The affiliate world turned out in force for this year’s Casino Affiliate Programs Awards, made by the affiliate marketing directory for the online gambling industry to acknowledge good work by affiliate marketers.
Thanks to the generosity of Club World Group, we attended the awards for the first time, and was impressed by the large turnout and good spirits of affiliates and affiliate programs from around the world who had traveled to London for the big event and the conference which followed it..
MC’d by a suitably mad-hatted Michael Caselli of Lyceum publications, the theme of the evening was Alice in Wonderland, captured by CAP staff and actors suitably costumed for the evening. The venue for the affair, The Brewery in London’s Barbican area was recently named Event Magazine’s Best Venue of 2008.
The CAP Awards nominations process is peer-led, allowing members of the gaming affiliate community to nominate and vote in each category. The democratic nature of the process is designed to ensure that the CAP Awards represent a consensus of the online gaming affiliate community as a whole, and are not just the decision of the CAP administrators, a spokesman for the organisation said.
This year’s winners were:
Best Casino Affiliate Program: EuroPartners
Best Poker Affiliate Program: Everest Affiliates
Best Bingo Affiliate Program: Jackpot Joy / MarketAce
Best Sportsbook Affiliate Program: Betfair Affiliate Program
Best Skill Gaming Affiliate Program: RummyAffiliates
Best Overall Affiliate Program (sponsored by Ivobank): Affiliate Club
Best iGaming Casino Software: Microgaming
Best iGaming Poker Software: Pokerstars
Best iGaming Bingo Software: Playtech
Best Casino Affiliate Manager: Renee, Rewards Affiliates
Best Poker Affiliate Manager: Carly, PokerStars
Best Bingo Affiliate Manager: Pierrick, Virgin Games
Best Sportsbook Affiliate Manager: Roman, Intertops
Best Skill Gaming Affiliate Manager: Shay Shevach, RummyAffiliates
Best Overall Affiliate Manager: Cobus, Referback
Best iGaming Affiliate Network: Income Access
Best Payment System for Affiliates: Neteller
Best Casino Affiliate: Simmo (CAP Username: Ian Sims)
Best Poker Affiliate (sponsored by eGaming Online): RakeTheRake.com
Best Bingo Affiliate: BingoPort.co.uk (Roo Wright)
Best Sportsbook Affiliate: Bet Brain
Best Skill Gaming Affiliate: Dominique (CAP Username)
Best Overall Affiliate (sponsored by Affiliates United): Bet Brain
“We want to extend our most enthusiastic congratulations to each and every winner of this year’s CAP Awards,” said Lou Fabiano, CasinoAffiliatePrograms.com’s founder and president, in starting the presentations.
“These are truly the brightest stars in the CAP community. But honestly, each of the dozens of nominated programs and individuals deserve congratulations, as does our stellar community of more than 8 000 affiliates and webmasters who not only voted for this year’s winners, but who also make the entire CAP experience possible each and every day;” he said.