Tournament hosts Joe Hachem and Shane Warne with winner Glen McGregor (second from right) and runner-up Alain Borataud (second from left)
The Shane Warne Foundation is about making dreams come true, so it was only appropriate that Glen McGregor emerged victorious in the fifth annual Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament at Crown Casino.
A 36-year-old forklift driver from Melbourne’s west, McGregor was the guest of a mate who bought him into the event. He’s now making plans to organise some annual leave later this year after winning the first prize of a WSOP High Roller Package.
McGregor defeated Alain Boratuad for the title after two pivotal hands. He acquired the majority of Borataud’s chips after his pocket queens prevailed against Kd-Jh on an eight-high board. It was then Jd-3h for McGregor and Borataud’s 10h-3s for the title. On a board of Kd-6s-Qs-Ah-9d, McGregor’s jack played and the victory was his.
McGregor’s first prize includes a 2012 WSOP Main Event entry, return business class airfares, 12 nights’ accommodation plus $500 cash. He also receives a Tissot PRS516 watch and a Shane Warne signed cricket ball.
Boratuad will be front and centre in the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event, with his prize also including tickets to the Aussie Millions Welcome and VIP Parties, a Scenic CBD Helicopter flight for three, a Shane Warne signed cricket bat and a $200 restaurant voucher.
The tournament again raised thousands of dollars to enrich the lives of seriously ill and underprivileged children and teenagers in Australia. As an Umbrella organisation, The Shane Warne Foundation achieves this by supporting a diverse cross section of charities that work ‘hands on’ and so effectively handle the day-to-day needs of these brave children.
Those who lent their support to the charity via this tournament included poker personalities Patik Antonius, Tony G, David Gorr, Marsha Waggoner, Tony Hachem, Annette Obrestad, Robert Williamson III, Maria Ho, Clonie Villani, Tatjana Pasalic, Daniel Cates and Tiffany Michelle.
Others in attendance included AFL players Angus Monfries, Cale Hooker, Luke Hodge, Jimmy Bartel, Brendon Goddard and Leigh Montagna, along with Major League baseballer Peter Moylan, Dermott Brereton, Jeff Fenech, Fifi Box, Merv Hughes, Glenn Robbins and Trevor Marmalade.
Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Tournament final table results
1 Glen McGregor
2 Alain Borataud
3 Joe Hachem
4 Kris McKenzie
5 Steven Baker
6 Craig Schloeffel
7 John Millar
8 Shane Warne
9 Aaron Hamill
10 Marvin Rettenmaier
11 Annette Obrestad