Well-known poker comentator Mike Sexton wins the World Poker Tour Montreal and add his name to the WPT Champions Cup.
The popular tv presentar has been a part of the World Poker Tour since the beginning, and for 15 seasons he has been commentating as other players have won WPT titles. But now it’s his turn in the spotlight, on the show he helped create.
Few people have done more for the game of poker than Mike Sexton. He’s one of the best ambassadors of the game, and a living legend that was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2009. In 1999, several years before the World Poker Tour was even a thought, Sexton created poker’s original Tournament of Champions, and now he’s thrilled he’s earned a spot in the WPT’s version. “I get to play it forever now, every year!”
Sexton outlasted a field of 648 entries to get his name inscribed on the one-and-only WPT Champions Cup, which may mean more to him than the CAD $425,980 he won. The prize also includes a US $15,000 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.
As the chipleader coming into this final table, Sexton was the odds-on favorite to win, but the route this final table took was completely unexpected. It took 106 hands to play down to the final two players, (Benny Chen and Mike Sexton) and then the heads-up battle went on for another 158 hands. And Sexton was the short stack (sometimes the very short stack) for all but two of them. Sexton won all five all-in situations during heads-up play.
Final table ranking
1st: Mike Sexton – CAD $425,980* (US $317,896*)
2nd: Benny Chen – CAD $286,110 (US $213,515)
3rd: Nadir Lalji – CAD $183,320 (US $136,806)
4th: Ilan Boujenah – CAD $132,750 (US $99,067)
5th: Ema Zajmovic – CAD $102,010 (US $76,127)
6th: Jake Schwartz – CAD $81,740 (US $61,000)