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Check-Raising the Devil Hardcover – May 12, 2009
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I could not put this book down. Even if you are only a casual poker player you will love this book. I also recommend this book to anyone who wants to understands how the human mind reacts to extreme stress, mental illness, and drug abuse.Mike Matusow: Check-Raising the Devil
Mike Matusow epitomized the American Dream and an E! True Hollywood Story all rolled up into one... white trash roots, lived a wild yet misunderstood childhood, harnessed an innate genius to become famous and rich, partied to excess, got in trouble with the law, went to rehab, and bounced back into the spotlight as one of the most noticeable pros in the game.
Check-Raising the Devil was not the first attempt at extracting an autobiography from The Mouth. Michael Craig was originally attached to the project circa 2006 and spent the better part of the Christmas holiday in 2006 interviewing Matusow in Las Vegas. Within a couple of weeks, Craig left the project due to creative differences with Matusow's agent, and that's when Amy Calistri and Dr. Tim Lavalli (aka the Poker Shrink) got a crack at the book. They officially jumped on board after the 2007 WSOP and they have been attached to the project ever since. Craig even offered up all his notes and interview tapes that were approximately fours hours in length. It total, the Shrink accumulated over 70+ hours of audio interviews with Matusow which were the genesis of the book.
I'm friends with both authors and obtained first-hand knowledge regarding the trials and tribulations of the entire process. From the get-go, Amy and the Shrink had major obstacles to overcome beginning with hold-ups and delays in securing the contract to write the book. There were plenty of challenges dealing with a volatile personality such as Mike Matusow and keeping him focused enough to talk about specific and difficult points in his life.
The book was not an easy birth.Read more ›
This book is not for kids, or anyone who wants to use it as a poker how-to. This is more of a life story. And if you can ignore the lack of formal writing technique, it's a fantastic one. Treat it more like you're listening to him tell you a story in person.
Mike Matusow is all heart and wears it on his sleeve. That's why he is arguably the most liked and fascinating pro out there. He is rags to riches and his story shows the scars he has to prove it.
All in all, great reading and insight. A real look into the sex, drugs and lifestyle of the Las Vegas party scene. As a Vegas resident I can say firsthand that this town can be seductively brutal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read Mikey! Great job of being honest and insightful into the world of poker. I identified with you in many ways and appreciate your playing style and humanity.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
For sure poker-player life not that glamorous! Some exciting times; Not an easy way to make a living; and does it boil down to chance or skill?Published 5 months ago by Bruce A. McDonough
One of the most interesting books I've ever read. It really shows the behind the cameras view of Mike. He holds nothing back in this book. I definitely recommend!Published 6 months ago by J. Maloney
I started reading this book and then I couldn't put it down. Great read!Published 8 months ago by Brett McNary
If your into A good degenerate story this is s a fascinating readPublished 9 months ago by clubchill
A good look into the life of 1 of the better MTT players of this era. He opens up about alot of his struggles and demons in a way many people can't. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Clint E.
I was never a real fan of Mike Matusow. Based soley on what I saw of him on ESPN and other poker shows. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Daniel Genisio
There were loads of great reviews on the hardback version of Check Raising the Devil, but those all seem to be gone now. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gentleman Jim
Great story of winning it all, crashing and burning, and then building himself back up. Makes you go back and watch some of the videos online of him playing when he was messed up... Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Lanning