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Small Tables, Big Winners
The U.S. Bar Table Championships crowns six champions while attracting record fields in Reno.
Story by Skip Maloney
IT COULD be the first-place prize money or the fact that it's the weekend tournament, 8-ball continues to be the most heavily attended event at the CueSports International U.S. Bar Table Championships, despite the dominance of 9-ball and 10-ball at professional tournaments. The event started out as a 9-ball tournament two decades ago, adding 8-ball in 2001, and then, 10-ball and the all-around cash prize for top points in 2008. This year, at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nev., from Feb. 25 to March 3, the number of male entrants in 8-ball topped 200, an increase 30 percent from 2011. On the women's side, the increase in 8-ball participation reached 55, a 50 percent increase from 2011's 36.
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