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Posted: 2/29/2012 12:25:59 AM

BALTIMORE - (AP) -- The gambling website Bodog was shut down and four Canadians were indicted, including founder Calvin Ayre, for illegal gambling that generated more than $100 million in winnings, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

The website's domain name was seized Monday and the indictments, which were returned Feb. 22, were unveiled Tuesday in Baltimore, prosecutors said.

The indictments follow federal prosecutions last year of three of the biggest websites involved in online poker. More than 75 company bank accounts in 14 countries have been frozen, and authorities are seeking $3 billion in fines and restitution, in that investigation.

In addition to the 50-year-old Ayre, prosecutors say the indictment names website operators James Philip, David Ferguson and Derrick Maloney.

Gamblers in Maryland and elsewhere were sent a least $100 million by wire and check from 2005 to 2012, the U.S. Attorney's office said, adding Bodog conducted a $42 million advertising campaign between 2005 and 2008 to attract gamblers to the Bodog.com website.

The operation allegedly moved funds from Bodog's accounts located in Switzerland, England, Malta, Canada and elsewhere to pay winnings to gamblers. The four Canadians face up to five years in prison for conducting an illegal gambling business and 20 years for money laundering. Bodog.com faces a fine of up to $500,000 for gambling and money laundering. Initial appearances for the individuals have not been scheduled.

Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Baltimore, said the four are not in custody and no attorneys had indicated by Tuesday afternoon they are representing the four or Bodog. Spokeswoman Vickie LeDuc said later Tuesday that arrest warrants had been issued for the four.

Ayre posted a statement on his website Tuesday saying that his company did not take U.S. bets.

"Bodog UK, Bodog Europe and Bodog Asia have never taken bets from the US," the statement said. "The BodogBrand is currently consulting with its legal advisers with a view to having the domain returned."

The statement also said the Bodog domain has not been in use since operations were switched from Bodog.com to Bodog.eu by the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group and The BodogBrand.com revoked its licensing agreement with MMGG on Dec. 15.

In a statement on CalvinAyre.com, Ayre wrote, "I see this as abuse of the US criminal justice system for the commercial gain of large US corporations. 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."

An affidavit filed along with the warrant to seize the site said investigators created accounts with Maryland addresses and received checks in the mail for winnings. The affidavit also said investigators interviewed a former Bodog employee who named top officers and directors and said the company had hundreds of employees in Canada and Costa Rica handling day-to-day operations.

"Sports betting is illegal in Maryland, and federal law prohibits bookmakers from flouting that law simply because they are located outside the country," said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. "Many of the harms that underlie gambling prohibitions are exacerbated when the enterprises operate over the internet without regulation."

Prosecutors say the investigation was led by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations in Baltimore and also involved the Internal Revenue Service, Anne Arundel County Police and Maryland State Police. HSI agents seized the domain name on Monday.

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Posted: 2/29/2012 12:26:47 AM
This is why I cash out at the first opportunity every week, SBG Globals only allows 800 max via western union and thats what I do weekly so I get every dime i possibly can in case it happens to them too
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Posted: 2/29/2012 12:33:34 AM
maryland is one of the few states where you can get in trouble. Bookmaker won't even take bets from maryland residents. all other books and states will be fine.

but you're right, it's smart to cash out frequently just for safety's sake. my friend had thousands in full tilt when it got seized.
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Posted: 2/29/2012 12:36:03 AM
Thanks gov't i feel protected. Now if you can lower the debt and get people some jobs THEN i'll be impressed
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Posted: 2/29/2012 12:46:51 AM
yeah and reduce the principal on my mortgage to market value
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Posted: 2/29/2012 12:49:19 AM
Bo Dog has sucked forever... always hear about peeps getting f*cked by these a-holes.  I have a great offshore in DSI for my main book. WIsh I had Pinnacle, but can't go to them anymore since they outlawed US residents basically.  Sure, you can get creative with Pinny, but not really.  Also, have a little with 5 dimes as they're very reliable.  A lot of these books are crooks.  Sportsbook.com is awful if they're even still in business.

About time the US just legalized online betting and make money off it... dumbasses!
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Posted: 2/29/2012 12:51:33 AM
it makes sense diddy. That's why they won't do it
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Posted: 2/29/2012 1:20:43 AM
So what about Bovada?  Isn't that just Bodog's new name?  I need to request a payout but was waiting until March 1st.  They only allow one "free" payout per month and I've already requested one for February.
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Posted: 2/29/2012 4:32:16 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by Fballguy:

So what about Bovada?  Isn't that just Bodog's new name?  I need to request a payout but was waiting until March 1st.  They only allow one "free" payout per month and I've already requested one for February.


LOL, so you take your chances and wait one more day.
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LOL, so you take your chances and wait one more day.

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Posted: 2/29/2012 10:58:53 AM
Bovada.lv is not going away. Most (if not all by now) books have figured out how to stay out of the US government's grasps and keep their businesses running.
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Posted: 2/29/2012 11:02:44 AM
Do yourself a favor and stay away from high profile books. Ayre has been a top target for almost a decade now. He wants to be famous and he's arrogant, those are the people the government loves to bring down! Low profile books that will pay are the way to go.


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Posted: 2/29/2012 11:19:53 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by rollininda2012:

This is why I cash out at the first opportunity every week, SBG Globals only allows 800 max via western union and thats what I do weekly so I get every dime i possibly can in case it happens to them too
 thats what i do, i don't deal with any other option,i want my money in cash in 24hrs
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Posted: 2/29/2012 11:32:46 AM
5 dimes is next they are all going down; the US is going to invade Anitigua just to shutdown offshore books. If the American government was smart all they had to do is block the ip off the web and then you would not be able to go online. You could call but I am sure that would stop a lot of it. NOT THAT TOUGH.
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RollinInda2012, this line is in your original post:

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MEANS THE GOV'T COMING AFTER YOU FOR POSTING THIS

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Posted: 2/29/2012 12:43:29 PM
handicapper33 y do u say 5dimes is next   thats who i use
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Posted: 2/29/2012 12:45:58 PM
chau has the best avatar by far
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Posted: 3/1/2012 12:35:25 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by Tippster:

RollinInda2012, this line is in your original post:

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MEANS THE GOV'T COMING AFTER YOU FOR POSTING THIS








If I read this right, this bust had something to do with business being done in the state of maryland no? If so, these other books will not go down because they are off-shore and do not trigger the US Feds to bother them. I think Bodog got ratted somehow, or there was some business being done in the states. The feds really cannot do anything when the book is off-shore. Surprised they are not coming after the bettors though
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Posted: 3/1/2012 12:38:27 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by Handicapper33:

5 dimes is next they are all going down; the US is going to invade Anitigua just to shutdown offshore books. If the American government was smart all they had to do is block the ip off the web and then you would not be able to go online. You could call but I am sure that would stop a lot of it. NOT THAT TOUGH.



the us doesn't have the authority to go the other countries and seize the books. This had something to with accounts set up in the states when bodog was busted if im reading right
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