GPWA Times - Issue 21 - May 2012

damage and it took me a couple of hours to restore everything. The only thing I had to do was to clean up the database, delete all traces of PHP code that the “guy” had left and put the site online. Unfortunately, the mother of an idiot is always pregnant . . . par- don the expression but that’s what I think! Protecting a website is not easy. A site can have many “micro holes” that are beyond the view of even the most experienced webmaster. For myself, I’m running some scripts that control the state of the database and source code. At the slightest change or variation, I am informed. What prompted you to join the GPWA? How has it helped you? Yes, joining GPWA was really a great help! When I needed help the GPWA guys were always there. I have nothing but praise for the staff. Thanks, guys! What do you like about the industry? In this industry I espe- cially like its ever-changing nature. This gives me a great desire to improve the site from time to time What don’t you like about the industry? The thing that I do not like about this industry is that, unfortunately, there are still many experts who give little space to the problem of com- pulsive gambling. What surprised you most about the industry? What surprised me most is what I have said before about the industry’s ability to adapt to any policy and any socioeconomic situation. It’s amaz- ing how this industry is able to change its appearance completely in a short time. How long do you give yourself for answering e-mail? What e-mail tips can you offer? Usually I answer e-mail within a few hours. At most it may take up to 24 hours if recipients are out of the office and if I bring any mobile device. Of course, if it’s junk mail I can take several months to answer! How do you manage your “to-do” lists? Do you use any special software to help you out? Oh yes. I use very compli- cated software . . . my brain! Seriously, I hate the so-called “to-do software.” It always ends up ruining the work. I much prefer the brain, a pen and Post-it notes. How much time does it take to keep your site updated? As I said before, the management of a site requires much time and dedication. By the way, is being renovated with a new look, a new management system of bonuses, new casinos, new games and a brand-new online helpdesk to assist players with issues related to online casinos, a sort of direct line to the staff of casinos. Stay tuned, online soon! How much time do you devote to SEO and/or social net- working in order to drive more traffic to your site? What do you prefer to find on a site with a specific topic? That topic, right? Once you have answered this question, then you can calculate the time it takes to deliver quality content and quantity. Spending hours and hours to search for weird keywords that in most cases serve no purpose except to take a huge penalty by the search en- gines is unproductive. Better to spend an hour more for quality content rather than five minutes on a blackhat SEO technique. For social networks I have hired a few employees who handle Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. If someone were visiting you, what’s the one place you’d definitely take them to see? Without a doubt, Rome. With all due respect to all the beautiful cities of the world, Rome is unique. We forget that once, long ago, the whole world knew it was called . . . Rome. What’s your favorite vacation spot? I love Formentera, a small but beautiful island in Spain. It is a paradise, the ideal place for those who want to relax by day and check out a bit of the “movi- da” by night. It’s wonderful. I can’t wait to go back. If you could have one “superpower,” what would it be? I wouldn’t want a superpower. I would rather have at least a quar- ter of the greatness of men in our history such as Einstein or Martin Luther King, Jr., or, more recently, Steve Jobs. More than having a superpower I wish I could make history in some way. It’s my dream. What’s your favorite TV show or shows? Uh, sorry! All I watch on TV are the football matches of my Juventus. Italians and foot- ball have a special relationship. In fact, Winston Churchill was right when he said that “Italians lose wars as if they were football matches, and football matches as if they were wars.” What’s your all-time favorite movie? Pulp Fiction ! Yeah! I find myself very much into the cynical but correct Mr. Wolf [Harvey Keitel]. I love him . . . and Quentin Tarantino has Italian origins. If you were shooting your autobiography, whom would you cast to play you? Mr. Wolf! If you could invite any five people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be? Hmm . . . five people – OK, I have them: 1. Pope John Paul II, because beyond being a religious figure he was a great leader. 2. Steve Jobs, because I would like to have at least half of his desire to act and to change the world. 3. My girlfriend, because even in the darkest moments, I was never abandoned. 4. My friend who died in Iraq when we were soldiers. I miss him so much. 5. Pamela Anderson! lol What are three things that nobody knows about you? By now everyone who knows me knows everything about me. But because you’ve handed me this question that I can’t answer, I have to invent something . . . let’s see . . . I’ll tell you just one: no one knows what color underpants I’m wearing today! 61 GPWA Affiliate Interview Series