Viva Las Vegas With The NCS 8-Ball Championship

CueSports International (CSI) is proud to announce the National Championship Series (NCS) 8-Ball Championship will be held at the Golden Nugget, Las Vegas February 13-15, 2009.

Winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award since 1977, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas 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 8-Ball Championship will have a limited field of 64 players. To play at the national event, you must win a spot via a qualifier tournament. Qualifier tournaments are being held in pool rooms all over the country. The NCS is open to all players, men, women, amateur and pros. With a field of 64, the prize fund will be $32,000 with one player winning a spot to represent the United States to the 2009 World Pool Billiard Association (WPA) World 8-Ball Championship which is scheduled April 5-11, 2009 in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

The U.S is allotted a total of 5 spots to the WPA World 8-Ball Championship. Four spots will be by invite to the top four U.S players on the BCA points list and the 5th spot will be determined through the NCS 8-Ball Championship. Due to the spot to the WPA World 8-Ball Championship all players in the NCS 8-Ball Championship must be able to obtain a U.S passport.

For more information about the NCS 8-Ball Championship, the Golden Nugget, the Fremont Street Experience and a list of NCS 8-Ball Qualifiers visit the CSI website at . CSI is starting to schedule qualifiers in 9-Ball, 10-Ball and 14.1 Continuous. If you are interested in participating as a qualifier host room please contact Holly Ryan at 702-719-7665.