OPA Making a Comeback
By Earl
Late last year the voluntary watchdog for online gamblers, the Online Players Association, fell into inactivity because of the resignation of committee members who had become 'overworked and had been inadequately resourced' according to their press release. But an effort to revitalize the body, led by Mike Craig, of the Casino Gazette, is beginning to pay off as many online gamblers are signing up for free membership, recognizing that the OPA is again active and has been improved.

The main aims of the Association include the securing of online casinos that are good to play and safe to play, and which pay out quickly. The OPA has also charged itself with the responsibility of running a free dispute mediation service. The new OPA also offers a warning system against casinos that may operate 'rip-offs', and expects that the system will work quickly enough to help online gambling members.

The resurrection and improvement of the OPA came about after private talks, begun in January, between players and online casino operators. It became clear to everyone in the talks that players did not want to see the OPA extinct. Craig said: 'There is a clear need for an independent outfit that pursues claims for aggrieved members, points them in the right direction for quality, fast-paying online gambling venues and steers them clear of sub-standard fly-by-nights. We've evolved a superior business model and a new structure which is better equipped to serve both player and casino members alike.'

The CasinoGazette.com site has all the information on the OPA and will feature it while the association revamps its own site. Existing members have been contacted to re-join. Benefits of the free membership include a real time support center (based in the UK), a full-time Complaints Desk, an online form for filing disputes, application forms for new members, casinos NOT recommended, casinos APPROVED, and other benefits.

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