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Gossip Column: Matusow Wants Max Late Reg in Tournaments Gone; Bilzerian Blames Gores For Stalling $100 Million Heads-Up Match & More

Gossip Column 10-11-21
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis November 10, 2021
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We are back with another ‘Gossip Column,’ and this time featuring two of arguably the most controversial figures of the poker community, Mike Matusow and Dan Bilzerian.

The four-time bracelet winner, Matusow, recently tweeted his ire regarding the practice of max late registrations in tournaments, and he went as far as to say that he was making it his life goal to end the practice.

Bilzerian is another poker celebrity hard to keep out of the headlines. The Instagram sensation took the poker world by storm when he opened up the prospects for a $100 Million poker match against businessman Alec Gores. The poker playboy was caught on camera at the GGPoker party in Las Vegas recently, where he blamed Gores for delaying the heads-up match by stalling to wire the money. If a TMZ report is to be believed, a Richard Mille limited edition watch worth a whopping $1 Million was picked off his wrist at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday during the Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant fight.

 

Mike Matusow Wants Max Late Registrations in Tournaments to End

Four-time WSOP bracelet winner Mike “The Mouth” Matusow has earned his nickname on the back of his reputation of being outspoken – sometimes overtly critical in his views and opinions. His recent rant has been about ending the practice of max late registration in tournaments, and as always, his views resulted in quite an uproar within the poker community.

Mike Matusow
Mike Matusow

 

Matusow tweeted his views against late registrations.

Matusow went as far as to say that he was making it his life goal to use his platform to end max late registrations from tournament poker, and many agreed with him.

However, Matusow found opposition as well, most vocally from Matt Berkey.

Others joined in, questioning Matusow’s views.

Matusow eventually put up a poll on Twitter asking people what changes they would like to see in poker tournaments.

 

Dan Bilzerian’s Tall Tales: The Saga of the $100 Million Poker Match & $1 Million Stolen Watch

Controversy’s favorite child, Dan Bilzerian, is back in the spotlight. Last month, he was reportedly challenged to a $100 Million heads-up match by Israeli businessman Alec Gores after the latter was named one of the biggest losers in the nose-bleed games against Bilzerian in his revealing autobiography “The Setup.” In a recent interview, the self-proclaimed ‘King of Instagram’ said that Gores was the one stalling the poker match.

Dan Bilzerian
Dan Bilzerian

 

Without going into detail, Bilzerian told PokerNews off-camera but on the record, “I’ve tried to set it up twice already, but he hasn’t wired the money.”

On-camera, he told a similar story to Tiffany Michelle when asked if there’s any update on the nine-figure poker game.

“Not really, he basically challenged me twice, and I accepted twice, so I’m just kind of waiting for him to pony up,” Bilzerian said.

When asked where the match will take place, the GGPoker Ambassador said, “It will be [$50 million each], he originally said let’s do [$100 million], and I’d do it, but I’d have to sell a little bit. I’d like to televise it. So, for me, maybe PokerGO, Aria, something like that.”

But that’s not all that Bilzerian was in the news for. On November 9, he claimed his watch worth a whopping $1 Million was stolen during the Canelo Alvarez vs. Caleb Plant fight. As the story goes, Bilzerian was at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night to watch Alvarez become the undisputed super-middleweight title. He said that while he was posing for photos with fans, his Richard Mille watch, valued at $1 Million was stolen off his wrist.

Bilzerian is offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can return the watch to him after it went missing at the event. According to a report from TMZ, Bilzerian hadn’t insured the watch and was unable to gather security footage from the part of the venue where he alleges it was stolen.

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