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Matusow Teaches a Win at Florida Championship
Mike "The Mouth" Matusow took down the 2010 Florida State Poker Championships in Pompano Beach this week.
The $1,100 buy-in event drew more than 400 players, outpacing the $250,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Matusow was in town to host a DeepStacks Live clinic at the Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano and decided to stick around to play the event.
He wasn't the only big name to get in on the action, as 2010 November Niner Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi turned up, as did 2008 November Niner David "Chino" Rheem.
However, Matusow outlasted the entire field to claim the $103,000 first-place prize.
"Early on in the day 1 there were a lot of weak players but as the day moved on and the field dwindled and the players got better and I had to play my A game to beat a lot of good players," Matusow told the local Sun-Sentinel Newspaper.
"I would say on a scale from 1-10 I played 9.5. Even though the field had some solid players, I played really, really well and think that when I'm on my A game I can't be beat."
A three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and two-time WSOP Main Event final tablist, the Full Tilt pro said the title means a lot.
"This title, even though, it may not be the WSOP Main Event or WPT event, was very important to not only me but for my company, DeepStacks Live," he said.
"I came down here to put on one of my famous one-day power poker courses to help Florida players adjust better to the new limits and, in turn, I proved to people that when you are well trained and prepared you can expect to win.
"People need to know that when they take a DeepStacks Live camp they can expect to learn the same strategies I used to become the 2010 Florida State Poker Champion."