Poker Personality Matt Savage nearly Paralyzed in Waterslide Accident

by Jeremy Olson on August 23, 2013

Several weeks ago, World Poker Tour Tournament Director Matt Savage hit his head on a waterslide in a painful accident. But he apparently didn’t feel as if the injury was initially bad enough to go to the hospital.

However, after complaining of pain in his chest and arm, Savage felt that he needed to see a doctor. At first, doctors could find nothing wrong with the poker personality. But an MRI later revealed three pinched nerves in his back that threatened to lead to cervical stenosis. This condition involves nerves squeezing the spinal cord in the neck and causing paralysis.

So to avoid this nasty condition, Savage underwent surgery to repair the nerves and keep himself out of a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Although Savage left the hospital in a wheelchair, the surgery was successful and he’ll make a recovery soon. He tweeted the following to everybody who supported him:

Just out of hospital, thanks you guys have been awesome with the well wishes, next stop home!

Matt Savage also expressed how bummed he is about missing the start of the $10 million guaranteed tournament at the Hard Rock Seminole Casino. Of course, it’s better that he miss this event than a lifetime of tourneys.

Savage is well known for helping found the Tournament Directors Association. He was also inducted into the Poker Room Manager’s Hall of Fame in 2003.

Aside from his tournament-directing duties, Savage also plays in tournaments when he gets the chance too. His largest cash ($32,396) occurred in a 2009 WSOP $1,500 Seven Card Stud event, where he finished fifth place. He also won a 2009 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza side event and earned ($10,795).