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Tasteless Promotion Galls Gambling World

by Margaret Oliveira, News Staff Writer

September 12, 2007

Surely, the events of September 11, 2001 exist in an irony-free zone in the hearts and minds of not just Americans, but citizens the world over. Maybe that’s why the news that an online gambling site had made a tasteless reference to 9/11 is such galling news. The Virtual online casino group, based out of Costa Rica, and powered by Real Time Gaming, is somewhat infamous in the tightly-knit internet casinos worldwide community, due to its frequent player complaints and questionable business practices. When Virtual’s owner made a crass offer themed by the six-year anniversary of 9/11/01 yesterday, folks’ tolerance for the company’s hijinks went flying out the window.

“Danny Virtual,” the owner and operator of the Virtual online casino group, launched a promotion called the “911% Twin Towering Total Bonus.” Reports say that Virtual padded the blundering and insensitive internet gambling promo with some pseudo-heartfelt words about the profundity of his sympathy towards the families still grieving the loss of their loved ones. Outrageous behavior is nothing new for Danny Virtual, or for the Virtual company itself, which seems to thrive off the premise that online gambling players will not research their game options too thoroughly before parting with their hard-earned money. The gross inappropriateness of the tie-in with the biggest terrorist attack on American soil, however, cannot be disputed or matched.

The stunned online casinos community responded almost immediately with outrage and criticism. The anger was not just limited to American internet gambling players, either. Players all over the globe expressed disgust with Virtual. RTG CEO Mike McMain has said that he will look into the issue, but Danny Virtual is not apologizing for his heartless internet casino promotion. Virtual says that the gimmick was his own way of remembering the victims of 9/11. 



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