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Posted by on Sep 9, 2020 in Blog, General Poker | 0 comments

Remembering Mike Sexton


Remembering the late Mike Sexton, with photos and in words, a dear friend, a great poker ambassador, and inspiration now and forever.


Remembering Mike isn’t a sad occasion.  When I think of him, I smile. So many dinners, conversations, and fond memories. This photo was taken in 1997 at Puggy Pearson’s house, with Mike and Stu Ungar.

Three legends.




As I looked through my own archive of photos, I realized just how important Mike was at various junctions of my life. I’m sure many others feel the same and, like me, credit Mike for making a difference and always providing just the right inspiration or motivation to do the right thing.

Here’s one more photo worth sharing, taken sometime in the 1990s. Mike and I are at Stu Ungar’s house.

Wish I’d taken more photos, but back then we didn’t have camera phones.


I appreciate being quoted in this article on Mike’s passing by one of Las Vegas’ top journalists, Howard Stutz.



Bill Ordine, a longtime sportswriter for the Baltimore Sun and Philadephia Inquirer, wrote this nice tribute to Mike, and asked for my thoughts.  It was tough to list all of Mike’s contributions in a simple statement.  In fact, Mike’s legacy would require volumes, especially if written and spoken by all the thousands of people whose lives he touched.




What a beautiful tribute to Mike on this podcast, thanks to Chad Hollaway, Sarah Herring, and Jeff Platt at Poker News:

01:30 First news that came as such a shock
09:25 Maria shares her thoughts
26:30 Linda Johnson joins the show to give deep insights into Mike Sexton
34:30 Mike Sexton was a dancer!!
39:15 Jan Fisher shares Mike Sexton hustle story
42:50 Nolan Dalla explains how Mike was essential in his book about Stu Unger
52:48 Remko Rinkema reveals his experience and understanding of Mike Sexton
01:06:00 Adam Pliska & Vince Van Patten from Mike Sexton’s WPT family
01:28:00 Some unknown elements of Mike Sexton through the eyes of Tony Dunst
01:33:45 Why every poker player should be more like Mike Sexton according to Antonio Esfandiari
01:36:20 Mike’s brother Jeff Sexton shares thoughts on Mike Sexton from outside of poker





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