Mike Sexton’s view of poker 2010

March 09, 2010 5:10 PM


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Mike Sexton has been a poker player for decades. But not just a player, he’s been an advocate of poker, a spokesman for poker and, most of all, he’s been a shining example of all of the good attributes of a poker player.

Sexton is a tough, accomplished poker player, with numerous tournament victories, including gold bracelets at the World Series of Poker.

Equally important, he’s skillful at describing the action from his seat as commentator for the World Poker Tour. His commentary not only heightens the excitement of the game, but helps less experienced players learn how to play effectively.

Sexton also has the reputation of being generous with his time and money. He’s quick to accept speaking engagements and offer help when it’s solicited, and he’s been known to donate tournament winnings to charities and other worthy causes.

With his finger on the pulse of poker in America, Sexton recently revealed his poker predictions for 2010, which were posted on Poker News Daily.

"It’s always exciting to think about what’s ahead for the poker world," Sexton said. "Here are some things I believe will happen in 2010":

1. The young guys will continue to dominate the big events in poker. I say that because the big events take at least four or five days to play and I believe the younger guys can handle those long, tough, consecutive sessions better than the older guys. Generally speaking, when stamina plays a role in something, young guys fare better.

2. The direction of online poker will finally come out of the "gray area." I believe that legislation will finally come forth in some fashion, so we’ll know whether or not online poker will become regulated. If it’s not on the federal level, I believe you’ll see individual states, starting with California, attempt to legislate and regulate online poker.

3. More countries around the world will individually regulate online poker like Italy and France are doing. For those who may not know, those countries are legalizing online poker, but you can only play against players from your own country. This is the model I believe that individual U.S. states will follow.

4. The WPT will expand its brand worldwide with more live tournaments in more countries around the world. Party Gaming purchased the WPT, which bodes well for poker players around the world. Players can qualify online for these events at PartyPoker.com and, hopefully, other sites as well.

5. The enforcement of Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) will come to an end.

6. Here’s a good thing: Far more money will be raised through poker charity events than has been in the past. PokerGives.org is designating September "Poker Charity Month," where numerous live casinos as well as online sites will hold charity events for PokerGives.org. In my mind, benefiting worthwhile charities is a big plus for the entire poker industry and players, management and casinos should all do more to support charity events.

7. Two players will win two bracelets at the 2010 WSOP and no one will win three. I don’t know who they will be, but I know who I’d bet on to do it.

8. I’m afraid that the trend will continue for women on the WPT. They won’t win a $10,000 buy-in or higher event in 2010. There just aren’t enough aggressive women in poker to favor them winning a WPT event. Incidentally, I hope I’m wrong about this prediction. Go ladies!

9. Two people will be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2010. The top candidates are Erik Seidel, Barry Greenstein, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Tom McEvoy. Who do you like?

10. Championship poker events will continue to thrive and television will continue to play a major role in bringing more players into the poker world.

Best of luck to everyone in 2010!

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