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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.

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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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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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For the past week, the mention of Las Vegas has conjured up the horrifying sights and sounds from the deadliest mass shooting in history that took place last Sunday night. Our thoughts and prayers have centered on the 59 innocent concert-goers who were killed in the cowardly attack by a lone gunman and the more than 500 attendees who were injured, many critically. On this tragic night, what happened in Vegas definitely did not stay in Vegas, as outrage, grief and heartbreak spread to the families and friends of the victims, while also affecting everyone, everywhere.

Of course, it spread immediately to the gaming industry, hotel and casino owners and workers and, of course, the thousands of poker players who either live in Vegas or consider the neon mecca their second home.

A Las Vegas Victims’ Fund was started on GoFundMe on Monday morning by Steve Sisolak, current chairman of the Clark County Commission. He began the campaign with a $10,000 donation, and an initial goal of $500,000. To date, the donations have exceeded over $10 million to be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families. In addition, many pledges of support have come directly from the gaming industry, including $3 million from MGM Resorts, $4 million from the Las Vegas Sands and many others.

Members of the poker community took to Twitter to express their sympathy, sorrow and support. What follows is a small sampling:

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/815261361987002368/feylDgM9_bigger.jpgLiv Boeree @Liv_Boeree  Thinking of you, Las Vegas. Look after each other 😢❤️
Mike Leah @GoLeafsGoEh  So many lives..stolen senselessly. why people are allowed to purchase guns that can do this kind of harm I’ll never understand. Cmon world smarten up.🙏
Phil Hellmuth @phil_hellmuth Sending prayers to the victims, and families of the victims, in Las Vegas.

Mike Sexton‏ @Mike_partypoker So proud of Vegas community – lines to give blood very long, people waiting hrs – others bringing free food & drinks to them. 👍

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/2859295132/d8178537f10443c9dc443691083d16d7_bigger.jpegDanielle Andersen @dmoongirl – Do not say his name. He is nobody. Do not show his face. He is nobody. Do not share his motives. He is nobody. Let him die a nobody.

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Day 1C started today at noon EST at  the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 10 Million Dollar Guarantee Tournament. I agree with Mike Sexton’s praise and congratulatory post for SHRO having the balls to guarantee 10 million dollars. It certainly does take balls to do that, but I believe it takes just as much on the part of the players to lay down more than 5K  just to enter the mix. Of course, it’s all those players dropping 5K that gives the Seminole the mils to pay for their guarantee.

Our friends, the Alexander brothers, both showed they had the cajones to enter the mix and James is still in it. We were sad to hear that Duane busted out early, but we know he’s at his brother’s rail showing his full support. And we’re right there with him in spirit fully cheering James on as he battles against a field that currently is well over 800 entries. Amongst the notables that started out on Day 1C include Phil Ivey, Phil “The Unabomber” Laak, Mike Sexton and Dwight Pilgrim. The poker tables are buzzing and the poker chips are flying and we are calling on all the Poker Gods and Lady Luck to stand by Mr. Alexander’s rail.

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