Mike Sexton Wins His First World Poker Tour Title In Montreal

Posted on November 21, 2016

[toc]Mike Sexton, the host of the World Poker Tour, has won his first WPT title in Montreal after topping a field of 648 players to win CA$425,980 (US$317,896).

Sexton, 69, is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame and a World Series of Poker bracelet-winner with more than $6 million in live tournament earnings. He has hosted the World Poker Tour since its first broadcast 14 years ago, alongside Vince Van Patten.

Sexton’s first prize includes a US $15,000 seat into the World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions.

The World Poker Tour Montreal final table

Sexton entered the six-handed final table with the chip lead, ahead of Ema Zajmovic who was eliminated in fifth place after she ran into Sexton’s aces at an inopportune time.

This denied the World Poker Tour its first female champion, but the crew were delighted to see their long-time colleague take down the event.

The final hand saw Sexton picking up two queens at the perfect time when Benny Chen, who until then had held a commanding heads-up chip lead, moved all-in with K-J. Sexton flopped a set, though it wasn’t over yet as Chen had a gutshot straight draw.

However, the World Poker Tour host faded the four outs and took down his first title.

WPT Montreal final table results

All prizes listed are in Canadian dollars.

  1. Mike Sexton: $425,980
  2. Benny Chen: $286,110
  3. Nadir Lalji: $183,320
  4. Ilan Boujenah: $132,750
  5. Ema Zajmovic: $102,010
  6. Jake Schwartz: $81,740

About Mike Sexton and the World Poker Tour

The World Poker Tour is one of the most historic televised events in poker, having been broadcast worldwide since its 2002 debut on the Travel Channel.

The WPT broadcasts, alongside Chris Moneymaker’s World Series of Poker Main Event win in 2003 and the rise of online poker, are credited with being one of the major factors in the global poker boom of the early-to-mid-2010s.

The first season of the World Poker Tour broadcasts have given us many of poker’s household names, with poker stars such as Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Howard Lederer and more all building their reputations at final table broadcasts.

Mike Sexton has been a co-commentator of the World Poker Tour television show alongside actor Vince Van Patten since the very first broadcast and is well-established as the face of the World Poker Tour.

Sexton can now add this accolade to his Poker Hall of Fame membership and World Series of Poker bracelet, which he won in 1989.

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