GPWA Times - Issue 20 - March 2012

something that we face in our business plan and resources. Prior to your first job in the gambling industry, you worked in the video gam- ing industry, testing and reviewing new games for Seven Video Net. Describe what that job and the workplace were like. I was working with one of the top companies providing movie rentals and video games in Greece at the time. The people behind the company were innova- tive individuals who gave me the oppor- tunity to take some ideas to fruition and have some fun along the way. The work- place was comprised of people with expe- rience in film, movies and business, which made it fun and a great experience work- ing with many outlets and people. Are you still a big gamer? What are your favorite games? Do you play lots of different genres? Or do you stick to one type of game? Occasionally some COD 4 online and puzzle mobile games. You left the video gaming industry for the gambling industry, joining Betsson in 2007. How big of a learning curve was there in learning a new industry? Did you learn anything while working in the video gaming industry that has helped you understand the gambling industry? It was quite a learning curve, learning the technologies in this field, and being able to implement affiliation strategies and online/offline campaigns for gambling products was a challenge. Online marketing and advertising were things I was a little familiar with, but working at Betsson did help me to develop my skills even further. You’ve been with B3W for about a year now. How is it different from your pre- vious positions at other companies? I joined a group of people who were ready to start a new poker network and affiliate platform and wanted me to help launch their brand and affiliate channel. They al- lowed me the flexibility to use my experi- ence and motivation to do just that. What do you know about the industry now that you wish you’d known when you first started? The technological capabili- ties of certain individuals that allowed new features to be introduced to the industry. How do you ensure that payments are sent out on time? And when do your pay- ments go out? All payments at Yachting Poker are handled by a dedicated pay- ments team that provides the latest safety measures for secure and fast transactions. Payments go out on the 15th each month for the majority of commission payments. The affiliate platform is also going to see a few updates soon to allow further clarity on monthly earnings and financial reports. Where do you think the industry will be in five years? The industry has shown that it is adapting to new technologies, marketing, and social media. It is safe to say that it will develop even further and poker rooms will be able to provide addi- tional elements to the game of poker we have not yet seen. What’s the best movie food? Popcorn. What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it? And did you read it on an e-reader? Or do you need to have a copy of the physical book in your hand? My last was an eBook, Collected Short Stories by Jeffrey Archer, read on an HTC Android phone, which I enjoyed. I’m currently reading a book called The One Minute Entrepreneur . Did you grow up in Greece? Where, exactly? If so, was it a big adjustment for you to move from a Mediterranean climate to England for university? I grew up in Toronto until I was 14, and then Greece, where most of my family lived. I was in Thessaloniki for a couple years before heading to Athens to study at Mediterranean College, which was col- laborating with the University of Derby. I went for a while to England, it wasn’t too difficult to adjust, and besides the weather we just didn’t stick at the time. Do you live in Malta now? If so, how would you describe life there? How is it different from Greece? I am currently living in Malta, and life here is busy for me at the moment. In comparison to Greece it shares a similar Mediterranean diet with a variety of places to wine and dine, fantas- tic diving spots and outgoing people. If someone comes to visit you and they’re in Malta for the first time, what do you make sure to show them? Some yachting, Upper Barakka Gardens in Valetta and a festival. What is your favorite movie? Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. It’s a shame not to see both parts – and together they are Kill Bill . If you had a theme song, what would it be? The Kill Bill main theme, by Hotei Tomoyasu. If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go? Barcelona and New York. If you could have dinner with three other people, living or dead, who would they be? Kanye West, Scarlett Johansson, Jamiroquai. What would you do if you just inherited a pizzeria from your uncle? With much of my time already being taken up by my current entrepreneurial efforts in food (my own olive oil brand) I would make a pizza and liquidate it. What are three things that no one knows about you? 1. I stopped eating cooked beans a year ago. 2. I still haven’t won a poker tournament. 3. I have a few more secrets.