Two World Championships Coming to Reno, Nevada This Month

The WPA World Junior Championships and the WPA World Wheelchair Championships will be contested in Reno, Nevada, from December 1 thru 3, 2008. All events will be held at the Sand's Regency Casino Hotel and are under the supervision of Tournament Organizer Tony Annigoni, the WPA and the BCA. Brackets, news and scoring for these events will be available on-line at

A total of 52 young men and women will compete in their respective divisions in Reno. This is always an exciting competition and it is where many of the champions of today began their careers.  Players from all over the globe will represent more than twenty countries in their quest for the World Champion's gold.

Germany will be sending four youngsters to lead the charge for the European contingent. Other European representatives will come from Belgium, Austria, Russia and Luxembourg. North America will be very well represented with six boys and three girls from America and Canada sending three boys and a girl.

South America is sending players from Nicaragua, Netherlands Antilles and Venezuela while the Asian Pocket Billiard Union is delivering eleven hopefuls from Chinese Taipei, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Indonesia.

According to Jeff Dolezal, President of the NWPA: “The 2008 WPA World 9 Ball Championship for Wheelchair Players will have a 32 player field full of the best wheelchair pool players in the world.  Players will be competing from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the USA.  In the US, players are traveling from both coasts to be here.  Henrik Larsson, the current reigning World Wheelchair 9-Ball Champion, will be defending his title.  Larsson took that title after defeating Kurt DeKlerck of  Belgium in the championship match.  DeKlerck, who is a two-time U.S. National Champion, will also be in Reno.  Other notable players who are competing in this event are: Danny Luton, Bronze Medalist - 2007 World 9-Ball Championship; Karl Read, 2007 U.S. National 9-Ball Champion; Fred Dinsmore, 2000 and 2005 World 9-Ball Champion; Aaron, 6-time U.S. National 9-Ball Champion; Robert Calderon, 1999 World 9-Ball Champion; Charlie Hans of Cincinnati, Ohio, 5-time U.S. Open 8 Ball Champion; and Bill Frisby, the current No.1 ranked US wheelchair pool player. The public is invited to come and watch the exciting world class play that will occur during this prestigious pool event.”

We wish to thank the following sponsors for this event: Paralyzed Veterans of America, Seyberts, Iwan Simonis, Mueller, Poison Cues, USPPA, Hustlin USA, Tonkin Custom Cues, APA, NWPA, Predator Cues and Viking Cues.