Mike Matusow by Mike Matusow
Check-Raising the Devil

90%

14 Critic Reviews

Check-Raising the Devil is as entertaining as the man [Matusow] was on TV.
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Synopsis

Get Ready for a Wild Ride…

Hang on tight as Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, poker player extraordinaire, takes you with him on a breathtaking, true-life roller coaster ride from his humble beginnings in a trailer park to a rock and roll lifestyle full of hot women, sex, wild drug-filled parties and million-dollar wins and losses. Yet behind the glamour and glory of his high-stakes poker career lurked the flip side: a person torn between two debilitating mental illnesses?—?bipolar disorder and ADHD. To dig himself out of depression and suicidal despair, Matusow turned to dangerous street drugs to self-medicate a problem he didn’t understand, and spiraled deeper into the darker world of addiction, police narcotic stings, and jail time.

In this revealing and tumultuous autobiography, the combustible Matusow holds nothing back. You’ll get a mouthful of the man behind the infamous Matusow Meltdowns seen on national TV.

Riveting, exhilarating, sexy, sometimes shocking and always fascinating, this voyeur’s look into the world of high-stakes poker, mental illness, and ultimately, Matusow’s inspiring redemption, will keep you glued to your seat until the very last page!
 

About Mike Matusow

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Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, one of the top professional poker players in the world?—?and the most compelling?—?is a favorite among the millions of television viewers who have come to count on his outrageously candid comments, emotional outbursts, and constant taunts that make for great television theatre. He has over $7 million in tournament earnings, made an amazing 13 final tables at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), and won three coveted WSOP gold bracelets.
 
Published November 2, 2011 by Cardoza Publishing. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Mike Matusow
All: 14 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 1

Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Brad Laidman on Jun 26 2009

Check-Raising the Devil is as entertaining as the man [Matusow] was on TV.

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LV Revealed

Excellent
Reviewed by Nick Christenson on Jun 17 2009

Check-Raising the Devil is an entertaining and informative biography about one of poker's most colorful celebrities. This is a very well written narrative about Matusow's life and presents his side of his many stories that have already become part of poker lore.

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Ready Bet Go

Good
Reviewed by Howard Schwartz on Mar 21 2014

Overall, this book has value. It has the potential to warn a future generation of players about the pitfalls of too much too soon, of the value of money, the dangers of drug use and how he pulled out of a dangerous, out of control tailspin and with help, landed safely.

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Tor Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Salvatore Difalco on Jun 03 2009

Maybe he’s not altogether admirable, but what is appealing about him, and about this book, is his honesty and his willingness to open up his life to us, warts and all.

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PokerWorks

Excellent
Reviewed by ClearSpine on May 20 2009

Ultimately, this is a compelling read, and should leave even Matusow’s most ardent critics having more compassion for a man who has struggled mightily to understand and overcome the hand in life he has been dealt.

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Card Player

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephen Murphy on May 14 2009

Overall, the book has a somber, reflective, and even grateful tone.

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Predict Em

Excellent
Reviewed by Chad Holloway on Jan 01 2010

The stories are intriguing and riveting, while the material covers highlights from the poker world such as Matusow’s 2005 WSOP Main Event final table appearance

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Poker Bonus Source

Excellent
Reviewed by Poker Bonus on Aug 01 2009

I enjoyed the book thoroughly and I can say it is a completely honest recount by ‘the Mouth’.

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Casino Gaming

Excellent
Reviewed by Maryann Guberman on Jun 06 2009

Nope, Mike Matusow's bio isn't about how to play poker. It's more about how not to let poker play you. It's well-written, tightly edited, and very revealing.

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Poker Listings

Excellent
Reviewed by Poker Listings on Jun 01 2009

The book is a hoot. And, you know, you come out at the end really liking the guy. I sure as hell did.

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Poker News

Excellent
Reviewed by Martin Harris on May 12 2009

Check-Raising the Devil is a remarkable book that, much like its subject, can be regarded in multiple ways.

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Poker Book Club

Below average
Reviewed by Poker Book Club on Nov 12 2010

Then, comes along world class poker champion, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, with a greasy, whiny autobiographical tabloid. Will Matusow become the poster boy for the staunch poker opposition? ... Probably.

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Aimlessly Chasing Amy

Good
Reviewed by Amy on Jan 01 2010

Check-Raising the Devil is outrageous, heart wrenching, and funny. Well after all, it’s Mike.

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Online Poker Guide

Good
Reviewed by Scat Mann on Dec 21 2009

If you want to experience Mike and his life from first hand, then this book is definitely something you should read!

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