Mike Sexton chosen to headline the World Open IV

Mike Sexton
Mike "The Ambassador of Poker" Sexton

From April 25 to May 2, Mike Sexton, "The Ambassador of Poker," will be the official headliner for the PartyPoker.com 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.'"

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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.

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