Fri, Jul 15, 2:17pm by Staff Writer
Just before the 11 o’clock hour on the morning of July 11th, cricket legend Shane Warne had the tables turned, going from athletic elite to simply another amateur hoping to overcome the competition.
After entering the World Series of Poker Main Event – a No-Limit Hold’em poker tournament boasting a USD$10,000 price tag which crowns the game’s World Champion – Warne was like any other recreational player, excitedly posting evidence of his entry to the Instagram social media platform.
Since the famed ‘poker boom’ of 2003, during which the game exploded worldwide due to the improbable victory of amateur accountant Chris Moneymaker in the WSOP Main Event, hopefuls like Warne have made the annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas, Nevada. Joining the rank and file of the professional poker community, these aspiring amateurs put up the five-figure entry fee in hopes of replicating Moneymaker’s feat: winning the World Championship of poker and pocketing millions of dollars in prize money.
During each of the last nine WSOP Main Events, Warne – a record breaking leg spinner regarded as one of the best bowlers of all time, has joined the masses, plunking down $USD10,000 for a shot at poker immortality.
Playing in Day 1C, the third and final starting flight, Warne joined a combined field of 6,737 individual players taking part in the game’s greatest spectacle. He began the day with a starting stack of 50,000 chips, and after 13 hours of intense action, Warne managed to survive the initial minefield to bring 44,000 chips into Day 2C.
Although he failed to improve his standing, the Main Event’s forgiving structure of blind bets and antes allowed Warne to head into his second day of play with a great chance to build a bigger stack.
Even more importantly, he made it through a full day of play with none other than poker’s most recognizable talent taking a seat on the same table. Daniel Negreanu, better known as “Kid Poker,” even took to Twitter to let his followers know that Warne was a table mate.
Unfortunately for Warne, despite running his stack up as high as 105,000 chips early on Day 2C, he suffered what are known as the ‘swings’ of tournament poker. According to a now infamous Twitter rant, Warne was the unfortunate recipient of consecutive ‘bad beats’, and each time he happened to hold Hold’em’s best hand: pocket aces.
Due to the back-to-back bad beats with pocket aces in the hole, Warne was unable to replicate his 2015 WSOP Main Event run, which produced a 597th place finish for USD$17,282 in prize money.
All told, Warne has posted 10 live tournament cashes during his post-retirement poker ‘career’, with his best result being a third-place run in the 2010 Victorian Poker Championship AUD$10,200 High-Stakes event.
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