15 October 2008 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES October 15, 2008
GPWA Affiliates go free to CAC Amsterdam
The GPWA has teamed up with the Casino Affiliate Convention and now our members can attend all CAC conferences for FREE. The GPWA will also be holding a special conference track at CAC Amsterdam, which runs from March 30-31, 2009. Follow this thread for more details.

GPWA Conference at G2E in Las Vegas set for Nov. 20
We will be hosting a GPWA conference at the Global Gambling Expo (G2E) on Thursday, Nov. 20. With tens of thousands of attendees and nearly 1,000 exhibitors, G2E provides an entirely new view of the gaming industry. In addition to the conference, we will be providing free G2E passes to GPWA members who register by Oct. 31. For more on how to register and our party at the top of the Stratosphere, follow this thread.

It's our 100th newsletter!
We are very pleased to announce that today's issue of the GPWA Times e-mail newsletter is our 100th edition! We mailed out our first issue in November of 2006 and the feedback since that time has been so positive that we've put them out every week since then. As always, if you have suggestions for the newsletter we'd love to hear them.

Industry News
PPA unveils 2008 Congressional Ratings Guide
The Poker Players Alliance has launched a guide that provides ratings for each member of Congress based on their record of supporting poker rights.

DuplicatePoker.com unexpectedly shuts its doors
Last week the skill-based online poker site shut down, citing the global financial crisis as the cause. The move comes less than a month after the site announced it had acquired its 250,000th player.

NETELLER announces name change
The switch to NEOVIA Financial supports the company's vision of providing "bold and exciting online payment solutions" that target merchants and online customers.

PKR's Oktoberfest 2008 kicks off Friday
The second annual Oktoberfest includes 12 events with $270,000 in guaranteed prizes on the line, culminating with the "PKR Masters" that is expected to payout the biggest guaranteed sum in PKR.com history.

ASA bans online gambling ad
Partouche Betting's digital ad campaign in the U.K. featuring soccer star Eric Cantona was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for suggesting gambling was an escape from personal problems.

Littlewoodspoker.com launches online poker site
Sportech announces that Littlewoodspoker.com has renewed and upgraded its Web site for online poker and is offering players new games and bigger sign-on bonuses.

Intertops player hits $54k Bad Beat jackpot
After losing a quad-kings hand to a royal flush, a player at Intertops was paid a consolation prize of $54,411.87 for triggering the progressive Bad Beat jackpot.

Upcoming Conference

World Poker CongressOct. 29 - 30, 2008
World Poker Congress
WPC examines the synergy between the traditional land-based and online poker industry as experts from both sectors discuss critical issues and ideas.

G2E 2008Nov. 18 - 20, 2008
G2E 2008
Since 2001, G2E has been the international gaming trade show and conference "by the industry and for the industry."

GPWA Conference at G2ENov. 20, 2008
GPWA Conference at G2E
The event includes conference sessions that will run from 1-4 p.m., a party at the top of the Stratosphere and free exhibit hall passes to G2E.

Affilicon Affiliate Marketing ConferenceNov. 24 - 25, 2008
Affilicon Affiliate Marketing Conference
Learn the newest trends in affiliate marketing from experts in SEO, social networking, media and related fields at the Shefayim Conference Center in Israel.
Did You Know?
A new bill was proposed in Argentina last week that would ban online casinos and put the burden on ISPs to block public access to gambling Web sites.

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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:
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