Calvin Ayre Challenges Online Gambling Industry

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Feb 3, 2021

I’ll match your Hurricane Irma disaster donations for Barbuda up to a million dollars, says online gambling entrepreneur

Antigua-based online gambling entrepreneur Calvin Ayre has launched a charity proposition to help the shattered island of Barbuda, home to 2,000 people reeling from Hurricane Irma’s recent passage, which has reportedly destroyed 90 percent of the Caribbean island’s buildings and infrastructure.

Ayre has promised that his charitable foundation will match up to a million dollars all donations by the global online gambling industry to Barbuda’s relief effort, in which Ayre is personally involved with his own private donations and organisational assistance.

Antigua and Barbuda was at the centre of online gambling licensing and regulation before US federal anti-online gambling legislation ruined the industry on the island.

Companies wishing make a contribution to the relief effort can do so through Antigua and Barbuda government accounts at the following banks:

Antigua Commercial Bank: Barbuda Relief & Rebuilding Fund account #100004771

Caribbean Union Bank: Barbuda Relief & Rebuilding Fund account #10001372.

Donations can also be made to the Red Cross relief effort by downloading the TickeTingEvents #helpBarbuda app from either the iOS App Store or Google Play, or via the TickeTingEvents website.

Donors can answer the Ayre challenge by emailing a copy of their receipt to, and the Calvin Ayre Foundation will add an equivalent amount.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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