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Mike Matusow Blasts Fellow Player During Poker Tournament

Written by:
Ace King
Published on:
Aug/20/2008

Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, who is featured in a Globe Magazine article this month by Gambling911.com contributor Thomas Somach related to his past run-in with law enforcement and jail time, recently had it out with another player during a Full Tilt online poker tournament.

According to 4Flush.com, it was supposed to be an action packed FTOPS IX Event 22, pitting skills vs. skills in a battle to the finish at Full Tilt Poker. Instead, it became an all-out war of words as Mike Matusow and ‘DaEvils' verbally blasted one another for what seemed to be hours.

Matusow quipped about players thinking he would actually bluff on the first hand, and DaEvils immediately accused him of trash talking. It only got more explosive and explicitly immature as the poker tournament continued.

DaEvils criticized Matusow's play of the hand, to which Matusow called all online poker players (as opposed to live players) "idiots". To make matters worse, and fuel the fire for DaEvils, Mike seemed to have some trouble with his keyboard (yes, we'll blame the keyboard) as he could not seem to offer a single post without repetitive typos. Not to say that DaEvils typing skills were perfect - not even close - but he was at least articulate during the exchange.

As the immature argument escalated, DaEvils took jabs at Mike's tournament play, saying things like, "it's just pathetic you pros that talk so miuch trash about medium sized pots... when you're constantly broke and begging for stakes." (Please note that I have not removed any typos from the original text.

The verbal abuse continued, according to 4Flush.com.

Somach, who also acts as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and a writer for PokerHelper.com, was interviewed for the Globe piece.

"Poker players are the hot new celebrities for the tabloid media," he tells Gambling911.com. "Combine these players' sleazy backgrounds with the national exposure they get from playing poker on television and you've got a tabloid star. These guys have lots of dirt and people know who they are."

The Globe article details Matusow's life as an ex-con who appears on NBC's "Poker After Dark".

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Ace King, Gambling911.com

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