- - -- by Ed Reif»
Few things are harder to put up with than a good example--that's what makes Mike Matusow so charming. Ask Kathy Griffin. “I guess Mike and I aren’t going all in on love.” No, not quite -- let’s try another one: “Mike made me fold the pocket aces in my heart.”
The thing we love about Mike is his insanity---Mike spits in the wind of Gambler's Anonymous---doing the same things over and over again and getting different results!
Prior to the 2005 World Series of Poker, Mike was released from prison and, incredibly, nearly won the Main Event along with its first prize of $7.5m!
The trash talk, the blowups, the meltdowns, the million dollar online binges. Have you seen it on GSN:It's Mike, The Mouth in Stereo---a "Get To Know Me" pilot--Ace In The House, in which Mike Matusow shows up at a home poker game! It's better than punked.
Who wouldn't want to the pleasure (or Pain) of sitting next to him for a friendly game of Poker---at worst you're even money. At the end of the day, however, Mike has a fearlessness of going broke and an ability to push people in and out of pots. Props "proper respect" For Mike's Poker Courage.
Mike is America's first self confessed bipolar poker champ – a former speed addict, currently diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, Mike The Corporation is a black market wheeler-dealer, living in the underground economy of CASH. His street cred is good in Vegas--the money faucet runs on tap. He's bankable.
Only Mike could lose with his QUADS getting cracked by Eric Lindgren's Straight Flush. A one outter--- 70K pot.
That rule that everything worthwhile is a result of struggle is not only false. Mike puts a spin of larceny in getting more for less, a bit of cheating the system.
Yet it is his---going broke, hemoraging in spectacular ways – at one point hocking his house for $100K to get into a game, that makes Mike so well, Mike.
Just when Poker was getting a makeover thanks to double chinned Fred Flinstone look alike Greg Raymer, and the usual suspects--Chris Moneymaker and Joe Hachem--Mike gets to de-generate things.
The game still gets promoted as "It's Just Poker"---cleaner than golf--but Mike keeps the dirt and low rent casino spirit alive and kicking.
Laziness is the religion of the 21st century and in the United States of Unconscious gambling, Mike proves time and again its good citizen---Sometimes NOT knowing about a "problem" weakens (or eliminates) it.Mike Matusow Mike The Mouth GSN Ace In The House Poker