WPT Honors Mike Sexton, Engraves His Name on Champions Cup
Poker Hall of Fame inductee Chairman Mike Sexton will finally have his name engraved on one of poker’s most sought-after accolades – the World Poker Tour (WPT) Main Event trophy.
Over the years, Sexton has found incredible success playing at the tour. He has 15 WPT cashes to his name, including four final tables. In 2016, he won the WPT Montreal Main Event for $317,896.
Sexton, who currently serves as Chairman of the world’s second largest online poker site partypoker, was over the moon when he relayed the great news to his followers on Twitter. Thanking the WPT for the “incredible” honor, the 72-year-old said getting his name etched on the WPT Champions Cup was beyond his wildest dreams“.
I was totally thrilled winning a WPT title & just getting my name engraved on the WPT Champions Cup. I truly didn’t think anything in poker could ever top being inducted into the Poker HOF, but to me, this does. “Thank you” WPT for this incredible honor. #wpt https://t.co/Mij0too7MW
— Mike Sexton (@Mike_partypoker) July 21, 2020
From next season, Sexton’s name will appear on the WPT Main Event trophy, as announced by the tour’s CEO Adam Pliska. In making the announcement, Pliska referred to Sexton as the world’s “greatest poker ambassador“, who embodies everything that the tour stands for.
Mike Sexton’s Legacy
Pliska highlighted Sexton’s positive character and significant contributions to the game, reflected in the works that he has done over the years. According to Pliska, awarding the WPT Champions Cup in Sexton’s name is the best way to honor his legacy.
Sexton is an accomplished poker pro, but more than that, he is better known in the poker world as a promoter and tournament founder. He previously worked as commentator for the WPT, in tandem with Vince Van Patten. The pair were the longest-serving presenters of the WPT, bringing top-notch poker action to poker fans and spectators across the globe.
Sexton had been with the WPT since its inception in 2002, and helped build it to become one of the premier poker brands and most popular tours over the past 15 years. He contributed towards transforming poker into a televised sport. He left his role as WPT commentator in 2017 when he joined partypoker. He was later replaced by fellow commentator Tony Dunst.
An Honor Well Deserved
His current role with partypoker opened up even more and bigger opportunities to promote the game and contribute to its overall growth. While he can be considered an ambassador from the past for his links with fellow legendary icons, he has continued to lend his innovative ideas to create a better future for poker.
Now, the two premier brands that are close to his heart are joining forces in hosting massive tournaments that fill the gap during these trying times. Sexton truly deserves all the honor for building a legacy that transcends time.