Poker legend and commentator, Mike Sexton, has died Sunday — He was 72 years old.
“Mike Sexton passed away peacefully at home earlier today surrounded by family members. He appreciated all the wonderful comments and farewells from poker players all over the world. Service details are forthcoming. For now, please keep his family in your thoughts as they grieve.”, Linda Johnson, a fellow Hall of Fame member announced his death on Twitter.
“I am so thankful for the wonderful memories I have of traveling the world with Mike Sexton for the past 30+years. There was no kinder more humble person. Mike leaves an amazing legacy for the poker world and for his family. RIP Mike Sexton!.” she also said Mike was battling with prostate cancer which spread to other organs.
“Mike Sexton is poker’s greatest ambassadors. He authorized this tweet. He has only wanted to deliver positive messages so he kept his health problems private. Mike has been battling prostate cancer that has recently spread to other organs. He began in-home hospice a month ago”, She added.
Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour also confirmed the news in a statement. “It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of my friend and the greatest ambassador in poker, Mike Sexton. Mike served as a WPT commentator for 15 seasons and spent a lifetime growing the game of poker around the globe. His glowing presence resonated with players and fans of poker alike, who will all miss him onscreen and at the table. Mike’s legacy will forever be a part of poker’s history. The WPT Family joins the entire poker community in sending our thoughts and deepest condolences to the Sexton family, including his young son Ty.”
Sexton was a longtime commentator for World Poker Tour. He served as a WPT commentator starting in Season I of the World Poker Tour in 2002, which debuted at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic event in Las Vegas.
Sexton won his WPT title in 2016 at the Season XV WPT Montreal event at Playground Poker Club at his fourth career WPT final table. As a player, he also won nearly $7 million since his debut in the 1980s.