Earl Strickland Competing for New York in World Professional Billiard League (WPBL) Opening Season

Earl and Larry Chiborak

Las Vegas-November 29th marks the launch of the World Professional Billiard League (WPBL) with twelve teams competing out of Atlanta, Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, New York, Toronto, Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston.

The WPBL boasts a star-studded roster of professional billiards hall of famers and world champions, Johnny Archer is serving as WPBL Player Director and is also competing for Atlanta.  The opening game of the season will feature Atlanta and Archer taking on a strong New York team captained by one of the biggest names in billiards history: Earl Strickland.

"I'm excited to compete for New York in the WPBL opening season," said Earl Strickland, billiards hall of famer and five-time US Open and WPA World nine-ball champion.  "Bonus Ball's a great game, and I think the fans are really going to like watching all of these big names compete at such a high level.  It's gonna be fun."

The WPBL was designed to bring the excitement of other live sports to the world of billiards.  Each and every match features live play-by-play announcers, a live audience and the WPBL is the world's first Bonus Ball league.

Bonus Ball, a unique combination of snooker, nine ball and straight pool, is the culmination of over 20 years of research, development and testing by WPBL President Larry Chiborak.

It's a challenging, exciting game that borrows from all the major billiards disciplines," explains Chiborak.   "We've developed Bonus Ball with input from some of the world's best players- the result is a highly strategic, fast-paced game that is not only challenging to play, but incredibly exciting to watch."

To get a feel for Bonus Ball and to see some real live WPBL action, the WPBL is launching three free videos:   Doubles Battle....Archer vs Klatt....Nations Collide.  Visit wpbl.tv to watch these great matches!!

The WPBL regular season kicks off November 29th, 2012 and runs until May 12th, 2013.  The playoffs start May 16th, 2013 and the championship finals will be played June 9th, 2013.  All WPBL matches are played in Las Vegas, Nevada at the newly constructed WPBL arena.

WPBL matches will be available worldwide via online pay-per-view purchased on a weekly basis throughout the season.

WPBL Team Rosters for the 2012-13 inaugural season

Southern Division

ATLANTA SCORPIONS: Johnny Archer – Dennis HatchShannon Daulton

MIAMI CRUISE: Corey DeuelHunter LombardoJose Parica

LAS VEGAS DICE: Oscar DominguezErnesto DominguezLouis Ulrich

LOS ANGELES WAVE: John SchmidtCharlie WilliamsMike Davis

PHOENIX FLAMES: Scott FrostTommy Kennedy – Manny Chau

HOUSTON HUSTLERS: Jeremy JonesChip ComptonJustin Hall

Northern Division

TORONTO BLUE SHARKS: Jason KlattJohn MorraErik Hjorleifson

PHILADELPHIA ACES: Darren AppletonStevie MooreBrandon Shuff

BOSTON YOUNG GUNS: Mike DechaineThorsten HohmannJesse Engel

CHICAGO ROCKETS: Rodney MorrisRaj HundalMika Immonen

PITTSBURGH PROWLERS: Shawn PutnamAdam SmithSylver Ochoa

NEW YORK: Earl Strickland – Larry NevelWarren Kiamco

For more information and / or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Larry Chiborak
World Professional Billiards League (WPBL)
President & CEO