About Mike Matusow

Mike Matusow
Mike Matusow

Every sport has a bad boy or two, and for poker, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow fits the bill. Even though he's better known for constantly teasing and needling his opponents, and for never holding back emotional outbursts, you can't discount his talent with the cards.

Matusow had already discovered video poker when he forayed into the real thing as a dealer at Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas. He used his time at the table to study players and their techniques and before long he was heading into a small tournament to play. Needless to say, he won it.

Since then, he's had success both in live games as well as playing online where he's known as "dill pickle" at UltimateBet, "mrpokejoke" at PokerStars.com, and "Mike Matusow" at Full Tilt Poker.

Well known for his "Matusow Meltdowns" or "Matusow Blow-ups," where he misjudges a hand or series of hands and puts himself completely out of the game at critical junctures in play, Matusow has finished in the money in dozens of high profile poker events.

His wins include the 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, the 2002 WSOP $5,000 Buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo Split Event, and the 1999 WSOP $3,500 Buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Event. In total, he's made nine WSOP final tables as well as final tables in other prominent tournaments, such as the World Poker Tour (WPT) UltimateBet Aruba Classic in October 2004, where he placed third and earned $250,000.

Matusow is both widely reviled and loved in the poker world, depending on whom you speak to. Some find his loud-mouthed antics and blow-ups hilarious and endearing, while others actually refuse to engage him in casual conversation at or away from the poker table.

His knack for causing mischief in the poker world matches his once chaotic private life, which has seen its fair share of ups and downs. Matusow has battled drug problems and depression and even spent six months in jail on drug charges following the broadcast of the 2004 WSOP Main Event on ESPN. He's worked on getting his life straightened out and has been clean for more than two years now.

And his life isn't the only thing he's been working on. Despite being considered the best Omaha poker player in the world and one of the best Texas Hold'em players, Matusow continues to improve on his extensive and skillful poker game, and remains one of the most successful - and outspoken - players at any table he joins.

Tournament Placing

Place Winnings Tournament
68 $2,762.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 57 - $1500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better
47 $17,113.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 51 - $10,000 8-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
45 $4,171.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 36 - $2500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
13 $15,464.00 WSOP 2016 - Event 16 - $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship
19 $7,784.00 WSOP 2014 - Event 25 - $2,500 Omaha / Stud Hi-Low
77 $4,411.00 WSOP 2014 - Event 6 - $1,500 NLHE Shootout
39 $5,617.00 WSOP 2013 - Event 46 - $3,000 PLO Hi-Low
40 $5,458.00 WSOP 2013 - Event 31 - $1,500 PLO Hi-Low
11 $19,788.00 WSOP 2013 - Event 25 - $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low
1 $266,503.00 WSOP 2013 - Event 13 - $5,000 Stud Hi-Lo
14 $9,818.00 WSOP 2013 - Event 5 - $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo
43 $4,309.00 WSOP 2012 - Event 52 - $2,500 10-Game Mix Six Handed
8 $34,748.00 WSOP 2012 - Event 24 - $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8 or Better
8 $40,059.00 WSOP 2012 - Event 16 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed
223 $3,584.00 WSOP 2012 - Event 9 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry
54 $5,106.00 WSOP 2011 - Event 52 - $2,500 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit)
24 $6,368.00 WSOP 2011 - Event 49 - $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
20 $20,129.00 WSOP 2011 - Event 7 - $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em
49 $4,448.00 WSOP 2010 - Event 41 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low
26 $21,665.00 WSOP 2010 - Event 38 - $10k Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship
23 $7,411.00 2009 WSOP - Event 46 - $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo
9 $100,880.00 WPT Season 7 - Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
6 $124,048.00 WPT Season 7 - Foxwoods World Poker Finals
18 £36,200.00 2008 WSOPE - Event 4, No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
30 $193,000.00 2008 WSOP - Event 54, Main Event No-Limit Hold'em
57 $2,959.00 2008 WSOP - Event 51, H.O.R.S.E.
5 $138,063.00 2008 WSOP - Event 37, World Championship Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better
1 $537,857.00 2008 WSOP - Event 18, No-Limit 2-7 Triple-Draw w/re-buys
12 $26,627.00 2008 Special - Wynn Classic
16 $25,000.00 2008 Special - NBC Heads-Up Championship
6 $271,600.00 WPT Season 6 - Borgata Poker Open
2 $671,320.00 WPT Season 6 - Bellagio Cup III
16 $88,800.00 2007 WSOP - Event 39, World Championship H.O.R.S.E.
15 $15,134.00 2007 WSOP - Event 36, World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
11 $21,435.00 2007 WSOP - Event 19, No-Limit Hold'em
23 $11,391.00 WPT Season 5 - World Poker Challenge
5 $76,824.00 2007 Special - Wynn Classic
9 $25,000.00 2007 Special - NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
95 $1,289.00 2006 WSOP - Event 41, No-Limit Hold'em
7 $89,010.00 2006 WSOP - Event 13, No-Limit Hold'em
33 $8,528.00 2006 WSOP - Event 5, No-limit Hold'em Short Handed, 6/table
9 $1,000,000.00 2005 WSOP - WSOP 2005 $10,000 World Championship Event
44 $9,225.00 2005 WSOP - Event 2, $1,500 No-limit Hold'em
3 $250,000.00 WPT Season 3 - UltimateBet.com's Aruba Poker Classic