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Mike “The Mouth” Matusow

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Of all the poker players who have been just as stellar at creating a name for themselves with their undefeated strategies and styles as they’ve been with their play, Mike Matusow would have to rank at the top of the world's best poker players.

Mike Matusow is better known for being one of the games most vocal players. He is as well a very emotional player, and never holds back and flares up at the table. Matusow got his nickname “The Mouth” by being too run off at the mouth a lot at the table.

Though some think him one of the true entertainers in the pokergame. Others mull over him as one of the most peeving players at the poker table. Either way, both poker aficionados and television producers are exulted when Mike makes a televised final table, because they know that Matusow is both great entertainer and a great poker player.

His first experience with video poker left him addicted, although the instinctive casino advantage in such house games usually got the better of him back when he was just about 10 years old when he is interested in gambling that led him until he was old enough to visit several casinos and played.

At the end of the day, his friend taught him how to play table poker in the early '90s. He became at the top of the tree in a short period of time and would grind out his living at the low-limit tables. Becoming a knacker with the work-like environment of long hours at the low-limits, he became a dealer at a local casino in order to save up a substantial bankroll to take part at the higher limits.

After his shifts as a dealer, Matusow began to play games like Texas Hold’em and Omaha Hi-Lo. Eventually, he put on the back burner of being a dealer and decided to try his hand at making it as a professional poker player on his own.

While becoming a professional poker player at the $30-60 level, Mike's winnings were most often used up over the weekend due to sports betting. While his tournament and cash game winnings usually keep him well-off these days, Matusow often has several open debts due to his side-game gambling.

Mike Matusow's table manners is aggressive as his playing style constantly ranting at his opponents while unable to control his own emotional reactions to any bad break. Regardless of his debts, Mike won 2 World Series of Poker bracelets in his poker career and plays online at Full Tilt Poker.

Moreover, Mike Matusow has a strong record in poker tournaments, including WSOP wins in 1999 No-Limit Hold'em event and 2002 in Omaha High/Low event. He also finished 2nd in the 2004 World Poker Tour UltimateBet.com Poker Classic for $250,000.

He also made final tables at both the 2001 and 2005 WSOP Main Event. Perhaps most memorable was Mike's win at the 2005 WSOP Tournament of Champions, an invitation-only event that paid him $1,000,000 for the win following a brutal beat that left him in 9th place in the Main Event.

While making many final tables, the "Mike Matusow blow-up" is often held over his head for going down to close out tournaments and blowing off his remaining chips.

Despite his 2 WSOP bracelets and innumerable high finishes in other tournaments, Mike Matusow’s career hasn’t been without controversy. He did jail time in 2004 and 2005 after being caught with cocaine and has had to bend over backwards with a drug problem over the years.

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