9 December 2009 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES December 9, 2009
Debbee Silverman joins Casino City and the GPWA
We're very pleased to announce that Debbee Silverman is now a member of our staff. Debbee brings with her many years of experience earning a living promoting online gaming both from a publisher and operator perspective. Many GPWA members will remember Debbee from her former role as marketing advertising manager for GPWA sponsor program CWC Affiliates. Please give her a warm welcome. Her member name in the GPWA forums is "greedygirl."

Industry News
Frank makes his case for UIGEA repeal
In a hearing that lasted less than two hours, proponents of regulating online gambling, led by Rep. Barney Frank, made their case for why the UIGEA should be repealed and replaced with a regulated online gaming environment.

Experts testify at Internet gambling hearing
Experts in online security and consumer safety testified in Washington D.C. and said regulated Internet gambling can protect consumers and generate billions of dollars.

Unibet launches on Jadestone backgammon network
Jadestone, the operator of multi-player gaming networks GamArena and DiceArena, announced that Unibet has launched on its backgammon network.

Fortune Affiliates gives away new car
"Chakrit" took home a car worth $30,000 as part of a promotion run by Fortune Affiliates in conjunction with Fortune Lounge and the Grand Slam of Slots.

Harrah's launches long-awaited online casino
Harrah's Interactive Entertainment has "soft launched" its long-awaited online casino -- Caesars Casino Online.

Sloto'Cash Casino nominated for award
Sloto'Cash Casino has been named a nominee for Best Casino Affiliate Program from the IGB Affiliate Awards.

Perspectives Weekly -- J. Todd is back
J. Todd returns from a week off and looks at the UIGEA regulations, which were supposed to go into effect on Dec. 1. Plus, what is Rep. Barney Frank doing to make sure those regulations never see the light of day?

Grand Prive to be investigated
The Grand Prive Group has commissioned eCOGRA to investigate the closing of Grand Prive Affiliates.

Ladbrokes offers affiliates December bonus
Affiliates of the Ladbrokes affiliate program who send five or more players in December will earn an added 5% revenue share on their January commissions.

NeoGames celebrating four-year anniversary
The scratch card company has experienced tremendous growth after doubling the number of scratch card games available in the last year.

European deregulation a hot topic at EGR
Speakers at the recent EGR Conference and Awards in London hailed Italian deregulation as a success while denouncing France's efforts.

NeoGames launches Finnish scratch card brand
NeoGames has partnered with LMA Gaming to establish its first Finnish scratch card brand.

Upcoming Conference

Affiliate Summit West (Las Vegas)Jan. 17-19
Affiliate Summit West (Las Vegas)
This three-day conference at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino includes an exhibit hall with affiliate merchants, vendors and networks, as well as multiple tracks of educational sessions covering the latest trends and information from affiliate marketing experts.

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?
More than 607 million people will access social networks by phone in 2013, up from 141.4 million in 2009, according to eMarketer.

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Do you use a Google Wave?
This week's poll was posted by GPWA member "rewardscasino," who received an invitation to use Google Wave recently and wanted to see if anyone else has used the new Google product and, if so, what do you use it for?  View poll
Last week's poll results: How likely is it that UIGEA banking regulations will be postponed past June 1, 2010? 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 MessageHarrah's launches online casino
New MessagePlaytech acquires Gaming Technology Solutions
New MessageBetfair CEO says online gambling needs controls
New MessageSky Bet offering England World Cup guarantee
From The Forums
New MessageChristmas and New Year gifts
Alex White writes:
The start of the last month of the year reminds me of the upcoming holy days! Christmas and New Year parties promise lots of gifts and surprises for everyone. As always, every portal site, affiliate and any other member and representative of our industry prepares presents for their partners and customers. I would like to know your opinion! What would you like to get as a holiday present from an online casino or poker room? How could we best thank our affiliates and customers? read more
New MessageGoogle plans 'Real Time Search'
New MessageWhat's more important for an affiliate?
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New MessageAn "Internet Trademark" ???
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