WSOP 2011 – Mike Sexton heads up with Chris Viox in $1.5k Stud 8

WSOP 2011 – Mike Sexton heads up with Chris Viox in $1.5k Stud 8

Friday, 17 June 2011

The relatively-uncool $1,500 Stud 8 final table garnered quite a lot of attention last night as Mike Sexton featured, passing the million dollar milestone in WSOP earnings and going for his second career bracelet as well as the $200,459.

The face and voice of the World Poker Tour, Sexton is one of poker’s biggest heroes and is credited with helping to spark the poker boom of 2003/4. He was recently inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame for his achievements and set out to prove he’s still got game at this WSOP with a cash already to his name when he reached this final.

He battled to heads-up and held a chip lead over Chris Viox before a series of unfortunate events crippled him – he lost out holding a queen-to-eight straight to the ace-high straight; he missed all his draws and lost both high and low to a lowly pair of sevens; he called it off before mucking to jacks up; his hidden aces lost out to two pair.

This left him at the wrong end of a monstrous 15-1 chip deficit but he has fought back strongly and now faces a 2,090,000 to 640,000 chip deficit. Still big but not insurmountable.

With the clock approaching 4am and the end of ten levels reached play was called off for the night. The will resume battle tomorrow with just over $200k and the all-important jewellery on offer to the winner.

Tags: WSOP 2011, $1, 500 Stud 8, Mike Sexton, Chris Viox