After the PLO tournaments, the first big NLH events within the WPT World Online Championships schedule start this week, with an extra $150,000 in value set to be given away to players, as the first of five Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup events started on Saturday, August 1.
There are 12 Championship events included within the WPT World Online Championships, and five of these are WPT Champions Cup events. The champs will win a $15,000 added value ticket to the next WPT Tournament of Champions (TOC), presented by Baccarat Crystal. Their name shall be engraved on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup trophy and they will also get a replica version. They will also join the exclusive WPT Champions Club!
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".
Jeopardy! Champion James Holzhauer has made his WSOP debut this Monday in Las Vegas.
A pro sports gambler for over a decade, Holzhauer played in two events at the Rio Convention Center: Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit-Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty Event #57: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em (with Mike Sexton as his partner)
Both events were scheduled on June 24, Monday.
Holzhauer said, "I decided to enter because [Poker Hall of Famer] Mike Sexton contacted me and offered to sponsor my buy-ins. I don't have any plans to enter another WSOP event beyond those two. I played online poker semi-professionally in the early 2000s, but I don't intend to make a career of it now, as I'm sure I wouldn't be good enough at it to justify forgoing other opportunities."
Vince Van Patten, an announcer for the World Poker Tour, who co-wrote and starred in an upcoming poker film.
After the movie Molly's Game that was released last year, poker fans have a new movie coming their way very soon and its main cast is the World Poker Tour's Vince Van Patten. According to IMDb.com, "Walk to Vegas" is based on a true story about Hollywood big shots who will bet on anything.
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.
Daniel Strelitz topped a field of 521 runners over 6 days of play to win over a million dollars in the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 Main Event! The 27-year-old poker pro from California now has over $2.6 million in live tournament earnings!
Mike Sexton grabbed his first WPT title and C$425,980* ($317,896* USD) in prize money early this morning after besting a field of 648 entries over several days of play in the WPT Montreal Main Event! But it wasn't a smooth journey to the title for the Poker Hall of Famer and WPT commentator.
Poker Hall of Fame member and WPT commentator Mike Sexton only had 10 big blinds after Day 2 and 18 big blinds after Day 3, yet he will enter the 6-handed WPT Montreal Main Event final table today with the biggest stack! Sexton finished Day 4 by eliminating Day 3 chip leader Samuel Gagnon in seventh place to take the chip lead.
On Tuesday evening, Day 3 ended with just 17 players remaining in the Season XV partypoker.net World Poker Tour® Montreal Main Event at Playground Poker Club.
Samuel Gagnon will lead the remaining players into Day 4 with 3,350,000 (112 big blinds). Gagnon and the other remaining players are now guaranteed to take home CAD $22,230 each with the chance of becoming the champion for CAD €425,980!
Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn, two movie stars who probably don't need any introduction, are two of the hosts for the upcoming Four Kings and an Ace charity poker tournament organised by the World Poker Tour Foundation, which raises money for Mending Kids charity that helps providing surgery and medical care to children in 57 countries around the world.
partypoker ambassador Mike Sexton (picture) is delighted to bring back the original tournament that launched partypoker in 2001, guaranteeing £1,000,000 to the winner and boasting the biggest ever guaranteed prizepool in Europe. The newly named ‘partypoker MILLIONS' has a massive £5,000,000 guarantee and will be hosted online and live across the UK and in international cardrooms, culminating in the final days at Dusk Till Dawn from 18th April 2017.
There were mixed emotions when Chris Ferguson showed up last week at the World Series of Poker. Many of the players were not happy to see him returning. Nevertheless, there were some who urged him to come clean and tell his side over what happened at Full Tilt Poker.
Mike Sexton (born September 22, 1947) is an American poker professional, a member of the Poker Hall of Fame, a commentator of the World Poker Tour, and a PartyPoker Ambassador.
He has $5.8 million in live tournament earnings, including his best cash for $1.1 million thanks to a 9th place finish in the 2012 Big One For One Drop. Click here for more information on Mike Sexton. We hope you will enjoy the interview!
That's it for Day 1A of the 2014 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star ($7,500 buy-in). 312 players signed up for the first day of the tournament and 117 of them had chips left when the tournament director called it a day after several hours of play. The overnight chip leader is Giorgio Medici with 254,600 and he received the $10,000 prize as the Day 1A chip leader. Other players that bagged up plenty of chips were Hai Tran (253,500), David Forster (225,200), Bryan Campanello (210,000), Mukul Pahuja (189,100), and Shooting Star David Chiu (174,000).
The Shooting Stars who were eliminated sometime during Day 1A and had their $2,5k bounty collected were Daniel Negreanu, Mike Sexton, Todd Brunson, Tony Dunst, Jay Farber, Joe Hachem, John Juanda, Phil Laak, Nam Le, Mike Matusow, Scotty Nguyen, Noah Schwartz, Erik Seidel, Jennifer Tilly, JC Tran, Paul Volpe, and Phil Hellmuth.
Hedge fund manager and poker pro Dan Shak will be hosting the annual "All In for Kids" charity poker event on Thursday. The event will be held at the Mandarin Oriental in New York and will be filmed for national television and air as a part of a future World Poker Tour broadcast on Fox Sports Net.
In addition to wealthy CEO's, celebrities and athletes, poker pros including Vanessa Selbst, Mike Sexton and Phil Hellmuth will participate in the tournament. The event has raised more than $4.3 million over the past five years. All money raised will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Rocco Palumbo, who won Event #44 for $464,464 at the 2012 WSOP, is the latest World Poker Tour main event champion. The Italian poker pro overcame a field of 173-players to keep the Venetian title from leaving the country after defeating fellow countryman Marcello Montagner heads up. Mike Sexton was the biggest name on the final table and he finished in third place, his best WPT performance ever!
The third day of the World Poker Tour Venice main event was kind of slow and not as action-packed as one might have hoped for. The day started with 36-players and, after some hours of play, 18 of them were still standing when the tournament director called it a day. Mike Sexton, Kara Scott, Ludovic Lacay and Matt Salsberg all made it through the day with healthy stacks while Daniel "Jungleman" Cates, Liv Boeree and Marvin Rettenmaier were sent packing.
All the remaining players are now guaranteed a minimum payday of $7,975 each. The plan for Day 4 is to play down to 6 players, who will battle it out on the televised final table this weekend. It's very likely that one or two big names will make it there and battle for the first prize of $180,097!
The plan for Day 2 was to play six 90-minute levels of poker, but the tournament director had to stop the action earlier when only 36-players remained. Ludovic Lacay (2012 EPT San Remo winner) finished day with the chip lead (351,400) and Mike Sexton (241,500) and Marvin Rettenmaier (187,700) also made it through the day with big stacks. Besides the players mentioned above, Kara Scott, Matt Salsberg, Giacomo Fundaro, Liv Boeree and Dan "Jungleman" Cates made it through Day 2.
The average stack is 144,166 and there are many players with plenty of chips to gamble with, so it's very hard to predict what will happen during Day 3. One thing is certain, though: it will be a very entertaining day of poker with so many well known faces racing towards the final table - where a first prize of $180,097 is up for grabs!
On Monday, the first day of the WPT Venice Main Event kicked off at the the oldest casino in the world: Casinò di Venezia (opened in 1638). Only 65-players signed up for the first day, but luckily many of them were well-known faces from around the world including Matt Salsberg, Daniel Cates, Kara Scott, Mike Sexton, Gaelle Bumann and Marvin Rettenmaier.
After 8 levels of play, the first day concluded with 32 players and poker amateur Stephen Behm had the largest stack (188,000). Two-time WPT champ Marvin Rettenmaier (picture) is ranked second with 115,000 chips, and WPT commentator and poker ambassador Mike Sexton is not far behind with 99,900 chips.
We will be back with another update tomorrow! Stay tuned!
On Monday, the first starting day of World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star (San Jose, California) kicked off with 270 players. The field included some of the biggest stars in the game of poker, however, only 109 made it through the day and, unfortunately, many big names hit the rail: Phil Hellmuth (picture), Daniel Negreanu, Michael Mizrachi, Scotty Nguyen, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst (to mention a few).
World Poker Tour's host Mike Sexton is disgusted with the lack of professionalism by some poker pros. In fact, he's so angry and annoyed that he wrote a blog on the matter yesterday - "Poker Pros - Wake Up and Smell the Coffee". Mike Sexton writes that he thinks poker should have a dress code just like in any sport.
Also, he thinks that poker players should be more responsible and on time for interviews and tournaments, full fill all media requests, sign autographs and take pictures with fans when asked etc. Sexton thinks that all these things are extremely important for the future of poker.
The final table of the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament included some really big names from the poker world: Mike Matusow & Mike Sexton just to mention 2. However, it was none of the very experienced players who made it all the way to the title but a satellite qualifier.
Day 3 of the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament has been concluded. 24 players returned to play Day 3, and after many hours of poker there were only 6 players left. Below are the 6 finalists that will battle for some serious cash at 4PM local time.
Seat 1: Mike Matusow - 2,173,000 Seat 2: Mike Sexton - 363,000 Seat 3: Alan Sternberg - 3,701,000 Seat 4: Vivek Rajkumar - 1,616,000 Seat 5: Steven Kelly - 4,169,000 Seat 6: Casey McCarrel - 430,000
As you can see, the final table includes some fantastic poker players. It will be a very interesting and thrilling fight for the top prize of $1,039,00. Personally, I hope for Mike "The Mouth" Matusow to take down the tournament. He definitely needs the cash and he's also the most entertaining player on the final table! May the flop be with him!
The second day of the WPT Bay Shooting Star tournament in San Jose, California is over. 24 players survived they day and three Shooting Stars are still alive in the field: Mike Matusow, Kathy Liebert and Mike Sexton. However, all of them need to double up 1 or 2 times to be able to make it to the final table with a healthy stack.
Joris Springael is the leader of the pack and he will bring almost 1.5 million chips to Day 3 of the tournament. In second place is Alan Sternberg with 1,1 million chips, closely followed by Vivek Rajkumar with a little bit more than 1 million chips.
The winner of this years Aussie Millions, Tyron Krost, 23, is the latest member of Team PartyPoker. Tyron will now get to play in many major poker tournaments (for free) all around the world together with the rest of the team - Tony G, Mike Sexton and many more. Even though I'm happy for Tyson Krost and his new sponsorship, I must say that I find it quite strange that a big site like PartyPoker signs a relatively unknown player like him.
Okay, besides the Aussie Millions (qualified through a satellite at PartyPoker) win, he had some decent results in 2008 WSOP, but still? Might be that they want to strengthen its Australian Team even more after the signing of Tony G?
Party Poker's ambassador Mike Sexton was one of the 9 nominated players for the Poker Hall of Fame this year. And just a couple of days ago, he was the one who got inducted. Even though Mike Sexton knew he was the big favorite to get inducted this year, he still felt very honored when he received the message that he became the 38th person to get inducted into the poker Hall of Fame.
"I'm really, really honored to get inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. And I have to admit that it feels extra good because this is the first time in Poker Hall of Fame history that fans, media, and the living members of Poker Hall of Fame are involved in the whole process."
It was very close that Luke Schwartz weren't allowed to take part in the tournament, but in the last minute he made a deal with the casino management and got to play in the tournament. Luke Schwartz has now made it to the final table of the tournament. Other players that have made it to the final table are Andy Black, Mike Sexton, Phil Laak, Jennifer Tilly, Jan Veit, and Bodo Sbrzesny. Most notable players of these are of course Mike Sexton and Phil Laak.
Phil "The Unabomber" Laak has lots of great results from many major poker tournaments, but perhaps he's most known from his appearances in Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker.
Mike Sexton has a long and successful poker career behind him. He's also the hottest candidate to get inducted into the poker hall of fame, which is the most honorable thing a player can achieve after a long and successful poker career.
It will be very interesting final table today! Let's pray that Luke Schwartz will manage to keep the fury inside of himself if he runs into bad beats.
There is probably nothing bigger for a poker player than getting inducted to The Poker Hall of Fame. Its a proof that one has been a really successful player that have stood the test of time and contributed to the game of poker. The nominated players this year are the following.
2009's candidates that have the chance to get inducted to the poker hall of fame are Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein, Dan Harrington, Tom McEvoy, Men Nguyen, Scotty Nguyen, Mike Sexton, Eric Seidel, Tom Dwan, and Daniel Negreanu.
The 3 big favorites of these 10 players are Mike Sexton, Phil Ivey, and Tom McEvoy. All three have won bracelets and millions of dollars in WSOP throughout the years and also done a great job for poker and its future.
The hottest candidate of these 3 however, is Mike Sexton. Sexton has been a poker pro at the highest stakes for many years and also been the main commentator for WPT, been the ambassador for Party Poker, writing for the biggest poker magazines and much more. If you look at the requirements for getting into the Poker Hall of Fame bellow, you will understand why he's the hottest candidate.
In 1979, Benny Binion, the owner of the Horseshoe Casino, created the Poker Hall Of Fame to preserve the names and legacies of the world's greatest poker players. He also was the man behind the first ever World Series of Poker (1970), and the first one to organize high stakes games where the public could watch. Anyhow, Harrah's Entertainment took over the right for WSOP in 2004, and also the ownership of the Poker Hall of Fame. Today the Poker Hall of Fame is handled directly by the WSOP crew. Up till now, 37 people have been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Only 15 of those people are still living.