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Rebecca Liggero

Rebecca  Liggero

Rebecca Liggero loves meeting new people and traveling – perfect qualities for someone who has won friends and influenced people in the worldwide online gaming community.

After graduating from Bates College with a degree in psychology, Rebecca spent four years in Washington, DC, working in relationship management, dreaming all the while about someday making it big in online gaming. After turning down an opportunity to live in New Zealand, she moved back to Boston and signed on as Senior Account Manager for Casino City – the beginning of a dream come true!

Rebecca’s work on behalf of Casino City (and later for the GPWA as well) took her to trade shows and conferences everywhere – Amsterdam, Barcelona, Costa Rica, Montreal, London, Las Vegas, Macau and many other ports of call – and along the way she began chronicling her incredible around-the-clock adventures in a wildly entertaining and industry-savvy weekly column that quickly became – and still remains – must reading for everyone who is anyone in online gaming. Following almost three years with the Casino City team, Rebecca spent a few months at Everest Affiliates where she was the Brand Manager of the affiliate program. While working on “the other side,” she realized that she truly missed her weekly column and the affiliate side of the business and decided to return to the Casino City family.

One and a half years later, Rebecca resigned from Casino City and joined industry icon Calvin Ayre to serve as the Bodog Global Brand Ambassador and the head on-site reporter for the online gambling industry tablog, CalvinAyre.com. In her new capacity, Rebecca continues to travel the world, and when asked where she is based, her response is usually "on an airplane."

Contact Rebecca at rebecca@liggero.net. Be careful, though – she might quote you.

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One week in Costa Rica for a wedding, one week in Bahamas with Pokerstars and…YOU'RE BANNED!

14 Jan 2009

By Rebecca Liggero

Beautiful Costa Rica

Beautiful Costa Rica

I leave the office for two weeks and look what happens?! Banned from all CAP Euro events, Warren says. I mean, what the...why me? Great question!! I have done nothing to bring this on except for the fact that I work for Michael Corfman, the GPWA Executive Director and Casino City CEO who is trying to clear up the confusion around Card Spike ownership management and payouts. In fact, I have always spoken very highly of CAP Euro events and written about my positive experiences in my blog and magazine articles. No harm done though, this "banning" is actually making me and my company famous, I will still be in London, and how can I be upset after one week in Costa Rica and one week in the Bahamas? Julia and Fred of NetgameServices.com are now happily married and Pokerstars treats their affiliates and players like solid gold. Life is good my friends and you will see why after reading my highlights below.

Local dance floor in Quepos

Local dance floor in Quepos

Try housing 20 people in a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house at the beach, I dare you!
This challenge is entirely possible, so long as half of those people don't mind piling on the pullouts in the living room and sleeping through excessive snoring. Aside from the snoring (you know who you are), I loved the entire experience because the whole group was together as one big, happy family cooking dinner, setting off fireworks, drinking beers, playing cards, listening to music, watching movies, going on daily excursions and taking family trips to the beach. Thank you Julia and Fred for organizing an amazing week around your wedding for your friends and family, we love you and congratulations!

Dancing with a full blooded Latino

Dancing with a full blooded Latino

Do not bust a move around Fred's family unless you're a really, really good dancer.
The nightlife around Manuel Antonio is fun, especially if you are gay and love monkeys. However, our little family preferred the straight and local crowd so we chose a nice dance floor close to our beach house for beers and dancing. Warning: no one should venture onto the dance floor at a local joint in Quepos unless you are a full blooded Latin American with some serious dance moves. I mean, wow.

Brits taking the piss out of me

Brits taking the piss out of me

Brits like to "take the piss" out of Americans...especially when I'm the only one around.
Throughout my one week in Costa Rica I was constantly surrounded by Ticos, Ticas, Guatemalans, French, and Brits which of course I loved. I especially loved it when my British friends gave each other high fives while repeating the words "awesome", "dude" and "like" followed by fat jokes in their dreadful American accent. You know, the usual. When I laughed and sarcastically reminded them that I actually am an American, they just laughed and said, "see, that's why we love you- instead of getting upset, you find it funny when we make fun of you and your kind". Awesome guys, thanks! High five.

Julia and Fred's wedding

Julia and Fred's wedding

The first industry wedding is complete.
Julia and Fred's wedding was an absolute melting pot of cultures, personalities, ages, languages and backgrounds. What an amazing (and history making) experience! As we all know, it is pretty rare for any "more than just physical" relationship to come out of online gambling conferences, but this is the real deal my friends...and another wedding is on the way. Yes, it can happen to you too- attend online gambling conferences and you might find true love. Someone you've got your eye on? Let me know and I'll set it up. I'm serious!

Nobu with Michael and Michelle

Nobu with Michael and Michelle

Quality time with PokerSource.com, PocketFives.com and BonusWhores.com.
One of the best aspects of the online gambling world is the large network of friends you are able to make in a relatively short period of time. Throughout my several weeks away, I was able to spend lots of time with the head of PokerSource.com, PocketFives.com and BonusWhores.com at the wedding and in the Bahamas, and by random chance, we were on the same flight to the Bahamas from San Jose. I am very thankful for the generosity and great company of Michael and Michelle, a couple who welcomed me into their world for my last few days in Manuel Antonio and San Jose. Also, I will never forget the 7 course tasting menus that we experienced together at Café Martinique and Nobu during our stay at the Atlantis in the Bahamas. Taste bud heaven on earth. Thank god I'm a runner.

Gus and his Pokerstars ladies

Gus and his Pokerstars ladies

Pokerstars now has a special place in my poker loving heart.
Have any of you ever been to the Caribbean Poker Adventure? Great. Ok, now have any of you ever been invited to the Caribbean Poker Adventure with Pokerstars as one of their affiliates? If not, I highly recommend you give it a shot one of these days as you will not be disappointed. I have been on many "affiliate appreciation" trips, and I must say, I am beyond impressed by the Pokerstars affiliate team for all the time, effort and care they put into this five night luxurious experience in the Bahamas. I mean, even Saturday's fraud and VIP player presentation was fun and well done. Chris, Carly, Fiona, and Ben, thank you all so much, and I have nothing but the greatest respect for you, your affiliate program, and Pokerstars.com.

The Cove adult pool

The Cove adult pool

Once you go Cove, you can never go back.
Thank you Pokerstars for treating me to a hotel room that I could never afford on my own. The Cove Atlantis blows the rest of the resort right out of the water, to the point where I don't think I can ever go back to the other Atlantis towers. The Cove customer service is unreal, the ratio of Cove staff to hotel guests is about 900:1, room service arrives within minutes, the IT guy appears at your door right after a phone call, the adult pool has a live DJ, topless babes, no screaming children, and you can order a poolside sandwich for the bargain price of $28 USD. What else could you ever ask for?

My favorite Germans

My favorite Germans

Mediadonis really likes male dolphins. WOW.
A nice surprise awaited me in the Bahamas, the presence of my two favorite Germans, Mediadonis and Christof who were both playing in the Caribbean Classic tournament. After the tourney, the boys joined our Pokerstars affiliate crew and spent several days with us at the pool and joined us for a swim with the dolphins. Even though Mediadonis felt somewhat constrained by the T's & C's on the dolphin swim waivers we were required to sign, he still managed to have some fun...and horrify the staff.

My new friend, Chris Moneymaker

My new friend, Chris Moneymaker

Playing poker with team Pokerstars is fun.
Once again, the Pokerstars affiliate team really came through. Who would ever think little Rebecca would find herself playing poker with the biggest Pokerstars affiliates and Team Pokerstars' Chris Moneymaker, Joe Hachem, and Victor Ramden? Not me because I completely suck! However, I think I held my ground fairly well with all things considered- Victor called me his "nemesis" because he could not read my sporadic play, I pulled off a few successful bluffs, and I even had a nice mound of chips at one point...until I busted out thanks to Chris Moneymaker. It's ok though, Chris warned me that would happen the minute I sat down at his table.

 
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