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Shane Warne moves to professional poker

Australia's Michael Clarke and Shane Warne
Australia's Michael Clarke and Shane Warne
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Shane Warne is a name that many sports fans will immediately associate with the sport of cricket, as the bleach-blonde spinner is one of the biggest legends of the game.

The Australian spinner managed to hold a number of different records during his professional career as he turned out for teams all across the world, whilst also being one of his country’s all-time greats, especially when it came down to spinning players out with wicked deliveries.

However, despite having likely earned a host of money from his playing days, ‘Warny’ - as he would have been known by his team-mates and other cricket players and fans when on the field - decided he would look to do something with the time he now had after retiring: turning to play poker professionally.

 

Why did Shane Warne turn to poker?

 

Indeed, there will have been some questions about where he developed the passion for playing poker professionally, although it could have been when he was playing in India and playing various Indian poker games whilst killing time between matches.

The spinner, though, has never hidden from the fact that the card-playing game is something that he found he could draw similarities with from his cricket days, as he mentioned that both are “long and grueling events that can be broken down into many smaller contests.”

 

How did Warne get started as a professional poker player?

 

Warne’s poker days all started back in 2008, though, as he joined 888poker on a two-year deal where he would go on to represent the brand at various poker events all around the world, including huge events such as the Aussie Millions, the World Series of Poker and the 888 UK Poker Open.

The deal was obviously working rather well for the two parties for a significant period of time, as it had only come to an end in 2015; some five years after it was initially supposed to.

 

More about the enjoyment of playing poker than money for Warne

 

There are some that would question whether the former Australian cricketer is actually any good at playing poker professionally, although for Warne, the game is not all about the money, but rather the experience that he receives from it and the amount of enjoyment he gets from playing the game.

Of course, everyone knows that poker can be a rather lucrative game and one that can turn individuals into incredibly wealthy people at the end of a game, but the spinner is already rather wealthy and will likely remain to do so with various media deals he gets as a pundit in the sport he made his name in.

Considering the events that the 51-year-old has played poker in, it is perhaps surprising that he has not been able to achieve some huge victories, but if he is playing just for fun and the enjoyment - with money being a bonus of some kind - then perhaps he should just continue to get on with it and enjoy himself as much as he can!

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