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Billiards International

Billiards International presents:

October 8, 2pm: TRICK SHOT MAGIC
October 6, 7pm: Come Challenge the Champions

"Official Host Site" Harrah's Resort Southern California in Valley Center, California, the resort of choice with the most spectacular sports entertainment of 2014-2015.

CONTACT: David Thomson, Medium Pool, 310-450-8525

Champions from around the world will go head-to-head in a three-day extravaganza of action packed professional billiards. The MEN'S INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS, THE WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS, and TRICK SHOT MAGIC will be held October 7, 8, and 9 at Harrah's Resort Southern California in Valley Center, California, close to the cities of San Diego and Los Angeles.

The matches will be taped for ESPN/ESPN2 with a live audience for television broadcast that represents the highest viewed billiard programming on US network television. The events are widely considered the toughest tournament to win in professional billiards. Once, each year, international champions are battling in sudden-death shootouts with pressure-cooker formats and the highest prize money in pool's special events. And, the winners claim one of the most coveted titles in pool – Champion of Champions! On October 7, at 3pm, Harrah's Resort Southern California will host the WPA sanctioned INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS presenting the top male players in the world: Darren Appleton defending Champion, 2010 and 2011, US Open 9-Ball Champion, 2013 Mosconi Cup Champion, 2012 World 9-Ball Champion, and 2014 World Tournament of 14.1 champion; Shane Van Boening 2014 Derby City Big Foot 10-Ball Challenge Champion, 2104 Derby City 9-Ball Champion, Super Billiards Expo Player's Champion, 2012 and 2013 US Open 9-Ball Champion; Thorsten Hohmann 2013 World 9-Ball Champion and World Tournament of 14.1 champion; DennisOrcollo: 2014 Derby City Classic Master of the Table, 2014 US Open 1-Pocket Champion, 2013 World Cup of Pool Champion, 2011 World 8-Ball Champion.

On October 8, at 3pm, Harrah's Resort Southern California presents the WPBA sanctioned TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS which will highlight the 4 most accomplished women champions contending for the title Champion of Champions: Kelly Fisher, defending Champion and 2012 Women's World 9-Ball Champion; Allison Fisher #1 ranked WPBA player and 2012 US Open 9-Ball Champion; Karen Corr number 3 ranked WPBA player and 3 time winner of the Tournament of Champions; and Ga-Young Kim 2013 and 2014 WPBA Master's Champion.

On October 9, at 2pm, the Harrah's Resort Southern California welcomes the return of the highest rated pool tournament ever shown on ESPN, TRICK SHOT MAGIC. Four of the most talented Trick Shot competitors in the World will compete for a sudden death prize in television's most exciting format: Nick Nikolaidis current overall World Champion; Andy Segal last year's Champion and current Masse´ Shot and Stroke Shot World Champion; Gabi "Mr. Perfect" Visiou current Draw Shot World Champion; and Florian Kohler World Cup of Trick Shots Champion and VENOM Internet sensation.

The three events are each regarded as the supreme test of skill and imagination in billiards. The players are so evenly matched that any one player could beat the others on any given day.

The INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS and the TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS are 9-Ball with a format of two sets and, in the event of one set each, a 1-game sudden death tie-breaker.

TRICK SHOT MAGIC presents the greatest individual trick shots selected by each player which then must be matched by their opponent. The sudden death tie-breaker to decide a match requires an incredible eight rail bank shot onto the face of a $100 bill. All in all, the 3 events offer the wildest shootout of the year.

COME CHALLENGE THE PROS: And, as if that weren't enough, for a few hours each evening, the pros will accept challenge games from audience members and pool fans alike. You might also get tips on your game.

Harrah's Resort Southern California, the Official Host Site, and the Resort of Choice with the most spectacular sports entertainment of 2014-2015, will make all three events ADMISSION FREE to pool fans over the age of 21.

The trophies and the checks will be presented by Harrah's Resort Southern California. The tournaments are also sponsored by Aramith Tournament Balls, Simonis Cloth, Diamond Billiards, Executive Billiards Delta-13 Racks, Pool Dawg, Cuetec, and OB Cues.

The 2014 events are produced by Billiards International. For best seats, arrive early for each tournament session. Discount hotel rooms are available to make an enjoyable getaway at the spectacular, newly refurbished Harrah's Resort Southern California. Please enter the following code: HYPERLINK http://bit.ly/1tqQpzr or call 877-242-7724 and mention the CODE: "Billiards" to receive DISCOUNTED room rates. Make your plans today to attend the INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE OF CHAMPIONS, the TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS and, TRICK SHOT MAGIC, October 7, 8, & 9 at Harrah's Resort Southern California, "the Resort of Choice" in San Diego County, California.

WPBA Announces Host for 2015 Regional Tour Championships

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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.

Kelly "Kwikfire" Fisher to Undergo Open Heart Surgery

Kelly Fisher 3Scotland UK - July 15th, 2014

World Champion billiards player Kelly Fisher will be undergoing open heart surgery on July 22nd at an undisclosed hospital in the UK to correct a congenital heart defect. The 35 year old Fisher was diagnosed with a large atrial septal defect earlier this year. This is more commonly known as a "hole in the heart".

While any surgery carries risk, the success rates are very high for this type of surgery. "Thanks to all of my friends and family for their support during this time".

The typical recovery time for this procedure is around 3 months, so while Fisher will not be competing in any events for the remainder of the summer, she does hope to resume her championship form for the 9-Ball World Championships in Guilin China this October.