Calvin Ayre King of Bling

08/10/2011
By Pamela PattersonGoogle

 

The UK Guardian featured an article in its business section about the founder of Bodog online casino brand, Calvin Ayre.  He was described, as “web gambling’s king of bling.”  This title is well deserved.  Ayre recently bought Slots.com domain name for a whopping $5.5 million and then threw himself a “seven-deadly-sins” 50th birthday party.  To the party, which took place in Dublin, Ayre invited 50 girls – one for every year. 

 

Ayre was born in Canada.  His father was a dope-smuggling pig-farmer.  Calvin was involved in a share-trading scandal in the 90’s.  As a result of the scandal, he was bared from being director for a public company in BC.  He then went on to start Bodog which eventually became one of the most successful online gambling brands on the planet.  Ayre reveled in his success and lived large.  He served as a judge for lingerie contests and even appeared in Playboy (not naked, though).  Ayre owns numerous homes throughout the world: Vancouver, Antigua, Costa Rica, Thailand, and the Philippines.  He uses his homes to host lavish parties for VIP gamblers and rappers, and always has armed bodyguards and Bodog-Girls present.

 

The king of bling seems to be at the top of the online gambling world; however there are three places were Ayre says he can’t go back to.  He can’t go back to the states since the passing of the UIGEA; he made most of his money from U.S. gamblers.  He won’t go back to his home town of Saskatchewan; after tasting the big life there’s no going back.  Lastly, he won’t go back to Poland because of a mugging incident; though the actual amount stolen is insignificant, the personal discomfort was great.

 

Ayre only sees growth for future business.  He believes that the U.S. will backtrack on its regulation in order to increase tax revenue, but in the meantime is focusing on the quickly growing Asian markets.  Ayre also is a sponsor for two football clubs, Ayre United and West Bromwich Albion. 

 

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