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Player Profile - Michael Matusow

Not every professional poker player can say that they have won a bracelet from the World Series of Poker, but Michael Matusow has three. Arguably, his biggest win came with the Tournament of Champions in 2005. 

Michael Matusow began his poker career in the early part of the 1990s. He started out with a job as a card dealer and then began playing the game professionally. He claims that his first experience with poker was at the Maxim Casino where he started playing video poker. He became so obsessed with it that he received a repetitive strain injury to his arms and shoulders. 

Matusow has gained the nickname “the mouth” because of his reputation of trash talk while playing poker. He also has the reputation of making a bad judgment to ruin hours of great play. This is referred to as a Mike Matusow meltdown or a Mike Matusow blow-up. 

He won his first bracelet from the WSOP in 1999 in the $3500 No Limit Hold’em tournament event. In 2002, Matusow took his second bracelet in the Omaha Hi-Low tournament event. To take the tournament title he beat out one of his good friends, Daniel Negreanu. 

Mike won his third bracelet during the 2008 WSOP in the 2-7 no-limit draw event. The first prize in the tournament was $537,862. He made a deep run during the main event, that same year finishing in 30th. 

Mike Matusow is loved and hated by many fans of poker. He has had many personal problems throughout his career, including battling a drug problem. He went to jail for six months in 2004 and 2005 for providing prescription pain medicine and ecstasy to an undercover cop. In addition, he has also had a weight problem through the years and during the 2007 WSOP made a wager with Ted Forrest that he would be able to drop down to less than 181 pounds. He ended up winning the bet. 


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