26 March 2014 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES March 26, 2014
Industry News
Abboud in hostile territory at iGaming conference
Las Vegas Sands VP Andy Abboud spoke during a debate on the legalization of Internet gaming during the iGaming North America Conference, in a ballroom where roughly 99 percent of the 500-person audience held the opposing viewpoint.

Perspectives Weekly: U.K. tax and U.S. bills
J Todd has had just about enough of U.S. politicians and their antics, and he wonders about the consequences of several new taxes that will affect the iGaming industry in the U.K.

Nevada, Delaware pact to launch this summer
As Nevada and Delaware's Internet poker agreement moves closer to launch in the coming months, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says he hopes to add more states to the compact.

Casino execs hail online poker regulation as victory
Early projections of a massive swell of cash from legalized online gaming may have been overly optimistic, but regulation launched a breakthrough in the gambling world, according to Ultimate Gaming executives.

Online gaming debate heats up in Congress
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is preparing to introduce a bill that would modify the Wire Act to restore a federal ban on gambling over the Internet, joining a similar bill to be sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Murren wants AGA to dial down Web poker rhetoric
MGM Resorts CEO and American Gaming Association chairman Jim Murren thinks the AGA should concentrate on efforts other than legalizing Internet poker, as many AGA members stand on opposite sides of the issue.

Intertops hosting three $1,000 slot freerolls
Each player who makes it to the leaderboard at the end of the tournaments will receive a $25 bonus.

bet365 Bingo's Party Weekend just got bigger
An extra 50,000 pounds has been added to the prize pool, and players can compete for prizes up to 5,000 pounds by playing in the Guilty Pleasures room from March 28-30.

Paddy Power adds casino games to sportsbook app
Realistic Games and Paddy Power have embedded blackjack and roulette into the operator's new sportsbook iPad app.

Betfair partners with Income Access in New Jersey
The Betfair Casino affiliate program will complement the New Jersey-only site's online catalogue of slots, poker and table game products.

Firebrand Affiliates brands now active on Facebook
The sites' Facebook fan pages contain weekly promotions, daily comps, game descriptions and announcements.

WSOP.com partners with NHL's New York Rangers
The New Jersey-only poker site will develop special offers, co-branded communication and engaging viewing parties for Rangers fans who live in the Garden State.

Yggdrasil Gaming releases third video slot
Robotnik is based on a modern interpretation of Johann Strauss II's "Blue Danube" and Stanley Kubrick's cult science feature film "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Net Entertainment makes a splash with Wild Water
The game features wild substitutions, stacked surfer symbols, free spins and two different types of bonus wins.

Upcoming Conference

I-Gaming ForumApril 8-9, 2014
I-Gaming Forum
The I-Gaming Forum in Sweden continues to bring together key stakeholders from the online gaming industry.

Amsterdam Affiliate ConferenceJune 24-27, 2014
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The Amsterdam Affiliate Conference is part of the iGaming Super Show and is expected to be a huge success. Expect four days of conferences, exhibition and networking events with the elite in iGaming in a city that is like no other.

Global iGaming Summit & ExpoJuly 14-16, 2014
Global iGaming Summit & Expo
Established as the leading event focused on the future of iGaming in North America, GiGse attracts over 700 delegates to examine the legislative progress, commercial strategies and partnership opportunities for all the key stakeholders to enter iGaming and achieve the first-mover advantage in this lucrative market currently undergoing a significant regulatory change on a state-by-state basis.
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