Long-time poker pro, author and World Poker Tour TV host Mike Sexton edged out Daniel Negreanu after 17 hours of heads-up play to win $1 million at the WSOP’s Tournament of Champions.
Shortly after his victory, Sexton announced he will donate half of his winnings to several charities.
Sexton will donate $100,000 of his winnings to each of five charities: the Special Olympics, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Wounded Warrior Project (helping families of those wounded or killed in action), The Buoniconti Fund (to help cure paralysis), and Children Incorporated (which provides food, clothing and school supplies to underprivileged kids worldwide.
Children Incorporated is also the primary charity of fellow poker star Barry Greenstein, who donates all of his winnings to worthy causes.
What makes this win especially sweet for Sexton is the fact that he created the Tournament of Champions in 1998, out of his own passion and desire to raise poker’s profile.
The current Tournament of Champions is an invitation-only freeroll featuring an array of the leading champions on the poker circuit ”¦ hence the winner is truly at the top of his game.
In post event interviews, Sexton acknowledged that his opportunity to view every hand played on the WPT has significantly improved his game. And he certainly demonstrated his prowess, beating a field that included Negreanu, Mike Matusow and Doyle Brunson.