About Mike Matusow

Mike Matusow
Name Mike Matusow
Current Residence Las Vegas Nev.
Born Apr. 30, 1968
Birth Place Los Angeles California, US

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.

Trivia


  • Well known for his loud mouth and taunting at the poker table
  • 2005 WSOP Tournament of Champions winner

Mike Matusow recent tournament placings

Place Winnings Tournament
39 $5,617 WSOP 2013, Event 46: $3,000 PLO Hi-Low
40 $5,458 WSOP 2013, Event 31: $1,500 PLO Hi-Low
11 $19,788 WSOP 2013, Event 25: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low
1 $266,503 WSOP 2013, Event 13: $5,000 Stud Hi-Low
14 $9,818 WSOP 2013, Event 5: $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Low
43 $4,309 WSOP 2012, Event #52: $2,500 10-Game Mix Six Handed
8 $34,748 WSOP 2012, Event #24: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
8 $40,059 WSOP 2012, Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed
223 $3,584 WSOP 2012, Event #9: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry
54 $5,106 WSOP 2011, Event 52 - $2,500 Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit)
24 $6,368 WSOP 2011, Event 49 - $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
20 $20,129 WSOP 2011, Event 7 - $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em
49 $4,448 WSOP 2010, Event 41 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low
26 $21,665 WSOP 2010, Event 38 - $10k Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship
23 $7,411 2009 WSOP, Event 46 - $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo
9 $100,880 WPT Season 7, Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
6 $124,048 WPT Season 7, Foxwoods World Poker Finals
18 £36,200 2008 WSOPE, Event 4, No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
30 $193,000 2008 WSOP, Event 54, Main Event No-Limit Hold'em
57 $2,959 2008 WSOP, Event 51, H.O.R.S.E.
5 $138,063 2008 WSOP, Event 37, World Championship Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better
1 $537,857 2008 WSOP, Event 18, No-Limit 2-7 Triple-Draw w/re-buys
12 $26,627 2008 Special, Wynn Classic
16 $25,000 2008 Special, NBC Heads-Up Championship
6 $271,600 WPT Season 6, Borgata Poker Open
2 $671,320 WPT Season 6, Bellagio Cup III
16 $88,800 2007 WSOP, Event 39, World Championship H.O.R.S.E.
15 $15,134 2007 WSOP, Event 36, World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
11 $21,435 2007 WSOP, Event 19, No-Limit Hold'em
23 $11,391 WPT Season 5, World Poker Challenge
5 $76,824 2007 Special, Wynn Classic
9 $25,000 2007 Special, NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
95 $1,289 2006 WSOP, Event 41, No-Limit Hold'em
7 $89,010 2006 WSOP, Event 13, No-Limit Hold'em
33 $8,528 2006 WSOP, Event 5, No-limit Hold'em Short Handed, 6/table
9 $1,000,000 2005 WSOP, WSOP 2005 $10,000 World Championship Event
44 $9,225 2005 WSOP, Event 2, $1,500 No-limit Hold'em
3 $250,000 WPT Season 3, UltimateBet.com's Aruba Poker Classic