Thank you for the Memories


thank-you-for-the-memoriesAs part of our 10-year celebration several people from the gambling industry have taken the time out of their busy lives to share some memories of Calvin Ayre and

I’d like to thank each of them and compile the links here.

Chris Costigan owns and operates gambling tabloid site His site served as one of the inspirations for He shares a story about Calvin, Toronto, Canadian border control and clothes, lots of clothes. (link to Chris’s Article)

Michael Caselli is behind some of the best conferences on the iGaming calendar and along with Jodie Thind, responsible for the Fire & Ice party each year during London’s iGaming conference week. Michael tells the story of going down a dark alley with Calvin Ayre.

Alun Bowden is a senior consultant Eilers & Krejcik Gaming but there was a time when he was the editor for eGaming Review, and he shares his memory of spending some time with Calvin Ayre during EGR’s power 25 event in 2003.

Eman Pulis is the man behind SiGMA, the gambling conference that started as a small event in Malta 7 years ago that is now going global. Eman shares a story of an accidental friendship.

Jonas Odman was the former head of Bodog Poker and a key architect behind the idea of anonymous online poker. He’s contributed many articles to in the past but this time he’s sharing some fond memories of the Calvin Ayre parties. We had to fact check it because if you really were in attendance, there is a chance you didn’t have too many memories to share.

Paris Smith, the CEO of Pinnacle, Kate Chambers the Managing Director for Clarion, Sue Schneider and Rasmus Sojmark of SBC all shared some kind words of support

Steven Stradbrooke, who has been here since the beginning and by any measure has contributed more words to the pages of, shared his memories in a way only he can

Of course, the list would not be complete without Becky Liggero taking time to chat with our founder and namesake Calvin Ayre via video from his home in Antigua. (Link to Becky’s interview with Calvin)

I personally want to thank you all for contributing as part of our 10-year celebration.

We appreciate the thoughts, ideas, and opinions of everyone in the gambling industry all year long. If you have a story to tell, please send your op-ed pitch to us and we’ll find you a place to share your voice.