12/1/09 – The independent standards authority of the online gaming industry, eCOGRA, has announced that the Cereus online poker network has achieved the required standards for its Certified Software accreditation seal.
Determined that there should never again be a repeat of the issues that resulted in it paying out millions of dollars to disadvantaged players, management at the Cereus online poker network tasked their poker and back end software provider, Quad Dimensions, with key product developments and substantial improvements to its security and safety measures designed to protect players and enhance the overall gaming experience.
The result is one of the most tightly constructed online poker softwares in the industry, which has passed the stringent inspection regime of the standards and player protection non-profit organisation eCOGRA with flying colours.
A rigorous on-site review, which encompassed every aspect of the company’s software development activities, was conducted earlier this year by professional eCOGRA auditing and technical staff. The Cereus software achieved full compliance with eCOGRA’s Generally Accepted Practices (eGAP), a set of industry best practice operational and management requirements.
"Cereus management’s commitment to compliance, specifically player safety, facilitated an efficient review and certification process," Sean Roberts, Compliance Manager at the London offices of eCOGRA reported.
"The active measures taken, in light of events that impacted players, coupled with an impressive range of additional mitigating controls that have since been implemented, have contributed to the Cereus online poker network’s software reaching the standards we require for software accreditation."
Following the inspection team's report, eCOGRA’s independent Seals Compliance Committee confirmed that the software is implemented, maintained and continuously operated in a safe, secure and reliable manner, and awarded the software accreditation seal.
eCOGRA chief executive Andrew Beveridge revealed that for the past year continuous monthly monitoring of the Cereus online poker network's random number generator and game results has been additionally carried out through eCOGRA’s proprietary Total Gaming Transaction Review, a process that analyses every live gaming transaction to ensure fairness of the cards dealt.
The TGTR process also includes comprehensive controls to ensure verification of the completeness and accuracy of the data used in the monthly evaluation.
"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," the eCOGRA executive added. "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."
Paul Leggett, parent company Tokwiro Enterprises chief operating officer, said that the eCOGRA inspection had subjected the company's online poker software to one of its most exhaustive reviews.
"Doing everything possible to reassure the poker community that our operation and software are completely safe and secure is a priority for us. This is why we decided to work with eCOGRA and apply for the Certified Software accreditation seal, he said.
"Their inspection team was extraordinarily thorough, looking at a wide range of elements in our software. We are proud that our product passed the tough requirements to achieve this important accreditation. We have learned a great deal from eCOGRA, and we respect and support their ongoing efforts to make the online poker industry more accountable," he concluded.
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