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Shane Warne to Compete In Poker AshesPublished May 25, 2009
888.com is giving online poker players the chance to join Warne in battle against England.
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne will compete in poker's own version of The Ashes in England this summer.
The tournament, being hosted by poker Website 888, will pit Australia and England in a series of five test matches of no limit Texas Holdem.
It will be filmed for Sky Sports in England in June, shortly before the real Ashes series - five test matches between the Australian and English cricket teams - gets underway on July 8.
Warne, who has been working hard on his poker game since retiring from international cricket in January 2007 at the end of Australia's 5-0 series whitewash of England in the last Ashes series, will be joined in the Poker Ashes 2009 by former England fast bowler and Yorkshire captain Darren Gough, who will lead the English team.
You Too Can Join
Four of each team's six seats will be filled by professional cricketers, with 888.com offering four lucky players to take up the remaining seats via online satellite.
Qualifiers will receive entry into the Poker Ashes, travel and accommodation expenses, US$1,000 spending money and a bag of autographed cricket memorabilia.
The winning team will win a US$50,000 charitable donation to either the Shane Warne Foundation or the Professional Cricket Association.
"Aussies don't like to be beaten by the Poms - whatever the sport," Warne said. "And I can tell you that Darren Gough and his English Poker Ashes team will face a stern test from our boys.
"We are taking this very seriously. I'm getting the best players from the Aussie changing rooms and you Poms are set for an absolute flogging."