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Mike Sexton vs. WSOP

Friday, March 6th, 2015

mike-sexton-vs-wsopMike Sexton recently channeled his inner-Daniel Negreanu by writing a blog post that questions the World Series of Poker. More specifically, Sexton has a problem with the November Nine four-month break (all these years later), WSOP Europe and Australia being included in the Player of the Year race, and the growing number of bracelet events being included.

So what qualifies Sexton to be the judge and jury here? Well, as he explains in the post, he’s been going to the WSOP since 1984 and has seen the event evolve over the years. And while Mike still loves the WSOP, he doesn’t feel that some measures are putting players first. Case in point, why should the November Nine have to wait four months just to finish the final table? Or what’s the deal with making players travel to Europe or Australia just to compete in the POY race?

Apparently WSOP Director Ty Stewart is a Mike Sexton fan and saw the blog post. Stewart was also willing to offer his own rebuttal in the comments section, while defending the various points that Sexton attempted to pick apart. The “comment” from Stewart could be turned into a poker book, so we’ll just highlight one interesting excerpt:

In closing, I’d just like to say that we believe we have right to operate a fair business with the WSOP event and brand, we are almost always guided by simple endeavour to do the right things for the right reasons. We want to be a source of pride and unifying platform for you and everyone who loves poker. we want it bigger and better yes.

But we are not Dr. Evil plotting to exploit a community (which is too smart for that anyway) on an annual basis. Yes, with miles of truss & lighting/mountains of chips/thousands of staff/hundreds of security cameras we have the highest costs in the industry. But we also don’t have a myopic view of the world. And I can assure you any variance in fees collected from 65 or 68 bracelet events is not going to be highlighted topic in the Caesars Interactive balance sheets. Apologize for the long-winded reply, but your post really struck an emotional chord.

Antonio Esfandiari wins $18.35m – Does Winnings List have any Meaning?

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

The biggest poker news of the week is no doubt Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari winning the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament. He navigated through a 48-player field and on towards victory as much of the poker world watched with intent interest. And a huge reason for all the interest was the $18,346,673 first place prize on the line!

Once Esfandiari finished Sam Trickett off in heads-up play, he was the recipient of this insane fortune….or at least he and his backers were. Seeing as how The Magician sold a lot of his shares in order to meet the hefty buy-in and cut down on variance, he likely received less than 50% of the $18.35 million. However, the full amount goes down in the record books and vaults him towards the top of the all-time live poker tournament winnings list with $23,245,828.

This is certainly nice for the headlines and could definitively bring some more recreational players into the game. However, it completely obliterates any sort of relevancy that the all-time tournament winnings list used to have.

These days, the tourney winnings list doesn’t mean much to a lot of players because they can’t compete with top-level pros who have lots of backing. Furthermore, events like the Big One for One Drop are more like glorified sit and go’s than anything since only a small number of players are competing, yet ridiculous amounts of money are up for grabs.

So how should we view the poker tournament winnings list in today’s era? Well it’s a fun little thing to look at from time to time, but you certainly can’t measure one’s overall tourney success from this. That said, there are still some very fine players towards the top of the winnings list – it’s just that the average grinder will never have an opportunity to compete with them.

Big One for One Drop Results

1. Antonio Esfandiari — $18,346,673
2. Sam Trickett — $10,112,001
3. David Einhorn — $4,352,000
4. Phil Hellmuth — $2,645,333
5. Guy Laliberté — $1,834,666
6. Brian Rast — $1,621,333
7. Bobby Baldwin — $1,408,000
8. Richard Yong — $1,237,333
9. Mike Sexton — $1,109,333

WSOP Tournament of Champions is Back

Friday, March 19th, 2010

The Tournament of Champions, one of the most exciting all-star events hosted by the WSOP, is coming back this summer. The tournament was shelved in 2006, but is back due to popular demand. The tournament is a $1 million freeroll for the top 20 bracelet holders of WSOP tournaments past. It should be one of the most exciting tournaments of the summer!

Who determines which players will take part in the Tournament of Champions? Poker fans like you and me! The polls opened on March 15 and will remain open until June 15 at the WSOP website. Any previous WSOP bracelet winner is eligible. Additionally, five players have already been automatically selected to take part in the tournament. These players are Joe Cada (the reigning WSOP Main Event champion), Barry Shulman (winner of the Main Event in WSOP Europe this year), and Annie Duke, Mike Sexton and Mike Matusow (previous winners of the WSOP Tournament of Champions).

The tournament is scheduled to begin on June 27 and will take place at the Rio. Players will compete until they are narrowed down to a final table of 9 players and the final table will be played on July 4. Players are playing for their share of the $1 million prize as well as the prestigious title of Tournament of Champions winner. First place will receive $500,000; second place takes home $100,000; and the rest of the players at the final table will take home $25,000.

Poker Hall of Fame Welcomes Mike Sexton

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

The Poker Hall of Fame recently inducted its 38th member, Mike Sexton. Sexton won out over the other nominees, which included poker greats Barry Greenstein, Dan Harrington, Phil Ivey, Tom McEvoy, Men Nguyen, Scotty Nguyen, Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel.

There is no doubt in my mind that Sexton was the best choice for this year’s inductee. He meets all the criteria set for Poker Hall of Famers. He has been winning at poker consistently for almost 30 years, playing against other world-class players and is well respected in the poker community. Sexton boasts over $3.7 million in poker tournament winnings, and has taken home a WSOP bracelet. He is also a respected poker commentator and has been announcer at the World Poker Tour and has promoted the game of poker through a number of channels.

Most respectably, Sexton is a philanthropist and recently co-founded PokerGives.org. Poker Gives is an organization that provides a way for the poker world to give back to the community through charitable organizations. Just a few of the organizations that Poker Gives works with include the Special Olympics, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

As someone who is not only a skilled poker player who has stood the test of time, but also a promoter and spokesperson for the game, Sexton surely deserves his newfound title. Kudos Mike!