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Online Casino News - October, 2008

Betting Site, Bodog, Gets Dogged in Appeals Court



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by Mira Patel, News Staff Writer

October 10, 2008

If you've been following the online betting site, Bodog, for any length of time, you've probably heard about their ongoing patent dispute with 1st Technology LLC (whether from the mouth of founder Calvin Ayre or media outlets covering the story). Well, it appears that the case is coming to a close, following the dismissal of an appeal to throw out 1st Technology's claim that Bodog infringed patents to develop its online betting platform.

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld the original District Court of Nevada ruling that Bodog would have to pay up over $46 million, as well as hand over their highly valuable domain names, including Bodog.com. Furthermore, from what is presumably added legal court costs, the judgment is now for over $50 million.

Maybe now Mr. Ayre will hush up - Oh wait - he already has. Apparently, Calvin Ayre is hiding out somewhere - most likely in a country where the U.S. does not have an extradition treaty. It certainly isn't about the money. Ayre was listed as a Forbes billionaire last year - and accolade which could very well prove to be part of the demise of Calvin Ayre's empire. With all this attention, Ayre is now being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. This was the chief reason why he would not show up in court to defend against 1st Technology's claims.

All in all, Bodog is no longer Bodog. It's easy for me to keep saying "Bodog" because I've been around the online gambling industry for some time and it is true that Ayre was a genius at branding the Bodog name. But for the next generation of online gamblers, Bodog will likely never be what it once was. The site is now partially owned/operated by the Morriss Mohawk Gaming Group (Kahnawake Gaming Commission) and it isn't certain just how much stake Ayre has in the company.



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