About the company
eCOGRA (e-Commerce Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance) is a non-profit organization established to protect players and maintain standards in the online gaming industry with emphasis on fair and responsible approach. It was founded in 2002 by the initiative of Microgaming and 888.com, but later it became completely independent, which is a prerequisite for this kind of activity. Headquarters of the organization are in London, UK.
Currently eCOGRA cooperates with twenty-five leading software producers and dozens of largest operators of online gambling. For several years, the eCOGRA certification is confirmation of the highest level of reliability, professional approach and exceptional quality.
In general, the main task of eCOGRA is establishing the certain reliability criteria, and then carrying out inspections of various gambling establishments for compliance with these criteria. If the casino meets the requirements, it gets the seal of ”Safe&Fair” approval from the organization. It means that players can visit this place without fear of being cheated. ECOGRA also solves disputes arising between the players and the casino, which have it's certificates.
The organization ensures that players received their payment and bonuses in time, that casinos provide the confidentiality of personal information and do not violate the rules. Of course, eCOGRA ensures that the casino does not deceive players with the software. The random number generator must work properly, giving random cards and determining the winning numbers on the roulette or slots by spinning the reels. They also check the stability of the casino, regular backups of data and so on.
eCOGRA is well aware that online casinos often use money laundering, however, the organization requires that the gambling houses have confirmed their lack of such practices.
On the official website, you can find details on all rights and responsibilities of the players, and get an advice.
Inspection reports on casinos
After checking the casino, it publishes reports in the corresponding section of the casino. There are three types of them.
The first is a certificate confirming the integrity, reliability and security of the casino in general.
The second set of documents is related to the random number generators in different games and issued separately for blackjack, video poker and roulette. In six months, eCOGRA analyzes results of games and gives an opinion on whether they are accidental. The certificate guarantees the proper working RNG and is valid for six months.
The most important and useful for players is the third report, because it shows the percentage of payments. It is published monthly and displays the average amount of pay-offs for games in different categories. The data is presented in the following categories: all games, slot machines, table games and poker games.
All players, both random casino visitors and professionals, can study the test data of eCOGRA. At least, to be sure you are playing in an honest casino.