4 March 2009 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES March 4, 2009
Improvement to affiliate program forums
The forums for sponsor affiliate programs have been restricted to private GPWA members for many years. But we have decided to change this and create public forums for affiliate programs. Each affiliate program forum will also continue to have a private subforum. The first forum we have transformed is Wager Profits'. Follow this thread to view the new and improved forum with both public and private sections as well as our rationale for making these changes.

Over 500 members have joined the GPWA on LinkedIn
We have passed a new milestone here at the GPWA. We now have more than 500 members in our LinkedIn group! And besides the 500-plus members on LinkedIn, we now have over 1,100 members on Facebook. That's a lot of members who have joined us in the world of social networking! Follow this thread to find out how you can join the GPWA on LinkedIn or Facebook if you haven't already.

Recognition for February's most-active members
The GPWA is happy to announce our 25 most-active members for February. We're giving an extra special thanks to Universal4, one of the most active posters during the month of February. His site is being shown on the home page for the month of March as the featured site.

Recognizing February's active affiliate managers
The GPWA is pleased to recognize our five most-active affiliate managers for February. We're giving an extra special thanks to Shaun from Wager Profits, the most active affiliate program representative during the month of February. He will be the featured affiliate program representative on the GPWA home page for the month of March.

Industry News
Perspectives Tuesday -- March 3, 2009
This week's Perspectives Tuesday wonders if the cracks in the European Union will spell trouble for the online gambling industry while J. Todd takes us on a fishing expedition.

Everest Gaming obtains Malta gaming license
Multilingual online gaming operator Everest Gaming announced last week that it has obtained a remote gaming license delivered by the European jurisdiction of Malta.

Online gamblers being rejected for mortgages
The Independent Mortgages Advisers Federation says Irish banks now regard online betting "very negatively" and are using it against prospective mortgage applicants.

888.com accepting PayPal payments
The online gaming company has added the popular payment method for all 888.com accounts.

Play United moves to Playtech
Earn United Affiliate Program and its casino, Play United, have joined the Playtech casino platform.

Titan Casino ready for business
The creators of popular poker room TitanPoker.com have launched Titan Casino, which is powered by Playtech.

Income Access network upgrade complete
Version 4.0 of the Income Access affiliate software features a new interface and a new array of marketing tools.

All Slots adds five new games
The online slots casino has added five new games, including one offering unlimited free spins in its bonus round.

Buzzluck.com goes into beta
The new online casino promises to provide on-site entertainment above and beyond simple casino games.

U.S. could reap billions from online gambling
A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers said that the U.S. could raise $52 billion in revenue over the next decade by legalizing and taxing online gaming.

Upcoming Conference

Bet Markets 2009 (Vienna)March 4-5, 2009
Bet Markets 2009 (Vienna)
The only conference focused on sportsbooks takes place this March in Austria and features 35 industry leaders addressing a wide variety of issues.

CAC Amsterdam March 30-31, 2009
CAC Amsterdam
The Casino Affiliate Convention Amsterdam 2009 will focus on marketing and advertising the online gaming industry to Europe.
Did You Know?
Children rated by their teachers as more impulsive in kindergarten are more likely to begin gambling behaviors by the 6th grade, according to the new issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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Is the joining together of operators and affiliate programs good for affiliates?
Recently, 65 of the online gaming industry's largest operators and gambling affiliate programs joined together to "help ensure the online gaming industry will be managed and networked professionally and effectively going forward." Is this a good or bad development for affiliates?  View poll
Last week's poll results: Do you Twitter to increase the reach of your site(s)? 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:
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From The Forums
New MessageNew Cartoon Caption Contest
garyt writes:
It's caption contest time again! The cartoon featured on page 10 of the January issue of the GPWA Times magazine is shown inside this thread. It's an image of an anxious affiliate waiting by his mailbox for his local postal worker to deliver a payment only to be left empty-handed...again! What's going through the mind of this suddenly sullen affiliate? We're leaving that up to you.

Within this thread, submit a witty caption for this cartoon. Feel free to submit more than one. Next week, the GPWA staff will pick the one that made us laugh the hardest and the winner will receive a free copy of the iGaming Business Directory. read more

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