Saturday, September 05, 2009

Richard Branson Plays Online Casino At? ... Virgin Casino From Virgin Games, by Greg Tingle

Ok, we admit, it's a headline and eyeball grabber, but hey, we're just following the lead by arguably the world's greatest publicity stunt guru, and celebrated business tycoon, Mr.. um, Sir Richard.

Sir Richard Branson has been publicly spotted at casinos a few times over the years. Most recently at The Palms in Vegas, where a stunt didn't go quite as planned, scraping the casino with his pants and hands, and fortunately escaping with his life, thus cheating death, something he's accustomed to with his planes, trains, automobiles and hot air balloons... oh, and now space ships.

Earlier this year Mr Branson was spotted with Australian media tycoon, James Packer, at the Melbourne Grand Prix, but Branson didn't try his luck at Crown, although Mr Tom Cruise (from Top Gun and Mission: Impossible fame) and family did a few months later. Branson also scored (or should that be campaigned) a cameo in Casino Royale a few years ago, if you want to include that "buy in", or gift in kind.

By the way, readers, unfortunately Australian players can't play online casino at Virgin Casino, due to technical reasons we will leave for the legal eagles, however punters can plan in person at Mr Packer's Crown Casino, TAB's Star City Casino, or online via our friends at or Captain Cooks Casino, and if poker is your poised and your based down under in Australia, try, Noble Poker or Titan Poker, and you might even quality to play at the Poker Cup at Crown Casino next month!

Aussie tongues are also wagging about the Aussie Millions coming up at Crown this January, and PartyGaming is setting the agenda on a global scale with their recent purchase of the World Poker Tour, for a cool 13 million or thereabouts.

Our friends in the national and international news media community provided more than adequate media coverage of the World Poker Tour deal, and they have been more than fair to Branson and his Virgin Group of Companies over the years also.

So, if online casino is your poison and your ISP or firewall will let you into, go for it, and if not, try the Global Gaming Directory, World Casino Directory, World Gaming Director or Multi Currency Casino, you might bypass Virgin, and end up at Mr Branson should forgive you if you have no other choice, and he might like to write to Australia's ACMA in the meantime to see if it's the Aussie great firewall playing games, or something else.

In any event, work hard and party hard, be it a Virgin, Party Casino animal, or World Poker Tour high flyer. Australia's Team Goanna and Gumleaf Mafia would be proud of the business and casino entrepreneurs efforts, and Mr Packer, CAP, Gambling911, GPWA, Poker News Daily and EGR, keep the bastards honest.

Branson, Packer, Ryan, Ayre, Garber, Weizer, Trump, Adelson, Wynn, Murdoch, Costigan... your're throw of the dice. Cheers me maties.

*Greg Tingle is the founder and director of the Media Man Australia group of companies.

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