Mike Matusow is the champion of Event #18. This makes his third WSOP gold bracelet.
"I want to thank all of my fans," said Matusow, as he was being interviewed by WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. Matusow was clearly overwhelmed with emotion, though not quite to the point of tears.
"I don't know much about this game," joked Matusow, "but I know no-limit. If I continue to play like I played this week, it's gonna be a real good World Series." That comment drew a rousing round of applause from all of the fans who stayed into the late hours of the night to watch Matusow's triumph.
On the last hand before dinner, Matusow lost a huge chunk of his stack to Lisandro after betting a pair and getting called by Lisandro's ace-high. He came back from the dinner break with about ten big blinds in his stack. Just before play resumed after dinner, Matusow came over to our media table and started talking about the tournament.
"It ain't over," he told us. He got that right.