At the age of 21, Mario Mosböck made the significant choice to retire from football and shift his focus to poker. This decision proved to be highly successful, catapulting him into millionaire status in no time.
For a span of four years, the Austrian athlete contributed to the reserve team of St. Pölten. Their breakthrough into the first team from 2014 to 2017 saw him participating in 20 matches. However, his subsequent transfer to Wiener Neustadt marked the conclusion of his football career, as he struggled to make an impact, featuring in just two matches.
At the tender age of 21, Mosböck opted to cease his football pursuits, not due to injury or insurmountable challenges but rather out of a passion to delve into poker and its potential for growth.
According to The Sun’s calculations, Mario has amassed winnings exceeding 1 million pounds through online poker since concluding his football journey. In a recent tournament, he clinched an admirable sum of £220,000.
Concurrently with his football endeavors, Mosböck had been engaging in poker since the age of 12, raking in around £23,000 in winnings during the initial two years. Speaking in an interview with Poker Code, the 27-year-old shared insights into his decision to trade football for poker.
“I lost the enjoyment in the day-to-day training sessions. I sensed that football was no longer the path I wanted to pursue. I questioned whether committing to playing football for the next 15 years was truly my desire. While I had opportunities to extend my contract with the Austrian club or test my skills in a more competitive league, I doubted whether it would rekindle my passion for football,” confessed the poker enthusiast.
“In order to navigate this situation, I made the choice to step away from football, if only temporarily, to gauge my feelings. Since then, I haven’t experienced any regrets. I stand by my decision without a single moment of remorse, confident that I handled everything appropriately.”