Mad Marvin’s Bonkers Bet, Mike Matusow Blows Up Over “Disgusting” Ruling at WSOP

Mad Marvin looking...mad.

German tournament prodigy Marvin Rettenmaier has been publically chasing some high stakes prop bet action for this year’s World Series of Poker for weeks now and after a long list of rejections he’s finally found a taker in recent adversary to Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mo.

Mo, who publically grilled Selbst for playing badly in her heads up match with Ryan Fee before their own heads up bout for a bracelet in the $25k Mixed Max event – which he later lost, also had a bracelet bet with Doug ‘WCGRider’ Polk – who recently won his first bracelet in the only turbo tournament of this year’s series - and will therefore be looking to make some money back.

But in Rettenmaier, he has a more than competent adversary. “Mad” Marvin has nearly $5m in career tournament earnings under his belt and famously became the only player ever to win back to back WPT main event titles in 2012.

The bet itself is very simple; for it to be considered live, both participants have to be active in the event in question and the first to take down a No Limit Hold’em WSOP bracelet in any event other than the One Drop is the winner and receives payment to the tune of $100,000.


It’s been a relatively quiet WSOP thus far where Mike “The Mouth” Matusow is concerned, but it was only a matter of time before he was among the headlines and sure enough, he’s back in the limelight after a bust up with a floor man during Event #25 – the $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low.

 PokerNews’ live reporters on the scene caught the action of the hand in question and Matusow’s subsequent antics:

Matusow said, “If I win this pot, everybody will be playing for second.”

As the hand played out Matusow’s excitement began to rise to the surface…

“Come on, I deserve this,” yelled Matusow, almost losing his voice. The dealer delivered seventh and Matusow started cheering loudly, running away from the tournament area and everybody in the rather silent Amazon room could hear him. Matusow pounded the table in celebration as he continued to laud the hand. He raked in the massive pot with the straight and low and was then given a one round penalty for his “outrageous behaviour.”

A lot of players, especially off the back of winning a big pot, would use the time to gather composure and focus on the task at hand once permitted to return to the action, but Matusow is famous for self destructing and despite his big increase in chips, busted the event shortly afterward.

Matusow was clearly bemused by the ruling and felt massively hard done by, but interestingly, he wasn’t alone in that school of thought. Owais Ahmed, Joe Tehan and Thomas Keller all piped in with shots at the Rio staff in support of The Mouth’s outrage:

Ahmed: “As a frequent WSOP player, it's ridiculous when you have a rogue floor who gives unfair penalties just to prove he's in charge.”

Tehan: “Worst penalty I've ever seen was given tonight to Mike Matusow. So unfair, especially when we're playing for so much $$.”

Keller: “I thought the ruling was terrible. All he did was celebrate away from the table after winning a huge pot. He celebrated loudly but not meanly or directed at anyone.”


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