The Compound, home of Bodog.com founder and CEO, Calvin Ayre, was raided by about 100 Costa Rican police officers on Friday night, it has been revealed.
The $3.5 million, 10,000 square foot estate, which is located in San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, was hosting a wrap party for "Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker," a new Bodog.com reality T.V. series set to broadcast on Fox Sports Network (FSN) in April, 2006. The series had been filming from March 4-11 at the compound.
According to Forbes.com, Ayre said: "Being on the cover of Forbes stirred up a major storm down here. The local newspapers sensationalized the story (after it was published Thursday night), and apparently within a few hours the local bureaucrats decided to come after me."
Police reportedly raided the establishment believing illegal gambling (namely, poker) was taking place on the property during the party. Ayre says that no poker was being played that night. The authorities had a search warrant and confiscated computer equipment and files related to "Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker."
The operation lasted four hours and resulted in the arrest of several members of Ayre's personal security detail on immigration-related charges, as it is illegal for foreign nationals to provide security in Costa Rica.
Ayre has at least three full time bodyguards working on his security team, one of who is a Canadian sniper who has served in war torn regions across the globe, including Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia.
According to one publication, "Ayre's neighbors had been complaining about the loud noise coming from the house over the past week."