGRA CEO calls for software providers to join in giving greater player assurance

    Senior eCOGRA personalities met with software providers yesterday in an open session
    in Toronto, Canada designed to explain the regulatory requirements of the player
    protection body.

    Most online gambling executives are currently in the city attending the Global
    Interactive Gaming Summit and Expo which ends Wednesday.

    The chairman of eCOGRA, Michael Hirst OBE, independent director and respected online
    gambling consultant Frank Catania, CEO Andrew Beveridge and Fair Gaming Advocate Tex
    Rees met delegates and gave a presentation covering the progress made by eCOGRA,
    highlighting the announcement that day that major casino operator Casino On Net had
    been awarded the Seal.

    C.O.N. CEO John Anderson was in the audience.

    He emphasized that "eCOGRA is open to all software suppliers and their operators
    that that share the vision of self-regulation enforced by independent inspection and
    monitoring. It is an industry initiative which needs to be supported, if the
    industry is to reach the universal credibility it so rightly seeks".

    He revealed that although eCOGRA did not at present have any plans for the
    sportsbook sector, it was actively working on appropriate regulations for the
    booming poker sector. Covering the structure of the organisation, Beveridge
    emphasised the independent nature of the Seal award process and the benefits it made
    possible for players and casinos alike.

    Beveridge said that the services of eCOGRA's Fair Gaming Advocate had been
    successfully called upon by a number of players who had voiced their satisfaction
    with the fast and efficient resolutions that had been achieved.

    The advantages of undergoing a detailed inspection by highly experienced
    professionals was stressed, together with future plans by eCOGRA to launch
    substantial awareness and advertising initiatives on the benefits of regulated
    gambling, and participation in other projects that take advantage of bringing
    together significant and reputable companies were outlined by Beveridge.

    eCOGRA is confident that external organisations such as regulators and financial
    institutions will increasingly recognise Seal holders for their responsible efforts
    and compliance with international quality requirements. The continuing education of
    this aspect remains a priority.

    Later in the week eCOGRA will be taking part in open discussion panels at GIGSE.

    Issued by: Andrew Beveridge, CEO

    Date: 18 May 2004

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