What is eCOGRA and why does it Matter?

April 17, 2014

eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation Assurance (or eCOGRA as it is more commonly known) is a UK-based, internationally accredited testing agency which monitors online gambling operators, software and systems. This independent organisation is a recognised testing agency with most major online gaming licensing jurisdictions. eCOGRA casinos are generally powered by Microgaming and they are often some of the safest places available online where gamblers can place real cash wagers.

The fundamental purpose of eCOGRA is to maintain a secure environment for online gamblers and they are basically there to protect the players. They have developed several recognised accreditations such as the eCOGRA Safe and Fair seal of approval, as well as the Certified Software seal, the Certified Live Dealer seal and the Affiliate Trust seal, plus one or two other accreditations.

As a player, all you need to do is look for the eCOGRA logo when you visit a casino and this is generally enough to prove that the casino is a safe place to play. eCOGRA has approved the following online casino groups: Vegas Partner Lounge, The Palace Group, 888.com, Fortune Lounge, Jackpot Factory and Casino Rewards. Apart from the sites that are owned by the Casino Rewards group, all of the other casinos welcome Australian players.

eCOGRA has been consistently monitoring some of the best Australian online casinos since as far back as 2003 and although it is not compulsory for an operator to have the eCOGRA safe and fair seal of approval, many operators are now choosing to be more transparent and are happy to welcome the eCOGRA testing services. Players who know about eCOGRA tend to feel safer when playing in casinos which are actually monitored by this non-profit organisation.

There are literally too many eCOGRA-approved online casinos to list individually here, but some of the ones that you may recognise include Ruby Fortune Casino, Lucky Nugget Casino, Royal Vegas Casino, Platinum Play Casino, Gaming Club Casino, Spin Palace Casino and Jackpot City Casino.

Other perfectly secure eCOGRA casinos which also now welcome Australian players include sites such as Vegas Palms Casino, 32Red Casino, All Slots Casino, 777 Dragon Casino, 7 Sultans Casino, Betway Casino, Cabaret Club Casino, Casino Mate, Euro Palace Casino Golden Riviera Casino and Crazy Vegas Casino.

Wherever you see the eCOGRA logo, you can pretty much guarantee that casino is 100% reliable. However, and although it is highly unlikely, it has been known in the past for one or two rogue casinos to have added the eCOGRA logo to their site when in fact they are NOT monitored by eCOGRA. You can double check who eCOGRA has actually been accredited with their renowned 'seal of approval' by visiting the main eCOGRA website.

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