Austrian poker player wins half a million dollars

Austrian poker player wins half a million dollars
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An Austrian student competing in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas just missed out on being part of the top ten final table, but consoled himself with 11th place, and earnings of US$565,193 (€415,800).

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Maximilian Senft, a student at the University of Economics in Vienna, busted out with a King and Queen of diamonds against a pair of threes after 105 hands.

He will walk away with over half a million dollars, less taxes.  The ultimate winner will earn US$10 million.

The World Series is dominated by US players, but also has participants in the top ten from Sweden, Norway, Mexico, Brazil, Netherlands and Spain.

Senft, who also plays in the Lower Austrian football club SV Stetten as a semi-professional midfielder, began playing poker at the age of 16 with friends.

"I'm certainly not a complete Poker nerd and not a professional," he wrote in his online blog.

In the Austrian poker scene, the student is not well known.

His biggest previous success was a seventh place finish at the World Poker Tour in Vienna in 2012.

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