Broadcast poker player Mike Sexton dies aged 72

Mike Sexton, a Poker Hall of Fame member who brought the game to crowds of fans on television as a World Poker Tour announcer, died Sunday after battling cancer. He is 72 years old.

Inducted into the 2009 World Series of Poker Hall of Fame, Sexton has won the tournament 73 times and won over $2.9 million and a bracelet. According to the Hendon Mob Poker database, he has won over $6.7 million in tournaments.

“Mike Sexton passed away peacefully at his home today surrounded by family members,” Linda Johnson, a longtime friend and member of the Poker Hall of Fame, wrote on Twitter on Sunday. Johnson was allowed to speak on behalf of his family and tweeted last week that Sexton was hospitalized at his home.

15-time World Series of Poker champion Phil Hellmuth said on his blog that he and Sexton have been friends and have competed in poker for 33 years

“Mike had a huge impact on the world of poker in halo69,” wrote Hellmuth. ” Without Mike Sexton, poker would not be so great. Poker players wouldn’t have much money without Mike Sexton.

“Without Mike Sexton, poker wouldn’t be as good as it is today. The poker world is indebted to Mike. Mike is the perfect man and defends poker better than anyone.”

“We appreciate all the great comments and suggestions from poker players around the world. Details of the service will come later. In the meantime, please think of your family as you grieve,” Johnson wrote.

Sexton became a gaming ambassador for the World Poker Tour. The game gained popularity after Chris Moneymaker, who never won the World Series of Poker in 2003. Until 2017, he appeared on the World Poker Tour.

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