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Overview

1. Big Poker Celebrity: The super popular and always entertaining Mike "The Mouth" Matusow is a huge fan favorite from his many implosions, explosions, and huge successes at the poker table on national TV.

2. Fascinating Memoir: This book has it all: high stakes gambling, drugs, jail, psychotic episodes and debilitating depression and mental illness, plus the depths of despair and heights of victory.

3. Very High Profile: Mike Matusow is one of...

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Overview

1. Big Poker Celebrity: The super popular and always entertaining Mike "The Mouth" Matusow is a huge fan favorite from his many implosions, explosions, and huge successes at the poker table on national TV.

2. Fascinating Memoir: This book has it all: high stakes gambling, drugs, jail, psychotic episodes and debilitating depression and mental illness, plus the depths of despair and heights of victory.

3. Very High Profile: Mike Matusow is one of the most recognizable and followed players in poker today. Yahoo's online search engine identifies over 1.1 million websites that provide content about Mike Matusow. His weekly online video show "The Mouthpiece" at CardPlayer.com, averages over 2,000 viewers per day.

4. Super Popular Subject: Poker is the third most watched sport on cable television, behind auto racing and football.

5. Secondary Market Possibilities: The National Institute of Mental Health estimates there are 5.7 million people in the U.S. that have bipolar disorder and the CDC estimates 1.6 million elementary school children have been diagnosed ADHD.

Get Ready for a Wild Ride…

Hang on tight as Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, poker player extraordinaire, takes you with him on a breathtaking, true-life roller coaster ride from his humble beginnings in a trailer park to a rock and roll lifestyle full of hot women, sex, wild drug-filled parties and million-dollar wins and losses. Yet behind the glamour and glory of his high-stakes poker career lurked the flip side: a person torn between two debilitating mental illnesses?—?bipolar disorder and ADHD. To dig himself out of depression and suicidal despair, Matusow turned to dangerous street drugs to self-medicate a problem he didn’t understand, and spiraled deeper into the darker world of addiction, police narcotic stings, and jail time.

In this revealing and tumultuous autobiography, the combustible Matusow holds nothing back. You’ll get a mouthful of the man behind the infamous Matusow Meltdowns seen on national TV.

Riveting, exhilarating, sexy, sometimes shocking and always fascinating, this voyeur’s look into the world of high-stakes poker, mental illness, and ultimately, Matusow’s inspiring redemption, will keep you glued to your seat until the very last page!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580422611
  • Publisher: Cardoza
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 535,542
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, one of the top professional poker players in the world?—?and the most compelling?—?is a favorite among the millions of television viewers who have come to count on his outrageously candid comments, emotional outbursts, and constant taunts that make for great television theatre. He has over $7 million in tournament earnings, made an amazing 13 final tables at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), and won three coveted WSOP gold bracelets.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Good book - It has its moments.

    While its an easy read and definitely informative as an inside look at todays poker craze, it has what is an all too common theme running through it, which is, there is an excuse for everything I do. Bipolar Disorder is an all too common diagnosis for people with behavioural problems. The fact is, no one really knows what bipolar disorder is. The book relies too heavily on this diagnosis as some sort of excuse for Mike. Mike needs no excuse. Almost everyone at some point in their life deals with depression, and its also very common for everyone to experience "hyper' moments that seem to last for days or weeks. Mike is no more bipolar than Tiger Woods is 'sex addicted'. Mike, like Tiger, just missed the step in growing up where he has to take responsibility for himself, like everyone else.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Depression and the battle to self preservation

    I love "The Mouth" after reading this inspirational true story. It has everything. Drugs, sex, gamble, fraud, entrapment and gile. Mike has a way of making you feel he is just ordinary in extraordinary predicaments. He downplays his intelligence by revealing his inner demons and shares a side of himself that must have been hard to do. I truly respect Mike after reading this and am pulling for him in his pursuit of happiness...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2009

    Good book, but didn't go all the way to the river

    While I found the autobiography to be a good read, I felt something was missing from making it one of the best poker books. There was plenty of information on the poker action, but I would have liked to delve one level deeper into Mike and his demons. Maybe there isn't another level and it is simply a medical/behavioral issue with no more to it, but I would have liked to see Mike's co-authors help him dive one level deeper.

    A must read for any poker player, but for non-poker players it probably doesn't go far enough.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

    Mike "The Mouth" Matusow

    Honestly this book was almost forced on me by a poker buddy. I thought I knew who and what Mike "The Mouth" was all about. I was wrong!

    This is a great book, not only for the honesty that Mike shows in retelling his story but also for the history of the poker boom that he was a part of. Someone is going to write a book about the last ten years of poker but to hear it told from the inside as part of Mike's life was so much more meaningful.

    Every poker fan should give this book a read, it's fast and so interesting to follow the rollercoaster that is Mike's life.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

    A Provocative Look Into One of Poker's Most Well-Known Players

    Mike Matasow the poker player makes for great television. But Mike the person is much more interesting and his story makes for a great read. Follow him into the world of high-stakes poker through his highest highs and lowest lows, from winning some of the world's most prestigious poker events to doing time in jail, all the while fighting a serious psychiatric illness. You will not be able to put this book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2009

    Great Read

    If you enjoy watching poker on television you will love this book. Great insight into what makes Mike who he is.

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