On a serious note

For most of us, playing a few games of Internet bingo is a harmless pastime. It gives us the opportunity to perhaps win a little bit of money, to make new friends and relax. However, we are aware that for some of our players, it can become a little bit more serious. It is our duty to prevent compulsive usage and underage access to our games, and to do this, it means that we comply with all guidelines published by eCOGRA. They are a non-profit organisation based in the United Kingdom. This group ensures that all approved online bingo sites are properly and transparently monitored to provide the most protection to our players. Also, Cyber Bingo do not allow anybody under the age of 18 to play Internet bingo. Our bingo rooms are not designed to attract children or adolescents. To do this, we use sophisticated verification techniques which identify minors who log into our software. Nonetheless, at Cyber Bingo, we realise Internet bingo is accessible to minors, which is why we work together with gaming companies and parents to protect our children from underage gambling.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

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