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Sexton Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in 17 Years

Seventeen must be a lucky number for Mike Sexton. 17 years ago Mike Sexton, known as the "ambassador of poker" for his works in promoting the game, won his first World Series of Poker bracelet. In the 2006 WSOP, it took him 17 hours to win his second WSOP tournament at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.

After the seemingly never-ending 17 straight hours of poker play, Sexton was exhausted but ecstatic at the same time. He bagged the $1 million prize after having only commented on it for years as game commentator. He announced straightaway that half of his earnings would be going to charity.

"I am so happy to win," Sexton said emotionally on a post-game interview. "To win the million-dollar prize and this title means everything to me. To come back again all these years later and win this tournament really makes me proud. It is very special to me as I was the founder."

WSOP circuit winners and 2005 final table players were included in the event. Sexton received a free-roll into the tournament as the spokesperson for, the biggest online poker room. The final three players included Sexton, Mike Matusow and Daniel Negreanu.

On the 12th hour of the event, Sexton eliminated Matusow. It was then between him and Negreanu, with five more long hours on the table. Finally, shortly after 6 in the morning, Sexton pulled pocket aces to Negreanu's KQ combination, with a 10-8-4 flop. When an A and an 8 showed, Sexton had a full house and secured his second WSOP bracelet in 17 years since 1989.

Sexton is also in the top 10 for all time number of finishes in the money at the WSOP, with 37 cashes. He has nearly $2.7 million in total tournament winnings.

"Because I've been doing commentary on the WPT for the past five years," said Sexton. "I am a much better player than I was before. Poker is a game of skill and there's a big advantage in having seen every hand. I see what players are doing and I'm adapting my game."

The emotional Sexton announced the charities that he would be donating half of his winnings, a pledge he has made over the past few years and plans to continue. The recipients include The Special Olympics, The Buoniconti Fund to help cure paralysis, The Paralyzed Veterans of America, The Wounded Warrior Project, which helps families of those wounded or killed in battle, and Children Incorporated, which helps provide food and school supplies for underprivileged children around the world.

More good things are in store as Sexton is still scheduled to compete in more events, including the Main Event. "I hope this is the start of something and I wish all the PartyPoker players the best of luck whatever event they are playing in," he said.

Warren Lush, spokesman is happy for the "poker ambassador". "Mike's victory is fantastic because he's someone who gives so much to poker, it's wonderful to see him receive something back. His generosity gives poker its newest millionaire philanthropist," he said.


09/11/2006, Monday
Todd Sanders

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