Mike “The Mouth” Matusow: Player Profile

Mike “The Mouth” Matusow can be considered the bad boy of the professional poker industry. Aside from his incredible talent with the cards, Matusow is widely known for constantly provoking, teasing, and bad mouthing his opponents. You better have the best poker hands when you’re up against this guy because he is sure to play mind games with you!

Aside from being known as “The Mouth,” Matusow is also remembered for his “Matusow Meltdowns” or “Matusow Blow-ups.” He often judges a hand badly and would put himself completely out of the game, ruining hours or even days of good play. He has finished in the money in a number of popular poker tournaments. On the other hand, Matusow did find success in poker tournaments. He has won a World Series of Poker bracelet for four times and he was the sole victor at the 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions.

Mike Matusow Net Worth

Matusow has been a popular name in the poker realm and we can’t help but wonder how much the Mike Matusow worth is. If we review the stats from The Hendon Mob Poker Database, we can see that the recorded Mike Matusow winnings from live tournaments are around $9,055,998. In Nevada, he ranks 6th in the All Time Money List. In the Americas, the Mike Matusow winnings are recorded to be around $8,981,24 while in Europe, he has won around $74,574. His biggest live cash was worth $1 million.

Mike Matusow Early Years

Matusow was born in Los Angeles, California on April 30, 1968. Before he joined the ranks of the best poker players, he worked as a poker dealer. In the 1990s he realised that the Mike Matusow worth could grow and he decided to become a professional poker player.

Matusow first experienced playing video poker when he was 18. He regularly played at the Maxim casino, to the extent that he experienced constant strain injury in his arms and shoulders. Occasionally, he would steal from his mother’s purse just to sustain his poker addiction. At one point, he attended Gamblers Anonymous meetings. Everything changed when he met Steve Samaroff, a rounder who taught him how to play Texas Hold’em poker.

Mike Matusow in the World Series of Poker

In 1998, Matusow paid a portion of Scotty Nguyen’s registration fee at the World Series of Poker. When Nugyen won at the $10,000 no-limit Texas Hold’em main event, he gave Matusow a cut worth $333,333. The following year, Matusow defeated Alex Brenes heads up in the $3,500 No Limit Hold’em event. This was the first time he won a World Series of Poker bracelet.

In 2001, he joined the WSOP $10,000 no limit Hold’em main event and finished 6th. Matusow mentioned that the critical point of the game was when eventual champion Juan Carlos Mortensen bluffed, but he did not trust his instincts to call.

Matusow earned his second bracelet when he won $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better event at the 2002 WSOP. In this event, he was able to defeat his friend and fellow professional poker player Daniel Negreanu. After three years, Matusow finished 9th out of 5,619 players in the main event of the WSOP. He won $1 million from this feat. After a few months, he joined the WSOP Tournament of Champions and won against Hoyt Corkings, earning another $1 million. He is the first professional poker player to win two million dollar prizes within one year. The following year, he joined the same tournament and placed third, winning $250,000.

Matusow won his third WSOP bracelet in 2008 when he joined the $5,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw with rebuys event. He defeated Jeff Lisandro heads up and won $537,862. Later that year, he joined the Main Event and finished 30th out of 6,844 players. In 2013, Matusow joined the $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better tournament. He defeated Matthew Ashton heads up and won his fourth bracelet along with the $266,503 prize.

Mike Matusow in Other Poker Events

In October 2004, Matusow joined the World Poker Tour (WPT) and reached the final table for the first time. He finished third and earned $250,000. In 2006, Matusow joined the WPT Bad Boys of Poker II and finished behind Tony G. Matusow also joined Poker Superstars II and made it to the Elite Eight. He won $500,000 when he beat seven other players in the winner-take-all championship match. He also appeared in several seasons of High Stakes Poker – the second, third, fourth and sixth seasons in particular. In September 2006, Matusow went to Barcelona and competed in his first European Poker Tour (EPT). However, on the first day of the competition, he was eliminated. In 2007, Matusow finished 3rd and 2nd in two episodes of Poker After Dark.

Aside from competing in live tournaments, Matusow also plays online poker. He goes by the alias dill pickle when playing at UltimateBet and mrpokejoke when he’s at PokerStars. He also used to play at Full Tilt Poker where he was a former member of Team Full Tilt.

In July 2007, Matusow joined the World Poker Tour Bellagio Cup III Championship, finished second, and won $671,320. Professional online poker player Kevin Saul defeated him in a heads up match, On November 11, 2008. Matusow reached another WPT final table when he competed at the Foxwoods World Poker Finals. He finished sixth in the said tournament and earned $124,048. One of his notable victories was when he joined the NBC National Heads-Up Championship in 2013. He defeated Phil Hellmuth 2-1 in the final. By 2014, Mike Matusow winnings exceeded $9 million with $3.5 million out of this amount coming from his victories at the WSOP.

Mike Matusow’s Activities Off the Felt

Matusow used to host the radio podcast/show The Circuit until he was replaced by Joe Sebok and Gavin Smith. He also hosted the online video segment of Card Player – The Mouthpiece. In 2009, Matusow released his autobiography entitled Check Raising the Devil.

Mike Matusow Career Highlights

Nov 08, '05No-Limit Hold'em
2005 WSOP Tournament of Champions
Jul 15, '05No-Limit Hold'em Championship
2005 36th Annual World Series of Poker
Jan 27, '132013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
Jul 15, '07WPT No-Limit Hold'em Championship Event
2007 Bellagio Cup III Tournament (WPT)
Jun 11, '08Event 18 - No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball w/ Rebuys
2008 39th Annual World Series of Poker
Feb 04, '07Championship
2006 Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 3
Mar 18, '11WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event
2011 Bay 101 Shooting Star
Sep 20, '07No-Limit Hold'em Championship Event 12
2007 Borgata Poker Open (WPT)
Jun 07, '13Event 13 - $5,000 Seven Card Stud 8/OB
2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker
May 06, '99No Limit Hold'em
30th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1999
Jun 26, '06No-Limit Hold'em
2006 Tournament of Champions
Oct 01, '04No-Limit Hold'em
2004 UltimateBet.com Poker Classic
May 19, '01Championship Event
32nd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2001
Jul 15, '08Event 54 - World Championship No-Limit Hold'em
2008 39th Annual World Series of Poker
May 16, '02Omaha Hi/Lo Split
33rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2002
Jun 21, '08Event 37 - World Championship Omaha High-Low Split 8 or Better
2008 39th Annual World Series of Poker
Nov 11, '08No-Limit Hold'em Championship (WPT) - Event 17
2008 World Poker Finals
Aug 10, '10$1000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship
2010 Florida State Poker Championships
Dec 19, '08WPT Doyle Brunson Classic Championship - Event 13
2008 Five Diamond World Poker Classic (WPT)
Jul 09, '06Event 13 - No-Limit Hold'em2006 37th Annual World Series of Poker$2,5007$89,010
Jun 28, '07Event 39 - World Championship H.O.R.S.E.
2007 38th Annual World Series of Poker
Apr 23, '04WPT No-Limit Hold'em Championship
2004 Five-Star World Poker Classic (WPT)
Apr 26, '97Omaha 8 or Better
28th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1997
Mar 11, '07No-Limit Hold'em Championship Event
2007 Wynn Classic
Apr 29, '04No-Limit Hold'em W/ Rebuys
2004 35th Annual World Series of Poker
Oct 02, '08WSOP Europe Main Event - Event 4
2008 World Series of Poker Europe
Apr 27, '03No Limit Hold'em
34th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2003
Jan 17, '00Omaha Hi/Lo
Carnivale of Poker III
Dec 08, '00No Limit Hold'em
2000 United States Poker Championship
Jun 09, '12Event 16 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed
2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker
Jun 13, '12Event 24 - $5,000 Limit Omaha Hi/Low Split 8/OB
2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker
Dec 19, '06Doyle Brunson North American Poker Classic No-Limit Hold'em Event 12
2006 Five Diamond World Poker Classic (WPT)
Nov 24, '03No Limit Hold'em - Main Event
2003 Showdown at the Sands
Aug 28, '13Championship Main Event
2013 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Mar 19, '08No-Limit Hold'em Championship Event
2008 Wynn Classic
Mar 04, '072007 National Heads-Up Championship
2007 NBC National Heads-Up Championship
Mar 02, '08NBC Heads-Up Championship Event
2008 NBC National Heads-Up Championship
Jun 22, '10Event 38 - $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship
2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker
Jun 13, '07Event 19 - No-Limit Hold'em
2007 38th Annual World Series of Poker
Jun 05, '11$10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship
2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker
May 28, '04No-Limit Hold'em World Championship (1st Half of the Field)
2004 35th Annual World Series of Poker
Jun 15, '13Event 25 - $5,000 Omaha 8/OB
2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker
Jul 01, '16$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Eight Max
2016 World Series of Poker
May 09, '99Omaha 8 or Better
30th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1999
Jun 13, '16$10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball
2016 World Series of Poker
Feb 25, '01Championship Finals
2001 L.A. Poker Classic
Jun 23, '07Event 36 - World Championship Omaha High-Low 8/OB
2007 38th Annual World Series of Poker
Oct 08, '06Quarter Finals Group B - Match 1
2006 Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 3
Jul 30, '06Final 16 Group A - Match 1
2006 Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 3
Oct 20, '06WPT Championship Event 12
2006 Festa Al Lago Classic (WPT)