GPWA Times - Issue 20 - March 2012

By Dan Igo Bodog founder Calvin Ayre has been in- dicted by federal prosecutors in Baltimore and the Bodog.com domain name has been seized by the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. In the indictment unsealed February 28, Ayre, James Phillip, David Ferguson and Derrick Maloney were charged with con- ducting a gambling business as well as money laundering. Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. Attorney in Baltimore, alleges that the defendants “did knowingly and un- lawfully conduct finance, manage, super- vise, direct, and own all or part of an ille- gal gambling business, to wit, a gambling business involving online sports betting.” “Sports betting is illegal in Maryland, and federal law prohibits bookmakers from flouting that law simply because they are located outside the country,” said Rosenstein. “Many of the harms that un- derlie gambling prohibitions are exacer- bated when the enterprises operate over the Internet without regulation.” The indictment alleges that Bodog com- municated with two processors to facili- tate payments with gamblers. The proces- sors named in the indictment were JBL Services, which allegedly pro- cessed at least $43 million, and ZipPayments, which al- legedly processed at least $57 million. Money from both of those processors was previ- ously seized by the IRS back in 2008. Ayre responded to the indict- ments with a statement on his website, CalvinAyre.com. “I see this as abuse of the U.S. criminal justice system for the commercial gain of large U.S. corporations,” he said. “It is clear that the online gaming industry is legal under international law and in the case of these documents it is also clear that the rule of law was not al- lowed to slow down a rush to try to try to win the war of public opinion.” Visitors who log onto Bodog.com are greeted with a Department of Justice sei- zure notice similar to the one that was plastered on the homepages of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and UB.com back on April 15, 2011. However, the difference in this notice is that it was issued by the Department of Homeland Security and not the FBI. The seizure shouldn’t affect the short- term business of Bodog. The Bodog.com domain name hasn’t been in use since late last year. That domain name had already been switched to Bodog.eu and American players have been able to access Bovada.lv since December. Both of those sites are up and running as of press time. Calvin Ayre indicted, Bodog.com domain seized By Dan Igo William Hill Online has reached a sup- ply agreement that will see unique in- play betting product Passoker go live at WilliamHill.com. Passoker is a non-skill game that can be played during any live television event. Each player is assigned to a table and dealt a card at random based on what will hap- pen next in the live event. For example, a player watching a football match could hold cards for “offside,” “goal” or “corner.” Once the event occurs, the player holding the winning card wins the stakes from the other players in the game. The cards are then reshuffled and the game starts again. “Signing with one of the best known names in the business in William Hill is a hugely significant agreement for Passoker,” said Passoker CEO Stuart Carr in a statement. “The deal mas- sively expands our potential audience, with the opportunity to play Passoker at WilliamHill.com set to open the game up to a vast number of extra users.” “Passoker is a highly innovative prod- uct and one that will bring much added value to William Hill Online,” added William Hill Online COO Jim Mullen. “It will give our customers more oppor- tunities to bet in a number of new and interesting ways on their favorite sports and television programs.” William Hill reaches deal with Passoker 5 Webmaster News

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