Max Steinberg, 27, is the only bracelet winner in the November Nine. Originally from Fairfield, Iowa, Steinberg won his gold bracelet in the 2012 WSOP Event #33 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $440,238. Steinberg topped a field of 2,795 in that event including a final table lineup of Ryan Laplante (7th-$56,372), David Nicholson (6th-$75,314), Dylan Hortin (4th-$139,258) and Matt Stout (3rd-$192,813).
Steinberg, who has an identical twin brother who also plays poker, used to grind full time, and he was quite successful at it amassing $1,936,457 in live tournament earnings, including $352,916 for a runner-up finish to Pascal Lefrancois in a 2010 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event.
Other highlights on Steinberg's poker résumé include runner-up to Josh Hale in the 2012 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event for $293,490; second to Isaac Hagerling in the 2013 WSOP Event #27: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed Max for $231,501; and second to Jonathan Hilton in the 2013 Southern Comfort 100 WSOP National Championship for $219,799.
With such accomplishments it's a wonder why he would give up poker, but that's just what he did in favor of another game, daily fantasy sports (DFS), for the better part of a year. Ironically, DFS led Steinberg back to poker after he qualified for the Main Event by playing fantasy basketball on DraftKings.
Here's a look at how Steinberg navigated his way to the final table:
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5||Day 6||Day 7|
|Total Players Left||4,371||1,796||661||237||69||27||9|
Follow Steinberg on Twitter at @MaxJSteinberg. You can also learn more about Steinberg by watching this interview he did with PokerNews on Day 7 of the Main Event: