Max Sternberg is a professional poker player and daily fantasy sports expert.
Max Sternberg was born in Fairfield, Iowa and discovered poker at the age of 17. Max, along with his brother Daniel, played online poker using money that their father deposited for them. Where most teenagers are busy getting better at video games, the two brothers had discovered the world of online poker, although they did not have the bankroll management abilities many have. The two began posting hands on forums, meditating, and learning together.
The two brothers were still playing when they graduated high school and moved to Washington, DC to attend American University. After meeting several high stakes players like Ben Sulsky and Cyrus Watson, the brothers felt confident enough to play on separate accounts and kick their playing into high gear.
The same year they parted virtual ways, Max entered the first LAPT in Costa Rica and came in second in the $2700 NLHY event for $144,773. To a 19 year old who just started playing on their own account, this was surely a sign of great things to come.
It didn’t take long for him to leave college and pursue poker as a career. After only two years of playing, he dedicated all of his time to improving, treating it as a job rather than a hustle. Since he was too young to play in most live tournaments, he focused his attention online, where he moved up through the heads up and 6max arenas, working up to playing $5,000 games.
The first year that Max was old enough to play in the World Series of Poker, he entered twenty events, finding success in the $1,500 event for $352k, although he failed to cash in the rest. That single cash, however, showed him that live success was just as possible for this young pro, going on to win his first WSOp bracelet in 2012. 2013 brought three final tables at the series, but 2015 would be the year that he rocketed to notoriety in the poker world.
For most of 2014 and 2015, he played the newly popular daily fantasy sports games online, again with his brother Danny. After treating DFS as a full time job the same way he did poker, he eventually won a $27 satellite into the WSOP Main Event on DraftKings. On Day 7 of the largest tournament in the world, and the tenth anniversary of his poker career, he made the final nine and officially became a November Niner, an accomplishment few poker players ever achieve.
During the break between the body of the tournament and the final table, Max says he focused mainly on fantasy sports, rather than playing poker. Despite this, he was very prepared for the day when it arrived and continued to show the talent that earned him so much online.
During the second day of the final table, however, Joe McKeehen claimed another victim when he called an all-in, tabling AQ against the AJ of Steinberg. Although he was disappointed in his fourth place finish, it is clear that Steinberg has a future as a poker pro, even if he has taken a vacation to the world of fantasy sports.