Mike Sexton Leaves World Poker Tour, Accepts Role As Chairman Of partypoker
“May all your cards be live and all your pots be monsters! “
Mike Sexton has uttered his famous catch phrase, for the last time around the World Poker Tour. Sexton has become the voice and face of the WPT after all its inception 15 decades ago, but on Monday, May 22, he declared that he is going to be taking a position as Chairman of partypoker, an online poker site he helped found in 2001. Sexton’s chair from the opinion booth will then be full of Tony Dunst, that has been using the WPT after all 2010 and has filled in for Sexton as a analyst earlier.
The 69-year-old member of the Poker Hall of Fame isn’t just known among the matches best-known ambassadors but also as a fantastic player in his own right with a WPT name of his very own, a World Series of Poker bracelet as well as the Tournament of Champions title.
Sexton took to Twitter to make the statement.
Thx into WPT to get GREAT 15 yrs! I wish them the very best. This place w/partypoker is a chance and challenge I couldn’t pass up
– Mike Sexton (@Mike_partypoker) May 22, 2017
In a press release from partypoker, more details about Sexton’s new role with partypoker were detailed. As Chairman Sexton will act as an ambassador, but he will also have several other areas of the business to oversee. The release includes several goals for Sexton as Chairman, including investing in software development, improving customer service and loyalty programs, creating a friendly environment for amateur players by adding value to smaller events and combating third-party software, invest marketing budgets in the community, oversee the growth of the partypoker Live tour, and more.
This is an immense and well-deserved honour for Mike,” said Stake me to play Publisher Barry Shulman. “It can also be an equally enormous advancement for the poker community at large, that will profit since there’s somebody in the top who really ‘gets it. ‘”
Sexton included a statement in the press release.
“This can be an emotional time for me since I have opted to depart the World Poker Tour to concentrate on this new function. I had been at partypoker from the beginning, before there was a title or one digital card was dealtwith I experienced the mad times of this poker boom once we became the number one site on earth, I recall people sleeping on the office floor when we were working 24-7 obtain the applications started and I recall the before all else partypoker Million onto a cruise boat that approx $500K. It was devastating for me to find the decrease of partypoker if we had been forced to pull from the US and watch from both sides as our opponents remained and gained from our client base. I am very excited about working together with individuals who love the sport just like I do. We aren’t planning for second location. We’re all in. Shuffle up and deal! “
Sexton had further thoughts to share in a press release from the WPT.
“It was an honour and a privilege to work together with all the World Poker Tour after all its inception in 2002. Whenever the World Poker Tour started, this is a fantasy come true, and also to be there in the start and find out how the WPT altered the poker world eternally by basically turning poker into a televised game was amazing. And to do all of this time together with my co-commentator from day one, Vince Van Patten, has made it much more unique. Fifteen decades after, another dream of mine came true when I won my before all else WPT title, and I finally have the chance to play at the exclusive WPT Tournament of Champions for a long time to come. It’s been quite a ride within these 15 seasons, and yet one which I’ve been blessed to shoot. I’d like to thank Steve Lipscomb because of his vision to conceive the World Poker Tour, Adam Pliska for bringing the WPT to unbelievable heights, along with the total WPT household for all they do and have given me. I’d love to mention everybody, however there’s just too many to mention. They know that they are, and with these, the WPT wouldn’t have become what it is today. “
With Sexton moving , Tony Dunst will combine Vince Van Patten as a fulltime commentator. Obviously, Dunst had nothing but positive things to say about the guy he’s stepping in for.
“Mike Sexton set the standard for what it means to be an ambassador, and the positive impact he had on my career and the broader poker community cannot be overstated,” stated Dunst. “I’m honored to be taking his seat in the booth next to the legendary Vince Van Patten; and while I intend to bring my own style to the position, Mike will be a lasting inspiration for how I carry myself and treat people within poker. The success and popularity of the World Poker Tour are the result of the culture he created here. “
Like Sexton Dunst is also a WSOP bracelet winner and a WPT winner. His new role will formally begin with the broadcast of the hottest WPT Choctaw primary event in August of the year. There’s been a replacement declared for Dunst’s function as the sponsor of this ‘Raw Deal’ section of WPT broadcasts.