Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sportsbook & Casino Affiliate Program Research; Review of ReferIncome / Oddsmaker

Affiliate Program: ReferIncome
Poker Rooms: OddsPoker
Racebooks: Oddsmaker Racebook
Bonus Promos: Free $100 Bet (Casino) & 100% (Sports Poker)
U.S. Players Accepted: Yes
Payment Methods: Check, Wire Transfer,
Revenue Share: Sliding Scale Starting at 25% (up to 50%)
Negative Carryovers: No
Sub-Affiliate Earnings: Yes (5% Commissions)
My Overall Rating (1 to 10 Scale): 7

Positives/About Refer Income: ReferIncome is the official affiliate program of Oddsmaker Sportsbook & Casino along with OddsPoker poker room. This is one of the newer affiliate programs on the market so there is a lot of earnings potential for new affiliates. As a ReferIncome affiliate, you have access to a quality affiliate manager who is highly motivated and always open to discussing new ideas with their affiliates. Oddsmaker Sportsbook & Casino treats their best affiliate earners very well. If you are one of the top earners or have a big player list at ReferIncome, the partners at Oddsmaker will treat you as they do their VIP players; inviting you to lavish VIP trips and other functions. They offer competitive commission rates and as a new book, their market is untapped, leaving the potential of building a nice player list. Their affiliate manager will help you create custom landing pages, creatives and will also offer you some additional promocodes for you players if you ask for them. Their payments are always made on-time and requesting a payout is never a hassle. Their stats seem to be pretty accurate as I have done some testing and haven’t noticed inaccuracies. There are times where conversions can be a challenge due to this book being new and having yet to create any buzz about their operation. Their sportsbook and casino offers the same games and betting opportunities as all the other gaming brands on the web. The poker room has nice software and a decent number of players. The average player can find low to medium limit rings games and tournaments without any problems. Higher limit games are available at their poker room, but there are a limited number of high limit players.

Negatives: There may be some times where you get complaints from your players about the restrictions and terms of Oddsmaker’s 100% match play bonus. The reason you might get some grief is due to the fact that this is not a bonus that your players will have access to immediately. The 100% bonus is released as the player plays and the more he or she bets, the more the bonus money is released (also called a “gradual release bonus”). The “gradual release” bonus is actually quite normal for poker bonuses as most poker rooms will do the same thing; release the bonus money as the player continues to play. However, at most of the other gaming sites on the web, sports and casino bonus money is usually given to the player immediately to bet with; but the player has to wager the bonus amount a certain number of times before they will be allowed to withdrawal the money (this is also called a “rollover”). One of the reasons Oddsmaker/ReferIncome has the “gradual release” bonus instead of a regular bonus (with a rollover) is due to the fact that a player has one account for poker, sports, casino, and horse racing. A lot of other places separate the poker accounts from the sportsbook/casino accounts. At Oddsmaker, the player has one account where he or she can transfer the money to any area (poker, casino, sports betting, horse racing, etc) they want. My affiliate manager has told me that they plan to change the bonus policy in the near future. Another problem with the “gradual release” bonus is that ReferIncome will doc your commissions for your cut of the bonus money immediately (only 20%), even through the player doesn't have immediate access to this money. However, my ReferIncome affiliate manager was willing to adjust my stats every month to compensate for this. As I said, they will listen to your ideas and are open to discussing any new possibilities.

Overall Opinion: As I said previously, there is some serious potential here. You can make some decent money from Refer Income if you work at it and are somewhat patient. But, they will get a good grade from me as this is an honest book that is run by an honest group of partners. They care deeply about their reputation and will treat their VIP players and affiliates very well. Signup at ReferIncome and start promoting Oddsmaker Sportsbook, Casino, and Poker by clicking here. If you have any questions for me about this affiliate program, be sure to email me. I will also be very happy to contact my affiliate manager on your behalf. I also have some no deposit, free $10 bet promocodes for you to share with your players if you contact me and signup at ReferIncome with my link. Best of Luck!