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Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Namechecking Phelps at Horseshoe Casino

Mentioning the name of a world famous athlete during a promotional event for a casino he was arrested after leaving isn’t the best public relations move.

Steve Dannenmann, a Severn resident and runner-up in the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas, was at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore Monday to play in a charity poker tournament and promote Maryland’s first World Series of Poker event scheduled to start later this week.

During his remarks, Dannenmann mentioned the athletes and celebrities he met following his 2005 experience that was broadcast on ESPN. He included one athlete who probably wants to forget his previous visit to the casino — Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps.

“I never would’ve imagined actors, athletes and other high status celebrities approaching me and shaking my hand to congratulate me on my run in the World Series of Poker in 2005. People such as Michael Phelps, Jason Alexander, Jerry Buss, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Barney Frank, and yes, even Bruce Jenner have shaken my hand before,” Dannenmann said.

Last year, Phelps was arrested, charged and later plead guilty to driving under the influence after being pulled over following what various media outlets referred to as an hours-long gambling and drinking binge.

Phelps, a Baltimore native, later announced he was suspending his attempt to return to competitive swimming to go to rehab.

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