Bad Company from Herrin, Ill., competed in the 9-Ball Open Division of the National Team Championships. The team has been playing together for a year now. Some members of the team played together before, but that team split up and formed this new one. This allowed several members of the team to add their significant others.

Team members include: Matt Blue and his wife Abby Blue, CJ Patchke and his girlfriend Casey Shepard, Robert Cox and his girlfriend Miranda Willmore, Alan Burgener and Richie Robinson.

This was the first year to Vegas for Bad Company! Their goal is to do well in the tournament, but know it’s a huge honor just to qualify. They really enjoyed seeing the tournament room for the first time; they’ve seen it in magazines for years, but seeing it in person was a completely different experience.

“The thing that makes our team awesome is that we are all great friends outside of pool and all get together to hang out as families,” Richie said. “We even have my 4-month-old daughter as our team’s lucky charm and she is here in Vegas with us.”

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