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Mike Matusow: I'm The Second Best Tournament Poker Player Ever Considering Number Of Events Played

Poker Pro Deep In $5,000 Stud Event On Friday

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As of around 2 p.m. local time on Friday at the 2013 World Series of Poker, longtime poker pro Mike Matusow was in the final 20 in the $5,000 buy-in seven-card stud eight-or-better event. The action would not stop until a winner was crowned.

Right before the start of play, Matusow answered a few questions.

Brian Pempus: Do you feel like you are kind of riding the wave of your huge win in January?

Mike Matusow: Yeah. Well, I played unbelievable yesterday. I never had a chip. I never gave up and put myself in a great position today. This is the second tournament I’ve played; I finished 13th in the last one. I believe I am going to win this. We’ll see what happens.

BP: It seems that your friends and peers — like Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth — keeping winning bracelets. Do you ever feel pressure to keep up?

MM: They are tournament players. They travel the tournament circuit. I play my three or four tournaments, and I win them. You know what I’m saying? Per tournaments played, there’s probably no one in the world except Carlos Mortensen that has ever done better than me. I don’t play many of them. It’s quality, not quantity. You have to rest and can’t put in these days and come back and jump in another tournament and another tournament — and think that you are going to be able to play at a high level and get there. What [Phil] Ivey did last year with those zillion final tables in two weeks will never happen again. Ever. It might have set a precedence that is really bad.

BP: In terms of the cash games this year, are you going to be playing hours and hours of Chinese poker or open-face Chinese poker?

MM: (Laughing) I’ve played a zillion hours of open-face Chinese on the app, so I’m not going to play live open-face cash games. I was going to play cash games a lot, but I’m great tournament player. If I keep winning them, we’ll stick with it.


Matusow has $8,260,922 in career tournament earnings, thanks to 11 wins and 88 cashes. The 44-year-old has three World Series of Poker bracelets and was chasing his fourth.

 
 
 
 

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xIcemanxx
almost 6 years ago

guy has aged 20 yrs in last 365days

 
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mce86
almost 6 years ago

thats funny. Lots of drugs will do that.

 
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maxima191
almost 6 years ago

He won that NBC Heads Up Tourney so he isn't broke but hopefully he will cash in this event as long as he keeps his cool.

 
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biggreg64
almost 6 years ago

If it wasn't for Helmuth backing him he would have jumped out of a window a long time ago. He still might.

 
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spoon010
almost 6 years ago

u owe me money mikey, pay it up

 
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blegend
almost 6 years ago

Matusow always has and always will owe many people a lot of money.

 
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lawfrankd
almost 6 years ago

Mizrachi backing matusow? Thought u needed to have money to be a backer?

 
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