E-Cogra Press release- disputes settled


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Apr 10, 2007
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Latest stats from Fair Gaming Advocate released

London, 29 May 2007 - The Fair Gaming Advocate at online gambling standards and player protection authority eCOGRA has released the latest statistics of disputes, covering the period January to April 2007 and showing that 54 percent of disputes over the period were settled in favour of the player.

Tex Rees says that of the 290 requests for mediation received by her office, 252 were accepted, the balance being in respect of online gambling venues outside eCOGRA's sphere of influence.

"Of these valid disputes, the FGA office found in favour of the player in 137 cases, or 54 percent of the disputes that involved "Safe and Fair" seal casinos and poker rooms," Rees said. "That's an increase in player-decided cases of 22 percent, suggesting a better 'quality' of complaint and we certainly noticed a decline in the number of irrelevant or rant complaints that contain insufficient information to be usefully considered.

"There was a 19% increase in the disputes received in this period compared to the last four months of 2006, which we believe is the result of an increased awareness of eCOGRA and the dispute mediation service, as well as new legal challenges affecting the industry."

Rees says that the main issue for the first 4 months of 2007 was US payment processing delays caused by the changes to US legislation as a result of the UIGEA. "There were higher than usual levels of slow-pay complaints, with 44 percent of all valid disputes rooted in this area," she revealed. "However, from the number of disputes received in the last few weeks it appears that this situation is pretty much coming under control," she commented.

The majority of other disputes were based on so-called bonus abuse issues, which tend to be time consuming to resolve. The FGA considered 78 allegations of unfair bonus abuse, or 31 percent of complaints accepted. "The incidence of this category of dispute has declined markedly following a professional policy note sent to all "Safe and Fair" operations by eCOGRA's independent directors in mid-April," Rees said.

The 118 eCOGRA accredited online gambling sites attract an average of 0.53 dispute claims per month per site, up from 0.32 dispute claims per month per site recorded in the last four months of 2006.

Rees said that interest in eCOGRA activities had resulted in a three fold increase in traffic to the organisation's website in the past year and revealed that unique visits continued to climb. "We are particularly pleased with this, as it indicates an increased awareness of our organisation and its player protecting achievements.

"Significant effort continues to be made to provide the online gambling public with useful information about eCOGRA and the professional and responsible side of online gambling," she said.

About the eCOGRA Disputes Resolution Service:

eCOGRA offers a free of charge, fast and efficient disputes mediation service for online gamblers with a complaint about any "Safe and Fair" online casino or poker room where the player has been unable to achieve satisfaction at casino level. Complaints may be submitted online at www.ecogra.org/disputes. Headed by Fair Gaming Advocate Tex Rees, the department studies the detail of each case and assesses the facts independently and without bias. Where necessary to resolve issues, the FGA has direct access to operators and their managers, who commit to high standards of professional conduct as part of their accreditation from eCOGRA and permission to display the "Safe and Fair" seal.

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Notes to editors

eCOGRA, the independent standards authority for the online gambling industry, is committed to protecting online casino and poker players around the world. The non-profit organisation addresses the most important issues to players: fast payouts, fair gaming, responsive and efficient service and responsible operator conduct.

eCOGRA provides an international framework of best operational and player practice requirements enforced through inspections, reviews, and continuous monitoring. To date, 115 sites comply with these requirements and have been awarded the coveted Play It Safe Seal that identifies to players the safest online gambling sites on the Web. For more information on how eCOGRA is constantly improving standards in online gaming for players everywhere, go to www.ecogra.org.

For all media queries or to arrange a briefing, please contact:

Stuart Hehir or David Hall

Chameleon PR, London

[email protected]/mailto:[email protected]

+44 (0)20 7680 5500


Dormant account
Sep 17, 2006
San Diego
Very interesting. But kind of sad that that high of a percentage of complaints needed to be resolved in the player's favor.

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