Mike Matusow will not face any discipline from the World Series of Poker after he threatened to assault another player following his elimination from Event #5 ($1,000 NLHE Freezeout) of the 2020 WSOP Online on Sunday night.
Matusow, a four-time bracelet winner, was eliminated after playing just two hands of the online tournament and began berating the player who won a key-hand against him leading to his eventual elimination.
“We take prevention of abusive behavior at WSOP tournaments or on the WSOP.COM platform extremely seriously. We have a number of preventive measures online including recently disabling our chat entirely,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the WSOP. “But the regulation of content on our customer’s personal streams and social media accounts is a slippery slope, particularly as each of these third-party platforms have their own escalation procedures. We reserve the right to suspend the account of any individual going forward, but in this case, it appears the player had the perfect response to resolve the situation herself.”
Matusow’s rant included threats of physical and sexual assault and the eventual doxxing of the player in question.
“This motherfucker, ‘wolverine17‘, I’m gonna fuck him right in his fucking ass man, right in his fucking ass. Mark that name down, ‘wolverine17’,” Matusow told those watching his YouTube stream, not realizing the player was a female.
Matusow then complained that chat has been turned off in the WSOP.com client, preventing him from telling “these scumbags what you really think of them.”
Before the 2020 WSOP Online began, tournament organizers made an “operational decision” to turn chat within the game client off for the duration of the series. Asked for comment before the Series began, the personal safety of players was given as a key reason behind that decision.
“Chat is currently disabled for everyone,” said Danielle Barille, Director for WSOP Online Poker. “We have decided to permanently disable chat, in order to create a safe gaming experience for players.”
He continued to deride the player and threatened to assault them when they meet in person.
“I’ve got this guy’s name written down. I’m going to find out who he is. I’ll see him in person, I’ll fucking knock him the fuck out. Think I won’t? Watch,” Matusow said. “I am going to find out who this motherfucker is and I swear to you I’m going to throw him up against the fucking wall and tell him, ‘you fucking ever slow roll me again, I’m going to beat your fucking ass’.”
Speaking directly to those in his YouTube stream chat, Matusow then offered a monetary reward for anybody who could provide him with the real name of ‘wolverine17’.
“If anybody in here right now can find the name of this guy and the actual truth of this guy, you guys will get an extra $50 bonus if you sign up in my homegame,” Matusow said. One user eventually provided Matusow with the name Megan Milburn and Matusow then tweeted directly at her.
In a since-deleted tweet, Matusow used a derogatory term when tweeting directly at Milburn.
“do you enjoy acting like a fucking c—–t by slowrolling people online where nobody can see you? Learn poker etiquette or your poker career won’t last long! Sincerely Mike”.
Milburn replied to Matusow and appeared to hold no ill-will towards him.
Lol it wasn’t intentional! The next one might be tho😜
— Meg Milly (@PokerHippie) July 6, 2020
Matusow has claimed to have apologized via social media.
Note: this story was updated to reflect the streaming platform Matusow uses.