Attendance at World’s Largest Pool Tournament Continues to Soar
LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (Aug. 31, 2017) — The American Poolplayers Association (APA) knows how to throw a party. And the party was in full effect at this year’s APA World Pool Championships in Las Vegas in early August.
Attendance at APA’s showcase event continues to soar after a record 1,960 teams competed in this year’s version of the World’s Largest Pool Tournament – APA’s second Vegas “shindig” of the year following the Poolplayer Championships in May.
The nearly 15,000 folks in attendance were treated to far more than they anticipated when they won their free trip to the championships during the World Qualifiers.
In addition to nearly round-the-clock tournament action for 10 straight days, APA members had the chance to rub elbows with the likes of “The Black Widow” Jeanette Lee, Internet Trick Shot Sensation Florian “Venom” Kohler and billiard Hall of Famer “Dr. Cue” Tom Rossman.
Players capped off the experience of a lifetime with two epic pool parties held poolside at the Westgate which offered a picturesque view of the Las Vegas Strip.
Throw in more than $1.2 Million in cash and it all added up to a party unlike any other.
In the 700-team 8-Ball World Championship, Brew Crew II of Cape Girardeau, Mo., defeated Name This of Charlotte, N.C., to take home $25,000 in cash and the championship title. As Runners-Up, Name This received $15,000 in prize money.
Teams in the 8-Ball Championship squared-off in a modified single-elimination format that ensured each team played at least twice before elimination. All 8-Ball Division teams automatically received $350 in national qualifier money, and the top 8 teams won at least $5,000. The 8-Ball Division began play on Aug. 14 and concluded on Aug. 19.
In the 492-team 9-Ball World Championship, it was 5th Street Players of Dupo, Ill., defeating The Contenders II of West Covina, Calif., in the finals. 5th Street Players took home $15,000 in 1st Place prize money. As Runners-Up, The Contenders II received $7,000 in cash.
The 9-Ball Championship was held Aug. 10-14, with each team competing in a modified single-elimination format that ensured each team played at least twice before elimination. All national qualifiers received a minimum of $350, with the top 8 teams winning at least $2,000.
After winning their divisions in weekly APA 8-Ball and 9-Ball League play and then placing in World Qualifiers throughout the United States, Canada and Japan, teams consisting of five to eight players, qualified to compete in the 2017 APA World Championships.
In the Jack & Jill Doubles Championship, it was Money Shot of Toledo, Ohio, winning $3,500 in the finals with a victory over Corner’s Couple of Martinsburg, W.V. Corner’s Couple received $2,300 as Runner-Up in the 256-team event.
The finals of the Masters Championship featured Now We Know of Richmond, Va., defeating the Original Three Amigos of San Bernardino, Calif. Now We Know took home $10,000 in 1st Place prize money, while the Original Three Amigos received $5,000 as Runner-Up in the 256-team event.
In the finals of the Ladies 8-Ball Championship, it was Apocalipsticks of Chicago, Ill., defeating Hensley’s Angels of Blue Springs, Mo., to win $10,000 in 1st Place prize money. As Runners-Up, Hensley’s Angels received $5,000 in cash.
In addition, the APA conducted nearly round-the-clock MiniMania tournaments, which took place daily and were open to all APA members. The MiniMania tournaments offered multiple formats with 100% prize money payback that awarded nearly $260,000.
The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, with leagues throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. Nearly 250,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9‑Ball League play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards.
The APA produces four major tournaments each year—the APA World Pool Championships, the APA Poolplayer Championships, the APA Junior Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship—that, together, pay out nearly $2 Million in cash and prizes annually!
For more information on the APA World Pool Championships, visit the official APA website at www.poolplayers.com.