trouble sets back Shane Warne's poker career -
16th January 2008
(AFP) — Australian cricket legend Shane
Warne's love of text messaging dealt an early
blow to his new career as a professional poker
player when he was penalised during a game, a
tournament official said Thursday.
legendary leg spinner hit the headlines regularly
in the past over text messages to women in his
life, helping trigger the breakdown of his marriage.
his retirement from international cricket last
year, Warne has signed a deal with online gaming
site www.888.com to play poker professionally.
on Wednesday in his first tournament, the Aussie
Millions at Melbourne's Crown Casino, Warne was
forced to sit out for five minutes after he was
caught sending a text message at the table.
requires players to step away from the table when
they use their mobile phones.
are not supposed to be text messaging at the table,"
said Paul McGuire, a reporter for online poker
website www.pokernews.com, which is officially
has to sit out of the tournament for five minutes.
Essentially he misses all action. He missed his
blind and he missed the opportunity to get a really
good hand," McGuire told AFP.
is a forced bet in poker.
two-decade career in Test cricket ended with him
as the greatest Test wicket-taker of all time
with 708 wickets, although his record has since
been surpassed by Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.
has welcomed the chance to try something new.
is good to be excited about something again,"
Warne has said. "I am not sure I am going
to last 20 years in poker. It would be good if