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Mike Matusow - "The Mouth"


Mike Matusow, or better known as "The Mouth" is one of the best and loudest professional poker players in this generation. TV crews usually gravitate to Matusow as his table is never a bore.

Constantly jabbering away at his opponents and taking their money at the same time is why Matusow has been dubbed "The Mouth." Originally from Los Angeles, CA his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada when he was 10. His first introduction to poker games was at the Maxim Casino when he was 18. This marked the beginning of his gambling addiction.

It has been reported that Mike Matusow joined several Gamblers Anonymous meetings until he was taught Texas Hold'em by Steve Samaroff. As he became a poker dealer he would devote his time to studying the cards and the players' actions in the game. He entered in a small tournament and his immediate when gave him the confidence to join bigger tournaments.

His first World Series of Poker tournament he entered was in 1997 playing the Omaha 8 or Better event and placing second to Scotty Nyguen. Then just two years later he won his first WSOP bracelet in the $3,500 No Limit Hold'em event and fifth in the $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better event.

At the United States Poker Championship in Atlantic City in 2000 he proved victorious in the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event. His first Main Event final table appearance came in the 2001 World Series of Poker. And a year later Mike Matusow's second bracelet he attained was in the 2002 WSOP $5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Split event.

It has been recorded that he made the final table in 21 out of 27 tournament cashes. In 2005 after serving six months in the Clark County jail on a drug charge, Matusow made it to the Main Event a second time in the WSOP, finishing ninth and cashing for $1 million. Just a few months later he won yet another million at the World series of poker Tournament of Champions No Limit Hold'em event.

As of 2006 his current live tournament earnings accredit to around $4.2 million.

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