Mike Matusow Denies $700k Full Tilt DebtFebruary 9, 2012 1:41 pm
Recently, Groupe Bernard Tapie (GBT) revealed that their $80 million deal to buy Full Tilt Poker was being held up, in part, by their need to recover $16.5 million in outstanding debts from 19 Full Tilt pros.
It was perhaps GBT’s frustration with the situation which lead Laurent Tapie to make the following statement to iGamingFrance:
“The poker community, and particularly that of former players of Full Tilt waiting to recover their funds, deserves to know the reality of the behavior of some major figures in poker who say sorry for the situation …who blame the former leaders, but refrain to indicate how much they have borrowed from Full Tilt, and lost, playing on the site.”
Amongst those pros alleged to owe money to the beleaguered poker room are Phil Ivey ($4m), Erick Lindgren ($4m), David Benyamine ($2m), Barry Greenstein ($400k), Layne Flack and Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow ($700k).
Naming the alleged players involved was probably designed to put extra pressure on the pros to come forward and settle their accounts. Following GBT’s announcement, for instance, Barry Greenstein felt compelled to offer an explanation as to the delay in his repayment. Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow is a different case altogether, though, and offered his take on the debt issue via twitter when he wrote:
“For all my fans out there just to let u all know i dont owe full tilt anything why my name is mentioned i dont know.”
That opinion would seem to be in direct contradiction to what GBT’s attorney Behn Dayanim said to news source PokerUpdate, when he explained:
“Nearly $700K. Mr. Matusow has not responded to our attempts to reach him to discuss the matter.”
Whatever the truth of the matter may be, it would seem to be business as usual for Mike Matusow who is currently playing $400/$800 mixed games at the Palomar Card Club in San Diego, and was $20k up at one stage before breaking for the day with a $2k profit.
In the meantime, the Full Tilt Poker saga is set to carry on unabated.