Matusow Learns to Walk Again
Ivey Poker closed its doors for a massive overhaul over the weekend, ending Phil Ivey's free-play online poker experiment. Meanwhile, Mike Matusow has more important matters to deal with than poker.
Matusow Relearns to Walk Following Back Surgery
Most of us take the simple matter of walking to the bathroom for granted. For poker pro Mike Matusow, that would be a major accomplishment right now.
One of poker's most popular pro players is fighting to relearn how to walk following successful back surgery.
According to reports Matusow had been having feet pain and muscle weakness for a couple of months. He had an MRI and doctors discovered a bulging disc was cutting off blood flow to his spinal cord.
Matusow went into surgery on the 19th at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada but had complications.
Fortunately Matusow is improving and has been transferred to Health South Rehabilitation Hospital where he is relearning how to walk.
Matusow is a four-time WSOP bracelet winner and winner of the 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Championship. He has over $9 million in live tournament earnings.
Ivey Poker Goes Down
One of the major stories floating around the poker community this week is the closure of Ivey Poker. On Saturday Phil Ivey revealed that the app is being taken offline with upgrades coming in 2015.
Following the notice the app is inaccessible via Facebook or mobile app and IveyPoker.com reroutes to Ivey League.
This move was not surprising seeing that nearly all activity with the Ivey Poker side ceased at the end of the 2014 World Series of Poker.
Ivey League will continue to operate as before and will retain many of the former Team Ivey Pros. It is uncertain whether the other pros were simply released or if they will return when, or rather if, the app returns next year.
The Ivey Poker app was a free to play app on Facebook and mobile devices. The app failed to gain traction despite a respectable stable of pros and constant promotion from the company.