partypoker ambassador Mike Sexton is one of the most respected poker players on the planet. Not only does his prowess at the tables speak for itself – Mike just won the World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event – but his business acumen and his ambassadorial role for both partypoker and the game of poker is commendable.
Mike was born on September 22, 1947 in Shelby, Indiana, although he now resides in fabulous Las Vegas. A natural gymnast, mike attended The Ohio State University where he earned a degree in public recreation.
In 1970, Mike enrolled in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. It was during his time in the army that Mike taught ballroom dancing, and also where one of his clients convinced him to become a salesman. Mike continued to be a salesman after his two-year enlistment was over, but he soon realised he had a penchant for poker and that he could make more money from playing cards than he ever could being a salesman.
Switching to poker have proved to be a great choice by Mike, who has now earned more than $6.2 million from live poker tournaments, including a career-best prize of $1,109,333 which was his reward for a ninth-place finish in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament at the 2012 World Series of Poker.
Speaking of the WSOP, Sexton won a bracelet when he finished top of a $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Split tournament at the 1989 WSOP; Mike also has a brace of WSOP runner-up finishes.
Away from the tables, Mike has worked tirelessly behind the scenes of the poker industry and was instrumental in helping create the online site you play on, partypoker. Mike was the man who chose the partypoker name and was a key member of the team when the programming of the site was taking place.
Mike is almost as famous for his commentating duties on the WPT as he is his superb poker ability. Tune into any of the WPT television broadcasts and you’ll be endeared by Mike’s dulcet tones and his expert views on the action taking place on the screen before you.
Although Mike has achieved and won most things in poker, it was in 2009 that many say was Mike’s finest hour because it was the year he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, joining a long list of poker legends as being recognised by his peers.
If you want to know more about Mike, and why wouldn’t you, including some epic gambling stories then check out the YouTube video below which shows all of the Round Table video clips we filmed a couple of years ago.