And to think, you could have bought Slots.com for $500 in 1997

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Calvin Ayre, the new owner of Slots.com and the founder of BodogBrand - founded the online gaming giant Bodog with just $10,000 in 1994.

Owen Frager was the first to report in the online Domaining community that BodogBrand, a venture captial and licensing organization successfully bid on the Slots.com domain name. Owen included some interesting backstory on the sale and new owner. The final price tag was $5.85 million, much higher than many in the Domain Industry expected.

It’s insane to think about it.  However, in 1997 you could’ve offered the first owners of Slots.com $500 for the name. The same owners who owned Poker.org at one time – Convoke Communications.

In fact, the original home page in the 1990s displayed a slew of names up for sale by Convoke, with a minimum bid of $500 each. The list of names included:

aaaa.com
bigapple.com
canpage.com
climb.com
deliver.com
energy.com
fileupload.com
freepage.com
gamble.org
lindros.com
logo.org
newadventure.com
nomo.com
psychics.net
publishit.com
roulette.com
slots.com
wellness.org
webpress.com
yourbusiness.com

No use living in the past, however, it is truly amaizing how much the value of the name has increased in little over a decade. To get the latest on the sale of Slots.com to Bodog and future plans, a number of Casino sites are reporting news of the sale – and you can bet Calvin Ayre will be putting out more news via his network of sites.

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