Poker icon Mike Sexton has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Poker icon Mike Sexton has passed away on Sunday. He was 72.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, according to Linda Johnson, a fellow Hall of Famer, who has been authorized to speak on the family said he died of cancer.

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Sexton, who resided in Las Vegas before his death, was a Poker player, as well as a commentator. He also served as a Poker promoter.

He was previously a World Poker Tour commentator with Vince Van Patten. He was also previously the chairman of, an online poker room.

In addition, he has written for Card Player Magazine and Gambling Times. Sexton also founded the Tournament of Champions of Poker, which is no longer around. This tournament only allowed tournament winners in the previous year to compete.

In the World Series of Poker, the marquee event of the Poker tournaments, Sexton won one bracelet. His highest main event finish was 12th, which came in 2000.

Sexton made 23 final tables in the World Series of Poker. He also had 59 money finishes in the event.

In the World Poker Tour, he won the championship once. He also made four final tables, while having 15 money finishes.

He also won the third annual World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions event. He won the $1 million prize with a final hand of Ace, Ace against Daniel Negreanu’s Queen, Jack. The final cards were a Ten, Eight, Four, Ace, and an Eight.

Following the win over Negreanu, Sexton donated half of his winnings, post-taxes, to five charities. He also did this with future winnings, as well.

He won the biggest cash day of his career when he won the Big One for One Drop World Series of Poker event in July 2012. He won $1.1 million by winning the event.

Sexton also won the WPT Montreal event in November 2016. He beat a field that had 648 entries that was worth $317,896 in US dollars.

According to Hendon Mob Poker Database, Sexton had more than $6.7 million in live tournament earnings. His lone World Series of Poker bracelet came in 1989.

He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2009. Sexton was apart of a group, including Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, and Lisa Tenner, who created, which is a nonprofit organization that helps Poker players give back to charities.

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