Max Neugebauer, Former Pro Basketball Player, Takes Home Title in Record-Breaking WSOPE Main Event

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The 2021 World Series of Poker Europe kept up the trend of drawing larger crowd for its main events, as 817 players entered the €10,350 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, which exceeded the €5,000,000 guarantee and resulted in a final prize pool of €7,761,500 ($8,300,148). The event culminated with 26-year-old former professional basketball player Max Neugebauer taking home the championship.

Neugebauer’s victory came in a thrilling final hand where he made an audacious call, hero-calling a significant bluff from Eric Tsai with just third pair. Neugebauer’s bold move secured him the title, his first WSOP gold bracelet, and a top prize of $1,590,000. This marked Neugebauer’s largest live tournament victory, surpassing his seventh-place finish in a $2,500 buy-in event at a Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series this summer.

The tournament had big names in the mix, with top players such as Daniel Dvoress, Manig Loeser, Tobias Peters, and Stoyan Madanzhiev making it to the money. The action-packed final day began with eight players remaining, eventually leading to Neugebauer and Tsai going head-to-head in the nail-biting final hand.

When Tsai min-raised from the button with Jd 9d, Neugebauer called with Js 8c, and the flop came down Qd 8d 7h. With Neugebauer holding second pair, Tsai bet with his gutshot straight flush draw. Neugebauer called, and when the As hit the turn, Tsai bet 6,300,000. Neugebauer called, and the 4s completed the board. After a two-minute tank, Neugebauer made the call, securing the coveted victory.

The tournament’s final table payouts were as follows:
1. Max Neugebauer – $1,590,000
2. Eric Tsai – $944,460
3. Michele Tocci – $677,340
4. Kasparas Klezys – $491,840
5. Michael Rocco – $361,460
6. Nils Pudel – $270,300
7. Ruslan Volkov – $204,580
8. Alf Martinsson – $156,880

The event brought together top poker talent and ended with an impressive victory for Max Neugebauer, showcasing the competitiveness and excitement of the World Series of Poker Europe main event.