24 December 2008 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES December 24, 2008
Industry News
APCW Special Video Report -- December 23, 2008
J. Todd has good news concerning the Kentucky domain name case and a breakthrough in his push to get Gambling Wages to make good on its late payments to players.

Hellmuth loses hand, but UB ships him the pot
UltimateBet is facing new questions about the integrity of its software after it paid out Phil Hellmuth with the losing hand instead of the player with the winning hand.

Peak Group moving to Playtech software program
Peak Group Malta -- the parent company of SunPoker, Omni Casino and CSCasino -- made the switch last week. Existing players can play on the Cryptologic network until Jan. 15.

Income Access to consolidate affiliate payments
Income Access will be consolidating all affiliate payments into one in order to increase the regularity of payments and lessen the administration load.

PokerStars to end year in record breaking fashion
The popular online poker room will invite as many as 35,000 players to attempt to break the world record for "Largest Online Poker Tournament."

Everest enters sports gambling market
GigaMedia has partnered with sports betting leader Victor Chandler to launch Everest Bets.

YoYpoker offering freeroll for affiliates
The online poker room is holding a $15,000 freeroll for 50 new affiliates who drive a qualifying level of traffic and a $1,000 freeroll for all new affiliate sign-ups.

APCW Perspectives Weekly -- December 19, 2008
Last week's edition of APCW's Perspectives Weekly focuses on the founder of PartyGaming pleading guilty to violating the U.S. Federal Wire Act.

Pinnacle stops offering North American horse races
The prominent offshore bookmaker announced on its Web site last week that it is suspending betting on North American horse races.

Upcoming Conference

Affiliate Summit West 2009 (Las Vegas)Jan. 11-13, 2009
Affiliate Summit West 2009 (Las Vegas)
This three-day conference includes an exhibit hall with affiliate merchants, vendors, and networks, as well as multiple tracks of educational sessions and information from affiliate marketing experts.

GPWA Conference @ Affiliate Summit Las Vegas 2009 Jan. 13-14, 2009
GPWA Conference @ Affiliate Summit Las Vegas 2009
This conference features a day of networking at Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas in addition to a great slate of GPWA Conference sessions and a party at the top of the Stratosphere.

International Gaming Expo (London)Jan. 27-29, 2009
International Gaming Expo (London)
This new show brings together the ICE and ICEi exhibitions to offer a world-class gaming show all under one roof.

Asian iGaming Congress & Expo (Macau)Feb 26-29, 2009
Asian iGaming Congress & Expo (Macau)
Asia's largest iGaming conference returns to the Venetian, Macau for three days of keynote speakers, sessions and networking opportunities.

CAC Amsterdam March 30-31, 2009
CAC Amsterdam
The Casino Affiliate Convention Amsterdam 2009 will focus on marketing and advertising the online gaming industry to Europe.
Did You Know?
Online gambling sites had 16.1 million unique visitors from the U.S. in November, which is an 11% increase from October, according to comScore.

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Most important online gaming events of 2008
With the end of the year upon us, J. Todd from the APCW wants to know what GPWA members think were the most important events that affected our industry in 2008. You can vote for one of them, all of them, or suggest a story you think was overlooked. View poll
Last week's poll results: What are your work plans for the holidays? 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 MessageAnother UB scandal: Phil Hellmuth awarded pot, despite having worst hand
New MessagePokerStars deal with hockey player under scrutiny from National Hockey League
New MessageCzech betting firms win right to operate online
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