1 February 2012 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES February 1, 2012
APCW and GPWA win iGB awards
The GPWA won the Lou Fabiano Award for Best iGaming Community for the second-straight year, while the APCW was named the Best Non-Traditional Affiliate during the iGB Affiliate Awards ceremony this past Thursday in London.

GPWA affiliates honored at iGB Awards
Eight GPWA webmasters were honored in six prestigious categories at the iGB Awards ceremony last week. For a full list of the winning sites and webmasters, follow this thread.

GPWA sponsor programs win iGB awards
Five GPWA sponsor affiliate programs took home a total of nine awards at last Thursday's iGB Awards in London. To view a full list of the winners, follow this thread.

Recognition for January's active members
The GPWA is happy to announce our most-active members for January. We're giving an extra special thanks to thebookiesoffers, one of the most active posters during January. His site is being shown on the GPWA home page for the month of February as the featured site.

Recognizing January's active affiliate managers
Hats off to the affiliate program representatives who were most active in the forums during January. We're giving an extra special thanks to Maria of Crazy Rewards, who was the most active affiliate program representative. She will be featured on the GPWA home page for the month of February.

Industry News
Everest Affiliates takes home iGB Award
Everest Affiliates was named the best poker affiliate program at Thursday's iGB Affiliate Awards in London.

888 reaches agreement with Caesars in U.S.
The deal will allow Caesars to launch real-money online poker as soon as federal or state-based regulations are finalized.

Ladbrokes makes move into U.S. gaming market
The British bookmaker paid $3 million to acquire 65 percent of Stadium Technology Group, a supplier of software and in-game betting applications to sportsbook operators.

Microgaming launches 'Diamond Edition' live dealer
The 'Diamond Edition' offers redefined graphics that give the player a heightened sense of being in a casino.

Intertops offering free bets, bonuses
Intertops Sportsbook is giving players a $200 free bet on the Super Bowl and a 20 percent deposit bonus.

Intertops Casino giving away $70,000
The online casino is celebrating Sunday's big football game with plenty of bonus offers for lucky players.

Betfred Casino unveils new Mummy slot
The Mummy is a Playtech-designed slot that is based on the Hollywood blockbuster and has numerous bonus rounds.

GeoComply appoints new operations manager
The geolocation specialist has appointed Lindsay Kininmonth, formerly of TST, as operations manager for North America.

Intercash launches new online gaming card
The WinningsCard is similar to an e-wallet and allows players to deposit personal funds and cash onto the card.

Upcoming Conference

iGaming FranceMarch 29-30, 2012
iGaming France
iGaming France is a B2B and affiliate event that will provide insights on the French market and networking opportunities for those looking to work in it. It is aimed at the biggest French affiliates, operators and service providers as well as international iGaming executives who are active or interested in the market.

Online Bingo SummitApril 17-18, 2012
Online Bingo Summit
The Online Bingo Summit is the place to meet the highest-level executives from across the bingo ecosystem. This year the summit will focus on developing your strategy on Facebook, across devices and into new markets to ensure your brand stays ahead of the game. You will also get the opportunity to hear about other innovations that will guarantee your profit margins into the future.

iGaming Super ShowMay 22-25, 2012
iGaming Super Show
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. This was the first event which brought the whole industry under one roof.
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Was the London Affiliate Conference worth it?
GPWA member grem posed a simple and timely poll question in the forums on Tuesday. Was the London Affiliate Conference worth it? If you had a productive conference or not, feel free to share your thoughts on whether it was worth your time. View poll
Last week's poll results: Do you serve your own banners or use third parties like affiliate programs? 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:
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I've seen a few comments on here recently that are basically rubbish when talking about SEO and rankings so I thought a thread on SEO myths might help people out a bit. I'll start by adding a few myths I see getting chucked around the Internet in general and see how the thread gets on. read more
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