2 December 2009 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES December 2, 2009
New rating service for GPWA members
The GPWA is launching a new service that will allow members to rate iGaming sites, affiliate programs and software vendors. The service lets you define rating categories so you will be able to rate iGaming sites using your own terminology. It also allows webmasters to share opinions about sites and programs. For example, when a webmaster rogues Grand Prive, he can use the service to let others know he's done so. And the service will link back to the portal page where he rogued Grand Prive, giving him SEO value. Follow this thread for more info.

Recognition for November's active members
The GPWA is happy to announce our most-active members for November. We're giving an extra special thanks to universal4, the most-active poster during the month of November. His site is being shown on the home page for the month of December as the featured site.

Recognizing November's active affiliate managers
Hats off to the affiliate program representatives who were most active in the forums during the month of November. We're giving an extra special thanks to Renee of Rewards Affiliates, who was the most-active affiliate program representative this month. She will be the featured affiliate program representative on the GPWA home page for the month of December.

New Affiliate Programs
The GPWA is excited to announce Rialto Affiliates and Pure Commission as new sponsors. They are pleased to be helping our industry grow as new members of the GPWA!

Industry News
Barney Frank to hold hearing on Thursday
Rep. Barney Frank and the House Financial Services Committee will discuss legislation that would regulate Internet gambling in the U.S. on Thursday.

Obama administration delays UIGEA implementation
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke agreed last week to delay the implementation of the UIGEA for six months.

Referback rewarding affiliates in December
Referback is offering affiliates who exceed their November acquisition by 30 new customers a guaranteed 60% commission payment at the end of December.

CasinoClub releases seven new games
New members at the online casino will receive 50 free spins as a complimentary welcome gift at the Rockin' Fruits slot game through December 31st.

Titan Poker to start New Year in style
The poker room will award more than $120,000 in total prizes in a two-month series of races, tournaments and special promotions celebrating the New Year.

Virtue Fusion combines bingo with social networking
Virtue Fusion Alderney will launch bingo games with embedded social networking on December 8th. Among the sites participating in the launch are bet365 and William Hill.

Slotastic introduces House of Slots
The new U.S.-friendly online casino is celebrating the holidays with festive games and free money bonuses.

Betaland launches Chartwell's flash-based platform
Betaland is the newest betting brand from Gaming VC and is aiming at non-German gaming jurisdictions.

Castle Bingo renews GTECH G2 license
The U.K. bingo operator has renewed its licensing agreement with GTECH G2 and its International Bingo Network for another three years.

Upcoming Conference

Affiliate Summit West (Las Vegas)Jan. 17-19
Affiliate Summit West (Las Vegas)
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ICEI 2010 (London)Jan. 26-28
ICEI 2010 (London)
The International Gaming Expo is the premier showcase for the world's most innovative and advanced land-based and remote gaming, betting and amusement products.

London Affiliate ConferenceJan. 28-31
London Affiliate Conference
This two-day conference will offer informative panels and presentations that will focus on industry updates and best practices as well as the Affiliate Series of Poker. Admission is free for all affiliates.
Did You Know?
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How likely is it that UIGEA banking regulations will be postponed past June 1, 2010?
The effective date for banking regulations set to go into effect on Dec. 1 was postponed six months last week, which was certainly good news for those involved in iGaming. So, the obvious question is will the regulations really go into effect on June 1? Or is the fact that they have been delayed an indication that they will probably be delayed again or will perhaps never actually go into effect at all?  View poll
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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 MessageBanks also wanted UIGEA delay
New MessageBetOnSports to pay $28.2 million fine
New MessageAussie senator says gamblers shouldn't pay illegal sites
New MessageProblem gambling head talks with PND
From The Forums
New MessageAvoiding a duplicate content penalty
Madnesz writes:
I was wondering about the following problem and I hope that someone can give me some advice on this. I operate several Web sites. Each Web site tries to target a different niche, so it was a strategic choice to not combine them all in one site, but to run them under different domains. However, some articles I wrote are about quite general topics and I believe them to be valuable content for more than one site. However, I am afraid that if I upload the article to more than one of my sites, Google might penalize me for duplicate content. Is there anyway to avoid this? read more
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