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Golden Palace pathetic Olympic stunt

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by caruso, Aug 19, 2004.

    Aug 19, 2004
  1. caruso

    caruso Banned User - repetitive violations of 1.6 - troll

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    Posted elsewhere by Jetset, hasn't found it's way here for some reason so I'll belatedly rectify the omission:

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    Olympics Games organisers ordered beefed-up security at all venues on Tuesday after an embarrassing breach involving a Canadian man who leapt into the pool during a synchronised diving event.

    The order to step up security was launched after the 31-year-old, dressed in a tutu and clown shoes, mounted one of the boards and plunged into the water during the competition on Monday evening.

    He stayed in the pool for several minutes before officials at the Aquatic Centre realised he was not supposed to be there and pulled him out.

    Marton Simitsek, CEO of the Athens organising committee, told a press conference that the man "wanted to present a message to his wife by getting on television."

    "He took off his shirt and he had a message on his chest," Simitsek said.

    In fact the message carefully printed on the man's bare chest was the name of an online gambling website, which has launched similar stunts at a host of major sporting events.

    Men and women representing the company have run on the field of play, sometimes half-dressed and sometimes nude, bearing the slogan at the 2002 European Cup football final in Glasgow, this year's Superbowl and the 2003 US Open Golf among other events.

    The man was taken away by security staff and handed over to the police.

    He will remain in custody to face trial in Athens on Wednesday for violating public order rules, a court official said.

    Simitsek said that because of the prank, police would now be placed around all competition areas in every venue to prevent another 'invasion'.

    But to play down the police presence the officers will be dressed in the bright multi-coloured shirts worn by volunteers.

    "We want to keep the appearance of security low-key. Security people are there but we don't want venues to be packed with people in uniforms," said Simitsek.

    As for the arrested husband, "this gentleman will go through the normal legal channels like everybody else, Greek or foreign," said Simitsek.

    When told that the man had in fact been advertising, Games organisers said they had merely repeated what the man had told Greek police.

    Athens is spending 1.2-billion on guarding the Games, making it the biggest security bill in Olympic history.


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    Pathetic, but expected.
     
  2. Aug 19, 2004
  3. sw2003

    sw2003 Dormant account

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    The 1.3 billion euro was put in to guard against bombs, weapons, terrorists etc. or basically destruction on a large scale. It cannot prevent anyone from getting kicked in the butt, punched in the face, nor publicity stunt like that.
     
  4. Aug 19, 2004
  5. snuf419

    snuf419 Dormant account

    1.3 billion?! how could it be possible to spend that much money on ...security!? the games don't even cost that much
     
  6. Aug 19, 2004
  7. largeeyes

    largeeyes Dormant account

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    By the way, he apparently was convicted and sentenced to 5 months in Greek Prison(there are so many jokes there.........). He appealed.
     
  8. Aug 19, 2004
  9. snuf419

    snuf419 Dormant account

    LMAO.......5 months in prison? Yikes.
    Hope them fellow prisoners won't give him the ancient Greek massage.
     
  10. Aug 19, 2004
  11. jpm

    jpm Dormant account

    Seems like he will get justice in the end... :eek:


    Sorry, had to be said!
     
  12. Aug 20, 2004
  13. caruso

    caruso Banned User - repetitive violations of 1.6 - troll

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    "Surprise Streak, Surprise Gold For The Greeks

    ATHENS, GREECE, AUGUST 17, 2004 - There was an unexpected twist to yesterday's Olympic Men's Synchronized 3M Springboard Finals when a streaker climbed the diving platform dressed in a tutu, clown shoes, and a tattoo of Internet casino GoldenPalace.com. He threw his arms into the air repeatedly to try to rile up the crowd then belly-flopped into the pool where he attempted to amuse the crowd by trying to imitate a synchronized swimming routine.

    After the incident, blunders by the American, Russian, and Chinese teams led to Nikolaos Siranidis and Thomas Bimis of Greece winning the gold medal. The three countries were ahead of the Greeks in the event before their miscues in the last round.

    The streaker turned out to be Ron Bensimhon, the same man that appeared at the World Figure Skating Championships in Germany this past March. According to Bensimhon's lawyer, the tutu-clad streaker loved the rush he received from the skating event, and decided the Olympics would be the ultimate stage for him, providing even more notoriety, fame, and adrenaline-fueled excitement.

    A devoted fan of the casino, Bensimhon had "GoldenPalace.com" tattooed on his torso to prove that he could accomplish this feat, perhaps in the hopes that he can be useful to the site for future events.

    Regardless of Bensimhon's motives, his performance may well have allowed Greek fans everywhere to celebrate the first win of a coveted gold medal."

    I doubt he did it for less than 25K.
     
  14. Aug 20, 2004
  15. jpm

    jpm Dormant account

    He's a bigger idiot than I thought.
     
  16. Aug 20, 2004
  17. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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    LMAO - brilliant, JPM!

    This clown really deserves heavy punishment imo for disrupting what is probably the most prestigious sporting event in the world for which athletes train for years to achieve excellence. Many of the reports speak of the competitors being rattled by this disruption, and that's really a shame on this selfish fool...and for the people who encouraged/sponsored him.

    And he is totally unrepentant and self-centred - look at what he had to sday about this (Casinomeister News will have this up on the news pages later this morning):


    Greek justice is swift it appears, for 72 hours later his sentencing was announced as five months in jail or Euro 3 000 in fines. And according to CTV news, he walked away a free man after filing an appeal and paying a fine of Euro 2 000, which is just over Cdn $3,200. And under the Greek legal system, it could take two years for a court to rule on his appeal.

    Bensimhon seemed concerned more with his personal agenda than with the distraction his antics had caused to the world's top athletes.

    "I wanted everybody to know who I am," the Montreal native told CTV Newsnet.

    "My name is Ron Bensimhon and I will be coming out with a record soon and Golden Palace is sponsoring my new record and I wanted everybody to see me. And what better event than the Olympics? Everybody will see me and I hope they will buy the record when it comes out."

    "I thought it was something funny. I just jumped in a pool and that's it. I don't see what the big deal is."

    I truly believe that GP has gone way too far this time.
     
  18. Aug 20, 2004
  19. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    I'm really tempted to place Golden Palace in the "Not Recommended" section at the moment. I feel that this old, old joke has just gone too far. Yeah sure it was funny when the streaker first flashed his but at some soccer match, and the second time was a little bit funny (but predictable), but I personally feel that this ad campaign (ad naseum) has gone too far.

    Like it has been already mentioned, these atheletes train their entire lives for this moment - and it's stolen from them by this self-serving marketing campaign. And it also makes a mockery of the Olympic security when everyone is on edge right now. This clown would probably think it would be funny yelling fire in a crowded theater.

    If GP had any common sense, they would have condemned this action. But it looks like they're standing back bemused - no such thing as bad publicity as they say.
     
  20. Aug 20, 2004
  21. amandajm

    amandajm Experienced Member

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    Golden Palace should not have been removed from the not recommended list in the first place.
     
  22. Aug 20, 2004
  23. chucho

    chucho Bonus Pimp

    I'm really tempted to place Golden Palace in the "Not Recommended" section at the moment. I wish I wrote that and every other word after it Meister. As much as I would love to see Warren and Oliver at the bottom of every bad list, at least he/they dont stoop to that level. Unless GP had nothing to do with this last stunt, they should be at the bottom of every bad list even if they do every thing else right in the context of Internet gambling. But like you said in so many words, it probably works to their advantage in the long run, kinda like cancerettes work to Phillip Morris advantage in the long run even if they hurt a bunch of innocent standbys in the long run.
     
  24. Aug 20, 2004
  25. jetset

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    I don't think there is too much doubt that GP were involved in this - the Fool in the Pool had their identity all over his body as usual, and he subsequently admitted that they were sponsoring his soon-to-be-released record.

    I hope that record launch takes as big a dive as he did.

    So far I don't see any applause or admiration for this nonsense, but perhaps you're right about the Barnaby quote that no publicity is bad publicity.
     
  26. Aug 20, 2004
  27. sw2003

    sw2003 Dormant account

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    If he thinks that tasteless/self-serving publicity stunt like this is going to make people buy his record, he is gravely mistaken. If it was that simple, everyone would be a superstar by now.
     
  28. Aug 20, 2004
  29. caruso

    caruso Banned User - repetitive violations of 1.6 - troll

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    Did you read the bit I quoted from the site? Noone is bemused - they're lapping it up.
     
  30. Aug 20, 2004
  31. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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