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Old 9th July 2014, 10:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The National Council on Problem Gambling World Cup ad is the new Paul the Octopus

The National Council on Problem Gambling World Cup ad is the new Paul the Octopus



Someone could’ve helped NCPG pick a better team for this ad

By Jonathan Lim
June 17, 2014 Humour


Paul the Octopus, a real octopus, rocked World Cup 2010. He became an Internet sensation during that period after he picked the correct winners for 8 out of 8 matches during World Cup 2010, including the finals between Spain and the Netherlands.

Unfortunately, Paul did not survive long enough to play oracle for World Cup 2014.



Incidentally, today’s Google Doodle is Paul the Octopus too.



Google observed that searches for “Paul the Octopus” spiked on last Thursday, and at their highest were 25 times higher than earlier in the month. We suspect many gamblers missed Paul’s accurate predictions.

Don’t worry, Singapore’s very own National Council on Problem Gambling has taken over the reins with their latest ad:


Poor little Andy has his entire savings taken by his Dad to bet on Germany to win the World Cup.

But of course Andy would’ve been heartened if he stayed up late last night to catch Germany’s first game in the group stages against Portugal.

Germany thumped Portugal 4-0.

And Portugal is no slouch. The Portugese team is captained by FIFA World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo.

In fact, Germany is one of the hot favourites to win the World Cup this year. They have a squad that is mostly made up of players who hail from the wildly successful Bayern Munich coached under former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.

Andy, I think you needn’t be too sad about your savings. Yet.

http://mothership.sg/2014/06/the-nat...l-the-octopus/

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He's gonna be one rich kid!

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Everyone is making a mockery out of this advertisement.


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Jokes about World Cup anti-gambling ad

I'm sure you would have seen them by now. How the National Council for Problem Gambling ad seemed to have chosen the wrong team to use for their ads. I really don't fault them for it, but its quite hilarious the number of memes and jokes that have come out of it. I just hope this doesn't encourage more gambling.....



And some of the memes and jokes...


"Always trust your father..."

Even ministers joined in the fun with Teo Ser Luck saying...


And Tan Chuan-Jin

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Its on Jimmy Fallon!

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Its on Jimmy Fallon!
share the video lah.....

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hmmm a foreshadowing of Germany wining the world cup?

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Instead of stopping people to gamble, it has promoted gambling instead

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Hahaha! Now germany really has a high chance of winning!

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So now it's the finals, Germany vs Argentina, who will be the winner?

Germany, I hope. And I follow by this advertisement.

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He's gonna be one rich kid!
The odds would be quite low , hes dad prob gonna get at most 2x or 100% profit from the bet.

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Minister of State for Trade and Industry Teo Ser Luck




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I hope germany wins!

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Really a laughing stock hahha

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It may be a laughing stock but no one can deny that it is not a "successul" ad. the main purpose of the ad is to bring attention to the issue and this anti gambling act had certainly does its job extremely well. At least, most ppl would have take notice of the ad by now

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It may be a laughing stock but no one can deny that it is not a "successul" ad. the main purpose of the ad is to bring attention to the issue and this anti gambling act had certainly does its job extremely well. At least, most ppl would have take notice of the ad by now
yup, they would have noticed the ad. but wld it have discouraged problem gamblers? i have my doubts... it was a good effort by the NCPG regardless.

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Even the two ministers also joke about it.

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Ha Ha. And Germany really did won the 2014 World Cup.

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NCPG to continue with anti-gambling World Cup ad

NCPG to continue with anti-gambling World Cup ad



BY
ADELENE WONG
PUBLISHED: 4:04 AM, JULY 10, 2014


SINGAPORE — It has been a recurring feature of the World Cup, like the scintillating football, but an advertisement warning against problem gambling has sparked much hilarity online — and in the international media — after Germany handed the Brazilian hosts a 7-1 thrashing yesterday.

The ad, which features a group of children discussing their picks for the World Cup, ends on a poignant note when one boy, Andy, reveals the reason he wants Germany to win: “Because my dad bet all my savings on them.”

After yesterday’s shock semi-final result, there was no shortage of wisecracks praising the father’s choice bet or toting up his potential winnings should Germany go on to win the final.

However, the National Council of Problem Gambling (NCPG), which commissioned the ad, has no intention of changing or yanking it.

An NCPG spokesperson said: “We are not pulling ... the advertisement. I do not see why we should.”

Created by local advertising agency Goodfellas, the commercial started airing on July 5 and is scheduled to run till July 23. As part of a campaign, it is being screened on television and in cinemas along with print ads and posters at bus stops and coffee shops.

The spokesperson said the campaign was a timely reminder not to get carried away in the excitement and hype of the World Cup. “The focus of the (television commercial) highlights how those close to the gambler are adversely affected by problem gambling and not who eventually wins the World Cup,” she said.

She added that the choice of Germany “injected a sense of realism in our messaging, since no one will bet on a potentially losing team”.

“At the end of the day, win or lose, the dangers of problem gambling, and the potential anxiety and pain that loved ones go through, remain unchanged,” the spokesperson said.

The commercial prompted a flood of memes online. One by blogger Lee Kin Mun ran with the caption “Always trust your father. #GER 7 : #BRA 1”. Others featured taglines such as “Daddy why you no go buy any other score (AOS)” (sic) and “You should have taken Mummy’s savings too”.

Even local politicians could not help but notice the irony. “Bad timing,” Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin wrote on Facebook. “Looks like the boy’s father who bet all his savings on Germany will be laughing all the way to the bank!”

Also writing on Facebook, Minister of State (Trade and Industry) Teo Ser Luck said: “Brazil need to find out what went wrong and I need to find the scriptwriter for the gambling control advertisement.” Mr Teo later commented that he was injecting a dose of humour after a “depressing 7-1 outcome”. “But let’s not lose the message ok? NCPG has done its job,” he said.

However, some such as Mr Jose Raymond, chief executive officer of the Singapore Environment Council, said: “The NCPG should consider stopping the use of this ad, or edit its content somewhat ... (If not,) the message which NCPG is trying to get across would become totally (counter) to its original intent and may end up giving problem gamblers more reason to do what the ad was actually trying to stop them from doing.”

Source: http://www.todayonline.com/sports/fo...g-world-cup-ad

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