So I'm at a Quik Trip getting gas right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma and
I went inside
to get a drink and I see poker legend Mike
(The Mouth) Matusow standing there.
I was pretty sure it was him - but he seemed thinner than the last time
I saw him on TV.
I didn't want to mention that he seemed thinner in person, in case
he was sick or something.
Of course, the Full Tilt cap and Poker shirt he was wearing helped
to seal the deal.
So I walked over and introduce myself.
Amazingly, he had never heard of Bartcop.
I told him I was a big fan (and I am - sorta. - even if you don't like
Mike, he's helped
to put poker on the map in the same way that John McEnroe helped tennis
If you know the names of five poker players, he's probably one opf
them) and I asked
him what in the wide, wide world of sports he was doing in Tulsa, Oklahoma..
He said, "I'm doing the World Poker Tour Boot
Camp at Tulsa's Cherokee Casino."
So I gave him my card with my phone number on it and told him to call
me if he needed
any help while he was in town - like help posting bail, I suggested.
He said, "Thanks, but I don't think I'll need
any bail money this weekend."
I wished him good luck and got back in my car.
When I got home, I looked up the WPT
Boot Camp thing.
First thing I saw was "Sold Out," which was a shame. If the cost
was around $30
I might've signed up because if Mike's giving poker lessons, even an
experienced player like
myself might learn something (cough). But then I saw that the people
who signed up were paying
each to get poker lessons from Mike Matusow..
Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit, I thought to myself.
Nothing against Mike, but I wouldn't pay $1895
get poker lessons from
Jimmy Page and Shirley Manson, both of whom I like a lot more
than Mike Matusow.
But hey - if the market will support $1895
lessons from Mike Matusow, then good
for him and and the producers who paid Mike to come all this way and
Hmmm, I wonder what it takes to get a poker millionaire to fly to Tulsa
and give poker lessons to the Okies?
Oh, and while looking up that WPT thing, I saw a link that said poker
great Ted Forrest bet Mike
$100,000 last year that he couldn't lose 50 pounds by this year's World
Series of Poker.
Looks like Mike
won that bet.
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