Mike Matusow has placed himself in the limelight once again with a number of controversial declarations. This time, "The Mouth" has fired against online poker sites, claiming that they are run by "a bunch a criminals."
Mike "The Mouth" Matusow has been very vocal in recent weeks, firing away at a number of fellow pros and people in the poker industry.
First, Matusow claimed to have been "thrown under the bus" by angry players who have money stuck on Full Tilt Poker, and just a few days ago he fired off a harsh criticism of Brian Hastings
during a live commentary from an Omaha
event during the WSOP.
Now, he has once again caused controversy with a number of very straightforward statements, this time against the online poker
"To me, I think they're a bunch of criminals [online poker sites]," Matusow said in his latest interview.
"I just keep myself low. I don't want to be around it. I've seen the downside of it. I've had millions stolen from me from Ultimate Bet. I've had my name smashed through the mud. God knows how much I had stolen from me by Full Tilt. It's disappointing to me," he added.
Even so, Matusow said, he does not necessarily think that the Full Tilt management acted to deliberately deceive players. Even though he and others have lost millions as part of the Full Tilt scandal, he does think that the "criminal" label applies to the Full Tilt Poker executives.
"I still believe Howard [Lederer] is not a criminal. Chris [Ferguson] is not a criminal. I know they would never steal from anybody," Matusow said.
"They made mistakes. When they had no money they needed to sell right away. They had offers but they wanted to be greedy about it and keep control. They lost the offers. They put themselves in this position."
"It's a bad situation. They had no money because of certain situations. It wasn't because they stole it. It will all come out. It's all very unfortunate. Hopefully this PokerStars
thing will work out," he ended.
Meanwhile, Matusow has been playing in several events during the WSOP, with moderate success.
His best result this year are until now two eighth-place finishes, bringing his total cashes to around $80,000 so far.
Read the full interview with Mike Matusow here