Bodog CEO Calvin Ayre is Livin’ Large


08/01/2011
By Debra SaundersGoogle

 

The Guardian carried a feature article in the business section about Bodog’s founder and CEO Calvin Ayre.  In the article, he received the title “web gambling’s king of bling.”  Ayre is certainly deserving of this title.  He recently dropped five and half million dollars on a domain name, Slots.com, and then threw himself a lavish “seven-deadly-sins” mega-party for his fiftieth birthday in which he invited fifty girls – a girl for every year.

 

Ayre received a questionable moral upbringing from an early age; his father was a dope-smuggler.  He was involved in a scandal already in the nineties, which led to his invalidation from chairing a public company in British Columbia.  The invalidation forced him to start his own business, Bodog, which eventually became one of the most successful online gambling brands in history.  Ayre certainly let the success get to his head and lived large.  He judged lingerie competitions and even appeared in the magazine playboy.  He purchased houses all over the world: the Philippines, Thailand, Costa Rica, Antigua, and Vancouver.  He hosts lavish parties in these homes for rappers or VIP gamblers and populates them with scantily clad Bodog-girls.

 

Though the king of bling is a globe trotter, there a certain places he won’t go.  Since the passing of the UIGEA he can’t go back to the states, he won’t go back to his home town of Saskatchewan, and he won’t return to Poland since being mugged there.

 

Ayre has big plans for Bodog’s future.  For now, he is sponsoring sports clubs like Ayre United and West Bromwich Albion, and investing in the fast-growing Asian markets.  He also hopes to be able get back into the U.S. market assuming that the financial situation will bring deregulation of gambling for tax revenue purposes.

 


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