Shane Warne’s poker face after cricket
Better known for his talent on a cricket pitch than anything else, Shane Warne is also a keen poker hand.
Since Warne retired in 2013, he’s been doing all kinds of work for the Shane Warne Foundation, which helps seriously ill and underprivileged children.
The charity launched 11 years ago, and he’s pumped in £400,000 to it. What a lad but you know he’s not going to do anything without playing a bit of his beloved poker.
The old cricketer come poker hand didn’t miss the opportunity to host a charity poker tournament where the Aussie hoped to raise £1.5 million for his foundation.
This one was all for charity but he also competes in poker’s Holy Grail…
In July this year Warne was seen at the World Series Of Poker Main Event in Vegas where he cashed in a whopping $225,000 of chips.
The former cricketer told fans on Twitter after the event, that he’d had a ‘Big win!’
‘Two hours to go in day 3, feeling a bit tired as I was up at 3am to watch the #Ashes, have 225k in chips, big finish #WSOP @Dafabet !!!,’ he Tweeted after the event.
Warne added: ‘PS 6,425 players started a week ago, now there is only 910 players left ! Feel
Being a famous cricketer gave Warne plenty of commercial value for sponsorship deals, so whether winning big at the table or not, he was still raking in some handsome cash from various sponsorship deals.
Seven years ago Warne signed a sponsorship agreement with 888poker, to represent them till 2010 at various poker events poker events: the Aussie Millions, the World Series of Poker and the 888 UK Poker Open.
Despite being signed for just two years, the contract went on for a further five. Not bad work if you can get it, they say.
Warne is also an ambassador for the popular gaming site Dafabet, that offers betting options for hardcore players.
Aussie Warne is no shy starter to big events, however, in July it was his go at the enormous $80 million event in Vegas.
Being quite an active social media bod, Warne likes to keep his fans up-to-date with what’s happening while setting up his poker face.
Warne said of this summer’s tournament, that it was ’one of the toughest days of tournament poker I have ever played.’
‘All in all, I felt like I played the best Poker of my career to far and am buzzing as I write this…’, he added.
Well, at least the lads lad Warne has obscene language fines – a couple of years ago he was fined $4500 and banned for a match.
Although now he’s off the pitch, he can swear all he wants. What’s $4500 though anyway, to a man like Warne.