Recent legislative developments in the United States have prompted eCommerce and Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) to reiterate the importance of consistent and monitored standards for online casino and poker rooms to ensure a safe playing environment for customers.
According to an eCOGRA press release, Andrew Beveridge, eCOGRA chief executive, believes that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) passed in the United States has the potential to create a situation where players could be vulnerable to unregulated and unprincipled gambling sites that will take the place of the larger, legitimate online businesses that have decided to exclude customers from that region.
Currently there are 112 online gaming sites that have already committed themselves to following the standards of eCOGRA. Beveridge is urging other software providers and operators to follow suit.
"Professional and integrity-driven conduct to best practice standards by properly monitored online gambling establishments is critical to the future success of the industry," Beveridge said.
"We have always expected our seal holders to act responsibly and urge them to continue do so in the current circumstances. The need for safe, fair online gambling venues working to consistent and practical operational standards capable of crossing international borders cannot be overstressed."
eCOGRA's members and seal holders will continue to offer efficient and respectful service to all players permitted by the laws where they reside to gamble online.
Beveridge added that eCOGRA believes that regulation is far more effective and safer for players than prohibition of online gambling. "Our concern is that prohibition rarely works and could allow unregulated operators to take advantage of decent people who have no recourse to a controlling authority," he said.