Mike Sexton is well respected in the poker world as both a player and an industry leader. He’s been a professional poker player for over 30 years, and is a commentator on the World Poker Tour, now in its ninth season.
Mike is a poker visionary who is considered one of the premiere ambassadors of poker. He was presented what many consider the most prestigious award in poker, the Poker Ambassador Award, at the Card Player of the Year Awards Banquet in Hollywood, California, in February 2006. He also received the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) highest award, the Patriot Award in August 2008, for his support of the organization, and hosting the annual Go All-In for Veterans poker tournament in Washington, D.C. in which all proceeds went to PVA.
Sexton is noted for creating two mega events in the poker world. He was the founder of the Poker Tournament of Champions (TOC) and the creator of the PartyPoker Million. He was a feature columnist for Card Player magazine for 10 years and a contributing columnist for Gambling Times, Gaming Today, Casino Online, and Casino Times magazines. In 2004, Sexton wrote ‘Shuffle Up and Deal’ which made the New York Times best-seller list. He conducts poker seminars throughout the country and also serves as a spokesperson/consultant for PartyGaming.
Mike has won numerous championships in the poker world including titles at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), the Legends of Poker, the World Poker Finals, the LA Poker Classic, the Four Queens Classic, the Euro Finals of Poker, the California State Championship, Reno’s Pot of Gold, the Orleans Open, the Super Bowl of Poker, and the America’s Cup of Poker, as well as a special $20,000 buy-in speed poker tournament at the Australian Poker Championships in 2005. He has also captured four best all-around player awards.
In addition to his 1989 WSOP bracelet, he won the 2006 WSOP Tournament of Champions title where he won $1 million and donated $500,000 to charity. He is in 12th place for all-time number of cashes at the WSOP and is tied for second for most cashes (eight) in the WSOP main event specifically. His lifetime tournament earnings exceed $3.7 million.
Sexton attended Ohio State University on a full gymnastic scholarship from 1965-1969. Following college, he joined the Army and served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. Prior to becoming a professional poker player in 1977, Mike worked as a sales rep, ballroom dance teacher, and bridge teacher.
Sexton was elected into the Poker Hall of Fame on November 7, 2009.
He resides in Thousand Oaks, California with his wife Karen and son, Ty Michael (born August 21, 2008).