7 October 2009 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES October 7, 2009
Recognition for September's active members
The GPWA is happy to announce our most-active members for September. We're giving an extra special thanks to greek39, one of the most-active posters during the month of September. His site is being shown on the home page for the month of October as the featured site.

Recognizing September's active affiliate managers
Hats off to the affiliate program representatives who were most active in the forums during the month of September. We're giving an extra special thanks to Shaun O'Neill of NordicBet Partners, who snapped the four-month run of Renee of Rewards Affiliates as the most-active affiliate program representative. Shaun will be the featured affiliate program representative on the GPWA home page in October.

New Affiliate Programs
The GPWA is excited to announce Ace Revenue, Affiliate Edge, Dendera Affiliates and DublinBet as new sponsors. They are pleased to be helping our industry grow as new members of the GPWA!

Meet The Affiliate
Debi -- jinniaDebi -- or "jinnia" as she is known in the GPWA forums -- is a six-year veteran of the online industry who has managed to earn an income with sites that focus on U.S. players. Read the interview

Industry News
U.S. lawmakers urge delay in Internet gambling rules
Lawmakers are urging regulators to delay the Dec. 1 implementation of financial rules to enforce the UIGEA.

Gloomy news from Perspectives Weekly
J. Todd has the scoop on some major stories from the online gambling industry last week, including former BetOnSports CEO David Carruthers withdrawing his guilty plea and the closing of Pitbull Poker.

Bodog Becky's EiG top 10
Let's face it, it's much easier to come up with a top 10 for the Budapest Affiliate Conference than it is for EiG. But Bodog Becky managed to do it and she's got the pictures to prove it.

U.S. judge says poker a skill game
A South Carolina court ruled last week that poker is a game of skill, and thus should not be considered gambling.

Sports Interaction introduces Game Chat feature
Game Chat is a facility that allows Sports Interaction members to chat with each other in real time on the Web site.

New poker widget now available
Damn Small Poker's interactive widget is designed to help affiliates refer and convert players by offering an application that increases interaction.

Income Access signs Bet Tracker
Bet Tracker is a mobile bet tracking site that allows sports bettors to determine the progress of bets anytime, anywhere.

Sky Bingo relaunches with new look
The bingo site is offering a 20,000 pounds guaranteed jackpot game for 2p, the largest prize available for a 2p entry fee.

Titan Poker giving away $50,000
The popular poker room will give away $50,000 in cash prizes and tournament entries in its Titan Turbo promotion.

Adrien 'zlatan35' Allain signs with PKR
The 23-year-old APT Macau champion from France officially became a member of Team PKR Pro this week.

Upcoming Conference

Affilicon Europe (Germany)Oct. 20-23
Affilicon Europe (Germany)
Affilicon Europe is the premier yearly event for European Affiliates, global vendors, affiliate networks and German vendors who look to extend their business over the Internet.

IGB Espana (Madrid)Oct. 30-31
IGB Espana (Madrid)
IGB Espana is the first event solely focused on the Spanish iGaming market and will explore the potential of this emerging market concentrating on content and networking as opposed to the large-style exhibitions.

Scandinavian Affiliate Super Summit (Stockholm)Nov 25 - 27
Scandinavian Affiliate Super Summit (Stockholm)
The Scandinavian Affiliate Super Summit presents a major networking opportunity for entry levels to top performing affiliates from Scandinavia. The conference will bring you the best of Scandinavian affiliate case studies and tutorials.

EGR Live (London)Nov 30 - Dec 01
EGR Live (London)
EGR Live will bring the online gaming industry together for combining meetings, conference sessions, seminars, workshops, products displays, networking and hospitality.
Did You Know?
Facebook's U.S. audience grew by 8.6% in September to 88.3 million unique users, according to comScore.

Affiliate Program Sponsors

Affiliate Manager Interview
Trish -- Lottery Affiliates

After spending the majority of her affiliate marketing career in casino games, Trish is now an affiliate manager for Lottery Affiliates. Find out why the transition was nearly seamless for this Australia-based, Guitar Hero whiz.
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Places I've Played
Places I've PlayedThe "Places I've Played" Facebook application lets players you refer share with their friends the online and land-based places where they've gambled. And when their friends visit the online gambling sites they mention, you earn affiliate revenue.
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Join Our Groups
FacebookPlease join the GPWA Facebook group. It's a great place to network with affiliates and affiliate managers and keep up with all the latest news and updates from the GPWA.
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LinkedInThe GPWA group in LinkedIn is a big help in networking with other GPWA members. It also identifies you as a GPWA member to other LinkedIn members.
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TwitterWe invite you to follow us at twitter.com/gpwa where we will be posting interesting tweets on major news of interest to affiliates.
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How many icons do you have on your desktop?
Last week, we asked how many desktop application windows you normally have open at once and the response was both interesting and fantastic. As a follow up, Jarvi suggested we ask, "How many icons do you have on your desktop?" GPWA Executive Director Michael Corfman says that his desktop "has a total of 17 icons all neatly arranged into several distinct areas based on function."

Managing Editor Vin Narayanan's desktop, on the other hand, is filled with icons organized in no particular order -- a total of 202 of them. So, how many icons do you have on your desktop? When voting, be sure to also post your philosophy about icon use and organization.  View poll

Last week's poll results: How many desktop applications do you normally have open at once? 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 MessagePlayShare Partners' high-roller policy: The Resolution
Lawrence@PlayShare writes:
Editor's note: There have been lengthy, on-going discussions and negotiations between affiliates and PlayShare Partners about PlayShare's "high-roller" policy. Below is the beginning of PlayShare Affiliate Program Manager Lawrence's report on how the issue has been resolved.

Before I begin, let me apologize for the time taken to get this to you. We have really taken our time over this, making sure to calculate the financial implications of all potential compromises to both PlayShare Partners and its affiliates, particularly after our face-to-face meetings with GPWA and APCW in Budapest. I do, however, believe that what I have outlined below will have been worth the wait. Obviously all parties, PlayShare Partners included, want to get this issue resolved in the fairest way possible so that we can all move on to what we do best.

There are four parts to our resolution. For clarity's sake, I will deal with each individually. read more
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