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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Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris
It’s hard to believe (and extremely embarrassing) that we managed to cover the 2019 World Series of Poker throughout more than 70 events, only to limp in with zero coverage of Event #73: the much anticipated $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. Yes, we reported which nine players made it to the Final Table, but that was it. We never even announced the winner of the dramatic heads-up play between 2nd place winner, Dario Sammartino ($6 million) and the overwhelming chip leader and Main Event Champ, Hossein Ensan ($10 million and the World Championship Bracelet!). We have no excuse (at least not one we can share with y’all). In fact, all we can do is apologize profusely and carry on.
Interestingly, we have actually been watching a lot of late-night poker on television during the last couple of weeks. That’s because the World Poker Tour (WPT) broadcasts Main Tour events throughout the country at 8 p.m. on Sundays and 11 p.m. on Wednesdays on FSN. Each event is broken down into three one-hour episodes, anchored by the lovely Lynn Gilmartin, with witty and knowledgeable commentary by Tony Dunst and Vince Van Patten.
Of course, once the WSOP had run its course, the World Poker Tour (WPT) got underway for its 2019-2020 season. They just concluded the WPT Gardens Festival, won by 34-year-old Roger Teska. In addition to taking home $368,475 for the first Season XVIII championship, Teska also won a 2019 BMW X1 as well as a $15,000 seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions that takes place at the end of the season.
If you enjoy watching great poker players make their moves while you decide how you feel about their strategy from the comfort of your couch, the WPT provides many hours of enjoyment for poker players and fans alike. Check them out with the links below and you might learn enough to take down that big pot next time you find yourself at a poker table.
World Poker Tour on FSN
Roger Teska celebrates his win at the WPT Gardens Poker Festival.
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