Sexton (born September 22, 1947 in Shelby, Indiana)
is an American professional poker player and commentator.
was a gymnast and attended The Ohio State University
where he earned a degree in public recreation
after changing majors from business. He jokes
that he majored in poker because he played very
frequently in college. He also regularly played
contract bridge and taught classes on it in North
Sexton joined the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in
the 82nd Airborne Division in 1970. The division,
however, had just gotten back from Vietnam, so
he never saw any action. While he was in the army
he taught ballroom dancing and one of his clients
convinced him to try being a salesman, which he
continued to do after his two-year enlistment
was up. After a while he realized that he could
make more money playing poker than being a salesman,
so he took up poker in 1977.
Although Sexton frequented tournaments, he was
never able to make it to the World Series of Poker
because he coached Little League baseball teams
and the schedules overlapped. In 1985 he moved
to Nevada to pursue poker full time. Sexton was
a well known cohort with poker player Stu Ungar.
Upon Ungar's death, Sexton was a pallbearer and
speaker at his funeral.
player and promoter
of 2008, Sexton has won several tournaments, including
one World Series of Poker bracelet, and over $3,600,000
in total tournament winnings. He is also in the
top 10 for all time number of finishes in the
money at the WSOP, with 44 cashes.
However, Sexton is better known for his promotion
of various poker events and services. He is the
main host of the World Poker Tour and spokesman
for PartyPoker.com, an online poker room. He has
written for Card Player Magazine and the Gambling
Times. He also founded the now defunct Tournament
of Champions of Poker, which only let tournament
winners from the previous year compete.
For all of his work promoting poker, Sexton is
often known as the "ambassador of poker".
Because of his affiliations, however, Sexton is
unable to play in some poker events. Although
the number of games he plays currently is less
than before, he states that he doesn't mind so
much, having played for so many years. Sexton
did finish 10th in a preliminary event at the
2005 World Series of Poker and also in the final
16 of Poker Superstars II.
On February 15, 2006, Sexton was recognized as
the top poker ambassador at the Card Player Magazine
Player of the Year Awards Gala.
On June 27 2006, Sexton won the third annual World
Series of Poker Tournament of Champions event,
and along with it the $1,000,000 first prize.
In the final hand, his A? A? defeated Daniel Negreanu's
Q? J? on a board of 10? 8? 4? A? 8?. Sexton later
donated half of his post-tax winnings to five
charities, and has pledged to do the same with
all future winnings.
On March 20th, 2008, Sexton announced that he
was becoming the official spokesman for the National
League of Poker, a free to play online poker site.
talked about his partnership with NLOP saying
"NLOP offers players a no-loss poker experience
but still provides the chance to win prizes and
to learn how to play and enjoy the game".
In early 2009, Sexton along with Linda Johnson,
Jan Fisher and Lisa Tenner, created PokerGives.org.
It's a nonprofit organization that offers poker
players an easier way to give to charity. (Credit:
Sexton Re-Signs with PartyPoker, by Dan Cypra
- 30th April 2009
Poker News Daily)
Poker Tour (WPT) Host Mike Sexton has renewed
his agreement with PartyPoker, according to a
statement released by the popular online poker
site on Wednesday. He will act as its host, consultant,
many of today’s poker superstars, Sexton
was one of the first voices to bring the game
to life. Alongside Vince Van Patten, Sexton has
brought the WPT into millions of households around
the world for seven seasons. A spokesperson for
Party Gaming, which is the publicly traded parent
company of the independent online poker site,
commented in a press release, “We are truly
delighted to renew our association with Mike Sexton.
Mike is the ‘Ambassador of Poker’
and we hope he gets the acknowledgement he deserves
and is inducted into the World Series of Poker
Hall of Fame this year. Poker wouldn’t be
as popular as it is today if it wasn’t for
his role with PartyPoker, Sexton explained, “PartyPoker
has always had a place in my heart and is special
to me. I am delighted to pen a new deal; it means
so much to me. I am looking forward to representing
them in events around the world and meeting the
online package winners at the WSOP. I also relish
my role as a consultant advising on poker room
matters.” According to traffic ranking site
PokerScout.com, PartyPoker is the fourth largest
worldwide with a seven day running average of
4,400 real money ring game players and sees a
high of just over 7,000. It is the second largest
site or network that does not allow players from
the United States.
the upcoming World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las
Vegas, Sexton will serve as the host of PartyPoker’s
suite. The WPT personality will also blog about
his experiences on the site throughout the two
month-long spectacle. Twenty years ago, Sexton
took down a bracelet in a $1,500 buy-in Limit
Seven Card Stud High-Low tournament for $104,000.
More importantly, he claimed his first (and so
far only) WSOP bracelet. Sexton finished fourth
in the $10,000 buy-in World Championship of Pot
Limit Hold’em last year for $248,000. The
tournament kicked off ESPN’s coverage of
the 2008 WSOP and was ultimately won by Full Tilt
Poker pro Nenad Medic.
told Poker News Daily, “PartyPoker.com recently
revamped its software, VIP and loyalty programs,
and is the best platform on the market. Three-quarters
of players have chosen to take the new table,
but there is also the option of keeping the classic
claimed victory in the 1992 running of the Foxwoods
Poker Finals. Eight years later, he took down
the Euro Finals of Poker Main Event in Paris,
the first American to do so. In 2006, he won the
WSOP Tournament of Champions, besting one of the
toughest final tables ever assembled. He defeated
Team PokerStars Pro member Daniel Negreanu heads-up.
Mike Matusow, Andy Bloch, Darrell “Gigabet”
Dicken, Chris Ferguson, and Kido Pham also were
among those in contention. Until Season VII, Sexton
was not able to compete in WPT events. He sits
in the top 15 in number of cashes on WSOP felts
is a Guest Columnist right here on Poker News
Daily and has shared his thoughts on the National
Heads-Up Poker Championship and the 2009 WSOP
schedule with the site’s readers. He has
also relived serving as an expert witness in a
case in South Carolina to prove poker is a game
of skill. He came armed with a video library of
hands that have played out during WPT tournaments
to show how a player’s skill in betting
and bluffing won pots. In addition, Dr. Robert
Hannum from the University of Denver spoke on
the results of a study that examined 103 million
hands on PokerStars. It was revealed that three-quarters
of them did not go to showdown, meaning a player’s
skill won the pot 75% of the time.
will hold the third installment of its Monthly
Million tournament on Sunday. The event comes
with a $640 price tag and runs on the first Sunday
of every month. The month of May will also see
PartyPoker hold a $1 million rake race that awards
a combination of cash and WSOP prize packages
and satellite buy-ins to its winners. The top
3,000 players will finish in the money when the
final leader board is determined on May 31st.
Series of Poker
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