Professional footballer Max Kruse Scores First WSOP Bracelet 10 Nov

Professional footballer Max Cruse proves he can score not only on green fields of football stadiums, but also at green poker felts as he wins €1,650 NL Hold’em Six-Max event at World Series of Poker Europe for his first ever WSOP bracelet and €134,152 prize!

"I’m overwhelmed. It’s the greatest feeling to have finally won a WSOP bracelet. I’ve wanted to win for 10 years and, of course, it makes me proud," said the newly-crowned champion.

German who is playing for VfL Wolfsburg in Bundesliga is no stranger to poker tables as he has been playing poker for quite a while now and has attended several WSOP in Vegas. His first cash dates back in 2014 when he ended up 3rd at $1,500 NL 27 Draw Lowball event for $36,494. Since then, he finished in the money 19 times, including yesterday’s event. In addition to that, lots of his results are from mixed events like PL Omaha, Razz, HORSE, Mixed Triple Draw, and more, which is very impressive for someone who takes poker only as a hobby.

Well at least so far. Kruse, who also has 14 caps for German National team, is currently injured so he has more time for poker, which will come in handy as with his first ever WSOP gold comes also a seat to 2022 WSOP Europe Main Event which starts on November 11 and runs through November 16.

"I can only play as a hobby right now because of my (soccer) career but we’ll see after my career if I continue playing more poker." But right now, his goal is to go deep in Main Event for his 20th WSOP cash and we’ll definitely follow his future poker ventures.  

WSOPE Event #7: €1,650  No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Final Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Max Kruse Germany €134,152
2 Dorian Melchers France €87,059
3 Farid Jattin Colombia €63,874
4 Leonid Yanovski Isreal €38,010
5 Orhan Sen Germany €27,482
6 Nacho Barbero Argentina €20,236