Gambling boss Calvin Ayre to retire from Bodog

Calvin Ayre, the charismatic founder of the online gambling group Bodog, has announced that he is set to retire from the company and take things a little more easily.

In an entry on his blog yesterday, Ayre confirmed the rumours.

“You’ve likely heard the rumblings and rumours….and for once…’s true…I’m packing it in! Well who am I kidding, if you’re reading this now you know that for the past few years I’ve been pretty focused on jetting around the world to exotic places and filming crazy s*#@ (naughty word) for this blog. I was really more of a brand ambassador for Bodog the past while anyway – but it was fun while it lasted,” Ayre said.

It will be a big change of pace for Ayre, who walked and talked the Bodog image. Some already doubt whether Ayre can take a step back from the company he built from the ground up into a successful, world-wide brand.

Nevertheless, Ayre insists he will now be spending most of his time away from the glitz and glamour he was used to and putting a big effort into The Calvin Ayre Foundation, a charity he is “truly passionate about”.

However, Ayre’s departure will mean no operational change at Bodog. Alwyn Morris and the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group took ownership of Bodog in North America in 2007 and will continue to run the company.

Furthermore, it will also be interesting to see whether or not Bodog will continue to go after 1st Technology LLS, who effectively stole Bodog’s old domain name,

Ayre has been having a war of words with Dr. Scott Lewis, the man who heads up 1st Technology LLC, and calls him nothing more than a “patent troll”.

Whether or not the loss of such an enigmatic figure as the face of the brand will be detrimental to the future success of the business is yet to be seen. But one thing is for sure, Ayre has certainly left them in a strong position.

Editor, - 2008-04-22 11:03:01

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