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However, on June 15th of , life changed. This was the date on which Vika and Tanya signed the first of many checks used to embezzle large sums of cash from clients, most of which considered them close friends.
As they stole and got away with it for years, their confidence grew. They enrolled a new employee, Greg Tanner, to help start a competing company, which used technology stolen from Kazootek and finance money from their clients. According to an article no longer online that we suspect was written by Calvin Ayre, they soon dragged The Big Book into a plan to become a client and began conspiring how to steal the source code from eSportz.
With an investigation already under way into the strange behavior seen from Vika in recent months, alarm bells went off when she gave her two-week notice in mid Not allowing her to destroy evidence for the next two weeks, she was immediately escorted out of the building, and her office and computers were locked down for forensic audit.
The aftermath was the filling of a lawsuit, and Bodog ending its partnership with The Big Book. From this day forward, Bodog. Shortly after freeing themselves from their role as a software provider, Bodog got to work aggressively building both their gambling site and brand name. Bodog took advantage by launching an online poker site, fueling a ton of branding and marketing opportunities. Williams was an amateur player with little poker experience at the time.
This was huge for Bodog, and he turned out to be a great ambassador of the sport while wearing Bodog gear. Josh Arieh, already a professional with a WSOP bracelet, turned out to be a great investment as well.
Bodog continued to build their brand with a televised poker series launched in called Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker and multiple television commercials running in the US for their free version of poker located at bodog. Anyone doing a Google search or just typing in the. This company was launched in Antigua in as a toll-free phone-in betting shop before later launching betwwts.
They also had a large number of white label brands promoting their products. This company was massively successful thanks to gambling hall of famer Billy Scott running the show. When Billy Scott eventually retired, he handed off the reigns to a man you can learn about in our history of Pinnacle Sports and intertops. Perhaps it had something to do with not having the same passion when owning most of the shares, but the business slipped after Scott left.
Bodog acquired offices in Antigua, moved their accounts including white labels to Bodog. This is a bit quirky as there was no Bodog in ; they are simply claiming the start date of the brand they later purchased and closed.
In any case, this was a great move that made Bodog even more popular. Calvin Ayre was all about branding and saw this as the key to success. His strategy was for Bodog to represent fun and excitement, etc. He viewed Bodog as a brand similar to Richard Branson's Virgin. To follow through, he started numerous non-gambling ventures using the Bodog name, some of which are included below:. Calvin Ayre also did wonders building his own name. This is a man who no doubt has lived an incredible lifestyle with the world watching, which in turn has provided Bodog with great exposure.
On August 28, , the domain bodog. The following day he sent another email informing that the problems were due to an ownership dispute they were working to get settled as soon as possible and that Bodog was now available at newbodog. The company who now controlled the Bodog. This company held patents related to a " method and system for interactively transmitting multimedia information over a network which requires a reduced bandwidth. When they didn't get a reply, they finally filed a lawsuit in September of and called Bodog's customer service group, who said they'd pass the message on to the legal department.
Bodog claimed they received none of these letters. With this judgment, they eventually were able to gain control of the Bodog. After the domain stopped resolving on August 28, , less than two weeks later on September 6, , Bodog published a press release claiming Mohawk Morris Gaming Group was now licensing their brand and controlling all US business.
After several appeals, the case moved to Washington, and this defense wasn't successful. In fact, a judge ordered all bank accounts and tax verifications: The loss of the Bodog. They had previously ranked high in Google for key terms such as poker, online poker, betting sites, gambling sites, various sports leagues, casino games, and similiar phrases. In order to compensate, they rebranded as BodogLife. Between millions paid to affiliates in commissions and the loss of income from search engine traffic, Bodog was in poor financial shape.
In just a matter of days, bodoglife. With their domain back, Bodog's revenue increased greatly, and they began licensing other versions of the brand the same way they were licensing the. This saw the creation of Bodog. Although the circumstances and timing are a bit suspect, Bodog claims they are now just a branding company that no longer operates gambling sites. Calvin Ayre often compares his strategy to that of Richard Branson and Virgin. The success their brands have experienced in other markets is quite impressive.
That said, Bovada has a reputation for delivering cash outs faster than any other US gambling site. Some people might even say that — when compared to their competitors — the fact that Bovada pays their customers their winnings is impressive. If you have any questions about banking, the games, promotions or anything else, you can reach Bovada by email or by phone at Like we said earlier, Bovada is easily one of, if not the best gambling site for American gamblers.
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Needless to say, I am taking my business elsewhere. Pro bookies are better off elsewhere but I can still layoff and spread on this EZ site. Richard Johns 30 May No craps! They may feel the same about me, but I was really trying to be fair and reasonable. I had a bet that was originally settled as "void", when it should have been settled as a "win"; therefore, my winnings were not available for me to bet.
Eventually, it was settled as a "win" and funds were added to my account. This poor review is not about losing money. I won some and lost some; lost more than I won.
But anyone who gambles like this, knows that they are much more likely to lose than to win. Yet they were still unwilling to work with me to resolve the matter and keep my business.
My issue is with their poor customer service and poor business decision Reply. I tried to withdraw my money and my bank wouldnt accept their check. I asked to be issued a new check or to have the money put back on my account and they said no. Essentially they just kept my money.
Can only imagine how rich they've gotten by writing faulty checks and keeping the money. I emailed and called and was told theirs nothing they can do, aim just out the money Reply.
Sandy 22 Feb Reply: I have a suggestion, the same thing happened to me they refused to cash the check at any of my banks, so what i did was deposite it through the ATM and it posted to my account with no trouble at all. Money Bags 1 Feb Reply: This site is terrible. Played with practice money to see what the big deal was, knew right away it was a scam.
Complete ripoff and their customer service is terrible to boot! Dirtyrock 23 Jan I ask them to send me a copy of the locense from the company that regulates them. They disable my account.
Stay away from this ripoff of a site. They lie, cheat and steal and never process your withdrawal in the time they say they will. Billy 25 Jan Reply: I had the same thing happen to me. Stay away from this site. It is terrible and so is their customer service. I have hours of video proof and every log from my play to show how rigged their entire system is. Definitely a sham of a site. Tommy 18 Jan Bovada is horrible save your money.
Their poker is a scam. Blackjack is horrible and good luck trying to withdrawal your money. Totally bogus site save your money Reply. Blackjack Master 24 Jan Reply: All the results are pre determined based off previous betting patterns.
I ask for a copy of their license from the company that regulates them and they disabled my account. Good luck getting any money from them if you do accidentally win some money. They lie cheat and steal from their customers so play at your own risk.
Poker Legend 19 Jan Reply: Their site is horrible! Blackjack is a complete sham. They have no license from a regulated company to oversee their operation so they make the rules as they go. Playing nothing but blackjack. I have had ZERO winning sessions. Dealer averages about 6 blackjacks to my 1. This site is so rigged. They cheat and have no license from a actual regulator so they make rules as they go and answer to no one.
Stay away from this scam of a site! Stay away from this scam unless you like your money stolen. Dollar dollar bills 13 Dec Reply: This site is a complete sham. Blackjack is so obviously rigged. Anytime you double, you get a low card and dealer gets 20 or Anytime you split, the dealer ends up beating all 3 hands or tying your hands.
There random number generator has a built in pattern recognition software that pre determines each hand. I have hours of videos and thousand of hands of logs that prove how big of cheats this site is.
Their blackjack is a complete scam. They have a built in algorithm in their random number generator that they use and it basically steals your money. First Timer 15 Dec Reply: Dealer getting 21 and 21, multiple blackjacks to my one total.
I doubled down 3 times and ended up with 13 once, 15, once and 21, the one time I doubled and got 21, the dealer tied me with a 6,7, and a 8. Talk about a complete scam and ripoff! I recommend to stay away from this site.
Poker savant 26 Oct Lol!! Stay away from this scam of a site especially their blackjack tables. I had a run of 14 hands where I got dealt a hard 12, 13, 15, and 16 every hand where the dealer got dealt a 20 or How is that random, which they tell me every time I contact them about their rigged software. Surely out of the hundred of sessions, I could walk away net positive at least once.
Stay away from these cheating lying thieves. Their customer service sucks also. Whole site is a big fraud. I also know of a friend who plays. Casino goer for 25 years 25 Oct Stay away from this site unless you like people stealing your money.
The whole site is rigged and not like you would think the house gets it share at regular casinos. They create algorithms based off your betting pattern and then hit a switch and then you are screwed. They are a fraud and need to be shut down. They are a fraud and will steal from you and laugh all the way to the bank. Tell me how random that is?! Blackjack Dealer 25 Oct Bovada is such a scam. Their blackjack is a complete joke. They are cheating thieves and will not send you any information on who regulates them.
Stay away unless you like throwing away your money. Card whiz 23 Oct Stay away from this site. These thieves are such a scam! They are not regulated by any company so they can steal and make up their own rules as they go without any repercussions. Do not play this site. Their blackjack game is a complete sham unless you like playing 12 and 13s against face cards all day. Such a rigged site! They also lie about recent winners names and amounts they put up. So I decided to up my bet The other 4 hands they got 14, 15, or 16 and guess what While every time I got bust hands, guess what Such a rigged cheating system.
There is nothing random about it. Stay away from this site! Steve 25 Oct Reply: I also had a similar situation. Every time I had two tens or two aces, I ended up somehow losing to a It seems they reel you in by letting you win on straight hands sometimes even big , then throw down the cheat hammer and steal from you the next 10 hands. Unfortunately for them, they can't cheat on sports betting so I plan to stick with that, or better yet, find another option. This site is such a scam.
Their blackjack game is laughably rigged. I got video proof and my game logs that prove it. Stay away unless you like your money stolen. None of the games are random and like a few other commenters, I have called and ask for their license from the regulatory company and they threatened to ban me.
Emily 15 Oct Lost 8 straight hands of Bovada blackjack today. That happens I know, but lost 9 in a row in my session yesterday and 6 in a session yesterday and 11 in a session yesterday haha.
Stay away and stick to brick and mortar casinos. Cheating thieves at this site and they have no one regulating them either. I called and ask them for a copy of a license and they threatened to ban my account lol. Darius M 14 Oct Bovada is the biggest rip off shit poker software site out there, do not play on it. Their blackjack is rigged and poker tournaments are also.
Larry 13 Oct I got the prove I need to show bovada blackjack is dealt predetermined based off your previous betting pattern and the amount you bet. I ask them to send me my logs but they would not do it and total me the crap about their random generator and integrity of their company and players.
Their customer service is terrible also. Stay away from this cheating website. Sherry 10 Oct Bovada blackjack is such a rip-off. I got one blackjack which ended up being a tie and the rest were 12, 13, and 14s. They base the outcome of each game on how much you have bet previously. They figure out your betting pattern and adjust so you never win.
If you want your money stolen, play here. Stan 4 Oct Bovada blackjack continues to be the biggest ripoff in online gambling. I just lost 18 out of 20 hands. Their software is so rigged. The random number generator is such a scam. Dealer gets 4 blackjacks to my 1.
Half the time I get blackjack, the dealer has one also. Stay away from this site unless you like to have your money stolen over and over. Whitney 27 Sep Bovada is such a terrible site. If you do happen to get dealt a 19 or 20 you can guarantee they will end up beating you by 1 with sometimes up to 5 cards. This site might be worse than ignition. Stay away from this site and especially blackjack. They will steal from you all day. Dustin 25 Sep Bovada is such a ripoff.
Like so many others I was completely wiped out playing their rigged blackjack scam. They are such cheating thieves and all they can tell you is it's randomly generated. I'm not that smart or lucky. Stay so far away from this site. I'm trying to decide who steals more, bovada or ignition Tom 23 Sep Bovada is the biggest online blackjack scam ever. Hitting 4s and 5s with 16 showing and me having 20s, for 12 straight hands.
Biggest scam on the internet. I have also called to verify they have no licenses to have someone regulate them so they can steal without anyone busting their ass. Joey 20 Sep Bovada is such a piece of crap rigged scam. My 19 against their 16, they flop a 4. My 15 against their 16, they get a 5. This went on for 7 straight hands. So rigged and I called and verified and they have no licensed from a company to regulate them so they can steal money from you without no repercussions.