Warne faces probe for promoting online casino

Published: Sunday, August 6, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Controversy seems to have become Shane Warne's middle name and the flamboyant Australian spinner is now under the local gaming authorities scanner for an online casino promoted by him, which allegedly ''milks vulnerable people'', particularly children.

The veteran leggie faces an investigation under the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation after it came to light that Warne's site PokerCricket.com -- meant only for adults -- was being checked by children as well.

A Courier Mail report quoted anti-gambling lobbyists as saying that the Test star ''was using his status to milk vulnerable people for cash.'' The PokerCricket website was launched in June and visitors can log in to gamble and play other casino games by clicking on the ''play poker now'' button.

The conditions on the site make it clear that it is meant for adults but has a disclaimer which states that it ''does not assume any responsibility or liability for any misrepresentations regarding a user's age.'' ''Shane Warne should rethink his involvement. It is questionable for someone to use their celebrity status to make money in this way,'' Victoria's Inter-church Gambling Taskforce chairman said.

''He shouldn't be looking at milking vulnerable people as a way of making money,'' he added.

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