Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The Mouth Roars

Mike "The Mouth" Matusow had a good day yesterday. He was featured heavily in both episodes of the WSOP Main Event telecast on ESPN. Later, in real time, he spent most of the evening mocking Phil Hellmuth at the final table of the WSOP Tournament of Champions. (Deriding him for playing "weak-tight," for example.) Then he put the Mouth where the money was, overcoming the chip lead of Hellmuth and Hoyt Corkins to win the $1 million first-place prize.

Anyone who has been watching the WSOP coverage on ESPN won't be surprised, as Matusow was spectacularly aggressive when he needed to be but changed gears often enough to conserve chips and stay out of traps. (At least according to what they showed.) Anyone who has been watching said coverage may be shocked to hear who came in fifth: Steve Dannenmann, the devil-may-care nice guy who took up poker a few months before the Main Event and who made the final table. (It was Dannenmann, btw, who doubled Matusow through at a key time yesterday when Matusow rivered his fourth heart on the board to complete a flush.) Full updates at

P.S.: Such an obvious headline, but, hey, I'm not gettin' paid to write these.

1 comment:

Tulsa said...

Also, the PR Newswire story on Matusow's win appears under "Pokery Headlines" to the right of the main page, for those who care.