Calvin Ayre

Calvin Ayre

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Calvin Ayer and Alwyn Morris (Credit: Bodog Entertainment Group)

Calvin Ayre (born May 25, 1961 in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada) is the Founder of the Bodog Entertainment Group, which he launched in 1994. A resident of Antigua, Ayre was featured as the cover story for Forbes Magazine's 2006 Billionaires issue.

In 1996, Calvin Ayre reached a settlement without a hearing with the British Columbia Securities Commission for violations of the Securities Act, S.B.C. 1985, c. 83. The violations are in relation to Calvin Ayre's management of Bicer Medical Systems Ltd., in 1989, his first year out of university.

Shortly after university, Ayre sold everything he owned and with $10,000 to his name he started the Bodog Group of Companies. Originally envisioning the creation of a software company, Ayre instead set out to create an organization and brand that could cross over into any industry: The Bodog Entertainment Group.

Personal Life – Calvin Ayre Foundation

Founded in 2005, the Calvin Ayre Foundation, headquartered in Antigua, is a private and independent foundation with a charter to do charitable work worldwide. With Ayre as Chairman, the Foundation has pledged millions of dollars in support of individuals, communities and charitable organizations throughout the world. Included among those charities are the Fisher House Foundation, the LA Lakers Youth Foundation, the Humane Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Animal Avengers Organization, and the Sean McCauley Hope Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.

The Calvin Ayre Foundation’s own initiatives include the Sponsor a School Project, which provides students living in underdeveloped nations opportunities for a quality education, and the Sponsor a Family Project, which provides financial support for the immediate families of sponsored students. (Credit: Wikipedia).

Press Release

Calvin Ayre Announces Retirement from Bodog

April 21, 2008

Calvin Ayre, the internationally noted billionaire playboy founder of Bodog, will be retiring from his largely ceremonial role as the face of Bodog.

Additionally he will no longer be involved in Bodog operationally. In mid-2007 he successfully transferred ownership of the Bodog brand in North America to the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group. Internationally Bodog has put in place a very competent and significantly European executive team that is already managing Bodog Europe and Africa and plans to further expand to Latin America.

Ayre will be taking some time to himself in his home in Antigua and will continue to support charitable opportunities through the Calvin Ayre Foundation.

Ayre noted, “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.”

About Morris Mohawk Gaming Group

The Morris Mohawk Gaming Group ( is located in the territory of Kahnawake just outside Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission to offer gaming services from Kahnawake to users worldwide. Morris Mohawk Gaming Group is led by Olympic Gold medalist, Order of Canada recipient and First Nations' leader Alwyn Morris. For more information, contact Media Relations at

About Bodog

Bodog has its head office, and is licensed in, the Caribbean nation of Antigua. Bodog ( offers online gaming, which includes Poker, Casino and a host of other gaming products. Bodog does not offer ‘for money’ gaming services within North America. For more information, contact Media Relations at


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