by Renee Israel
The non profit standards and player protection group, eCOGRA, has been
asked by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission to act as an Approved Agent and help
oversee its new Continuous Compliance Program that was rolled out this week.
The new program will require the 55 gambling operators licensed by the Mohawk
Territory (Canada) jurisdiction to comply with best industry practices and a
three stage plan outlined by the KGC.
This would include assessment on an annual basis to ensure that compliance
was been met and maintained, as well as ongoing analysis of live gaming data.
This is not the first time that eCOGRA has been asked to oversee a compliance
program by a major group or jurisdiction.
In 2007, the group was appointed by the European Gaming and Betting
Association which represents top European gaming operators, to implement a
similar type of program as that rolled out by the KGC.
The program has proved to be very successful and is now going through its
third compliance cycle, according to the chairman of the KGC, Dean Montour.
"The KGC has a long standing working relationship with eCOGRA and is
confident in eCOGRA'S ability to effectively implement the Continuous Compliance
Program while ensuring all information received from operators is held in the
strictest confidence," said Montour.
CEO of eCOGRA, Andrew Beveridge, praised the KGC's new program and said: "The
KGC and its licensees have demonstrated a great determination to achieve best
practice standards, and we respect the commitment that has so far been shown."
"Our extensive work with our own eCOGRA accredited operators and those of
EGBA has repeatedly illustrated that the right standards, professionally and
diligently applied and maintained by an independent third party, produce
outstanding results that enhance the reputation and productivity of