set to spin some magic in Vegas - 1st July 2008
He's played on some dustbowl grounds
before, so we are prepared to assume Shane Warne
will have little trouble turning the ball from
leg to off in the Nevada desert. Er, what? That
statement only makes sense when you learn that
our dexterous texter and possible future prime
minister of India is about to bowl a few overs
in Las Vegas this week.
on earth would he do that? Thought you'd never
ask. Warne is in Las Vegas as captain of 888poker,
an Australian cards team competing in the World
Series of Poker, but the former scourge of batsmen
the world over can barely travel anywhere without
being asked to send down a few overs of unplayables.
Thus, before the serious poker begins, Warne will
turn out at Sunset Park, Las Vegas, to demonstrate
his ripper flipper to members of the Las Vegas
club was established in 2002. According to its
website, its members are mostly from the subcontinent,
and play in a league of three teams (you'd feel
pretty ordinary if you didn't make the finals).
rearing up at Temporary Diary from off a good
length is that fellow poker players and "Hollywood
celebrities" will also be mesmerised by a
few Warne deliveries.
could they be? Everyone knows Cameron Diaz —
possibly preoccupied wondering why she has a boy's
name — is hopeless with anything fizzing
out of the rough. And as for Tom Cruise, he once
faced Warne in the nets and was bowled around
his legs six balls in a row. What a hopeless joke.
problem is, Warne will, the next day, be expected
to guide punchy Jeff Fenech through the early
rounds of the poker series, "Love youse all"
having earned his seat at the fold-out card table
by winning at Crown last month.
if Warne starts bleating mid-hand about the atrocious
pitch he was expected to bowl on at Sunset Park,
we merely refer him to a photo of David Hookes
stepping out to bat on the red earth at Uluru
in 1997. He was finally out, caught at deep fine
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