Matusow’s Coaching Poll Sparks Challenge from Polk

A Twitter feud has ignited between Doug Polk and Mike Matusow, stemming from a poll Matusow initiated about launching a poker coaching site revolving around Omaha 8 and Stud 8, to which Polk cheekily responded, “Hello officer, I’d like to report a crime.”

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Adding a humorous twist to the tale, 62.1% of respondents voted against the idea, selecting the option “You suck don’t do any.” Matusow shot back by challenging Polk to either an Omaha 8 or Stud 8 Heads-up duel. Without hesitation, Polk accepted, and they commenced hashing out the details.

Mike Matusow, affectionately known as “The Mouth” in the poker world, has always been a prominent figure in the realm of mixed games. Three of his four WSOP bracelets are in non-holdem events: he clinched the title in the 2002 $5,000 Omaha 8, the 2008 $5,000 NL27 Draw, and the 2013 $5,000 Stud8 event.

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However, there’s a prevailing sentiment among many players that Matusow’s style of play has become outdated. The common belief is that he hasn’t invested time in studying or delving into recent advancements in poker theory. It seems that Polk shares this perspective, further fueling the debate around Matusow’s current standing in the poker community.

But Matusow was adamant about not showing his hands on stream, worried that it would give Polk insight into his tactics. Polk found this request peculiar, especially for someone intending to coach others in poker for money. He countered that Matusow would earn more credibility and clients if he showcased his skills transparently.

https://twitter.com/DougPolkVids/status/1708830680866586971

While Matusow firmly maintained his stance on keeping his hands private, Polk acquiesced and continued discussing the challenge’s specifics.

There has been no confirmation from Matusow yet and many believe that this duel won’t happen. However, a new challenger appeared who volunteered himself as a backup and it’s none other than Shaun Deeb.  


Ever since Polk took co-ownership of the Lodge Poker Club, he’s become adept at leveraging online (and offline) interactions for added exposure. This recent Twitter poll is just another example of his strategic moves to keep himself and his brand in the limelight.


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