The former poker player, commentator, and businessman, Mike Saxton, passed away on Sunday 6 September after battling prostate cancer.
Nicknamed the “Ambassador of Poker” for his lifelong promotion of the game, he was one of the most recognizable and influential personalities in the modern poker world. Sexton, who was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2009, was part of the commentary team for the World Poker Tour alongside Vince Van Patten from the tour’s first TV broadcast in March 2003 through to 2017. In 2017, he retired to become the chairman of the online poker platform PartyPoker.
As a poker player, Sexton won around $6.7 million since his debut in the 1980s. In 1989, he won the WSOP bracelet in 7 Card Stud Hi-Lo, as well as the WTP title in Montreal in 2016. Sexton also wrote two books: Shuffle Up and Deal: The Ultimate No Limit Texas Hold ’em Guide (2005), that made the NY Times best-seller list, and Life’s a Gamble (2016).
In a tribute blog, poker professional Phil Hellmuth described him as a “consummate gentleman, and has championed poker better than anyone else.”
Upon learning of his death, many of Sexton’s friends and fans have shared Sexton’s famous sign-off: “May all of your cards be live, and may all of your pots be monsters.”