Just a week ago, Gutshot had mentioned about Poker aficionado Mike Sexton suffering from Prostate cancer. Just yesterday, mike’s friend took to twitter and mentioned that he passed away. Mike Sexton, one of Poker’s greatest Ambassadors was hospitalized in-home since a month itself and he had been battling with Prostate cancer that had spread to his other organs too.
Mike Sexton passed away peacefully at home earlier today surrounded by family members. He appreciated all the wonderful comments and farewells from poker players all over the world. Service details are forthcoming. For now, please keep his family in your thoughts as they grieve.
— Linda Johnson (@FirstLadyPoker) September 7, 2020
Sexton had worked for decades in the Poker industry as a player, ambassador and commentator as well. He was specially recognized when he was the sole member of the Poker Hall of Fame’s class of 2009. After working for 15 years as a commentator and all-round ambassador, in 2017 he started to work as a chairman of Partypoker.
Sexton has been in the industry since it became legal in the US and he has also been given the credit for the name of Partypoker. Sexton had been with Partypoker since the beginning and he had captured his first-ever WPT title in 2016. It was considered a huge deal for the industry altogether as Mike took down the WPT Montreal Main Event for $317,817. Sexton’s name was etched on the prestigious Champions Cup, which was renamed the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup in his honor. Here’s a video of Mike sharing his piece of mind about the industry:
According to The Hendon Mob, Sexton won $6,708,146 in lifetime live tournament earnings dating back to 1981. Sexton won his first and only gold bracelet at the 1989 World Series of Poker when he took down Event #11: $1,500 Limit Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo for $104,400. He also had two runner-up finishers, four fourth-place finishes, and a dozen more final table appearances. That included ninth in the inaugural Big One for One Drop for $1,109,333, his largest career score.
As much as he was famous in the Poker industry, his philanthropic activities had also started to soar. When he won the WSOP Tournament of Champions for $1 million in 2006, he said that he would be donating half of the money he won to five different charities. Sexton believed that charitable donations could in a way help the poker industry to build goodwill in the community breaking all taboos about the game.
Sexton’s trademark sign-off, “May all of your cards be live and may all of your pots be monsters.” from the WPT broadcasts will always be remembered. Gutshot will always remember the legend and promise to make the generations to come read stories about him! Keep reading GutshotMagazine.com