3 July 2007 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES July 3, 2007
June's most active affiliate program representatives
The GPWA is recognizing the affiliate program representatives who were the most active in the forums during the month of June. A special thanks to Greg Gomez of Wager Junction, last month's most active representative. He will be the featured affiliate program representative on the GPWA home page for the month of July. And we are recognizing all of our top June representatives by featuring them on the GPWA home page with a link to their GPWA affiliate program pages. If you are an affiliate program representative who missed this list, it is easy to make the next one:be more active in July.

Honoring June's most active members
The GPWA is recognizing its most active members during the month of June. We're giving an extra special thanks to Doolally, our most active poster for the month. His site is being shown on the GPWA home page as our featured site for the month of July. As was the case in previous months, we are going to show our appreciation by placing links to all the most active members' sites on the GPWA home page and other pages. If you missed the boat this time, it's easy to fix: just be an active participant in July.

Industry News
Viva Las Vegas
Casino City's Rebecca Liggero details all the reasons why she is so excited for her upcoming trip to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. And she's not even planning on playing in the $10,000 Main Event. You'll have to read the story to see the complete list, but it includes midgets and wolves and Swedes! Oh my!

Harrah's, Betfair sign WSOP Europe deal
Harrah's has executed a non-binding letter of intent to form an alliance with Betfair.com that will designate Betfair.com as the Presenting Sponsor of the World Series of Poker Europe through 2011.

NETeller founder pleads guilty in gambling case
NETeller co-founder Stephen Lawrence pleaded guilty on Friday to a conspiracy charge over the handling of billions of dollars in gambling transactions.

Bodog.com lauches iPhone promo
Bodog.com will award the hottest new tech toy of the year, the iPhone, to 15 lucky Let 'Em Ride players.

SkillGround offering affiliates $500 prize
SkillGround is giving its affiliates a chance to win $500 when they become a SkillGround Partner and work to develop the hottest new market in Internet gaming.

BackgammonMasters.com offers no rake poker
To celebrate their new real-money poker room, BackgammonMasters.com is offering something unheard of in the online gambling world -- no rake poker.

William Hill chief quits to spend more time with family
The chief executive of William Hill, Britain's biggest bookmaker, is leaving the company in search of a new challenge and to spend more time with his son.

Upcoming Conference
CAC - MontrealAugust 27-28
CAC - Montreal
The fifth annual Casino Affiliate Convention Montreal will primarily focus on marketing and advertising for the online gaming industry.
Did You Know?
The kings in decks of playing cards represent real leaders and conquerors from history. The king of spades represents the Biblical King David, the king of clubs represents Alexander the Great, the king of hearts represents Charlemagne and the king of diamonds represents Julius Caesar.
-- John Grochowski

Affiliate Program Sponsors

Affiliate Manager Interview
Michael Haines - SkillGround

Michael Haines explains how he'd bring about world peace by beating Moses, Jesus, Mohammad, Ghandi and Einstein in a game of WarPath. And the Canadian affiliate manager for SkillGround.com even sprinkles an "eh" into the conversation.
Read the interview

What is the nature of your gaming portal business?
For some members, being a gaming portal webmaster is a part-time job on the side. For others, it is their full-time job - maybe by themselves, or with a spouse, or sometimes as an employee or owner of a firm with a number of other people. What is the nature of your business?View poll

By the way, there is also a related thread started recently about what else portal webmaster's do when they're not at work on their portal sites that is pretty interesting reading.
Last week's poll results: What percentage of your visitors are from search engines? View poll
Buzzy's World
The BuzzBuzzy has been hard at work this week chasing down the latest industry rumors and gossip. Here's a quick look at Buzzy's top finds:
New Message Couch Slouch says YES to online gambling
New Message Court rules that running fantasy league is not gambling
New Message Companies hope Frank bill turns into U.S. gold rush
New Message PartyGaming feeling confident
From The Forums
New Message Odd SEO question
kaus kaus writes:
Curious, but can a site that is almost 10 mths old have no PR, minimal to almost nil in backlinks recieve unique traffic in and around 50K/month?

I know this is an odd question but I'm just curious about something I had seen and could not believe it for myself...thought I would ask since you need backlinks and content to get your hits. Without those two ingredients what chances does a site have? read more
New Message The iPhone grabs hold!
New Message 395 clicks 34 depositors normal?
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New Message Online casino closing
New Message I'm officially a full-time webmaster
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