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Calvin Ayre Not Stressing About the Bodog Life

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In September, founder Calvin Ayre announced that Bodog's new domain name would be BodogLife.com. While the site stayed the same and business was uninterrupted, the name change was forced due to a pending domain name dispute with 1st Technology LLC.

What began as a patent infringement lawsuit regarding the domain names Bodog.com and Bodog.net progressed to a summary judgment against Bodog when they failed to appear in court - an oversight that cost them nearly $49 million in damages awarded to 1st Technology. When Bodog failed to make any attempt at restitution or appear at a follow-up court hearing, the two domain names in question were taken from Calvin Ayre. And that is when BodogLife.com was born.

Ayre recently filed a motion to have the $49 million default judgment lifted, but the judge denied the motion. At the same time, 1st Technology had requested an injunction to cease all Bodog business in the U.S. and to stop internet traffic from redirecting to its new web domain, but this request was also denied.

On Ayre's blog, he commented on his denied motion. "Is Bodog going to appeal the default judgment? Hell yeah. The Costa Rican company they sued, Bodog Entertainment Group SA, does not itself provide online services nor did it ever operate or own any websites. Plus, that company was shut down operationally a year ago... A company has to be running websites to even potentially infringe a patent that 1st Technology claims to cover websites. Though 1st Technology and their lawyer bosses are classic patent trolls, this has never been a patent case; it has always just been a legal system ‘stick up' where the objective was always to grab the domains and try to force a monetary settlement, the legal equivalent of a back alley mugging. Bad luck for them that they tried to mug Bodog."

And while the court battles continue on, Ayre has tried to settle this like angry, frustrated men - in the boxing ring. He challenged 1st Technology's Scott Lewis to a three-round mixed martial arts (MMA) match. He proposed putting up $1 million in a trust with a lawyer. "If you win the fight you get the money," he stated in his blog. "If I win? I'd want those now valueless domains you stole to be given back to their rightful owner." Ayre also added that BodogTV would produce the show and own the television rights.

Thus far, Lewis has not responded to the fight challenge.

In other Bodog news, the poker portion of its website is set to deal its one-billionth hand of poker sometime during the month of November. And to prepare for the celebration, when hand 980,000,000 is played, Bodog will begin awarding money prizes - $109 in tournament chips - for every five millionth hand dealt up to the one-billionth. In addition, all prize winners will split a larger cash prize when the big hand is finally dealt. And the players at the exact table where the one-billionth hand is dealt will all split $10,000.

Other prizes are on tap via daily drawings in which players can enter using player points. And after the one-billionth hand is dealt, there will be a final grand prize drawing with the winner being paid $12,000 in the form of a $1,000 monthly bankroll for one year.

"While this is an opportunity to look back at how far we've come since we launched our poker room in 2004," Ayre said, "we're already looking forward to dealing our next billion hands. We will continue to provide players with the best online poker experience available as well as Bodog's world-class customer service."

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