Harrah's announced on October 14th, 2009 that poker player, television commentator, poker author and poker ambassador Mike Sexton will be sole Poker Hall of Fame inductee for 2009. Sexton said that he feels honored and flattered about the recognition.
He said that being inducted into the Hall of Fame is more than winning a poker event or having a good season since it is a recognition of what you have done in your whole career.
For the 1st time in the Hall of Fame's twenty-year history, the whole nomination process was open to the public, who helped decide the nine finalists for the 2009 Hall of Fame class including Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein, Tom McEvoy, Dan Harrington, Erik Seidel, Men Nguyen, Daniel Negreanu and Mike Sexton.
The decision on the Hall of Fame inductees was then left up to the seventeen living Hall of Fame members and a fifteen-member media panel. Sexton was the only Hall of Fame finalist that received the seventy-five percent of the panel's votes needed for the induction.
Sexton has more than $3.7 million in career earnings over an almost thirty-year career but he is best known as a poker analyst for the World Poker Tour's television coverage and as a spokesperson for PartyPoker.
While he will be officially inducted in a special ceremony during the final of the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, Sexton said that becoming the newest member of the Hall of Fame is no indication that he is retiring from the game.
Sexton said that he plans to play as long as he is alive. The Hall of Game was established in 1979 and acquired by Harrah's Entertainment together with the WSOP in 2004.
11/08/2009 23:12 PM