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nAz
05-14-2003, 12:32 AM
Tonight while I was playing some 9B with a buddy (I ran two racks two different times /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif)
the local APA coordinator walked over and asked me if I would like to sign up for the U.S. Amateur Tournament. he told me its only amateurs and that i would have a good chance to win the local qualifier. Supposedly the format is a mix of 8B and 9B
entry fee is $40 for APA members and $50 for non.

My knowledge of pool as you all know is very limited, I never heard of this Tourny so has anyone here played in it before? If so tell me more about the format and the competition.

bluewolf
05-14-2003, 04:08 AM
All i can say is WTG. Congratulations on being asked to be in the tournie and on the racks you ran!!

Laura

nAz
05-14-2003, 10:25 AM
LOL Thanks BW but being asked to play is no biggy, anyone can enter this event you just need $50. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

so no one here has done this before?

Rich R.
05-14-2003, 10:49 AM
nAz, the tournament is run by the APA and it draws the very best APA players from around the country. You can find out more information on the APA web site.
http://www.poolplayers.com/usam.html

The combination of 8-ball and 9-ball is a very interesting format, because you find that all players are stronger in one of the games, over the other. The person winning the lag, gets to choose which game is played first in the match. I believe more details are available on the APA web site.

This tournament was held in my area for the last three years and I was able to see some of it each time. Unfortunately, it will be held in Connecticut this year.
Anyone in the area, interested in seeing a good tournament, should look for it.

05-14-2003, 10:50 AM
congrats, i was just asked few weeks to ago to join this guys apa team, so i told him how i felt about small tables and he said it would be good experience for me, i have played apa since 99, so i asked if the rules have changed. they have'nt but to get on this guys team i had to beat every single member. he has two 7's three 5's and a 3 & 2, i beat the 5,3,2 senseless, the 7 had some good safe's but i got out and beat him, so i am on his team as a 5. i'll be shooting next season comming up. i say go for it.

Wally_in_Cincy
05-14-2003, 11:53 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote muujahid:</font><hr>

...to get on this guys team i had to beat every single member. he has two 7's three 5's and a 3 &amp; 2, i beat the 5,3,2 senseless, the 7 had some good safe's but i got out and beat him,

<font color="blue">You had to audition to get on the team? He didn't know your speed already? /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif </font color>

so i am on his team as a 5. i'll be shooting next season comming up.

<font color="blue">If you beat the 7 you won't be a 5 for long </font color>
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05-14-2003, 12:00 PM
believe it or not, the 7 did'nt know how to get out, he's what i call a bts (i.e bar table specialist). this guy told me he has never played any other game except for 9 &amp; 8 ball, lol and does'nt like big tables "quote: because their to big" oh [censored]. but he's a 7, apa needs to revise the ranking rules.

Wally_in_Cincy
05-14-2003, 12:21 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote muujahid:</font><hr>
...this guy told me he has never played any other game except for 9 &amp; 8 ball...<hr /></blockquote>

I know 6's who have never played anything but 8-ball and don't know what 14.1 is. When I talk about "straight pool" they think I mean call-your-shot barbox 8-ball.

Wally~~didn't know what 14.1 was 6 years ago /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

05-14-2003, 12:32 PM
oh [censored] lmao, man would that be something to laught about at the ph.

cue-tips.com
05-14-2003, 09:01 PM
The U.S. Amateur Tournament. The tournament is played in two formats, 9-ball and 8-ball. You and your opponent lag the winner of the lag has the option to take the first break or he has the option to pick what set will be played first. So if you win the lag and you choose to take the first break then your opponent has the option to what format will be played first. In the 9-ball format you play a total of 8-games and in the 8-ball format you play a total of 5-games. The first player to reach &gt;7&lt; in either of the sets is the winner so it is a race to 7. Also one other thing if you win the lag and you choose which format will be played first then your opponent gets first break. It's a great tournament to test your skills against some of the best amateurs in the country because their are players from all over the world that will play in the tournament. Two good freinds of mine have won the tournament David Rowell in 2000, and Robert Hall in 2001 and last but not least I myself finished 9th last year 2002 in the U.S. Amateur Tournament. So I recommend anyone and everybody to go and play in this tournament.

Scott Lee
05-15-2003, 10:51 AM
Just an added note about this tournament...you do NOT have to be an APA member to play in it! Anyone can enter!

Scott Lee

nAz
05-15-2003, 01:51 PM
Thank you all for the info.
just one thing is this an open tourny? i hope there will be no spotting.

Rich R.
05-16-2003, 06:48 AM
nAz, to get into this tournament, you have to enter and finish high in one of the qualifiers. This is what your APA coordinator was referring to.
I forget whether the actual U.S. Championship tournament is a field of 64 or 128 (I think 128), but there is definitely NO Handicapping.

Scott Lee
05-17-2003, 03:21 AM
Rich...Unless things have changed, you can either try to qualify, or just pay your entry fee. It costs more if you're not an APA member, but not much. The tournament is open to the first 128 people to sign up.

Scott

Rich R.
05-17-2003, 08:00 AM
Scott, you are probably right. But, can you tell me, why have the qualifiers, if you don't have to qualify? /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif

Tom_In_Cincy
05-17-2003, 08:34 AM
Rich,
Its to get more $ for the LOs and for the winner of the qualifier to get their entry fee paid for.

nAz
05-17-2003, 11:34 AM
ahh its $40 APA members. and $50 for non members.

so the LOs make like $10 - $15+ per entry.

Rich R.
05-17-2003, 02:15 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Tom_In_Cincy:</font><hr> Rich,
Its to get more $ for the LOs and for the winner of the qualifier to get their entry fee paid for.

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That makes a lot of sense, Tom. I should have known, to find the answer, follow the money.