Polarising bookmaker Tom Waterhouse has explained the thought process behind some of his recent bizarre social media activity.
The 38-year-old has been promoting his recent betting app with some truly strange photos, videos and Twitter retweets – confusing plenty of punters in the process.
His latest campaign kicked off on Christmas eve when the son of racing royalty Gai and Robbie Waterhouse shared an image of himself drinking an Up&Go on a farm alongside a few models.
On Christmas Day things got even weirder with an image of himself and a group of bikini-clad models holding goats.
Waterhouse’s campaign has continued over recent days with a series of strange videos that all seem to involving him having a laugh at his own expense.
The bookmaker has also bizarrely been retweeting negative opinions from his followers on social media.
These retweets include a follower calling him, “the old trust fund baby,” and “King Creep”.
He also shared a message that called his activity, “probably the strangest marketing I’ve ever seen in my time.”
Now, Waterhouse has responded to the furore surrounding his campaign, saying he’s simply trying to “do something different”.
“We’re just trying to mix things up a bit, it’s a pun on a joke … taking the p**s,” Waterhouse told SMH.
AMA make SCG Test plea
Meanwhile the NSW government continues to roll out a range of restrictions in response to rising coronavirus cases in Sydney, with masks to become mandatory for many indoor settings.
Outdoor seated events are now capped at 2000 people, although NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says COVID-safe plans for larger events will be reviewed.
NSW Health officials will do a “walk through” at the SCG before rubber stamping plans for the third Test, which currently permit a daily crowd of approximately 20,000.
NSW Opposition Leader Jodi McKay has called for there to be no crowd at the SCG Test.
Australian Medical Association president Omar Khorshid issued a public plea on Saturday regarding an event that could “supercharge the spread of COVID-19”.
“This is a potential transmission site,” Dr Khorshid said.
“As people queue at the ticket gates, at food and beverage stalls and use shared toilet facilities – on top of taking public transport from all parts of Sydney to gather in one central location.
“The decision to hold the Test match with spectators is at odds with the rest of NSW’s appropriate response to the latest outbreak.
“Let’s put health first and watch the third Test on TV.”
Ms Berejiklian defended the fact that masks will be recommended – but not mandated – at the ground but felt fans would understand if there are any last-minute changes to rules or crowd size.
“During a pandemic, things can move very quickly,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“People in our state understand decisions need be taken (quickly) and the consequences that might occur.”