Mike Sexton To Be Inducted Into Poker's Hall Of Fame
Posted at 16:45 2009-10-17
There are few people in the poker world who have not heard of him, laughed at his jokes or commended him on his style of play, so it is little surprise to see that the Poker Hall of Fame recently announced that Mike "The Ambassador of Poker" Sexton has become the 38th member to join the exclusive ranks of the Hall of Fame. This was no walk in the park for Sexton though, he faced some stiff competition from other fantastic poker players who are all probably worthy of a Hall of Fame placement in their own right, including November Niner Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Barry Greenstein. Sexton passed the requirements of the voting committee to become the only member of this year's group of nine finalists to receive the prestigious honour.
Sexton's impressive scorecard made his election an easy decision for the judges in the end. His long list of eyebrow-raising credentials include having won over $3.7 million in poker winnings, a WSOP bracelet (Seven Card Stud) and having earned 47 WSOP cashes to go with his 2006 WSOP Tournament of Champions win. Sexton easily earned his spot. On top of all this Sexton has become one of the most popular and familiar voices in the poker world through his long running announcing position for the World Poker Tour.
There is a long list of requirements one must adhere to to be a Hall of Famer and there is no doubt that Sexton met all of the criteria including having played poker against acknowledged competition, played for high stakes, played consistently well, and earned the respect of his peers. Having had a nearly 30-year career (with more to go), Sexton certainly fits the requirement of having stood the test of time and no one can doubt that he has contributed to the overall growth and success of the game.
The Poker Hall of Fame was established in 1979. Its membership includes poker's most influential players and other important contributors to the game. There are 16 living members, and to date 37 members have been bestowed the honour of entry. The WSOP Hall of Fame traditionally elects one or two new members annually. The enshrinement ceremony is now held during the final table of the Main Event of the WSOP.
Sexton said, “I am deeply honoured to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame and it is particularly special because for the first time it was a process that involved the fans, the media and the living members of the hall of fame. To me the most meaningful aspect of this process was the acceptance by the living hall of famers who welcomed me into their exclusive club."
In addition to being known all over the world for his time spent behind a microphone and indeed his play on the poker table, Sexton is also very well known for his philanthropic nature. In recent years he started up pokergives.org, an organization that provides the poker community with numerous opportunities to give back some well-deserved cash to many charity centres all around the globe. Sexton continues to promote the positive sides of the game. His generosity knows no bounds. He even donated half of his $1 million prize from the WSOP Tournament of Champions to a variety of charities and can often be seen on Party Poker helping to promote the game and meet new players on there.
Mike, congratulations from everyone at PokerNetwork on a well-deserved honour!
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Mike Sexton To Be Inducted Into Poker's Hall of Fame
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