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Another organization is the Chargeback Coalition <www.stopchargebacks.com>. Members pay $2,400, supply names of their bad customers, and then get to see everybody else's.

The site administrator and e-casino operative says, "I am fed up with the same people taking advantage of us. Most of the customers are honest people and it's just those rare 5 to 6 percent that really hurt everybody including the player."

In 1999, the Chargeback Coalition had a goal of gathering 75 members and 60,000 names of ne'r-do-wells. 4

These efforts have been eclipsed by the big daddy, a negative database created by the Interactive Gaming Council. Using its status as the premier e-casino industry group, the IGC sought to develop "the dominant database service for the industry." In June 1999 the IGC awarded a contract to Riptide Technologies of Vancouver, Canada, to build a system that would encompass the resources of the entire industry. The existing services were part of package deals available to only some clients. The IGC keeps a tight rein on the Risk Management Database and retains the right to reject participants. Information comes from both members and outside data sources. Clients receive real-time checks for "Any negative credit experiences," but the company is most interested in "fraudulent activity patterns and excessive credit card transaction chargebacks."

 
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The tournament is conducted according to a structure to be announced in advance. This structure consists of the following elements:
A. The game
B. The buy-in. Any part of the fee that is taken out of the prize pool to cover tournament costs must be specified.
C. The maximum number of re-buys allowed per player, the latest level at which they are available, and the cost and chip amounts of re-buys.
D. The tournament valuations of chips.
E. The initial chip allocation for players.
F. The time duration of each level.
G. The blinds and/or antes in force for each level.
H. The distribution of prize money to place winners, as percentages of the net revenue from buy-ins and re-buys.
 
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