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Mike Sexton chosen to headline the World Open IV
Even though Sexton is the headliner, the PartyBets.com 16-1 favorite for the event is the recent Irish Open winner Neil Channing, while Sexton is going for 28-1 for the win.
A PartyBets.com spokesman said: "There was no choice but to make Neil Channing favorite to win considering his form but he does have a strong heat featuring his pal Mick McCool. 16/1 may be far too short a price to back for the man they used to call 'Bad Beat.'"
The $8,000 buy-in event will put 72 players in the running for a first prize of $250,000. Each winner of the 12 heats will move on to the semifinal stage. The runners-up from the 12 heats will do battle in "last chance" turbo heats for the remaining two semifinal spots.
Last year's event was won by 45-year-old former Sidcup betting shop owner Anthony Hardy. His win saw him triumph against a final table composed of Ian Cox, Surinder Sunar, John Tabatabai, Pippa Flanders and Liam Flood.
The Matchroom Sport-organized event will be broadcast on Channel 5 in the U.K. later this year and distributed internationally.