Mike Sexton Back with PartyPoker

by , Apr 29, 2009 | 8:09 am

While Full Tilt was proudly amassing bracelets and getting its customers to “play with the pros” a few years ago, and PokerStars was doing its best to put champions on its roster … PartyPoker was going the other way; they marketed themselves as a site for the masses — unashamed by the unaccomplished nature of their player pool. The one exception — the one pro Party claimed as their own — was Mike Sexton, who had been consulting with them since their earliest days.

He eventually cashed out much of his interest (damn UIGEA) … but now, perhaps as a sign of things to come or perhaps just out of fondness for the way things once were, Mike Sexton has re-upped his relationship with Party and will be representing them as an official face and host on the site.

More details from Party below:


Gibraltar – 29th April 2009 – http://www.partypoker.com/, is delighted to announce that it has renewed its association with poker legend Mike Sexton. Mike will act as a host, consultant, ambassador and player for the leading online poker room.

Sexton, who has acted as the host of PartyPoker.com in the past, is unarguably one of the most respected figures in the game. As the face and voice of the World Poker Tour and holder of a WSOP bracelet, Mike is truly one of the games pioneers. Sexton is in the top ten for the most cashes at the World Series of Poker® and is instantly recognizable to poker enthusiasts around the world. Regarded as ‘The Ambassador of Poker,’ for years Mike advocated corporate involvement with poker to take the game he loves into the mainstream. Notably, Sexton also won the first $10k buy-in NL hold’em championship event at Foxwoods World Poker Finals in 1992 and in 2000 was the first American to win the championship event at the Euro Finals of Poker in Paris, which at the time was the biggest event in Europe.

Through his role with the World Poker Tour Mike coined the legendary famous poker phrase “it takes five minutes to learn but a lifetime to master.” In 2006 Sexton won the Tournament of Champions at the World Series of Poker®, a concept he had originally created. He donated $500,000 of his winnings to charity and has since become a co-founder of http://www.pokergives.org/, which encourages players to make charitable donations.

“PartyPoker.com has always had a place in my heart and is special to me. I am delighted to pen a new deal, it means so much to me,” said Sexton. “I am looking forward to representing them in events around the world and meeting the online package winners at the WSOP. I also relish my role as a consultant advising on poker room matters.”

“The site has changed a lot in recent times and I am very impressed by the new software and new VIP and loyalty schemes.”

A spokesman for PartyGaming Plc, owners of PartyPoker.com said: “We are truly delighted to renew our association with Mike Sexton. Mike is the ‘Ambassador of Poker’ and we hope he gets the acknowledgement he deserves and is inducted into the WSOP® Hall of Fame this year. Poker wouldn’t be as popular as it is today if it wasn’t for Mike Sexton.”

Sexton will be representing PartyPoker.com at the WSOP® and at events worldwide throughout 2009. PartyPoker.com will have a suite at the Rio around the World Series of Poker® Main Event, where Mike will act as a host. Mike will also be making contributions to the PartyPoker.com blog http://blog.partypoker.com/ and nurture new poker talent on behalf of the site.

6 Comments to “Mike Sexton Back with PartyPoker”

  1. Kevin Mathers

    This does sound very intriguing, I was about to post the same thing here with the same part of the press release you did (rake race shmake race I say). Also, I’m sure whatever he makes at PartyPoker paled to whatever he got to be the face of the free, legal, National League of Poker.

  2. DanM

    You mean I actually scooped Kevin Mathers on something? (You know, as much as re-posting a press-release can count as “scoop”.)

    Not sure what you are referring to with the rake race, though. I thought the only parts of the press release I cut out were the corporate identifier grafs at the bottom. Regardless, sure … rake race shmake race!

  3. scott diamond

    Good for Mike. I think he is one of the nicest guys in Poker.He is also very funny. Last year he was the MC of Robert Chip Burner Turner’s 60th Birthday Party and he was so funny, I had cramps for two days due to the laughter that Friday Night.

    I also enjoy his announcing on the WPT, I cannot imagine anyone else doing a WPT episode. It just wouldn’t be the same.

  4. Kevin Mathers

    The press release over at PRnewswire had the rake race info underneath the Mike Sexton info.

  5. Scott Chaffin

    Man, at some point in my life, even if it’s just for a couple of weeks, I want to have a posse of hot girls in catsuits.


    I WONDER IF MIKE SEXTON REALIZES THAT THE POKER SITE NLOP (which he promotes) is cheating the public out of a realistic poker experience by suppling a higher than a realistic amount of monster hands to entice people to join up for their VIP membership, NLOP ended my VIP statis 2 wks earily. i’m not some ranting “loser”, to the contrary, i have won $110.00 in the last 3 wks.. (which i never expect to collect ) i joined because i “thought”,(my mistake), NLOP was different from the other sites that have honesty issues. within 1 1/2 weeks,when i realized that NLOP was just another FULLTILT copy! i changed my membership statis to basic so that my CC account wouldn’t get charged for another month. ( i won’t play on unrealistic poker site) although i paid for a full month, NLOP reduced my statis back to the basic membership even though i still had about 2 weeks left on my original month VIP membership. this is STEALING!!! plan and simple! DOES MR. SEXTON KNOW?