Hall of Fame Welcomes The "Ambassador Of Poker" Mike SextonOctober 16, 2009 7:58 am
Mike Sexton, the man described by WSOP officials as “a true gentleman who has constantly enhanced the game of poker both with his play at the tables and his promotion of the game off of it,” is the 38th person to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame but will have to wait until November 7th before the official ceremony.
This year marked the 30th year for the Poker Hall of Fame and a finalist was to be chosen by a panel comprised of 15 Hall of Fame members and 15 media representatives with a 75% approval rating sealing the deal. A shortlist of nine finalists were chosen for possible induction which included Barry Greenstein, Erik Seidel, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, Dan Harrington, Men “The Master” Nguyen, and Tom McEvoy.
Following his nomination Sexton said: “I am deeply honored 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.”
Sexton took up poker in 1977 after leaving the US army and throughout his career has earned over $3,700,000 in tournament winnings including a WSOP bracelet in 1989 at the $1,500 Seven card stud split event. However, it is probably for his promotional work that Sexton has been acknowledged with Poker Hall of Fame immortality, and his hosting of the World Poker Tour has been instrumental in producing a generations of enthusiastic and loyal fans of the game and earned him his title the “ambassador of poker”.