Poker News in Brief: Aug 17-23, 2009

Absolute Poker is sending players to The Sports Legends Challenge at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.

Following a brief post-WSOP break on the calendar, the live poker world is running full force again with tournaments in Macau, China, Kyiv, Ukraine and Los Angeles, California all this week.

The PokerListings news team has been as busy as ever bringing you all the headlines from across the globe, but there were a few stories that didn't quite make the front page.

As part of PokerListings' ongoing News in Brief feature, we've compiled a list of those stories below.

This week an NHL star is playing poker for charity, Absolute Poker is sending players to the Bahamas, PKR is celebrating a birthday and more.

WPT gets another offer

As reported on PokerListings last week, a privately held investment group under the name Gamynia Limited agreed to pay $9,075,000 plus a percentage of future revenues for almost all of the WPT's assets, including its television, sponsorship, distribution and licensing units.

The deal was awaiting stockholder approval, but in the interim, another buyer has stepped up to the plate.

After filing a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC, the WPT's Board of Directors received an alternative offer and is forced by SEC guidelines to consider it.

Details regarding the new offer and where it came from were not released publicly.

Phil Hellmuth
The Poker Brat will be there too.

Absolute sending players to Atlantis

Absolute Poker is running online qualifiers for The Sports Legends Challenge at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

Dubbed a sports fan's ultimate fantasy, The Sports Legends Challenge will feature four days of casino gaming, poker, and golf tournaments with 25 of the world's greatest sports superstars Sept. 14-17.

Already confirmed are mixed martial arts legends Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, skateboard icon Tony Hawk, hockey legend Mark Messier, Troy Aikman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Richard Petty, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Joe Namath, Reggie Jackson and more.

Absolute's $200+15 online qualifiers will run each week Wednesday through Sunday at 10:45 p.m. ET until Sept. 6 awarding a minimum of one Sports Legend package per tournament.

Lecavalier hosting charity poker tournament

NHL star Vincent Lecavalier will be hosting a charity tournament at The Casino de Montréal Sept. 1.

Several NHL greats are expected to be on hand in Montréal, Canada for the event, including Guy Carbonneau, Stéphane Quintal and Vincent Damphousse.

Jeremy Roenick and Alexander Ovechkin
More NHL stars hit the felt.

The buy-in is $350 with a $150 optional rebuy and a total of $60,000 in prizes will be up for grabs.

Lecavalier will be the honorary chairman of the tournament and proceeds will go to the Vincent Lecavalier Foundation to support financially-at-risk youth.

Registration will be taken at the Casino de Montréal's Poker Reception Desk or by telephone at 514-392-2720 or 1-800-665-2274.

Happy Birthday PKR

PKR celebrated its third birthday and the registration of its 3,000,000th player this week.

The 3,000,000th player registered on PKR Aug. 16, just 24 hours before the site's third anniversary of real-money play.

Over one million new players joined PKR this year alone.

"We're very pleased with the year's achievements, and it's especially exciting to see us maintain such a high rate of growth," PKR Marketing Director Simon Prodger said.

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