Mike Sexton -Team partypoker

Name: Mike Sexton

Nationality: USA

A bona fide member of the Poker Hall of Fame with more than $6.7 million in live tournament winnings, Mike Sexton was the official partypoker Chairman and one of the most iconic poker commentators on the planet. He’s also partypoker through and through, even helping to choose the name.

Mike was with us since the very beginning, working as Poker Domain Expert in the site’s infancy and helping it to become one of the biggest poker brands in the world. He represented us by being the face of the inaugural partypoker Millions tournament in 2002 which went on to be filmed for television and feature on the Travel Channel. The success of this had a significant impact on the subsequent deal to televise the WPT not long after, which in turn helped drive the poker boom.

“The Ambassador of Poker” captured his first-ever WPT title in 2016. Having commentated on the WPT for years, it was a special moment when Mike accomplished a dream of his and took down the WPT Montreal Main Event for more than CAD 425,000.

The impact Mike has had in the poker world cannot be overstated and this was recognised further by the World Poker Tour when they renamed the WPT Champions Cup after him, with each new WPT champion earning their name on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.

Mike worked, in his own words, in “the best two jobs in poker” with partypoker and WPT and continued to represent and support the idea of making poker fair and appealing to the masses and to prove the poker dream is still alive. We at partypoker and the wider poker world will always be grateful for his contribution and dedication to the game.

As Mike would say, “May all of your cards be live and may all of your pots be monsters”.

We open a Condolence book for Mike Sexton. We would love everyone to share your wonderful stories and memories to celebrate his life and to honour a great man. These messages will be passed to the Sexton family. https://www.partypoker.com/en/p/your-messages

What has been your toughest game/tournament?

The toughest and most satisfying (because I said before the tournament started that I was donating half of any of my winnings to charity) was the WSOP Tournament of Champions in 2006. When we reached three-handed, it came down to Mike Matusow (the defending champion), Daniel Negreanu (poker's all-time tournament money winner), and me. Daniel and I played heads-up for the title. First place was $1,000,000, second place was $400,000, and neither of us ever mentioned making a deal. It was quite a battle; we played heads-up for over seven hours! Fortunately, I came out on top to win the title and $1,000,000.

What has been your biggest win so far?

Probably when I won the WSOP Tournament of Champions because it was a $1,000,000 first place prize…but a recent WPT title was nice too!

What would you say the highlight of your poker career has been?

That's easy - getting inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2009.

What is your top poker tip?

I have a few. The first is a bit ironic coming from me as I didn't do it, but play within your bankroll. Never criticize an opponent for how they played a hand. Keep your ego in check as you're probably not as good as you think. And most importantly, enjoy the game!

What else are you known for?

Poker has been my life, but my most important role is to try and be a good dad for my eight-year-old son Ty. As for being known for other things gymnastics, dancing, golf, and a being a sucker sports bettor all my life come to mind.

Are there any players that you look up to?

The player I’ve looked up to most in my life was Chip Reese. He was the youngest living player ever inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame and the best all-round poker player of all time in my opinion.

If you could play a game of poker with anyone, who would it be?

Some very rich guys who can't spell ‘poker’.

Do you have a favourite poker quote?

I'm pretty well known for one I used closing the shows on the World Poker Tour for the first seven seasons (even though WPT Founder Steve Lipscomb created it):

"May all your cards be live and your pots be monsters."