The 5th Annual LV League Players Championship (formerly known as LV Open…the hdcp one) is scheduled for Dec. 6-7, 2014. Players may begin signing up as soon as the sponsors are confirmed and flyer/entry form is finished hopefully by Sept. 24th. Any players that do not have a LV Player Rating must be rated 30 days prior to the event.
The Doc Hill is scheduled for March 13-15, 2015 and the entry fee will be raised to $125.00. The eligibility requirement: “Must have played at least 70% of the last 2 seasons in a traveling league affiliated with Rum Runner Tropicana”.
2014 BCA Hall of Fame Election Complete August 5, 2014
Voting for the 2014 BCA Hall of Fame was completed on Friday. Mika Immonen was elected in the Greatest Player category, and Jose Parica was also confirmed in the Veteran Player category by the voting members. Parica will also be inducted in the Greatest Player category after a recommendation from the Veterans Committee, and approval by the voting membership.
The so-called “leader of the Philippine invasion,” Parica first played in the U.S. at the 1978 World Open Straight Pool Championship after a distinguished career as the Philippines’ money-game king. His first major title in the U.S. would come some eight years later at the 1986 Clyde Childress Open. He was BD’s 1997 Player of the Year after a sabbatical from the game in the mid-‘90s. Like most Filipinos, Parica excels at many games, and has several significant one-pocket titles and a 9-ball bank title to his name. Unlike most Filipinos, his permanent home is in the U.S., thus he tends to play in more small-to-middling domestic events and has earned many regional tour-event titles over the last decade (predominantly Joss Northeast 9-Ball and Pechauer West Coast). In all, he boasts more than 100 titles, big and small, altogether.
Major Titles (*less significant pro titles)
1986 Clyde Childress Open
1986 Classic Cup V (9-ball)
*1990 Ohio State Open
1991 Last Call for 9-Ball ($10,000)
1992 Philippine 9-Ball open ($7,500)
1992 Lexington All-Star 9-Ball II ($5,400)
*1993 South Philly Billiards One-Pocket
*1995 Roanoke One-Pocket
1996 PBT Darafeev Pro 9-Ball Classic
1997 Camel Boston Open
1997 Camel South Jersey Open
1997 PCA Sharkey’s Event
1997 PBT Legends of 9-Ball
2000 Hard Times Winter Jamboree 9-Ball
2001 Derby City Classic 9-Ball Banks
2002 Derby City All-Around Champion
2002 Capital City Classic One-Pocket
2002 Hard Times Summer Jamboree One-Pocket
2003 Derby City Classic One-Pocket
2003 Great Seminole Senior Open
GREATEST PLAYER - MIKA IMMONEN
All of these players meet the following criteria for the Greatest Player category:
• Candidates must be at least 40 years old by Jan. 1 of the year of their induction.
• Candidates must have professional playing careers of at least 10 years.
• Candidates must have recorded significant achievements in events recognized by the BCA.
• Candidates who have been eligible but not elected for 20 years are automatically moved to the Veteran Player category for consideration in future years.
Born in London (Dec. 1972), raised in Finland, and a New York City resident for more than a decade, Mika Immonen was the No.1-ranked player on the Euro Tour at age 20. He captured his first major international title at the 1996 Peace Cup in Taiwan. He settled in the U.S. in 2000, and won the Sudden Death 7-Ball Championship. A year later he won the WPA World Pool Championship in Cardiff, Wales, topping the 128-player field and grabbing the $65,000 (then pool’s richest) top prize. In a decade in which Immonen won 10 pro titles in the U.S. and an equal number internationally, Immonen’s biggest wins were back-to-back U.S. Open 9-ball titles (2008, 2009) and the 2009 World 10-Ball Championship. He won the Masters 10-Ball title in 2011, and recently won the Ultimate 10-Ball Championship in Tunica, Miss. Immonen has been a member of the European Mosconi Cup squad 14 times, and was MVP in 2008. He owns major titles in 9-ball, 10-ball and straight pool.
Major U.S. and International Titles
1996 Peace Cup (Taiwain)
2000 Sudden Death 7-Ball
2001 WPA World Pool Championship
2002 Derby City Classic 9-Ball Champion
2002 LG Flatron Challenge Champion
2003 Scorpion Open Champion
2003 Philippines Open Champion
2004 UPA Pro Tour Champion
2004 Atlanta Open Champion
2005 Atlanta Open Champion
2006 Norway Open Champion
2007 Derby City 14.1 Champion
2008 U.S. Open 9-Ball Champion
2008 Predator Tour Champion
2008 Mosconi Cup MVP
2008 All-Japan Champion
2009 U.S. Open 9-Ball Champion
2009 Challenge of Champions
2009 World 10-Ball Champion
2009 Qatar International Open Champion
2009 Galveston World Classic 10-Ball Champion
2009 Predator Tour Champion
2010 Challenge of Champions
2010 Ozone 10-Ball Champion
2011 Masters 10-Ball Champion
2012 World Cup of Pool Champion (Doubles)
2013 Ultimate 10-Ball Champion
2014 Nick Varner Classic
SOUTH SHORE MIDWEST POCKET BILLIARD CHAMPIONSHIP
Presented by Greater Midwest Poolplayers Association OCTOBER 15 - 19, 2014
EARLY BIRD 9-Ball CHAMPIONSHIPS Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Start at 3:00 PM
$50.00 Entry ($35.00 Entry $15.00 Green Fee)
LADIES: Race to 4 Double Elimination MEN’S OPEN: Race to 4/4 Double Elimination
SENIOR 8-Ball CHAMPIONSHIP THURSDAY October 16, 2014, START at 1:00 PM
$50.00 Entry ($35.00 Entry, $15.00 Green Fee ) Men’s & Women’s Age 50+, NO MASTERS Race To 3
SINGLES 8-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS THURSDAY, October 16, 2014
$50.00 Entry ($35.00 Entry, $15.00 Green Fee)
MEN’S OPEN DIVISION – 3:00 PM, WOMEN’S DIVISION - 6:00 PM
WOMEN/MEN ADVANCED DIVISIONS 8:00 PM
Women Race 4/4 M4/4 Double Elimination, Rack Your Own,
VNEA State & Nat’l Mstr/Intrmdt, ACS, BCA-PL State & Nat’l Mstr/Advanced,
& TAP/APA Upper 7s play Advanced
NO ENTRY FEE SPORTSMAN SINGLES FRIDAY October 17, 2014, 2:00 PM
For Sportsman Competition Masters Race to 6, Open Race to 5,
SCOTCH DOUBLES REGISTRATIONS TAKEN ON-SITE
3-PERSON TEAM COMPETITION FRIDAY October 17, 2014, 7:00 PM Start
$180 Entry ($130.00 Entry, $50.00 Green Fee)
One MASTER or two ADVNCD Allowed per Team Race to 10,
One Advanced Race to 9,Open Race to 8 Dbl Elim
$500 Added SPORTSMAN TEAMS—Saturday October 18, 2014 2:30 PM Start
MENS/WOMENS FINALS Sunday October 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM
SPECIAL BONUS EVENT!!
Nick Varner, 8 Time World Champion Skills and Trick Shot Exhibitions
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(Amateur Players ONLY! Must be 21 Years of Age to Participate)
Sponsored in part by South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority Players May Be Placed
According to Known Ability.
WPBA Announces Host for 2015 Regional Tour Championships
The Women's Professional Billiard Association (“WPBA”), through the Regional Tours Committee, is pleased to announce that Breakers Sky Lounge in Herndon, VA will host the 14th Annual WPBA Regional Tour Championships (“RTC”). The WPBA would like to thank Shanna Lewis, Billiards Operational Manager at Breakers Sky Lounge, for completing the RFP process and congratulate Breakers Sky Lounge for being selected to host the ultimate event in regional tour competition.
The RTC will be held January 8th-11th, 2015 and consist of 64 players competing in a double, round robin/single elimination format. WPBA Regional Tour Players from across the U.S. and Canada, who qualify through one of (14) WPBA Regional Tours and are WPBA members in good standing, will be invited to participate. The winner of this prestigious event takes home the title "2015 WPBA Regional Tour Champion", a portion of over $11,000* in prize money, and WPBA Exempt Player status which guarantees an invite to each 2015 WPBA Tour Event.
This will be the first combined, RTC on the east coast since 2008 and is sure to delight many local billiard enthusiasts. Spectators will enjoy watching the best amateur and semi-professional players the sport has to offer. The WPBA invites you to come and share in the thrill and excitement of the Regional Tour Championships. If you are unable to attend, please tune in to the live stream at www.wpba.com. For venue information please visit www.BreakersSkyLounge.com or call (703) 793-6233. *based on full field
About the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)
The WPBA was established in 1976 under the name of the Women’s Professional Billiard Alliance and is celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2014 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour, which features the greatest women players from around the world. For more information about the WPBA, its top players, and sponsors, visit www.wpba.com.
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In an effort to avoid any pre-tournament controversy, the ratings committee will not accept any Rating Appeal Forms or lower any player's rating within 30 days prior to any "Major" event. However, if a player has received a rating that is far below their true playing ability, whether it was by accident or from sandbagging, the Ratings Committee reserves the right to vote on and/or change a player's rating at any time.