by Hillary LaClair, Senior Editor
Bodoglife.com, the subject of recent controversy, has remained in the headlines this week after reports that the online gambling empire “continues to crumble.” It has been said that the internet wagering website has cut hundreds of jobs in Canada, and that payment processing will be an issue in the future.
According to an article by David Baines in the Vancouver Sun, Bodog is headed down a slippery slope. The article was based on a number of recent events such as the recent seizure of millions of dollars from one Bodog payment processor, the cutbacks, Calvin Ayre’s recent retirement, more crackdowns on UIGEA violations, and an array of reports on the internet that players have had a hard time receiving payment.
Despite what the media says, Bodog CEO Alwyn Morris has urged the public to take it cum grano salis. “The layoffs in question have actually taken place with a firm that provides Bodog some software and marketing support, but we are confident their service levels to us have not been, and will not be affected,” said Morris. "Bodog has not and is not planning to close its doors to any market. In fact, Bodog is researching new potential markets and will continue to accept new players from all existing markets.”
The software company being referred to is Fiver Media, formerly Riptown Media. Baines tried to contact Fiver Media boss Jim Phillips, but was turned away with no given reason. “Phillips prefers to work in the background, Wizard of Oz style. But make no mistake: He has played an instrumental role in the development of Bodog’s online gambling activities,” Baines reported. “I would not be surprised if the U.S. Justice Department doesn’t have him, as well as Ayre, in its crosshairs.”