WPT Honors Awards For Mike Sexton And Bruno Fitoussi2 years ago
Poker legends Mike Sexton and Bruno Fitoussi will be honored by the World Poker Tour (WPT) at ‘an intimate dinner ceremony alongside friends and family in Las Vegas’ in recognition of their ‘extraordinary contributions’ to the tour’s success over the years.
Two of the ‘true gentlemen of the game’, Sexton and Fitoussi will be the second and third recipients of the WPT Honors Award, given 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.’
69-year old Sexton, who recently left his iconic commentating role with WPT to take over as the new hands-on chairman of Party Poker, will be honored for his “belief in the vision of our show” which “helped to lay the foundation for the World Poker Tour, and without him the WPT wouldn’t be what it is today” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the WPT yesterday.
Already in the ‘Poker Hall of Fame’, the 38th to be inducted back in 2009, Sexton has been a ‘15-year commentator on the World Poker Tour… and a professional poker player for more than 40 years’ serving 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,’ stated the announcement.
Bruno Fitoussi is described as “being 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.”
Pliska said of the Frenchman:
“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.”
Both Sexton and 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,” said Pliska.
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