eCOGRA approved as Isle of Man tester

eCOGRA announced this week it has been approved as an accredited testing facility by the Gambling Supervision Commission on the Isle of Man.

"We are delighted that a regulator of the caliber of the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission has accepted our credentials, audit experience and professional qualifications after intensive study," said Andrew Beveridge, eCOGRA chief executive.

"Our testing principles and methodologies have now been recognized by several international jurisdictions concerned with protecting players through the professional and continuous testing of online casino and poker room operators."

eCOGRA is a nonprofit London-based organization that sets online gambling standards and provides an international framework for best operational and player protection practice requirements. It particularly emphasizes fair and responsible gambling.

The organization enforces its standards through inspections, reviews and continuous monitoring of online poker, casino and betting sites that bear the "Safe and Fair" seal given out by eCOGRA.

"Over 130 tier one online casinos and poker rooms currently use our test and audit services, and we number 25 leading operator companies and 16 quality software providers among our clientele," Beveridge said.

"In addition, we have the added scrutiny of the leading audit firm KPMG through its annual quality assurance reviews, thus providing an unrivaled verification program."

Beveridge, along with eCOGRA's independent directors and audit team, had to give extensive presentations earlier this year to the Gambling Supervisor Commission in the Isle of Man. They demonstrated the organization's credentials and explained the testing methodology they use in order to get accreditation in the Isle of Man.

Some of the online poker rooms that bear the eCOGRA seal of approval include Pacific Poker and PokerRoom.

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