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15 March 2011

Crown Casino Citizen Paparazzi Shifts Into Top Gear, by Greg Tingle - 14th March 2011

G'day punters, gambling and casino millionaires and billionaires, photogs and rev heads. Rev heads. WTF? An amateur photographer snapped his not so smartphone - iphone at Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson at a Crown Casino restaurant Saturday with alarming results, bringing minds back to Russell Crowe's and Naomi Campbell's bad phone days.
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Amateur Photographer Puts Jeremy Clarkson's Anger Into Top Gear At Crown Casino...

Folks, its been a while since we had a bit of odd news from Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, but wait no longer.

Readers will recall the 'Ferrari Thief Man', the 'Casino Battle Royal' and 'Grease Trap Man', but now we have 'Crown's Amateur Pap Man Angers Clarkson Into Top Gear'.

Melbourne racing car enthusiast Michael Garner claims the British TV star shirt-fronted him during a heated Crown Casino restaurant stand-off on Saturday night.

Clarkson's engine overheated when Garner used his smartphone to take some pictures of the star having a bite at a Melbourne restaurant located in James Packer's Crown Casino.

The otherwise popular, but ever controversial Clarkson was dining with colleagues including co-star James May and new Top Gear Australia host Shane 'Kenny' Jacobson at Crown's Guiseppe Arnaldo & Sons.

Super fan Garner, sitting nearby, advised he took one happy snap, which didn't work, and then snapped a second.

"We weren't intrusive. I didn't walk up to him. He was 8ft away, he wasn't close by," Garner told 3AW yesterday.

"He's got out of his seat, stormed over and shirt-fronted me."

A heated up Clarkson snatched the iphone and threw it to a colleague and Garner said he thought the TV star might king hit him.

"In some ways, yes, I thought it could be on," he said.

Jacobson stepped in to calm the situation, apologising to Garner and saying that Clarkson had had a bad day.

"(Clarkson) didn't apologise at all, which I thought was pretty unfair," Garner said.

A Top Gear spokeswoman said the crew had been having a private dinner and their privacy was invaded, but she said the situation had been amicably resolved.

It's understood that Clarkson, Jacobsen nor Garner gambled on the evening in question.

Readers may remember other motorsport and rev head matters tied into casinos such as the 'Crown Casino Ferrari Theif', PartyGaming's 'Drive The Dream' promotion and PKR Poker's Porsche promotion from a few years back. Roughly a year ago Richard Branson's Virgin Racing picked up Full Tilt Poker as a sponsor, but since that time Full Tilt has been hit with a bush tucker bag of bad publicity including poker bot scandals and affiliates across the globe saying they are owned large sums of money. Over a year ago PartyGaming's sponsored a number of F1 racing starts with their PartyPoker brand including Jaime Alguersuari and Giancarlo Fisichella.

A few weeks ago Packer's Crown Casino sponsored embattled NRL team, The Melbourne Storm, and you can bet that Crown nor The Storm are looking for any more trouble. Just last week AFL living legend Brendan "Punter" Fevola was ejected by Crown when he was found to be playing poker by himself!

Crown Casino will once again play host to the annual TV Week Logie Awards on Sunday 1st May 2011. The 'Underbelly' show, TV movies and some actors in in the running for a number of awards, but last year got a 'golden donut' - nothing, so don't get too excited. On logies night security will be at an all time high, but the world awaits to see if we get another Twitter-Gate, or more dramas with unwanted and unwelcome photo opportunities, along with the often unfunny jokes.

It's understood Australian paparazzi Jamie Fawcett has been spotted at Crown Casino a number of times in the past few months. It was Fawcett who stalked out Australian cricket legend and celebrity businessman, Shane Warne, when he was 'hanging and banging' with UK babe Liz 'Hurley' Burley, who he lured down under to Australia after a well publicized kiss (pash) a few months ago. Fawcett has gone on record many times that his style of photography is about 'The Money Shot', but one can be forgiven for confusing the styles of photography money shots between himself and the Sydney based Eva Rinaldi, who hasn't photographed poker or casino stars yet, but is in line for the Royal's Price William. She was also recently spotted at the Future Music Festival where the Mazda2 Flamingo stage had a casino theme even sporting a likeness from the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas.

Crown Limited management and staff take the safety and happiness of patrons and investors seriously, and that's no joke.

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*Greg Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911

*Media Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company. Gaming is just one of a dozen sectors covered

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