Mario Mosböck is a name popular amongst the sporting circles with the Austrian footballer known for playing as a forward for SC Wiener Neustadt. Born on 7th May 1996, Mosböck’s story takes an exciting turn as the former footballer retired from the sport at the age of 21.
While this was not much of a shocker, he went on to become a famous poker player and ended up making over £1 Million by playing the card game. Surprised!? Let’s take a deep dive into Mario Mosböck and his journey from the football pitch to the poker tables.
Speaking of his footballing career, the Austrian played for SKN St. Polten’s reserve and first team for four years between 2014 and 2017. He ended up making 20 appearances for Polten before making a switch and moving to Wiener Neustadter Sportclub, where he featured only twice.
After not getting many opportunities, Mosböck decided to call it curtains at the age of just 21 and retire from football to become a professional poker player. It is believed that Mosböck has been playing poker since he was 12 years old and is very good at it. According to some rumours, he had already made £23,000 from the card game locally before turning 15.
Since then, Mosböck has gone full-time into poker after hanging up his football boots and earned millions from playing poker online. Playing with the username “livinmydream1”, Mosböck shot to fame in the poker circuit with an epic win in the SCOOP-M-92: $1,050 NLHE Main Event on PokerStars while pocketing $838,909 alongside his SCOOP title.
In an interview with Pokercode, Mosböck revealed his decision to pursue poker and ditch football. The poker star shared how he stopped enjoying daily training and ended up asking himself the question, “What do you want to devote the next 15 years to?”
Realising how he could not bring his love for football back, Mosböck commented how he decided to give up football altogether to see how much he missed it, and things haven’t been the same since.
After making the switch, Mosböck has been faring well at the poker tables on domestic as well as international stages. The Polten-based poker pro has recorded 30 cashes at the biggest poker stage possible in the World Series Of Poker (WSOP), earning nearly $101,100 as of November 2023.
According to CardPlayer, Mosböck had few of his best outings at the 2023 Triton Super High Roller Series Monte Carlo where he recorded his best cash of winning $2,690,000 for a second-place finish in the $210,000 No-Limit Hold ’em Invitational before registering a first place finish at the $42,400 No-Limit Hold’em Mystery Bounty Seven Max event to win $718,000 just a few days later.
From Sergio Augero to Gerard Pique, we have seen quite a few footballers feature on the poker tables in the recent past. It remains interesting to see what this former footballer does in poker alongside other active/ retired football stars.
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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