Because we just witnessed another stellar WSOP November Nine, we thought we’d commemorate the event by posting short bios of each players.
Max Steinberg, from Fairfield, Iowa is the most recognizable face of the 2015 November Nine. Not to be confused with his identical twin Daniel, they both dropped out of American University in 2008 to pursue poker professionally. Now living in Las Vegas, Nevada Max has the support of many big names in the poker scene despite the game taking a backseat to his daily fantasy sports interests.
Max started playing online poker in 2005 but didn’t find instant success. The $50 his Dad deposited into his account he shared with his brother was as low as $2 at one point, but they never went broke.
The moment he made the decision? When Max went to San Jose, Costa Rica for the first Latin American Poker Tour event and Max finished second, collecting $144,773.
Still only 19, Max plied his trade online, becoming a well-known face in the $5,000 NLHE 6-max games. In 2010, when Max finally got the chance to spend a summer in Las Vegas playing the WSOP, he found early success finishing second in a $1500 tournament for $352,916. In 2012, Max defeated 2,794 players to win his first bracelet in Event 33: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em, taking home $440,238. His total earnings before the 2015 Main Event were close to $2,000,000.
Despite hitting the pinnacle of his career in 2012, Max started to play less and less poker as the emergence of daily fantasy sports took hold. Both poker and daily fantasy sports are in a similar mold, and he now finds more fulfillment from fantasy sports and his website DailyFantasyWinners.com
In a flashback to Chris Moneymaker, who parlayed an $86 satellite into a Main Event victory, Max qualified for the 2015 main event from a $27 qualifier on DraftKings.com. Day 6 of the main event was a successful day for Max as he featured among the chip leaders throughout the day but wasn’t guaranteed his spot in the final nine with his tournament on the line with an AA against the 88 of poker’s favorite son, Daniel Negreanu.
Poker players are often bashed by the older players for appearances on TV in clothing more suited for an evening in front of the TV. Max prefers to wear a suit exuding class and confidence. On day 7 of the main event, he wore a custom-made suit from STITCHED, a boutique lifestyle menswear shop in The Cosmopolitan. In a PokerNews interview, he was quoted as saying “You know I do like to dress up, and the reason I do is because I feel like it’s empowering”.
Despite the opportunity to improve his skills in the months leading up to the final table, Max has not gone out of his way to travel the tournament circuit with the World Series of Poker. He was busy enough with his brother and godmother both getting married. Sitting in 5th place, Max won’t be surprised to see some of the short stacks coming out firing with significant pay jumps not coming until five players are left.
What he will do is stick to his routine. Fairfield is a haven for transcendental meditation with Max starting when he was just five years old. Regardless of the result after the final table, you will be able to find Max spending time with his dog, friends and playing golf in new places.
2015 WSOP November Nine result:
Max Steinberg finished 4th to earn $2,615,361.