2011 Tour Season Kick Off Will Feature World’s Top 48 Women Pool Players

MT. PLEASANT, MI – The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort will host the best female billiard players in the world January 5-9, 2011 when the Women’s Professional Billiard Association WPBA Masters kicks off the 2011 Women’s Pro Billiard Tour season.

Between Thursday, January 6, and Saturday, January 8, the top 48 players will cue off during two sessions each day in double elimination play. The tournament will culminate on Sunday, January 9 at 1 p.m., when the final four players remaining will compete for the title of WPBA Masters Champion. These final-round matches will be taped by ESPN for future television broadcasts, beginning in January.

The legendary Jeanette Lee, known as “The Black Widow,” is slated to compete, along with Hall of Fame players Allison Fisher and Ewa Mataya Laurance (a former Lansing, MI resident); the 2009 World Games Gold Medalist; Ga Young Kim, the current U.S. Open Nine-Ball Champion, and Jasmin Ouschan, 2010 World 10-Ball Champion. Photo and autograph opportunities will be available throughout the week. The event kicks off January 5th with a Pro-Am Charity Event. Details will be forthcoming.

Concurrent with the WPBA Masters will be the Soaring Eagle Open, featuring amateur 8-Ball and 9-Ball tournaments in men and women’s divisions, with over $10,000 in prize money. This event will begin on Thursday, January 6 and continue through Sunday, January 9. Visit www.soaringeagleopen.com for more information.

About the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)

The WPBA was established in 1976 as the Women’s Professional Billiard Alliance, and will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2011 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour, which features ESPN-televised events with the world’s greatest women players. Visit www.wpba.com for more. The WPBA Classic Tour is sponsored by the American Poolplayers Association, Diamond Billiards, Iwan Simonis, Cuetec Cues, Delta 13, Pooldawg, Mueller Recreational Products and Aramith.

About the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is the Midwest’s premier AAA Four Diamond gaming and hospitality destination offering top-name entertainment year-round, award-winning dining, high stakes bingo and a full-service spa. For more information, visit www.soaringeaglecasino.com

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