Billiards championships stick to the Quad Cities

For the sixth year, the Quad Cities will play host to hundreds of billiards players who will compete from Wednesday to Sunday, Jan. 19-23, in downtown Davenport.

The ACME American CueSports Alliance (ACS) Midwest 8-Ball Championships will move 80 pool tables into the RiverCenter’s Great River Hall for the 900 registered players. The pool players will compete for $45,000 in prize money, shared between 15 divisions. The public is welcome to watch the action. Admission is free. 

ACS announced that it has secured an extension of its partnership with Visit Quad Cities and the RiverCenter through 2024 to host the ACS Midwest 8-Ball Championships in January and the Iowa ACS State Billiards Championships in October.

“We are incredibly grateful for the long-term partnership we have with the American CueSports Alliance,” Visit Quad Cities President and CEO Dave Herrell said in a news release.  “The Midwest 8-Ball Championships is yet another example of how sports tourism continues to create value for the Quad Cities regional destination and make a positive impact on our visitor economy.  We look forward to hosting the hundreds of competitors, the ACS, and fans of the sport of pool while they are here competing at the RiverCenter and experiencing the QC.”

Janet Ybarra, the new ACS executive director, added that the group is looking forward to returning to Davenport.  “The Quad Cities always make our members feel welcome,” she said in the release.

Here is the tournament schedule: 

  • Wednesday, Jan. 19: Noon – Scotch Doubles 8-Ball, Senior 8-Ball Singles (men/women).
  • Thursday, Jan. 20: 10 a.m. – Men’s & Women’s Open/Standard Singles; 3 p.m. – men’s and women’s Advanced 8-Ball Singles.
  • Friday, Jan. 21: Noon – men’s and women’s 9-Ball Singles; 8 p.m. – men’s and women’s 4-Person, 8-Ball teams.
  • Saturday, Jan. 22: 6 p.m. – 8-Ball team play continues.
  • Sunday, Jan. 23: Noon – Junior Event, 8-Ball team play continues.

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