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Online Poker Network Receives the Esteemed eCOGRA Certification

Friday, December 4th, 2009

eCOGRA Online Poker Software

Whenever an online gaming software developer receives an eCOGRA certification, it’s pretty big news. Besides the fact that there are little over ten software developers boasting the eCOGRA Seal of Approval to begin with, for the first three years in which eCOGRA was in operation (2005-2008), there was one lone software developer (Microgaming) which online casinos could license, and consequently be eligible to receive the “Play it Safe” Seal of Approval, which is now called the “Safe and Fair” Seal of Approval.

Indeed, many things have changed at eCOGRA in the last couple of years. In addition to developing an approval process for software developers – a necessary move to remove stigmas that eCOGRA was favorably biased toward Microgaming, who was a founding member of eCOGRA – the leading non-profit group for enforcing online gambling best industry regulatory standards also implemented an approval process for bingo rooms and sportsbooks – extending beyond the original mainstay of online casino sites and poker rooms. They also have a reputable portals list, which Online Casino Suite is proud to be included on.

So…going back to my original point about software developers receiving an eCOGRA certification, the CEREUS online poker network is the most recent software platform to get a green light from eCOGRA. This is especially impressive considering CEREUS’s young but spotted past track record.

CEREUS should be considered a relatively young poker network. Apparently taking twelve months to develop on the backend, CEREUS was launched in 2008 and soon after saw several large poker rooms join, or rather, form the network, including Tokwiro Enterprises Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet. Tokwiro Enterprises, by the way, owns and operates the CEREUS network, and is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which they also

Well, if you play online poker already or at least keep up on the latest poker news – and considering you haven’t been hiding under a rock for the last two years – there’s a good chance you caught wind of the cheating scandals that took place at both of these poker rooms. No small incident, the scandals resulted in players being cheated out of $20 million, with former WSOP champ, Russ Hamilton, caught up in the middle of it all. FYI, do yourself a favor and stay clear of ANY online gambling site connected with Russ Hamilton in any way. He was found by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission to be the main person responsible for and benefitting from the cheating scandals.

While Tokwiro Enterprises nor the Kahnawake Gaming Commission did nothing to punish the offenders (a tricky legal matter to say the least), they did compensate all of the players who were affected by the cheating (traced back to super-user, fake accounts). Now, with an approval from eCOGRA, Tokwiro has taken an even larger step in damage control, and in rebuilding its reputation with poker players – many of which are U.S. residents.

According to eCOGRA’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Beveridge, “Cereus management’s complete cooperation and commitment to an in-depth inspection and monitoring process involving the network’s transaction records and its software has been remarkable. Going forward, we are confident that the network’s adherence to our standards and best business practice requirements will prevent any reoccurrence of the unfortunate incidents of the past.”

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