An American professional poke player,commentator and a member of the poker hall of fame ” Mike Sexton” died at age 72.
His death was announced on Twitter by Linda Johnson, a fellow Hall of Fame member who previously said she was authorized to speak on his behalf. The cause was cancer, she said.
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 (@FirstLadyPoker) September 7, 2020
Sexton helped explain poker to the masses on WPT broadcasts amid the post-Chris Moneymaker boom in the mid-2000s. He appeared on WPT broadcasts from their 2003 debut until 2017.
He later served as chairman of the online poker site partypoker.
Sexton was also an accomplished player, with more than $6.7 million in live tournament earnings, according to the Hendon Mob Poker Database. He won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 1989 and made several other final table appearances.
He also ended up on the other side of WPT cameras, winning a WPT event in Montreal in 2016.
Sexton was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2009.Mike Sexton was survived by wife Karen Sexton and a son Ty Michael Sexton and lovers has been expressing their grievances on Twitter.