29 August 2007 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES August 29, 2007
Pictures from the GPWA Cocktail Party in Montreal
GPWA cocktail partyThe GPWA would like to send out a big thank you to Carlo and GA Partners for sponsoring the GPWA Cocktail Party at CAC Montreal on Monday evening this week! It seemed like nearly everyone at the conference was there. And the feedback we received is that people enjoyed having a couple extra hours to socialize (the free drinks, cheese and fruit probably didn't hurt). Visit this thread to see pictures from the party.

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

Industry News
Bodog forced to change domain
After failing to appear in court, Bodog lost most of its domains to 1st Technology LLC in a patent infringement lawsuit, forcing the online gaming firm to re-launch its operations and products on the Web site www.newbodog.com.

UniBet partners with Income Access
UniBet.com announced a new partnership with Income Access last week. UniBet is one of the largest privately owned gambling operators in the European market, providing services in 20 languages to more than 1.7 million customers.

Antigua, Barbuda's claims expected to reach $7 billion
Antigua and Barbuda's claims against the U.S. are likely to reach as high as $7 billion as the Internet gambling dispute continues, according to reports from the Antigua Sun.

B4Playing appoints affiliate manager
B4Playing hired Harvey Binnes as its Senior Affiliate Manager Tuesday. Binnes will be responsible for the affiliate program, recruiting new affiliates and coordinating with existing affiliates to help increase productivity and profitablility.

Absolute Poker updates software
Absolute Poker released a free update to its online poker software last week. Version 8.0 allows users to completely customize their playing environment.

Everest Poker offers sponsorship prize
Everest Poker announced this week it will host a freeroll poker tournament with a unique prize: a one-year sponsorship of the winning player's chosen U.K. amateur adult football team. The tournament is exclusive to the U.K.

Titan Poker to stage $2.5 million tournament series
Titan Poker will hold the European Championship of Online Poker (ECOOP) at the end of this year. With $2.5 in guaranteed prizes, the ECOOP tournament series is set to be one of the biggest online events this winter.

Did You Know?
The Absolute Poker Bad Beat Jackpot reached a record $821,670.69 Wednesday before online player Kadi lost with a 10-high straight flush and took home more than $267,000.

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What percentage of your website traffic is from outside the United States?
The GPWA has gathered information about how much traffic to portal sites was from North American visitors in the second quarter of 2007 (43%) and how much traffic to actual online gaming sites was from North American visitors (15%). Clearly portal sites are, as a whole, not as strongly focused on attracting visitors outside the U.S. as online gaming sites. We all know the focus for the online gaming industry has moved from the U.S. to other countries, so we thought it would be interesting to ask GPWA members how much of their traffic is from the U.S. versus other countries. View poll
Last week's poll results: Which European countries are good sources of income? View poll
Buzzy's World
The BuzzBuzzy has been hard at work this week chasing down the latest industry rumors and gossip. Here's a quick look at Buzzy's top finds:
New Message Malta benefiting from new EU rules - 27 I-gaming companies moving there
New Message Clinton favored by sportsbook to win Democratic nomination
New Message Bodog now at "www.newbodog.com"
New Message Antigua upping claim to $7 billion
From The Forums
New Message Google and proxy hacking
tommydanger writes:
Apparently, Google sat on this information for a YEAR. And a top SEO expert was completely removed from Google SERPs. The 'band-aid' fix they have for a regular Webmaster is ridiculous. The only way to protect a site, if it is this bad, is to have a full-time company checking with Search Engine spider IP addresses. So the Crawl Wall (in ALPHA testing) may be the way to go. I wanted to bring this up this week because it is a serious issue. read more
New Message Free Web hosting?
New Message Whole site stolen
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New Message Link cheaters
New Message Rummy Royal?
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