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Women’s Professional Billiard Association Announces First Rivers U.S. Open

Published on February 22, 2016.

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 WPBA Announces First Rivers U.S. Open

Hosted by Rivers Casino and Broadcast Live on ESPN3

Pittsburgh, PA, United States, Feb. 22, 2016—The Women’s Professional Billiard Association is proud to announce the first Rivers U.S. Open taking place March 9–13 live on ESPN3. Competing in the billiard event will be 48 of the top-ranked women pool players from around the world. People who watch the tournament will see why playing pool is not just a barroom pastime, but a sport that takes years of dedication to master.

The star-studded list of competitors vying for the 2016 Rivers U.S. Open title include Ga-Young Kim, Allison Fisher, Jennifer Barretta, and Brittany Bryant, to name just a few. With talent like this, it is sure to be a riveting experience for all in attendance.

WPBA President, Kimberly Newsome, had this to say: “The WPBA is proud to bring our prestigious U.S. Open to Rivers Casino and excited to be in Pittsburgh for the very first time!

The high-caliber competition delivered by the women on our professional billiard tour guarantees a unique experience, entertaining for novices and seasoned players alike. In our 40th anniversary year, we look forward to presenting these exceptional athletes to our newest venue and city.”

Held in the casino’s beautiful riverfront banquet space, players will warm-up on Wednesday, March 9 with a charity pro-am event at 7 p.m. Tournament play will run daily from 10 a.m.—11 p.m. beginning March 10, climaxing with two semifinal matches and the final match on March 13. ESPN3 will broadcast live tournament coverage beginning on March 13 at 1 p.m. ET. Tournament attendance is free of charge and open to the public. All guests must be 21 years of age or older to be on the Rivers Casino property.

“Rivers Casino is pleased to welcome the Women's Professional Billiard Association to Pittsburgh for its first ever tournament,” said Craig Clark, general manager of Rivers Casino. “These women are a tremendous talent in the sport of billiards and our guests will have the opportunity to watch four days of exciting, competitive play.”

About the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)
The WPBA was established in 1976 under the name of Women's Professional Billiard Alliance and is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2016 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 or find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WPBATour and Twitter: https://twitter.com/WPBAbilliards

About Rivers Casino
Opened in 2009, Rivers Casino has been voted a “Best Place to Work” in the Pittsburgh Business Times, a “Top Workplace” in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Best Overall Gaming Resort" in Pennsylvania by Casino Player magazine and "Best Overall Casino" in Pennsylvania by Strictly Slots magazine. The casino features more than 2,900 slots, 83 table games, a 30-table poker room, nine distinctive restaurants and bars, a riverside amphitheater, a multi-purpose event space, live music performances, free parking and multiple promotions and giveaways, daily. Already, more than $542 million in jackpots have been awarded to players at Rivers Casino. For more information, visit riverscasino.com.

WPBA Contact:
Kimberly Newsome, WPBA President
Office: 713-825-1411
wpbapro@gmail.com

Rivers Casino Contact;
Emily Adams
For Rivers Casino
267-932-8760 x 308
emily@hornercom.com

Women's Professional Billiard Association Signs Three Year Contract with ESPN3

Published on February 1, 2016.

ESPNBringing Women's Billiards Into the Limelight

New York, NY., United States, Women’s Professional Billiard Association “the WPBA” www.WPBA.com featuring the greatest women pool players from around the world, is proud to announce they have signed a three year contract with ESPN3, to provide live broadcast of the annual Masters, U.S. Open, and Tour Championship. The first show will air Sunday, February 7th, 2016 at 1:00pm ET, LIVE from the Masters Championship, staged at the beautiful Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

The Masters is one of three WPBA majors that include live stream broadcasts aired on ESPN3, the 4th most watched sports network in the U.S. For the 7th consecutive year, the WPBA will stage the illustrious Masters Championship featuring the top, female competitors in the world of professional billiards. A field of 48, elite players will battle it out for the prestigious title of “2016 Soaring Eagle Masters Champion”, with matches beginning on Thursday, February 4th, running through Sunday, February 7th. Players vying for the WPBA title include the “Duchess of Doom” Allison Fisher, “Little Devil Girl” and Player of the Year, Ga-Young Kim, “The Assassin” Monica Webb, “9 mm” Jennifer Barretta, and many more!

The Masters kicks off February 3rd with an afternoon Kid’s Clinic followed by an evening Charity Pro-Am supporting the Notah Begay III Foundation, where participants are paired with a pro, competing against other teams, in a laid-back, antics-filled billiard competition! The WPBA encourages all of their fans and followers to attend, or tune in, to support the organization, Soaring Eagle Casino, and WPBA sponsors. Tickets for the Soaring Eagle Masters Championship may be purchased online at www.SoaringEagleCasino.com or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX.

Sponsors for this year's Masters Championship 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 Predator Cues www.PredatorCues.com (official cue), Delta-13 Rack (official rack) www.Delta-13.com.

About the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)
The WPBA was established in 1976 under the name “Women's Professional Billiard Alliance” and is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2016 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.

Paski’s Contribute to Annual Championship

Published on December 21, 2015.

Vicki and Bob PaskiIn honor of the WPBA's 40th Anniversary, Charter Member Vicki Paski, and husband Bob, have generously donated a cash entry fee ($500) to the winner of the upcoming 2016 Regional Tour Championship to be held January 7th-10th, 2016, at Zingales Billiards in Tallahassee, Florida. It was Mrs. Paski who gave rise to the Regional Tour System when she introduced the idea of implementing WPBA Chapters across the United States in the form of "Regional Tours", to serve and develop organized billiard competition for women players. "We think it's fun for the last charter member to help out the newest champion!" says Paski. In addition to the Paski's contribution, the winner also receives an invite to all 2016 WPBA Pro Events. On behalf of the entire membership, the WPBA would like to thank Bob and Vicki for their continued support and generosity.

Find out who will be the next WPBA Regional Tour Champion! Visit wpba.com and click the link to watch the FREE 2016 WPBA Regional Tour Championship live stream, beginning Thursday, January 7th, running through Sunday, January 10th. The live stream is sponsored by Simonis Cloth, and FREE for all viewers!