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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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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the poker community

Not a player was raising, not even Phil Ivey;

The chips were all stacked on the table with care

In hopes that the flop would show what to bet there;

When all of the sudden arose such a clatter;

Hellmuth was yelling , whats’ the matter

he called all the players by name;

and everyone answered to get in on the game.

Now, Antonio! now, Seidel! now, Merson! now, Hachem!



Come on Negreanu! come on Trickett! Cada and Hansen!


We’re all waiting for you so the game can begin;

So grab your seats and splash your poker chips in.

With a wink of his eye and a nod of his head;

I knew at that moment I had nothing to dread;

So I splashed  my poker chips and declared all in,

and watched the Brat stare me down with a grin!

But I raked the pot in as I smiled at the sight

and said; “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

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So, by now you read or heard about, or maybe even watched the “Lederer Files” we wrote about last Tuesday. Have you given any thought as to what will happen after the smoke clears and Full Tilt Poker comes back? We know one thing is certain. When it re-opens, people in the U.S. won’t be able to play for real money.

We also know that after PokerStars bought the assets of FTP in July, they signed up Gus Hanson to come back to FTP and become its new Brand Ambassador when it re-launches on November 6, 2012. So the question is…what will you do? Will you go back in and play… for the love of the game? Will you be able to handle it  when you amass a giant stack of poker chips and can’t cash out?

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In this, the last in the series of the Great Dane’s poker lessons, we start of with a recap about trapping before we hear about the biggest lesson of all, especially for when you’re playing no-limit hold ’em, which is gaining information. Hansen talks a lot about being aggressive, because that’s how you can best find out what your opponents are holding. Force others to react to you rather than being the one who has to react to others, is his advice. Also, try to change your approach often, as Hansen does, so no one can predict what you’re going to do. Mix it up; you never want your opponents to be able to say, “that’s what he always does.”

Hansen is not always easy to listen to, but he makes some terrific points about poker playing, and he definitely knows what he’s talking about.

Hope these lessons have helped you improve your game. We also suggest you pick up some books, especially any texas hold em poker book from the Texas Poker Store. Our playing has improved a thousand percent since watching these videos and reading these books; yours will too.

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