Bodog founder Calvin Ayre is to buy a residence in London ahead of a move to split his time between the UK capital and his present home in Antigua.
Ayre said that he has instructed an agent to find him a home in London and that he favours the Fitzrovia area north east of the centre “near Charlotte Street and all those restaurants. I like it there.”
The move follows the launch of the Bodog-licenced poker network in September, which is based in Canadian tribal gambling centre Kahnawake but has a business development team operating from London, where the billionaire Bodog founder will now spend roughly half his time.
“The UK is the most gaming friendly jurisdiction on the planet. You can stand in the middle of the street and shout ‘I run an online gambling company!’ and the only reaction will be ‘so what? Please stop shouting.’ The UK has completely opened up to the global network, and London has the infrastructure to support it.”
Ayre also recently revealed that Bodog is seeking licence deals with operators for Bodog-brand launches in Latin American markets, expanding the license model that already includes the poker network; the Bodog Asia brand launched in May with Haydock Sports; Bodog’s US-facing brand licensed to Mohawk Morris Gaming Group in September 2007; and Bodog Europe, which launched in March this year and operates Bodog’s UK and Canada-facing sites.