Shannon Noll: New Face of APL
Alright, who is Shannon Noll? If you live in Australia, you would definitely not be asking this question. Of Australian Idol fame, this young guy has just been named the “face” of the Australian Poker League. Though we might not all be from this part of the earth, it is interesting to read about how popular poker has become. More than that, it is quite of interest to read about the reactions of different groups to this game that we all love. Here are snippets of the write up on Shannon Noll and his new “title.”
SHANNON Noll has drawn a rebuke from a problem gambling expert who says the singer’s decision to become the “face” of the Australian Poker League (APL) could have “detrimental effects” on his adolescent fans.
“People who are pathologically addicted to gambling are exposed to it during adolescence,” Dr Matthew Rockloff from the Central Queensland University told NEWS.com.au.
Noll told NEWS.com.au the “wild west” reputation of poker being about hard drinking and big losses still exists, but said he wanted to show people that the game was similar to bingo.
“That’s what we’re trying to do – it’s just a game, like bingo, but it’s more complicated,” Noll said. We’re trying to make the point clear: (Gambling money) is not what (APL) is. It’s a great opportunity for people to go have a great night out.” oll said he was still a beginner to the game, but hoped to develop his skills in the future. I’d say my biggest tell is my big, cheesy grin when I’ve got a good hand.”
For some, his big cheesy grin is what they hope to see.