Jun 28, 2017
Los Angeles, CA (June 28, 2017) – On Saturday, July 1, 2017, the World Poker Tour® will award both Mr. Mike Sexton and Mr. Bruno Fitoussi with the WPT® Honors Award, representing outstanding contributions to the WPT and the greater poker community.
Both Mr. Sexton and Mr. Fitoussi have enjoyed robust careers representing poker as two of the game’s leading ambassadors, exemplifying the great passion, dedication, and enthusiasm it takes to elevate poker to new heights.
“The World Poker Tour is incredibly proud to have Mike Sexton and Bruno Fitoussi as the second and third recipients of the WPT Honors Award,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. “Mike and Bruno have made extraordinary contributions to the World Poker Tour, but it is their remarkable efforts to the greater poker industry that makes them truly deserving of the WPT’s highest honor. Mike Sexton’s belief in the vision of our show helped to lay the foundation for the World Poker Tour, and without him the WPT wouldn’t be what it is today. Bruno Fitoussi was responsible for the WPT’s first European stop, held at the Aviation Club de France, and he is one of the most important figures in our game’s history. Without Bruno, poker in all of Europe, not only in France, wouldn’t be the same.”
The World Poker Tour will present Mr. Sexton and Mr. Fitoussi with the awards at an intimate dinner ceremony alongside friends and family in Las Vegas, NV.
About Mr. Mike Sexton
Mr. Sexton served as co-commentator of the World Poker Tour for a remarkable 15 seasons, but his time with the WPT began before he was seated in the commentary booth next to Vince Van Patten. It was Mr. Sexton who advised Steve Lipscomb to bring Ms. Linda Johnson, recipient of the inaugural WPT Honors Award, onboard to help pitch the idea of the World Poker Tour. Together, the trio brought the World Poker Tour to life and the global leader in internationally televised gaming and entertainment was born.
Mr. Sexton is the creator of the Tournament of Champions, an idea that was adopted by the World Poker Tour in Season XIV for its season-ending event. In Season XV of the World Poker Tour, Mr. Sexton joined the prestigious WPT Champions Club when he won the WPT Montreal Main Event and gained a lifetime of eligibility to the WPT Tournament of Champions.
In 2009, Mr. Sexton became the 38th inductee into the Poker Hall of Fame.
In addition to being a 15-year commentator on the World Poker Tour, a member of the Poker Hall of Fame, and a professional poker player for more than 40 years, Mr. Sexton served as a leading consultant in the development of partypoker. He is also a noted author, and there are few better respected by his peers than Mr. Sexton.
About Mr. Bruno Fitoussi
Mr. Fitoussi introduced France to the game of Texas hold’em in 1995. It was then that he brought the game of poker to the Aviation Club de France, where he successfully ran the tables and grew the club to become one of the most well known in the world.
Mr. Fitoussi is responsible for bringing televised poker to France, and played an integral role in the start of the World Poker Tour by helping bring the WPT to France in Season I for the Euro Finals of Poker. Quickly, Mr. Fitoussi became the face of poker on TV in the country, in both playing and commentating roles. Not only were his efforts hugely successful in his home country, but the work of Mr. Fitoussi also provided a cornerstone for the growth of poker throughout all of Europe.
Mr. Sexton and Mr. Fitoussi are true gentlemen of the game, and the World Poker Tour is honored to call them members of the WPT family.
About the WPT Honors Award
The WPT Honors Award is the WPT’s highest honor, awarded to members of the poker industry in celebration and appreciation of exceptional contributions made to the World Poker Tour and the poker community as a whole. The WPT Honors Award is to be presented as determined by Adam Pliska and the World Poker Tour, given in recognition to those who distinguish themselves by excellence and dedication beyond expectations.
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