Predator Pro Billiard Series Announces First Eight Invitations for $100,000 Women’s Showdown

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The Predator Pro Billiard Series is pleased to announce the first batch of eight players who have secured invitations to participate in the inaugural $100,000 Women’s Showdown event. This exciting competition is scheduled to take place from February 27 to March 1, 2024, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as part of the CueSports International Expo.

The initial wave of invitations goes to the top eight players according to the WPA Women World Ranking following the conclusion of the Predator WPA World 10-Ball Women’s Championship. This event represents an extension of the Predator Pro Billiard Series’ strong commitment to promoting women’s pool.

Chou Chieh-Yu, the reigning WPA World 9-Ball Women’s Champion, and Chezka Centeno, who recently clinched the World 10-Ball Women’s title in Austria, lead the group of invitees.

From Europe, we have Kelly Fisher and Allison Fisher representing Britain, Kristina Zlateva from Bulgaria, and Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan, making up four of the invitations. Additionally, Australia’s Bean (Meng-Hsia) Hung, ranked seventh in the world, has secured an invitation. Joining the two World Champions from Asia is Chen Chia Hua from Chinese Taipei.

Chou has had a remarkable 2023, starting with her victory in the World 9-Ball Women’s Championship in January, where she pocketed $30,000. She further earned $17,000 by winning the Wisconsin Women’s Open in May, reached the finals in the Michigan Open, and made it to the quarter-finals in the Las Vegas Open. Last month, she secured a fifth-place finish in the World Women’s 10-Ball Championship, pushing her earnings from Pro Billiard Series events to over $65,000 so far this year.

The generous prize fund for the PBS Women’s Showdown means that the champion in March will receive $35,000, the largest prize yet.

However, the competition is set to feature one of the most outstanding lineups in women’s pool, with eight PBS invitations supplementing the top-ranked players in the WPA standings.

The Women’s Showdown will kick off with a round-robin group stage, with each group comprising two seeded players from the WPA top eight and two invited players. The top two performers from each group will advance to the single-elimination stage.

As the world No.1, Chou will receive the top seed. With five PBS titles and a World Games Gold medal to her name, Kelly Fisher will be seeded second. Allison Fisher, her compatriot, has consistently reached the final stages of tournaments over the past year, earning her the world No. 3 ranking.

Kristina Zlateva from Bulgaria, who has been steadily climbing the rankings, will be seeded fourth in the PBS Women’s Showdown, while ‘Amber’ Chen, who reached the semi-finals of the China Open, has risen to fifth on the WPA Ranking.

The wealth of women’s tournaments on the calendar has propelled World 10-Ball Women’s Champion Chezka Centeno to the sixth position, following her recent title win. Australia’s Bean Hung is next in the ranking. Completing the top 8 and narrowly edging out World No.9 Wei Tzu Chien by just 75 points is Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan.

All eight of these players will receive official invitations from the Predator Pro Billiard Series, and an additional eight players will be extended invitations as well. All 16 participants will have the opportunity to earn prize money from this exciting event in Las Vegas.

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