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    Hi all,

    Welcome to Virgin Games’ December ‘08 Affiliates Newsletter.

    December is now upon us, and, by the time we realise it, it’ll be 2009.

    2008 has been a great year for Virgin Games, and it’s just fair we acknowledge this by rewarding all our players – old and new – with a great Christmas giveaway. Let 2008 go with a bang with our Christmas Cracker promotion! 14 days, 14 great prizes to be won: cash, V*points, Wiis, LCD TV, etc…read below for more details.

    Also this month, enough news to fill a XXL Christmas stocking: A tracker update, a Lil’ Lady® makes her appearance in Virgin Casino’s slot section, 5 CAP awards nominations for our affiliate program, a reindeer bounty expected at Virgin Poker, a warm welcome to our brand new customer service team, a £1,000/day giveaway at Virgin Bingo, a shiny new Virgin Poker website and a goodbye to Lina.

    Read on…



    As part of the single wallet system implementation Virgin Games is currently going through, we will stop supporting some of our earlier affiliate trackers. As mentioned in the service newsletter we sent a few weeks back, a specific set of trackers is already not supported anymore, while a few more will become redundant in March next year. While this can seem a while away, we advise you to start updating your trackers as soon as possible to prevent possible broken links next year.

    Tracker format now unsupported (Virgin Poker only):

    Tracker format still supported (until 1st March 09):

    Supported tracker format (provided by the affiliate system for the past 10 months):

    To avoid disappointment we strongly advise you to replace your old trackers by the new version ASAP.


    Let your players enjoy an amazing Christmas with Virgin Games Christmas Cracker Advent Promotion. It all runs for 14 days from December 10th right up to Christmas Day and great prizes are to be won, from V*Points to cash, Nintendo Wiis to Laptop computers.
    There’s a different prize to be won every day during the promotion.

    To stand the chance of winning one of these great prizes, all your players have to do is play between the 10th and 23rd December. They’ll get 1 entry into the daily prize draws for every £1 wagered. So the more they play, the more entries they get and the more chances they’ll have of winning! At the end of the promotion, they will stand in line to win the grand prize of an LCD Flatscreen TV!

    Banners like this one:


    Are now available in our marketing tools section. Please note: these banners will be automatically replaced by standard promotional banners once the promotion expires on 25th December.


    The shortlist for the second CAP Awards ceremony has been released last month, and Virgin Games Affiliates is nominated in no less than 5 categories this year, namely:

    – Best Poker Affiliate Program
    – Best Casino Affiliate Program
    – Best Overall Affiliate Program
    – Best Bingo Affiliate Manager
    – Best Overall Affiliate Manager

    The winners of the 14 categories will be announced at an extravagant gala black tie dinner during CAP Euro London 2009.

    If you’re a CAP Member and you think Ted and I have done well to meet your expectations this year, you can vote for us here:
    Press release:


    Congratulations to Poker4, VinBingo8, Portalgam who respectively win the £100 Casino, £50 Poker and £50 Bingo best improved affiliate Competition Prize for November 08. Kudos to you! You too can make it to our Affiliates Hall Of Fame.

    Go on, make your mum proud!


    Affiliate commissions for November 08 have now been paid. To check the amount you have accumulated last month, have a look at your payment report.


    Have you noticed our re-vamped “editorials” and “specifications” marketing tools section?

    Now available are standard Virgin Casino, Virgin Poker and Virgin Bingo reviews as well as full game editorials and specifications, including an extensive review of Virgin Casino’s latest slot game Lil’ Lady®.




    Players will love to catch this bug! Lil’ Lady® offers a 40 payline theme, Stacked Wilds for amazingly big wins and a super-rich Free Spins bonus. On every reel there are stacks of four or more Wild symbols. These Wild symbols can line up to trigger a HUGE number of simultaneous wins!

    Get three bonus symbols on the middle three reels, and your skin will be crawling with anticipation as you progress to the Free Spins bonus. You are awarded 5 free spins on the lucrative bonus reels. The Free Spins reels are richer than the standard, with extra Stacked Wilds and extra bonus symbols. You can potentially retrigger the Free Spins bonus multiple times and win up to 255 free spins. With all of this big money potential in Lil’ Lady® you’ll be buzzing with excitement!

    Game specifications

    • 4×5 multi-line/multi-coin slot game
    • 5-Credits Per Line
    • 40-paylines for more action
    • Stacked Wild symbols for amazingly big wins
    • Super-rich reels in the Free Spins Bonus
    • Gambler-focused game with retriggering free spins
    • Appeals to fans of Wolf Run® and Cleopatra®
    • Multi-denom/multi-currency, 200-credit maximum bet
    • Retriggering Free Spins (Up to 255 max)

    Free Spins Bonus

    • Three or more Bonus symbols scattered anywhere on the middle three reels trigger the Free Spins bonus
    • Player is awarded 5 free spins
    • Reels are richer than standard, with extra Stacked Wilds and extra Bonus symbols.
    • During the bonus, three Bonus symbols scattered anywhere on the middle three reels retrigger the Free Spins bonus, awarding an additional 5 free spins
    • Bonus can be retriggered, up to a maximum of 255 free spins

    Top Award

    Players can win a maximum of 250,000 currency units for a single bet. This maximum applies to a single spin of the base game as well as the cumulative total of all wins in the base game and the Free Spins bonus.

    Coin denominations

    • GBP: 1p / 2p / 5p / 10p / 20p / 50p / £1 / £2 / £5
    • Euro: 1c / 2c / 5c / 10c / 20c / 50c / €1 / €2 / €5
    • USD: 1¢ / 5¢ / 10¢ / 25¢ / 50¢ / $1 / $2 / $5

    Banners like the one above are already available in our marketing tools section, and you’ll find the editorial above in our – wait for it -“editorials” section. Go get’em!



    It’s been a couple of busy weeks at Virgin Poker headquarters!
    The Virgin Poker website needed a makeover; we have therefore released our new website to coincide with the launch of Virgin Games’ single wallet system
    (details on single wallet system here:

    Our new website has been designed with the aim of becoming one of the best player converting websites in online poker. It features better onsite customer interaction, sharper graphics and more content for all users. We will also be operating a Virgin Poker media page with video tutorials, podcasts and onsite updates of future Virgin Poker Festival.

    Check it out here:


    Everyone welcome our brand new customer support team! Part of the single wallet project that Virgin Games started implementing; getting our own in-house call-centre was a priority. It is now a reality with a team of 11 talented individuals who have been hired and trained over the past 2 months to provide trademark Virgin support to our players.

    The team is now operational on Virgin Poker since the 19th November, with Casino and Bingo support to be added over the next 6 months. Happy times!


    More Festive Fun on Virgin Poker! These two promotions will keep your players busy in the run up to Christmas:

    Special Reindeer Bounty MTT

    On Monday the 22nd December 2008 we will be replacing the LUNCH TURBO 1000 GTD with a Special “REINDEER BOUNTY” MTT.

    This tournament will have a €5 entry, with a €1,000 Guarantee, and up to €5,000 added value bounty prizes on the following players: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen.

    Week of Wii-rolls

    Every evening between the 8th & 12th of December 2008 at 18:30 GMT we will be running freeroll tournaments where the first prize will be a Nintendo Wii. To qualify for one of the tournaments, all players have to do is play one raked hand on Virgin Poker!

    Please contact for more details on the promotions above.


    Finally the Team at Virgin Poker would like to thank all our affiliates for making 2008, our biggest and most successful year so far…We guarantee you that 2009 will be even bigger!
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


    We are spreading the Festive Fun with a packed 31 days of fantastic Bingo promotions throughout December. From FREE Bingo play that every Bingo player loves, to great cash prizes for playing on any of our Slots games including all our great new Progressive Slots!


    Plus we’ve got a guaranteed jackpot Bingo Game running everyday for £1,000. There’s going to be 31 winners of these terrific pots during December sharing a total of £31,000. Join in the Fun every night at 9pm in the Virgin Bingo 90 ball room. You’d be mad to miss this chance!


    One shouldn’t argue with homesickness, and we didn’t as we bid Lina Eriksson, our Bingo Affiliate Manager, a warm goodbye. She actually needs the warmth as she decided to go back to her cherished Swedish homeland. Lina has been instrumental in building lasting relationships with some of the best Bingo affiliates out there, and her contribution to our affiliate program success in 2008 is not underestimated.

    We hope you’ll join us in wishing her the best of luck for her future endeavours. Our new Bingo Affiliate Manager will be starting early January, and I’m pleased to inform you that, if you promote Bingo, you are probably already acquainted with this person.
    Who’s the mystery addition? Only 2009 will tell!

    That’s it for our December newsletter. A bit of a mouthful I admit, so I won’t keep you away from festive treats for much longer; just enough to thank you once more for making 2008 our most successful year and send you our best wishes for the festive season.


    “Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa?” (Homer Simpson)

    See you all in 2009 for more fun and games!


    Cool on the new game and the great promo. The link thing is getting annoying to be honest why do you programs take this route when you make changes? You have to know how annoying it is for affiliates to dig on several sites and hundreds of pages for all tags to change. Personally when I see this I think to myself that the program is trying to wipe old non performing affiliates from the payroll books. This is the last time we dig and change links.:hattip:

    Trying to see what it takes to get in that hall of fame:tongue:


    Hi Bonustreak,

    Fair feedback, didnt expect any less from you :)

    To our credit, our in-house program (launched in 2007) still support trackers that were provided by the Wagerworks, Boss and St Minver’s proprietary affiliate systems from 2004.
    We currently support 9 different generations of trackers, most of which we never provided ourselves through our in house system, and this is the only one we are asking our affiliates to replace. Also remember there is a 4 months notice on this.

    Back in 2006, when spec’ing the software that was to become our unified affiliate program, I went to great length to ensure that all standalone affiliate accounts were going to be efficiently migrated and old trackers still supported.

    I understand the implications of a tracker update request, and it’s very reluctantly i am asking our affiliates to change their links.

    As you might have read in our service email I sent a while back (there must be a post at CAP on this as well) Virgin Games is going through massive operational and structural changes, and that affects all areas of the business, even more so the affiliate program as we deal with all Virgin Games gaming products. The link update request is a direct consequence of this.

    I will nevertheless go back to our technical team and ask them to think hard about a potential patch that could be coded to keep on supporting this specific type of tracker.

    As for xx
    (poker only, provided by Boss in 2006) nothing we can do about, this was previously being tracked by Boss, but we are now a gaming operator and own and operate the player databases, all Poker trackers need to come directly to our servers.

    Once again, no bad intention there (we owe it to the brand to keep an impeccable track record) and it’s very reluctantly I send this news out. I will however try to get something sorted within these 4 months.


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