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Women's Professional Billiards Association announces first-ever US Open

26 Feb 2016

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Women’s Professional Billiard Association is proud to announce the first Rivers U.S. Open taking place March 9–13 live on ESPN3. Competing in the billiard event will be 48 of the top-ranked women pool players from around the world. People who watch the tournament will see why playing pool is not just a barroom pastime, but a sport that takes years of dedication to master.

The star-studded list of competitors vying for the 2016 Rivers U.S. Open title include Ga-Young Kim, Allison Fisher, Jennifer Barretta and Brittany Bryant, to name just a few. With talent like this, it is sure to be a riveting experience for all in attendance.

WPBA President Kimberly Newsome had this to say: “The WPBA is proud to bring our prestigious U.S. Open to Rivers Casino and excited to be in Pittsburgh for the very first time! The high-caliber competition delivered by the women on our professional billiard tour guarantees a unique experience, entertaining for novices and seasoned players alike. In our 40th anniversary year, we look forward to presenting these exceptional athletes to our newest venue and city.”

Held in the casino’s beautiful riverfront banquet space, players will warm-up on Wednesday, March 9 with a charity pro-am event at 7 p.m. Tournament play will run daily from 10 a.m.—11 p.m. beginning March 10, climaxing with two semifinal matches and the final match on March 13. ESPN3 will broadcast live tournament coverage beginning on March 13 at 1 p.m. ET. Tournament attendance is free of charge and open to the public. All guests must be 21 years of age or older to be on the Rivers Casino property.

“Rivers Casino is pleased to welcome the Women's Professional Billiard Association to Pittsburgh for its first ever tournament,” said Craig Clark, general manager of Rivers Casino. “These women are a tremendous talent in the sport of billiards and our guests will have the opportunity to watch four days of exciting, competitive play.”
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