7 March 2012 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES March 7, 2012
Recognition for February's active members
The GPWA is happy to announce our most-active members for February. We're giving an extra special thanks to baldidiot, one of the most active posters during February. His site is being shown on the GPWA home page for the month of March as the featured site.

Recognizing February's active affiliate managers
Hats off to the affiliate program representatives who were most active in the forums during February. 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 March.

Industry News
Shuffle Master purchases Ongame Network
Shuffle Master Gaming announced Monday it agreed to acquire Ongame Network, bwin's pre-Party poker network, for almost $28.5 million.

Federal Internet poker regulation not in cards for 2012
The prospects for federal U.S. legalization of Internet poker in 2012 are becoming less and less likely as the year drags on.

Caesars continues push for federal regulations
Caesars Entertainment CFO Jonathan Halkyard calls for regulatory safeguards to be put into place for online poker.

Indian tribes worried about intrastate online poker
American Indian tribes expressed concern at iGaming North America that they won't benefit from new online poker laws.

Perspectives Weekly: Calvin Ayre's indictment
J. Todd discusses Calvin Ayre's legal troubles and Bally Technologies taking steps toward entering the industry.

Bally, Aristocrat reach online poker agreement
Slot machine companies Bally Technologies and Aristocrat Technologies have reached an agreement to offer the same online poker network to casinos should the U.S. regulate it.

BodogUK hires new casino head
BodogUK has hired Adam Joseph, formerly of Betfair, to be the company's new head of casino.

iAffiliates adds new casino brand
Club 777 is offering new players a welcome bonus of 100 percent up to $777 to celebrate its debut.

Club Gold pays out record win
A lucky player won 730,000 euros playing the Great Blue slot machine at Club Gold through a series of bonus rounds.

Casino Tropez announces official relaunch
Casino Tropez has a new look and feel with more casino features for improved usability.

Bingo Palace unveils March promotion
Bingo Palace's new promotion will last for a month and features $35,000 in cash and prizes.

Win A Day Casino awards vacation
The lucky winner of the year-long Game of the Month contest will take her two best friends to Nevada this fall.

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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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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