Austrian poker player wins half a million dollars

An Austrian student competing in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas just missed out on being part of the top ten final table, but consoled himself with 11th place, and earnings of US$565,193 (€415,800).

Austrian poker player wins half a million dollars
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In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Maximilian Senft, a student at the University of Economics in Vienna, busted out with a King and Queen of diamonds against a pair of threes after 105 hands.

He will walk away with over half a million dollars, less taxes.  The ultimate winner will earn US$10 million.

The World Series is dominated by US players, but also has participants in the top ten from Sweden, Norway, Mexico, Brazil, Netherlands and Spain.

Senft, who also plays in the Lower Austrian football club SV Stetten as a semi-professional midfielder, began playing poker at the age of 16 with friends.

"I'm certainly not a complete Poker nerd and not a professional," he wrote in his online blog.

In the Austrian poker scene, the student is not well known.

His biggest previous success was a seventh place finish at the World Poker Tour in Vienna in 2012.

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Body found in Oslo flat nine years after death

A man lay dead in his flat for nine years before being discovered in December, police in Oslo have said.

Body found in Oslo flat nine years after death
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The man, who was in his sixties, had been married more than once and also had children, national broadcaster NRK reports.

His name has been kept anonymous. According to neighbours he liked to keep to himself and when they didn’t see him, they thought he had moved or been taken to assisted living.

“Based on the details we have, it is obviously a person who has chosen to have little contact with others,” Grethe Lien Metild, chief of Oslo Police District, told NRK.

His body was discovered when a caretaker for the building he was living in requested police open the apartment so he could carry out his work.

“We have thought it about a lot, my colleagues and people who have worked with this for many years. This is a special case, and it makes us ask questions about how it could happen,” Metild said.

Police believe the man died in April 2011, based on a carton of milk and a letter that were found in his apartment. An autopsy has shown he died of natural causes.

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His pension was suspended in 2018 when the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) could not get in touch with him, but his bills were still paid out of his bank account and suspended pension fund.

Arne Krokan, a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said the man’s death would have unlikely gone unnoticed for so long if he had died 30 years ago.

“In a way, it is the price we have paid to get digital services,” he said to NRK.

Last year 27 people were found in Oslo, Asker or Bærum seven days or more after dying. The year before the number was 32 people. Of these, one was dead for almost seven months before being discovered.