9 May 2007 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES May 9, 2007
The GPWA's new search option
The GPWA is pleased to announce the addition of a new search function to help members find sites to promote. To use the new search facility, click on the Affiliate Programs top-navigation item. Members can then select the types of games they want available on the sites they promote, the language the site should support, the country from which the site should accept players, and the way members would like to be paid their affiliate-advertising fees.
Affiliate Program Gaming Site Search

GPWA Freeroll II
Due to the popularity of the first GPWA freeroll, we are pleased to announce a second poker tournament for GPWA members. Poker Host is sponsoring the freeroll on June 3 at 4 p.m. EST. Visit their site to download their software and register your screen name if you haven't already. Then post your screen name in the corresponding GPWA thread and we will send you a password.

Prizes include a chance to play in the Poker Host Caveman Qualifier (WSOP Main Event seats!) or a chance to play in their weekly $200,000 guaranteed. There will also be two $100 bounties and plenty of networking opportunities.

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

Industry News
Highlights from CAC Amsterdam
Casino City senior account manager and Gambling911.com star Rebecca Liggero tells her side of the story from CAC Amsterdam, recapping all the exciting events from one of the largest online casino conventions in industry history.

Berkley offers bill on study of Web wagers
Rep. Shelley Berkley introduced a bill last week calling for a one-year study of online wagering. The Berkley bill has several co-sponsors including Rep. Barney Frank, who called it a perfect compliment to his recent legislative attempts.

eCOGRA launches review team
eCOGRA this week appointed a qualified review team to run their Total Gaming Transaction Review (TGTR), a continuous monitoring and data analysis process. Their objective is to confirm that online gambling venues are fair and consistent.

WTO clarification could have wide-ranging impact
The U.S. decision to clarify its World Trade Organization commitments to not include Internet gambling could have far-reaching effects. Joseph Kelly, professor of Business Law at Buffalo State, says the move opens a slippery slope.

WPT joins Cryptologic platform
The World Poker Tour is revamping their online poker offering, joining the powerful Cryptologic Network after struggling for more than a year on the WagerWorks Network. The new site is expected to launch in June.

Papua New Guinea sanctions online gaming
Papua New Guinea last week passed a gaming law which allows online gambling in a bid to boost the economy. The gaming law was passed by parliament and enables provinces to hold a casino license for 10 years.

How to play Internet Roshambo
Casino City reporter Ryan McLane interviews Rock Paper Scissors expert and author Graham Walker in an attempt to devise an solid strategy for online-Roshambo play. Here's a hint - stop throwing rock.

PartyPoker.com offers rematch features
PartyPoker.com announced two new features last week: Heads-up sit-n-go rematch and sit-n-go replay. These options allow players to avoid the hassle of having to go into the tournament lobby to find a new game.

Microgaming adds game based on Hitman
Microgaming has developed a new slot game based on the popular video game Hitman. The game is a fifteen line video-slot with many chances to win through wilds, scatters, free spins and bonuses.

Sports leagues oppose Internet gambling regulation
The four major professional U.S. sports leagues and the NCAA have sent a letter to the House Financial Services Committee asking members to oppose the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act.

Did You Know?
The World Rock Paper Scissors (WRPS) Society expects more than 1,000 RPS athletes to enter their annual World Championship this fall in Toronto.

Affiliate Program Sponsors

Affiliate Manager Interview
Jon-Jon Keegan

Jon-Jon, an outdoor nut from South Africa, is crazy about sailing, especially through the rough seas of the online casino affiliate industry. Come learn how his customer-first mantra helps reel in the sharks with PlayShare Affiliates.
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Upcoming Conference
Jun 5 - 7, 2007
GIGSE 2007 - Global Interactive Gaming Summit and Expo
GIGSE 2007 - Global Interactive Gaming Summit and Expo
I-gaming companies from more than 60 countries gather to meet with executives from every sector and region in the industry. The three-day conference and tradeshow features current events and stimulating debates.

Jun 8 - 11, 2007
CAP Spring Break
CAP Spring Break
Get ready for the most anticipated event of the year! This event will be held on the luxurious Paradise Island and has been designed for the Internet gaming affiliate industry.
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From The Forums
New Message  Google loves RAW links now?
JR Ewing writes:
I ask this question because in the last week I have noticed something...That something is raw links - regardless of anchor text. The following is fictitious in numbers and anchor text. For instance, My site: Raw links: 600, Anchor text: Joseph = 400 links. Their site: Raw links: 5000, Anchor text: Joseph = 300 links. Until last week, I beat them on the search term Joseph. However, this week I'm losing to EVERYONE who has even ONE more link than I do, anchor text Joseph or not. Is Google scraping anchor text and going with raw links?  read more
New Message  Refer-a-friend impact on affiliates
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