The 2013 Aussie Millions has kicked off with the annual staging of the Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Celebrity Charity Poker tournament.
The tournament is now in its sixth year and brings together celebrities, professional poker players and amateurs to raise money for the Shane Warne Foundation – the charity founded by Australian cricketing legend Shane Warne.
2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Hachem said he and Warne had bonded over their love of their families and want to bring happiness to children that aren’t as fortunate as their own.
“The Shane Warne Foundation helps sick and underprivileged kids in Australia and aboard,” Hachem said.
“You know how passionate I am about my family so it is a perfect match with Shane and I – he loves his kids so much and we are so lucky to have healthy kids that live a privileged life.
“If we can do anything to help some other kids have a better life that is great. “
The star-studded celebrity line-up included Liz Hurley, Australian comedians Glenn Robbins and Andy Lee, actor Gary Sweet as well as legendary Australian boxer Jeff Fenech.
Fenech, who is a previous winner of the tournament, said that he loves playing in the event and paid tribute to the hard work done by Warne.
“It is always great to be involved with the Shane Warne Foundation – He does a lot of work, people don’t realize what a generous and hardworking guy that Shane is,” Fenech said.
The Poker world was well represented in the tournament with Annette Obrestad, Robert Williamson III and Tony Hachem all taking part as well as 2012 October Niners Jake Balsiger, Jesse Sylvia and Russell Thomas who all played at the same table once again.
Joining Sylvia at the table was his girlfriend who has Sylvia worried about how fast she is improving.
“I’ve been teaching her how to play and she is getting better than I am,” Sylvia said.
“It’s really scary every time we play together she crushes me.”
Hachem proved his dedication to the tournament and the Shane Warne Foundation by blinding off his chips in the latter stages of $1,100 opening event of the Aussie Millions in order to host the event with Warne.
The tournament was won by Mike Turnly who won a seat in the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event as well as the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Main Event.
The Aussie Millions continues this week and you can find all the latest coverage here at poker.com.