APA members that qualified for this year’s 8-Ball Classic and 9-Ball Shootout will still get a chance to play in the event they qualified for.
Those events, previously scheduled for the 2020 APA Poolplayer Championships this month (April/May) in Las Vegas, are being moved to 2021 and will be held in conjunction with next year’s event. The combination of the 2020 and 2021 events will make for the largest Poolplayer Championships ever in terms of payout and participation. Players who qualified for the 2020 event will still receive travel assistance funds and hotel lodging at next year’s event.
All prize money for this year’s 8-Ball Classic and 9-Ball Shootout will rollover and be added to those events next year.
“We wanted to do whatever we could to honor the hard work and dedication people put into qualifying for these events, and we want to give them a chance to live out their dream in Las Vegas if possible,” said Tufts.
The 2020 8-Ball and 9-Ball Doubles Championships, which were also scheduled to take place at the Poolplayer Championship this month, will move to August to be held in conjunction with the Showdown Series Championships along with the Jack & Jill Doubles and Team Captains Championships. The Wheelchair Championship, also previously planned for this month in Las Vegas, will take place during the World Pool Championships now scheduled for December 2020.
The 2021 Poolplayer Championships will consist of the 2020-21 8-Ball Classic, the 2020-21 9-Ball Shootout, the 2021 8-Ball and 9-Ball Doubles Championships and the 2021 Wheelchair Championship.
This plan gives APA a potential opportunity to host all of its Las Vegas events without permanent cancellation, but it’s important to recognize plans will ultimately be dictated by what happens with the COVID-19 pandemic over the next several months.
Here are the specific event dates for the 2021 Poolplayer Championships:
2021 9-Ball Doubles Championship: April 27-28
2020 8-Ball Classic: April 27-29 (along with all 2021 8-Ball Classic Qualifiers)
2021 Wheelchair Championship: April 28-29
2021 8-Ball Doubles Championship: April 29-May 2
2020 9-Ball Shootout: April 30-May 2 (along with all 2021 9-Ball Shootout Qualifiers)