By Simon Young

If you are the type to worry about running into strong players during a tournament, then it was probably best that you avoided the opening event of the 2008 World Series of Poker. Of the 352 runners in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em gold rush, an amazing 84 were WSOP bracelet holders. Between them they had a total of 143 chunks of wrist bling – or 20% of all bracelets won in the series’ 39-year history.

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With that in mind, we are delighted to see PartyPoker.com’s ambassador Mike Sexton managed to take fourth place, pocketing a very nice $248,160 for his efforts. Mike, who many of our players met at the recent PartyPoker Million VI cruise in the Mediterranean, is no stranger to cashing at the WSOP – he’s done so an amazing 45, yes 45, times!

While naturally disappointed not to win – the bracelet and nearly $800,000 went to Henad Medic – Mike was very pleased with his start to this year’s WSOP. “I’m happy to have cashed,” he said, “but very disappointed I didn’t win.

“So many times when we were four-handed, one of the other players could have been eliminated but survived.  Oh well, it was a pretty good start to the WSOP.”

This was not his biggest cash by a long shot – in 2006 he won the WSOP Tournament of Champions, picking up $1 million, half of which he gave to charity.

Congratulations, Mike.

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