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Mike Sexton Receives Sole 2009 Hall of Fame Honor

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The votes have been counted, and of the nine nominees for the Poker Hall of Fame, Mike Sexton was the sole winner of enough votes to become the 2009 inductee. Few would argue that he exceeded qualifications for the honor, and his contributions to the world of poker - on and off the felt - will be forever signified by his place in the Hall of Fame, beginning with the awards ceremony on November 7 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Sexton was one of nine nominees on the ballot in 2009. The original list of ten, which was determined by a public vote, included Tom Dwan, but due to the requirements of standing the test of time and showing lasting results in the game of poker, his name was dropped from the list by the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council. Requirements for nominees included that he or she has played against acknowledged top competition, played for high stakes, played well consistently and with the respect of peers, and stood the test of time. However, non-players were also eligible if they contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker with positive and lasting results.

That left Sexton along with Barry Greenstein, Dan Harrington, Phil Ivey, Tom McEvoy, Men Nguyen, Scotty Nguyen, Daniel Negreanu, and Erik Seidel. While rumors swirled that Greenstein, McEvoy, and Seidel were favorites, the majority of speculation centered on Sexton as a certain inductee.

The voting in 2009 was different than in past years. After the public chose the initial list and the Governing Council narrowed it to nine people, voting was left to 15 living Hall of Fame members and 15 members of the media. Nominees who received 75% of the votes would be inducted, and it was announced on October 14 by the Las Vegas Sun that Mike Sexton was the only one who received enough votes to join the elite ranks of the Hall of Fame. Others not inducted this year will be eligible for future nominations.

Sexton will be the 39th member of the Poker Hall of Fame to commemorate his 30 years in the poker world. Not only has he been dubbed the “Ambassador of Poker” by many for his consistent efforts to promote the game around the world and his numerous contributions to charitable organizations, but his voice as one of the commentators of the World Poker Tour for the entirety of its eight-season existence has also contributed to his notoriety and popularity. His long relationship as a spokesperson and representative of PartyPoker has been a highlight of his career, as has been his performances on the felt. With over $3.7 million in career tournament earnings, which includes a 1989 WSOP bracelet, 47 WSOP cashes, and the 2006 WSOP Tournament of Champions victory.

A special dinner will be hosted to honor Sexton in November, which will be held for members of the Hall of Fame, the voting media members, Sexton’s friends and family, and a small contingent of the public. There will also be the official induction ceremony on November 7 at the Rio in Las Vegas during the 2009 WSOP Main Event final table.

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