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2014 WPBA Master Championship Converges on Soaring Eagle

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The Women's Professional Billiard Association will converge on Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort nestled in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, February 5th, 2014, to stage the 2014 WPBA Masters Championship. All WPBA tour events feature the top, female competitors in the world of professional billiards, and the Masters will be no exception. A field of 48, elite players will compete for the prestigious title of "2014 WPBA Masters Champion", with matches beginning on Thursday, February 6th, running through Sunday, February 9th. Players vying for this year's title include Ga-Young Kim "China Doll", Kelly Fisher "KwikFire", Allison Fisher "Duchess of Doom", and Jeanette Lee "Black Widow", just to name a few. ESPN3 will be broadcasting live on Sunday with match times at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm, EST.

Sponsors for this event include Auto-Owners Insurance, Simonis Cloth (official cloth), Aramith Balls (official balls), Diamond Tables (official table), Delta-13 Rack (official rack), and Predator Cues (official cue). On Wednesday, February 5th, the Masters kicks off with an afternoon Kid's Clinic followed by an evening, Charity Pro-Am supporting the Notah Begay III Foundation. The WPBA encourages all of their fans and followers to attend or tune in to support the organization, Soaring Eagle, and the event 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. 

Predator Named Official Cue of WPBA Masters Championship

Predator LogoThe Women's Professional Billiard Association is proud to announce that Predator Cues will be the "Official Cue" of the 2014 WPBA Masters Championship, staged at the beautiful Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Feb 5th-9th, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Predator Cues has led the billiard industry's technological evolution since its inception in 1994. Predator's commitment to innovation and billiards as a whole can be seen in their constantly evolving product line and expanding industry footprint.

WPBA President Tamre' Rogers had difficulty containing her enthusiasm as details were finalized. "We are ecstatic that Predator will be the Official Cue of the WPBA Masters Championship. Predator is highly-respected in our industry and we hope this partnership will flourish for years to come." Along with supporting the prize fund, Predator is providing a breathtaking "Throne" cue from their new Throne series, as well as two of their recently released Sport2 Cues that will be raffled at the event. For more information about Predator Cues, please visit www.PredatorCues.com.

"Our team is absolutely thrilled to be associated with this top-tier WPBA Event and we look forward to enjoying some terrific action from the star studded field of entrants," said Kyle Nolan Director of Branding and Communications at Predator.

On Wednesday, February 5th, the prestigious Masters Championship kicks-off with an afternoon Kid's Clinic followed by an evening, Charity Pro-Am supporting the Notah Begay III Foundation. The WPBA encourages all of their fans and followers to attend or tune in to support the organization, Soaring Eagle, and the event sponsors. Matches begin on Thursday morning and run through Sunday. Tickets may be purchased online www.ETIX.com or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX. For more information regarding this event, you can visit www.SoaringEagleCasino.com or by calling 1-877-232-4532.

Jia Li over Janet Atwell for Regional Tour Championship Win

Thank you to www.azbilliards.com and staff for the article and photo.
Jia Li and Janet Atwell

Janet Atwell looked nearly unbeatable all week at the WPBA's Regional Tour Championship, only dropping a 5-4 decision to the East Coast's Jia Li late on Saturday. In the end, it would also be Li who would keep Atwell from the final winner's circle.

Sixty four of the US's top female regional players made their way to Bullshooters in Phoenix, Arizona to stake their claim to over $11,000 in prize money on January 16th - 19th. 

The players were initially split into eight groups of eight players for just over two days of round robin play. Players would play each player in their group in one race to five, with the top four players from each group advancing to stage two. Each group held the winner of one of the eight regional tours - and with only two exceptions - each tour winner advanced to the second stage. The Flamingo Billiard Tour's Janis Sessions and Tina Hess were the two players to stumble in their groups and fail to advance. Advancing with no problems in stage one were three players were perfect 7-0 records; Atwell, Arizona's Bernie Store and Kim Pierce.

The second stage of the event saw the thirty two remaining players divided into eight groups of four players. Each player would play everyone in their group one race to five, with the top two players from each group advancing to the final stage of the event. Two of stage one's undefeated players - Atwell and Pierce - would cruise through stage two with 2-1 records, but Arizona's Store would pick a bad time to fall ill and crashed in her stage with an 0-3 record. Five players would advance through stage two with undefeated records; Crystal McCormickSheila Clark, Jai Li, Dawn Fox and Liz Cole. Li's final stage win would be at the expense of Atwell, in a possible glimpse of things to come.

The final stage of the event saw the sixteen remaining players placed in a single elimination bracket for play on Sunday. Atwell and Li would ride opposite sides of this bracket to the final race to nine, where the event's winner would be determined.

Atwell let a couple early opportunities get by her to start the finals, and Li stayed steady to take a quick 4-2 lead. Atwell took advantage of a couple mid match mistakes from Li and tied the score at 4-4 before Li would take a break to clear her head. Li would come back from the break and ride a combination of strong play and a friendly roll or two to win five of the next six racks to earn first place and $2500 in prize money, as well as a spot in the upcoming WPBA Masters on February 5th - 9th.

While the final sixteen players were battling it out on Sunday, thirty two of the already eliminated players came back for a $1000 added second chance tournament. This tournament was won by Kim Benson, who defeated Arizona's Susan Williams in the finals.

Everyone in attendance enjoyed four days of top notch pool, and a very well run event. Kristie Ortegaand Tres Kane from the Arizona Women's Billiards Tour - teamed up with Bullshooters owner Mike Bates - to put on a great event. Special thanks to "friends of the AWBT" for sponsoring the second chance event for $1000.