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John Burzichelli to Speak at iGaming Super Show

Friday, May 17th, 2013

igamingsupershow2013It was just announced that New Jersey Assemblyman John Burzichelli will be speaking at the iGaming Executive Conference, which coincides and is affiliated with the iGaming Super Show to be held June 11-14, 2013 in Amsterdam at the RAI.

The online gaming industry in New Jersey, in most part, owes this Assemblyman a great deal as he was an integral part of the legalization of online casino gaming in the state. His hard work pushing the bill that New Jersey’s Governor, Chris Christie, signed into law made New Jersey one of the first states in the US to legalize online gaming for real money.

Scheduled to speak on June 12, Burzichelli will no doubt share his extensive views surrounding the politics of legislation when it comes to states moving forward with creating bills to legalize online gaming in the US, as well as his personal findings within the push to legislate in his state. The session will cover the visions of the lawmakers and the significance of iGaming and its major impact on Atlantic City’s casinos. US states, innovative companies and industry investors will definitely benefit from his views and experiences.

The Super Show itself will boast some 2,400+ delegates and more than 100 speakers that will take in some seven different events spread-out through the same venue. The convention includes a dedicated affiliate event, mobile gaming summit and a social gambling conference. There will be workshops and other seminar-type events scheduled throughout. There will be no stone unturned according to the very detailed schedule of events posted on the iGaming Supershow website.

Like Burzichelli, several more of the biggest names in the gaming business will be speaking at these different events. Playtech CEO Mor Weizer will speak, as well as American Gaming Association CEO Frank J. Fahrenkopf, and Nevada State Gaming Control Board Chairman AG Burnett. Speakers will share their latest insights into both European and American gaming spheres.

There will be a large selection of gaming companies advertising their services, and networking will abound with than 100 booths are set to showcase these companies. Speaking from the educational and business perspective level, the iGaming Supershow is set to divulge major information regarding all aspects of online gaming worldwide.

Looking at the scheduled events, there will be a major focus on social and mobile gaming. Both Nevada and New Jersey will be well represented to discuss further US iGaming relations and developments. Even the legal aspect of exploring the status of the major European iGaming markets and exploring the wider European Union policies and debates surrounding iGaming will be discussed by both law firms and industry leaders.

Whether you are in the gaming business, a staunch advocate for the continued legalization and development of online gaming, or an active online casino member looking to further enjoy playing for real money online, this event will affect you in some way.

As far as Assemblyman John Burzichelli’s presence at the event goes, it is certainly refreshing to see more US involvement (as mentioned, Nevada State Gaming Control Board Chairman AG Burnett will also speak) in these international online gaming industry events.

The first ever Super Show was in Prague, 2010. Since then, its wildly successful casino affiliates, gaming vendors, media representatives, casino operators and gaming industry regulators, have made major advances in the industry. It is also important to mention that this massive iGaming event in Amsterdam is free of charge to anyone in the online gambling industry. So, if you are on the fence about attending, wait no longer. The 2013 iGaming Supershow is literally right around the corner.

2012 iGaming Super Show Comes to Close

Friday, May 25th, 2012

iGamingSupershow2012One of the largest gatherings in the internet betting industry – the third annual iGaming Super Show – has come to a close after four days of in-depth conferences, learning clinics and non-stop networking. Organized by iGaming Business (iGB), the iGaming Super Show is largely aimed at bringing together affiliates with betting site operators (much like the iGBAffiliate.com conferences). But what sets the iGaming Super Show apart from other conferences, including the long-running Casino Affiliate Convention (CAC), is that it truly is deserving of the title “Super Show” in that it has become the largest event in the iGaming industry.

This year’s iGaming Super Show was split into two main tracks – an affiliate track on Day 2 and an operator track on Day 3. The affiliate track included conferences pertaining to online marketing, while the operator track covered a broad range of issues facing betting site operators. Two supplemental programs – “Professional iGaming Management and Education (PRiME)” and “Betting Trends & Strategies” – were hosted on Day 3, the former aimed at new entrants in the online gambling market. Limited to 30 places, PRiME was an an all-day intensive that covered everything from payment processing and marketing to fraud and player recruitment.

Learning clinics were hosted for four hours each day of the show, giving both affiliates and operators the opportunity to receive one-on-one consultations on topics covering online marketing (SEO and PPC), social media, payment processing and Word Press. But just like all affiliate conferences, the most popular events were the networking parties. Even non-operators, such as the Isle of Man’s Gambling Supervision Commission, were pleased with the opportunities surfacing around the events of the show.

Once again hosted in Ireland, the 2012 iGaming Super Show was expected to be even larger than last year’s record breaking attendance. However, early numbers indicate the turnout was no larger than the 2011 event. As reported by InterGameOnline, the rumor on the streets is that there is talk about holding the next iGaming Super Show in Amsterdam at a slightly later date. Needless to say, Amsterdam is quite the popular place for holding iGaming conventions. The aforementioned CAC was, for many years, held in Amsterdam.

Wherever the 2013 iGaming Super Show is hosted, rest assured that iGaming Business will be working hard to bring together the online gambling industry in due proportion.

One Man’s Pining for London’s Fire and Ice

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

With the 6th Annual London Affiliate Conference in full swing –  hosting several industry best practice panels and presentations, and plenty of opportunity for the 2,500+ attendees to network and broker deals – the only thing I’m curious about (In fact, dying to know) is how the Fire and Ice Party turned out last night. For all our faithful followers out there, you may recall that we’ve been reporting on this event every year. And if you need a reminder or just want to take a walk down memory lane, check out this review of Fire and Ice back in 2010.

If this is your first time hearing about Fire and Ice, well then, get ready to lose your virginity. There’s a good chance you would have lost it anyway, had you actually attended either of the last two years. That’s because Fire and Ice is a notoriously “grown up” party known for it’s sexually sinful flare.

I suppose I should explain what I mean by sexually sinful flare. I’m not talking about the interstate strip club or Amsterdam’s red light district (not because I don’t have the faintest idea what either one of those is like). Nope, this kind of sexually sinful flare is more like the kind of stuff you are likely to see at a show in Las Vegas. A good one, that is.

Before I go on any further, let me just say that I didn’t even get to attend last night’s party. In fact, I’m not even at the conference. I suppose that’s why I’m blogging about it – to expunge all the jealousy, bitterness and flat-out rage that’s turning my face more sour looking than a baby with a mouthful of lemonheads. But seriously, folks, that’s how crazy the Fire and Ice Party is. It’s so crazy good, I can’t even bring myself to read about it. Yep, you heard that right. I’m actually reporting on an event that I know nothing about. But thanks for being here for me, all the same.

What I can tell you is that the 6th Annual Fire and Ice Party was being hyped to hearken back the days of original sin. Yep, you may want to get your bible’s out for a history lesson. But then again, maybe not. According to Lyceum Media’s Michael Caselli, this retelling of the Book of Genesis and Revelations is told with a “new perspective”. How new, you ask? Caselli put it this way: “You’d be better off bringing a moral conservative to Bangkok’s back alleys than to this event”. Is the suspense killing you too?

2011 Barcelona Affiliate Conference by iGaming Business

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

It’s been almost a week since the wrap party for the 2011 iGB Barcelona Affiliate Conference, but I’m probably not alone in saying the effects are still being felt! All in all, BAC 2011, which is hosted by iGB Affiliate – the affiliate arm of premiere media publishing company, iGaming Business – was a huge success. Here’s a little video shot on the fly at the conference – a Vintervue, if you will, with Bluff Europe Magazine Editor in Chief, Michael Casselli, offering a taste of the iGB Barcelona Affiliate Conference.

From a player’s perspective, there are several reasons why iGaming industry conferences like this are vitally important. While it’s not essential for players, per say, to attend these conferences, Online Casino Suite’s attendance ensures that you, the player, are getting the absolute best online casino recommendations for real money wagering. That’s because we never approve and list a casino before first meeting up with the owners and management team, as well as consult with other industry affiliates and adequately gauge industry feedback on the reputation of the casino in question.

From an industry perspective, iGB Affiliate conferences 1) Facilitate industry growth by building B2B partnerships, which in turn, promote technology innovation and a better user experience; 2) Facilitates relationship building and trust between affiliates and operators, which in turn, is carried over to the player; and 3) Raise the credibility of the industry as a whole. In other words, conferences like these give international operators a chance to show how professional and large the online gambling industry really is.

To give you an idea of how large the 2011 Barcelona Affiliate Conference was, there were over 1,600 delegates in attendance and approximately 100 exhibitors, the likes of Bet365 (voted Best in Show), William Hill, 888.com, Neteller, Affactive and Fortune Affiliates, the latter two of which run marketing arms of U.S. friendly Win Palace Casino and UK casino, Royal Vegas, and which Online Casino Suite had some excellent face-to-face time with.

If you happened to attend the 2011 Barcelona Affiliate Conference, first of all, go tag yourself in the many pics posted in the iGaming Business Affiliate Events Facebook album. Also, be sure to fill out the survey here, and be entered to win a 250 cash card courtesy of InterCash, two tickets to a London Premiere Football League event, or an executive upgrade at the official hotel of the 2012 London Affiliate Conference – another iGB event not to be missed.

Mark your calendars for January 26-29, 2012 to attend the London Affiliate Conference, which falls on the heels of one of the largest international B2B gaming exhibitions – ICE London, and which earlier this year, attracted over 2,500 attendees. Also confirmed is the 2012 iGaming Supershow, which will take place May 22-25, 2012 and will once again be hosted in Ireland.

Online Gambling Expo Coming to San Francisco

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

GIGSE-2011-San-FranciscoMany in the online gambling community will be visiting San Francisco, California next month for a high-profile summit and expo. PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker won’t be attending, of course, because they’re too busy trying to remain in business and keep the owners out of jail. I would advise those who attend this convention to be on the lookout for unmarked black SUV’s suspiciously following your every move.

Anyway, from May 17 to May 19, the Global i-Gaming Summit and Expo is being held in beautiful northern California. It is doubtful that the Justice Department will stop by so they can meet the legitimate businessmen of the online gambling industry. That’s a shame, because they could learn a lot. Still, there will be other good representatives at the convention. Delegates from Caesars Entertainment, bwin.party digital entertainment, the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the New York Lottery, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and more will be there.

Also scheduled to appear are two California politicians who are trying to bring online gambling regulation about. Lou Correa, a California state senator who has sponsored legislation regulating intrastate online poker, and John Campbell, a U.S. Representative for California’s 48th district who has sponsored a bill to repeal UIGEA will both be there to talk about regulation. Over 300 delegates from elsewhere in the gambling industry are set to attend.

You can expect the Black Friday online poker domain seizures and indictments to be a hot topic. While most of the charges against the eleven defendants were for fraud and money laundering, the general feeling is that the case is an attack on the poker community. By meeting on month later in San Francisco, the industry will get a chance to discuss their options and meet in a productive way.

Indian Casino Convention Coming to Arizona

Monday, March 28th, 2011

50281_73746776133_5757350_nBusinesspeople love conventions. I’m not sure why, perhaps because I’ve never been invited to one. Their main stated purpose is networking and the ability for various people in an industry to discuss relevant topics for the business. I imagine that for a lot of people, though, the main appeal is the free food, drinks and entertainment. Conventions for the gambling industry tend to be pretty big events. When you consider all of the glitz, big productions and, of course, money that goes along with the casino industry, it makes for a good get-together.

Next week the National Indian Gaming Association is hosting its annual convention, called Indian Gaming 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona. Again, I am not invited to this convention, even to cover it, but if you are, remember that it is from April 3 through April 6. And if so, be sure to tell me how it was, okay?

Event organizers are expecting more than 18,000 people to attend the convention, which will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center. As the gambling industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, events like this are important for tribal gambling. Among many issues facing them is whether to embrace online gambling and take part in the industry or continue all attempts to block states from offering it.

The event organizers say that over 200 tribal governments will be in attendance and there will be many events designed for networking purposes. In addition, the convention will offer more than 200 hours of workshops, training and certification programs. If that all of that isn’t the kind of thing that excites you, you can also take part in three different golf tournaments on Indian-owned golf courses. And if that does excite you, then you have an odd idea of what’s exciting (sorry, I don’t get golf).

popper1_1There will also be entertainment provided by the bands Blues Traveler and Sawyer Brown. Come on, haven’t the Native American people suffered enough? Why subject them to those bands? The National Indian Gaming Association needs to learn what kinds of “entertainment” attract people and which kinds drive people away. John Popper’s singing falls under the latter.

Still, it should be a good time for those in attendance and registration is still open. Indian Gaming 2011 is “the only national trade show and convention for Indian gaming by Indian gaming,” according to their website.

It’s Time for ZyngaCon! Okay, More Like Zynga PokerCon

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

But you have to admit it is close. After all Zynga’s Texas Hold ‘em Poker is their largest source of revenue. Although I am sure Farmville cannot be far behind it. But the Texas Hold ‘em Facebook app alone is worth $7 billion. That is more money than there are Facebook users. And speaking of users, AppData.com says that a little more than 7 million people play Zynga Poker every day. So you can begin to see just how big and how popular Zynga’s poker app is. Take that, Farmville!

The Zynga Texas Hold ‘em poker game is played online through Facebook as an app for the social networking site. Unless you are friends with the people you play with, you are playing poker online with strangers. Not unlike you would be in an online casino except Facebook is serving as the middle man.

But next month Zynga is going to try to bring their flock of poker players face to face for the Zynga PokerCon. The conference, which you have no idea how tempted I am to simply refer to it as ZyngaCon, will be held March 18th and 19th at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. The cost to interested Zynga Texas Hold ‘em fans is $125 for both days.

As for the PokerCon itself, attendees will be able to take part in a real life poker tournament, playing each other face to face rather than through a computer or mobile device. The winner of the live tournament will receive a $100,000 prize. There will also be a celebrity event for players to see. Professional poker players will be on hand to give demonstrations to present pro tips and tricks to improve one’s poker game. And what would a conference be without a party? Thankfully Zynga Poker fans will not have to find out as their $125 ticket will also allow them to attend a party given just for them.

What I am wondering is how amateur online poker players who play through the Zynga app will do when not playing from behind a computer or mobile device. Online poker pros can usually go from behind the screen to face to face and back to behind the screen with relatively little difficulty. Either way someone at ZyngaCon—I mean—PokerCon will be taking home the $100,000 tournament prize.

Another thing I am wondering is if Zynga is hosting a conference for their top performing app, would they do the same for those that play the infamous Farmville? While it is not the flag ship of the Zynga app fleet, the extremely popular farming app is definitely the battleship. And if there ever were to be a FarmvilleCon, what would the events be? Real life cow milking? A crops harvesting race? Wagon wheel making? A sheep shearing contest? And to cap the FarmvilleCon off a hoe-down.

The idea of FarmvilleCon aside, the online poker players of Zynga Texas Hold ‘em app have got to be pleased with the two-day conference that Zynga is hosting for them.

Global Gaming Expo to be Hosted at Sands Las Vegas Casino Resort in 2011

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

G2EI suppose it’s never too late to start planning for the next Global Gaming Expo. Lovingly referred to as G2E, the Global Gaming Expo is one of the largest and most attended conference events for professionals in the gaming industry (check out the video at the bottom of this post for a look at the exhibition floor). Having just wrapped up earlier this month at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is where the conference is normally held, G2E organizers have revealed that – for the first time – the premiere casino-entertainment event will be held at the Las Vegas Sands Casino.

The date to mark on your calendar is October 3-6, 2011. If you’re a casino operator and/or are looking to provide a product/service for the gaming industry (both land-based and online), now is the time to consider exhibition and sponsorship options. As mentioned, the G2E is always a large event and will very likely sell out. If you want to attend, online registration is available (not just yet for 2011) at a discounted price, while same-day tickets go for at least 25% more (depending on the attendance package).

A straight ticket to peruse all of the exhibitors on the main conference floor costs $99 online and $175 if purchased at the door. There are several packages to choose from – the most expensive and comprehensive being the 4-day All-Access Conference. Although the price tag is more hefty at $1,600, the benefits are numerous. Think of it as a crash-course, real-world gaming education with free continental breakfasts. Oh, and let’s not forget the keynote speaker luncheon.

Speaking of keynote speakers, this year’s was none other than Harrah’s Entertainment CEO, Gary Loveman, whose address was titled: “The Stockholm Syndrom: Why Addressing the Misinformation That Plagues Gaming is our top Priority”. Sounds good to me.

What also sounds good is the UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) Certificate of Completion, which is awarded to all attendees who complete at least five sessions. This is a great opportunity for anyone just starting out or seeking to make a career in the casino gaming industry. With a state-of-the-art casino laboratory for testing casino games and software, as well as a high-tech surveillance center for teaching casino floor security, let’s just say that UNLV’s IGI accreditation carries some serious weight to it.

But the G2E isn’t just for professionals in the brick ‘n mortar casino industry either. As we all know, the online and offline gaming worlds are merging. Harrah’s itself is has an interactive department and has already launched two Euro online casinos, WSOP Casino, not to mention WSOP Poker. And let’s not forget about Caesars Online Casino catering to the UK crowd. In fact, the hot topic at this last G2E was all about online gambling regulation and how Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, holds the cards for getting gaming regulated in the States.

Check out the G2E website at globalgamingexpo.com for updates on the next conference held at the Las Vegas Sands Casino Resort October 3-6, 2011.

More Affiliate Awards to Recognize the Best in Casino Gaming Review Sites

Monday, September 27th, 2010

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iGaming Business Affiliate Magazine is one of the best online gaming trade publications in circulation today. Nevermind the fact that it is primarily geared toward affiliates – whom if you didn’t know – bring in the lion’s share of traffic to internet betting destinations vying for top billing on the major search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing, the chockful of “industry” articles professionally published in each bi-monthly issue, is sure to engage anyone with their fingers in the gaming business.

As for me personally, I prefer to read the write-ups discusssing promising, new forms of online wagering, as well as regulatory updates on the many betting jurisdictions the world over. What is true in the UK, may not be true in Malta, and vice versa. As a publishing outlet for the industry, Online Casino Suite certainly has a responsibility to stay abreast of such changes and updates and notify players and the betting community at large when such changes will affect them.

So, if I can be so brash as to toot our own horn, I suppose you could say this is one of the factors that makes for a great affiliate site like your’s truly. And that, my friends, is exactly what the iGaming Business Affiliate Awards aims to pay respects to. Even if OCS doesn’t win next year’s awards, the fact that the affiliate sector is being recognized by a highly respected trade publications is a pat on the back for affiliates who aim to bring more accountability and transparency to the online gambling industry.

Another great online gaming trade publication in business today is eGaming Review (eGR) Magazine. Largely focused on the European sector (let’s face it – that’s where most the legal action is these days, albeit there’s great news fodder for the up-and-downs of regulation in the States), eGR dishes out timely news articles and in-depth special reports pertaining to many areas of the industry. Likewise mindful of the role that affiliates play, one of eGR’s special reports for 2010 is the Affiliate Report. I’ll give you one guess what it’s about.

As for awards, until now, the eGR Operator Awards primarily recognize operators and developers – basically the B2B side of internet betting.  aims to pay some respect to. Not to be confused with iGaming Business’ Affiliate Awards, which judging by the name, obviously centers around the affiliate industry, the eGR Operator Awards now includes four new affiliate categories for the first time in six years. These categories include “Gaming Review Site of the Year”, “Innovative Gaming Site of the Year”, “Best Gaming Comparison Site of the Year”, and “Best Gaming Community Site of the Year”.

eGR Magazine’s Publishing Director, Seb Timpson, said it best: “We are not looking just to reward the biggest affiliates. Entrepreneurialism and a professional approach are attributes that the judges will also be looking for. We hope these awards will be a benchmark for affiliates, and a badge of achievement that affiliates will be proud to shout about to their users and partners.”

The awards ceremony, which is expected to draw a sell-out crowd of 800, will be held over dinner (as is the tradition), at the Artillery Garden at the HAC in London on Wednesday, November 24, 2010. In similary vein to the entertainment industry’s Golden Globe awards, the eGR Operator Awards is a black suit, white tie affair befitting the best of what the online gambling industry has to offer.

Check out this years eGaming Review Business 2 Business Awards Ceremony:

iGaming Business Events Team Announces New Online Betting Conference in November

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
Marketing specialists mark your calendar's for November 2010

Marketing specialists be on the lookout for the Sport and iGaming Conference

The iGaming Business (iGB) Events Team has announced yet another internet betting conference – this time focusing on marketing and sponsorship in the sports betting and online gambling sectors, as well as some yet-to-be divulged details specifically pertaining to the internet betting industry itself. Called the Sport and iGaming Conference (could you ask for a more succinct and simple title?), the conference is set to take place on November 10, 2010 in London.

In fact, the international law firm, Pinsent Masons, is sponsoring and hosting the event at their London headquarters on Aylesbury Street. Me personally, I have never been to the location before, so I couldn’t say what the venue is like, but I’m sure it will be fantastic (as they always are). Just another one of the many details iGB Events will be revealing very shortly on the newly launched SportandiGaming.com website, the conference is shaping up to be geared toward marketers.

Now, I don’t mean marketing in the sense of affiliate marketing. I’m talking about the marketing of actually sponsoring an internet betting company, or as iGB would be quite happy to arrange, the sponsorship of an internet betting conference the likes of the Sport and iGaming Conference.

That said, Pinsent Masons will be on hand to discuss internet betting sponsorship and marketing from a legal perspective. Also included in the evolving program lineup is a discussion on the ethical risks of sponsoring a company in the iGaming industry, success stories, as well as the changing ways in which people wager. Like any good betting conference, the Sport and iGaming Conference will have over four hours of networking sessions scheduled throughout the day.

Also taking place in November just prior to the Sport and iGaming Conference is a lottery conference (WLA 2010) and iGB Espana, which represents one of the fastest growing internet betting markets in Europe. Rounding out the end of the month is the iGB Scandinavian Affiliate Super Summitt, which will focus on tapping the lucrative Scandinavian online gambling sector with affiliate marketing.

If you are interested to learn more about iGaming sponsorship, not to mention becoming a sponsor of the Sport and iGaming Conference and maybe even becoming a speaker and thus getting over the #1 fear of the majority of human beings 🙂 please contact Kiera [@] iGamingBusiness.com