Max Neugebauer shined bright after the six-foot eight inches-tall former basketball pro shipped the highly anticipated World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe 2023 Main Event. Towering over his competition in the poker tournament, Neugebauer was the last man standing on the final table and ended up holding the gold bracelet in delight.
The 26-year-old got the better of a record-setting field with 817 players to walk away with the coveted title and €1,500,000 (~$16,25,925/ ₹13,53,09,804) top prize. It is also worth noting that the poker pro became the latest WSOP Europe Main Event champion spectacularly, citing a hero call against Eric Tsai on the final hand of the tournament to clinch the WSOPE title.
Speaking with PokerNews, the Austrian shared what the bracelet means to him with the WSOPE Main Event making the win more meaningful. Surrounded by an army of supporters who cheered every pot win throughout the final, Neugebauer added, “What means most to me, honestly, is my friends being here and cheering me on. It was really wonderful.”
While Neugebauer is now a WSOPE Main Event champion, his career aspirations previously differed. He was a professional basketball player who played in the Austrian first division for BC Vienna before turning to poker. Neugebauer also represented the Austrian Under-18 team. However, his athletic career came to a premature end due to huge knee problems. After stopping basketball, he started playing poker to funnel his competitive fire.
Since then, Neugebauer has been a regular of the poker table, crushing it with every step of the way. The WSOP Europe 2023 NLH Main Event win sees Neugebauer record his best-ever live tournament cash. His previous record sat at $27,000 which he registered last June in Las Vegas. He had also cashed twice earlier this year in the WSOP 2023.
Neugebauer had attempted to satellite his way into the Main Event but failed to win a seat and instead directly paid the €10,350 buy-in for the event. It seems the investment paid off very well! It remains interesting to see how the former basketball star furthers his journey in poker.
Smit is a sports writer at Gutshot Magazine. After completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Media, and a Master’s degree in Sports Management, this sports fanatic uses articles as a tool to express his opinions. Bring up cricket or football and you will find this usually quiet guy speak for hours! He also co-heads the official supporters club of Chelsea FC in Mumbai, wherein he hosts screenings, football meets and other such events.
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