28 March 2007 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES March 28, 2007
GPWA-PAW poker challenge
Who has the best poker players, GPWA or PAW? That's what we'll find out April 15 at 8:00 p.m. EST when Absolute Poker hosts the first GPWA vs. PAW Affiliate Poker Tournament. This free tournament will be a great opportunity to network and meet fellow affiliates from PAW. First place gets a seat in an Absolute $150K Sunday Tourney. In order to play, you will need to post your AbsolutePoker player name in the PAW vs. GPWA thread by Thursday, April 12 at 10:00 p.m. EST.

"GPWA Approved Portal" seal awarded to 150 sites
We've reached the important milestone of 150 approved sites in four short months since the GPWA approved portal seal program was officially launched to establish credibility for deserving websites. To increase awareness of the seal program, we also issued a press release a couple weeks ago featuring all 125 sites that had been awarded a seal at that time. If you operate a portal website and have not yet applied for the seal, we encourage you to join the program.
GPWA Approved Portal

New Affiliate Programs
GPWA is excited to announce two new sponsors. Each sponsor is pleased to be helping our industry grow as a new member of the GPWA community!
SuperiorShare | SkillGround

Industry News
NETeller cuts off Canadian, Turkish markets
NETeller will no longer allow Canadian or Turkish account holders to do business with Internet gambling companies, the e-wallet announced this week. Canadian NETeller customers will be able to make Internet gambling transactions until April 9, although InstaCASH has been suspended.

Planet Poker suspends real-money play
Planetpoker.com, the Internet's first real-money card room, will suspend their cash game play beginning March 31. The company said it was closing because of payment processing issues related to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, according to press release.

Giftcards.com slams door on online gamblers
The Virtual Visa Gift Card option at giftcards.com has shut its doors for good to online gamblers. Just a couple of days after it reappeared as a purchasing option, an addition to the giftcards.com FAQ stated that the card could not be used for online gambling.

Adventures in depositing
American poker players looking to fund their online accounts should look no further than their local Walmart. MoneyGram, a global money transfer service featured at the retail giant Walmart, can be used to fund PokerStars accounts.

Orbis releases poker solution
Orbis recently released its Texas Hold'em poker solution as part of the OpenBet Rake Games module. The Sky Poker launch includes a web-based portal, as well as a dedicated Sky channel 846. This live channel features televised tournaments combining Internet players with those accessing interactively through their remote control.

Everest Casino releases new video slot game
Everest Casino announced last week that its game of the month was the brand-new online video Slot Machine, Gold Mine. In Gold Mine, players are transported back to the height of the California Gold Rush, where they find themselves searching for riches as well as trying to save the lovely Clementine.

Did You Know?
30% of NETeller's current (non-U.S.) revenue came from Canada.
-- Reuters

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Upcoming Conference
May 3rd - 5th 2007
CAC Amsterdam
CAC Amsterdam
The fifth annual Casino Affiliate Convention in Amsterdam is the place to be this May. Network with fellow GPWA members and focus on European marketing and advertising for the gaming industry.
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From The Forums
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It is fast becoming nearly impossible to effectively review many many online casino properties. Any casino property that uses geotargeting and IP checking to redirect restricted countries or US States they can not service has made our jobs very difficult. Many of us, as part of our every day promotional activites, write reviews of the casino properties we market. A natural part of the review process is to actually VISIT the sites we are trying to review... NOTHING can or will replace sitting down and visiting the casino and reading the terms, promos etc EXACTLY the way our visitors will see it when we send them to your property... We need a solution!... read more
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After being told about this GPWA thread discussing player databases being sold on the Casino Affiliate Convention Web site, CAC chief Marc Lesnick agreed he didn't want to support those kinds of business practices and behavior and deleted the posts from his forums.
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