In a life spanning over four decades as a poker professional, Mike has excelled both on the felt and on the business side of poker. He is a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, helped create PartyPoker in 2001, and was a key player in an event that changed the poker world forever - the launch of the World Poker Tour (WPT) in 2002. He has been a commentator on the WPT, along with Vince Van Patten, since its inception.
In addition, Mike was recognized as poker's Top Ambassador at the Card Player Magazine Player of the Year Awards gala in 2006. That same year, he won WSOP Tournament of Champions, winning $1 million in prize money - half of which he donated to charity. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2009.
In this book, Mike recounts his personal experiences and gives his take on some of poker's legendary characters over the past 40 years. If you enjoy poker, are fascinated by the development of the game, and enjoy compelling poker, golf, and gambling adventures, then you'll love Life's a Gamble.
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By Ross on 25-07-17
Finally an anecdotal poker book!
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I have long been searching for a poker book that isn't concerned with strategy, something that I can listen to casually and will spark my interest in the game. This book is exactly that. Mike Sexton details his career in poker, golf and sports gambling with numerous anecdotes featuring some names you'll recognise and some you'll want to know more about.
If I have one criticism it is that for some reason Sexton repeats quotes and smaller details of anecdotes as though he hasn't previously told you the exact same thing earlier in the book.
Overall it is a great read, by a very interesting individual and the self-narration brings an additional quality to the book.
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By Jeffrey D Purtee on 13-01-17
Outstanding Gambling Memoir
You likely know Mike Sexton from his enthusiastic commentary on the world poker tour, the televised poker show that changed poker forever and helped ignite the poker boom.
Before listening to his narration of his own memoir, that's all I knew about the author. I now know far more, and in as entertaining a manner as it's possible to learn about someone's fascinating life.
This book is not only about Mike; it is filled with stories of many of the legendary gambling names of the last two generations. I heard stories here I had heard nowhere else. While I would never want to live those stories, they were fascinating to learn.
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By Travis Sargent on 25-05-18
Overall, this was full of entertaining stories. If you have been around gambling at all, you will know some of the names and you will have seen or heard similar things. But, I was still shaking my head at some of these yarns. Crazy to say the least.
As far as criticism, I wish the book was edited a little tighter. Parts of some stories were told in the beginning only to be repeated later in the book. I understand the concept of wanting to give more details, but there were a few parts that just had word for word repeats.
But, I liked the book and it was even better with the author reading it. It reminded me of some of the old gamblers I knew telling their old stories.