Shane Warne's dream realised by son Jackson in emotional scenes

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Shane Warne and his son Jackson had long planned to enter the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas together, a dream the latter fulfilled this week. Pictures: Instagram
Shane Warne and his son Jackson had long planned to enter the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas together, a dream the latter fulfilled this week. Pictures: Instagram

Jackson Warne has fulfilled a dream he and his late father Shane had planned for quite some time, travelling to Las Vegas to compete in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker.

Famous for his love of poker, Shane Warne was a frequent competitor at the WSOP, often travelling overseas to take part in various tournaments.

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Shane and Jackson had long planned to travel to Las Vegas together for the event, however the younger Warne is competing solo after Shane's death from a heart attack in Thailand earlier this year.

Warne's daughter Brooke revealed the pair had been set to play together in an Instagram post supporting her brother.

In a tumultuous year for the family, the Warne children have frequently shown public support for one another in the wake of Shane's untimely death.

“This has been a dream of his since he first started to play the game,” Brooke wrote, accompanying a post of Shane carrying she and Jackson as children.

“Dad and Jacko were supposed to be there this year playing side by side.

“I couldn’t be prouder of Jackson to be playing today. You are going to do Dad and all of us so proud. I know Dad will be with you in spirit all the way.”

Luck and skill appeared to be in Jackson's corner after the first day of the tournament, in which competitors must stump up a $10,000 entry fee.

Shane Warne's daughter Brooke posted about how her brother Jackson is fulfilling a dream the pair had of competing at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Picture: Instagram
Shane Warne's daughter Brooke posted about how her brother Jackson is fulfilling a dream the pair had of competing at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Picture: Instagram

After the first day, Jackson was up to $82,900 in chips.

“On a 20 minute break. Feeling comfortable. Won every hand I’ve played. Sitting on $82,900 cmon,” Jackson posted in an update on Instagram.

The 23-year-old, who appeared on Channel 7 reality TV show SAS Australia last year, had earlier discussed how much the trip meant to him.

“This trip was meant to be the first time playing at the WSOP main event with my best friend and dad,” he wrote.

“Missing you so much and wish you were here playing with me. I’ll make you proud.”

Shane Warne's children sticking together after tragedy

Jackson, Brooke and Summer Warne have made a point to stick together in the wake of Shane's death, with Jackson travelling to London to catch up with his siblings at a recent Ed Sheeran concert prior to the Las Vegas trip.

Last week, Brooke and Summer posted tributes to their father, four months on from his sudden passing.

“Four months today. I miss you more than anything in the world dad," Summer wrote on Instagram.

“Your laugh, your voice, your smile and your cuddles. Not a day goes by where I still wish this was just a nightmare. I love you, dad. I hope you’re taking it easy up there.”

Warne died of a suspected heart attack while on holidays in Thailand, with his management confirming he was found unresponsive and unable to be revived.

Brooke, Jackson and Summer Warne unveiled the Shane Warne stand at the crickrter's memorial at the MCG earlier this year. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
Brooke, Jackson and Summer Warne unveiled the Shane Warne stand at the crickrter's memorial at the MCG earlier this year. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Warne's three children also took part in the official unveiling of the new Shane Warne Stand at the MCG.

The new stand replaces what was previously known as the Great Southern Stand and served as a closing moment for a beautiful memorial.

"He went from being a wide-eyed boy with dreams to be a citizen of the world and left no one behind. He was a champion in every way. And now, every time we look into the great southern stand we will think of Shane," MC of the event Eddie McGuire said.

Chants of "Warnie" could be heard from the crowd at his memorial in March as devastated fans from around the world bid their last goodbyes to the one-of-a-kind cricket legend.

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