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When I Was A Donk With Max Steinberg

by Erik Fast |  Published: Oct 01, 2014

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In this series, Card Player asks top pros to rewind back to their humble beginnings and provide insights regarding the mistakes, leaks, and deficiencies that they had to overcome in order to improve their games. With a World Series of Poker gold bracelet and more than $1.9 million in live tournament earnings, Max Steinberg has been one of the rising stars of the live tournament circuit in recent years. Steinberg, alongside his twin brother Danny, took up the game late in his teens. He grinded low stakes and gained in experience before making a huge score for an amateur, finishing second in a Latin American Poker Tour main event in Costa Rica for nearly $150,000. Although that runner-up finish paved the way for his future career in the game, Steinberg himself admits that it wasn’t the best-played final table of his career. “I wouldn’t say that I played badly…but I ...


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