GMPA announces the 2011 Southwest Amateur Pocket Billiard Championships

The Greater Midwest Poolplayers Association will be directing the 3rd Annual Southwest Amateur Pocket Billiard Championships at Bull Shooters Bar and Grill located at 337 W Peoria Ave. Phoenix, Arizona on Oct. 6th-9th, 2011. Added to the event purse will be $5750. (based on full fields) by the host location. Over $20,000. will be awarded in the 18 events.

Thursday kicks off open 9-Ball with ladies and men division. Friday/Saturday various 8-Ball singles events . Dr Cue, Tom Rossman, ESPN Artisitic Champion, will be conducting Artistic Qualifiers and will perform a dazzling Trick-Shot show each evening. Saturday afternoon the Sportsman no entry fee tournament begins for the unfortunate players that bowed out of the regular event early at 0-2. or 1-2. Saturday evening the male/female Scotch Doubles tournament commences. Sunday the Lucasi 8-ball singles and the Youth singles finish the event. 

All play will be on coin operated bar boxes and 8' bar tables. A dress code will be in effect for all participants and professional referees will be on hand.

New this year is the Bronze division designed for the occasional type player. Fees to play are as follows, Seniors, Gold, Silver, all 9-Ball, and Lucasi singles are $35.00, Platinum, $60.00, Youth $20.00, Bronze, $20.00, and Scotch Doubles, $60.00 per team. All divisions except youth have registration fees. All prize money will be paid out at 100%. All added money paid according to the size of the field.

There will be cue giveaways, billiard supplies, with food and drink specials daily.

Also, from ESPN eight time world champion, Nick Varner, will be on hand for challenge matches, unusual shots, demonstrations, and autographs. No cost spectator admission fees for the four day event.

All players must have a minimum of 4 weeks of play in an amateur league system sanctioned by APA, ACS, BCAPL, TAP, UPA, VNEA, and recognized independent leagues. No professionals ranked by WPA, AZ Billiards, or the WPBA will be allowed.

Host hotel is the Comfort Suites with $50.00 room rates, call (602)-861-3900, use code, GMPA Pool. Sign up in person at Bull Shooters, 3337 W Peoria, Phoenix, (602) 441-2447. Cash, money orders, approved checks, and charge cards accepted. Entries can be mailed to GMPA, 2278 Willowcreek Rd, Portage, Indiana, 46368, money orders or approved checks only with mailed entries. Phone inquiries welcomed by Cecil Messer at (219) 465-8101 or JulieAnn Mitchell at (219) 771-1174.