After some time apart, Mike Sexton and PartyPoker have renewed their relationship. Sexton was the face of PartyPoker and behind-the-scenes consultant for many years until suddenly the two forces parted ways. But in late April of 2009, the two announced they would be working together again.
During and after his first partnership with PartyPoker, Sexton remained in the public eye as the host of the World Poker Tour, as well as one of the most respected poker players in the game’s history. His respect for the game and its players garnered him the title of “ambassador of poker” long ago, and he has continued to represent the game in numerous endeavors, whether it be speaking to CBS film crews for 60 Minutes or testifying in a poker-related legal case in South Carolina on behalf of the Poker Players Alliance. Sexton is also known for his philanthropic efforts and participation in numerous charity functions.
Renewing the alliance with PartyPoker seemed a logical step for Sexton, as it allows him to represent a company that he was affiliated with from its start-up and one that he is intimately familiar with. Despite whatever took place to break the partnership, all has been set aside to do what’s best for the company.
In his new role with the company, Sexton will act as a host, consultant, ambassador, and player. More specifically, he will represent PartyPoker at the 2009 World Series of Poker and at various other tournaments and poker functions around the world going forward. He will also be blogging on the website and bringing new talent to the PartyPoker roster of players.
Sexton said, “PartyPoker.com has always had a place in my heart and is special to me. I am delighted to pen a new deal, it means so much to me. I am looking forward to representing them in events around the world and meeting the online package winners at the WSOP. I also relish my role as a consultant advising on poker room matters… The site has changed a lot in recent times and I am very impressed by the new software and new VIP and loyalty schemes.”
Interestingly, PartyGaming, parent company of PartyPoker, only recently settled its dispute with the United States Department of Justice and pleaded guilty to charges of providing illegal online gambling services to U.S. citizens prior to its withdrawal from that market in 2006. The plea deal involved agreeing to a $105 million fine, and the entirety of the agreement seemed to put PartyGaming in good graces again with the U.S. government.
Though PartyGaming remains outside of the United States market of players, it may have an eye on returning if Rep. Barney Frank is successful with his soon-to-be introduced online gaming legalization and authorization bill. With its name cleared legally in the U.S. and its renewed partnership with the “ambassador of poker,” it can only be speculated that PartyPoker may again return to America at some point in the future and be fully prepared to start where it left off in 2006.
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