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The group has grown rapidly from 28 listed members in Fall 1999, to 101 in February 2000. Their website has a web frame for a blacklist, but only First Live was on it. It offers dispute resolution and, unlike the Interactive Gaming Council (see below), does not limit it to EOGA members. Unlike the e-Gaming Shill Commission, EOGA has specific rules. Members must have a license from a government, maintain records of every wager, allow third party examination of their systems, keep out minors, and have cash reserves sufficient to pay all wagers. EOGA's website states that the casinos do not pay them anything beyond the $895 membership fee, which presumably means that when consumers click from the EOGA database to a recommended e-casino, there is no kickback.5

Conclusion: the EOGA is not an independent group. The im-pression that it is consumer driven and not corporate is a prevarication. However, the EOGA claims meaningful requirements for e-casinos, and the substantial number of members suggests considerable industry acceptance. It is not the vehicle of just one company and its portal. Although the domain name is owned by the casinos, they seem to be of the dairy variety. EOGA seems to have been set up to help reduce the public relations problems caused by the worst e-casinos, so to that extent, its seal on websites is of value.

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A Primer on Basic Poker Strategy
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