Brooklyn-Queens Pool League Teams Up With Billiard Superstar

Tony Robles

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (February 18, 2008) — The APA Pool League of Brooklyn/Queens is teaming up with “Silent Assassin” Tony Robles, a name synonymous with pool in Brooklyn and Queens. Robles, founder of the Predator 9-Ball Tour which kicks off February 2nd, brings his impressive pool resume and “Pool School” teaching techniques to Brooklyn Queens APA members of all skill levels.

“My wife Smith and I discussed taking our APA league experience to the next level this year,” said League Operator Ross Banfield. “Teaming up with Tony is a dream come true for us and our players. He is a legend of the game [of pool] and a true gentleman who enjoys sharing his passion with others.”

New APA teams will receive free lessons from Tony simply for joining the APA Pool League in the Brooklyn Queens APA.

Robles is currently ranked #6 by Pool and Billiards Magazine, and #9 by Billiard's Digest. He considers a run of 113 balls during the 1992 Straight Ball Championship held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City among his greatest accomplishments, a feat so impressive it garnered a standing ovation from the tournament crowd.

Robles has also been the subject of feature stories by NBC News and Newsday, among other media outlets, and has served as technical advisor on numerous television commercials including ads for Macy's and Acuvue Contact Lenses.

The Brooklyn Queens APA Local Team Championship takes place each June, with eligible teams vying for five slots in the APA National Team Championships in Las Vegas. Robles will be on-hand accepting challenge matches from brave APA members.

Nearly 1,500 local residents compete in the Brooklyn Queens APA Pool League. Brooklyn Queens APA awards cash and prizes totaling more than $50,000 annually.

The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world's largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States, and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada. More than 265,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9-Ball league play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards.

The APA produces three major tournaments each year—the APA National Team Championships, the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championships—that, together, pay out nearly $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually!

The APA and its championships are sponsored by Cuetec Cues, Aramith Billiard Balls, Valley Teflon Ultra Cloth by Championship and Valley Tables.

For more information on the APA, how to join a team, and how to earn a team lesson with Tony Robles, please contact Ross Banfield at (718) 622-0057, by email at or visit the website at

You can also visit the official APA Web site at