Poker player and commentator Mike Sexton has passed away at the age of 72. Sexton had been battling prostate cancer in hospice care in his Las Vegas home.
Friends and family began visiting him as he was in hospice care while fearing the worst. Sexton finally succumbed to his battle with cancer today.
The Indiana native was a poker legend who won a WSOP gold bracelet and helped spread the game’s popularity in his lifetime. He’ll be sorely missed by the poker community.
Humble Beginnings in Poker
Mike Sexton got into poker long before the boom. He started working as a salesman after returning from the Vietnam War.
It didn’t take Sexton long to realize that poker was a more-lucrative pursuit at the time. He quit his salesman job and started spending more time on the poker tables in the late 1970s.
Sexton eventually moved to Las Vegas in 1985 so that he could find juicier cash games. In 1989, he won his first and only WSOP bracelet after taking down a $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Split event.
Launching of Partypoker
Sexton played a key role in the founding of Partypoker. He became the early face of the site and used his poker fame to help further it.
Soon, Partypoker was the dominant online poker room in the market. It remained in this position until the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was signed into effect.
Fame as a WPT Commentator
Mike Sexton was a great player and helped launch Partypoker to impressive heights. However, he’ll probably always be best known as a World Poker Tour commentator.
Working alongside Vince Van Patten, he commentated on numerous WPT events throughout the years. Sexton kept TV audiences entertained with his analysis on hands and insider stories about pros. The WPT and poker in general certainly won’t be the same without Sexton around.