Calvin Ayre retires from Bodog

Calvin Ayre

Bodog Entertainment announced today that Calvin Ayre is stepping down as the face of Bodog and will no longer be involved in the operation of the company.

Ayer is the founder and CEO of Bodog Entertainment, which he launched in 1994. What began as an online gambling site, including Bodog Poker, has since grown to include an international record label, an international television production division that started Bodog Fight as well as other series, and more.

The business has made Ayre a multimillionaire, and he says in his biography on the Bodog site that his life has changed completely since his days growing up on a farm in Canada.

As the face of Bodog, Ayre has traveled all over the world not only promoting the Bodog brand but also raising money for the Calvin Ayre Foundation.

"While it has been great fun to live my life in front of the world's cameras and online though my blog, I am looking forward to a more private and meaningful period of giving back and working to support the Calvin Ayre Foundation," Ayre said.

He plans to take some time to himself in his home in Antigua and to continue his charitable work.

Ayre's role at Bodog has been mostly ceremonial over the past couple of years. In mid 2007 he also successfully transferred ownership of the Bodog brand in North America to the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group.

The MMGG manages the North American operations of the company already, and a European executive team has also been put in place to manage the Bodog Europe and Africa arms of the company.

Future plans for the Bodog brand include further expansion into Latin America as well.

"To all the staff, vendors and advisors that have been part of the Bodog development, I want to extend sincere thanks for not only the hard work and dedication but the lessons and good times I have experienced and can now take away with me," Ayre says in his blog.

"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."

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