Cricket Legend and Former 888Poker Ambassador Shane Warne Dies at 52

Cricket Legend and Former 888Poker Ambassador Shane Warne Dies at 52

Shane Warne, the Australian cricket legend and former 888Poker ambassador, has died at the age of 52 from a suspected heart attack.

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Former Australian cricketer and poker player Shane Warne has died at the age of 52. (Image: WPT)

The former spin bowler was identified unresponsive in his villa on the Thai island of Koh Samui earlier today. A statement from Warne’s management group requested privacy at this time but said that far more specifics would follow in due course.

“Shane was found unresponsive in his villa and in spite of the ideal efforts of medical employees, he could not be revived. The family members requests privacy at this time and will provide additional specifics in due course,” read the press statement.

Shane Warne leaves his mark

Warne was the record-breaking former captain of Australia’s cricket group. More than the span of decade, he took over 1,000 international wickets, generating him one of the greatest bowlers in history.

Soon after retiring from the sport in 2013, Warne satisfied his competitive urges at the poker table. Nevertheless, his passion for the game began lengthy before that. Impromptu games with his teammates eventually turned into a deal with 888Poker.

Warne initially agreed a two-year partnership in 2008, but went on to represent the organization till 2015. Even following his time with 888Poker came to an finish, Warne remained a firm fixture at the Aussie Millions and WSOP. He also used poker as a way of raising funds for his charity, the Shane Warne Foundation.

As expected, poker players about the planet have been posting messages of condolence on social media. Tony G, who spent a massive portion of his early life in Australia, expressed his shock and sadness.

Cricket star bowled over by poker

British poker pro Keith Hawkins reminisced about the time he sat next to Warne at the WSOP. The media consideration Warne received triggered an American to ask “who the f**k” is the guy every person was taking images of.

The very best way Hawkins could describe Warne was as cricket’s version of Michael Jordan. That comparison wasn’t also far wide of the stumps since Warne transcended cricket.

He had a high-profile partnership with actress Liz Hurley, he appeared on countless Television shows, and there’s a documentary about his life on Amazon Prime. He was also a poker player and a person people in the business will bear in mind fondly.

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Daniel Smyth

Dan Smyth is a poker media journeyman who politely reminds CardsChat readers that poker is played all around the world, not just America.

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