As a respected and widely read poker blogger, I thought you might be interested in learning a little more about eCOGRA, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and helping online gamers.
Basically, eCOGRA is like a second insurance for players out there. It would be very helpful for your players and readers to know the benefits of a gaming site that holds the eCOGRA “Play It Safe” seal.
Many online casinos and poker rooms hold the seal, and eCOGRA is determined to make that number grow, for the players. With eCOGRA certified casinos and card rooms, players have someone to turn to if they feel that they have been cheated or mistreated in any way.
Below I have attached the latest news from eCOGRA. If you feel that your readers would benefit from knowing about an organization like this, feel free to post this on your Web site – and, of course, if you have any questions, either from yourself or your readers, feel free to contact me.
The Fair Gaming Advocate for the international standards body eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) has reported on player disputes with "Play It Safe" seal operations for the year 2005.
The eCOGRA "Play It Safe" Seal is awarded to operators that meet the organization's strict standards for fair gaming, player protection and responsible conduct.
In her preamble to the report, FGA official Tex Rees remarks that the level of complaints remains remarkably low at seal venues and a minute percentage of the total volume of business involved.
The 66 major online casinos and poker rooms that hold the seal attract the majority of online casino business, making for billions of transactions every month.
In the current report, the Advocate reports that a total of 439 complaints had been received during 2005, although 103 of these were in respect of non-eCOGRA sites where players do not fall under eCOGRA protection. eCOGRA mediates only in cases where it has authority over the behaviour of the operation concerned.
Of the remaining 336 complaints, 114 were lodged over the past three months, an indication of the heightened profile of the player protection organization, general increased levels of business and generous support of eCOGRA from leading online gambling portals.