Bodog Online Gaming Exiting from U.S. Market

August 3rd, 2011  |  Published in Casino News

Owned by Calvin Ayre, the Bodog gaming brand has been an institution in the online gambling marketplace for many years. The casino used to operate through the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group (MMGG) from Kahnawake. Bodog’s most recent announcement to let their current license with MMGG expire at the end of 2011 has taken the online gambling industry by surprise. No license with the gaming group equates to an exit from the U.S. gambling market.

Focusing on the United Kingdom

It is evident that the primary focus of the Bodog brand will be on the United Kingdom and other emerging markets in Asia and Europe. Philippine-based brand, Bodog88 has already been established and is a leading brand in Asia. During the third week of July 2011, the company announced it had received a license from the U.K. Gambling Commission.

Building Credibility

During that time the CEO of Bodog UK stated that the license shows trust and credibility to the Bodog brand. As a result of the trust, new customers will be drawn to the brand while attracting the best talent in the industry to work for the organization. To reap the most benefits of the U.K. license, the company must eliminate any negative connotations that may have arisen from the events that occurred on Black Friday.

MMGG Launching its Own Brand

Beginning January 12th, 2011, customers will be unable to access any Bodog brand website. In a recent statement from the casino, the understanding is that the MMGG will implement and launch its own brand under the Kahnawake Gaming Commission in 2012. Therefore, Bodog players will be able to transfer their funds to this new casino or withdraw them.

The Final Statement

The statement to their players ended, “This decision presents a fresh direction for the Bodogbrand.com as it looks to create a new chapter in its history. The move will enable the Bodog brand to continue its growth and expansion and maintain its position as the world’s largest gaming brand.”

Pushed out of the U.S.

This decision certainly was not easy. Essentially the U.S. forced the company to withdraw from the market. The passage of the UIGEA terminated Bodog’s U.S.-based operations and sold the business to MMGG while preserving the brand name. This was followed by a lengthy legal battle for patent infringement which was settled out of court.

Bodog have been a major player in the U.S. gambling market. Many players will be sad to see the company eliminate its presence from the country. Hopefully once online gambling is legalized in the U.S., Bodog will return.

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Sinful Party at the iGaming Super Show 2011

April 21st, 2011  |  Published in Casino News

CalvinAyre.com will be celebrating its first birthday since the beginning of the release of the portal. Simultaneously Calvin Ayre will be celebrating his 50th birthday. Ayre has made a name for himself in the online gaming industry through the Bodog brand name. Therefore, this will be one party not to be missed. With no guest lists and no tickets, the only way to attend the party is by attending the iGaming Super Show 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

The launch party of the CalvinAyre.com portal was described by Playboy Magazine as a “surreal party with a bizarre mix of post-apocalyptic characters, statuesque European models, midgets and live pigs.” CalvinAyre.com has already promised that this year’s party will make last year look like a tea gathering at your grandmother’s house. Once again, this is an event that cannot be missed.

Last year’s party theme was, “gamblin’, drinkin’ and carryin’ on.” Since Calvin is now a year older, the May 25th, 2011 party theme is the seven deadly sins that make us all human:

  • Pride
  • Greed
  • Gluttony
  • Sloth
  • Lust
  • Wrath
  • Envy

Party organizers encourage attendees to commit all seven sins in this single night of partying. If the party-goes advance through all sins, they are expected to create and commit their own. Since there will be plenty of creative minds in attendance, there are sure to be new sins developing throughout the evening.

The second annual iGaming Super Show began on March 24th and ended March 26th. The primary goal of expo is to provide a central networking event for those in the online gaming industry. Therefore, media, affiliates, payment solution providers, online gambling operators, regulators and software providers were all in attendance. For members of the online gambling industry, registration was free.

Last year’s event boasted 2,000 attendees with the crowds significantly increase this year. The topics of the expo ranged from advanced online marketing to business strategies. The largest brands at the show featured over 100 stands. Additionally, the iGaming Super Show 2011 showcased innovative services like speed networking and an informational session for VIP’s only.

This is an excellent venue to online gaming industry professionals to meet and mingle in a relaxed setting while learning about new trends in the marketplace. This event could significantly help many online gaming-related businesses improve their strategies and thus the number of customers interested in their product.

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