Bodog, the online poker site founded by Canadian Calvin Ayre, was shut down by U.S. authorities this week. Unlike other sites shut down over the past year, this shutdown involved just two charges: running an illegal gambling business, and money laundering conspiracy. Four Canadian citizens have been indicted in relation to the charges: Calvin Ayre, the site’s founder; and site operators James Philip, Derrick Maloney, and David Ferguson. All four men are believed to currently be in Canada and as of yet are not in custody.
Undercover investigators claim that they were able to gamble on the Bodog site and receive payment for their winnings while playing from an American address in Maryland. Ayre announced in an official statement that he saw the charges as an “abuse” of the American system of criminal justice.