21 March 2007 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES March 21, 2007
Join GPWA at CAC Amsterdam in May
The CAC conference in Amsterdam is only six weeks away. It will be a great opportunity to attend a wide range of interesting sessions and network with fellow GPWA members, affiliate program sponsors, and other industry players. We are hosting a GPWA social the first day of the conference from 5-7p.m. with food and drinks. We hope to see you there!

New Affiliate Programs
GPWA is excited to announce CommissionKing as a new Sponsor. CommissionKing is pleased to be helping our industry grow as a new member of the GPWA community!

Industry News
NETeller moves to return U.S. funds
NETeller has signed an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office which outlines the terms and timeline for which it will return funds to U.S. customers. Within 75 days, the company says it will announce its plan to distribute funds to U.S. customers. NETeller has also signed an agreement with Navigant Consulting Inc., to provide financial consulting and oversee the process of returning funds to U.S. customers.

Sportingbet, Louisiana DA reach "amicable resolution"
Six months after Sportingbet's former non-executive chairman Peter Dicks was arrested in New York, the company has agreed to pay $400,000 to have all charges dropped and outstanding arrest warrants cancelled.

Virtual Visa Gift Cards return
After spending a month in limbo, the Virtual Visa Gift Card has mades its return, giving online gamblers another viable option for funding their player accounts. Gamblers can get their Virtual Visa numbers emailed to them in a matter or hours, a much easier payment solution than financial processors like www.epassporte.com, which can take up to two weeks.

Interview: D'Amato talks poker, UIGEA
Former Senator Alfonse D'Amato is passionate about poker. Whether he's talking about regulating Internet poker in the U.S. or telling a story about hitting a royal flush, the excitement is his voice is palpable. The Poker Players Alliance is betting that D'Amato's engaging personality and political connections will help the organization spread its message on Capitol Hill.

SunPoker.com offers up a WSOP H.O.R.S.E. seat
Every player that earns 50,000 MPPs (My Poker Points) during One Sick Promo (Dec. 1st, 2006 to May 31st, 2007) will automatically qualify for a super satellite to win entry in to the WSOP's $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. The WSOP H.O.R.S.E. event is the premier event for the seasoned pros and boasts an enormous $50,000 buy-in.

Titan Poker now available in Danish, Finnish
Titan Poker has launched its popular poker software in Danish and Finnish. Titan Poker is now available in eleven different languages -- English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Turkish, Swedish, Norwegian Danish and Finnish. The site also provides multi-lingual support services, including email responses and online chat support.

Nevada lawmakers to push for online betting study
Two Nevada congressmen, hoping to regulate Internet gambling, are working on federal legislation that would require the National Academy of Sciences to conduct an 18-month study of online wagering. Democrat Shelley Berkley and Republican Jon Porter will co-sponsor the legislation, which is expected to be unveiled within weeks.

Frank ponders UIGEA repeal
Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is mulling an attempt to repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. "It's still in the thinking stage," a Frank spokesperson said.

EU rules against Denmark, Finland and Hungary
The European Commission has requested that Denmark, Finland and Hungary change their laws to allow open competition in the sports betting market. The restrictions these nations have placed on betting within their borders are contrary to existing EU law, according to the Commission.

Did You Know?
The Poker Players Alliance has grown by 60,000 members to 220,000 (nearly 40 percent) since former Senator Alfonse D'Amato was announced as the Chairman of the organization on March 5.

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