27 February 2008 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES February 27, 2008
GPWA acquires CAP and Lyceum Media
We are extremely pleased to announce that the GPWA has established a controlling interest in both CAP and Lyceum Media. We have always worked hard to establish a very positive and cooperative relationship with CAP, and they've done the same with us. We both agree that a strong cooperative relationship is important to the growth of the industry. The acquisition of CAP and Lyceum Media was much more complicated than our Bodog purchase last week, and required significant capital expenditures.

Industry News
William Hill names new CEO
The British operator of more than 2,200 betting shops and some of Europe's top online gambling sites named its U.K. head Ralph Topping to replace David Harding as chief executive officer following an eight-month search.

PPA spends close to $1 million in lobbying efforts
The Poker Players Alliance spent $900,000 in 2007 to lobby the U.S. government to exempt poker from the UIGEA.

Absolute Poker signs new U.K. ambassador
London-based model Liv Boeree, a former astrophysics student and aspiring 23-year-old pro poker player, has joined Absolute as its U.K. ambassador. Boeree will be featured in the site's marketing pieces and will also play in tournaments across Europe as well as online.

Duplicate Poker World Championship set for Sept.
The inaugural competition will determine the world's best poker player by using the Duplicate Poker format, which dramatically reduces luck and is considered a skill game. Qualifying rounds are underway at DuplicatePoker.com and will continue through Sept. 14.

Titan Poker sending players to Russian event
The largest poker room on the iPoker Network is sending its players to Russia for the first time to compete in the White Night Millions tournament that will feature a $1-million guaranteed prize pool.

888.com launches World Poker Crown
Qualifiers for Pacific Poker's new global poker tournament began last week and run through May 10. Players are competing for a spot in a $3 million-guaranteed main event. The top eight players will participate in the televised final table that will air on Sky Sports on May 12.

CelebPoker.com increases sign-up bonus
The world's first celebrity poker room has pushed its sign-up deposit bonus to 200% (up to €500) for both new and experienced players.

32Red offers French service
The Gibraltar-based online casino launched its French service last week, offering 250 casino games, including slots, roulette, blackjack, video poker and the Mega Moolah progressive slot machine.

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Did You Know?
Microsoft has invested $240 million in Facebook, which amounts to a 1.6% stake in the company.

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