Friday, January 18, 2008

Quoted in a Cricket Story

By Pauly
Melbourne, Australia

Shane Warne (photo by yours truly, courtesy of PokerNews)

I got quoted in an AFP article about Shane Warne's five minute penalty at the Aussie Millions in a piece titled Texting trouble sets back Shane Warne's poker career.

Shane "Warney" Warne is basically the Michael Jordan of cricket and one of the biggest Aussie celebrities. I think maybe a handful of readers (Garth, Irish Jim, and Conrad) know who Warney actually is.

Anyway, to give you some background info, a while back, Warne got busted sending a text to his girlfriend, but he accidentally sent it to his wife instead! It was a huge scandal down under. Anyway, on Day 1c of the main event, Warne got a five minute penalty for texting at the table. I didn't think it was a big deal since it happens at tournaments a lot. However, in Oz it was huge since Warne is one of their top celebs and he was busted before in a text messaging scandal. Anyway, all the mainstream media outlets went nuts. One international press outlet (AFP) called up the poker room for a quote and somehow one of the floor people handed me the phone. I chatted with the writer for a couple of minutes about poker penalties. Hence, that's why I was quoted about an Aussie cricket player.

As Conrad (a friend from the UK who is a huge cricket fan) wrote me, "Wow! I salute you. First American in the history of history to supply an authoritative quote on a cricket story. And it's a good quote. You absolutely nailed it."

You can read the article here.

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