|The founder of Bodog Entertainment Group, Calvin Ayre, has announced that he is walking away from the company in order to focus on charitable works through the Calvin Ayre Foundation.|
The 47-year-old Canadian made the announcement earlier this week on his blog at CalvinAyreLife.com after reportedly not being involved in day-to-day operations for the Antigua-based online gambling operator for several years.
“You’ve likely heard the rumblings and rumors, and for once, it’s true, I’m packing it in,” wrote Ayre on Monday.
“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**t 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 became one of the most talked about executives in the industry following the passage of America’s Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in 2006. It was claimed that US Department of Justice officials wished to speak with him about the business but that Ayre refused to travel to the United States fearing arrest. However, Bodog was sold last year to the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group of the Kahnawake territory of Canada, which saw Ayre assume a largely ceremonial role.
“I wish you all continued success and if we bump into each other on a white sand beach or maybe the streets or bars of my home base of Antigua, please come say hello,” wrote Ayre.
“I’m going to focus my time on a balanced private life and the Calvin Ayre Foundation, which I am truly passionate about.”