The Bernard Lee Poker Show (9/15/20): Linda Johnson

By Bernard Lee
September 17, 2020

Linda Johnson remembers her dear friend, Mike Sexton

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee interviews Linda Johnson as she remembers her dear friend. Given the nickname The First Lady of Poker by Sexton, Johnson recalls when she met Mike Sexton and also when she asked him to write for Card Player magazine. Both were also integral members of the World Poker Tour (WPT) from the inception. Linda also reveals some of Mike’s hidden talents. Finally, Linda shares some of Mike Sexton’s last few months and days.

RIP my dear friend, Mike Sexton

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as Bernard interviews “The First Lady of Poker,” Linda Johnson, as she remembers her dear friend, Mike Sexton.
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2:49Bernard interviews “The First Lady of Poker,” Linda Johnson, as she remembers her dear friend, Mike Sexton.
4:47Linda joins The Bernard Lee Poker Show.
6:35Linda recalls meeting Mike Sexton back in the 1980s.
10:45Linda talks about when she and Mike were introduced to the idea of WPT by Steve Lipscomb.
16:03Linda discusses Mike Sexton’s ability as a poker player.
17:09Bernard remembers Mike and Linda attending and commenting on his seminar during a WPT Champions Boot Camp.
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23:36Bernard continues his interview with “The First Lady of Poker,” Linda Johnson, as she remembers her dear friend, Mike Sexton.
24:43During a previous interview in 2011, Mike Sexton discusses Linda Johnson, as he introduced her into the Poker Hall of Fame that year.
26:49Linda reacts to Mike Sexton words.
28:58Linda talks fondly of Mike Sexton’s son, Ty and the special relationships they had.
31:42Linda talks about his initial diagnosis of prostate cancer four years ago and this year he was in stage 4. Although Mike wanted to keep this private, after it was leaked, he asked Linda to send out an official message via Twitter.
38:39Linda discusses how Mike Sexton had all of the messages, including Bernard’s, delivered and read personally to him. Linda also discusses Mike Matusow’s tribute.
45:33Linda talks about Mike’s unique and somewhat unknown talents such as dancing, gymnastics, ping-pong and that he was a paratrooper in the Army.
50:33Linda discusses how Mike Sexton loved the young players in poker and how he incorporated their aggressive style with his tighter image.
53:45Linda talks about WPT’s Mike Sexton celebration of life being held on Sept 22, 2020 (would have been Mike Sexton’s 73rd birthday) at 5pm PST.
58:52Bernard ends the show by saying Mike’s WPT sign off:

“May All Your Cards Be Live And Your Pots Be Monsters.”

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Bernard Lee is a professional poker player who has more than $2.5 million and ten titles since turning pro following his 13th finish in the 2005 WSOP Main Event. Recognized as “the voice of poker in New England” by Cardplayer.com, Lee is known worldwide as a poker media personality having written for ESPN.com, PokerNews, Card […]

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