Orlando, Tokyo , Manila- Dragon Promotions will be having international qualifying tournaments for the 2009 Womens World 10-Ball Championship on May 2, May 3, and May 11, 2009 . Fast Break Billiards in Orlando, Corner Pocket Billiards of Orlando, and CESPA Ageo in Saitama, Japan will host the early qualifiers. May 31-June 1 will be the final three qualifiers held in the Philippines but still open at all players. The winner of each qualifier will receive free entry and a shot at $20,000 1st Place and chance to be the World 10-Ball Champion. The event is being hailed as bigger than any other women's sporting event of 2009 in the Philippines, and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. By far it will be the greatest women's billiards event ever in the Philippines. Broadcast television giant ABS-CBN will air the Women's World 10-Ball Championship June 2-6,2009 with an unprecedented 25 hours live coverage as well as delayed taping of other feature matches.
"We're really honored to be one of the selected sites to host one of the two USA qualifiers for the World Championship. It's great to be a part of this humongous event and to be able to send a hard working women's player over to Asia. Even in Orlando, and all around Florida, there are so many talented women players. It would be thrilling to see one of our local girls get a shot at the World Title!" said Kelli Lepak, Co-Owner of Fast Break Billiards in Orlando along with her husband Ted Lepak.
"I'm really excited about trying to qualify for this huge event. I'm part Filipino, so it will be a big honor for me to go represent Guam and Philippines both." said Shanelle Loraine, one of the rising pro-am stars of the game.
Loraine will be one of the many ladies taking a chance at becoming The World Champion
If an American girl wins a qualifier, the hometown crowd will be able to sweat it from stateside as it will be broadcasted on ABS-CBN International channels spanning the USA in strong territories such as New York, Illinois, California, Florida, New Jersey, and 30 other states. Additional coverage also in Canada, Puerto Rico, and Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, and many more. Fifteen countries on three continents will be airing the matches. Just in the Philippines alone, ABS-CBN has a reach of over 50 million viewers which represents about 70% of the households in the Philippines.
"We have no doubts that many of these women will experience fame and celebrity status and treatment during their stay in the Philippines. Billiards is one of the top three sports over there, and by far the most common one to play. The general public really follow the sport", explains Cindy Lee, CEO of Dragon Promotions.
Corner Pocket Billiards in Orlando will host their qualifier on May 2, while Fast Break Billiards in Orlando will host their qualifier on May 3. Asia's qualifier will be held in Japan on May 11 at CESPA Ageo. The final three qualifiers will be held in Manila, Philippines on May 31- June 1 and location is to be announced. The winners will join the forty-eight women global field who will fly to Manila to vie for the chance to become the Women's World 10-Ball Champion. Countries such as USA, Korea, Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Germany, Austria, China, and Canada will be among the participating nations sending their best female billiard players. The event is officially recognized by The World Pool - Billiard Association.
Some of the ladies entering the qualifiers include former WPBA player Angel Paglia of Arizona, amateur star Shanelle Loraine of Guam, and local Florida favorite Jeannie Seaver.
Players that win a spot will need a passport to enter Philippines, but certain countries such as USA citizens do not need a visa. Passports can be issued and delivered in 2 weeks time. Please check with local post office or passport agency.
Former WPBA pro Angel Paglia will be one of the top favorites at the qualifier.
"Billiards, the sport of the Philippines. The sport of the people."
Entry fee $60 .Double elimination format Race to 7 10-ball . Losers side race to 5 or kept at 7 depending on player field and time constraints. Check for payment must accompany contact information: phone number and e-mail address/home address. Make checks or money orders payable to Dragon Promotions & Mail entries to: Dragon Promotions 2516 Waukegan Road Unit #144 Glenview, IL 60025
Main Event Purse:
48 Women Field
4th Place in group (x 8) $250
5th and 6th Place in group (x8) $125