Shane Warne was a former Australian cricketer and one of the greatest bowlers of all time. During his career he made 145 Test appearances for Australia, taking 708 wickets.
Away from cricket, he was a keen poker player and former 888poker Team Pro. He was also a regular at poker festivals across Australia including the Aussie Millions, WPT Australia and WSOP APAC.
He died in 2022 from a suspected heart attack, aged 52.
Poker was a large part of Warne’s life; his website even has a section dedicated to the game. There, he compares poker to professional cricket and describes his love of tournament poker and the World Series of Poker in particular.
888poker signed Warne to their roster of professional poker players and ambassadors in January 2008. He remained with 888poker until January 2015, shortly after former November Niner Sam Holden and J.C. Tran left for pastures new.
We are heartbroken to hear of the untimely passing of Aussie cricket legend, and ex 888 ambassador, Shane Warne. Hi… https://t.co/W5zp75L1Oq— 888poker (@888poker)
According to The Hendon Mob Database, Warne accumulated $161,325 in live tournament cashes from 18 results. His third-place finish in an A$10,200 High Stakes Event at the 2010 Victorian Poker Championship earned Warne A$40,000 ($35,899) which remained his largest-ever haul.
Other poker-related highlights of Warne’s career include a 22nd place in the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event won by Scott Davies, a fourth-place finish an A$2,500 No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2018 Aussie Millions worth A$41,225 ($33,320), and a cash worth $17,282 in the 2015 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas.
Most recently, Warne reached the final table of the A$1,000 Players Champs at the APT Brisbane festival. He finished seventh for A$4,500 ($3,243).
Warne’s son, Jackson, is also a keen poker player, one with $12,670 in live tournament winnings. Jackson Warne’s latest cash also came at the APT Brisbane festival.