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Nation's largest independent pool tourney begins April 2

Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:32 p.m. CDT

DES MOINES — The 19th annual Iowa State Poolplayer's Association (ISPA) State Pool Championships are set to begin April 2 at the Iowa Events Center (Hy-Vee Hall).

ISPA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the sport of pool by providing an annual world-class state tournament for its membership.

The ISPA State Championship Tournament is the largest independent state-level amateur pool tournament in the country, and will boast more than 4,000 participants. To accommodate the five-day billiard event, 160 pool tables will be brought in from Colorado.

The tournament boasts singles, doubles and a five-person team events, each with multiple divisions of play (based on ability) for both men and women. Recently, the ISPA also added a juniors division. Long races and reasonable entry fees make this tournament appealing to a large variety of players, as do great raffle prizes and giveaways throughout the tournament. More than $120,000 in prize money will be awarded this year.

"The centralized location has enabled pool players statewide to more easily attend," said Jamie Courtney, ISPA Tournament co-director. "The 2013 attendance easily exceeded our expectations."

"Our move in 2013 from Davenport to Des Moiens has proven to be very successful," said Julie Guzman, ISPA Tournament co-director. "The added space the Iowa Events Center allows has really positioned us to grow."

The general public is welcome to attend the tournament action that runs through April 6, free of charge. Numerous vendors have selections offering many pool-related items. Professional cue repair is also offered at the venue.

For more information about the Iowa State Poolplayers Association or to view the 2014 tournament Guide, visit http://ispa.in2pool.com/ or contact Julie Guzman at 515-778-4176 or email at info@ispa-billiards.org.

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