The UPA Pro Tour Championship

The UPA Pro Tour Championship
Jan 6-11, 2004 at the Bicycle Casino
Los Angeles, CA

The greatest pool players in the world return again to Los Angeles at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens for the UPA Pro Tour Championship. After a 5 year hiatus, a major men's pro event comes back to LA. The Bicycle Casino will be the host for the United States Poolplayers Associations finale event for the 2003 season and also the pro tour's UPA Year End Awards Banquet.

Sixty four players including a stellar cast of international 9-Ball superstars will be vying for over $40,000 in prize money. Some of the top USA players include :

  • Johnny Archer (Atlanta , GA): The Scorpion - #1 ranked in the USA and 4 time World Champion
  • Charlie Williams(Orlando , FL) :The Korean Dragon - #2 ranked in the USA and winner of 2 UPA Tour Stops this year
  • Rodney Morris (Honolulu, HI) : The Rocket - #3 ranked in the USA and winner of The 2003 World Pool League (Poland)
  • Tony Robles (NY, NY) : The Silent Assassin - #5 ranked in the USA and multi-Northeast champion
  • Nick Varner (Owensboro, KY) : THe KY Colonel - #7 ranked in the USA and Hall of Famer
(Also see the above players in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand for the 2003 Mosconi Cup in USA versus Europe team event filmed live on TV around the world Dec 18-21 and re-shown on ESPN at the end of Dec )

This event will also have several top international players including:

  • Efren Reyes (Manila, Phillippines) : The Magician - #1 ranked in the Phillipines and considered by many to be the greatest player of all time
  • Ralf Souquet (Manching, Germany) : The Kaiser - #1 ranked player in Germany and former World Champion & US OPen Champion
  • Mika Immonen (Helsinki, Finland) : The Iceman - #1 ranked player in Finland and former World Champion and currently ranked #1 in the World
  • Francisco Bustamante (Manila , Phillippines) : Django - Former Player of the Year and multiple winner of international events
  • Young Hwa Jeong (Seoul, Korea) : The Spicy Man - #1 Korean National Champion and 2 time medalist at Asian Games
  • Luc Salvas (Montreal, Canada) : Machine Gun Luc - Multi- time National Canadian Champion
There will also be a strong cast of local LA and California players such as national ranked pros like Jose Parica, Morro Paez, Tang Hoa, Ernesto Dominguez, and Dave Hemmah.

The UPA Pro Tour Championship will also be filmed live and can be viewed around the world on Pay Per View Internet by World Pool Video . Just goto

The event will kick off with a Press Party and Sponsor Pro Am Tournament on Jan 6, 2003 at the Bicycle Casino. The tournament play starts on the following day on Jan 7. The event ends on Jan 11.

Don't miss the UPA Year End Awards Banquet where the UPA Player of the Year will be announced. Also the UPA Rookie of the Year, Sportsman of the Year, and UPA Man of the Year Award will be given out during a a fantastic meal catered by the Bicycle Casino. Tickets to the banquet are limited and will be $25 per person.

For ticket info call The Bicycle Casino at 1-562-806-4646. The Bicycle Casino is located at 7301 Eastern Ave. , Bell Gardens, CA 90201

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