On April 29th, 2009, while PartyPoker is not yet back in the US after the implementation of the UIGEA, Mike Sexton is back with PartyPoker. The online poker site publicly announced today that the well-known poker player would once again represent PartyPoker, which is based in Gibraltar as a host, poker consultant, ambassador and poker player for its online poker room.
Sexton said that PartyPoker.com has always had a special place in his heart so he is very delighted and proud about the new agreement and it means a lot to him that PartyPoker trusted him again to represent them in international events. He added that he is also looking forward with chatting with online poker package winners at the 2009 World Series of Poker.
Mike Sexton has long been recognized as "The Ambassador of Poker" and has lived up to expectations, even serving as an important expert witness in the trial of the South Carolina "Mount Pleasant Five" for a home poker game. A PartyGaming spokesperson said that the organization was happy to have Mike Sexton back. The spokesperson added that poker would not be as well-known today if it was not for the efforts of Mike Sexton.
Sexton will be sporting PartyPoker equipment at the upcoming 2009 WSOP. PartyGaming does not currently accept US based players onto its online site, but the organization has made great progress in its preparation to reenter the US gaming market in the event that the country's House of Representatives voids the UIGEA, which made it illegal for financial institutions like banks and online payment processors to transfer money to online sites and vice versa.
PartyGaming recently announced that it had finalized a non-prosecution agreement with the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York for its activities before the enforcement of the UIGEA. Representative Barney Frank is expected to introduce a proposal that would cancel the UIGEA within the next few weeks.