Mike Sexton Elected to Poker Hall of Fame

by Lou on October 20, 2009

Kudos to Sexton
Congratulations to Mike Sexton on his selection as the 38th member of the Poker Hall of Fame. In 1989 the 62-year-old Sexton won a WSOP title, and won the WSOP Tournament of Champions event in 2006. He has 47 WSOP cashes and more than $3 million in tournament winnings, making him eleventh on the all-time list, though these are not the primary reasons he was selected for enshrinement in the Poker Hall of Fame.

It’s What He Did Away From the Table That Mattered Most

But it is his stunning list of contributions away from the poker table that propelled him into the HOF. He’s been the announcer for the World Poker Tour and is one of the founders of pokergives.org, one of poker’s first charitable organizations.

More than anything, Sexton has been an ambassador for the game, and many who have taken up poker during its boom years cut their teeth listening to Sexton explain that Texas hold’em “…takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master.” Sexton has been a fighter for poker’s legal rights both behind the scenes and testifying in court cases as an expert witness.

Nine Nominated … Only One Chosen Nine finalists were nominated this year, with selections made by a panel of 15 Hall of Fame members and 15 media representatives. Sexton was the odds-on favorite for selection, and as it turned out, he was the only nominee who garnered the required 75 percent of the votes needed for election. Others on the ballot included Tom McEvoy, Dan Harrington, Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Men “the Master” Nguyen, Erik Seidel, and Scotty Nguyen.

I’d Have Chosen Sexton, Harrington, and McEvoy
If I were one of the electors, I would have voted for Sexton, Harrngton, and McEvoy. In my opinion each of them meets the criteria for selection. Of this group, I firmly believe that Ivey, Negreanu, and Greenstein will eventually be selected for induction. Seidel appears to be on the bubble, while Men Nguyen and Scotty Nguyen probably carry too much negative baggage to ever be chosen for induction.

Induction Ceremony Set for November 7, at the Rio
Sexton’s official induction into the Poker Hall of Fame will take place in Las Vegas, at the Rio, on November 7—a part of all the glitz and glamour surrounding the conclusion of the 2009 World Series of Poker main event.

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Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 12:56 pm

he deserves to be in the hall of fame, well done sexton!

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