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Bodog Founder Asks Online Gambling Industry to help Haiti


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In response to the catastrophic earthquake on January 12 that left the
poverty-stricken Caribbean nation of Haiti devastated, well-known online
gambling entrepreneur, mogul and playboy, Calvin Ayre, has called upon
the world’s online gambling firms to donate money to help the battered nation.

The founder of hugely popular online betting, casino and poker operation,
Bodog.com
, has been very vocal about the plight of Haiti and its people,
perhaps because as a resident of the nearby country of Costa Rica, he has first
hand experience of the poor surrounding Caribbean nations, many rife with
corruption.

And according to Ayre, Haiti is no different. He was recently quoted as saying:
‘It’s a disaster in Haiti. I know they have had a tough go from Mother Nature
recently with hurricanes and now this earthquake, but I cannot help but be
disgusted with the [Haiti] ruling elite that has driven this country down.

‘But that’s not all…I also want to challenge the rest of the online gambling
industry to also contribute to Oxfam to help out in Haiti…and my private
foundation will match any proven payment to Oxfam by an online gaming person up
to $1,000,000’ he said. Oxfam is a non-profit organization aiming to end
poverty.

‘That said, the innocents as always are paying a horrendous price for this elite
thievery and I think the global online gaming community has a duty to do
something,’ said Ayre. As such he is calling that all donations aimed at helping
Haiti be pledged through www.oxfam.org.uk/donate/haiti-earthquake/calvin-ayre.

Reacting to Ayre’s plea, leading interactive gaming portal, iGaming Business has
also jumped on the bandwagon and is calling for the international online
gambling community to dig deep for Haiti. It will reportedly unveil the total
amount raised by Ayre and others at the iGB Affiliate Awards on January 28.

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