22 October 2008 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES October 22, 2008
GPWA Party and Conference in London set for Nov. 6
Join us in Picadilly Square for a great afternoon of conference sessions that includes SEO tips from Stickyeyes' Gary Beal, viral marketing insights from The Fridge's Harry Lang, perspective on how to use video effectively from the APCW's J. Todd and ways to make money using social media from the GPWA's Michael Corfman. After the sessions, find out why the GPWA also stands for "Go Party With Affiliates" at our cocktail party. Follow this thread for more details.

Industry News
Kentucky judge gives sites 30 days to block access
Judge Thomas Wingate gave 141 online gambling sites 30 days to block access to Kentucky residents. Sites that comply with his ruling will be freed from his domain seizure order. Sites that don't comply will have to appear before Wingate on Nov. 17 to argue their case.

William Hill, Playtech enter joint venture
William Hill has bought Playtech's affiliate marketing business, customer services operation, gaming brands and Web sites and will roll it into its own operations to create a new company -- William Hill Online. William Hill also signed a five-year deal licensing Playtech software for William Hill Online's casinos. Playtech will own 29% of the joint venture.

Enke quits PAP
Popular forum administrator Jeremy Enke announced last week that he is leaving Poker Affiliate Programs to pursue new projects in the online gaming industry.

Slotland launches new affiliate program dashboard
The new dashboard combines Slotland's 3D casino -- WinADay.com -- with its original slots and video poker site that is now available in English and Spanish.

BetMarkets announces dates for 2009 conference
The senior-level global sportsbetting conference will take place March 4-5 in Vienna. Last year, BetMarkets welcomed 210 attendees from more than 32 countries.

Betfair hits two million customer mark
A 59-year-old man from Sweden became the two-millionth customer at Betfair last week after opening an account to place a wager on the outcome of the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

888 signs agreement with WagerWorks
The new deal will allow 888.com to carry the popular games "Monopoly with Pass 'Go' Bonus," "Cluedo," "Wheel of Fortune Hollywood Edition" and "Cleopatra."

Paddy Power pays out early on Obama bets
The Irish bookmaker said last week that it will pay off wagers made on Barack Obama becoming the next U.S. President, more than three weeks before the election.

FTOPS X scheduled for November
The 10th edition of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series is guaranteeing $15 million in prize money with a schedule of 25 events that begins Nov. 5 and ends with the $2.5-million Main Event Nov. 16.

PokerStars lands in Italy
PokerStars.it will allow players in Italy to take part in online tournaments with real money within limits set by local law.

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.

GPWA Conference London 2008Nov. 6, 2008
GPWA Conference London 2008
Join us in Picadilly Square in London for some great conference sessions, and afterwards find out why GPWA also stands for "Go Party With Affiliates!"

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?
Internet advertising is predicted to grow by 16 percent during the next year as 31 percent of advertisers claim their use of TV ads is decreasing, according to the European Interactive Advertising Association.

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What do you think of smaller local conferences and parties?
We recently announced that we will be holding two smaller conferences together with parties -- one in London and one in Las Vegas. (See all the details at GPWAconference.com.) We think events for local affiliates that don't generally require travel and hotel stays might be a good complement to the large multi-day conferences that are held a few times a year. We'd like your thoughts on this type of get-together for affiliates in local markets. Please let us know what you think and why. View poll
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From The Forums
New MessageKentucky judge upholds seizure order of 141 online gambling domains
Buzzy writes:
The attempted seizure of online gambling domains in Kentucky has created quite a stir across the industry during the last few weeks, including in the GPWA Forums. Since "Buzzy" posted the story on Oct. 16 our members have chimed in with their reaction and the result has been a balanced and intelligent forum discussion about an issue that hits close to home for all of us. read more
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