Bodog founder indicted by Maryland authorities in United States

Online poker is currently a seriously contentious and divisive issue within the United States; this has been shown most recently in actions taken against the founder of the Bodog betting brand...

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The news comes as Federal authorities with the state of Maryland have issued an indictment against Calvin Ayre; Ayre is the main founder of Bodog.com, alongside fellow Canadian nationals Derrick Maloney, James Philip and David Ferguson. The quartet stand accused of running an illegal sports gambling business, and are also under suspicion of conspiring to commit offences such as money laundering.

A statement concerning the case has been released by United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, who said: "Sports betting is illegal in Maryland, and federal law prohibits bookmakers from flouting that law simply because they are located outside the country."

“Many of the harms that underlie gambling prohibitions are exacerbated when the enterprises operate over the internet without regulation.” it added.

In addition to the charges that have been presented against the founders of Bodog, they also stand accused of spending a massive $42 million on a marketing campaign which was allegedly aimed at players within the United States.

In reply to the allegations which have been levelled against him, 50-year-old Ayre issued his own statement, which read: "It is clear that the online gaming industry is legal under international law and in the case of these documents is it also clear that the rule of law was not allowed to slow down a rush to try to win the war of public opinion.”

As more details of the case continue to unfold, the global gaming industry will be keeping abreast of further developments with great interest.

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