UPDATE: The finalists have been announced and voting is now live here:


Announcing the ShoeMoney ASW 2009 Contest.

1 lucky winner will win:

  • 1 Platinum pass to Affiliate Summit (by Affiliate Summit)
  • 3 Nights hotel paid in full (by Affiliate Summit)
  • Airfare – up to $500 in airfare reimbursement.
  • Roll with me to some super badass private parties

You get all the above no matter what.

Now for the gambler part of it you get your choice of:

$1,000.00 cash yours to keep and walk away with.


$2,000.00 cash with the stipulation you must bet it all on 1 hand of blackjack OR 1 spin of the roulette wheel betting either red or black.

The cash is being put up by AzoogleAds. Thanks to them for going along with my crazy gambler idea!!!!

How do you enter?

Write a blog post explaining why you should win this amazing opportunity and submit the url to your page in the comments below. Also make sure you tell us your decision to walk away with the cash or gamble… and if you gamble on what?

On December 23th we will stop taking entries.

On December 27st we will put up the list of finalists and allow users to vote.

On January 4th th a winner will be announced.

Our panel of Judges listed below will each nominate one of favorite entries and then users will be able to vote for the winner!

Your Judges are:

David Dellanave
NickyCakes (almost reformed blackhat)
Erin Hughes (AzoogleAds AM)
George Avery (Get Ads)
Neil Patel
Barman (the one and only)

The winners from similar contests in the past have not only explained why they should win but also did some research on the judges and catered their answer to them a bit.

GOOD LUCK to all those who enter!

By Jeremy Schoemaker

Jeremy "ShoeMoney" Schoemaker is the founder & CEO of ShoeMoney Media Group, and to date has sold 6 companies and done over 10 million in affiliate revenue. In 2013 Jeremy released his #1 International Best selling Autobiography titled "Nothing's Changed But My Change" - The ShoeMoney Story. You can read more about Jeremy on his wikipedia page here.

101 thoughts on “Affiliate Summit Gambler (or not) Contest”
  1. wow, great pricings..
    I will take awa 1k for sure..
    let me write something..
    do we need to link somebody from the post?

  2. I would love to go to this! I have friends that have gone only to come back making more money and having more free time to enjoy life! I have a small consultancy and would love to diversify business revenue with afilliate revenue to have more time and money to enjoy life! Going to this event would definately help me do that! I would BET the $1,000 on a spin of roulette. I wouldnt decide Red or Black till the ball was spinning. Have to go with my gut on that one!

  3. You’re a fool if you don’t pick the first option, “Roll with me to some super badass private parties” itself is worth more than everything else on that list combined.

    1. Actually you get all that no matter what.

      The choice is between taking 1k and walking away or 2k to gamble

  4. I would BET the $1,000 on a spin of roulette. I wouldnt decide Red or Black till the ball was spinning. Have to go with my gut on that one! I would love to go to this! I have friends that have gone only to come back making more money and having more free time to enjoy life! I have a small consultancy and would love to diversify business revenue with afilliate revenue to have more time and money to enjoy life! Going to this event would definately help me do that!

  5. Haha, nice judges. Barman finally getting recognition! fuckit, I’m posting an entry for this, DEFINITELY throwing it all on red. brb

  6. Gonna make a blog post later today, with a few reasons why I REALLY want to go to Vegas. And I’m even closer now, living in Peru, rather than when I was living in Denmark. 😉
    As ProBlogineer, any requirements like linking back to this post, or a special page?

    Nice initiative, looking forward to see other creative post about why people wants to go to Affiliate Summit. Cool competition.

  7. I am coming to the summit this year anyways but i need an entry to the bad ass parties 🙂 ..hook me up!

  8. Awsome Dr. Shoe and the ASW gang. Good luck to everyone. Hope you don’t mind some tips:

    1) Use IMAGES!

    2) Use Video if you can

    3) HOOK to Vegas for gods sake!! REPEAT: VEGAS baby.

    4) Give my tired eyes a rest and use multiple pages with only a paragraph or two on each page

    5) Two pages max. All of us have the attention span of a NAT 🙂

    6) Think outside the box and let it all hang out! TT? RT? FaceBook? Hashtag? Who the hell doesn’t like Viral!

    Goog luck!

  9. Ok this will be good…

    Also it doesn’t matter what kind of site it’s coming from? I could just make a post from blogger.com for this?

    Thanks Shoemeister!

  10. If we don’t have a blog, can we make one and make a post to enter or it has to be an existent blog?

  11. I think that I have more to learn than most since the niche I’m trying to learn about is the sweepstakes niche which is essentially gambling and knowing some of the ways Vegas sells their games could help me.

    I’d most likely take the $1000 upfront and ‘gamble’ it on advertising for my website. After all it’s a risk I have much more control over.

    Sorry I’m in the process of overhauling it so some links don’t work but in the first 3 months we managed to get 100,000 clicks so I figured it was worth overhauling the site to make it easier to make money. Check it out: http://www.justkeepclicking.com

    1. Upon further consideration I take that back.. actually I’d take the $2000 because it has a significantly higher expected value even if it is not guarenteed

      Oh has to be a blog.. hmm… I’ll think about it and get back to this.

  12. This conference seems to be getting lots of head wind. I would gladly take the money.

  13. I’m already going to ASW, but I won a contest through Azoogle before, through John Chow’s blog, and they never did re-reimburse airfare. Left a bad taste in my mouth; I gave up trying after a few unanswered emails.

    1. I do not think that John is allowing air fares in his contest. He clearly mentioned that prize money will not include fares and all.

    2. Rachel,

      Azoogle runs a class act, and definitely does not nickle and dime.

      Can you pop over to my blog, (click on purposeinc at the beginning of this comment) find my e-mail, and send me the details. The two founders, Marketing director, top affiliate managers etc. are all good friends of mine.

      Send me the details of what happened.

      1. Azoogle contacted me this week and fixed everything. I appreciate being invited to the party for the contest I had won and had a great time and realize that it was just a misunderstanding.

  14. Optimal strategy will be to take the $2 million to roulette. Then have someone you know bring along another million and place it the opposite of what you pick as well as 35k on Green and 35k on double green.

    1. I love how the 2k magically turned into 2 million. LOL 🙂

      Why not just put the entire 2 million on 00.


    1. Boy you are changing your blog design too much and people will not take you seriously.

      So stick to one design at least for 3 months.

      1. actually the last design effect on my site performance (google webmaster tool) thts why i changed)

        just 4 days left.. after that the blog will be closed for ever i think 😀

    1. Justin you have got good design and attractive lay out as well.

      Good luck to you.

  15. I have read a few of the entry’s and @Justin’s post made me crack up. Good luck all what a great prize.

  16. As I read through these comments and entries, there is nothing that impresses me. Most of these so called internet money makers, probably had mommy and daddy supporting them throughout their careers/life. It’s really a joke. I know I’m not innocent in all of this (ok I got one meal a day from them after 15 years old). But usually the winner is some smuck that has a last entry that is full of bullshit. Probably a set up if you ask me. One of the judges relatives or some shit.

    I see the big picture of how they usually pick some dude that’s already making thousands already, enough to feed Somalia.

    I had a couple beers and some shots in me tonight. That explains the shit about the inequality and injustice that runs throughout people these days.

    God bless and have a good night.

  17. I hope it is not too late as I have been travelling until today midnight. As you mentioned you will not discriminate then Vietnamese nationality can join too, is that right?

      1. Yea really Lyndons link doesn’t work ,

        My link is working but my comment is not approved by Shoemoney ,why I don’t no. Anyone can enjoy my submission on my blog.

      1. This fucker can pay for his own ticket lol — disqualify this fool. Go cook with your wife and let the little ones have a break for once lol

    1. I see how it is.. bribing the judges are we? Seriously though, looks like some stiff competition. Good Luck to both of you!

  18. Shoe,

    Just so you know, if you bet $2,000 on a single hand, and that’s the entire bankroll, you are subjecting the person to a house advantage exceeding 5% (reasons explained below). This is almost as bad as standard double 0 roulette. A single bet on either the banker or player side on baccarat would be the best if betting the entire bankroll, at slightly over a 1% advantage.

    The reason for this is simple: depending on the rules at the table and the number of decks, blackjack house advantage for a basic strategy player is the lowest in the house, ranging from 0.25% to 0.65%. The problem is that this advantage is based on being able to double down on any two cards, split, double after split, etc. Without any of these options, which the winner will not have because the entire bankroll is being bet on the initial hand, the house advantage skyrockets.

    Roulette is horrible. You’d be much better off to let them place the bet on either banker or player on baccarat than a one-shot bet on blackjack, for the above reason. Take the winner to Bellagio – you can play up to $15,000 per hand on either side on their mini-baccarat.

  19. Keep the $100 because the odds lean to the house winning.


    Blackjack Strategies and Their Affect on the Casino House Edge

    Blackjack players who use Basic Strategy can affect the blackjack odds to the point where they are playing almost even with the casino. It’s possible to find a blackjack game with a house edge of 0.5% or less once you know what to look for and how to play your cards correctly. If you don’t use a specific strategy and just play on impulse, your house edge will be in the range of 2-5% in favor of the casino. You will lose $2 – $5 of every $100 you bet. If you play Basic Strategy, the house edge is approximately 0.5%. That is one half of one percent. The casino keeps 50 cents of every $100 you bet.

    1. He did originally say that but then pushed back the deadline, probably to allow time for more entries. Anyway new deadline is the 21st they’ll put up the top picks and let the users vote. So anytime now!

  20. Awesome changing it up and making the person play the blackjack hand. I still wish I could have watched Julian lose the 2k, hilarious. When I lost 2k, not as funny.

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