As notorious for his brash tongue as his aggressive playing style, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow has earned a reputation for verbally leading opponents in or out of the pot as he sees fit. Widely considered a specialist at Omaha Hi/Lo
, the three-time WSOP bracelet winner has also proven himself masterful at No Limit Hold'em. With 59 cashes, 6 first place finishes, and over $6 million in live tournament winnings since 1997, Mike Matusow's greatest strength in poker appears to be his ability to read his opponents.
The Team Full Tilt Pro member, however, has experienced a bumpy down-slope at the virtual felt, rarely turning a profit in the online poker room
. In the first three months of 2007, Matusow plunged more than $500k before gradually building back up, ending the year with a $35k loss. 2008 was worse for Mike – peaking at just over $47k in January, by the end of the year he was down another $674k. Things began looking up in the summer of 2009 as Matusow reached nearly $150k in profits, yet after another sharp dip and slow climb, Matusow ended the year with a $38.4k revenue.
A favorite in televised poker events, Mike Matusow's taunts and needling are tremendously entertaining for poker enthusiasts. Matusow appeared on “High Stakes Poker” for seasons two, three and four, as well as two 2007 episodes of “Poker After Dark” where he took third and second place, respectively. When he is on his game, Mike Matusow is indisputably one of the most talented live poker players
Check-Raising the Devil
, Mike Matusow's candidly revealing autobiography - released in 2009 - depicts a very forthright account of Matusow's entrance into the world of professional poker and the pendulous Vegas lifestyle. In the book, Matusow speaks openly about his struggles with compulsive gambling, mental illness, and drug dependency, as well as the tumultuous events that ultimately ushered him off of the path to self-destruction.