4 November 2009 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES November 4, 2009
GPWA forum activity soars
The GPWA forums have really been humming lately now that the summer doldrums are over. In fact, this past week we passed several new milestones, including the 40,000-thread mark. The total number of posts has surpassed 270,000, and last week we averaged a pretty amazing 250 posts per day. Thank you to everyone for your support!

New Gambling Affiliates Union forum created
For the last few months there have been discussions in the GPWA forums about affiliates forming a union and there has been a lot of support among GPWA members for the concept. Recently, GPWA member Chalkie announced the launch of the Gambling Affiliates Union. In order to support the GAU we've agreed to create a dedicated forum for the GAU within the GPWA forums. We encourage you to check it out.

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

Recognizing October's active affiliate managers
Hats off to the affiliate program representatives who were most active in the forums during the month of October. We're giving an extra special thanks to Shaun O'Neill of NordicBet Partners, who was the most-active affiliate program representative for the second-straight month. Shaun will be the featured affiliate program representative on the GPWA home page in November.

New Affiliate Programs
The GPWA is excited to announce Royal Apollo Affiliates as a new sponsor. They are pleased to be helping our industry grow as new members of the GPWA!

Meet The Affiliate
Richard Wright -- QwertyCasinoRichard Wright explains how he accidentally found his way into the gambling affiliate business and where the quirky name for his Web site -- Qwerty Casino -- comes from. (Hint -- look down at your keyboard.) Read the interview

Industry News
eGaming Review magazine announces EGR Live 2009
EGR Live is a free get-together that will take place Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in London and offers "personalized itineraries" combining meetings, conference sessions, hands-on workshops, product and service displays, networking events and hospitality -- all under one roof.

Kaplan sentenced to 51 months in prison
BetOnSports founder Gary Kaplan was sentenced to 51 months in prison on multiple federal racketeering charges.

APCW's Affiliate Focus podcast debuts
In a new APCW podcast, J. Todd, Anthony and Vin gather to discuss the latest news in online gambling, including the sentencing of Gary Kaplan, Microgaming and Right2Bet.

Perspectives Weekly -- the Halloween edition
J. Todd recaps a busy week in the iGaming industry, including a look at the terms and conditions changes at Affiliate Lounge and a follow up on the Microgaming controversy.

Vegas Red celebrating anniversary with promotions
Vegas Red is offering 100% up to $100 match bonuses every day on first deposits throughout November in celebration of the online casino's sixth anniversary.

PKR nominated for three e-Gaming Review Awards
PKR has been selected as a candidate for the Poker Operator of the Year, Online Marketing Campaign of the Year and Offline Marketing Campaign of the Year.

32Red nominated for "Casino Operator of the Year"
The online casino is a nominee for eGaming Review's Casino Operator of the Year award for 2009.

Voting opens for iGB Affiliate Awards
Affiliates can now cast their ballots after weeks of nominations for the iGB Affiliate Awards.

Net Entertainment moves into Italy
Net Entertainment has signed a licensing agreement with Microgame, Italy's largest remote gaming service.

Optimal Group agrees to pay U.S. $19.2 million
The Canadian company has agreed to pay the U.S. government $19.2 million for processing payments for online betting Web sites.

Upcoming Conference

GPWA Meeting at the Global Gaming Expo (Las Vegas)Nov. 18
GPWA Meeting at the Global Gaming Expo (Las Vegas)
All affiliates are welcome to join us for FREE at the top of the Stratosphere where we will meet to discuss how we can work better together to address affiliate concerns. Complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

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?
Although only 27% of Twitter users post daily, 46% check for updates every day, according to a poll conducted in August by Crowd Science.

Affiliate Program Sponsors

Affiliate Manager Interview
Matthew Glazier -- bet365

Matthew Glazier is a veteran of the sportsbook side of the affiliate business, which has been a tremendous help to him since he started working for bet365.
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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 did the third quarter of 2009 compare with the second quarter for you?
We completed the third calendar quarter of 2009 about a month ago, so it's time to ask our periodic question to members about their revenue. If you compare revenue from the third quarter of 2009 (July to September) to revenue from the second quarter of 2009 (April to June), how did it change? Did it get better, stay the same, or get worse? View poll
Last week's poll results: Will you be at the APCW/GPWA affiliate meeting and party in Las Vegas on Nov. 18th? 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:
New MessageLifting U.S. gambling ban could raise $42 billion
New MessageLadbrokes completes move to Gibraltar
New MessageOptimal to pay U.S. $19.2 million for gambling sites
New MessageGolden Casino still center of Maryland investigation
From The Forums
New MessageLatest PR update
Chalkie writes:
Well, all my sites with existing PR have lost at least one and all my new sites are still zero or not ranked. Is it just me? read more
New MessageReliable lottery programs
New MessageThe European Court of Justice and online gaming
PRIVATE FORUM TOPICS (Not a Private Member, Upgrade Now!)
New MessageBest way to redirect to a merchant
New MessageLLC in Vegas
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