Internet gambling icon Calvin Ayre will be making a rare appearance at an igaming industry event when he participates in a panel discussion at Malta iGaming Seminar (MIGS) next month.
Ayre is slated as a member on the A Century of iGaming panel, which covers the impact and growth of the igaming industry. (That title refers to the collective number of years the panel’s members have spent in the igaming industry. It is not a history less on a century’s worth of igaming history.)
Other members of the panel include:
- Paris Smith, Pinnacle Sports CEO
- Mark Blandford, founder of Sportingbet
- Pontus Lindwall, CEO of Betsson AB
- Former Novamatic Group CEO, Dr. Franz Wohlfahrt
This is one of Ayre’s first appearances at an industry event of any kind since his troubles with the US Department of Justice began a few years back. Though Ayre hasn’t been in hiding during this time, he’s definitely maintained a relatively low profile.
Regardless of what US Attorney Preet “Javair” Bahara thinks about the billionaire raconteur, he’s still very well regarded throughout the internet gambling industry. And that’s saying some because he hasn’t actually run a gaming company since 2008.
These days, Ayre spends most of his time at his home on the island of Antigua where he runs a charitable foundation and invests in tech companies.
If you’re thinking about heading to Malta to shake Ayre’s hand, you might want to hold off on buying your ticket just yet. As it stands today, Ayre is scheduled to appear at the panel via Skype.
For more information about MIGS, check out their registration website.