Mike Matusow calls Scott Ball a scammer
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Mike Matusow Calls Former Head of Twitch Poker a “Criminal F—ing Thief”

Did former head of Twitch Poker Scott Ball (known online as ‘rumcakes’) gamble away $1.1 million of Phil Hellmuth’s rich friends’ investment money, cheat the Poker Brat‘s private online cash game out of $800k, and felt an inebriated Phil Nagy for another quarter million?

That’s the word from veteran poker player and The Mouthpiece podcast host Mike Matusow, who launched a 30-minute tirade against Scott Ball recently.

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According to Matusow, former head of Twitch Poker and current president of ‘End Game Talent’ Scott Ball is a “scammer boy” — despite the private online cash game organizer’s verifiable contributions to the Twitch Poker category from 2014-2018.

Following are the complete timestamps for the Mike Matusow segment. {VIDEO CUED – 9:26-38:00}


Matusow says Scott ‘rumcakes’ Ball is a “criminal f—ing thief scummy f—.” {16:36}

(9:26) Mike Matusow is extremely grateful to Phil Hellmuth for their enduring friendship
(9:44) Why Mike and Phil Hellmuth had a serious argument on January 22nd
(10:05) Matusow says Scott Ball was running Phil’s private game previously, until it became a “f—fest”
(10:24) Why Phil banned Mike from the private game three weeks ago
(11:15) Mike says the issues were due to how “scammer boy” Scott Ball was running the game previously
(11:33) Phil Hellmuth brought Scott Ball into the private game in mid-April
(12:06) Matusow says Scott Ball continuously bad-mouthed him to Phil in 2020

(12:48) By June 1st, Matusow says the players were “sick” of Scott Ball and wanted to organize separately
(13:00) Scott’s game had gone from $5/$10/$20 with a $20,000 buy-in to $20/$40 with an $80,000 buy-in
(13:18) The players agreed to pay Scott’s “accountant” $1,000/week on the side
(13:28) A week later, the accountant was starting-up the game with Scott and buying-in for $20,000
(13:44) The players started their own $10/$20 game separately, which lasted about six weeks
(13:50) Matusow says Scott Ball then poached players from the new $10/$20 game (with Phil’s permission)
(14:10) Matusow says he was banned from the new game for calling out Scott Ball
(14:35) Phil and Scott were happy with Scott’s new game for the next six months

(14:48) Around October 2020, Mike decided to make amends with Scott Ball
(15:33) Matusow believes Hellmuth was unfairly showing preference to Scott over a longtime friend
(16:35) “Mister criminal f—ing thief scummy f— Scott Ball”
(17:11) By December 2020, Mike and Scott were on good terms and discussing a restart of old $10/$20 game
(17:30) Matusow confirms Scott Ball is the former head of Twitch Poker and president of ‘End Game Talent’
(17:50) Players inform Matusow on December 19th or 20th (2020) that Scott Ball is bad news
(18:32) Matusow explains why he was suspicious of Scott Ball before the drama broke
(18:55) Why Matusow believes Phil Hellmuth was Scott Ball’s biggest victim
(19:38) Mike says Scott secured $900,000 investment from Hellmuth’s friends, then “blew it all gambling”
(19:46) Mike says Scott Ball lost $400,000 to Jason Koon and Nick Petrangelo


(20:01) Why Matusow felt both “vindicated” and “not vindicated” after Scott Ball was outed
(20:34) Matusow estimates Scott Ball cost Phil Hellmuth & Co. between $1.5 million and $1.8 million
(21:34) Mike says Scott Ball’s “assistant” confessed, and was colluding with Scott in the game
(22:22) Matusow says Scott and his buddies won $897,000 from the games, $700k of which was “cheated”
(22:34) Poker player Marcus Gonzales discovered Scott’s ghosting/colluding plus another $5k/week theft
(23:14) The reasons why Matusow went public with the Scott Ball scandal
(24:05) Matusow says Scott Ball cheated a “drunk” Phil Nagy out of $270,000 one night
(24:22) Incidentally, Matusow says Phil Nagy is a major investor in Scott Ball’s ‘End Game Talent’ company

(24:35) Why Matusow went public in spite of Phil Hellmuth’s initial objections
(26:00) “If you f— over Phil or his friends, I will destroy you.” -Mike The Mouth
(26:15) Matusow wants Scott Ball out of the poker world due to scamming, cheating, stealing, and ghosting
(26:44) Mike was very upset when he realized his suspicions about Scott Ball were true
(27:12) Mike takes responsibility for his actions when the game began in March 2020
(27:44) Matusow believes the money is pretty much gone forever.
(27:50) “We added it up…”
(28:03) Mike says Scott Ball “grenaded” his own company by gambling away his employees’ salaries
(28:24) Matusow says Scott Ball “admitted to cheating” Hellmuth’s private game “for around $800,000”
(28:49) Mike The Mouth doesn’t want to say I told you so or do a “victory lap” for being correct
(29:15) Mike confirms Phil Hellmuth hurt his feelings, but in the end it’s all Scott Ball’s fault

(30:49) Matusow says Scott Ball threatened legal action if Mike went public with the info
(31:16) “The truth of the matter” — according to Mike Matusow
(31:38) Why you shouldn’t play 3-way and collude with your buddy against the hand that feeds you
(31:52) But how much did he lose?
(32:33) Matusow laments that Phil H. didn’t trust him enough to avoid/reduce Scott Ball’s malignancy
(32:52) Which term best describes Scott Ball: scammer or problem gambler?
(33:25) Mike says “$50,000” or “$100,000” is very common amount to owe, but not cheating for seven figures
(34:28) Mike says there are other big scandals brewing in the poker world that he’s aware of
(35:03) Matusow says he has discussed accusations of RTA use on GGPoker with Daniel Negreanu
(36:04) Mike summarizes his thoughts on Phil Hellmuth
(38:47) A final send-off to Scott Ball from Mike The Mouth & call-in guest

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