Check-Raising the Devil is Mike’s up-and-down story of rock-star-like partying and excess, success at the highest levels of the poker world, a monstrous fall from the mountain, and a huge comeback all the way back to the top of the mountain. Today, most of you like Mike “The Mouth” Matusow – but love him or hate him, you will not be able to put this book down. — Phil Hellmuth
It may start in a trailer park and end up at some of poker’s most prestigious multi-million dollar tournaments, but Check-Raising the Devil’s rags-to-riches timeline is merely a backdrop for Mike “The Mouth” Matusow’s tumultuous life. Television viewers have seen Mike’s over-the-top and fun loving antics at the poker table – as well as his emotional collapses, better known as “Matusow Meltdowns.” But few have understood Mike’s struggle to control his depressive swings – a battle that involved self-medicating with street drugs and, ultimately, a debilitating meth addiction – before his eventual diagnosis with bipolar disorder.
In his candid autobiography, Matusow gives readers an insider’s view of the world of professional poker and his metoric rise to become one of the best players in the world. Poker enthusiasts will thrive on Mike’s personal stories and strategies that landed him three World Series of Poker bracelets and two trips to the Championship final table. Readers are also along for the outrageous roller coaster ride – hitting the highs and lows – that defined Mike’s world. From the ESPN feature table to jail and back again, Mike holds nothing back. Check-Raising the Devil is outrageous, heart wrenching, and funny. Well after all, it’s Mike.
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