Mike Sexton has arguably done more for poker than anyone else in the game.
The longtime high-stakes cash game player and tournament champion, tireless promoter, writer, industry consultant, and popular television personality who’s probably best known to millions as the beaming host and commentator for the World Poker Tour hasn’t merely witnessed poker’s long and colorful history during all the times of boom and bust. He’s also been one of the integral piston rods driving the poker engine. Unlike many others who have chronicled the game’s most memorable moments from afar, merely as post-game observers, Sexton has actually sat in the most memorable games, played with all the legends, and been privy to secrets and many of the most intimate conversations which took place at many of the game’s most crucial junctions.
Daniel Negreanu played in a big poker tournament last week, which was on the Eureka Poker Tour.
Such a occurrence normally wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary. This is especially true for Daniel — who travels all over the world playing poker and speaking out as the game’s premier ambassador. The news from Europe probably wouldn’t have caught my attention at all, except for one rather significant fact.
The poker tournament was held in Bucharest, Romania — a fascinating city where Daniel and I share some common bonds and a very different set of roots. I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that, in contrasting ways, Romania was and shall always be an impressionable part of our lives. To some degree, that faraway place in Eastern Europe made us into what we are today.
I can’t say where and when exactly my infatuation with games of skill and chance first began, but it probably happened inside the crib. That wasn’t a baby rattler I was shaking. It was a pair of dice.
This baby needs a new pair of shoes. Seven out. Line away.
From my earliest childhood memories, I just sort of always knew the standard rules on how to play poker. I can’t even recall who it was exactly that taught me this hand beats that hand. Seven-Card Stud, High and Low Chicago, Mexican Sweat, and of course, Five-Card Draw weren’t just friendly card games played for nickels and dimes. To me, they were genetic markers, part of my DNA.
Were I to chose one word to describe Terrence Chan, that word would be…. genuine.
Terrence is one of the most genuine people I have ever met and known.
Arguably above all characteristics, Terrence is genuinely curious — about almost everything. He’s genuinely humble. He’s genuinely giving. He’s genuinely focused. He’s genuinely dedicated. And, he’s genuinely good at whatever he pursues, if not great at just about everything he truly sets his mind to accomplishing.
Now is a time to remember and reflect upon someone truly remarkable. He left an indelible imprint upon the gaming industry and gambling culture. His name was Stanley Sludikoff. He was a pioneer, a visionary, an educator, and a giant.
Today, there are thousands of gambling-related websites in many different languages. There are online casinos and sportsbooks operating in more than 100 countries. There are countless books, guides, and other periodicals, including several hundred titles on poker alone. There’s a treasure trove of gambling information out there, both narratives and on strategy. It’s virtually impossible to remember an earlier era when none of this existed.