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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

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.

Mike Saxton Rest In Peace

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.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

This should have been the 50th Anniversary of the most prestigious, and most highly anticipated event in the poker world – The World Series of Poker, but thanks to Covid-19, many poker fans consider it a travesty.

The online “World Series of Poker” which began on July 1, featured 31 events that are being held on the online poker site of the organization, WSOP.com. These 31 events will require that players have to be on the grounds in either New Jersey or Nevada to play in the tournaments as WSOP.com is only available in those two states.So, while “anyone can play,” you’re going to have to figure out some arrangements for play and look to spend some time away from home (at least that is somewhat like the live WSOP).

Then, the remaining 54 events (from July 19 to Sept.6) will be played out on GGPoker – Home of the WSOP 2020 Online Bracelet Series, partially sponsored by Daniel Negreanu and friends. Of course, to participate, you’d have to go to either Canada, Mexico or another foreign country since those of us from the U.S. are not yet allowed to participate.

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So, obviously, online bracelets will be awarded, thus significantly diluting the value of the prestigious WSOP prize. Seems a shame. 2020 has been atrocious, especially for live sporting events like Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the 2020 Olympics, so perhaps the WSOP should have bowed to Covid and skipped a year.

Texas Poker Store - Nighthawk Poker TableAre you ok having to abide by all the restrictions to play online for the possibility of winning some real cash or would you rather wait it out and play live at a real poker table?

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

For those who have followed my blog for a long time, you probably noticed that whenever Daniel Negreanu is the focus of a poker story, I can’t resist reporting on it. So, I’ve been watching the simmering feud Negreanu vs Polkbetween Doug Polk and DNegs, which has consisted of Polk needling, mocking and trash-talking Negreanu, mostly on Twitter, to get him to accept a high stakes online “grudge match.”

Finally, after months of refusing to answer Polk’s DMs, DNegs accepted the  challenge in his blog while putting it in context for his fans. According to Negreanu, Polk has studied and played NLH Heads Up for the majority of his career, being the self-proclaimed “best in the world at it”, whereas DNegs only has a total of approximately six weeks playing in that format. Beyond that, the match would be on Polk’s favorite platform, the internet, and on his terms, a cash game with no raising stakes.

Negreanu went on to assure his fans (and Doug Polk) that he would NOT be showing his hole cards and that he would have liked adding a charity component to the match but knew that Polk was “anti-giving.”

“So in the end, why am I doing this? Negreanu asked rhetorically, before providing his answer. “To give the people what they want. For many years now this man has made a living off of trashing me on a regular basis, well past an unhealthy obsession, regurgitating the same attack lines over and over. Not because he truly believes I’m an evil monster, but purely for personal gain disguised as standing for some noble cause.”

On July 29th, Polk tweeted: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Looks like we have some action.”

And @RealKid Poker tweeted back his agreement with the terms, adding: If this will make you feel better and give you some type of closure from your multi-year obsession with me.

Deal the fucking cards.

The only thing I could add to this would be that I’d like to see them do that live at a real poker table.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

The World Poker Tour announced recently that the WPT Champions Cup will henceforth be called the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.

For every poker fan who watched WPT Poker’s highly popular television show over the past 15 years, Mike Sexton has been the face of the WPT. Along with his co-host, Vince Van Patten, Sexton’s voice was unquestionably the voice of poker, immediately recognizable to his numerous fans.

And Sexton wasn’t merely a broadcaster; he has always been a “class act” as one of poker’s most effective ambassadors. His honest, enthusiastic love of the game was one of the main reasons he was able to play a major role in bringing live poker to millions of fans.

In addition, Mike is a WPT champion (2016), a WSOP bracelet winner, and has more than $6.5 million in live tournament winnings.

Sexton’s reaction to having his name on the WPT Champions Cup reflected his well-known class and humility:

 I thought being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame would be the greatest moment of my career, but to have the WPT Champions Cup named in my honor and be part of the experience for all WPT champions moving forward is truly the highest peak in my 40 years in poker. Thank you to the World Poker Tour for this humbling distinction.

This should inspire all of us poker players to to go to the poker tables and strive to be the best we can.

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