According to Variety, the Mike Matusow (pictured) autobiography “Check-Raising the Devil” will be turned into a feature film. The book, which details Matusow’s life of “drugs, sex, partying like a rock star, jail, suicidal depression, bipolar bouts, and world championship poker,” according to its Amazon review, was published in 2012. Read our review of “Check-Raising the Devil”.
Variety revealed that Adi Shankar, Spencer Silna, and David Uslan are producing the movie. According to IMDB, Shankar and Silna ‘s credits include the recent Mark Wahlberg war flick “Lone Survivor,” “Broken City” (also with Wahlberg), and Liam Neeson’s “The Grey.”
Uslan was an Executive Producer for 13 episodes of the TV series “Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch” with Ashley Tisdale. Uslan Tweeted on Tuesday, “So excited 2 be a part of this one!”
Cardoza Publishing is responsible for Matusow’s book, which weighs in at around 300 pages and contains a foreword by Phil Hellmuth. Tao of Poker’s Paul McGuire called it an “entertaining autobiography that depicted Matusow’s rise from humble beginnings in a Nevada trailer park to achieving rock-and-roll status after winning millions of dollars on the poker circuit. The dark side of Las Vegas, morbid addiction, and fame preyed on Matusow and he quickly fell from grace.”
Matusow (pictured) is the owner of four World Series of Poker bracelets and won the 2005 WSOP Tournament of Champions, defeating Hoyt Corkins. He has $4.5 million in career WSOP earnings and made the final table of the 2005 Main Event won by Joe Hachem. “The Mouth” has regularly appeared on various televised poker programs and is continually highlighted by ESPN during its annual coverage of the WSOP. Matusow won the 2013 National Heads-Up Poker Championship.
The news about Matusow’s book being turned into a movie comes on the heels of word that “Alligator Blood,” a book chronicling the life of Australian payment processor Daniel Tzvetkoff, would become a feature flick. Tzvetkoff, facing the potential of 75 years in prison on money laundering and other charges, turned informant and offered his entire knowledge of the online poker industry’s payment processing to the US Government. That information led to the Black Friday indictments.
We’ll keep you posted on this story as more details about the “Check-Raising The Devil” movie surface.