Shane Warne and Joe Hachem received a bad beat this week, after their limo was stolen just hours before a charity poker event they were due to attend.
The two Aussie celebrities were enjoying a meal at Fisherman’s Pier restaurant on Geelong’s waterfront outside of Melbourne when their driver interrupted the festivities to inform the group that his stretch Chrysler had been stolen.
Along with AFL soccer star and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here winner Brendan Fevola and his wife Alex, the group sat in disbelief as the driver explained that he’d only left the limo for a few seconds to tell the restaurant he’d arrived.
The group was on its way to the All in for Charity poker tournament which was taking place at The Sphinx in North Geelong.
Being Australia’s best-known poker champ, 2005 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Hachem was set to host the tournament alongside Warne, but the pair almost had to cancel after their ride disappeared.
Soon after reporting the theft, the owner posted a message on his Facebook page for anyone in the area to “keep an eye out” for the vehicle. Fortunately, the limo was found later that night with a busted front bumper, but at least one member of the celebrity group was clearly on tilt after the event.
Despite the $2,500 entry fee tournament being a huge success and raising a healthy sum of money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Warne felt betrayed by one member of the group.
Although he wasn’t insinuating that reality show star Brynne Edelsten was responsible for the limo’s disappearance, he was convinced that she’d informed the paparazzi that he was enjoying a nightcap at her place after the event.
Clearly frustrated, Warne posted an Instagram status later that night suggesting that it wasn’t a “coincidence” that photographers were waiting outside Edelsten’s when the two arrived at 1 am.
“I left instantly and thought how sad is that!” wrote the former cricketer and current poker enthusiast.
As for Hachem, he appears to have put the incident behind him and was last seen inside the Crown Casino’s Poker Room. Despite writing that it was a “rough day at the office,” Hachem’s Facebook post contained an image showing that he had well over AUD$50,000 (USD$36,600) on the table.
Of course, we don’t know how much he lost, but with lifetime tournament winnings of some $12.2 million in American dollars, we’re guessing he could afford cab fare home.