Mike Matusow On The Comeback Trail Ahead of WSOP 2016

Mike Matusow is one of poker’s most successful, yet controversial characters, with the “The Mouth” having earned a total of $9,015,656 since his first tournament cash back in 1996. The 48 year-old pro has even picked up 4 coveted WSOP bracelets along the way, including in 1999, 2002, 2008, and 2103.
Unfortunately, Matusow had to undergo a spinal operation a few years back, and during his painful recuperation has been largely absent from the high-stakes poker scene. In fact, his last tournament cash was in June 2014, a year in which he managed to amass just $12,195 in winnings.
Nevertheless, it now seems that Matusow is back on the comeback trail ahead of the 2016 WSOP due to get underway on May 31st, and a couple of weeks ago he tweeted his intentions for this year’s prestigious tournament series, writing:
“Today’s my birthday, don’t know how I’ve made it 48 yrs and 20 yrs of playing poker I hope this year makes up for last 2#wsop2016.”
That message, as it turned out, was just an appetizer for his 106k followers, and yesterday Matusow reached out to any potential backers to help fund his campaign at this year’s WSOP at the Rio. As his twitter message explained:
“Any and all rich friends interested in staking me for wsop direct message me and let me how much your interested (healthy and hungry)#focus. And for all doubters I’ll last longer or cross book any tourney we both play together#confident”
While seeking funding is not uncommon in the poker world, some fans were still left wondering why he wouldn’t choose to back his own exploits. However, Matusow would need at least $130,000 if he wanted to give the WSOP his best efforts, which is a big chunk of change for someone whose been out of the big game for some time. Playing with someone elses money can also be quite a liberating experience, with 2004 WSOP Main Event winner Greg Raymer having also funded his recent poker career through private investments over the past few years. Apparently Raymer made the decision in order to quiet his wife’s nerves. Unfortunately, Raymer’s backers are unlikely to have seen any return on their money over the past two years, though, with the 51 year-old having earned just $81,480 in 2014, $44,126 in 2015, and $11,330 so far in 2016.

Poker News
Victor Ramdin and PokerStars: The End of a Long Road
04 Jun 2018
Victor Ramdin has parted company with PokerStars following 12 years representing the site as a sponsored ambassador. News of the Guyanan’s departure was made just prior to the start of this year’s World Series of Poker, which was seen as a necessary move in order to preempt any confusion created by his lack of an
Phil Ivey and Maurice Hawkins In The Ascendancy Ahead of 2018 WSOP
21 May 2018
Last week, Valentin Vornicu captured two gold ring at the World Series of Poker Circuit New Orleans to top the WSOP Circuit Ring Winners list with twelve titles. Whatever clear daylight the Californian player had between himself and Maurice Hawkins, however, has now been narrowed to just one after the Florida pro won the $2,200
09 May 2018
One of the stories to emerge from the 2017 World Series of Poker had nothing to do with winning a coveted gold bracelet, but instead involved a multi-million dollar dispute between King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik and Aussie poker pro Matt Kirk, with the latter accusing the former of stiffing him out of $2 million
27 Apr 2018
Doug Polk and Dan Bilzerian are both cryptocurrency investors with large social media followings, although this week there emerged some pretty serious differences between their approaches to digital asset. Whereas Polk prefers a long term approach to investing, Bilzerian seems to favor dipping in and out of the market depending upon whatever coin prices may