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WPT renames its Trophy to Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup

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Posted on 28 July 2020 by "T".

The World Poker Tour has renamed the WPT Champions Cup, their main tour trophy, after long-time WPT commentator Mike Sexton.

Mike Sexton served as lead commentator for the first 15 seasons, and won the WPT title himself in Montreal in 2016. The trophy, which bears the names of every WPT main tour winner etched on the base, shall now be called the "Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup".

This is the newest big achievement for one of poker's most successful careers. As a player, Mike won a WSOP bracelet in 1989, dominated the WPT Montreal in 2016, was a regular in the high-stakes poker scene, and in 2009 he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

He accomplished most of these while serving as the lead commentator for WPT and was the voice of poker for an entire generation of poker fans. Along with his co-host Vince Van Patten, Mike was on the mic for almost every WPT event from 2002 until he left the booth in May 2017. He has served as the Chairman of partypoker from that time onwards.

An Incredible Honor
Here's what Mike Sexton said when he learned about the renamed WPT Champions Cup.

"I never thought anything in poker could ever exceed being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame but this week, I was proven wrong. The World Poker Tour contacted me and wanted to re-name the WPT Champions Cup the "Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup". To me, this is the highest honor I could ever receive in poker. "Thank you" WPT for this truly incredible recognition.

The Champions Cup is the hallmark trophy that travels the world to every WPT Main Event. Every WPT Main Event champion has his name permanently engraved on it. And once you win a WPT title, you get perks at every WPT main tour stop and you're eligible to play in the WPT Tournament of Champions for life. I really do love how the WPT reveres its champions.

My career, my life, and most of my success came from a dream I had over 25 years ago. That dream was to create the greatest event in poker - not a tournament you could buy your way in like every other tournament in the world, but one you had to earn your way in by winning a tournament anywhere in the world with a buy-in of $200 or more. (I patterned it after the TOC of golf where you have to win a PGA Tour event during that calendar year to play in the TOC of Golf.)

It wasn't easy. I had a tough time landing a casino partner. I went to six mega casino's who all turned me down before I landed the TOC of Poker at The Orleans casino in Las Vegas. That turned out to be a fantastic location. I then traveled around the world in hopes to get foreigners to play. Because of my dream, a friend gave me a plaque I still have on my office wall that reads, "Those who achieve SUCCESS are those that take a DREAM and make it come true." That was my dream and fortunately, it came true. It also led me to MUCH bigger things.

Rather than just play NLH like every other championship event in the world, I wanted the TOC of Poker to be a multi-game championship against all champions to determine the ultimate champion. My event would be a combination of Limit Hold'em, Limit Omaha 8 or Better, and Limit Seven Card Stud all the way down to the final three tables and then it was strictly NLH until we crowned a champion. (Remember, this was before the WPT and NLH wasn't played in any casino's on a regular basis. It was all limit poker.)

Many players thought I was nuts to play the multi-game format but I was confident that if players qualified, they would learn the other games and play. I was right about that. Although it doesn't seem like many entries by today's standards, my first TOC in 1999 had 664 entries (with David Chiu the winner) but just two months earlier, the main event at the WSOP had only 393 entries.

For my TOC, I created an International Trophy for the country with the best results. "Congrats" to France and the Aviation Club (Bruno Fitoussi) as they won the International Trophy all three years! I set up a second ballroom with collages of all the great players and banners of participating casino's as well as a dance floor with live music every night. (Hey, it was my tournament and I liked to dance.) Players marched into the ballroom with their country's players waving their flags just like the Olympic games. It really was special. I'm sure I'm prejudice, but I still believe the TOC of Poker was the greatest EVENT in poker history. The problem was I could never make money with it so after three years, I had to stop putting it on.

That event, though, The Tournament of Champions of Poker, led me to my jobs with partypoker and the World Poker Tour. And truthfully, I felt so blessed as I had the best two jobs in poker; "Poker Domain Expert" with partypoker and commentator on the WPT. The joy of being part of those terrific companies in their infancy and watching them grow to the success they've had is still mind-boggling to me. PartyGaming went public in less than four years for $9 Billion dollars and the WPT literally changed the poker world forever. Steve Lipscomb (founder of WPT), take a bow. And Adam Pliska (CEO), you can take a bow also as you have truly taken the WPT global. And take another one for re-naming the WPT Champions Cup.

In 2006, I won the WSOP TOC ($1m) and in 2016 I accomplished another HUGE dream of mine, winning a WPT title. I was especially thrilled to win my WPT event in Montreal (at Playground Poker Club - a partner of partypoker) and to get my name engraved on the WPT Champions Cup. I was equally excited to become eligible to play in the WPT TOC for life. It's for all these reasons and all the TOC connections I've had over my career why I'm so humbled, proud, and honored that the WPT has renamed the WPT Champions Cup, the "Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup".

In my mind, the timing couldn't be better. As you know, we are currently hosting the WPT World Online Championships on partypoker and during this festival (17 July-8 Sept), for the first-time ever, we are hosting twelve Championship events with huge guarantees where the winner will win mega bucks, FIVE of which will win the beautiful Baccarat crystal, a Hublot watch, get a $15k entry into the WPT TOC, and get his name engraved on the "Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup"!

Here's some good news: All NLH Championship events are single re-entry with two starting flights and real names will be displayed. Four of the Championship events are $3k (+200) buy-in with a $3m guaranteed prize pool and the main event is a $10k (+$300) buy-in with a $10m gtd prize pool! The best part is that there are mega satellites for all bankrolls and giveaways so everyone can have a shot to play in these incredible WPT Championship events. Go to to check out the schedule.

I can't wait to speak to the FIVE winners who get their name inscribed on the "Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup". Winning a WPT title truly is a dream come true. Good luck players!"



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12 comments on "WPT renames its Trophy to Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup"

 dule-vu28/07/2020 12:04:16 GMT
I dont understand this change and why they need to to this!yes,he is legend,especially when he was commentator,but to make something like just because of one title is silly!it will be big honor for him ofcourse,but to have now this name,even he isnt dead,its stupid!
 CALICUL28/07/2020 16:16:16 GMT
Mike Sexton is fortunate to have the honor of having a huge tournament named after him. He is one of the most successful poker players and definitely deserves some favors or facilities from casinos or many professional rivals.
 maragatero28/07/2020 23:25:02 GMT
Yes this man was the face of Party Poker for a long time. All the message that I recieved from them were firmed by Mike Sexton and add his photo face. I feel his gace and name like someone really known, but I don´t know anything about him. Here I noticed that he was a champion...
 dule-vu29/07/2020 15:01:12 GMT
yes,he is legend,he played poker,he was commentator,he had shares of party poker,but still this is too much for me and they could wait for something like this!its not like he is dead and that he is gone too early,that they need to give this name to trophy!lot of years are in front of him and somebody else could have his name on this trophy!
 CALICUL29/07/2020 17:26:25 GMT
Life is a game, like this Mike Sexton said and even if he plagiarized or not, these words tell the truth. This man is a poker ambassador just like many others, but his results are good enough to get the name of a big tournament.
 antonis32129/07/2020 22:17:45 GMT
He really deserves this honor for his achievemrnts for poker and his contribution to familiarise the public and the rest of the world with the poker , with the tournaments and the excitement of participating in them , his contribution also to WPT and Partypoker Smile he has won one of these titles , he has proven he is a very good player and a fan of this game , he really loves it , so he deserves this honor Smile Congratulations to him Smile
 dule-vu30/07/2020 15:44:52 GMT
but isnt strange for all of you that somebody who is chairman of party poker,that he get title like this and to have his name on it?its same that you are chairman of some company and you give name of something by you!its not south korea for god sake!but ok,every member have his opinion!if he is dead or something like that or that he have nothing with party poker,I would understand that,but now just dont!
 CALICUL30/07/2020 18:14:01 GMT
Values are rewarded in most areas and these things should be everywhere. Performers have talent, mind, physical condition, concentration etc ... and for that ( to win 1st place ) they try to make good results. Respect is a beautiful gesture. Awards the same.
 antonis32101/08/2020 22:07:15 GMT
"Those who achieve SUCCESS are those that take a DREAM and make it come true." ,this is a very nice quote to have in life as a guide , follow it , follow your dreams . He had a dream for sure , he fought to make it a reality , he achived it with the help of some people , he also had success on the felt , now he is honoured with this recognition by WPT for everything he has done in relation to poker . He deserves it Smile
 CALICUL02/08/2020 04:29:28 GMT
In a few years there will be many tournaments, that will have the names of professional players who have died or are alive. As a sign of gratitude this will happen and it is something good, because as a comparison in other sports the resorts are named after great athletes / footballers etc...
 antonis32102/08/2020 22:53:21 GMT
He was the one to have the idea of such kind of a tournament , where you wouldn't get your seat with a direct biu on , but with a victory in a WPT event you are qualified for it gfor all your life . It's his idea , he deserves this trophy to be named after him , what more fair than this , besides anything else (like his contribution to the poker worldwide or his personal achievements on the poker games Smile)
 CALICUL08/08/2020 09:43:19 GMT
I think he also contributed to advertising... in this field called poker, because he is an American professional commentator and there he learned many strategies from professional players. This tournament deserves its name but it is normal for other famous gamblers to receive same in other games.

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