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    Just got the press release regarding next year's iGaming Supershow and damn straight it looks great. Dublin in May, oughta be perfect weather. Now the problem is... London in (brrrr) January or Dublin in May or both? Best start saving my pennies now.

    Then add Calvin Ayer's 50th Birthday bash WOW!! Way to go Alex

    iGaming Super Show Announces New Location and Key Changes for 2011
    The Award Winning iGaming Super Show relocates to central and modern Dublin
    13 October 2010 (London, UK): iGaming Business, leading publisher and events company in the online gambling industry, has today announced that Dublin will the new location for the award-winning iGaming Super Show (www.iGamingSuperShow.com) due to be held May 2011. The organisers have confirmed that in addition to the new location, significant improvements will be made to the event to help build on the success from the 2010 show.

    The iGaming Super Show is unique in the online gambling industry in that it is targeted at both the business to business side of iGaming as well as the affiliate industry. It will continue on its winning formula and be completely free of charge for all delegates; the inaugural event in 2010 attracted over 2,500 delegates ranging from regulators and vendors through to operators and affiliates making it the biggest iGaming event to date.

    “We were really pleased with the 2010 event and wanted to build on this success by moving the event to a more central location to increase delegate numbers as well as make some key changes to the event itself” Alex Pratt, Head of iGaming Business commented. “We have added in a new VIP networking program, focused on the B2B content early on, moved the two expo zones into one room, chosen a more central and modern venue, and will be significantly investing in getting the best delegates to the event”

    In addition to these changes the iGaming Super Show will also be hosting what is expected to be the biggest networking event the industry has ever seen. The closing party will be the 50th birthday party of Bodog founder and iGaming entrepreneur Calvin Ayre, and open to all delegates attending the iGaming Super Show. Insiders at CalvinAyre.com have promised this will be bigger and better than the infamous 2005 Las Vegas party so expect this event to be the perfect close to what is expected to be the biggest event in 2011 for iGaming.

    For more information on the iGaming Super Show please go to www.iGamingSuperShow.com or contact alex@igamingbusiness.com
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    That's awesome!!! Both my partner and I are going to both..

    London and Dublin!! Should be a good time!

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    I will never be at a conference that allows programs to rip off affiliates.

    These conferences, CAP makes lots of money from, allow any rogue program to attend. Look at Casinomeister where alex admits he lied about CAP making money. Cap has very much an interest.

    Once again, I will leave GPWA. I will not read the conference crap and the lies and the millions of dollars alexpratt and warren earns. All the while advertising here at GPWA that is supposed to be for webmasters.

    Affiliates, if you want to bitch about anything, it's about alexpratt and CAP making millions and not helping us with rogues,

    At least someone is making money, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mojo View Post
    I will never be at a conference that allows programs to rip off affiliates.

    These conferences, CAP makes lots of money from, allow any rogue program to attend. Look at Casinomeister where alex admits he lied about CAP making money. Cap has very much an interest.

    Once again, I will leave GPWA. I will not read the conference crap and the lies and the millions of dollars alexpratt and warren earns. All the while advertising here at GPWA that is supposed to be for webmasters.

    Affiliates, if you want to bitch about anything, it's about alexpratt and CAP making millions and not helping us with rogues,

    At least someone is making money, right?
    Paula, you might as well be pi$$ing in the wind to make a post like that here...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGamblingGuru View Post
    Paula, you might as well be pi$$ing in the wind to make a post like that here...
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    Yep, that's what happens when you are done.

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    Why don't we try and and work on this? There are so many affiliate programs that deserve to be exhibitors in these conferences while there are so many that deserve not to be.

    The fact is - these conferences are only successful because we the affiliates attend them. We go these events and its on us to demand change.

    I am not to educated yet on the situation and maybe i am posting ignorantly and i am sorry for that - but after 10 months vacation i decided to try and come back and make a difference..

    I posted in the other thread whereby i thought it was a good idea that affiliates get to vote on the programs able to exhibit. We should be able to decide who can attend and exhibit since its us the affiliates who attend and make them profitable.

    If we can have a voting system then we can make sure we do not allow rogue casinos to enter.

    Then these programs will have to clean up their act and change their terms and conditions, pay affiliates if they have not, clean up the program in order to attend the next event.

    Like i said we vote for the IGB awards, and the winners are winners cause we picked them...

    I see no reason we cannot do this for programs applying to attend as exhibitors..

    This all can be done ahead of time real easy... a program lists they want to attend and we have a 1 week voting period.

    We need strong members in the community to keep our moral alive.. that is why i came back and that is why i would request no one leave.

    Lets work on this head on!!

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    Noble, but they'll be there anyway if they want to.

    Might not have a stand (which saves them money on exhibiting and staff costs, ironically), but they will be there, and they will have business cards, and they will be mingling with every potential affiliate that would give them the time of day.

    Also, I'd just like to add on a personal note:

    Alex Pratt is not some figure sitting in a dark room counting his millions while laughing at the "suckers" that attend.

    He is an upstanding and respectable guy who knows a hell of a lot about the industry, and tries to make these conferences as educational as possible, as well as entertaining for those that attend. If you've seen him and his team at one of these things, you would know that they do not sit still for one second. They are constantly running around helping, and making sure that everything goes to plan, and that everyone is tended to. They are real people. Courteous, friendly, and helpful, not a gang of mobsters standing around waiting to fleece cash off whoever they can.

    I think they do a bang up job in what has to be an absolute logistical nightmare... and it's free for affiliates to attend.

    *flame-suit on*

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    True they could attend otherwise - but at least its not as a sponsor where they have their name associated with IGB. A clear message is also sent to them that what their doing is not acceptable. Whether they sneak in and give out business cards is besides the point.

    I am sure you would agree that its not cool having a program who steals from affiliates in a booth next to yours right? Or maybe you would not care.
    I don't know but as Affiliates and Affiliate managers we should all care and come to a solution together instead of saying nothing can be done!! Noble or Not. Its the right thing to do.

    ON a side note: I also agree Alex puts a ton of work into these events. I had a chance to speak to him via email last week and he was awesome and helped me out allot with something. I know it takes allot... I am thinking of this in such a way that also protects his company image!!!

    As I am sure Alex will agree rogue programs are a real pain in our industry and he would not condone that kind of behaviour. I know he doesn't.

    Now is the time to show it! From all of us. Affiliates, Affiliate Managers, GPWA, AGD, CAP IGB ect ect...

    Its time we all step up together and do something to end the destruction of our businesses... Rogue Casinos are a cancer.

    I welcome you to make suggestions as well mate!!

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    Noble, but they'll be there anyway if they want to.

    Might not have a stand (which saves them money on exhibiting and staff costs, ironically), but they will be there, and they will have business cards, and they will be mingling with every potential affiliate that would give them the time of day.

    Also, I'd just like to add on a personal note:

    Alex Pratt is not some figure sitting in a dark room counting his millions while laughing at the "suckers" that attend.

    He is an upstanding and respectable guy who knows a hell of a lot about the industry, and tries to make these conferences as educational as possible, as well as entertaining for those that attend. If you've seen him and his team at one of these things, you would know that they do not sit still for one second. They are constantly running around helping, and making sure that everything goes to plan, and that everyone is tended to. They are real people. Courteous, friendly, and helpful, not a gang of mobsters standing around waiting to fleece cash off whoever they can.

    I think they do a bang up job in what has to be an absolute logistical nightmare... and it's free for affiliates to attend.

    *flame-suit on*

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    Paula--

    It is so incredibly hard to hear you continue to slam Alex Pratt in every other post of yours. You're speaking of someone that you do not know, nor do you fully understand his position in things. I rarely get involved in these sort of threads, but seriously, it's getting old seeing Alex, who is such a decent, hard-working and dedicated guy being beat up every other minute. He simply doesn't deserve the wrath.

    As it is, Alex has already indicated SEVERAL times a willingness to sit down and try to work on ways to ferret out the less-than-above-board programs. Because you don't know Alex, you'll never understand his sincerity, nor his empathy on these issues. Further, you seem to not understand that Alex is not rolling in conference dough--he has no ownership, he's simply an employee who does an incredibly admirable, exhausting and often thankless job.

    If you want to air your grievances towards what is being presented on the showroom floor, that's fair enough. Personal attacks towards someone who is only trying to accomodate everyone's agendas is simply unfair and will certainly not be productive.

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    Oh, yeah...btw--I'm THRILLED the conference will be held in Dublin! Anytime I can fly somewhere direct, I'm a happy girl!

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    Couldn't agree more with your comments, Schalk - well said that man!

    For me the relationship with GPWA and Conferences has most potential to do good when it's a Big Tent and not a Closed Shop.

    Sure, some shady operators will attend these conferences and some will even exhibit but the fees they pay continue to contribute to allowing affiliates to attend for free, which has got to be a good thing.

    Whilst we all worry about naive affiliates being sucked in by them, this is where information and education (surely two core reasons for why GPWA exists!) come in...

    If a dodgy programme is going to be at one of these shows then at least they are there to be challenged.

    If you haven't had one returned email or a single call-back about your 'missing' revenue or late payments then at the very least you know they'll be a place you can find them and call them out on it.

    I don't see this as an issue of Alex and his fantastic team supporting the worst of the industry - quite the reverse.

    I think it's a way to make the worst of the industry actually make some form of contribution to support the rest.

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    Some very good points made and I for one support the role that Alex and his team plays in the organising of these events regarless of how much anyone thinks he gets paid.

    Alex is a stand up bloke who will buy anyone a beer as long as its a free bar and he is constantly working to make the conferences better. If you see Alex on either conference day you will do very well to grab him as he is always so busy on the day. Both he and his team put in long hours prior, during and no doubt after the event.

    Paula, I really think you need to make a trip to one of the events to give you some basis to comment, right now you are purely judging from hear say and what you know about the people who attend and Alex's role.

    My advice, make either London or Dublin early next year, set a meeting with Alex, check out the conference and see what its all about. I am pretty sure you will change your mind.

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    Ok, well I realize I am probably the most disliked affiliate. I'm ok with that. If we dish it out we have to be prepared to take it. I even manage to get Mr C upset with me.

    We all like to make friends. It's nice. But that's not my main motivater or what I'm here for. I guess I'm one of those people who doesn't care who likes me or who doesn't lol. I'm here to make a living first. We need a fair shot at that and help from everyone.

    The aff managers posting here are quality programs. That is what we should see at events. Only. If we had more like Martyn we wouldn't need to be here. There is a tremendous amount of power of events that we are not tapping into.

    Also, there is a lot of support from other affiliates via pms and emails that don't want to post. It is hurtful to be ripped off and a lousy feeling.

    I've been fighting this over a year now. You can see I'm very passionate about it. I don't care what anyone does as long as there are steps in place to protect affiliates. There is some progress being made so I need to thank Alex for that.

    Thank you for all of your feedback, good and bad. No more comments from me. For now.

    @chips - sorry for the derail!

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    No worries Paula, I actually started the stopwatch when I opened the thread to see how long it was going to take for you to chime in (j/k).

    Actually I think we made some inroads through this thread and it kept the important issues fresh in our minds. I agree that the rogues should be shunned but as I have attended a few of these I can tell you the snakes will approach you on the main floor and solicit their crap. I for one do not hold back if the program is foul, I tell them that they need to clean up their act, treat affiliates right, fix what is broken, then contact me in a year after they get it all in one sock.

    Having a booth is different but I betcha they would appear even without the booth. If affiliates were aware of the issues from reading here, AGD, or any other portal and they would tell them to fix the issues it might make a difference. But then again....
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    Dublin sounds like fun

    With conferences it is up to you to make it worth your time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grem View Post
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    With conferences it is up to you to make it worth your time.
    Lets make another useless post just to get your link crawled
    I've checked out your posts and practically all 83 of them are one liner wonders.

    How about giving it rest...
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    London (brrrr) in January (brrrr... brrrrr...)

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    I feel same about London but My husband seems determined to go ,is the official hotel booked up yet?

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    Just 3 points:

    1.No one is making millions on conferences - they take a ton of money to put on.

    2. Alex does not deserve to be slammed.

    3. Bwin does not deserve to have a booth at the AFFILIATE conference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casinobonusguy View Post
    I feel same about London but My husband seems determined to go ,is the official hotel booked up yet?
    I heard that it was. I am sure Alex will be along to confirm or deny. The 2nd official hotel is very nice too, (The Grange City Hotel) that's where we stayed last time and found it to be nice (and it is accessable too).

    @Dom
    Spot on!

    London is chilly in Jan but if you apply several layers of liquid underwear it is more than pleasant. We had a super time last conference. Will miss this one though.
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