Las Vegas, Nevada- Allison Fisher will lead a team of top female competitors in the previously male dominated 8th Annual Predator International 10-Ball Championship to be held May 12-17, 2008. Last year the event hosted several female contenders including top ranked players: Kim Shaw, Gerda Hofstatter, Anna Kostanian, and Korean champ Yu Ram Cha. This year a total of six talented women players will enter the field against 90 men entrants.
Fisher is no stranger to competing with the men. She bested world-class players such as Johnny Archer, Allen Hopkins, Charlie Williams, and Tommy Kennedy in major events.
"I have not competed at 10 ball and I am looking forward to the challenge. I think I can do very well in the event as I have enjoyed some good results in the past against top men players. I don't plan on making it easy for anyone." warns Fisher.
Other top women entrants will include Gerda Hofstatter (AUT), Yu Ram Cha (KOR), Sarah Rousey (USA), Amalia Matas (SPN), and Yukiko Hamanishi (JPN). Not long ago, Hofstatter claimed Earl Strickland as a victim during the IPT. Cha defeated Japan's top 10 ranked Hayato Hijikata and later bested a field of 82 men to win the US Amateur 9-Ball Open in 2007.
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Fisher has been dominant in women's billard worldwide for the past decade and still holds the #1 ranking. Hofstatter is currently ranked in the top 10 and Rousey top 12 among Americans. Cha, Matas, and Hamanishi are all considered to be the best women's players in their respective countries of Korea, Spain, and Japan.
"The level of play of the women has dramatically improved over the past five years. I thought it would be a lot longer before more top women became strong enough to compete with the men, but as a whole they are improving quicker than most have anticipated. " acknowledged men's pro and producer Charlie Williams. "As far as Allison Fisher goes, I can almost guarantee most of the men don't really want to draw her in the event."
The 8th Annual Predator International 10-Ball Championship will be held in Las Vegas, NV, May 12-17,2008 during the BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships. Matches begin on May 13 and tickets go on sale early next week online at www.playbca.com
The Predator International 10-Ball Championship is produced by Dragon Promotions. The event is hosted by the BCA Pool Leagues at the Riviera Hotel and Casino and sponsored by Seyberts.com, Diamond Billiard Products, Simonis Cloth, Extreme Focus Sports Drink, and The Predator Group. The event will be covered daily by Kozoom.com .