Short Stacks: ‘The Mouth’ Partners with Texas Poker Room, Stations Casinos Sued

Mike “The Mouth” Matusow makes a move in Austin, augmented reality at the poker table, and a poisoning in Nevada are some of the short stacks CardsChat collected in last week’s orbit of the poker world.

Mike Matusow

Mike Matusow has partnered with 52 Social Austin (Image: Twitter/themouthmatusow)


“The Mouth” may be moving to Texas. 

Mike Matusow announced he’s partnering with 52 Social Austin, a poker room just a few miles from The Lodge, the room co-owned by Doug Polk, Andrew Neeme, and Brad Owen. It opened in January as a sister property to 52 Social South in Houston.

“We’re not there to compete, we’re there to build the Austin market along with The Lodge and whoever else opens, because the more poker rooms, the better,” Matusow said on his podcast Sunday. “I’m looking forward to this venture.”

The first time he’ll step foot in 52 Social Austin will be the weekend of April 9, hosting meet-up games all the way until April 11 when a $200 bounty tourney will take place. 

“It’s a very beautiful room, absolutely gorgeous. The owners put a lot of time and money into it. I’m really looking forward to this,” Matusow said in Sunday’s podcast. This comes a month after Matusow announced his partnership with Poker House Dallas ended before it even got started. 

Matusow said despite signing a letter of intent and being given the OK to announce his association with Poker House Dallas on social media in February, as soon as he did, he was asked to remove everything. He was soon told they don’t want to work with him, he said. 

“I’m pretty disappointed what happened there. To make a long story short, they got cold feet and told me they have no interest in doing business with me,” he said on his March 6 podcast. 

Despite Matusow’s sour grapes, Poker House Dallas’ partner Smoky Brown had nothing but praise for “The Mouth.” 

“Mike is an amazing person and even better poker player! We really wanted Mike and his team to be a part of Poker House Dallas, unfortunately, the timing just wasn’t right,” Brown said, via email. “We wish Mike and his team all the success in the world and look forward to them helping strengthen the Texas poker scene.” 


Augmented reality hits the poker table

A video that appears to show a poker player in a home game demonstrating a pair of smart glasses that display the chance of winning a hand in real-time made the rounds on YouTube and in augmented/mixed reality circles. 

Check it out for yourself: 

The creator of the video remains unknown. 

Although very much in the realm of what augmented and mixed reality can do, it’s also likely that someone added the information post-edit. Give us your thoughts in the comments section. 


Nick Walsh becomes a PokerStars ambassador

PokerStars named poker player and Twitch streamer Nick Walsh as an ambassador and Team Pro. He will also help run PokerStars’ Twitch account. 

Walsh is a longtime poker streamer who occasionally provides commentary for the PokerStars Sunday Millions final tables, which is replayed on YouTube. 

“I am very honored and excited to rejoin PokerStars’ Team Pro Online,” Walsh said in a press release. “As a new ambassador with a focus on streaming, I aim to create fresh poker content for players of all levels and poker disciplines, with a focus on community collaboration and strategic analysis in an accessible way.”

PokerStars’ Twitch broadcasts poker content to its 290K followers every day.


Stations Casinos pays man $8 million after accidental poisoning

A jury ordered Stations Casinos to pay $8 million to a Las Vegas special education teacher after an employee served him a glass of cleaning chemicals instead of beer. 

According to ABC News, Lon Enwright, 38 suffered permanent injury to his esophagus and lost his sense of taste and smell in the accident that happened at Barley’s Casino & Brewing Co. in Henderson. The bar was cleaning its lines with chemicals at the time, which was somehow served to Enwright.

His lawyer said Stations Casinos originally offered $300K to settle.

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Bob Pajich
Bob Pajich is a poker news reporter, creative writer, and poker player who never met suited connectors he didn't like. If you liked what he is writing about, give him a follow on Twitter: @PondHockey2.

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