Mike Matusow is back in the poker headlines after failing to graciously accept defeat in the ongoing World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online Bracelet Series on WSOP.com. He called his opponent a “motherf*****”, and worse, he resorted to posting nasty threats and offensive remarks, because he thought the player “slowrolled”, resulting in his early exit in Event #4: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout.
Holding ace-queen, Matusow checked a ten-high flop against “wolverine17”. The American poker pro proceeded to shove down the river, and it took at least 15 seconds for his opponent to ultimately decide to call with pocket aces. That was it for Matusow — he found no further help and was forced to leave the game early. Appalled by what he perceived to be “slowrolling”, Matusow blew up and went on a crazy rant. All of that happened while he was livestreaming.
Matusow, a four-time WSOP bracelet winner, was probably pissed by two things – first, he was playing a freezeout tournament, which meant he only had one shot at victory, but he must have overlooked that, thinking it’s the other way around, and he busted early; second, his opponent tanked before making the winning call.
Matusow, known in the poker world as “The Mouth” for his trash-talking persona, was so incredibly frustrated he threatened to throw wolverine17 up against the wall and beat his ass. He announced a $50 reward for anyone who could provide his opponent’s real name. The said bonus will be added when the player signs up for his home game. He called his opponent a “scumbag” for slowrolling, saying players like him push people away from the game.
Poker Community Reacts
Throughout his rant, Matusow considered wolverine17 as another slowrolling male player, until someone in the chat gave out more information. It turned out Matusow’s opponent was Megan Milburn, who hails from the East Coast. All along, Matusow was threatening to harm a female poker player who had $65,000 in live cashes.
Learning his opponent’s real identity didn’t stop Matusow from going on the offensive. While he said he “won’t hit no woman”, he called Milburn a “c***, proceeded to her Twitter profile and continued his rant there, advising Milburn to “learn poker etiquette” if she wanted to stay longer in the game. Realizing he might have gone too far, Matusow removed his nasty tweet but Dave K Lappin already saved a screenshot, alongside an “astonishingly classy” response by Milburn.
Matusow’s behavior was condemned by several players, with some saying he should apologize. His livestream, which captured all of his rants was also shared on social media, sparking strong criticism.
Matusow Is Not A Fan Of Slowrolling
Matusow later said sorry and said he just got caught up in the moment, but this isn’t the first time he had a meltdown at the poker tables due to the much frowned upon poker practice. Back in 2011, he also threatened to punch high-stakes pro Shaun Deeb when the latter apparently slowrolled in a live $25/50 NLHE cash game which was broadcast as part of the TV show Poker Night in America.
Deeb tanked for around 30 seconds before deciding to call Matusow’s all-in bet with quad fives against J-J. Both went on a short break and afterwards Deeb semi-apologized, but Matusow was still fuming in anger he threatened to quit the game and punch Deeb in the mouth. The tension was eventually pacified and Matusow decided to play till the end. Maybe he realized Deeb only did it for the sake of entertainment as they’re playing in front of the cameras.
More recently, Matusow also made headlines when he publicly attacked the mandatory wearing of face mask inside casinos and poker rooms in the state of Nevada, comparing it to abortion. He challenged Gov. Sisolak to arrest him as he would not give in to the order.
Matusow has since apologized to Milburn via a private message but his outburst has once again made things unpleasant in the poker world.

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