eCOGRA CEO Calls For Software Providers to Join In Giving Greater Player Assurance

18 May 2004
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

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.

In a plea to more online gaming system software suppliers to join, Beveridge
said that the unwillingness of certain providers to submit their organizations
for rigorous assessement was impeding the industry's fight for recognition
in offering reputable and accountable operating standards.

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.