“World Series of Poker”: Footballer Max Kruse wins the tournament and clears away a fat sum


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Max Kruse wins the “World Series of Poker” tournament for the first time and wins big

Max Kruse celebrates after scoring

Max Kruse in the VfL Wolfsburg jersey surrounded by his teammates after scoring a goal (archive photo)

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Even if things aren’t going well for Max Kruse on the soccer field at the moment, luck is on his side at the poker table.

Soccer professional Max Kruse has been suspended at Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg, but the 34-year-old has really made a difference at poker. At a tournament of the “World Series of Poker Europe” in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, the striker won prize money in the low six-figure range on Wednesday.

“A rollercoaster of emotions,” Kruse wrote in his Instagram story and showed himself jubilantly in front of the poker table. The organizer of the poker tournament lists a total of 124,152 euros as winnings for “Max Bennet Kruse”. The man from Wolfsburg also announced that he would like to compete again in the next tournament in the near future.

The offensive player is currently unable to train after a muscle fiber tear with the Lower Saxony. However, coach Niko Kovac no longer relies on him anyway. In winter, Kruse should leave the club if there is a suitable offer.

Max Kruse was last in the VfL squad more than two months ago

Kruse was last on the pitch for VfL on September 3rd. Since then, the offensive player has played no role with the wolves. It didn’t really work out between Kovac and Kruse at the beginning of the coach’s tenure. Further problems ultimately led to a suspension, which was pronounced until further notice.

In autumn 2015, during Kruse’s first engagement in Wolfsburg, his love of poker became public. At that time he had forgotten a lot of money in a taxi. He lost around 75,000 euros after a long night in Berlin. Back then, too, he had previously been successful in a poker tournament.

He then explained the circumstances: “It wasn’t a plastic bag, it was a backpack. It’s also gone, so you can add a thousand more […] I left it in the trunk. I tricked him and when I got out at 6:30 in the morning I didn’t think about it anymore.”

Max Kruse celebrates his girlfriend's yes word with his teammates.

Kruse had filed a complaint about theft that same night. However, the culprit was never found. Whether he was a little more careful with his recent poker success in the Czech Republic is not known to date.

Sources: InstagramGoal, DPA, poker organizer

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