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Max Silver loses $25,000 fat loss prop bet against John Juanda

Max Silver lost the bet but gained motivation

High stakes poker pro Max Silver has lost his $25,000 prop bet with John Juanda. Silver was supposed to do 20 chin-ups and he had more than a year to prepare but didn’t manage to do it in time.

Max Silver loses $25,000 fat loss prop bet against John Juanda

John Juanda and Max Silver agreed on the bet during the World Series of Poker 2019.

One year ago, Max Silver was at a fairly low level of fitness. He was ~230 pounds and had a body fat percentage of 30%. However, it was not the only bet he accepted back then.

Later that year, he also accepted another bet that involved him to get to 20% body fat by the end of the year.

A lower body fat percentage would have obviously been beneficial for his bet against John Juanda as well, so it probably seemed like a decent deal back then.

Silver had another $10,000 on the line in this bet and therefore must have had additional pressure and motivation. However, he was still struggling and could not accomplish a single chin-up in 2019.

Nevertheless, he kept working and manage to perform his first chin up in January 2020. It was still a very long way to go and there were roughly six months left for his bet against Juanda.

Several Twitter users shared their opinions on this remarkable bet and the camps were divided.

While some users recommended him to keep working and losing weight to achieve the goal, others were heavily doubting that he would be able to do 20 chin-ups.

Joe Stapleton even offered him to call and yell at Silver every day if he would provide him with a share of the potential winnings.

Lacking commitment?

While Silver kept posting updates regarding his current progress it still felt like he was lacking some motivation.

During the first six months of the bet, he was able to do three reps but just a couple weeks later the global pandemic happened.

The shutdown basically stopped regular life. Max had therefore plenty of time to work on his level of fitness.

Within the next couple of weeks, he made impressive progress and managed to achieve a total of 17 reps.

However, it was too little, too late. The bet ended in early June 2020 and Silver could only do 18 chin-ups.

Regardless of him falling short of his goal, he congratulated John Juanda and announced that he would be giving the $25,000 to charity.

Juanda was heavily impressed but Silver’s effort and mentioned that he initially thought that he was a huge underdog when the bet started.

Silver certainly gained plenty of motivation and will hopefully keep improving his level of fitness and health.

Even though he lost the bet he is definitely not too unhappy with the outcome and spending a large amount to charity is a great gesture as well.

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