Posts Tagged ‘Mike Matusow’
by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Tom Schneider became the first player to win two WSOP bracelets at the 2013 World Series of Poker, with his win in the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. event adding to his previous triumph in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event last week.
In the space of less than a week Schneider has doubled his World Series of Poker bracelet collection and has joined a number of poker superstars, such as Mike Matusow, Huck Seed and Bobby Baldwin, as a four-time WSOP bracelet winner.
Schneider’s incredible run of success has given him the opportunity to break a number of World Series of Poker records.
Having already cashed on six occasions this summer he has the opportunity to break the “most cashes” record currently held by Konstantin Puchkov who cashed on twelve occasions during last year’s World Series of Poker.
On top of this Schneider is currently sitting second on the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year Leaderboard and if he is able to leapfrog current leader Daniel Negreanu will become the first player to win the award on two occasions after his previous triumph in 2007.
Schneider admitted to being exhausted at the conclusion of the tournament but said “there’s no rest for the weary” and plans on playing several more events.
In other World Series of Poker news Isaac Hagerling survived a torrid heads-up battle with Max Steinberg to win the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Mixed Max tournament.
Hagerling needed over 100 hands to defeat Steinberg but remained patient and took home the first place prize of $372,387 and his first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet.
The result was easily the biggest of Hagerling’s poker career whose previous best cash was $ 71,289 for winning the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2011 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic.
The other bracelet winner yesterday at the 2013 World Series of Poker was Jason Duval who outlasted 2115 players to win the latest $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event.
Duval took home the first place prize of $521,202 (the second six figure cash of his career) after outlasting Majid Yahyaei in a heads-up battle that lasted over two hours.
It was a well-deserved victory for Duval who finished the opening day of the tournament as chip leader and was among the pace setters for the majority of the event.
You can stay up to date with all the latest action from the 2013 World Series of Poker here at Poker.com.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, June 17th, 2013
Another six World Series of Poker bracelets were awarded this weekend as the action really starts to heat up!
McNeil Wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-better
Calen McNeil outlasted a tough final table, which took an extra day to be decided, to win the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
All eyes were on Todd Brunson, John Monnette and Stephen Chidwick when the final table began but it was McNeill who survived the onslaught to win the first place prize of $277,274.
The victory was easily McNeill’s biggest score of his poker career but was looking for an even bigger payday when he jumped right into the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Event.
Martin Finger Wins Shorthanded Event
The shorthanded events at the 2013 World Series of Poker have proven extremely popular and the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Six Handed) was no exception with Martin Finger outlasting an incredible field of 806 players to win his first WSOP bracelet.
Finger was the table captain for the majority of the final table and thoroughly deserved the first place prize of $506,764.
A number of notable players made deep runs in this event with Dan Kelly recording his sixth cash of the WSOP so far in tenth; poker legend Erik Seidel finishing ninth; Nick Schulman eighth and David Pham fourth.
Josh Pollock Wins $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
Josh Pollock cruelled the WSOP bracelet hopes of Noah Schwartz by winning the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event.
Schwartz is regarded as one of the best tournament poker players in the world and looked on track to win his maiden World Series of Poker success when he took a three to one chip lead into his heads-up battle with Pollock.
However, Pollock rode out his luck and after several close scares won his first WSOP bracelet and the first place prize of $279,431 while a clearly disappointed Schwartz was sent back to the drawing board.
Corey Harrison Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Corey Harrison outlasted a big field of 1730 other players to win the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The college professor took home his first WSOP bracelet as well as the first place prize of $432,411 in what was only his second ever WSOP cash.
Despite the life-changing cash prize the dedicated teacher said he loves his job and will not be pursuing a career as a professional poker player.
Fuhs Defeats Talented Field to win $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better
Danny Fuhs survived a titanic heads-up battle with Christopher George to win the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The tournament drew one of the most talented fields of the 2013 WSOP thus far with four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow; 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel; 2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro and consistent tournament performer Robert Mizrachi all finishing in the money as did Dan Kelly – his seventh cash of the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The heads-up battle was one for the ages with Fuhs and George trading the chip lead on several occasions before Fuhs was able to land the killer blow and claim the first place prize of $277,519.
The 2013 World Series of Poker continues with a star-studded field doing battle in the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. event.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
The roller coaster poker career of Mike Matusow took another turn yesterday with the forty-five-year-old winning his fourth WSOP bracelet in the Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The always controversial Matusow defeated a strong field of 210 players to win the $266,503 first-place prize as well as his first WSOP bracelet since his victory in the $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw tournament at the 2008 World Series of Poker.
Matusow has had a tough past couple of years and despite being delighted with the victory had a few choice words for his critics in his post-tournament interview.
“Yeah, I’m f—king washed up. Yeah, right. F—k the haters,” Matusow said.
Matusow turned around a poor run of form with victory in the $20,000 NBC Heads-Up Championship earlier this year and said he is happy with his current form.
“The last three tournaments have just been amazing,” Matusow said.
“I’m playing at a really high level again.
“I felt like I was the best player at the table the whole way.”
Matusow joined poker legends such as Amarillo Slim Preston and Bobby Baldwin as four-time WSOP bracelet winners and believes he deserves to join the pair in the Poker Hall of Fame.
“I really think I belong in the Poker Hall of Fame,” Matusow said.
“If you look at my record, I’m right up there.”
It is fairly clear Matusow hasn’t lost any of his trademark confidence and predicted he will continue to excel for the remainder of the 2013 World Series of Poker.
“When my heads-on straight, I really believe I’m the best in the world,” Matusow said.
“Nobody can beat me when I’m playing my A-game.
“My next goal is to win another.”
by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Mike Gorodinsky produced a strong three-day performance to win the $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The first non-Hold’em event of the 2013 World Series of Poker drew a strong field of 374 players but it was Gorodinsky who outlasted them all to win the $216,988 first place prize and a WSOP bracelet.
It was an impressive performance from Gorodinsky who was one of the chip leaders during all three days of the tournament but had to overcome a number of tricky situations during the final table.
Gorodinsky went into the heads-up battle narrowly trailing Kristopher Tong but after only a few hands was at a major disadvantage.
Despite playing with a small stack Gorodinsky felt as though he was always in control of the heads-up battle.
“I had a pretty good read on how my opponent was playing, so I just needed some momentum to swing my way,” Gorodinsky said in a post tournament interview
Gorodinsky has a strong record in mixed games at major poker championships but doesn’t necessarily believe they are his strongest games.
He was victorious in the $5,000 8 Game Championship during both the 2010 and 2012 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure and cashed in the $2,500 10 Game Six Handed event during the 2012 World Series of Poker.
“I do play a lot of mixed games, I’m not going to say these are my best games, but I play them well enough,” Gorodinsky said.
A number of World Series of Poker bracelet winners made deep runs in the tournament but fell just short of qualifying for the final table.
2012 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. winner David Baker finished in nineteenth while three-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow finished in fourteenth.
The in-form Daniel Negreanu continued his incredible string of strong tournament results with a twelfth place finish that increased his lead in the 2013 World Series of Poker Player of the Year race.
The action continues at the 2013 World Series of Poker with only forty-three players, including Dan Kelly, in the hunt for the inaugural “Millionaire Maker” title.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, January 28th, 2013
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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