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    Default PokerStars acquires three poker portals

    Online poker giant PokerStars has acquired three of popular poker information portals: PokerPages.com, PlayWinningPoker.com and Poker-Babes.com.

    PokerPages.com and PlayWinningPoker.com were both launched in 2000. Poker-Babes.com was launched in 2003.

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    (PRESS RELEASE) -- PokerStars, the world's largest online poker room, recently acquired PokerPages.com, PlayWinningPoker.com and Poker-Babes.com, three of the most well-established poker information portals on the internet. Along with PokerStarsBlog.com, PokerStars' in-house poker blog, the sites offer poker players a valuable resource of online poker information.

    PokerPages.com was originally launched in 2000. It features an extensive collection of strategy articles, interviews and book reviews; a highly detailed worldwide poker room directory; one of the most comprehensive tournament results databases in the world; and historical coverage of major North American and European poker tournaments of the last five years.

    Similarly, the "Winner's Guide to Online Poker" published by poker player Steve Badger on PlayWinningPoker.com in 2000 was the first online poker strategy guide ever published. PlayWinningPoker.com also includes sections on Texas Hold'em, Omaha, tournament considerations, blinds play, poker psychology, bankroll management and many other facets of both online and live poker play."

    Shirley Rosario, a successful tournament player and former prop player at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, launched Poker-Babes.com in 2003. It was the first site to offer profiles and photos of famous and highly successful poker players in addition to offering strategy articles on lesser-known games like Omaha, Razz and Badugi.

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    PokerStars has certainly has the money.
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    Who is next in the buying spree? amazing to see the amount of money they must be spending on these sites
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    I think they aren't spending just to show off...

    There must be a good investment plan behind it...
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    I think this is just the next phase in their quest to dump their affiliates.

    Step 1 - Increase VPP level from 100 to 250 for CPA
    Step 2 - Move everyone to ridiculously low rev share and force affs to pay all fees and bonuses
    Step 3 - Buy a few of the biggest/busiest aff portals and do their own promotion
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    The rich keep getting richer. Eventually on 3 or 4 on-line Poker brands will survive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepokerkeep View Post
    I think this is just the next phase in their quest to dump their affiliates.

    Step 1 - Increase VPP level from 100 to 250 for CPA
    Step 2 - Move everyone to ridiculously low rev share and force affs to pay all fees and bonuses
    Step 3 - Buy a few of the biggest/busiest aff portals and do their own promotion
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    Terry

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepokerkeep View Post
    I think this is just the next phase in their quest to dump their affiliates.

    Step 1 - Increase VPP level from 100 to 250 for CPA
    Step 2 - Move everyone to ridiculously low rev share and force affs to pay all fees and bonuses
    Step 3 - Buy a few of the biggest/busiest aff portals and do their own promotion

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    This is just one MORE reason that ALL Affiliate Programs need to make sure that their terms and conditions are written with the small affiliate in mind and why I constntly champion for the little guy.

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    I dont agree with that 100%.

    No weboth know a number of rooms that have shocking T&Cs so why not just avoid them and promote the rooms that have normal T&CS and neither favouring big or small affiliates but treating them all the same way.



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    Quote Originally Posted by universal4 View Post
    This is just one MORE reason that ALL Affiliate Programs need to make sure that their terms and conditions are written with the small affiliate in mind and why I constntly champion for the little guy.

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    I didn't say that the terms should FAVOR small affiliates, but they should keep the small affiliates in mind.

    The problem is that at some groups the terms are written to FAVOR Large affiliates and that is just plain WRONG!

    If the terms hurt the small affiliate then they are NOT good for all affiliates. (such as quyotas etc)

    The recent moves that Full Tilt has made (like Terry has stated) is very much in line with the theory of taking care of only the larger of the affiliates and is squeezing the smaller ones more and more all the time.

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    I was told the recent move by FTP has killed most of the bigger affiliates.....

    As i said you have the choice which partners you select.

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    Quote Originally Posted by universal4 View Post
    I didn't say that the terms should FAVOR small affiliates, but they should keep the small affiliates in mind.

    The problem is that at some groups the terms are written to FAVOR Large affiliates and that is just plain WRONG!

    If the terms hurt the small affiliate then they are NOT good for all affiliates. (such as quyotas etc)

    The recent moves that Full Tilt has made (like Terry has stated) is very much in line with the theory of taking care of only the larger of the affiliates and is squeezing the smaller ones more and more all the time.

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    As i said you have the choice which partners you select.
    That is completly correct Shaun, that is why we discuss these kinds of things both here in the public as well as the private forums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun O'neill View Post
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    100% correct! That's why Pokerstars has been removed from my landing pages.

    The trend is becoming pretty alarming though.... there soon won't be any affiliate friendly programs left to do business with.

    Pokerstars, FullTilt, AP/UB, Affiliate Lounge, etc..... retroactively changing the affiliate terms is becoming the norm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun O'neill View Post
    I was told the recent move by FTP has killed most of the bigger affiliates.....

    As i said you have the choice which partners you select.

    Regards

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    The problem is, we choose partners based on the terms they advertise at the time. Then, once we have built a solid player base, the programs change the terms at will. Many affiliates can't afford to risk losing the income generated from these players by blacklisting or dropping the offending programs.
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    no longer a valid question - thanks vin
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    Kaus,

    We published the press release they e-mailed us, and labeled it as a press release. That's our usual practice for press releases. I'm not surprised PokerStars has it in their blog, but we didn't lift it from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinism View Post
    Kaus,

    We published the press release they e-mailed us, and labeled it as a press release. That's our usual practice for press releases. I'm not surprised PokerStars has it in their blog, but we didn't lift it from there.

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    Thank you - ill edit my post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepokerkeep View Post
    The problem is, we choose partners based on the terms they advertise at the time. Then, once we have built a solid player base, the programs change the terms at will. Many affiliates can't afford to risk losing the income generated from these players by blacklisting or dropping the offending programs.
    Terry why not work on cpa then or a fixed media buy? You send your traffic you get paid and your done with the player. With poker I think it's crazy to work for rev - maybe 5 or 6 years ago, but now - not a chance.

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