15 February 2012 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES February 15, 2012
Three winners announced for GPWA Member Poll!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Second Annual GPWA Member Poll. We have drawn three winners from among those that participated. They all chose books as their prizes. To see the list of winners, and the books that they selected, follow this thread.

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Industry News
bwin.party reportedly looking to unload network
A gaming analyst says Shuffle Master is a likely bidder for the Ongame Poker Network, which is the fifth-largest in Europe.

Casino Club adds two new slots
Egyptian-themed slot machines Book of the Sphinx and Treasures of the Pyramids are now available at Casino Club.

Perspectives Weekly is back in the States
J. Todd reports on industry news from Europe and the United States about online gambling regulation. Plus, a look at a U.S. presidential candidate's position on Internet gambling.

Churchill Downs acquires Bluff Media
Racetrack operator Churchill Downs has announced the acquisition of Bluff Media, the Atlanta-based multimedia poker content, brand and publishing company.

Tribes could lose out on Internet gaming
Experts told Congress in a Senate hearing that Indian tribes stand to lose the most as gaming migrates to the Internet.

Win A Day Casino launches new slot machine
The 'Hold the Riches' slot game features free spins and players will receive a free $24 chip to sample the casino game when they log on between Feb. 15-19.

Golden Nugget signs poker deal with Chiligaming
The operator of the Golden Nugget casinos signed an Internet gaming agreement with Chiligaming and plans to launch a free play website later this year.

Everest Casino unveils new-look site
Everest Casino is offering a $200 welcome bonus as well as new games, promotions and a loyalty program.

Titan Casino showing players the love
The online casino is giving all casino players a free bonus of 10 euros until February 29.

Platinum Play pays two major winners
A man won 278,518 euros on Caribbean Draw Poker while a woman won over 1.9 million pounds playing a progressive slot game at Platinum Play Casino in December.

All Slots Casino unveils two new slots
The online casino has added the 'Atomic 8s With Power Spins' and 'Great Griffin' slot machines to its suite of games.

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.
Did You Know?
Serbia has issued a blacklist of 70 online gaming operators, according to Balkans.com. Notable companies on that list include 888, bwin.party and William Hill.

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What sort of hosting arrangements do you use for your websites?
We know that GPWA webmasters use a wide variety of arrangements for hosting their websites. Some own dedicated servers they manage themselves while others rent virtual or physical servers. Some pay third parties to host individual websites. And it would not surprise us if some members used cloud-based services for hosting their sites. So, for this week's poll question we thought we'd ask about which hosting services you use. The poll is multiple choice, so select as many options as apply to you. 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 Messagebwin.party looking to sell Ongame Poker Network?
New MessageChurchill Downs acquires Bluff Media
New MessageEverleaf Gaming Network exits U.S. market
New MessageSenate Indian Affairs Committee holds another online gaming hearing
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How can I exclude my site from being viewed in specific countries? I have had an account put under fraud review because I had 216 accounts in a month all from Belgium, and they are all pretty much just bonus abusers, and now I have another account which is heading the same way. Can anybody suggest a way to combat this? read more
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