May 11, 2022

Cricketing legend, poker player Shane Warne, has died

Australian cricket legend and poker enthusiast Shane Warne has died of a heart attack aged 52, according to media reports.

“Shane was found unconscious in his villa and despite the best efforts of medical personnel, he could not be revived,” said a statement from his management. “The family requests confidentiality at this time and will provide further details in due course.”

Warne, member of the ICC Cricket Hall of Famer, was once a sponsored player with poker site 888 from 2008 to 2015. The operator released a statement on the news on Friday.

“We are heartbroken to learn of the untimely passing of Australian cricket legend and former 888 ambassador Shane Warne,” 888 posted on its social media account. “His energy, inspiring presence and passion for doing things right stays with us. Our deepest condolences to his children, family and other loved ones. TEAR Legend.”

Although he is one of the most famous cricketers in the world, Warne has found time for another of his passions: the game of poker. His six tournament scoring figures over the years put him among the top 400 players to ever come out of Australia.

Warne made a deep run in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas, finishing in 597th place for around $20,000.

Warne’s most recent tournament money came at a January 2022 event in Australia where he finished in seventh place for $3,200.

Warne’s best years on the poker tournament scene came in 2010 and 2018, years in which he banked an almost identical amount of around $43,000.

Poker player Antanas “Tony G” Guoga hailed Warne’s impact on poker in a Twitter post.

“Just a few days ago we had a conversation about possibly having a poker game soon,” Guoga said. “He will go down as a sporting legend of the century. He has also done a lot to raise the profile of poker around the world.