Late last Friday, Congress passed a law aimed at shutting down online gambling in general. This includes online poker in the United States. People are trying to make the case that poker isn’t a form of gambling any more than buying stock is, and it should be exempt from the new law, as horse racing and state-run lotteries are.
So now my insider friends are saying 888.com and partypoker.com both have plans to eliminate affiliate programs in the United States. This also means any revolving revenue will be lost.. eeeek…
Lookout Ringtones, Teeth Whitning, and Free Business Card offers! I have a feeling some competition on the way.
UPDATE: Official emails being sent out by partypartners.com
As you might be aware, on September 30, 2006 the United States Congress passed ‘The Safe Port Act’. That measure also contained certain provisions, known as the ‘Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006’.
On October 2, 2006 we made an announcement regarding the impact the legislation would have on business when, as expected, it is signed into law.
We just wanted to keep you informed about the latest developments, and address any queries that you might have regarding the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.
What is the impact of the act on our business?
PartyGaming will no longer accept wagers from US customers once the act becomes law.
Customers resident in the United States, or accessing us from the USA will no longer be able to access our real money gaming services. Customers will still be able to use our play money and non-gambling services. They will also be able to cash out their present balance if they wish to.
There will be no impact for non-US customers.
A detailed FAQ on the impact to US customers will be available on our gaming websites very shortly.
What does this mean for affiliates?
We no longer recognize US customers as real money players for our gambling services.
This means that with immediate effect, there will be no per sign up plan revenues accrued for new players from the United States. Percentage Plan revenues from US customers will continue until the point those customers are unable to play for real i.e. until the legislation becomes law.
Your statistics will continue to include US players in the RMP column, though they will not be included in your accruals. Soon after the act becomes a law, the RMP column will be modified to display only non-US RMP, retrospectively starting on October 2, 2006.
Your percentage plan revenues will include revenues from US customers, until the point those revenues stop.
US customers will also no longer be eligible for sign-up bonus incentives. Players who have already received bonuses will be able to cash out a part of the bonus amount, in proportion to the wagering restrictions that have been met.
Will I be able to cash out my earnings as usual?
Your September 2006 accruals will be processed on schedule, and you will be able to cash out your earnings as usual.
What does PartyPartners still have to offer me?
By remaining a part of PartyPartners, you will continue to enjoy the benefits of PartyGaming’s aggressive brand marketing strategy in non-US markets. PartyPartners will continue to offer you the best returns for your traffic, and has an excellent reputation for trust and integrity.
Will affiliates from the USA continue to be allowed to be a part of PartyPartners?
The restrictions apply only to customers located in the USA. There are no new restrictions that prevent affiliates based in the USA from promoting PartyGaming brands to non-US players.
You can also look at the PartyGaming Press Release on this topic for further details at www.partygaming.com
Please feel free to contact your respective account managers in case you have any further queries, and they will be glad to address them or alternatively you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org