Viking Cue Sponsors The Gateway Amateur Tour

St. Louis, MO.- Michael Zimmerman, Gateway Amateur Tour (GAT) Founder/Director, has been working hard the past four years trying to provide a fair and rewarding 8-Ball tour in the St. Louis/Metro East area.  Now in the fourth season, preparing for our fifth, we are excited to announce that Viking Cue Mfg., Inc through The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour has joined with us to become the title sponsor.  

As of May 16, 2009, with the support of Viking Cue Mfg., Inc. and The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour, The Viking Cue Gateway Amateur Tour (Viking Cue GAT) has the ability to grow even more than in the past. “This is a big step for our local tour. Over the past few years we've had over five hundred players from fourteen different states participate in our events, with minimal marketing. We've worked hard to maintain a fair and rewarding tour system and have gained the respect from local players and billiard room owners. Viking Cue Mfg., Inc. and The Viking Tours have always been respected and well-known companies in our industry for many years, combining the three will only increase the popularity of all. We are honored to have Viking Cue Mfg., Inc, and The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour on board and will do our best to support them as well.” stated Zimmerman.

The Viking Cue Gateway Edition Amateur Tour offers two monthly 8-ball events, a Qualifier and a $300 Added Stop. A handicap system is used to level the playing field. A membership is required for the Stops, but not for the Qualifiers.  

For more information, visit or contact the Viking Cue Gateway Edition Amateur Tour Director at

Barry Hart, vice president of Viking Cue Mfg., Inc., stated, “Viking Cue has always supported tournaments and players throughout the country with sponsorships and is proud to be associated with Michael Zimmerman and the Viking Cue Gateway Amateur Tour.  Viking believes industry sponsorships and investing in the promotion of our sport through tournaments is good for the future of pool

About Viking Cue: It is the oldest manufacturer of cues in America and has the strictest quality control in the industry. Supported by “Viking's Lifetime Warranty” and made exclusively in the USA there is no compromising when it comes to Viking Cues. Viking lives up to the expectations of current and future owners as the most critical tool for your game.

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Mike Janis, the founder of the Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour, added, Michael Zimmerman through the Gateway Amateur Tour has done a excellent job over the past four years in promoting our sport in his region.  With the pairing of these tours, the players, billiard room owners and sponsors alike will benefit from increased promotion of events and sponsorship for the events.  We look forward to working with Mr. Zimmerman for many years to come.

About the Viking Tours: The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour was founded in 1994 as the Ohio 9-Ball Tour by Mike Janis from Cleveland, Ohio.  Over the years it has grown significantly to include many regions of the US. It is currently the largest and longest running Open regional billiards tour in the USA.  The Viking Tours now consist of four separate tours:  The Viking Cue Open, Amateur, Amateur-Advanced 9-Ball Tours and now the new Viking Cue Amateur Gateway Edition 8-Ball Tour.  Combined, the tours offer approximately 165 tournament events each tour season for players from beginning to professionals to compete in. Player and business associate members are offered many outstanding benefits that separate the Viking Tours from any other tour in the USA. These benefits include: Healthcare insurance, Free entry fees for Ladies and junior players, Discounts to Military Personnel, Senior Citizens and Pool League Players.

For more information about sponsoring, participating in or hosting Viking Tour events contact the tour at or call 1-800-200-POOL.

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