SOURCE: Women's Professional Billiard Association

Women's Professional Billiard Association

February 22, 2016 19:48 ET

Women's Professional Billiard Association Announces First Rivers U.S. Open

Hosted by Rivers Casino and Broadcast Live on ESPN3

PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwired - Feb 22, 2016) - The Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) is proud to announce the first Rivers U.S. Open taking place March 9-13 live on ESPN3. Competing in the billiard event will be 48 of the top-ranked women pool players from around the world. People who watch the tournament will see why playing pool is not just a barroom pastime, but a sport that takes years of dedication to master.

The star-studded list of competitors vying for the 2016 Rivers U.S. Open title include Ga-Young Kim, Allison Fisher, Jennifer Barretta, and Brittany Bryant, to name just a few. With talent like this, it is sure to be a riveting experience for all in attendance.

WPBA President, Kimberly Newsome, had this to say: "The WPBA is proud to bring our prestigious U.S. Open to Rivers Casino and excited to be in Pittsburgh for the very first time! The high-caliber competition delivered by the women on our professional billiard tour guarantees a unique experience, entertaining for novices and seasoned players alike. In our 40th anniversary year, we look forward to presenting these exceptional athletes to our newest venue and city." 

Held in the casino's beautiful riverfront banquet space, players will warm-up on Wednesday, March 9 with a charity pro-am event at 7 p.m. Tournament play will run daily from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. beginning March 10, climaxing with two semifinal matches and the final match on March 13. ESPN3 will broadcast live tournament coverage beginning on March 13 at 1 p.m. ET. Tournament attendance is free of charge and open to the public. All guests must be 21 years of age or older to be on the Rivers Casino property.

"Rivers Casino is pleased to welcome the Women's Professional Billiard Association to Pittsburgh for its first ever tournament," said Craig Clark, general manager of Rivers Casino. "These women are a tremendous talent in the sport of billiards and our guests will have the opportunity to watch four days of exciting, competitive play."

ESPN3 delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually and is accessible online at, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The network is currently available to 95 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.

About the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)
The WPBA was established in 1976 under the name of Women's Professional Billiard Alliance and is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2016 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women's Pro Billiard Tour which features the greatest women players from around the world. For more information about the WPBA, its top players, and sponsors, visit or find them on Facebook: and Twitter:

About Rivers Casino
Opened in 2009, Rivers Casino has been voted a "Best Place to Work" in the Pittsburgh Business Times, a "Top Workplace" in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Best Overall Gaming Resort" in Pennsylvania by Casino Player magazine and "Best Overall Casino" in Pennsylvania by Strictly Slots magazine. The casino features more than 2,900 slots, 83 table games, a 30-table poker room, nine distinctive restaurants and bars, a riverside amphitheater, a multi-purpose event space, live music performances, free parking and multiple promotions and giveaways, daily. Already, more than $542 million in jackpots have been awarded to players at Rivers Casino. For more information, visit

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