online gambling license for Bodog
takes issue with criminality claim
gambling group Bodog has applied for a British
operating licence as part of its plans to expand
further into the European market, reports The
an interview with Bodog CEO Calvin Ayre, the newspaper
raised allegations that the gambling group's substantial
activities in the US are criminal. Ayre rejected
the idea, saying: "We have licences from
sovereign governments to do what we do - that's
how it works on every other industry on the planet."
Ayre admitted Bodog took bets from US customers
but claimed the company did not "operate"
Guardian piece recalls that almost all of the
online casino and poker groups targeting British
punters have chosen to boycott the UK regulatory
regime because of the 15 percent remote gaming
tax imposed last year by the UK Treasury.
is among the few internet gambling groups to have
continued taking bets from US customers after
the enactment there in 2006 of the controversial
Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act,
which seeks to disrupt financial transactions
between players and online gambling companies.
receive the remote casino and general betting
licences for which Bodog has applied, the company
must pass a "fit and proper operator"
test. A spokesman for the Gambling Commission,
the industry regulator, confirmed last night that
Bodog applications were still pending.
said UK licences would not necessarily be used
to take British bets. He pointed out that Bodog
already had an Antiguan licence, which it is using
to establish a foothold in Europe.