Graceful Mike Sexton heads to the Poker Hall of Fame

Mike Seston was sitting in a hotel room in London late last Wednesday night when he got a call he’ll never forget. 카지노사이트

Sexton was getting ready for bed the night before his last table appearance on Party Poker World Open V when his phone rang. At the other end, Seth Palansky, director of the World Series of Poker Communications, called to report that Sexton had been voted into the Poker Hall of Fame. After a brief conversation, Sexton hung up and sat in his bed looking around the empty room.

“Sitting there by myself was kind of weird,” he told us a few days after returning to the U.S. “Because there were so many people I wanted to thank. I wish I could have called them all right away.”

Instead, Sexton, 62, decided to share the good news by calling his wife Karen and his brother Tom. Another “thank you” will come over the coming weeks and during his acceptance speech in Rio, Las Vegas, on Nov. 7, Hall of Fame Day. The 25-year-old poker professional and longtime World Poker Tour television analyst will be the only player inducted this year because he was the only one of nine candidates to receive the necessary 75 percent of the vote from a voting panel of 17 living Hall of Fame members and 15 media members.

“There are so many people in my life who have helped me get to the Hall of Fame,” he said affectionately. “I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for them.”

When he says that his growth in the poker industry has a lot to do with being in the “right place at the right time,” he is not exaggerating or overly humble. The development of his career as a player, broadcaster, and overall “ambassador” of the game involved some mishaps, all of which helped him climb the Poker Hall of Fame from being a pretty good home game player in North Carolina.

Most importantly, he improvised to the 1984 World Series of Poker. Sexton, who lived in North Carolina at the time and was a dedicated Little League coach, decided to see if he could take his luck from home games to the WSOP. He went to Las Vegas for a week, played in three games and reached the final table winning more than $13,000 in three of them.

“Making these two final tables gave me confidence to make a living as a poker player,” said Sexton, a former U.S. Army paratrooper. “Who knows? If I’m not good at those games, maybe I’m still living in North Carolina playing at home.”

Instead, he first jumped into the life of a professional poker player as a grinder. He lived above the mark for the next 10 years, and gained a reputation among fellow professionals.

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