On July 27, I wrote my blog paying tribute to one of the legends of poker, Mike Sexton. He had just been honored by having the WPT Champions Cup named the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup, a well-deserved accolade which he called a humbling distinction.
Sadly, a mere six weeks later, the beloved poker legend passed away on the 6th of September at the age of 72. After he’d been diagnosed with prostate cancer, he was under hospice care and passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends.
Because he was so well known by most of us as the Ambassador of Poker and the highly respected announcer for the WPT, always signing off with his familiar “may all your cards be live and may all your pots be monsters, ” some of us might not have known that Sexton was a heckuvva poker player, too.
In 2006, the WSOP Tournament of Champions invited 27 players to participate, including six “wild card” choices. Sexton was a wild card. After hours of exciting play against the likes of Chris Ferguson, Gus Hansen, defending Tournament of Champions winner Mike Matusow and the 2004 WSOP Player of the Year, Daniel Negreanu. What followed was an amazing display of poker prowess as Sexton and Negreanu battled heads-up for 12-hours, with Sexton ultimately beating Negreanu to win the million dollar prize. Sexton proceeded to donate half the prize money to charity.
Mike Sexton was one of the last real gentlemen of poker. He will be remembered with love and respect by the entire poker world.