Born in 1997, Max Neugebauer is a professional poker player from Austria. He is best known for winning the 2023 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.
He prevailed over a record-setting field of 817 players to earn the title, his first bracelet and €1,500,000 ($1,631,588) top prize. He did it in spectacular fashion, with an epic hero call against Eric Tsai that ensured his name would forever be etched in WSOP lore.
Neugebauer is a poker world champion, but his first career aspirations were in a different game. He was a professional basketball player before turning to poker, playing for BC Vienna in the Austrian first division. He also represented the Austrian Under-18 team. When his athletic career came to a premature end, poker seemed like a perfect avenue to funnel his competitive fire.
“I had huge knee problems. When I stopped playing basketball, I started playing poker as well. Just the competition part and the part about improving and working on your game were really important to me, and I felt like there was some void that needed to be filled. Poker was that for me,” he told PokerNews.Neugebauer’s previous best tournament cash was for $27,000 in a tournament in Las Vegas in June 2023. He also cashed twice at the summer's 2023 WSOP. His total live earnings stood at just $84,000 before his Main Event win, and the first prize he earned dwarfed anything on his poker resume.