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 Post subject: some intresting news:
PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 7:05 pm 
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was surfing and stumbled across this info thought it was interesting.

24 January 2007
The first comprehensive picture of the 'average' online gambler emerges today from a huge new
research project involving nearly 11,000 players from 96 countries. The ‘eCOGRA Global Online
Gambler Survey’ commissioned by industry self-regulatory body eCOGRA ( and
undertaken by the Betting and International Gaming Research Units at Nottingham Trent
University, is the largest study to date into player behaviour and attitudes to the industry.
General Information
One of the most surprising findings to emerge is that although playing for money was important in
terms of making games entertaining, overall, the majority of gamblers appear to not be playing to
win money long-term – it’s more about the entertainment. When players across all forms of
gambling were asked why they gambled online, answers such as ‘to relax’, ‘for the entertainment
and excitement’ or ‘to relieve boredom’, heavily outweighed ‘to make money’ or ‘to win’,
highlighting that online gamblers view their pastime as simply another form of leisure activity.
The scale of the sample has allowed researchers to create the most reliable picture of the typical
online poker and casino player to date.
· Be male (73.8%)
· Be aged 26-35 (26.9%)
· Play 2-3 times per week (26.8%)
· Have played for 2-3 years (23.6%)
· Play for between 1-2 hours per session (33.3%)
· Play one (24.1%) or two (24%) tables at a time
· Play both cash games and tournaments (34%)
· Play at big-blind (minimum stake) levels of 25p to £1.00 (61.2%)
· Play with 6-10% of their bankroll at a table at any one time (23%)
· Be female (54.8%)
· Aged 46-55 (29.5%)
· Play 2-3 times per week (37%)
· Have visited more than 6 casinos in the preceding three months (25%)
· Have played for 2-3 years (22.4%)
· Play for between 1-2 hours
Player Attitudes
The best things about internet gambling are ‘convenience and accessibility’ and ‘fun and
excitement’, while ‘losing’ and ‘financial implications’ came top of the worst things - as might be
expected. The vast majority of players say they are 'up' or 'down' within a range plus or minus
£130 a month or £32.50 per week – less than the cost of a night in the pub with your mates and a
taxi home.
Overall, players felt that there was some need for improvement across a range of areas – 55%
wanted to see an increase in the number sites submitting themselves to effective self regulation
e.g. eCOGRA, while operator transparency (55%), clarity of regulations (54%), uniformity of code
of conduct (51%), responsiveness to complaints (49%) and better responsible gambling features
(48%) all featured highly on the list. In addition to the 55% who supported effective self regulation,
a further one in four players (25%) felt ‘very strongly’ about the need for sites to sign up to a
common code of conduct.
When it comes to customer service, it appears that online gambling companies do well when
compared to other industries. The majority of players felt they received either the same level or
significantly better levels of customer service, even when they’d had a dispute with a site.
Approximately half of all respondents had confidence in the integrity of the software, although
disturbingly, one in three people thought that the sites had an on/off switch that allowed them to
turn the software in their favour – something that an eCOGRA member site would find it
impossible to implement thanks to the organisation’s standards for software development and
independent testing procedures.
When it came to minimising the risk of being cheated, 64% of players ‘often’ or ‘always’ played on
the biggest named sites, with 40% saying they ‘never’ played on smaller sites because of this fear.
In addition, 70% of players said they sought out well known software providers or other
assurances such as the eCOGRA ‘Play it Safe’ seal (61%).
Player Behaviour
Play takes place mainly at home (89.7%) in the evening; however one in ten women preferred
playing in the workplace.
Message boards
Nearly 40% of respondents said they visited message boards or forums, contradicting previous
perceptions of online gambling as a rather solitary activity. Message forums are visited to get
information about sites (53% say they visit for this purpose), to have a general read and catch up
on news (40% and 37% respectively), as well as find out about promotional offers (the most
popular of all, cited by 65% of respondents).
Wagers and winning
The typical wager is between £15-30 a session in casino games and poker players said they
typically played with 6-10% of their bankroll at any one time. In a further sign of realism about
their chances, a third of poker players say that the game required more skill than luck, yet most
say they were simply 'averagely' skilled.
Reasons for playing at specific casino sites
The most important single motivator for playing at a particular casino site is its bonuses (75%),
followed by game variety (62%), deposit method and reputation (both 56%) and then promptness
of payouts (54%).
Poker specific
The poker results provide a fascinating snapshot into the area of multi-table play. The majority of
players play one (24%), or two (also 24%) tables at a time, however researchers were able to
ascertain that after four tables, concentration drifts significantly and leads to dramatic drop off in
success. Likewise, the optimum amount of the bankroll that a player should use is 2-10% at any
one table to maximise winnings.
Both casino and poker players were more likely to do well financially if they refrained from
chasing losses and were unbiased in their approach i.e. not influenced by previous hands/game
outcomes - all players might do well to take note here.
Andrew Beveridge, CEO, eCOGRA comments on the findings: "These findings are a salutary
reminder about the vast majority of players who enjoy this form of entertainment responsibly. Our
job is to signpost players towards those operators who are meeting the majority’s expectations
regarding fair play, responsible operator conduct and provisions to address problem gambling.
We are encouraged by much of the feedback, but also recognise that we still have some way to
“This report provides invaluable information that will shape our approach for the next year as we
continue to provide players with a ‘gold standard’ level of protection. We are delighted that the
vast majority of players who responded were supportive of eCOGRA’s efforts and we hope this
endorsement will encourage those within the industry that have yet to apply for our ‘Play it Safe’
seal, to do so over the coming year.”
Jonathan Parke, International Gaming Research Unit, says, “This is exciting research in many
ways. Not only does it mark the first significant research collaboration between academia and the
Internet gambling industry to date, but it is also the largest research initiative ever carried out in
this area. There are many interesting findings: some of which reinforce previous assumptions;
some of which provide a fresh understanding of player behaviour and attitudes.”
Professor Leighton Vaughan Williams, Director of the Betting Research Unit at Nottingham Trent
University, comments, "The importance of this research for our understanding of the online
gambling phenomenon cannot be overstated. The findings of this groundbreaking collaboration
between academics and practitioners will have a significant, positive role in influencing the
thinking of policy-makers, regulators and operators alike".
- Ends -
A summary report is downloadable from
10,865 people from 96 countries and 37 employment sectors responded to the survey in
September-October 2006. Fifteen focus groups were held in the US, the UK, Canada, Germany
and Sweden in November 2006. Data for the quantitative investigation was collected using
Internet Mediated Research (IMR) via an Internet data collection tool. Overall, 85 questions
including closed and open-ended questions were used to collect data on demographic variables,
information on behaviour and attitudes (basic play, casino and poker play), cognitive variables
(e.g. luck and superstition), player protection and satisfaction, responsible gambling and positive
and negative aspects of Internet gambling. The content and wording of questions were developed
from discussions involving both the research team based on emergent findings in past
explanatory work and the client.
About eCOGRA:
eCOGRA, the independent standards authority for the online gambling industry, is committed to
protecting online casino and poker players around the world. The non-profit organisation
addresses the most important issues to players: fast payouts, fair gaming, responsive and
efficient service and responsible operator conduct. eCOGRA provides an international framework
of best operational and player practice requirements enforced through inspections, reviews, and
continuous monitoring. To date, 112 sites comply with these requirements and have been
awarded the coveted “Play It Safe” Seal that identifies to players the safest online gambling sites
on the Web. For more information on how eCOGRA is constantly improving standards in online
gaming for players everywhere, go to

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:27 pm 
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I’m not up to speed as to what goes on in the Online Casino and Poker Industry. I do come across material about eCOGRA, now and again! Their site states: eCOGRA, a non-profit organization, is the independent standards authority of the online gaming industry, specifically overseeing fair gaming, player protection and responsible operator conduct. The function that eCOGRA performs protects those who engage in online gaming where it is lawful. Just how effective have they been?

My main focus always has been the Bingo Industry, and I seldom venture outside it and leave that segment to Sites like OPU. But sometimes Bingo and Casino action is run by the same company, as is the case with Bingo Vega and Casino Vega. Seems to me the Casino Industry has it fair shares of Rip off Casinos. So just how effective has eCOGRA been? When all is said and done and Online gambling returns to US Players, do you see eCOGRA as a player in all this? Or have they failed in their mission and will become a part of the past? Is their efforts to little, Too Late?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 12:40 pm 
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I think poker,casino, bingo laws are all some what related. Because I think regulating one; the others will follow soon. So I thought that article very interesting and the results not at all surprising. Just commenting.

 Post subject: madame dyna
PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 9:32 pm 
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Location: USA
I predict one main international regulating body, with countries and /or jourisdictions being licensed, accountable and responsible to that group. Something like the United Nations of gaming.

I also think that money transfer agents ( specializing in gaming only) are going to be limited to a few select , well monitored and closely supervised corporations. This will take care of any questions that internal operations of any country have regarding taxes, wins, losses or activity that any individual participates in, and will help to deter money laundering schemes and unscrupulous gaming sites.

I also think that the United States is going to honor its agreements with nations that had existing permissions to access the "air domain", but with stipulations that include regulation.

I also think the United States is going to be a main portal holding the high hand in the world of gambling and chance.

My crystal ball is cracked, so I can not be held liable. ( disclaimer of the third kind) lol

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