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German Soccer Player In Trouble Over Leaving $84,000 In Poker Money In The Back Of A Taxi

Wolfsburg Forward Max Kruse Reprimanded By Team


WikipediaA top German soccer player has been dropped from upcoming matches thanks to a tabloid report detailing his “questionable” behavior, which includes leaving a bag of money he used for playing poker in the back of a taxi, according to multiple media reports.

Max Kruse was fined roughly $25,000 last week for leaving €75,000 ($84,500) in cash in a Berlin taxi in October after playing poker at last year’s World Series of Poker Europe, ESPN reported.

Kruse is well-known as an avid poker player. He made a final table in the 2014 WSOP $1,500 no-limit deuce-to-seven draw lowball, finishing third for $36,000. He finished 26th in a PLO event last summer.

The 28-year-old alerted police about the missing money, but it was never recovered. The incident involving the poker money was first reported by German tabloid newspaper Bild last week.

Past off-the-field incidents have resulted in Kruse missing games, so it wasn’t just him apparently being careless with a lot of cash that forced his team to reprimand him.

If you think losing the cash is off-the-wall, there’s actually a stranger component to his recent troubles. According to the BBC, Kruse was also told by his team that he eats too much Nutella.