Mike Sexton

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 14:44

Mike Sexton

A poker biography of Mike Sexton.


Quick Information

Name - Mike Sexton

Born - 1947, Shelbyville, Indiana, United States

Poker Room - Not Available

Biography

Born in 1947 in Shelbyville, Indiana, Mike Sexton is one of the most popular endorsers and ambassadors of poker in the gambling world. He worked tirelessly in order to get corporate sponsorships that made it possible for poker to be watched and enjoyed by a wider, more mainstream audience. Many people largely attributed the numerous success of the previous World Poker Tour to his efforts and valuable contributions.

Mike Sexton enjoyed various physical activities back during his youth. He once attended the Ohio State University on a scholarship for gymnastics. His flexibility made it possible for him to become a ballroom dance teacher, and if he wasn't that interested in poker, Mike Sexton might have been a popular dance icon or an international dance sport competitor. Fortunately for the World Poker Tour, Mike loved the game, so he stayed and helped out.

A passionate and hardworking man who is a veritable spring of out-of-the-box ideas, Mike Sexton put his skills into good use by being a World Poker Tour Series television commentator. His charisma and demeanor enabled him to reach a broad scope of audience, making him become the so-called "the face of poker." Like all commentators and television celebrities, Mike Sexton possess an unmistakable wit and a talent for live commentaries that is obviously ingrained. Despite having no prior experience as a broadcaster or even as an announcer, Mike Sexton was able to distinguish and endear himself to the audience by establishing a connection with them.

Being a commentator on a poker game is difficult, since it requires sufficient skill to understand poker rules and games, while having the ability to translate it into a language that newbies and novices to poker can understand. It was said that when Mike Sexton does a commentary on a poker game, expect the non-players to learn and the professional players to appreciate whatever it is that Mike is saying. His short exposure on television can easily be taken as a simple tutorial on the basics and tricks of this game. As with other television game commentators, Mike Sexton has a catchphrase that is repeated several times on air that people now relate it with him. When commenting on the game of No-Limit Hold'em, Mike Sexton often says that "It takes five minutes to learn but a lifetime to master."

Mike Sexton started to learn about poker when he was only 12 years old and was living in Dayton, Ohio. Learning the ropes the hard way, Mike had to lose his wages for a week from working as a newspaper delivery boy in poker games. Fortunately, Mike Sexton proved to be as determined as he was stubborn, and he continued playing and losing until he was able to hold on his own. After a long and difficult race to understand the basics of the game, Mike Sexton soon became interested in playing in tournaments during the latter part of the 1980s. This was after finding out that professional poker players who succeed in tournaments stand a chance to earn large amounts of cash and become popular.

His first gold bracelet was won from the World Series of Poker Tourney back in 1989. According to him, he favors the game of Eight-or-Better Stud. This was his most played game from which he earned his living back when he was struggling to become a better poker player. His continued practice made him sincerely believe that he was at the peak of his game during the said tournament, and his victory was a satisfying stamp that he was right to play poker all along. Since that fateful win, Mike Sexton attended more tournaments and has never looked back. He then continued to play and win in five more No-Limit Hold'em tournaments. Today, Mike Sexton still continues his career as a poker commentator and promoter for the World Poker Tour Series. However, he still plays a mean game, as he won in the 2005 No-Limit Speed Poker tourney in Melbourne, Australia, winning $93,293 as his prize.