Challenge the Stars… play the pros in Las Vegas

The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) will host the annual Challenge the Stars benefit in conjunction with the BCAPL National 8- Ball Championships and the 9th Annual Predator International 10-Ball Championships in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 12th. Diamond Billiard Products will provide the tables for the festivities which will take place in the Grande Ballroom of the Riviera Hotel & Casino at 8:00 pm. This benefit gives all players and spectators an opportunity to support youth billiard programs while mingling with and competing with top pros from all over the world.  

Over 100 pros will be invited to participate, including defending champion Tony Drago (Malta), Shane Van Boening (USA), Efren Reyes (PHI), Allison Fisher (ENG), Jeanette Lee (USA), Dennis Orcullo (PHI), Ralf Souquet (GER), Johnny Archer (USA), Charlie Williams (USA), Tony Robles (USA), Francisco Bustamante (PHI), Mika Immonen (FIN), Allen Hopkins (USA), Rodney Morris (USA), Yu Ram Cha (KOR), Niels Feijen (NED), Thorsten Hohmann (GER), Rafael Martinez (MEX), Manuel Gama (POR), John Morra (CAN) , Tom“Dr. Cue” Rossman (USA) and many more. Challengers can select 3 options of play: the BEF Challenge, $20 donation, challenger plays one game of 9-ball with designated pro, the Pro Challenge, $40 donation, shoot one game of 9-ball with one of your three top choices, based on availability, or the Ultimate Challenge, $100 donation, play three games of 9-ball with one of your three top choices, based on availability. All challengers will receive an autographed certificate and a souvenir photo taken with their pro.

Spectators and amateur players can also share in the fun by bidding on an array of prizes and participating in the raffles. Whether you challenge a pro, participate in the auction or make a donation, you can make a difference in youth billiard programs. Admission is FREE. All proceeds benefit BEF programs such as: scholarships, BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships and the “Pool In School” program.  

The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization. For more information about the BEF, please visit or contact Laura Smith at 303.926.1039 or e-mail