Hachem and Warne Poker Charity Event Brings Out Stars
The 2013 Aussie Millions poker festival is underway and one of the early events drawing buzz was the 2013 Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament.
Raising money for the Shane Warne Foundation, the January 20 event saw plenty of celebrities and poker pros try their luck at the tables at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
Warne and girlfriend Liz Hurley were of course there along with Joe and Tony Hachem, Annette Obrestad, Robert Williamson III, Glenn Robbins and Andy Lee.
Warne is better known for his cricket prowess but he’s been a regular feature at big poker events such as the World Series of Poker and the Aussie Millions in recent years.
A sponsorship deal with online gambling operator 888 features Warne heavily in various marketing campaigns.
Joe Hachem is a former chiropracter and WSOP Main Event winner who has remained active in poker circles, winning nearly $12 million in poker tournaments in his career.
Changing the Lives of Underprivileged Children
The Shane Warne Foundation was launched in 2004 with the following goals for its poker charity event per a recent press release:
“With the support the Foundation receives from Crown, the event just keeps on getting better each year. It’s proving to be one of the biggest charity days of the year, but it’s important to remember why we do it. The Shane Warne Foundation raises funds for seriously ill and underprivileged children. As an umbrella foundation, we fund many children’s charities, which need our funding to continue the work they do.”
About 100 players took part in the 2013 poker charity event with the winner of each starting table moving onto the finals. Neither Warne or Hachem would make the final eight players. Amateur Mike Turnley defeated 2012 APPT Melbourne runner-up Keith Walker for the win.
The 2013 Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament raised over $300,000 for the Shane Warne Foundation.
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