In a case that has lasted five years, Calvin Ayre, three other individuals and the Bodog gambling brand had charges against them dropped. Mr Ayre is associated with Bodog Casino, a popular online casino.
In early 2012, the District of Maryland accused the individuals mentioned above for money laundering and illegal gambling. According to the US Attorney, the charges are based on the information that the culprits were transmitting over US$100 million (AU$78 million) gambling money to US players. They were being charged $1 million in fines and a possible 25 years in jail.
Further Details about the Dropped Charges
There are other details pertaining to this particular case. They are that the US District Court had bought the domain name of Bodog. However, Mr. Ayre was allowed to buy it back for a fee of $100 000.
The court had also seized $67 million in US player’s money. The accused could not claim the money back because it belongs to the players. However, Mr Ayre reimbursed players who had lost money to the casino as a result of the case against them.
Bodog Online Gambling Details
This case had been dormant for the past five years until recently. When Chief Judge Catherine Blake gave a verdict for the case, effectively ending disputes between the District Attorney and the accused casinos. Bodog had a gambling license from Antigua when these charges were brought to court. After the charges had been brought forward, Mr. Ayre decided to transfer the Bodog brand to the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group which is licensed under Kahnawake.
When Mr. Ayre was asked what his thoughts were about the verdict, he said that it does not change anything. He will continue to be a tech investor an online gambling industry analyst and philanthropist.
Bodog is one of the leading online gaming brands that have had similar cases against America. In 2011, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker founders were accused of accepting US players which are not allowed according to the UIGEA of 2006.