22 June 2011 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES June 22, 2011
Star Partner GPWA sponsorship resumed
We're very pleased to announce that Star Partner is once again listed as a GPWA sponsor program. We view that Star Partner has demonstrated that it genuinely cares about its relationship with affiliates. The decision to reinstate the program as a GPWA sponsor was made through a poll of GPWA private members.

Industry News
Momentum grows for federal gaming regulation
Rep. Joe Barton is readying a bill that would legalize online poker and create a new federal regulatory body to oversee the websites. And Rep. Jim McDermott is reintroducing legislation to tax licensed Internet gaming.

Casino Rewards adds two more casinos
Rich Reels Casino and Villento Las Vegas join 22 other brands in the expanding Casino Rewards network.

Playtech signs deal with COPA
Playtech will provide online poker software and related technology for the California Online Poker Association.

U.S. Digital Gaming names new CEO
Former Fox and Walt Disney Senior Executive Jon Richmond is the new CEO of U.S. Digital Gaming, an American online gambling venture backed by Richard Bronson.

H2 predicts slow growth for online gaming in 2011
H2 Gambling Capital has revised its 2011 revenue forecast for the online gambling sector, predicting a growth rate of 4.4 percent rather than the 10.2 percent it predicted earlier.

Casino City releases its iGaming Business Directory
Casino City's iGaming Business Directory provides comprehensive coverage of virtually every aspect of the online gaming industry.

Perspectives Weekly: Plenty of bad news
J. Todd delivers news that really sucks, including updates on from QuickTender, affiliate program closures and the FBI giving away online gambling money to local cops.

Scot places one millionth bet on William Hill app
A man from Aberdeen earned a free bet of 1,000 pounds after placing the millionth bet on the Racing Post App.

Trickett, Rettenmaier to remain with Titan Poker
Sam Trickett and Marvin Rettenmaier will continue representing the Titan Poker brand globally throughout 2011.

Win a Day Casino turns three-years-old
The online casino is offering three special deposit bonuses, including a free $33 birthday present on June 23.

Genting Casino launches major slots race
The online casino is now gearing up to give slot players pots of cash in the eight-week Jackpot Millions Slots Race Chase.

Russian wins over $62,000 at Windows Casino
The Moscow resident won $62,741 while playing the Bonus Bears and Gladiator slot machines.

Mansion Poker increases first deposit bonus
Mansion Poker is offering players a 200 percent up to $1,000 bonus when they make an initial deposit at the site.

Spin3 launches Mega Moolah for Android
The hugely-popular progressive slot machine is now available on Android-based smartphones.

IPN Bad Beat Jackpot breaks world record
The Bad Beat Jackpot on the International Poker Network is now at nearly $1.3 million.

Bingo.com names new president and CEO
Jason Williams will replace Tarnnie Williams as the president and CEO of Bingo.com.

Upcoming Conference

CBG Affiliate WeekendJuly 15-18
CBG Affiliate Weekend
The CBG event offers the possibility of meeting globally active and dedicated affiliates in a single event. Affiliates can meet and discuss strategies with some of the best webmasters in the industry in a fun and relaxing environment.

Barcelona Affiliate Conference (BAC)Sept. 8-11
Barcelona Affiliate Conference (BAC)
With two conference streams focused on the latest in affiliate marketing, this event offers a great opportunity to learn how to improve your business, discover what really drives conversions, improve your SEO, analyze whether social media actually gives you ROI and lots more.

European iGaming Congress & Expo (EiG)Sept. 20 - 22
European iGaming Congress & Expo (EiG)
Plugging you into the heart of Italy, Europe's fastest growing market, EiG celebrates its 10th birthday by moving to Milan and offering an even more exciting experience.
Did You Know?
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What percentage of the time you spend working on your sites is for SEO purposes?
In a forum thread (see below) started by 'the-millionaire', the following question was posed: "How much money do you spend per month for SEO?" The posts in response indicate that most folks don't spend cash on SEO. But clearly many folks do devote time and effort to it. So this week we're asking what percentage of the time you spend working on your sites is spent on SEO activities? View poll
Last week's poll results: Do you expect a third round of indictments against operators accepting U.S. players?  View poll
From The Forums
New MessageWhich converts better, 'go to site' or download links?
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I'm interested in seeing whether people prefer to set banners for casino/poker (two different animals I know) promos to 'go to site' or download? Ultimately I will do some testing with different tracking links but was interested in seeing everyone's opinion. read more
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