|Although the Screen Actors’ Guild Strike might have scuppered two of the most high-profile award ceremonies of the year, Casino Program Affiliates celebrated an amazingly successful year for business in the online gambling market with the first ever CAP Awards 2008.|
The awards, which took place on Friday 25th January closed out what had been the busiest day of CAP Euro, which attracted over 1,000 attendees and 45 sponsors. After days of intense networking, assembling complicated sponsor stands – and a little partying – over 500 affiliates and operators turned out to witness the ‘capping’ of the first ever Casino Affiliate Program award-winners.
The event took place at Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea Football Club, and the champagne reception which met the guests was followed by entertainment from gold-dusted ladies, towers of fire, magicians and a Shirley Bassey impersonator.
Yoni Sidi, Managing Director of Webroute services who sponsored the reception and affiliate of the year category commented:
'The feedback we've received on the back of our support of the CAP Awards has been overwhelming. Affiliates are such an integral part of this industry's success and we are delighted to have been part of such a superb inaugural event.'
The evening carried on with a three-course meal on mirrored tables, followed by Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert, who managed to ponder over “who cares about these CAP Awards things anyway?” Nonetheless, Rhod and Michael Caselli got on with the main event and announced the winners of the fourteen awards selected by industry peers in an official public vote.
The awards presentation had all the ingredients for a classic evening in iGaming industry history, with tears, alcohol-fueled idiocy and even a stage invasion by an ‘unknown’ affiliate manager who decided to interrupt Ladbrokes moment of glory.
Casinoalerts.com who has attended other awards ceremonies in iGaming commented by on the CAP forum:
'I have to say of all the awards out there this just knocked the spots of them all… the comedian, the food and the magician (well what can you say he was just incredible) Thanks for a great night!'
Congratulations to all the newly crowned winners who are listed below:
Best Poker Affiliate Program - PKR
Best Casino Affiliate Program - Casino Rewards
Best Bingo Affiliate Program - BingoProgram
Best Sports Betting Affiliate Program - Ladbrokes
Best Skill Gaming Affiliate Program - Rummy Royal
Best iGaming software for affiliates - Microgaming
Best Poker Affiliate - RakeTheRake
Best Casino Affiliate - CasinoMeister
Best Bingo Affiliate - Dominique
Best Sports Betting Affiliate - Betbrain
Best Payment system for affiliates - Neteller
Best Affiliate Manager - Renee (Casino Rewards)
Best Overall Affiliate Program – Referback
Best Overall Affiliate - J. Todd