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Mike Sexton

Hall of Famer

by Stephen A. Murphy |  Published: Nov 27, 2009

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The Ambassador of Poker Recognized for His Contributions to the Game With his pockets empty and his spirit broken, a young Mike Sexton returned home. His mother looked at him and shook her head. “Let me tell you something,” she told her 13-year-old son, who had just lost his entire week’s pay in another card game. “If you’re dumb enough to get up and work all week long and then come back here and give your money away, you don’t deserve to have any money.” Sexton smiled as he remembered this story. “It was a funny lesson I always remembered,” he said. The 62-year-old poker pro has come a long way since his days as a newspaper delivery boy in the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio. That boy grew up to become one of the most respected people in the poker industry, not just for his abilities at the table, but ...


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