June 02, 2009 14:03 ET

Robert Daily to Direct Sports Legends Challenge Poker Tournament

Former WSOP Tournament Director Leads Sports Legends Challenge Featuring 25 of the World's Greatest Athletes Plus Top Poker Professionals

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - Former World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament director Robert Daily has officially been named poker tournament director for the nationally televised Sports Legends Challenge sponsored by that will air on FOX Sports. The four-day competition will take place at the Atlantis Casino on Paradise Island, Bahamas, beginning at 6PM on Monday, September 14th. Cash prizes totaling up to $10,000,000 will be awarded for a wide variety of competitions.

Robert Daily, a former U.S. military officer and helicopter pilot during the Vietnam era, developed a passion for gaming during his travels. Daily's gaming career spanned the Middle East and Asia. He eventually returned to the U.S. to become a major Las Vegas casino gaming manager. In 2005, Daily was named the WSOP Event Director, in 2006 he was the WSOP Event and Tournament Director, and has been featured in newspapers, television and magazines worldwide. In 2007, Daily became the only former WSOP Tournament Director to play and cash in a WSOP main event.

"The Sports Legends Challenge is considered one of the most exclusive and elite sporting events ever held," said Daily. "Being a part of it is an honor and a privilege."

The elite destination of Paradise Island and world-renowned Atlantis Resort will serve as the host venue for this year's Sports Legends Challenge. Fans will have the opportunity to compete with 25 of the greatest sports legends of our time, including Troy Aikman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Richard Petty, Jerry West, Sugar Ray Leonard, Emmitt Smith, Reggie Jackson, Joe Namath, Mike Ditka, Julius Erving, Herschel Walker, Gale Sayers, Kyle Petty, and more. Professional poker players participating include Phil Hellmuth, Annie Duke, Robert Williamson III, Johnny Chan, Jamie Gold, David Singer, Marco Traniello, Gavin Smith, Amir Vahedi, Kathy Liebert, Layne Flack, T.J. Cloutier, Phil Laak, and Antonio Esfandiari.

Media sponsors include FOX Sports, FOX Sports Radio, Bluff Media, and Vegas The 2009 Sports Legends Challenge is supported by more than 80 major sponsors and affiliates.

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