Karen Sexton Wiki – Biography
Karen Sexton is the wife of Mike Sexton. He was an American professional poker player and commentator. He is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame.
Sexton was a gymnast and attended The Ohio State University where he earned a degree in public recreation after changing majors from a business. He joked that he majored in poker because he played very frequently in college. He also regularly played contract bridge and taught classes on it in North Carolina.
Sexton joined the U.S. Army as a paratrooper assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in 1970. The division, however, had just returned from Vietnam, so he never saw any action. While he was in the army, he taught ballroom dancing and one of his clients convinced him to try being a salesman, which he continued to do after his two-year enlistment was up. After a while, he realized that he could make more money playing poker than being a salesman, so he took up poker in 1977.
Although Sexton frequented tournaments, he missed some World Series of Poker because he coached Little League baseball teams and the schedules overlapped. In 1985 he moved to Nevada to pursue poker full-time. Sexton was a well-known cohort of poker player Stu Ungar. Upon Ungar’s death, Sexton was a pallbearer and speaker at his funeral.
As of June 2018, on the World Poker Tour (WPT), Sexton had fifteen career cash in WPT tournaments, including four final tables. He was the winner of one WPT tournament, the 2016 WPT Montreal. That first-place prize was US$317,896, on a buy-in of CAD$3,850 per player. As of June 2018, his career WPT earnings are $998,967, ranking him at 216th place for WPT earnings, as well as holding 39th place for WPT final table appearances.
Karen Sexton Age
Karen Sexton’s age is unclear. However, her husband Mike Sexton was 72 years old. He was born on September 22, 1947, in Shelby, Indiana, United States. He died on September 6, 2020.
Mike married Karen Sexton in 2007, at the time he was 60 years old while his wife was in her 30s. They welcomed their son Ty Michael Sexton two years into the marriage.
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“I’m a father for the first time and all of a sudden parenting is far more important to me than poker,” Sexton admitted as he stopped to chat with us during a visit to Day 33 of the 2009 World Series of Poker. “It’s been a wonderful and eye-opening experience. And I’m loving every minute of it.”
Mike Sexton Cause of Death
Mike Sexton died of cancer on Sunday, according to a fellow member of the Poker Hall of Fame.
According to Linda Johnson, Sexton died surrounded by family at home. “He appreciated all the wonderful comments and farewells from poker players all over the world,” she wrote.
Mike’s net worth is unclear.