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Shane Warne's Poker Ashes Premieres September 30

Posted at 12:27 2009-09-09
England may have won cricket’s Ashes but Australia is looking to fight back in Shane Warne’s Poker Ashes.
 
Set to premiere on September 30th on the Nine Network, Shane Warne’s 2009 Poker Ashes will give Australian cricket fans renewed hope to get behind the Aussie boys in their quest to bring back the coveted Ashes to Australian soil.
 
Recorded in London during the cricket Ashes, the five-episode series will be broadcast nationally on the Nine Network throughout October in a major coup for Shane Warne and sponsor, 888Poker. The 2009 Poker Ashes is believed to be the first major poker show to be broadcast on free-to-air TV in Australia as other major poker shows such as Australian Poker Hero and The Poker Star are still currently in production.
 
The 2009 Poker Ashes is the brainchild of Shane Warne himself and will pit the best poker playing cricketers from Australia against their rivals from England, with $50,000 at stake for each team’s chosen charity. The Aussies will be competing for The Shane Warne Foundation while the Poms are representing The Professional Cricketers Association Benevolent Fund.
 
The Aussie team will be captained by Shane Warne and also includes some of Australia’s greatest cricketers in Dean Jones, Damien Martyn and Jeff Thomson. The England side is captained by Darren Gough and well supported by Dimi Mascheranas, Robert Key, Matthew Hoggard, Min Patel, Gladstone Small and Peter Such.
 
Earlier this year, regular poker players had the opportunity to win a spot on the Poker Ashes team by registering and playing in free tournaments on 888poker. The two lucky players from Australia; Adam Kloens and John Tanner, joined the England online qualifiers in London to play for their teams in the ultimate battle for the Ashes urn.
 
“I always said that if you had to bet your house on it, Australia would win the Ashes, but you wouldn’t be too surprised if England won. Now the Poms have done it and we have the chance to fight back in my Poker Ashes tournament” said Warne.
 
The Nine Network will broadcast a Poker Ashes test each week from 30th September on Wednesday night until 28th October.
 
 
PLAYER PROFILES
 
 AUSTRALIAN TEAM
 
Shane Warne
Born – 13th September 1969
Right Arm Leg Spinner
International Career – 1992-2007
145 Tests, 194 ODI’s
708 Test Wickets
Captain/Coach of the Rajasthan Royals
 
 
Damien Martyn
Born – 21 Oct 1971
Right Handed Batsman
International Career – 1992-2006
67 Tests, 208 ODI’s
Top score – 165
 
 
Dean Jones
Born 24th March 1961
Right Handed Batsman
International career – 1984-1994
52 Tests, 164 ODI’s
Highlight – 210 vs. India in Chennai 1986
 
 
 Jeff Thomson
Born 16 August 1950
Right Arm Fast Bowler
International Career – 1972-1985
51 Tests, 50 ODI’s
Arguably the fastest bowler to play the game.
With Dennis Lillee formed the one of the most fearsome fast bowling attacks in cricketing history.
Quote “I enjoy hitting a batsman more than getting him out, I like to see blood on the pitch”
 
 
ENGLAND TEAM
 
Darren Gough
Born - 18/09/1970
Right Arm Fast Bowler
International Career - 1994-2006
58 Tests, 159 ODI's
England's all-time highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals with 234
229 wickets in his 58 Test matches, England's ninth most successful test wicket-taker.
 
 
Matthew Hoggard
Born – 31 December 1976
Batsman and Right Arm Swing Bowler
International Career – 2000-2008
67 Tests, 26 ODI’s
Highlight – 8 Wickets in the 2nd Ashes test, December 2006
 
 
 Min Patel
Born July 7, 1970
Slow Left Arm Bowler
International Career – 2 Tests in 1996
Very keen poker player; plays semi-professionally.
 
 
Gladstone Small
Born – 18 October 1961
Right Arm Swing Bowler
International Career – 1996-1992
17 Tests, 53 ODI’s
Highlight – 5/48 in the 1986/87 Ashes
Keen Poker Player – has won over $20,000 in tournaments
 
 
Dimitri Mascarenhas
Born 30 October 1977
Right Handed Batsman and Medium-Fast Bowler
Former Captain of Western Australia at Under 17 and Under 19 levels
International Career – 2007-Present
18 ODI’s
Highlight – Hit 5 Sixes off the last 5 balls of England’s innings vs. India - An England Record - 2007
 
 
Rob Key
Born 12 May 1979
Right Handed Opening Batsman
International Career – 2002-2005
15 Tests, 5 ODI’s
 
 
Peter Such
Born June 12, 1964
Right Handed Off-Spinner
International Career – 1993-1999
11 Tests
Highlight – 2nd Longest Duck in test History – 52 Balls vs New Zealand 1999

 

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