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APA Teams Battle for $1 Million in Prizes
Sep 5, 2008, 11:38 AM

The American Poolplayers Association’s (APA) 28th Annual National Team Championships saw a record number of teams compete in this year’s nine-day extravaganza — held Aug. 15–23 at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. More than 1,800 8-Ball, 9-Ball, Doubles and Masters teams made the trek to Sin City to compete for more than $1 million in prize money.

In the 8-Ball Open Division, Westside of Kankakee, Ill., defeated Secretly Sloshed of Shreveport, La., 3-0, in the finals to take home $25,000 in cash and the championship title. Secretly Sloshed received $15,000 in prize money, a team trophy and individual team plaques for finishing second.

Finishing in third place were The Untouchables of Springdel, Ohio, and Vested in Pool of Livonia, Mich. Each team received $7,500 in prize money.

In the finals of the Ladies 8-Ball Division, it was Clean Slates of Maple Shade, N.J., defeating New Orleans Ladies of Westwego, La., 3-0, to win $10,000. As runners-up, New Orleans Ladies received $5,000 in cash.

Clean Slates advanced to the finals with a victory over Cue Tips of Seminole, Fla., in the semifinals, while New Orleans Ladies defeated Ball Busters of Howell, Mich. Both Cue Tips and Ball Busters took home $2,500 for finishing third.

All teams in the 8-Ball Championships squared off in a modified single elimination format that ensured each team played at least twice before elimination. All 8-Ball Open Division teams automatically received $350 in national qualifier money, and the top eight teams won at least $5,000.

In the 8-Ball Ladies Division, all teams automatically earned $350 national qualifier money, with the top eight teams winning at least $1,000. The Open Division began play on Aug. 18 and concluded on Aug. 23. The Ladies Division of the tournament started on Aug. 16 and concluded on Aug. 19.

In Open 9-Ball National Championship action, it was Oh Shot of Gastonia, N.C., beating Frank’s Team of Leominster, Mass, 52-48. Oh Shot took home $15,000 of the more than $200,000 guaranteed purse. Frank’s Team received $7,000 for finishing second.

Cue Tips of Metairie, La., and Shoot ‘Em Down of Waterloo, S.C. Each team took home $3,500 in prize money for finishing in third place.

The Open 9-Ball National Championship was held Aug. 15-18, with each team competing in a modified single-elimination format that ensured each team played at least twice before elimination. All national qualifiers received a minimum of $350, with the top eight teams winning at least $2,000.

Advancing through weekly leagues and local team championships throughout the U.S. and Canada, 707 Open 8-Ball, 357 Open 9-Ball and 37 Ladies 8-Ball teams, all consisting of five to eight players, qualified to compete in the 2008 National Team Championships.

In the Open 8-Ball Doubles Championship, it was Oop’s of Shreveport, La., winning $6,500 in the finals with a victory over Tim & Mitchell of North Braddock, Pa. Tim & Mitchell received $4,000 for taking second in the 383-team event.

The finals of the Masters Championship event featured Goof Troop of Rosemead, Calif., defeating Detroit Connection of Oxford, Mich. Goof Troop took home $7,800, while Detroit Connection received $3,600 in the 187-team event.

In the Open 9-Ball Doubles Championship, Sweet & Sour of Nashville, Tenn., defeated Killer B’s of Halethorpe, Md. Sweet & Sour took home $5,500, while the Fobia walked away with $2,500.

Charlie Hans of Cincinnati, Ohio, defeated Michale Little of Springfield, Va., for $2,000 in the finals of the APA Wheelchair Challenge.

In addition, the APA conducted 627 MiniMania tournaments, which took place daily and were open to all APA members. The MiniMania tournaments offered multiple formats with 100-percent prize money payback that awarded nearly $200,000.

For more information on the National Team Championships, visit the official APA Web site at poolplayers.com or call (800) 3-RACK-EM.