Rebecca Liggero loves meeting new people and traveling - perfect qualities for someone who has won friends and influenced people in the worldwide online gaming community.
After graduating from Bates College with a degree in psychology, Rebecca spent four years in Washington, DC, working in relationship management, dreaming all the while about someday making it big in online gaming. After turning down an opportunity to live in New Zealand, she moved back to Boston and signed on as Senior Account Manager for Casino City - the beginning of a dream come true!
Rebecca’s work on behalf of Casino City (and later for the GPWA as well) took her to trade shows and conferences everywhere - Amsterdam, Barcelona, Costa Rica, Montreal, London, Las Vegas, Macau and many other ports of call - and along the way she began chronicling her incredible around-the-clock adventures in a wildly entertaining and industry-savvy weekly column that quickly became - and still remains - must reading for everyone who is anyone in online gaming. Following almost three years with the Casino City team, Rebecca spent a few months at Everest Affiliates where she was the Brand Manager of the affiliate program. While working on “the other side,” she realized that she truly missed her weekly column and the affiliate side of the business and decided to return to the Casino City family.
One and a half years later, Rebecca resigned from Casino City and joined industry icon Calvin Ayre to serve as the Bodog Global Brand Ambassador and the head on-site reporter for the online gambling industry tablog, CalvinAyre.com. In her new capacity, Rebecca continues to travel the world, and when asked where she is based, her response is usually "on an airplane."
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Back from London and Stockholm…minus an umbrella, phone (not mine, thank god) and 20 years off my life.
12 November 2008
By Rebecca Liggero
Casinomeister birthday party
Wow is all I can say. Casinomeister, can you turn 50 again please? Amazing birthday party, great GPWA conference, ridiculous dinner with RaketheRake.com
, crazy times at Mahiki, even more adventures in Scandinavia (part 3), and roughly 10 hours of sleep. Total. I blame this on Spin Palace Casino
, PKR Affiliates
and the Turkish mafia! Ok, so it's my fault completely, I know. Please read on for a taste of what has ultimately defeated me (and Margaret and Neda) over five very long and very enjoyable days and nights in the EU.
Greeted by PDC Affiliates at Heathrow- the beginning of the end
Richard with big hair and Hawaiian leis
A luxury beyond luxuries! Upon arrival in London, I was greeted by PDC Affiliates'
Richard W. who drove me straight to my second home, Anna from Spin Palace's
flat. Problem was, I didn't recognize the guy because a)he was wearing a cap (no big hair) and b) he was dressed in casual attire. Can you believe it? Anyway, thank god for Richard because I was carrying a huge suitcase, a computer, two bags, a poster, a sign and 100 Hawaiian leis. Ya...don't ask.
Lunching with a Greek and South African is educational
Dirty dancing with Bryan and Caselli
For the first time in my online gambling experience, I had the pleasure of touring the Party Poker
offices followed by lunch at Wagamamas with Kriton and Claire, my beloved Party Poker
contacts. After a nice healthy business chat, I learned from Kriton that "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is completely true to life, and, I learned that Kriton must marry a tall woman according to his strictly Greek mother. Dammit! Guess that rules me out.
The Casinomeister is a closet (and excellent!) dirty dancer
Aussie photography instructor
How many of you can say that you've semi-dirty danced with the Casinomeister? No one but Caselli and I! Do you have any idea what an honor this is? After years and years of carrying American products such as Trader Joe's O's, maple syrup and hot sauce to various conferences around the world for Bryan, I have finally been repaid.
Photography lessons with 25 year old Aussies are fun
Alex the wine drinker
Who knew that attending the Casinomeister birthday party included a free photography lesson? What a nice surprise! Documenting grown adults acting like complete idiots at the bar and on the dance floor is such fun. However, the online gambling crowd decided to take it even one step further...APCW's
J. Todd has the whole night documented on video tape too. Eeeeek.
The key to a successful GPWA conference is a little red wine
Karim and his ladies
Thanks to our friends at PKR Affiliates
, the GPWA put on a conference and cocktail reception at Café Royal which everyone thoroughly enjoyed, especially Alex Pratt. I had lunch with Alex, U-ffiliates
, the Fridge, and several affiliates at the Cheers bar next door, left for some presentations, came back two hours later, and guess what? Alex was still there. Same table, same seat, a few new friends, and empty red wine bottles everywhere. Lesson learned- we will be serving red wine at the GPWA Conference @G2E
next week. Come join us!
Dinner and night out with Karim from RaketheRake.com, take two
Mahiki's treasure chest
It has become an annual tradition. Karim takes me plus 15 industry victims for dinner, drinks, and very inappropriate behavior at Benihanas followed by a table at one of London's most posh clubs. This year we choose Mahiki, the favorite spot of Prince William and home to "the treasure chest
", a cocktail for eight that is clearly wayyy out of my price range. In addition to Karim and Alan, I would like to send a warm thank you to Anna's roommate who woke me up from my coma at 7am the next morning- if it wasn't for her, I most certainly would have missed my flight to Stockholm AND lost that £20 bet with James from Poker Heaven
Spontaneous trip to the Gnuf office...straight from the airport
South Stockholm night
You can only imagine the state I was in when I arrived at the Gnuf
office straight from Arlanda airport. Johan and Henrik, please tell your colleagues that I don't normally present myself like that, OK? Thanks. After pulling my physical state back together, I met up with the boys once again for a nice tour of South Stockholm bars, with a promise of an authentic East Stockholm night out with Johan and Unitbet's
Erik Good Looking and Gustav the next time I come. Bring on the bath robes and tight pants boys, I am ready.
Quality time with Affiliate Lounge's Henrik the Swede and Franco the Sicilian
Dinner with my boys
I adore quality time with Affiliate Lounge
, an affiliate program full of good people and extreme personalities. In preparation for my arrival in Stockholm, Affiliate Lounge's
Henrik arranged dinner amongst friends at a Thai food place that took us one hour to find on foot, but it was worth it. The next day, Franco the Sicilian brought me to a fancy café and treated me to multiple cappuccinos, espressos and carrot cake as we talked and laughed for four hours straight. Throughout our coffee drinking session, Franco must have seen about 19 people he knows, speaking anything from Swedish, to Italian, to French, to German, to Hebrew, to Latin, you name it. Unbelievable.
Becky+Margaret+Neda+the Turkish Mafia = lots and lots and lots of trouble
7/11 at 6am
Starting to drink at 4pm, 7/11 stop at 6am, and bed at 7am is a nightly occurrence when hanging with this crowd. Its easy to stay out all night when your crowd owns the bar, knows the owner, gets in a fight at the bar, and takes over the bar. Do you know who I am?! Do you know who we are?! Combine this Turkish Mafia attitude with girls like us and you're in for the weekend of a lifetime.