14 March 2012 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES March 14, 2012
New Affiliate Programs
The GPWA is pleased to announce Bellevue Affiliates as a new sponsor. They are pleased to be helping our industry grow as a member of the GPWA.
Industry News
Italy now Europe's largest online poker market
According to H2 Capital, Italy's online poker sector surpassed that of all other EU countries for the first time in 2010.

Perspectives Weekly: Get ready for New Jersey
J. Todd reports from iGaming North America in Las Vegas, where iMEGA's Joe Brennan says regulated online gaming in New Jersey is right around the corner.

Intertops Sportsbook offering props and promos
Intertops Sportsbook is celebrating college basketball by offering cash bonuses and a $25,000 bracket contest.

Bally exec doesn't expect federal online poker soon
Bally Interactive Vice President of Business Development John Connelly said he doesn't expect federal licensing of online poker anytime in 2012.

888 Casino launches new platform
This new platform allows players to personally customize their casino lobby to create shortcuts to their favorite games.

Everest, Casino Elegance launch loyalty program
Everest Casino's players will enjoy the rewards of the VIP Crystal Club, and the players of Casino Elegance can make their way into the VIP Elegance Club.

GGE announces more Colt Poker events
Global Gaming Events has announced the second set of events from their three-month partnership with Colt Poker.

Betfred Poker launches new lobby
The lobby introduces new features, such as new games, a VIP club points display and a bonus tracker, that will improve the online poker experience.

iGaming Business to launch PRiME in Dublin
The Professional iGaming Management Education learning day will be held at the iGaming Super Show in May.

Jim Ryan to speak at G2E 2012
Jim Ryan, CEO of bwin.party, will serve as the exclusive conference keynote speaker at the Global Gaming Expo 2012.

Betfair extends agreement with UserZoom
Betfair is now able to use UserZoom's research tools across its web, mobile and tablet user base.

GLI approved as testing lab in Quebec
Gaming Laboratories International has been approved as an iGaming test lab for Loto-Quebec.

Poker Pack launches King of the Hill promotion
The newly-launched poker network powered by B3W Live unveiled its King of the Hill promotion on March 12.

Jadestone reaches agreement with Betsson Group
Jadestone has signed a casino contract with the Betsson Group that covers CasinoEuro, Betsson and Betsafe.

Bodog Poker makes debut in Asia
The Bodog Poker Network and its Recreational Poker Model is now available for players in Asia via Bodog88.

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.

Global iGaming Summit & Expo (GiGSE)April 24-26, 2012
Global iGaming Summit & Expo (GiGSE)
Get ready for regulation of iGaming in the U.S., whether on the state or the federal level. Meet the most influential land-based, iGaming and lottery executives at this year's conference in San Francisco.

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?
The Iowa Senate passed a bill by a 29-20 vote that would regulate Internet poker in the Hawkeye State on Tuesday.

Affiliate Program Sponsors

Affiliate Manager Interview
Stefanie Johnson Gould

With a background in brick-and-mortar casinos, BetCroc's Stefanie Johnson Gould is learning a lot about the online gambling industry. She also tells the GPWA that she once organized a million-dollar party and has a loving Doberman named Cinder.
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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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