The GPWA is celebrating 10 years under the leadership of Executive Director Michael Corfman. In our cover story for this issue, we look back on where we started, how we got where we are today, and what the next 10 years might bring.
Topic: Other

Affiliates have traditionally focused on acquiring new customers, rather than retaining the ones making them money. A shift in focus to player retention could aid an affiliate's bottom line.

The GPWA's Aaron Todd makes the argument that tournaments allowing multiple entries per player could eventually bring down the booming daily fantasy sports industry.

Webmaster News: Nevada issues warrant for arrest of former Seals With Clubs chairman
Bryan Micon, who ran the Bitcoin-fueled poker site before moving to Antigua after his home was raided by Nevada Gaming Control Agents, was charged with operating an unlicensed interactive gaming system.

Webmaster News: Santa Ysabel plan to offer Internet gambling in California hits roadblock
Both state and federal authorities filed lawsuits seeking to shut down the tribe's online gambling operations.

Skill games -- often redesigned versions of game show brands or popular Web games -- offer an opportunity for affiliates to branch out from the usual online gambling suspects.
Topic: Games

The instability of Bitcoin's value makes using it to gamble at online sites like SealsWithClubs a volatile proposition.

Webmaster News: Massachusetts Internet gambling hearing focuses on geolocation, payment processing issues
The Massachusetts Gambling Commission heard from a variety of expert witnesses and discussed the early results of the three states that have regulated online gaming thus far.

A well-designed World Cup campaign can turn new and one-off punters into long-term players.

Webmaster News: Yahoo beats Google in U.S. Web traffic
For the first time since May 2011, Yahoo had more unique visitors in a month than Google--and that's not even including Tumblr.
Topic: SEO

Webmaster News: Barton, PPA believe time is now for federal online poker legislation.
The Texas representative has introduced the Internet Poker Freedom Act to Congress.

Webmaster News: Ultimate Poker launches first regulated real-money gaming site in Nevada
Despite some snags with the geolocation barriers, the online poker room reports a "great response."

Webmaster News: PokerStars beat in court, Atlantic Club can pursue other suitors
PokerStars has lost its exclusive negotiating rights after evidence showed that its founder may have been involved in the negotiations despite the terms of the company's settlement with the DOJ.

Webmaster News: Christie signs New Jersey online gambling bill
The governor signed the bill just 19 days after vetoing an earlier version. The signed bill incorporates several regulatory measures that Gov. Christie had insisted upon.

Webmaster News: DOJ appoints administrator to return Full Tilt funds to U.S. players
Garden City Group will serve as Claims Administrator to refund the players who held balances with Full Tilt Poker when the DOJ seized the company.

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.

Webmaster News: Nevada could pool online poker players with other states
The Nevada Legislature is considering a bill that would allow the governor to create compacts with other states to combine their online poker player pools.

Live dealer online casinos bring the experience of a brick-and-mortar casino trip to the online gaming world--and they're proving popular.

Webmaster News: William Hill fires seven managers, resumes online operations in Israel
William Hill's chief executive reportedly discovered a plan by the managers to create a rival company.
Topics: Other | Sportsbook

Webmaster News: Bodog moves U.S. players to Bovada
Access to Bodog's main website is now blocked for American users.

Webmaster News: H2 revises online gambling revenue forecast downward
The modified forecast still predicts growth, but less than half of what was originally projected before Black Friday.
Topic: Other

Online sportsbooks are using live streaming technology to allow sports bettors to wager on events as they watch them.

While some sites had to scramble to protect themselves after the Black Friday indictments, other sites were able to cash in on some of the traffic that had been going to the companies the DOJ shut down.

With PokerStars and Full Tilt out of the picture and Absolute Poker not accepting new U.S. deposits, other online poker rooms are moving to grab their traffic -- or to stay out of the path of the U.S. government.

Webmaster News: Washington, D.C. becomes first U.S. jurisdiction to regulate online gambling
A provision in the Washington budget bill allows the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board to offer games on the Internet.

Webmaster News: Full Tilt, PokerStars leave Washington
The two companies pulled out of the Washington market following a state Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of a law making Internet gambling a felony.

Always on the lookout
Affiliate Guard Dog's Andrew Mueller wants to monitor changes in terms and conditions, the timeliness of affiliate payments and other technical data of use to affiliates.

Webmaster News: "creamed" in Washington
The Washington Supreme Court ended Nick Jenkins' long court battle with a unanimous ruling that operated as an illegal bookmaker.

Montreal-based Income Access provides statistics to affiliates and considers itself to be filling an important market need.
Topic: Marketing

Antonio Esfandiari is "The Face" of newly launched Victory Poker, but its secret weapon is CEO Dan Fleyshman.
Topics: Marketing | Other | Poker

Antonio Esfandiari's longtime friendship with Phil Laak resulted in "I Bet You," one of the most memorable shows involving poker personalities in TV history.
Topics: Marketing | Poker

The World Series of Poker will not accept third-party registrations from Internet poker rooms that accept U.S. players in real-money games, and is prohibiting operators and affiliates from utilizing WSOP logos and the terms "World Series of Poker" and "WSOP" in official promotions.

Fred Done got his start running bets for his father at just eight years old. Now, as the owner of BetFred, he's operating one of the largest and most successful online sportsbooks in the world.
Topic: Sportsbook