9 September 2009 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES September 9, 2009
New edition of the GPWA magazine is now available!
The 10th issue of the GPWA Times magazine will be available at the Budapest Affiliate Conference this week and at the EiG conference in Copenhagen next week, September 15-17. Our cover story is about all things Calvin - Calvin Ayre, that is, and his new role with Bodog. Rebecca Liggero met with Calvin in Antigua, where he revealed his plans for the reincarnation of the Bodog brand. Then she interviewed three of the major players who will make it happen. To preview the new issue, or to make sure you will be receiving your very own copy in the mail, follow this thread.

Industry News
Perspectives Weekly on a tough week for the industry
Before heading off to Budapest, J. Todd reports on Smart Live Casino's affiliate program shutting its doors without notice and iMEGA's failed effort to halt the UIGEA.

Chance Affiliates hosting party at BAC
ChanceRoom.com will host the opening night party at the Budapest Affiliate Conference at the White Angel night club.

SportingBet joining Income Access at BAC
SportingBet is teaming up with Income Access as a sponsor at this year's Budapest Affiliate Conference.

BetSoftGaming to unveil two slots at EiG
The gaming company will introduce its two latest titles, Once Upon a Time and Barbary Coast, next week at EiG.

Victor Chandler to have presence at BAC and EiG
Victor Chandler is attending BAC and EiG with Income Access this month and will be at the Income Access booth.

RedKings pro reaches EPT Barcelona final table
Team RedKings pro Toni Ojala reached the final table in EPT Barcelona just two weeks after fellow RedKings pro Ramzi Jelassi won IPT San Remo.

Ivobank refusing new customers
The e-gaming bank released a statement Monday saying it would not accept new retail or corporate customers, raising serious doubt about its future.

Bwin loses Portuguese monopoly challenge
Bwin lost a challenge to Portugal's sports-betting monopoly after a EU court said gambling restrictions are legal if they target fraud and crime.

NeoGames reaches deal with Gaming Media Group
NeoGames will provide Gaming Media Group with supplies to create a new scratch card brand called "ScratchcardHeaven."

California online poker initiative shelved
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians said that a possible Internet poker bill in California has been taken off the legislative desk until January.

Bodog.ca launched for Canadian players
Bodog Europe's launch of Bodog.ca coincides with the 15-year anniversary of the Bodog brand.

Casino Plex launches Russian site
This recent development follows the launch of 11 brand new casino games at Casino Plex.

Upcoming Conference

Budapest Affiliate ConferenceSept 10-13, 2009
Budapest Affiliate Conference
iGaming Business is moving from Barcelona to a new and exciting destination: Budapest. Come and take advantage of the event's trademark activities including strategic conference programs, networking, the Affiliate Series of Poker and, of course, exclusive parties every night.

EiG CopenhagenSept. 15-17
EiG Copenhagen
This three-day conference will feature fresh, relevant and insightful programs. There will be over a hundred industry specialists and plenty of high impact features to enhance your learning and networking.
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There has been much discussion within the GPWA forums (particularly in the private GPWA forums) about affiliates taking a stronger stand against changes in affiliate program terms and conditions that are unfavorable to affiliates. As a result of these discussions the Affiliate Union has been created with an official launch scheduled for Oct. 1. So for this week's poll, we thought we'd ask GPWA members whether they will be participating in the affiliate union. View poll
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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:
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