It’s no wonder why Mike Matusow is called ‘The Mouth.’ His outbursts are truly epic, but until today he was never penalized for cheering too loud.
That was the case on Day 2 of Event #25: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8-or-Better. Matusow was shortstacked the whole day and was able to catch a break in a late four-handed Stud Hi-Low pot.
“Come on, I deserve this,” ‘The Mouth’ cried with one last card to come, almost begging the dealer not to improve his opponents’ hands. He already had a straight and a low and with the seventh street bricking, Matusow started running in the Amazon room, cheering loudly and pounding the table. Eventually, the tournament staff gave him a one-round penalty for his implosion.
“Is this for real? I didn’t do anything. You get a penalty for getting excited? I didn’t even swear,” Matusow complained, according to PokerNews Live Reporting.
And although he won a massive pot, the penalty brought him his doom. ‘The Mouth’ was the last player to be eliminated before the end of the day in 19th place after losing a big pot to Christopher McHugh before busting out in a Stud hand.
I tryed to comprise myself and me being so emotional of a person I was not able to and I emploded this was worst ruling in poker history
— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) June 12, 2014
It would have been really interesting if Matusow had survived and won the event. According to Matt Glantz Twitter account, the loud American made a promise saying he would have dyed his hair pink just like Michael Chow if he had won Event #25.
Unfortunately though, he won’t be part of the last 18 who will come back later today to seal the deal. Erik Seidel is the leader of that particular pack and the player with the best chance to prevail. Mike Leah, Tom Schneider, Robert Mizrachi, and Glantz will also return to the Amazon room to finish what they started.
In another tournament that is close to the final goal – Event #24: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’Em Six Handed – Matt Jarvis is set to do what few have done in the World Series of Poker. He is the chip leader entering Day 3 and has a unique chance to win the same event twice.
Jarvis won the $5,000 buy-in NLHE 6-max event back in 2011 and cashed in over $800k. The first place prize for this year’s tourney is set at $622,998, big enough to lure any poker pro including 2010 WSOP NL Championship deep-runner Bryn Kenney, 2009 WSOP NL Championship 18th-place finisher Andrew Lichtenberger, 2014 WPT Championship runner-up Byron Kaverman, 2012 WSOP Main Event winner Greg Merson, and 2013 EPT High Roller champ Griffin Benger. All of these players will try to dethrone Jarvis and take the gold bracelet.
And since we are talking about poker players with some noteworthy resumes, we can’t end the report without making reference to the all-time best in terms of WSOP runs: Phil Hellmuth.
He is still standing with a stack in front of him after Day 1 of Event #26: $1,500 NLHE. Hellmuth has around 34 big blinds and is very close to entering the money zone for the 103rd time in his outstanding career. Only seven more players need to leave the poker tables in order for Hellmuth to achieve this accomplishment.
But we all know that he won’t settle with just a min-cash. ‘The Poker Brat’ will want much more and will have to prepare himself to get past yet another hard day at the office. Young guns like Dan Smith, Mike “Timex” McDonald, and Max Silver will definitely be ready for him. Is Hellmuth capable of outrunning them?