23 April 2008 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES April 23, 2008
Rebecca is back!
We are very pleased to announce that Rebecca Liggero is back at Casino City and with the GPWA, which means the return of her fun column that is regularly featured in the GPWA newsletter and the GPWA Times magazine. Rebecca's return became official Wednesday and she welcomes you to get back in touch with her. Oh, and she will be attending the Poker Conference and CAP Spring Break in Cyprus later this month, so beware. Your actions and/or comments may end up in print.

Industry News
AffiliateClub.com awards affiliates with a trip to Curacao
Nine lucky affiliates increased new traffic by 20% during a three-month span and for their efforts were whisked away to Curacao for three days of partying as guests of a lovely trio of AffiliateClub.com affiliate managers.

A video tribute to Calvin Ayre
When Bodog founder Calvin Ayre announced his retirement Monday, the online gaming industry lost one of its legendary figures. So before he slips from our collective conscious, we present the best Calvin Ayre video clips we could find.

Webroute Services to host Arabian Nights Beach Party
This year's Arabian Nights Beach Party on the first night of CAP Spring Break promises to be an affair to remember, complete with free drinks, belly dancers and stunning hostesses in themed dresses.

Paddy Power ad campaign draws complaints
The Ireland-based casino complied with the U.K. Advertising Standards Authority and removed its "Going Short" ad campaign after it was dubbed "irresponsible."

Chartwell awarded German online casino contract
Spielbanken Niedersachsen, the gaming brand owned by Casinos Austria, announced it will partner with Chartwell Technologies as it prepares to enter the German Internet gambling market.

Blackjack Ballroom awards a $5.5 million jackpot
Klaus E from Finland became an instant millionaire last Friday when he placed a $0.50 bet on the Mega-Moolah Progressive Slot Machine and walked away more than $5.5 million richer.

888.com runs 'almost freeroll'
Beginning this week 888.com is hosting a one cent "almost freeroll" every hour, on the hour, with each winner picking up a $1050 entry to this weekend's World Poker Crown that boasts a $3 million guaranteed prize pool.

CryptoLogic releases Street Fighter II slots
The Internet gaming software developer introduced seven new casino games, highlighted by the Internet's first slot version of the world-famous Street Fighter II arcade game.

PPA reaches one million-member mark
The Poker Players Alliance, which is committed to protecting the rights of individuals to play poker, announced this significant milestone on Monday as it launched a voter registration program and its political action committee (PAC).

Titan Poker raises the stakes
The iPoker Network poker room is guaranteeing more than $16 million in monthly poker tournaments, which is double what it was awarding on a monthly basis just five months ago.

UltimateBet.com hires Annie Duke
The online poker site announced Annie Duke as its new consultant and has handed over the management of its new poker tournament schedule to the renowned professional.

WinAsUGo offers pre-paid card
The U.K. mobile casino is expanding its payments portfolio by offering a premium branded pre-pay card in hundreds of locations countrywide.

Upcoming Conference

European Gambling BriefingMay 13-14
European Gambling Briefing
The European Gambling Briefing (EGB) delivers serious, senior-level analysis on the legal and regulatory issues shaping online and offline gaming today.

2008 Poker Affiliate Conference and ExpoMay 19 - 21
2008 Poker Affiliate Conference and Expo
The 1st annual Poker Affiliate Conference will be an interactive event that focuses completely on the poker affiliate side of the business.

CAP Spring Break 2008May 21 - 24
CAP Spring Break 2008
CAP Spring Break brings the most influential people in the industry to a luxurious locale for some fun and exciting networking events.

CAC MoscowJune 7 - 8
CAC Moscow
The Casino Affiliate Convention (Moscow 2008) event will focus on marketing and advertising for Eastern European and Russian-based affiliates in the iGaming industry.
Did You Know?
Poland's Deputy Minister of Finance said this week that the nation is prepared to legalize a regulated form of online gambling and that it could be up and running by the end of this year.

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