USBA 3-Cushion Nationals Back At The

Tropicana Las Vegas.

 Once again players from across the country will showcase their skills at one of the most challenging cue disciplines in the world when the United States Billiard Association (USBA) and Professor-Q-Ball promotions brings its 3-Cushion National Championships back to the neon lights of Tropicana Las Vegas, on May 6-10 , 2012.

We are also proud to announce that Gabriels is now the title table sponsor of USBA Nationals. The Nationals will be played on 8 brand-new, Gabriel’s Elements carom tables specially designed for championship play.

According to Andy Janquitto, the President of the USBA, returning to the Tropicana enables the USBA to hold its feature event in a destination city and allows the USBA to expose the game of carom billiards to pool and snooker players.  Janquitto thanked Gabriels, the ACS, Professor-Q-Ball and the Tropicana for the opportunity.


2012 Nationals Format

This year’s Nationals format is based on 48 to 56 players:


The players will be placed in flights of 6 to 8 players. Each flight will play a round robin with games to 25 points.

20 players will advance to semi-finals.

If there are 6 flights, the top 3 from each flight plus 2 wild-card 3rd-place finishers advance. If there are 8 flights, the top 2 players from each flight along with 4 wild-card 3rd-place finishers advance.


4 flights of 5 players will play a round robin with games to 30 points.

Top 2 players from each flight advance to finals.


The 8 finalists will be placed into a championship bracket based on their performances during the semi-finals. The 8 players will play a single elimination champions with consolation brackets for third through eighth places. Each game will be to 35 points.

Play begins on Sunday, May 6. The semi-finals will be held on Wednesday, May 9, and the finals will be conducted on Thursday, May 10.

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