Poker and ADHD

Recently, famous poker player Mike Matusow revealed that he has been diagnosed with ADHD. He also deals with addiction and Bipolar disorder.

Matusow has revealed his story in his biography, called: Mike Matusow: Check-Raising the Devil Poker and ADHD In this book, Mike shares his life challenges. He hopes that this book helps others to understand him, and to learn from his life experiences. He was quoted as saying:

“I spent two years working on it and I wanted to make sure that it reaches people and I hope people can learn from it and enjoy it. I wrote it to help people and help younger poker players so they don’t go through the same problems and situations that I went through.”

You can read more of Mike’s interview here.

From my perspective, I’m encouraged to see that another celebrity is coming forward and sharing his personal stories with psychiatric issues – particularly ADHD. This is so important for kids and teens to realize what’s possible for them, even if they have ADHD.

So, if you know an ADHD child or teen who loves watching the World Series of Poker (WSOP), let them know that Mike Matusow has ADHD, and they may want to read about it in his book.


Dr. Kenny

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  1. I am very interested in what Mike said, he has ADHD and is bipolar? Does he take medication? The meds for each problem doesn’t that counteract the other? My 10 year old may be bipolar too, he has already tested positive 5 years ago with ADHD. I’m wondering what the road ahead is like. Please give me a heads up on what I can expect perhaps from your experiences.
    Linda Summers

  2. Linda,
    Your comment caught my eye because of “I’m wondering what the road ahead is like”. The answer depends largely on what you teach your son. You can teach him or let him be taught that he has a disability or you can teach him the truth.

    Yes, he is different than other people. In school, they will see this as a bad thing. In life it can be wonderful. His conditions bring with them challenges but they also bring equal or greater benefits. ADHD provides a desire for challenge that can drive him to do things others would fear.

    I speak from experience. I was not diagnosed until I was 27. Before that, I had reached positions that others said you could not do without going to college. Yes, school was hard for me. High school stunk. But, my inner drive to succeed made me an insurance agent at 18 and a network administrator by 21 (without college).

    Education is crucial. When I was diagnosed, I learned to why I was so driven and how to harness it. Educate yourself and your son on his condition. Not just the downsides but heights he can achieve.

    Feel free to contact me through my blog. I would give you my email right here but I don’t want thousands of people emailing me. I wish you and your son the best. Never let him forget, ADHD puts him in the company of people like Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson, Will Smith, and many more.

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  4. Uh. My mother is also bipolar. I cannot imagine adding ADHD to it. The fact that Matusow is able to function and excel is truly amazing. Diagnosed with depression myself, i find it hard to get out of bed most days – good luck to him!

  5. I know this is an old article but I was also diagnosed with ADHD and seem to win at local poker games unusually often. If an ADHD person likes poker, they go into hyperfocus mode, which I’m sure is the advantage. Add to that a little weirdness and the ADHD person also cannot be read by other people. A great combo as long as the game of poker stays interesting. Otherwise the ADHD player will just give up and go home or not go at all. If Mike is bi-polar that just means he probably only plays on his up cycle.

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