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The Good Ol' Poker Days With Mike Sexton

by Padraig Parkinson |  Published: Jun 22, '11


Had my busiest day at this years WSOP a few days ago. Spent the afternoon downtown and got back to the real unreal world just in time to watch my friend Mike Sexton attempt to make history by winning his second bracelet 22 years after he’d won his first = strangely enough in the same event, $1,500 omaha 8 or better.

He didn’t, but took a hell of a long time not winning it!

It was way more fun than you’d think and Scott Gray and I had a real treat when a guy who looked like he’d played more than a handful of seniors events dropped by to wish Mike luck.

They got to talking about a game they’d played in this guys house in Carolina almost 40 years ago that got so out of hand during one session that $1,000 dollar chips were introduced even though they didn’t have them in Vegas at the time and no one had a bankroll of more than $2,000.

Sounds a bit like recent online games. Nothing’s new. Only different.

The game ended when this guys Mom arrived, walked right past the old guy asleep at the door with a shotgun on his knee and on seeing what was going on in the kitchen said “John Rosenfeld. Don’t you have a job to go to?”

We found out next day we’d all been wasting our time when it was pointed out that Chip Reese had gone 24 years between bracelets. Mike said if he’d known that he wouldn’t have bothered trying for another three years!

While this was going on English-Irishman Paul Spillane was drinking himself to success in the PLO in the Venetian (the Rio’s plan to use snipers to stop players playing elsewhere is still being perfected).

I’m told David Williams had a big following in Ireland as he tweeted something like “Looking good. 3 left. Up against small stack and drunk”, “heads up with drunk guy”, “bought Coors light for drunk” and finally “drunk guy hits runner runner to win”.

Another guy who’s definitely spent too much time with the Irish is Jesse May.

Jesse, a true lover of old time Vegas, was first in line at 5 a.m. outside the Sahara to get first shot as just about all the contents of that establishment were to be sold off.

The next guy joined the line at 8 a.m. The local news channel arrived at 9 a.m. and interviewed Jesse. When asked what item in particular he was interested in buying he replied that it was said that the sheets in room 1617 had never been changed so he wanted them for sure.

Padraig is currently involved with Jesse May in hosting Irish Pub Poker Tours for medium-sized corporate groups. For info you can contact him on Twitter @padraigpoker.

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