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Summary

Mike Sexton is a legend in the poker world.

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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Must hear for any poker player.

Great hear especially as Mike does the reading. I've heard a bunch of the stories before but they sound so much better coming from someone that lived them.

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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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  • 18-08-16

Fantastic book !!!

If you like poker and gambling stories you will love this book. Listening to Mike Sexton do the audio version is a must. Just a brilliant listen *****

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  • Jeffrey D Purtee
  • 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.
Highly recommended.

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  • Dennis J.
  • 14-01-21

A Great Life's Story Told by the Man Himself!

I definitely loved Mike's story & loved that he himself narrated it which really makes it even. Have always liked Mike Sexton over the years but like & appreciate him even more after listening to his book. You do not have to be a big poker guy to really enjoy this book it's really a good & entertaining book.

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  • Ross
  • 29-11-20

Fantastic book money back guarantee

If you like poker and you can honestly say you don’t like this book just e mail me and I will give you back your money Rosscar1@yahoo.com

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-20

Passion does not make up for it...

A very dry and unorganized chronicle of the author’s life however passion there may be

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  • MFinni
  • 09-10-20

Great listen.

Thank you for all you did for poker, thank you for getting me excited about the game and rest in peace.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-20

Excellent

Loved this book and the author. Great life stories around some of the biggest names.

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  • Shawn White
  • 28-09-20

An inspirational story of a life well lived.

More golf and ballroom dancing then I expected but Mike had a great life and a great attitude towards life. He had some good luck but he was also bold enough to put himself in situations where he could get lucky. Fun read.

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  • MORTAKAI1
  • 10-09-20

Fantastic!

Mike will be missed. He was a true gentleman, a straight shooter and matured into a proud family man. Under rated on the felt but can't say enough about his character! Rest well Mike.

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  • Gollihezie
  • 05-09-20

Wow, just wow

Mike Sexton delivers a masterpiece (I couldn't stop listening). This is my favorite book of all time! He is an outstanding storyteller and gives a lot of valuable advice/lessons learned from his life. The stories are amusing/enjoyable and Sexton reading the book is icing on the cake. I highly recommend this; it's well worth it. Mr. Sexton, thank you for everything you have done for the poker community and for your service! We all owe you a debt of gratitude and a tip of the hat. Your cards are still live in your battle with cancer! Now it's your turn to hit the 10 on the river!! I'm in your corner on the rail, cheering you on.

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  • Logan
  • 25-04-20

Interesting man narrating his own life well

You might know Mike Sexton as the lead announcer of the World Poker Tour. I had missed him on the current WPT and wondered what happened to him after 14 years. So I found a You Tube video where he mentioned his book. The voice I knew was back. The stories both good and bad for him are really easy listens. I used to play on Party Poker before they left the U.S. He worked for them at the time the book was written. A listener gets to follow the life of a colorful person along his journey. This is a hard audio to turn off. You just have to keep listening to learn more about Mike and the sport of Poker. It is worthy of five stars.