NCS 9 and 10-Ball National Championship Dates Announced

Brandon Shuff at the NCS 8-Ball Championship

CueSports International (CSI) would like to announce the National Championship Series (NCS) 9-Ball and 10-Ball National Championships are scheduled September 3-7, 2009 at the award winning Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.

The NCS 9-Ball and 10-Ball national tournaments will be treated as two separate events yet held consecutively over the scheduled five-days. 9-Ball will start September 3 and finish September 5 and 10-Ball will start September 5 and finish September 7. By combining the two tournaments together players who qualify for both national events have the opportunity to save on their time and travel while getting the chance to win a U.S national champion title and expand their prize winning potential.

Each of the two events will have a maximum field of 64 players. The prize fund for each separate event, based on a full 64 player field, is $32,000. Should both events have full fields the total payout for the dual NCS event would be $64,000. While players interested in playing in 9-Ball are not required to qualify for the 10-Ball event or visa-versa, it would seem they might be interested in doing so since the two events are being held consecutively. The first NCS national event, the NCS 8-Ball National Championship came close to a full field in this first year with 57 players with a prize fund of $28,500.

To compete in an NCS national event players must win a spot at an NCS qualifier. Qualifiers are scheduled in area pool rooms throughout the U.S. The NCS is open to all U.S citizens and permanent residents who have resided in the United States the previous 12 consecutive months prior to the date of the qualifier in which they win an NCS spot.

The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award since 1977, is the most luxurious resort on the Fremont Street Experience, and consistently receives critical acclaim for exceeding customer expectations. The Golden Nugget offers more than 1,900 deluxe guest rooms and suites; a high-energy casino featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, race and sports book and poker room; nightly entertainment; world-class restaurants; luxury spa and salon and The Tank, a year-round outdoor swimming pool complete with a live shark aquarium. In September 2005, Landry's Restaurants, Inc. purchased the Golden Nugget hotels and casinos in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev., and embarked on a 14-month, $100 million renovation project, which was completed November 2006. In December 2007, the Golden Nugget completed its $60 million Phase II project, which expanded the resort west onto First Street and introduced additional entertainment, event and dining venues.

The NCS is sponsored by Diamond Billiard Products, OB Cues, DELTA-13 Rack and Aramith. For more information about the National Championship Series, the Golden Nugget, the Fremont Street Experience and a list of all NCS qualifiers visit the CSI website at, call 702-719-7665 or email Holly Ryan at