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The World’s Largest Pool Tournament

October 21-30, 2021* in Las Vegas

The culmination of weekly APA League play is the 8-Ball World Championship and 9-Ball World Championship, which make up the APA World Pool Championships, held at the Westgate Las Vegas. The Jack & Jill Championship, Ladies 8-Ball Championship, Masters Championship and Team Captains Championship, as well as MiniMania, take place alongside the APA World Pool Championships.

*Due to the uncertainties surrounding Covid-19, and it’s potential impact on this event, all dates and times are subject to change.

APA 8-Ball World Championship

October 21-26, 2021*

This event is open to any combination of men and women, with a 1st Place prize of $25,000.



APA 9-Ball World Championship

October 25-30, 2021*

This event is open to any combination of men and women, with a 1st Place prize of $15,000.

Competition is played on 3 ½’ X 7′ Valley Panther ZD-11 or Cougar 93 tables with Mercury Ultra cloth, standard size pockets, and either Valley Supreme or Ridgeback rails. The ball set is Aramith Premier 2 ¼” using the Valley Cougar cue ball. A Modified Single Elimination Format that allows every team the opportunity to play at least twice before being eliminated. All qualified teams receive $350 when they register at the event.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates for the 2021 Event?

Please see event dates above.

My team was qualified for the 2020 World Pool Championships. Can we change our roster?

Roster changes must be a result of need and must go through your Local League Operator.  We will not allow roster changes because the team would prefer to have a better lineup.  The basic minimum criteria for roster changes is as follows:

    • Players being considered must have 20 scores in the format, in the last two years.
    • They must be the same skill level or lower than the player they are replacing.
    • Player must be active, in the format, in the 2021 Spring Session
    • Teams must maintain 4 original members of the original qualified roster.

Note: Do not assume your roster changes will be approved.  Every situation is handled on a case by case basis.

The window to request roster changes for the 2020 World Pool Championship qualified teams is May 1, 2021 through June 15, 2021.  All request for roster changes will need to go through your League Operator who will then submit to the APA National Office for review/approval.

My team is qualified for World Pool Championships. Is my team required to play weekly until the 2021 event?

Teams are not required to stay together and play as a team until the 2021 event.  However, players must be on a 2021 Spring Session roster in the format (8-Ball or 9-Ball standard format) in which they are qualified and obtain at least 4 more matches played in the 2021 Spring Session to be eligible for the World Pool Championships.

APA National Office Requirements:

  • Players must be on a 2021 Spring Session roster in the format (8-Ball or 9-Ball standard format) in which they qualified and obtain at least 4 more matches played in the 2021 Spring Session.
  • Players will start the event at their Highest Skill Level. Please refer to pages 77-78 of the Official Team Manual for full details.
  • 2020 Championship Qualified teams will advance with their 2020 Spring Session roster. The team must maintain 4 original members unless an exception is made.
  • Players must have a 2021 membership.

NOTE: Please consult with your Local League Operator as there may be additional eligibility requirements on the Local Level.

How will common players work at the 2021 World Pool Championships?

Typically, only two common players are allowed on up to two teams at the World Pool Championships. Due to the combination of 2020 and 2021 teams competing in the same event, APA will allow up to 4 common players to be shared between two rosters in the same event. This change is in effect for the 2021 World Pool Championships only.           

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Travel Discounts

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Event Program

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Dress Code

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Prohibited Team Names

Not all names are created equal — this tournament is rated PG.

Change Team Name/Captain Name

Download the form to change your team name or Captain’s name.

Team Shirt Contest

Learn more about the team shirt contest.

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Information on shipping items, including pool cues, to the Westgate Las Vegas.

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Tournament Brackets and Standings

Providing access to tournament brackets and the latest standings.

Showdown Series

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Master Championships

APA Masters Championship

Westgate Las Vegas

Our most aggressive of formats for our most competitive players. Get your 4 best players together and see if you have what it takes to be a master.

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Ladies Championships

APA Ladies 8-Ball Championship

Westgate Las Vegas

The Ladies 8-Ball Championship is open to Ladies only teams with a maximum of 5 players.

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Jack & Jill

APA Jack & Jill Championship

Westgate Las Vegas

One of APA's most loved events, the Jack & Jill Championships provide couples a way to compete in a fast paced style and exciting format.

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Captain Championships

Team Captains Championship

Westgate Las Vegas

The Team Captains Championship is open to Team Captains only teams with a maximum of 5 players.

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MiniMania Tournaments

Westgate Las Vegas

During the Championships in Las Vegas, the APA hosts MiniMania events nearly around-the-clock, which consist of a variety of formats, providing APA members with as many opportunities as possible to compete.

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