A newly slimmed-down Mike "The Mouth" Matusow took down the $5k No-Limit Duece-to-Seven Draw w/ Rebuys event early Thursday morning, earning $537,862 and his third World Series of Poker bracelet. Matusow topped Jeff Lisandro in heads-up play - Lisandro earned $347,004 for finishing second.
Only 85 players entered this event, but the field was absolutely stacked with top talent. The final table had a number of well-known professional players, including the likes of Matusow, Lisandro, Barry Greenstein, Erick Lindgren, Tony G and David Benyamine. Greenstein finished third, Lindgren took fourth, Tom Schneider finished in fifth, Tony G was eliminated in sixth and David Benyamine took seventh place in the tournament.
Matusow has been playing tremendous poker as of late, and it should come as no big surprise that he managed to take down this tournament. He was dangerously close to being eliminated in three-handed play, but came storming back after a well-timed break and never looked back. Lisandro, Greenstein and Matusow all swapped the chip lead, but Matusow ended up finishing in first.
As mentioned, this is Mike Matusow's third World Series of Poker bracelet. He captured his first bracelet in 1999, when he took down the $3500 No Limit Hold'em event for $265k. Three years later, he captured the $5k Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better event for $148k.
Mike Matusow now has over $6.5 million dollars in career earnings.
This has been a great start to the 2008 World Series of Poker for Matusow. First he won a six-figure weight loss prop bet with Ted Forrest (he had to get down to 181 pounds by June 3rd - he weighed in at 179), and now he has captured his third World Series of Poker bracelet.
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