23 March 2016 GPWA Times Newsletter

Industry News
Amaya CEO charged with insider trading
CEO David Baazov denied any wrong doing regarding his company's purchase of PokerStars and Full Tilt back in 2014 and said he believes today's charges are without merit.

Tipbet launches new online casino
Tipbet casino games offer exciting bonus rounds and free spins to give customers a great value. The site also plans to award customers with regular promotions, bonuses, leaderboard tournaments and exclusive prizes.

APCW Perspectives: More taxes and PokerStars is back
J. Todd discusses a new U.K. policy that will force operators to pay taxes on free bets given to players. Plus, PokerStars has officially returned to the U.S. by way of New Jersey.

PokerStars goes live in New Jersey
Players can create a new account using the log-in details from their previously held account, and are eligible to receive their last held VIP status, Play Money Chips and StarsCoin.

Intertops Poker hosting Easter tournaments
The site is offering a $500 freeroll and daily $200 freerolls.

bet365 Casino offers 'On The House' promo
Players who deposit/transfer at least 50 pounds to their bet365 Casino account and play a minimum of 50 hands or spins will get a 20% rebate on real-money losses the day after the promotion ends.

CyberBingo player wins $20,091.60
Playing low stakes bingo for regular cash prizes, Amystick44 never expected to hit the progressive jackpot and win a huge cash prize.

Vegas Crest Casino offering 77 free spins, $4,500 bonus
With more than 360 casino games to choose from, Vegas Crest welcomes players from the U.S. and can proudly boast over 55 of the latest 3-D video slots for players to enjoy.

CyberBingo hosting promos this Easter weekend
The site will hold nightly $5,000 coverall games, as well as a $50,000 coverall on Saturday, March 26.

Betting Trends and Strategies schedule announced
BeTS 2016 takes place on June 9 at the RAI in Amsterdam as part of the iGaming Super Show.

PokerStars announces rake increases
Players will see the house take increase in most Spin & Go tournaments, multi-table hyper-turbo events and heads up cash games.

NetEnt launches Aloha! Cluster Pays
Aloha! is the first of NetEnt's games to feature their unique "cluster pays" mechanic, which gives players the chance to increase payouts by growing the size of their cluster of winning symbols.

Big names offering expertise at Juegos Miami
Top-level executives and senior regulators will discuss opportunities and market developments in Latin America and the Caribbean at the conference in Miami, beginning May 31.

TAG Media teams up with SMP Partners
The deal will enable TAG to offer brokerage, merger and acquisition transaction support and advisory services to iGaming affiliates looking to explore acquisition and exit opportunities.

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iGaming North AmericaApril 5-6, 2016
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The iGaming North America conference is a unique networking and educational event designed to facilitate and cultivate the convergence of the land-based and online gambling industries in North America. It provides a cost-effective networking environment that helps foster understanding regarding the impacts of existing and potential regulated Internet gambling in the U.S. and Canada.

GiGseApril 27-29, 2016
GiGse attracts over 700 delegates to examine the legislative progress, commercial strategies and partnership opportunities for all key stakeholders to enter iGaming and achieve first-mover advantage in this lucrative market, which is currently undergoing a significant regulatory change on a state-by-state basis.

Amsterdam Affiliate ConferenceJune 7-10, 2016
Amsterdam Affiliate Conference
The Amsterdam Affiliate Conference is part of the iGaming Super Show and is expected to be a huge success, with over 3,200 delegates and 1,800 affiliates in attendance. This event mixes business with pleasure and is one you cannot afford to miss.
Did You Know?
Amaya's stock price fell 21% on the news that its CEO David Baazov was charged with insider trading on Wednesday.

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