Like many other professional poker players, Mike's career began as a poker dealer. After countless hours spent turning cards and analyzing poker hands, he decided to put his money where his mouth was and start playing poker for himself. He honed his poker skills playing late-night poker games at Sam's Town Casino in Las Vegas and, after achieving some success, decided to play full time poker.
- Nickname “The Mouth”
- 2 WSOP Bracelets
- Winner of the 2005 Tournament of Champions
- First player to collect 2 separate million-dollar cashes in 1 year
Mike Matusow earned his first World Series of Poker bracelet in 1999 and his second in 2002. He had another strong showing at the 2005 WSOP, finishing ninth in the Main Event and cashing for $1 million. Shortly thereafter, he followed up his Main Event performance by winning the 2005 WSOP Tournament of Champions and earning his second million-dollar payday of the year.
In 2006, Mike Matusow finished second in the No-Limit Hold 'em event at the Las Vegas “FullTiltPoker.Net Pro Showdown from Red Rock Casino,” and three days later he finished third in the No-Limit Hold 'em event at the Tournament of Champions, also in Las Vegas. Just a month later, Mike had a final table appearance in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold 'em event at the 2006 WSOP, where he finished seventh and cashed for almost $90,000.