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The ongoing shift to mobile gaming — and more specifically, to gaming apps — presents a prime opportunity for affiliates and operators to adapt and cash in. But the time to act is now.
Topic: Technology

The GPWA family was stunned in May by the sudden death of Jim Keith. Former colleague Vin Narayanan fondly remembers "GPWA Jim" as a likable character in industry circles, a loyal friend and, most importantly, a devoted husband.

If the iGaming industry hopes to thrive moving forward, operators need to start providing hard data regarding player complaints and financials.
Topics: Other | Regulation

Cybergaming Consultants CEO Tony Axisa discusses the evolution of Malta's place in the online gambling world, as well as current issues and the future of online gambling on the island.

Putting a charge in payment processing
Shemer Katz, the general manager of SafeCharge Israel, discusses the Pay.com card-issuing solution, risk management and payment processing on mobile platforms.

Introduction: Adding sophistication to payment processing
GPWA Editor-in-chief Vin Narayanan sits down with top executives from Optimal Payments, Skrill and InComm to discuss the payment processing environment.

Gaming attorney Martin Owens explains why the Santa Ysabel is within its legal rights to operate an online gambling site in California.

Digitizing cash for online gaming
InComm executives discuss the company's Vanilla Reload card, a prepaid card used to digitize cash at retailers worldwide.

Reach out to players in the funnel at the right place and time
Executives from Skrill and Optimal Payments discuss the early stumbling blocks in payment processing and the learning curve in the regulated New Jersey online gambling market.

When gray markets turn white: Payment processing in a regulated environment
Joel Leonoff, CEO of Optimal Payments, discusses the challenges of keeping up-to-date on regulatory changes and working with banks.

The Las Vegas Sands Corp. executive's arguments against online gambling are the same moral panic arguments frequently leveled against the land-based casinos Las Vegas Sands has made billions from operating.

State-by-state expansion of online gaming in the U.S. has shown some promising signs lately, but there are still several hurdles to overcome.

Fredrik Kjell dishes about how Amaya Gaming develops and runs its player management platform.
Topic: Technology

Chances for passing sensible regulatory legislation on the federal level look dim, and only a little brighter at the state level.

Two Amaya execs discuss a range of current events in the online gaming industry.

PokerStars' application to purchase the Atlantic Club Casino in New Jersey in the wake of its DOJ indictment on Black Friday has sparked some heated debate.

Full Tilt and PokerStars have both settled to pay massive fines to the U.S. DOJ — and PokerStars has purchased Full Tilt.

Black Friday and the DOJ's reinterpretation of the Wire Act both shook up the legal landscape for online gaming.

A birthday to remember
John Pappas gives his predictions for the future of online gaming in the U.S.

The Full Tilt online fiasco impacted land-based gaming as well
The executive director of business development at Foxwoods Development Company discusses the effects of Black Friday on the brick-and-mortar casino industry.

States should tell the DOJ to mind its own business
Gaming attorney Martin Owens weighs in on Black Friday and the futility of prohibiting online gaming.

Be neutral, be agnostic and be ready to act quickly
Lou Castle of Shuffle Master thinks social gaming has a role to play in the real-money online gaming world.

What happens next? Keep your eye on the lotteries!
Kimberly Arnold of the Innovation Group discusses the relationship between lotteries and casino gaming.

The brick-and-mortar casino industry has put itself behind the push for online gaming, but the slow pace of legal change means it may be a while before it becomes widespread throughout the U.S.

The DOJ's recent reinterpretation of the Wire Act may lead the U.S. online gaming market to fracture into 51 markets, similar to the situation for land-based gaming.

Webmaster News: Absolute Poker founder pleads guilty to bank fraud and money laundering
Brent Beckley entered a guilty plea in the case the U.S. DOJ has brought against Absolute Poker, Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.

Full Tilt Poker's and Absolute Poker/UB's inability to pay their players in the wake of DOJ indictments raises questions about what regulation is for and what constitutes a useful, effective regulatory scheme.

Online gaming operators in France are seeing declining revenue and having a tough time making a profit, due largely to a high tax rate that impedes their ability to offer decent returns to players.

Full Tilt Poker's loss of its Alderney gambling license is just the latest in a series of bad news for the company, but the AGCC did grant a request to delay the regulatory hearing until September.

Webmaster News: More online gambling indictments issued in Maryland and New York
Two businesses and three people were charged with money laundering and operating an illegal business; 10 domains were seized; and 11 bank accounts were frozen.

Webmaster News: QuickTender's wallet slams shut
The electronic wallet says it is stopping services after several bank accounts were frozen by court order following another round of DOJ indictments.

Webmaster News: Governor's veto kills online gambling legislation in New Jersey
Gov. Chris Christie cited a number of issues he had with the bill, but insisted he was amenable to signing an online gambling bill if these issues were addressed.

Vin reconstructs the events of Black Friday as seen from the Internet, including witness commentary and a timeline of press releases.

Webmaster News: Efforts for federal regulation fall short in lame duck session
With the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, conditions for federal online gaming regulation do not look favorable.

Webmaster News: Legalized online gambling moves one step closer to reality in U.S.
The House Financial Services Committee, headed by Barney Frank, approved a bill to license and regulate online gambling.

With "copyright troll" firm Righthaven starting lawsuits against webmasters who repost content, affiliates need to make sure their use of other people's articles follows copyright laws and industry best practices.

The legal landscape for online gambling in Europe is changing quickly, and nowhere are the changes more dramatic than in two of Europe's largest markets -- France and the U.K.

Online poker might be coming to California, but it's not going to get there without a fight.

Introduction: Partying with the GPWA
When Vin Narayanan visited London to attend the International Gaming Expo and the London Affiliate Conference, he brought his camera with him.

Webmaster News: Harrah's launches long-awaited online casino
The new casino is named Caesars Casino Online and bears the unique black and gold Caesars branding.

Webmaster News: Full Tilt circumvents Kentucky case
The online poker company took pre-emptive action against the commonwealth to ensure that its domain could not be seized.

In the online gambling industry, a decade is practically a lifetime. As the calendar turns from the aughts to the teens, we look back at the previous decade and see an era marked by rapid growth, market- and industry-altering earthquakes, arrests, trials, recession, and new and emerging growth areas.

As the European online gambling market matures and moves away from a "one market" philosophy to a nation-by-nation jurisdictional approach, it's becoming clear that not all regulation is good regulation. An organization called Right2bet has been created to try to effect good regulation.

Vin Narayanan took a little time off from covering the World Series of Poker to sample some high-end Las Vegas parties thrown by online poker rooms.
Topics: Other | Poker

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alocohol and Gaming Division says the Wire Act of 1961 gives the state the authority to make this request.

The European Union is against online gambling, and that spells trouble for the future of the industry in Europe.

President Barack Obama can halt pending anti-online gambling regulations from being implemented, but there's not much he can do about the UIGEA.

Catania Consulting dishes on the probe it conducted on behalf of the Kahnawake Gaming Commission to vet UltimateBet and Absolute Poker.
Topics: Other | Poker | Security

Webmaster News: The GPWA sits down with Congressman Wexler and PPA chairman D'Amato
Rep. Wexler and D'Amato are working together to get the UIGEA overturned.

Webmaster News: News analysis: Judge's ruling stacks odds against iMEGA
U.S District Court Judge Mary Cooper dismissed iMEGA's First Amendment claims on the merits, rejecting the argument that gambling is a form a free speech.

As millions of users make Facebook, Bebo, MySpace, PerfSpot and Orkut their primary homes on the Web, portal webmasters need to consider how to reach this critical and growing audience.

The regulations proposed by the U.S. Treasury Department and Federal Reserve have generated so much public comment that no regulations have been implemented yet.

While there were plenty of setbacks and some significant triumphs in 2007, there were five people who stood out from the crowd, led by European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, the GPWA's Newsmaker of the Year.

In the end, Antigua's WTO case against the U.S. over online gambling had nothing to do with gambling on the Internet. Instead, it became a proxy war pitting the policies of trade against fair trade.