11 May 2011 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES May 11, 2011
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New Affiliate Programs
The GPWA is pleased to announce Bingocams Partners as a new sponsor. They are pleased to be helping our industry grow as members of the GPWA.
Industry News
Absolute Poker reaches agreement with DOJ
Absolute Poker has reached an agreement with the Department of Justice to facilitate the return of funds to players located in the U.S.

U.S. gaming industry renews push for online poker
Top gaming industry executives launched a lobbying push Tuesday to persuade Congress to regulate Internet poker.

Caesars chairman calls for licensed online poker
Caesars Entertainment Chairman Gary Loveman used a conference call to rally support for federal regulation of Internet poker.

Perspectives Weekly reports from Las Vegas
J. Todd reports from the iGaming North America Conference in Las Vegas on rumors of layoffs and bankruptcy from at least one online poker site targeted on "Black Friday."

Observations from iGaming North America
The GPWA's Vin Narayanan offers his top-10 observations from the iGaming North America Conference in Las Vegas.

Absolute Poker, UB.com cut pro player contracts
All 10 Team UB pros, plus one player representing Absolute Poker, have been informed their sponsorship agreements are now invalid.

Absolute Poker and UB.com deny bankruptcy rumors
The parent company of Absolute Poker and UB.com has denied recent claims that it will file for bankruptcy.

Blanca Games comments on Costa Rican raids
The parent company of UB.com and Absolute Poker confirmed Costa Rican officials visited the former customer service center of its online poker rooms.

William Hill predicts sports betting growth in Nevada
William Hill has spent more than $53 million in less than a month to purchase three sports wagering companies.

U.S. poker players struggling after April 15
American poker players are trying to figure what to do after PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker shut down play in the U.S.

A law professor looks at poker's Black Friday
I. Nelson Rose gives his view on the Department of Justice's indictments against major online poker sites on April 15.

Mojo Affiliates announces new affiliate manager
International Arts Management has named Rakesh Karan the new affiliate manager at Mojo Affiliates.

Celtic Casino adds six new games
Celtic Casino has added six new games to its existing portfolio, including slots, video poker and card games.

EveryMatrix wins sports betting award at EGR Awards
EveryMatrix took home the "Sports Betting Rising Star Award" from the EGR B2B Awards in London.

IGT moves to acquire Swedish iGaming company
IGT has offered $115 million to acquire Entraction Holding, a Swedish technology company that operates one of the world's largest online poker networks.

LVFH to acquire online gaming rights in Mexico
Las Vegas From Home.com Entertainment has acquired a 99 percent equity interest in Poker from Home de Mexico.

Mfuse named "Mobile Supplier of the Year"
Mfuse won the Mobile Supplier of the Year award at the EGR Awards in London.

Guru Revenue to attend iGaming Super Show
Guru Revenue will be offering promotions, gifts and prizes, including the chance to win a Nintendo 3DS.

Upcoming Conference

Global iGaming Summit & Expo (San Francisco)May 17-19
Global iGaming Summit & Expo (San Francisco)
GIGSE will bring together senior executives and decision-makers to discuss how to take advantage of the emerging North American iGaming market.

iGaming Super Show (Dublin)May 24-26
iGaming Super Show (Dublin)
The aim of the iGaming Super Show is to provide a meeting place for the whole industry, whether you are a vendor, media, affiliate, operator or regulator.

6th Annual Online Bingo Summit & Awards (London)June 1-2
6th Annual Online Bingo Summit & Awards (London)
This year's Online Bingo Summit will feature world class speakers, high profile delegates and superb networking opportunities.
Did You Know?
A VP Communications poll of Americans done for the American Gaming Association found that 49 percent played the lottery last year, 25 percent gambled in a casino and 1 percent placed a bet online.

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In this week's poll, GPWA member gaffg asks if online gambling affiliates also have websites that are not focused on the gaming industry. 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 MessageAbsolute Poker reaches deal with DOJ
New MessageUB.com terminates sponsorship deals
New MessageTime Magazine looks at what's next for online poker pros
New Messagevinism talks indictments on NPR's "On Point"
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