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Mike Sexton Leaves WPT to Become partypoker Chairman

Tags: Mike Sexton, partypoker, World Poker Tour.
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by "T".

Mike Sexton announced last Monday, May 22, that he will be leaving his iconic role as commentator with the World Poker Tour to become Chairman of partypoker. Sexton helped found the tour back in 2002 and for the past 15 years have helped WPT become one of the most recognizable brands in the industry along with Sexton as the face of the brand.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to work with the World Poker Tour since its inception in 2002," Sexton said in a release from the WPT. "When the World Poker Tour launched, it was a dream come true, and to be there from the beginning and see how the WPT changed the poker world forever by essentially turning poker into a televised sport has been amazing. And to do it all this time with my co-commentator from day one, Vince Van Patten, has made it even more special.

"I'd like to thank Steve Lipscomb for his vision to create the World Poker Tour, Adam Pliska for bringing the WPT to incredible heights, and the entire WPT family for all they do and have given me. I'd like to mention everyone, but there's simply too many to name."

In a press release from partypoker, Chairman Sexton will oversee a number of areas in the business as well as play the role of an ambassador. Some of the goals for Sexton will be to improve customer service and loyalty program, invest in software development, combat third-party software, create a friendly environment for amateur players, invest in marketing budgets in the community, oversee the growth of partypoker Live Tours, and many more.

Sexton included a statement in the press release:
"This is an emotional time for me because I have decided to leave the World Poker Tour to focus on this new role. I was at partypoker from the start, before there was even a name or a single virtual card was dealt. I experienced the crazy times of the poker boom when we became the number one site in the world, I remember people sleeping on the office floor when we were all working 24-7 get the software launched and I remember the first partypoker Million on a cruise ship which overlaid $500K. It was devastating for me to see the decline of partypoker when we were forced to pull out of the US and then watch from the side lines as our competitors remained and benefited from our customer base. I am really looking forward to working with people that love the game like I do. We are not aiming for second place. We are all in. Shuffle up and deal!"

Sexton's seat in the commentary booth will now be filled by Tony Dunst, who has been with the WPT since 2010 and has filled in for Sexton as an analyst before. Like Sexton, Dunst is also a WSOP bracelet winner and a WPT champion. His role will officially start in August this year.

"Mike Sexton set the standard for what it means to be an ambassador, and the positive impact he had on my career and the broader poker community cannot be overstated," Dunst said. "I'm honored to be taking his seat in the booth next to the legendary Vince Van Patten; and while I intend to bring my own style to the position, Mike will be a lasting inspiration for how I carry myself and treat people within poker."

Source:
https://www.pokernews.com/news/2017/05/mike-sexton-leaving-wpt-partypoker-chairman-28022.htm

 

 


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17 comments for "Mike Sexton Leaves WPT to Become partypoker Chairman"

 pochui5/24/2017 10:09:49 AM GMT
i don't know... he said he was with party from the beginning of party... so probably he is a solid choice in terms of knowing the company inside out, and also he understands the poker world very well... maybe things will turn out well to him.
 Robbo19905/24/2017 11:00:39 AM GMT
i guess its more of a 'formality' since hes been associated with them for the entirety of their existence
 DaCapo715/24/2017 11:54:44 AM GMT
Why not, that´s a good job in my opinion and i thin the WPT is a great live tourney series and will be also good with a other chairman. And he can be a serious face from Party Poker, because he was a poker pro since a long time with a lot of experience in the business.
 dule-vu5/24/2017 12:48:41 PM GMT
as I remember he had lot of shares of party poker and sold them for "few" millions long time ago,when party poker wasnt so famous!and few years after that he regret that!and now he is back to do job for them!that sick!in one time he was almost owner and after so many years he will work for party poker!
 Calmplay5/24/2017 2:45:52 PM GMT
well for a big fan of the WPT it is sad news, maybe he is tired of traveling a lot with the WPT now scheduled in every part of the world...

 waoz5/24/2017 2:53:39 PM GMT
Very well ... I like the idea and all the improvements that it proposes .. but I would like to announce a poker live tour in Latin America, we have been abandoned and I am sure that in Latin America there are many players demand.
 Gerimantas5/24/2017 4:41:42 PM GMT
Yes ut is a good career to him and I like to see such well known person being a chairman of party poker they are a good site with many promotions now so maybe in future we have even more promotions and good offers? I think this will be good for the players
 Mober5/24/2017 8:50:37 PM GMT
He is familiar with party poker. Money must be way better there too.
so why not moving on.
Changes at some point on our life, are good.
It can help getting you out of the, same &*&%#@%$ different day Smile
 doubletop7775/25/2017 8:00:28 AM GMT
It will be strange, watching a World Poker Tour event and not hearing Mike Sexton commentating. He is the voice of poker and i'd like to thank him and wish him all the best for the future
 superthight5/25/2017 9:34:27 AM GMT
well just keep up the good work guys have fun always a make poker as good habit take care always have fun remember the days when to win the game most of the often Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
 Robbo19905/25/2017 12:02:18 PM GMT
Posted by waoz:
Very well ... I like the idea and all the improvements that it proposes .. but I would like to announce a poker live tour in Latin America, we have been abandoned and I am sure that in Latin America there are many players demand.


does PS still do a latin tour? seriously like half a tournament field is brazillian on ps
 dule-vu5/25/2017 1:30:27 PM GMT
he have 69 years and he should just enjoy in rest of life with family!he have so much money that he travel or do whatever he want,he dont need to spend time on new job!but ok,its his choice!good luck on new job!
 Mober5/25/2017 9:10:30 PM GMT
Some people are just workaholics.
But some jobs, arent jobs at all Smile even if their pay rate is high.
It is like a day in the park..
But at some point you need to say enough, indeed and enjoy things that you couldnt before.
 Robbo19905/26/2017 2:16:48 AM GMT
Posted by Mober:
Some people are just workaholics.
But some jobs, arent jobs at all Smile even if their pay rate is high.
It is like a day in the park..
But at some point you need to say enough, indeed and enjoy things that you couldnt before.


yeah with this job it wouldnt be 'hard on the body' kind of work. and some people have to keep working because once they stop, sometimes life stops not so soon after - its just how they are wired
 damosk5/26/2017 7:03:03 AM GMT
Nice work if you can get it! Congratulations to Mr Sexton. Looking forward to seeing what difference he makes at partypoker and who takes over from him at wpt. Hopefully it will be some scantily clad gorgeous young woman who knows nothing about poker but makes for great viewing to up the audience figures.
 Tony_MON7ANA5/26/2017 7:41:22 AM GMT
Congratulations, Mike!
There is absolutely nothing in this world that can prevent you from becoming the charismatic leader in your new company as long as you perform your duties with utmost responsibility and devotion.
 Mober5/26/2017 9:13:01 PM GMT
You are right robbo about this. There are many people out there
who cant just stop working. Even when it comes to jobs that require,
more stress or physical work.
They are not the coffee shop persons, sitting all day sipping from a straw,
as we say here Smile

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