Eight local teams are heading to Las Vegas to compete for world titles in pool after winning their formats at the world qualifier tournament held the past two weekends at The New Green Room in Dundalk.

Six of the qualifiers for the American Poolplayers Asssociation (APA) World championships represented The New Green Room.

The APA World Pool championship tournament will be held in Las Vegas from August 8 through 17. It will be held at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

A “Bon Voyage” party will be held for the eight local qualifiers before the leave for Vegas, featuring blackjack tables, roulette and catered by Mission BBQ.

All eight teams took first place in their respective formats.

Three teams competed in 8-Ball: Brews and Cues (New Green Room), Sorry, Not Sorry! (New Green Room) and We Got Issues (Clancy’s Pub).

Two teams advanced in 9-Ball: Chalk is Cheap (New Green Room) and Access Denied (New Green Room). The Rhino 9’s (New Green Room) won the Master’s format, Heidi Burger’s team (New Green Room) took the Lady’s title and Robin Ford’s team (The Avenue) won the Mixed format.

(There is no world championship as yet in the Mixed format. Ford’s team won a vacation to Las Vegas and the opportunity to compete in mini tournaments while there.)

The world qualifier tournament is the culmination of the APA league year, the summer session through the spring session.

Teams earn spots in the world qualifier tournaments through their performance during the season sessions.

There were 72 teams competing in the 8-Ball qualifier at the New Green Room; 16 advanced to the world championships.

Eleven of 36 teams advanced in 9-Ball, while three of nine teams avanced in the Master’s format.

The Mixed Format had five teams competing, with Ford’s team emerging as the winner, while Burger’s team defeated five other teams to earn the lone spot in the Lady’s Format going to Las Vegas.

The American Poolplayers Association was founded in 1979 and currently has nearly 250,000 members. The world championships has been recognized by Guinness as the largest pool tournament in the world.

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