Mike Sexton is back at PartyPoker.
Once upon a time, Sexton was the face of PartyPoker. The WPT announcer and Tournament of Champions winner was the site’s top pro, but he hadn’t been seen sporting the PartyPoker gear all that much recently, after the publicly traded PartyGaming, which runs PartyPoker, was forced to leave the U.S. market because of the UIGEA.
While PartyPoker isn’t back in the United States just yet, Sexton is back with PartyPoker. The poker site announced today that the popular pro would once again represent the Gibraltar-based company as a host, consultant, ambassador, blogger, and player for the online poker room.
“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,” said Sexton. “I look forward to representing them in events around the world and meeting the online package winners at the WSOP.”
Sexton has long been nicknamed “The Ambassador of Poker,” and he has lived up to his nickname recently, even serving as an expert witness in the trial of five South Carolina men for a home poker game.
A PartyGaming spokesman said that the company was glad to have him back.
“We are truly delighted to renew our association with Mike Sexton,” he said. “Poker wouldn’t be as popular as it is today if it wasn’t for Mike Sexton.”
Sexton will be wearing PartyPoker gear at the upcoming World Series of Poker.
PartyGaming does not currently allow American players onto its site, but the company has made great strides in its preparation to reenter the market if U.S. legislation ever repeals the UIGEA, which made it illegal for banks and payment processors to transfer funds to online gaming sites, and vice versa.
PartyGaming announced earlier this month that it had reached a non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for its pre-UIGEA activites.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) is expected to introduce legislation that would overturn the UIGEA within the next two weeks.