When poker players talk about their idols, many of them mention those who won the World Series Main Event, or compete at nosebleed limits. Success is what inspires beginners and it is only natural to be so, but poker professionals have a great deal of respect for those who make the game better. Mike “Little Man” Sica is one of those players who will always be fondly members by those who knew him and these days the entire poker community mourns his passing.
Mike Sica lost the battle with cancer, six months after being diagnosed and he left a deep void in the very heart of the poker community. Remembered for his antics at the poker table and the fact that he knew how to cheer up his younger opponents when they went through a downswing, Mike was one of the nicest poker players to ever grace the felt. In a world where poker pros limit themselves to professional courtesy but most of them seemed fake and dishonest, Sica was as genuine as they get.
When his death was announced, many of the young players that had the opportunity to compete against him at the same tables or knew him while participating in major tournaments, were saddened by his departure. The social media echoes his passing and there are plenty who posted on Facebook and Twitter expressing their sadness and sending condolences.
As poker professionals go, Mike was hardly at the top of the food chain but this makes no difference because what he lacked in skill, he compensated to personality. This doesn’t mean that he was not an accomplished poker player and the best proof is that he won more than $1 million throughout his career. He also won a priceless WSOP bracelet a couple of years ago and an amount that was at that time a record for non-main event winners.
He tasted success in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the WSOP in 2004 but it is only natural to assume that this is not what he will be remembered for. Poker players know all too well that the amounts won and lost at the poker tables, being them live or online, are not the defining elements for an iconic player. The 69-year-old left behind a legacy that is worth preserving and serves as an excellent role model for both current and prospective poker players.