Calvin Ayre, the founder and CEO of Bodog Entertainment has decided it’s time to retire. He began the operation in 1994 and has since been the face of Bodog Entertainment. Since 2007, Bodog has been owned by Morris Mohawk Gaming Group for North America, but Ayre was still the face of the operation. Bodog operations in Europe and Asia has been run by an European executive team.
While Ayre has decided to call it quits, Bodog is still thinking about possible expansion, most recently with hopes of Latin America. Bodog also claims that it will not have a hard time with Ayre retiring, since he has mainly been considered the face of the company more than the guy that was running the operation.
Ayre said “While it has been great fun to live my life in front of the world’s cameras and online through my blog, I am looking forward to a more private and meaningful period of giving back and working to support the Calvin Ayre Foundation.” His foundation does charitable work worldwide.
Bodog Poker has become one of the better known poker sites over the last 10 years, and most of it is thanks to Ayre. Since it’s inception in 1994, Bodog has also expanded to own a TV unit, music label, and a poker show on Fox Sports Net.