The Sports Legends Challenge has been temporarily placed on hold for the moment. Originally slated for September 14th, 2009-September 17th, 2009 at the Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas, the poker tournament was to feature twenty-five sports icons and twenty-five top poker players playing 3 days of poker, casino games and golf with anyone willing to pay the $3,999 to $9,499 price package.
Organizers said that the present financial climate and weather patterns in the Bahamas have affected sales so they have decided to reschedule the challenge in a new location and dates in 2010. Sports Legends Challenge Chief Executive Officer Bruce Bibbero stated that participants were very concerned about the hurricane season in the Bahamas and with the present economic conditions so they have decided to postpone the event.
Bibbero and partner Lawrence Lubin's previous attempts to launch a celebrity and sports star poker event in 2007 also failed to push through, resulting in a lawsuit against both man by gaming publishers Sludikoff Gaming. Organizers claimed that some of the biggest sports icons were expected to participate at the Sports Legends Challenge like Emmitt Smith, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mark Messier, Reggie Jackson and others.
Poker players including Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, Mike Sexton, Jamie Gold and Annie Duke were also expected to attend. Bibbero said that details on the new location and dates are being discussed but organizers will be looking for a location on the US that provides easy access to vital population centers.
All prior entries to the event will be honored at the rescheduled tournament and refunds have been offered. The new location and dates for the challenged are expected to be released over the next few weeks.