Mike Matusow was born in Los Angeles, California on April 30, 1968. At the poker table, he is known as “Mike the Mouth” for his never-ceasing chatter that gets under his opponentsâ€™ skins. Aside from his irritating speech, Mike has one other trait that is common to his poker games, the “Mike Matusow Blowup” Many times after he suffers a big loss, often to a bad beat, Mike will start making stupid decisions, and by doing so, hasten his demise and sending him to the exits.
Mike Matusow has always been a competitive character, as he would play all sorts of games that are based on competition, such as pool and bowling. This competitiveness has helped him out as a poker player. Mike got his start in poker when he worked as a poker dealer. He would study the game carefully while he dealt, learning the game’s ins and outs while he was dealing it. After some time doing this, Mike entered a small poker tournament and won it. He started playing in more and more tournaments, always doing well. Mike also started putting his money down in cash games, especially Omaha Hi/Lo, a game in which Mike is now considered to be one of the best.
Mike Matusow’s first appearance at the World Series of Poker came at an Omaha Hi/Lo event in 1997. Mike finished second in the tournament. He would win his first WSOP bracelet in 1999 at the $3500 No Limit Holdem event. In 2001, Mike had a very good run at the WSOP Main Event, but got derailed by a bluff from eventual champion Carlos Mortensen. This caused a â€œMike Matusow Blowup, and he finished the tournament in 6th place. Mike won his second WSOP bracelet in 2002 at a game of Omaha Hi/Lo. Mike had a good 2005 WSOP, as he finished 9th in the WSOP Main Event and he won the WSOP Tournament of Champions. In both events he won $1 million.
Mike Matusow spent six months in jail on drug charges after he refused to wear a hidden microphone to help the police catch more criminals. Jail was a lonely time for Mike, and when he got out he had to rebuild both his life and his bankroll. Phil Hellmuth helped out, as he loaned Mike $5000, and Mike was able to get back to his winning ways at the poker table.
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