James Packer, Warnie, Celebs Play And Party At Crown, by Greg Tingle - 1st November 2010

G'day punters, casino and media millionaires and billionaires, poker high rollers, politicians and one and all. Packer, Warnie and Crown Casino remain on a roll. We cross live to the Crown celeb poker tourney live. Media Man and Gambling911 get you a seat at the table with this report on 'Our James' and friends...

Well, Derby Day might have been a wash out, but Crown Casino is on fire.

Today's is Australia's 150th Melbourne Cup, but Crown seems to be getting more than their fair share of headlines thanks to the Packer / s - Warnie and friends collaboration and celeb poker tourney.

The Crown Poker Room (home of the Aussie Millions Poker Championship), played host to the annual ''Joe Hachem and Shane Warne Charity Poker Tournament''. Promo talk has it as as the most prestigious fund-raising poker event on the social calendar, which is about on the money.

The happening nets in Australia's most successful players (Hachem, Emad Tahtouh), high-profile sports stars (Warne, Gary Ablett, Kevin Muscat, Aaron Hamill), influential business leaders (James Packer, Andrew Bassett, Michael Kroger, Andrew Fox, Jeffrey Browne), and celebs from down under's Aussiewood (Jason Dundas, Kris Smith, Michael Gudinski, James Matheson, Fifi Box). They are looking to raise more than half a million bucks for sick and needy kids in Australia via The Shane Warne Foundation.

Media Man understands that more than 350 punters paid $1000 each to take a seat at this event.

The Packer family and the super A-list spent Saturday night at their traditional karaoke party, which is nestled away in one of the finest, most exclusive parts of the casino.

As you might imagine the Victoria Racing Club is praying for much better weather today for The Cup after Saturday's raining cats and dogs which turned Flemington's Birdcage and many of its guests into quite the country barn yard, with jokes among patrons and staff of mud wrestling, Noah's Ark, Mission: Impossible, Water World being a bit of light relief.

We'll be getting back to our vast and loyal readership with more from Crown Casino and the tourney very soon, so stay tuned.

Well done Crown Casino, Packer, Warnie and all you 'Aussie Gumleaf Mafia' out there. It's a been a huge week in the world of casino and poker news, and we're pleased to finish on this high note.

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Readers... er, punters, how did you like the special report? Do you like celeb poker tourneys? Tell us in the forum. If you have a bet, please bet with your head, not over it, and for God's sake, have fun.

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*Greg Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911

*Media Man http://www.mediamanint.com is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company. They cover a dozen industry sectors including gaming and offer political commentary and analysis.

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