By GT Staff | The National League of Poker (NLOP) announced last week that Mike Sexton, the popular poker advocate and professional player, has signed an exclusive contract to be the featured spokesman of the companys web site, www.nlop.com.
The site has become popular for free, US-legal, online poker play. In 2007, NLOP, a division of Power Play Development, awarded over $350,000 in cash and prizes to winners on its game network.
"I liked the idea right away, but as I researched them more closely, I really loved the game-play design, tournament structures, and social networking aspects of the site," Sexton said. "This is much more than an online poker room: it is a vibrant poker community."
NLOP offers players a no-loss poker experience but still provides the chance to win prizes and to learn how to play and enjoy the game, Sexton said.
"Mike Sexton is the person that NLOP always wanted as a representative, he is well respected within the poker community and was also recognized as the top poker ambassador at the Card Player Magazine Awards Gala in 2006," said Michael Clebnik, CEO of NLOP. "His agreement validates our position in this new and developing marketplace and we are thrilled to have him on our team."
In the newly created role of on-site spokesman, Sexton will have broad, hands-on involvement with the site, including playing online with members, consulting on tournaments, taking part in the new community area and representing NLOP in the offline poker community. "We will be integrating Mike into the NLOP site over the next few months as we bring all the new software features of our new platform on-stream," said Clebnik.
"The poker players on our site are now receiving a substantially enhanced game experience and having Mike Sexton just adds to a product that is already industry-leading: the combination of adver-gaming, social networking, access to celebrities, and free online contests," said Kevin Vonasek, NLOP CTO and Chief Architect.
Over 1,000 players per day have downloaded the new upgraded version of the software since its release.
Mike Sexton has been in and around organized poker for decades. He has been a professional poker player for over 25 years, is in the top 10 all-time for number of times in the money at the World Series of Poker, has accumulated over $3,200,000 in tournament winnings, highlighted by his win of $1M in the 2006 WSOP Tournament of Champions.
Mike gained celebrity status as the host/commentator on the World Poker Tour (now seen on GSN on Monday nights). He resides in Las Vegas with his wife Karen, three dogs, and a boy on the way.