Calvin Ayre Indicted, Seized

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A federal grand jury in Baltimore Maryland has indicted Bodog Entertainment Group S.A d/b/a and four Canadian individuals involved with the group including Bodog Brand founder Calvin Ayre.

The federal indictment includes two charges; count one, Conducting an Illegal gambling business from June 2006 to January 2012, count two, money laundering conspiracy over the same period.

Calvin Ayre released this statement:

“I see this as abuse of the US criminal justice system for the commercial gain of large US corporations. It is clear that the online gaming industry is legal under international law and in the case of these documents is it also clear that the rule of law was not allowed to slow down a rush to try to win the war of public opinion.

These documents were filed with Forbes magazine before they were filed anywhere else and were drafted with the consumption of the media as a primary objective. We will all look at this and discuss the future with our advisors, but it will not stop my many business interests globally that are unrelated to anything in the US and it will not stop my many charity projects through my foundation. You can also follow this story here on the number one global online gaming news and entertainment site and the only site I will be doing interviews with for the next while…”

Also, the department of homeland security has seized the domain name. This is odd, since the name is not actually use for commerce anywhere in the world. This can not be much of a blow to the Bodog brands, as it was simply an unused asset.

I had hoped after the US DOJ came out and reversed their thinking on online poker, we would not see anymore of this. It is still quite unclear as to what the US authorities intend to do about the future of online poker.