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2015 Masters Marks 6th Year at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

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Masters 2015 Banner 970x300The Women's Professional Billiard Association is proud to announce that Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort will once again host the WPBA Masters 9-Ball Event to be held February 4th-8th, 2015. Nestled against the beautiful backdrop of Mt. Pleasant, MI., Soaring Eagle boasts a plethora of unparalleled amenities for casino goers, and includes for the month of February, one of the most prestigious events in all of women's professional billiards; the WPBA Masters.

The WPBA Masters is one of (3) majors that include live stream broadcasting by ESPN3, the 4th most watched sports network in the U.S. For the 6th consecutive year, the WPBA will stage the illustrious Masters Event featuring top, female competitors in the world of professional billiards. A field of 48, elite players will compete for the prestigious title of "2015 WPBA Masters Champion", with matches beginning on Thursday, February 5th, running through Sunday, February 8th. Players vying for this year's title include two-time consecutive, defending champion, "Little Devil Girl" Ga-Young Kim, "KwikFire" Kelly Fisher, "Duchess of Doom" Allison Fisher, and the "Black Widow" Jeanette Lee, just to name a few. ESPN3 will be broadcasting live on Sunday with match times at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm, EST.

Alongside the WPBA Masters will be the Soaring Eagle Open IX featuring pro/amateur singles 9-Ball and 8-Ball tournaments in both men and women's divisions, with an estimated 400 or more players! This event will begin on Thursday, and continue through Sunday. Visit www.soaringeagleopen.com for more info.

There are nearly 300 player members participating at the professional and regional tour grass roots level who make up the Women's Professional Billiard Association. Established in 1976 under "Women's Billiard Alliance", this membership owned organization provides opportunities for aspiring female players to reach the pinnacle of the sport. The only way to qualify to play on the professional tour is through the WPBA Regional Tour System, which cultivates annually, the WPBA Regional Tour Championships. Each year the winner of this event earns an opportunity to compete among the best in the world, at the WPBA Masters.

Sponsors for this year's Masters Event include Auto-Owners Insurance www.auto-owners.com, Simonis Cloth (official cloth) www.simoniscloth.com, Aramith Balls (official balls) www.aramith.com, Diamond Tables (official table) www.diamondbilliards.com, and Delta-13 Rack (official rack), www.delta-13.com. On Wednesday, February 4th, the Masters kicks off with an afternoon Kid's Clinic followed by an evening, Charity Pro-Am supporting the Notah Begay III Foundation. Please contact Dean at dean@drpool.net if you are interested in playing. The WPBA encourages all of their fans and followers to attend or tune in to support the organization, Soaring Eagle, and WPBA sponsors. Matches begin on Thursday morning and run through Sunday. Tickets may be purchased online at www.SoaringEagleCasino.com or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX (www.etix.com).

ESPN3 set for Coverage of the 2015 WPBA Masters Event

ESPN3 red newMt. Pleasant, Michigan – On February 4th-8th, 2015, the WPBA Masters Event will be staged for the 6th consecutive year at the stunning Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant Michigan. ESPN3 will deliver both semi-finals and final, in their entirety. Sunday's coverage features two semi-final matches and the final at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm, EST, with commentary by Mitch and Ewa Laurance.

The Women's Professional Billiard Association has enjoyed a relationship with ESPN for over two decades. The WPBA Masters, one of (3) events in the WPBA's triple crown of events carried on ESPN3, offers an elite field of 48 players competing for $50,000 in prize money and the prestigious title of 2015 WPBA Masters Champion. Two-time defending champion, "Little Devil Girl" Ga-Young Kim will be among the favorites at this event, facilitated by Promoter and WPBA Contractor, Dean Roesler.

This competition, along with every WPBA Event, provides an international field of world champions including "Duchess of Doom" Allison Fisher, "Kwikfire" Kelly Fisher, and the "Black Widow" Jeanette Lee. Be a part of the action at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, February 4th-8th, and witness some of the most beautiful and talented players the sport has to offer.

The event begins on Thursday, February 5th, with (2) sessions per day thru Saturday, February 7th. ESPN3 coverage on Sunday will feature (2) semi-finals and the finals, produced by the newest addition to the WPBA, CVM Productions (www.cvmproductions.com).

WPBA President Kim White-Newsome says, "This year's Masters promises to be the best yet with an increased purse, and fresh, new talent behind the entire ESPN3 production. In association with the wonderful team at ESPN, we will once again bring the excitement of the Masters to billiard fans around the world".

ESPN3 delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually and is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The network is currently available to 95 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.

WPBA RTC 2015 - Winner

RTC 2015 Banner - Resized 2Congratulations to Jia Li, the 2015 WPBA Regional Tour Champion and runner-up Betty Lea! Both ladies fought hard and had an incredible run! Nicole Albergaria and Linda Shea finished 3rd-4th, and Kawania Watson, Suzanne Smith, Kim Benson and Tara Williams finished 5th-8th. All 64 competitors played their hearts out, well done ladies!

Thank you to our wonderful host, Breakers Sky Lounge in Herndon, VA!