22 December 2010 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES December 22, 2010
Join the GPWA at ICE and LAC in London
London in January is the place to be for anyone involved in iGaming. First, the International Casino Expo 2010 (ICE) begins on Tuesday, Jan. 25th at Earls Court. Then the London Affiliate Conference (LAC) kicks off with the iGB Affiliate Awards on Jan. 27. That is followed by the conference from Jan. 28-29 and the traditional final networking event on Jan. 30. The GPWA and the APCW will both be there. Stop by and say hello at stand 6007 at ICE and at stand 71 at LAC.

iGB Affiliate Awards finalists announced
Earlier this week the iGB Affiliate Award finalists were announced. As you would expect, many folks that are members of the GPWA community are included in the ranks of the finalists, so congratulations to each and every one of you. For a complete list of finalists in each of the 14 categories, follow this thread.

Industry News
Perspectives Weekly celebrates the holidays
J. Todd covers developments in the Reid online poker bill and the Lesniak online gambling bill in New Jersey while also poking fun at some dancing elves.

PPA disappointed with Congress
The Poker Players Alliance expressed its disappointment that lawmakers will likely miss an opportunity to license and regulate online poker before the end of the 111th session of Congress.

Winner Affiliates acquires second brand
Winner Affiliates announced it will be the new affiliate program for Casino Del Rio in January. Euro Partners was the previous affiliate program for Casino Del Rio.

Wager Junction adds progressive ticker tools
Affiliates can add a progressive ticker along with a game logo to their sites.

Playtech reaches agreement with Buongiorno
Playtech will provide Italian operator Buongiorno with its online casino platform.

William Hill, Racing Post team up for iPhone app
Racing Post's popular iPhone application now boasts seamless betting directly from William Hill.

World Series of Poker room to enter Italy
Caesars Interactive Entertainment has announced a long-term agreement with Microgame to utilize the WSOP brand in the Italian poker market.

Victor Chandler moves to Entraction Network
Victor Chandler Poker has completed a migration to the Entraction Network and will reward players with bonuses and freerolls.

Class 1 Casino launches winter skill game
Players can try to hit Santa Clause or Rudolph in Class 1 Casino's "Christmas Snowball Fight."

EU Casino launches two-week giveaway
EU Casino is launching a 50,000 euro giveaway that includes daily races for slots, roulette and blackjack.

Player gets Christmas present at Intercasino
A lucky player won 100,000 euros on Intercasino's new scratch card game "Money Farm."

Upcoming Conference

Legal Gaming in Europe Summit 2011January 24-25
Legal Gaming in Europe Summit 2011
As the industry expands, it is imperative to get the lowdown on legislation in lucrative new markets. The 2011 gambling conference agenda is a definitive guide to moving into lucrative European markets.

International Casino Exhibition (ICE)January 25-27
International Casino Exhibition (ICE)
ICE covers the entire spectrum of gaming in all its many forms. Over the last three years it has attracted industry professionals from 122 countries, and in 2010 there were 18,676 attendees.

London Affiliate ConferenceJanuary 27-30
London Affiliate Conference
This conference will offer panels, presentations and networking opportunities galore. Admission is free for all affiliates and the iGB Affiliate Awards will be held on Jan. 27.
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