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    GPWA Aaron is offline Former Staff Member
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    Default Affiliate Interview Series: Paul Marton | northern

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    Age: 41
    Hometown: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
    Living in: Budapest
    Favorite Food: Magyar
    Must Read Book: Ball Four, by Jim Bouton


    How did you become involved in this industry?
    I was formerly a VIP player manager in Budapest for a casino group here that was sold in 2006; I had taken the job based on my informal experience in establishing cash poker tournaments in the city. That was my first taste of the online gambling industry, and after the sale I decided to strike out on my own as an entrepreneur.

    You launched your first site,, over five years ago. When did you launch your other sites?
    About two years after the launch of LiveCasinoDirect, we introduced the slot-specific sister site based on the experience gleaned from working the first site. Since then, weíve launched quite a few other sites.

    Your most-visited site seems to be Why do you think itís so popular? Also, why did you decide to create the more targeted Live Casino Direct UK and German-language Casino Direkt sites? is in fact our most popular site. Obviously, weíve put the most work into this site and the fact that itís established goes a long way in terms of popularity. With the creation of country-specific sites, weíre hoping to get more direct with players in those markets.

    What traits do you look for in an affiliate manager? How about in an affiliate program?
    First and foremost, someone who knows more about the business than I do Ė so I can learn things. And that has happened: Iíve learned so much essential stuff from the managers Iíve worked with. In an affiliate program, transparency in terms of reporting is a must and a long, issue-free history is a serious plus.
    What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry? ďMy advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?Ē

    What prompted you to join the GPWA? How has it helped you?
    Like just about everyone else in the organization, we joined GPWA for the networking opportunities. GPWA has helped us by providing these opportunities through shows and the online forums Ė I read that thing non-stop.

    Last fall you warned GPWA members about someone who was pretending to work for LiveCasinoDirect and contacting various casino groups trying to make deals on your behalf. Were you able to track this person down before he could do any significant damage to your operation?
    Iím glad you mentioned that because we hoped to show that we cared about the community. We didnít want anyone to get hurt or lose money. I know this has happened to other groups as well. Ultimately, we were able to find his Skype and deactivate his account. There isnít much chance of finding this guy but we did the best we could in damage control.

    Youíve been a member of the GPWA for five years now, but only have 18 posts. How often do you visit the forums? As one of our many lurkers, what do you get out of your time on the forums? And what prompts you to make the rare post?
    I only post when absolutely necessary and Iíve found sometimes that itís best not to get involved with specific disputes among members and operators. However, as stated previously, I do read the forums basically every day to stay on top of current events in the industry.

    What do you like about the industry?
    Sex, drugs and power.

    What donít you like about the industry?
    The stigma attached to gambling online in the minds of much of society. Itís often lumped with porn and Viagra pushers, which is totally unfair.

    What surprised you most about the industry?
    In the early days we of course were surprised by the UIGEA; this really limited the ease of work and expansion opportunities and left us scrambling for a while, but in the end made us stronger.

    How long do you give yourself for answering e-mail? What e-mail tips can you offer?
    I honestly try to answer as quickly as possible, especially the ones from Nigeria regarding the transfer of millions of euros into my bank account Ė Iíve just got a good heart and want to help those people so much.

    How do you manage ďto doĒ lists?
    I donít have ďto doĒ lists, really. I just come into the office and know what to do.

    Do you use any special software to help you out?
    You mean, besides my brain?

    How much time does it take to keep your sites updated?
    Our work mostly consists of constantly updating our sites. We try especially hard to keep up on new game releases.

    Youíve mentioned that chasing cats around your neighborhood is one of your preferred activities. How is that working out for you Ė and for the cats as well?
    Iím happy to report the complete lack of cats in my immediate neighborhood and Iím now expanding operations in the city.

    If someone were visiting you, whatís the one place youíd definitely take them to see?
    Itís best translated as ďGrandmaís Hooch ShackĒ Ė the drinks may make you blind, but theyíre only about 20Ę each!

    Whatís your favorite vacation spot?
    The floor of Grandmaís Hooch Shack. If you have to ask why, youíll never understand.

    If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
    The ability to be Mel Gibson at will.

    Whatís your favorite TV show or shows?
    Itís a tossup between "B.J. and the Bear" (a man and his monkey travel the highway Ė how can you beat that?) or "The Gong Show". Screw "American Idol" Ė "Gong Show" had real talent, but my family thought I was nuts for watching it. Who can forget Gene Gene the Dancing Machine, the Unknown Comic, etc.? They were all sauced and just seemed to be having a great time doing the show.

    Whatís your all-time favorite movie?
    I could be typical and say The Godfather, but instead Iíll say itís a tie between Citizen Kane and The Human Centipede.

    If you were shooting your autobiography, who would you cast to play you?
    Gary Coleman because we both lived in Colorado at the same time.

    If you could invite any five people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be?
    Jenna Jameson, Pete Best, Joey Buttafuoco, Walter Sobchak and Larry Walters. Guys like Hitler and Einstein are boring.

    What are three things that nobody knows about you?
    I was drafted in the 21st round by the Quebec Nordiques at the age of 14. I have been ordered by federal court to remain 100 yards from anybody remotely important. I believe in Huitzilopochtli, the Sun God.

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    AE-Martyn is offline Former AM
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    I can't believe I didn't get a dinner invite!

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    Nice interview Paul!

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    Interesting read that's for sure

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    Hi Paul,

    You always have a good sense of humor.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GPWA Aaron View Post
    Whatís your all-time favorite movie?
    I could be typical and say The Godfather, but instead Iíll say itís a tie between Citizen Kane and The Human Centipede.
    Lol Human Centipede. That movie was pretty gross for the B! hahah nice choice
    And funny interview, was enjoyable to read

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