Check-Raising the Devil

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ISBN-13: 9781580422611
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Description: Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, one of the top professional poker players in the world (with over6 million in tournament earnings) has become more than just a household name. He's a favorite among the millions of television viewers who have come to count  More...

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List price: $24.95
Publisher: Cardoza Publishing
Publication date: 5/12/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, one of the top professional poker players in the world (with over6 million in tournament earnings) has become more than just a household name. He's a favorite among the millions of television viewers who have come to count on his outrageously candid comments, emotional outbursts, and constant taunts that affirm the aptness of his nickname and make for great television theatre. A rags-to-riches success story, Matusow's life has been as much nightmare as it has been dream. His struggle with undiagnosed bipolar and ADHD disorders led to self-medication with illegal drugs, such as crystal meth and ecstasy, and a tumultuous descent in the drug-fueled Las Vegas club scene. As drug use turned to drug abuse, Matusow's descent, taking his multi-million dollar bankroll along, went on the downward spiral that led to an arrest for a narcotics buy and the specter of a ten-year prison term (subsequently plea bargained down to a six month jail sentence). The Mouth's story is a high stakes rollercoaster ride featuring an insider's view of some of the world's largest poker tournaments, unbearable depression and suicidal tendencies, the Las Vegas party scene, rock star-like excess, outrageous antics, drug abuse, jail, and, in many ways, salvation. And through the worst of it, Matusow's phenomenal talent and tenacity prevailed; there was never a year that Mike failed to make a final table in a World Series of Poker event. This memoir is funny, outspoken and brash, while humbly and painfully honest about the highs and lows of poker, life, and the odyssey of overcoming psychological illness in a bastion of pressure and temptation. There is also a foreword by Phil Hellmuth, 11-time World Series of Poker bracelet holder.

Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, one of the top professional poker players in the world—and the most compelling—nbsp;is a favorite among the millions of television viewers who have come to count on his outrageously candidnbsp;nbsp;comments, emotional outbursts, and constant taunts that affirm the aptness of his nickname and make for greatnbsp;television theatre. He has over $6 million in tournament earnings, made an amazing 11 final tables at the Worldnbsp;Series of Poker (WSOP), including two final tables in the main championship event. He has also won two covetednbsp;gold bracelets at the WSOP and the prestigious 2005 Tournament of Champions. Mike Matusow has been a guest on FSN’sBest Damn Sports Show, ESPN’sSportsCenter, Fox Sports Radio, andnbsp;the Clear Channel syndicated sports radio talk show,The Jim Rome Show. Matusow is a regular on GSN’sHighnbsp;Stakes PokerandNBC’s Poker After Darkand on various poker channels as a frequent final-table player—andnbsp;resident big mouth—in big tournaments. He has also appeared in the movieLucky Youand on Bravo’sKathynbsp;Griffin: My Life on the D List.nbsp;nbsp; Amy Calistriis one of the best known and respected journalists in poker and has been a regular contributor to Bluff Magazine, Woman Poker Player Magazine, Canadian Player, and PokerPages.com. Calistri appears on the weekly internet radio show “Keep Flopping Aces” and held a regular guest slot on a syndicated poker radio show which aired on Sports Byline USA, Sirius Satellite Radio and the American Forces Radio Network. Dr.Tim Lavalli holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and is the author of the popular column, “The Poker Shrink.” Lavalli lives in Las Vegas and covers a wide range of poker topics, including major tournaments, news, and poker roomnbsp;nbsp;reviews, for a number of print and online clients. He appeared in the 2006 WSOP documentaryHouse of Cardsnbsp;nbsp;in his role as The Poker Shrink. In 2007, Lavalli wasCard Playermagazine’s key professional player interface during the WSOP.

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