Mike Matusow: Check-Raising the Devil

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The tumultuous rags to riches, fame to fortune, dream to nightmare autobiography of the most volatile and colorful poker player in the world, fan and media favorite Mike “The Mouth” Matusow. This book has it all: drugs, sex, partying like a rock star, jail, suicidal depression, bipolar bouts and world championship poker.

Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, one of the top professional poker players in the world (with over $6 million in tournament earnings) has become more than just a ...

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Overview

The tumultuous rags to riches, fame to fortune, dream to nightmare autobiography of the most volatile and colorful poker player in the world, fan and media favorite Mike “The Mouth” Matusow. This book has it all: drugs, sex, partying like a rock star, jail, suicidal depression, bipolar bouts and world championship poker.

Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, one of the top professional poker players in the world (with over $6 million in tournament earnings) has become more than just a household name. He’s a favorite among the millions of television viewers who have come to count on his outrageously candid comments, emotional outbursts, and constant taunts that affirm the aptness of his nickname and make for great television theatre. A rags-to-riches success story, Matusow’s life has been as much nightmare as it has been dream. His struggle with undiagnosed bipolar and ADHD disorders led to self-medication with illegal drugs, such as crystal meth and ecstasy, and a tumultuous descent in the drug-fueled Las Vegas club scene. As drug use turned to drug abuse, Matusow’s descent, taking his multi-million dollar bankroll along, went on the downward spiral that led to an arrest for a narcotics buy and the specter of a ten-year prison term (subsequently plea bargained down to a six month jail sentence). The Mouth’s story is a high stakes rollercoaster ride featuring an insider’s view of some of the world’s largest poker tournaments, unbearable depression and suicidal tendencies, the Las Vegas party scene, rock star-like excess, outrageous antics, drug abuse, jail, and, in many ways, salvation. And through the worst of it, Matusow’s phenomenal talent and tenacity prevailed; there was never a year that Mike failed to make a final table in a World Series of Poker event. This memoir is funny, outspoken and brash, while humbly and painfully honest about the highs and lows of poker, life, and the odyssey of overcoming psychological illness in a bastion of pressure and temptation. There is also a foreword by Phil Hellmuth, 11-time World Series of Poker bracelet holder.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580423069
  • Publisher: Cardoza
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 780,514
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, one of the top professional poker players in the world, 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 $6 million in tournament earnings, made an amazing 11 final tables at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), including two main event final tables, and won two WSOP gold bracelets. Matusow is constantly featured in the media and has also appeared in the movie Lucky You and on Bravo’s Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List. Amy Calistri is one of the best known and respected journalists in poker and is a regular contributor to poker magazines. Dr. Tim Lavalli holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and is the author of the popular column, “The Poker Shrink.” He covers a wide range of poker topics, including major tournaments, news, and poker room reviews, for a number of print and online clients.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Mike the Mouth's Heart of Gold 9

1 Dead End Dreams 15

2 Drugs and Disorders 17

3 High on Poker 21

4 The Grind 27

5 Other People's Money 35

6 The Almost Bracelet 43

7 Hard Lessons at the Final Table 49

8 On My Own 57

9 I Have a Dream 63

10 Out of the Shadow 71

11 Cards Make You, Egos Break You 79

12 The Day That Changed My Life 85

13 Main Event Meth 97

14 Without a Net 111

15 Stuey's Ghost 123

16 Up for Another Series 129

17 Last Tango in Paris 135

18 Judas Revealed 147

19 A Phone Call in the Alps 161

20 Playing on the Precipice 167

21 Island Payday 177

22 Six Months Flat 189

23 Last Dance at the Horseshoe 201

24 A Champion's Vindication 215

25 Bipolar Poker 229

26 My "Dark" Series 237

27 A Series of Changes 243

28 WSOP: A New View 251

29 Now I Know 257

Glossary 263

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