Mike Matusow looks for staking in 2016 WSOP

by Jeremy Olson on May 18, 2016

Mike Matusow has been largely absent from the poker scene after undergoing a spinal operation in 2014. It’s understandable that he hasn’t been able to sit at a poker table because he had to relearn to walk following the operation.

But it appears that he’s getting healthier since Matusow tweeted about finding backers for the 2016 WSOP. Here’s a look at a couple of his tweets:

Any and all rich friends interested in staking me for wsop direct message me and let me how much your interested (healthy and hungry)#focus

And for all doubters I’ll last longer or cross book any tourney we both play together#confident

Staking has become very common in the live tournament world as pros look to reduce their risk to variance. For instance, 2004 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Raymer has asked for backing over the last three years. Unfortunately for the “Fossilman,” he’s earned just $131k in winnings over this span.

So is Matusow a better bet? It’s not unfathomable because he has earned four WSOP gold bracelets during his career along with $9.1 million in tourney winnings. “The Mouth’s” last bracelet came in the 2013 WSOP, where he won a $5,000 Seven Card Stud event.

Even with his success, Matusow is likely to be a risk since he hasn’t played poker much in the last two years. On the other hand, he’s a big-name player who is quite talented when he’s on the felt.

In any case, it seems that Matusow will probably get some staking because he’s a big name with four bracelets. And it would be an incredible story to see him win a sixth-career bracelet, given all the struggles he’s had in recent times.