ALLISON FISHER WINS WPBA US OPEN 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP

ALLISON FISHER WINS WPBA US OPEN 9-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Gerda Hofstatter and Allison Fisher in a Classic Battle for the Title
TULSA, OK – The 2012 WPBA US Open 9-Ball Championship is in the history books and Allison Fisher has successfully defended her title to win her SIXTH WPBA US Open 9-Ball Championship!

Gerda Hofstatter won the opening lag and break, pocketing the six and playing safe. Fisher missed the kick and with ball in hand, Gerda ran the rack to lead 1-0, but lost the safety battle in the next rack to give Allison her first game. Gerda got back to the table in game three, but Gerda missed a tough 8, leaving Allison a bank on the eight and an easy nine to pull ahead 2-1.

In rack four, Gerda made a classic two ball shot, only to be called a foul. She protested the call and officials reviewed on the ESPN cameras and the call was reversed! She then proceeded to make a brilliant run-out to tie the match 2-2.

The match tied again at 3-3, but then Allison took advantage of a foul and a 3-9 combo to lead 4-3, followed by a break and run to take the first two game lead in the match 5-3. In the ninth rack she won an early safety battle and ran out from the two ball to get to the hill 6-3.

In the final rack, Allison had a dry break but Gerda missed a long cut on the 2. Allison was hooked, kicked to safe. Gerda left a shot though and Allison ran out to win her record 6th US Open title!

The quarter final, semi final and final matches of the WPBA US Open 9-Ball Championships will be broadcast by ESPN in seven one-hour national shows, airing Saturday, July 14, (Quarterfinals 12-4pm on ESPN2) and Sunday, July 15, (Semifinals/Final 1-4pm on ESPN2).

Fans and media view all final results at http://www.wpba.com/images/stories/brackets/2012_us_open.pdf.

Thanks for a great week at the River Spirit Event Center, adjacent to the River Spirit Casino at 81st and Riverside in Tulsa!

Above, champion Allison Fisher and at right, runner-up Gerda Hofstatter.

Final Results – 64 Players
Champion: Allison Fisher
Runner-up: Gerda Hofstatter

3/4th
Jeanette Lee
Monica Webb
5/8th
Helena Thornfeldt
Brittany Bryant
Line Kjorsvik
Mary Rakin
9/12th
Melissa Herndon
Kim Shaw
Jennifer Barretta
Jennifer Chen
13/16th
Jana Montour
Teruko Cucculelli
Angelina Paglia
Vivian Villarreal
17/24th
Stacy Novack
Ewa Laurance
Jessica Barnes
Janet Atwell
Sara Miller
Emily Duddy
Brianna Miller
Liz Ford
25/32nd
Vicki Paski
Belinda Calhoun
Susan Williams
Kim Pierce
Megan Smith
Kim White-Newsome
Cathy Metzinger
Rhonda Pierce
33/48th
Cheryl Pritchard, Carrie Williams, Emilyn Callado, Morgan Steinman, Brittany Colbert, Kelly Cavanaugh, Lisa Just, Joanne Ashton, Eleanor Callado, Melissa Little, Susan Mello, Kathy McMinn, Lori Jones, Erin McManus, Liz Cole, Laura Smith
49/64th
Suzanne Smith, Michelle McDermott, Kayla Batson, Eugenia Gyftopoulis, Tonya Wiser, Delia Mocanu, Tamre Rogers, Teresa Gifford, Jessica Karacia-Human, Nicole Keeney, Melinda Huang, Stephanie Goens, Shari Ross, Pauline Mattes, Barbara Lee, Tina Hess
About the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)
The WPBA was established in 1976 as the Women’s Professional Billiard Alliance, and celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2011 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour, which features ESPN-televised events with the world’s greatest women players. Visit www.wpba.com for more. The WPBA Classic Tour is sponsored by Diamond Billiards, Iwan Simonis cloth, Delta 13, Pooldawg and Aramith balls.

About River Spirit Casino and Event Center
River Spirit Casino, Tulsa’s $195 million casino project at 81st & Riverside, showcases 300,000 square feet of gaming space and is one of the largest gaming floors in Oklahoma. With over 2,600 high-tech electronic machines, 23 table games and 15 poker tables, River Spirit Casino offers the most current technology and latest games available. The facility features four dining and beverage venues including the largest casino buffet in Oklahoma, a steakhouse, a 24-hour café, a lounge and a sports bar.  The newly renovated River Spirit Event Center is located at the site of the former Creek Nation Casino – Tulsa at 81st and Riverside Drive. The venue has nearly 20,000 sq. ft of useable space for sporting events, entertainment, conventions and meetings and all amenities. For more information on River Spirit Casino visit www.riverspirittulsa.com.

As an active community partner, River Spirit Casino provides a positive economic impact for Tulsa and surrounding towns. Proceeds from gaming operations help to fund a variety of Muscogee (Creek) Nation service programs such as housing, education, elderly assistance and healthcare. For more information on the tribe’s history and government, please visit the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s Web site at www.muscogeenation-nsn.gov.