Mike Sexton Wins WPT Montreal
Hey High Rollers, congrats to Mike Sexton, poker legend and Hall of Famer, who finally captured a title on the World Poker Tour. The WSOP bracelet winner and WSOP Tournament of Champions winner has been commentating on the live WPT broadcasts since the franchise’s first ever episode. We’ve all heard his familiar voice, giving blow-by-blow action alongside his partner in the booth Vince Van Patten, exciting millions of fans worldwide with each turn of the card. Well, at 69, he’s finally broke through on the other side of the camera, toppling a field of 648 at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, pocketing more than $300,000 for his efforts. His name added to the star-studded list of WPT champions.
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Sexton is one of poker’s household names, he spoke at Stu Ungar’s funeral, and has compiled a stellar poker career, but perhaps his finest moment was the event in La Belle Province. He entered the final table as chip leader, but had to overcome a ridiculous chip lead held by Benny Chen once heads-up. At one point, I think it was 70 big blinds for Chen to Sexton’s seven big blinds. The veteran card player, who has faced off against most of the games greats, put on a short-stack display for the ages. Small bets, small pots, a steal here, a tight fold there, Sexton managed what few chips he had left and battled his way back. With all the momentum on Chen’s side Sexton asked for a break, which was granted, and it proved to be move of great guile and wisdom. Upon return, Sexton stayed calm and collected, and fought hard over several hours and came back, to the delight of the worldwide audience on Twitch. One big pot that shifted the chip lead, and then the fatal knock-out blow, and just like that Sexton had his arms raised like the champion he is. Sure he survived a few all-ins with the worst of it, but he gave himself a chance, put himself in a position to win an closed the deal. Well done sir.
From the archives:
Is it High Roller Radio mojo? Maybe. We had Sexton on the show several months ago to talk about his new book. Did we mention he’s an author? The book is called Life’s a Gamble and its a good read. It’s a great interview too:
High Roller Radio Q&A w/ Poker Great Mike Sexton.
Did you know? Sexton was a gymnast and attended The Ohio State University, earning a degree in public recreation. He jokes that he majored in poker because he played frequently in college. Sexton has 46 cashes at the WSOP, and close to $5.5 million in earnings. On February 15, 2006, he was recognized as the top poker ambassador at the Card Player Magazine Player of the Year Awards Gala. In 2009, he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
Editor’s Note: If you haven’t seen the three-handed action from the 2006 WSOP Tournament of Champions involving Sexton (who won the event), Daniel Negreanu and Mike Matusow, it is highly recommended you do so. Look for it on youtube. Sexton was brilliant.
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