31 January 2007 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES January 31, 2007
New GPWA member wins ASOP
New GPWA private member applicant Mikko Lang (screen name: Kosmonaut) won the Affiliate Series of Poker tournament at CAP Euro last week. Mikko won $5,000 for his efforts and a free flight (and hotel) to the Bahamas for CAP Spring Break. He also won the official ASOP diamond bracelet. Congratulations Mikko! To see pictures of his triumph, make sure you visit the thread!

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Industry News
ePassporte.com remains an option
ePassporte.com remains a viable e-wallet service for American gamblers, although new customers can expect some significant delays when trying to establish a functional account.

U.S. confirms loss in WTO Internet gambling case
The World Trade organization has issued another ruling against the United States in an Internet gambling case filed by Antigua and Barbuda. "The panel report clarifies that compliance does not necessarily require new legislation, but could instead involve other steps, such as administrative or judicial action," a U.S. Trade Representative spokeswoman told Reuters. The final public report is expected in March.

Titan Poker creates Australia-friendly tournaments
Titan Poker announced Tuesday that it has expanded its tournament schedule for players from Australia and New Zealand. The growing number of players from Australia and New Zealand led the popular online poker room to introduce additional regularly scheduled tournaments at hours suitable for those players.

VIP.com expands line-up
VIP.com Casino has added three new slots to its collection and redesigned 14 table games. Tables receiving the new look inlude: Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Hold'em Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Face Up 21, Let'em Ride, Match Play 21, Pai Gow Poker, Pontoon, Red Dog, Super 21, Tri Card Poker, Vegas Three Card Rummy and War.

Online gambling in the news
From legalizing home poker games in Washington to the EU threatening WTO action against the U.S. because of its anti-online gambling laws, we scour the Net for the top news of the day.

Meet The Affiliate Manager
Before heading off to CAP Euro for some serious partying (and networking), Casino Profit Share Affiliate managers Trish and John took some time to talk pythons, puppies, Baccarat and customer service with the GPWA.
Read the interview
Did You Know?
30 percent of British workers have placed an Internet wager while at work, or know someone who has.
-- Morse research

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From The Forums
New Message  Pinnacle dumps U.S. affiliates
GPWA members discuss Pinnacle's decision to stop accepting player referrals from affiliates based in the U.S. read more
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New Message  Google Cleaning Bee
GPWA members are urged to work together to "actively & systematically" eradicate search engine spam. As our member AussieDave writes:
Over the years I’m sure we can all attest to the increase in SE Spam. Be this black hatting or blog Spam, neither one is less destructive than the other. However, combined, these parasites have not only placed a dark cloud over the reputations of honest webmasters, but have also been responsible for loss of income derived from scrapping or otherwise stealing content from legitimate, hard working webmasters... Trying to fight this battle alone although commendable, is a losing task.. There are simply too many rogue webmasters, blog spammers and black hatters for one person to contend with. However… we are the GPWA, we have the numbers to make a profound difference!
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