By Jason Bowman/American Poolplayers Association
Five Chicago residents are $10,000 richer after a recent visit to Sin City. But their good fortune didn’t happen in the casino. The team of the Apocalypsticks won the 2019 APA Ladies 8-Ball Championship last month in Las Vegas.
The Apocalypsticks were one of only 256 worldwide to qualify for the American Poolplayers Association’s (APA) Ladies 8-Ball Championship held at the Westgate Resort & Casino.
The Apocalypsticks took home $10,000 and ultimate bragging rights upon returning home to their local poolroom. Team members include: Courtney Glascoe, Darlene Dantes, Silva McDermott, Crystal Banks and Nicole Riggio.
The teammates are members of the Chicago APA Pool League that includes nearly 1,500 players.
The Ladies 8-Ball Championship, held Aug. 11 – 14, was part of the APA’s World Championships ,which featured six divisions, nearly 15,000 total players and more than $1.2 million in prize money.
Here’s the video of the Apocalpysticks’ championship match against the Femmes Fatales of Brentwood, New York:
The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League, throughout the United States, and the Canadian Pool League in Canada. Nearly 250,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9‑Ball League play.
The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards.
The APA produces four major tournaments each year – the APA World Pool Championships, the APA Poolplayer Championships, the U.S. Amateur Championship and the APA Junior Championships – that, together, pay out nearly $2 million in cash and prizes annually.
The APA and its championships are sponsored by Aramith, Action Cues, PoolDawg and Valley-Dynamo.
See also: Meet The Apocalypsticks.