Kruse, 29, saw off 320 competitors to reach the final of the $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw at the World Series of Poker, and led for a long period. Eventually, though, he came fourth after being knocked out by Brendan Taylor, who went on to finish second overall. Kruse would have become the first German winner of a World Series event this year had he come out on top.
Kruse’s disappointment at his eventual exit was no doubt soothed by his prize money, which totalled a cool $28,740 after a buy-in of $1,500.
The 14-time Germany international has previous on the tables of Las Vegas, finishing third in a similar event three years ago and claiming $36,494.
Kruse, who scored 15 goals for Bremen this season, has long been a keen poker player and has admitted previously that he could envisage taking up the sport full-time when he retires from football.
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