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Poker Player Profile: Mike Matusow

Personal Life

Michael Matusow was born on April 30th 1968 in, California, USA. He is a controversial personality in the poker circles, known to run his mouth without giving his words much thought, and also making misjudgments on the poker table. As a result, he has earned several nicknames such as “The Mouth”, “Mike Matusow Blow-Up” and “Mike Matusow Meltdown”. Matusow has had a series of hardships in his life, ranging from drug abuse, drug pedaling, gambling addictions and a number of weight related issues.

At one point, he was sentenced to six months in the Clark County Detention Center, after being arrested for attempting to sell illegal drugs. Matusow also attended a Gamblers Anonymous program to help curb his drug addiction. However, he has managed to overcome these challenges and has made a name for himself in playing professional poker. He currently lives in a luxurious house in Las Vegas, Nevada. Something that still outstands most of his critics.

Poker Beginnings

At the age of 18, Matusow began playing video poker at a casino. Soon, he became so hooked to the game that he would strain his arm and shoulder from playing too much. He was so addicted to the game that he would steal money from his mother’s purse to fund his habit. Early in the 90s, Matusow got into the poker scene as a dealer, and soon became a professional player. However, it took him 9 years before he made his first title win in 1999.

Poker Success

Matusow has won four World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets; the first of which he won in 1999, the second and third in 2002 and 2008, respectively, and the most recent in 2013. In the year 2005, Matusow became the first winner of two consecutive million-dollar-prizes in one year; the 2005 WSOP where he was position 9 out of 5,619 players and a game against Hoyt Corkins at the Great Tournament of Champions.

In July 2007, Matusow participated in the World Poker Tour (WPT), and emerged second after losing to Kevin Saul; earning him $671,320. The four-bracelet winner has earned over 7.4 million US dollars from his poker career, almost half of which were from the WSOP circuits.

Poker Fame

Matusow is famous for his trash-talking tendencies around the poker table, and his misjudgments during intense games. His fame increased in 2007 after he was a guest on Poker after Dark, a late night show where he emerged in 2nd and 3rd position on two episodes.

Later that year, Matusow made a $100,000 bet. An overweight Matusow wanted to prove to Ted Forrest that he could weigh 181 pounds by June 3rd 2008. This bet was captured live on ESPN during the 2007 WSOP. Surprisingly, Matusow lost the weight and won the bet, weighing 179 pounds by the set date.

Matusow has also gotten recognition through the media as he was a host on Card Player’s poker radio show called The Circuit, before he was replaced by two other presenters. Matusow also hosted an online video segment called The Mouthpiece. It was through these arenas that the public got to see and hear more of “The Mouth”. Matusow has also written an autobiography, which was released on May 12th 2009.

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