27 January 2010 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES January 27, 2010
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Industry News
'Get ready' for Perspectives Weekly
The PPA is telling us to "get ready" and J. Todd tells you what you're getting ready for. Plus, a few questions for eCogra regarding Grand Prive Affiliates and online gambling news from Maryland and Kentucky.

Superior Share upgrades affiliate Web site
The new Web site features improved graphics and has developments on commission plans, marketing tools and available services to affiliate partners.

SportingBet renews agreements with GTECH G2
The sportsbook has renewed its commitment to G2's International Poker Network and will enter the bingo market with G2's newly launched bingo software.

Titan Poker to host tournament to benefit Haiti
Players at the online poker room will be able to donate funds to the Red Cross to aid in relief efforts for the people of Haiti.

Phil Laak to co-host iGB Affiliate Awards
Poker star Phil 'The Unabomber' Laak will be co-hosting the iGB Affiliate Awards on Jan. 28.

Royal Apollo now accepting U.S. players
U.S. players wanting to fund their accounts at Royal Apollo will have a wide range of payment methods available.

Kerching launches new slots game
The casino operator has released Monty's Millions, a five-reel, 40-payline slot with a "millionaire" theme.

Unabomber Poker launches on Cake Network
The Cake Network has added eight new poker rooms, including Phil Laak's Unabomber Poker.

PPA applauds poker players' efforts to aid Haiti
More than 50,000 players have donated more than $760,000 to support relief efforts in Haiti.

Real Deal Poker launches affiliate program
Real Deal Poker is launching its new affiliate program at the London Affiliate Conference this weekend.

CryptoLogic licenses games to Bet24
CryptoLogic has signed an agreement to license at least 10 of its most popular online betting games to Bet24.

Virgin Games signs agreement with Playtech
Playtech's soft gaming solutions developer have licensed their software platform EdGE to Virgin.

Right2bet launches 'Renegade Ref' campaign
The "Renegade Ref" is a series of short videos of a soccer referee calling infractions on the most trivial of offenses.

NeoGames unveils mobile scratch card gaming in U.K.
NeoGames has introduced the first mobile platform for scratch card gaming in the U.K. market.

ECPokerTour to kick off in Barcelona
The inaugural event of the ECPokerTour 2010 will be the ECPokerTour Barcelona tournament on March 18.

Upcoming Conference

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?
Although they make up a majority of the U.K. population, only 79% of U.K. women are online users, compared with 84% of U.K. men, according to Eurostat.

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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 MessageNo decision in Kentucky online gambling case
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New MessageParty Poker acquires TonyGPoker.com
From The Forums
New MessageDutch legality issues
Nic writes:
Hi All, I am slightly confused about the Dutch gaming market. I had a brief conversation with a friend who works for a poker brand the other day and he mentioned that they do quite well out of the Dutch market. I did some research on the Dutch market and it looks like they are trying to implement what looks to be a very protectionist system and have gone as far as threatening banks that handle payments from foreign operators.

I feel like I have missed something in all this. Why would affiliates drive players to a foreign operated site if there is a good chance that their players may get their payments blocked? This stance would also seem to suggest that foreign operators cannot operate within their country, however I have seen nothing that explicitly bans them. This must also be against EU competition law? It would also seem like a lot of hassle for the operators themselves to invest in breaking into a very grey looking market!  read more

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