The always controversial Mike Matusow defeated fellow poker veteran Phil Hellmuth to win the 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship at Caesars Palace on Sunday.
Matusow defeated Michael Mizrachi, Viktor Blom, Barry Greenstein, John Hennigan and Scott Seiver before beating Hellmuth in the final to claim the prestigious title and the first place prize of $750,000.
The victory was Matusow’s biggest payday since he made the final table of the 2005 World Series of Poker and his first tournament win the 2010 Florida State Poker Championship.
Matusow was extremely emotional after the victory and thanked all the supporters who had stuck by him.
“And God said let the cards break even… and they did,” Matusow said on Twitter.
“Thanks to all my supporters and fans was such a great win.”
Matusow had tears in his eyes when he accepted the Championship Ring and said he was proud that the victory represented a victory for the old guys.
“Yes, it is just a poker tournament, but it means a lot,” Matusow said.
For guys like me and Phil [Hellmuth], where everyone was making fun and upset that the final was us two, ‘Oh Phil and Mike, what are they doing in the final?’”
“You know what, we are the old guys, but where are the young players? They’re not here. We are.”
Hellmuth was attempting to become the first player to win the NBC Nationals Heads-Up Championship on multiple occasions but was extremely classy in defeat and paid credit to his good friend Matusow.
“The world doesn’t understand how great a guy Mike is,” Hellmuth said.
“I tip my hat to him.”
The NBC National Heads-Up Championship will be televised in March with ratings expected to soar thanks to the deep runs of Matusow and Hellmuth.
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