London, 30 August 2011 - Betclic, a well-established internet casino, poker and sportsbook company in the Betclic Everest Group, has successfully achieved the tough professional standards required to gain accreditation with the independent standards and player protection organisation eCOGRA.
Announcing the successful accreditation, eCOGRA chief executive Andrew Beveridge said that Betclic joins an elite group of 146 online gambling sites that have demonstrated a practical commitment to higher standards of operational conduct, fair gaming, integrity and player service through the organisation's Safe and Fair seal, which Betclic is now entitled to display on its websites.
"The Betclic management is highly experienced and well established in the industry," Beveridge said this week. "Betclic was the founding company when the Mangas Gaming Group, which subsequently became the Betclic Everest Group, was formed.
"It has also achieved compliance with the European Gaming and Betting Association’s (EGBA) standards, and it is therefore not surprising that the management met all of our requirements despite a rigorous on-site inspection and review process."
The audit and inspection leading to accreditation was carried out by Bradley Khoury, a Chartered Accountant and Information Systems Auditor, who reported to the eCOGRA Seals Compliance Committee: "The cooperation and dedication of the Betclic compliance personnel accompanied by unrestricted access to knowledgeable staff and transparent information facilitated a highly comprehensive review. The organisation demonstrated strong resilience and noteworthy commitment to compliance."
Lisa Lombardi, the Licensing and Compliance Director for Betclic, said that the accreditation initiative had been both informative and challenging.
"We consider the investment in time and resources to have been very well spent, giving us the opportunity to review all of our procedures and gain the benefit of a totally independent, practical and expert view of the manner in which we conduct every aspect of our business," she said.
eCOGRA (www.ecogra.org) is a London-based organisation that sets online gambling self-regulation requirements and provides an international framework for best operational and player protection practice requirements, with particular emphasis on fair and responsible gambling.
These requirements are enforced through inspections and reviews, and continuous monitoring.
Accreditation is open to all software companies and operators.
Accredited operators are entitled to bear the “Safe and Fair” seal, indicating to players everywhere that all operational systems and games are fair and continuously monitored to consistently high standards, and that an independent player dispute channel is in place.
eCOGRA is also an approved testing agency in various leading online gambling jurisdictions.
Created in 2005 by French entrepreneurs, Betclic is the founding brand of Betclic Everest Group.
As a leading online gaming operator in the worlds of sport, poker, casino and horse-race betting in Europe, Betclic provides a locally-tailored, easy-to-use offering focused on sporting passion.
The company is involved in promoting ethical and responsible gaming on a day-to-day basis, and has also achieved the ISO 27001:2005 information security standard.