6 May 2009 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES May 6, 2009
GPWA Approved Portal seals hit new mark -- 700 and counting!
We've reached another milestone - 700 sites now have the right to display the "GPWA Approved Portal" seal. Congratulations to the more than 100 newly approved sites (and their associated webmasters). The international adoption of this symbol of credibility and ethical behavior has been truly amazing. If you're a GPWA private member and would like to be a participant in the seal program, please pm GPWA Nancy with the URLs of the sites that you would like to use the seal on.

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

Recognizing April's active affiliate managers
Hats off to the affiliate program representatives who were most active in the forums during the month of April. We're giving an extra special thanks to Shaun from Wager Profits, who for the third-straight month was the most active affiliate program representative. He will be the featured affiliate program representative on the GPWA home page for the month of May.

Industry News
Frank, King introduce online gambling legislation
The two U.S. Congressmen introduced a bill Wednesday that, if passed, would create regulatory framework for online gambling in the United States.

Rebecca's report from Amsterdam -- Part II
Despite her claims that she "semi-behaved" while in Amsterdam for last week's AAC, the GPWA's Rebecca Liggero still had plenty of laughs and captured her typical lot of industry gossip. And, as usual, she has the pictures to prove it.

Bodog.com is back and its CEO is ready for the ride
The GPWA's Rebecca Liggero was given the opportunity to spend a day in Kahnawake with Bodog's U.S.-facing brand licensee, The Morris Mohawk Gaming group, and to conduct the very first interview of Alwyn Morris, CEO of the group. What she learned may surprise you.

List of sites banned by Minnesota released
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has released its list of 200 Internet gaming sites it wants banned, and the list has raised a number of questions.

Analysis: 22% of Minnesota list accepts U.S. players
The list of 200 Web sites that Minnesota's Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division wants to block from its residents includes just 44 that accept U.S. players.

Minnesota representative says ban goes too far
A state representative wants to prevent authorities from enforcing a ban on online gambling.

Perspectives Weekly looks at an ironic news cycle
J.Todd reports on how ironic it was to see the state of Minnesota decide to use the 1961 Federal Wire Act to target the online gaming industry at the very same time Rep. Barney Frank was targeting the UIGEA for repeal.

Linx Media launches new Microgaming casino
The new LinxCasino is joining Eurolinx and BetOnBet on the TwoLinx Affiliates portfolio.

GemStone, bet365 reach agreement
Online casino bet365 will use Gemstone's high-performance data management solution GemFire as part of a critical IT infrastructure expansion.

Income Access CEO to speak at Power 50 summit
Nicky Senyard will lead a discussion on the importance of affiliates in the online gaming industry at next week's summit.

CryptoLogic builds a tower of excitement
CryptoLogic's latest release includes the classic game Jenga in slot machine form.

Betfair to join Jadestone's dice network
Betfair will join bwin, Nordicbet, PAF and Gala Coral as distribution partners of the DiceArena gaming network.

Svenska and Virtue Fusion launch Swedish bingo site
Virtue Fusion Alderney and Svenska Bingo have launched a multi-currency, multi-lingual Swedish bingo site.

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Should all iGaming sites operated or managed by Grand Prive be rogued?
We've had many discussions regarding Grand Prive in the GPWA forums and it is clear that most (or all) of us consider them to be rogue. However, we've never had a formal poll on the topic. In order to be able to officially say the properties operated or managed by Grand Prive are rogued by the GPWA, I believe it is appropropriate to have a formal poll. So, do you think all iGaming sites operated or managed by Grand Prive should be rogued? View poll
Last week's poll results: Will California be the first state to legalize online poker? 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 Message"Theoretical Rake" and "Hard Rake"
Viriatu writes:
Today I was going to sign for a program and I came across this quote: "If a player has $150.00 in his account, $75 of which is real money deposited through a payment method and $25 in promotional money, then his ratio of real to promo money is 75%. If his theoretical rake for a hand was $1 then his hard rake is $0.75."

This seemed kinda stupid to me. I have some promos were a player gets up to 25% upfront bonus instant cash. If used in this program, that would mean a 25% loss for me right? Is this of any use except for the room to take money out of what affiliates could earn? I have been going over this and I can't seem to get it to make since it. If one gets $1 rake on the hand and is only paid 0.75 them, then that means 25% less.

Anyone can share some ideas or comments?  read more

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