Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Crown Casino Shaft Man Probed And Charged, by Greg Tingle - 2nd August 2010

Australian land based casino and pubs, clubs and hotels keep up their reputation as not exactly totally safe places to hang out. Some one should have told the 'Tool Man' er 'Shaft Man' who recently played fun and games at Crown Casino. Some of the dangers of land based casinos in Australia were touched on in the Productivity Report into gaming, but 'Shaft Man' stooped to a new level getting stuck, hot under the collar and escaping with his life. Media Man and Gambling911 bring in the ambulance chasers, plastic handcuffs and media pack with this special report...

Australia's casinos are not exactly safe places to hang out, whether your a good guy or good girl, or a baddie.

Jupiters Hotel and Casino on the Gold Coast may be now considered one of the world's most dangerous according to numerous Media Man informers who don't wish to be named (funny that), but James Packer's Crown is no doubt the most colourful... you know, footballers run a muck, patrons Ferrari stolen, naked model runs wild at party, Sexpo patron party fun and games (count us in), and now the case of the 'Crown Shaft Man' who may have watched too many repeats of Pink Panther or The Godfather.

Only last week the Star City Casino gunman went to trail in what is viewed as attempted murder of the girlfriend, at the casino gym no less.

Crown Casino Shaft Man Greased Up, Probed And Charged - Shafted?...

A Melbourne man (or a mouse) who was rescued from a greased up ventilation shaft at James Packer owned Crown Casino last week has now charged with both trespass and criminal damage.

Should the man had of made more progress with his shaft and cavity activity its possible more series charges may have been laid, but he escaped without the 'lead treatment' and 'back room consultation' (see Casino film with Robert De Niro) but the situation is considered pretty anal none the less.

The 25-year-old from Sydenham 'shaft man' was questioned by police and charged this past Saturday, two days after paramedics and firefighters pulled him out, covered in grease and fat, from a duct above the curiously named Automatic Cafe. Out of the frying pan, into the fire, hey young buck.

Melbourne emergency services teams were called by restaurant staff about 10am on Friday after they heard noises and cries of HELP from above a pizza oven. Papaguisepi, Mama Mia. It was almost a case of International Rescue, without the Thunderbirds 2 and 4, but we got a FAB Virgil and Brains.

A paramedic dressed in special disposable overalls and a safety harness slid like a grass snake along the duct to assess the man's condition before firefighters aka 'Firies' extracted him, more than 11 hours after the mouse er man, climbed into the tiny confined space.

The 'shaft man' was taken to The Alfred hospital after the colourful incident.

He was bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on October 7, and news media is hoping he might wear colourful attire to this appointment, to help further slip slide along the story and ongoing saga of SHAFT MAN, no relation to DANGER-MAN. Marvel Entertainment icon, Stan Lee, would not comment on the 'Shaft Man'. We think the story has Excelsior! type merit.

Speculation (pub and casino talk) remains as to if the 'Shaft Man' seeks to become a brand ambassador for KY Jelly and / or an Australian jelly wrestling promotion! The Pink Panther nor The Naked Gun franchise are not interested in his services.

The Network Nine rumour mill says producers are interested to obtain footage of the 'shaft man' for their 'World's Dumbest Criminals' television feature.

What casino is the most dangerous? There are a number of criteria to judge by... bashings and assaults, deaths and injuries, theft, guns and / or knives and so it goes on. Tell us in the forum.

Punters, er readers, stay glued to Media Man reports via Gambling911 for more "can't miss" information on Australian and global casino wars, land based and online.

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Online casinos, perhaps recognizing the sometimes crime link with land based casinos, going back to 'The Mob' in Vegas and Chicago have a number of game titles with dangerous titles such as The Godfather, Hitman, Heist, Mafia Millions, Predator, High Noon and Resident Evil? Just good Hollywood fun or something perhaps more sinister? In the meantime Aussies continue to call for an Underbelly and Kerry Packer themed slot game, but have to settle for Pink Panther within weeks and Andre The Giant likely before year end. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers. PartyGaming, Virgin Casino and Captain Cooks remain some of the world's must trusted, ethical and popular online casinos, with Party leading the charge down under followed by Captain Cook.

So, whether you prefer land based casinos or online, please take precautions and don't get shafted. As always, know the odds, bet with your head, not over it, and have fun. Good luck.

*Greg Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911

*Media Man http://www.mediamanint.com is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company. They cover a dozen industry sectors including gaming.

*The writer owns shares in Crown Limited

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