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Tex Rees of eCOGRA Joins Asian Responsible Gambling Panel


by Hillary LaClair, Senior Editor

                Tex Rees, a Fair Gaming Advocate with eCOGRA will be among several panelists at the Asian Gambling Briefing in Singapore on October 21st. Rees will discuss Responsible Gambling with a number of attendees in the panel moderated by Panos Makridis, Responsible Gaming and Compliance Manager for Galaxy Entertainment.

Rees will be joined by Francisco Gaivo, Senior Legal Counsel of Melco Crown Gaming and professor Hao Zhidong, Associate Professor and Head of Department of Sociology of the University of Macau. The panel will discuss the relationship between Corporate Social Responsibilty (CSR) and Responsible Gambling, and their importance in the online casino industry. Additionally, the panel will compare the gaming policies in Asia with other nations, discuss the limits of government involvement, and how to increase operator accountability.

Rees is credited with eCOGRA’s standards for Responsible Gambling, and enforces their implementation with over 100 affiliated online casinos. She is responsible for a number of underage responsible gaming training programs with affiliated websites, and for lobbying for more strict international responsible gaming regulations in organizations like RGA, EGBA and IGC.

eCOGRA welcomed Rees to their team in 2003, as Rees was accredited with 15 years of management and customer relations experience in offline and online casinos. Prior to working for eCOGRA, she was a customer relations agent with LiveBet Online, software development. With LiveBet, the majority of clients would contact Rees to report any development or operational problems. She was responsible for the oversight of software installation and testing. Rees additionally worked with SuperBet, the first online casino in South Africa, managing 40 call centers.