SEATTLE, Wash. – South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center on the south side of Las Vegas will host the 2010 edition of the Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling, a 14-day extravaganza that will award six PBA Tour titles and pay $625,000 in prize money by the time it’s over.
The event, which will be open to PBA members from across America and around the world, begins Sunday, Oct. 24, and culminates with the taping of six television programs over two days Nov. 5-6. The shows will air on ESPN starting Sunday, Nov. 28.
“The inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling hosted by Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit last year was successful on a number of levels,” said PBA Deputy Commissioner and COO Tom Clark, “and it was a learning experience that gave us a base to grow from.
“The PBA staff has been working for months to improve upon the original concept, based upon input from our players as well as the needs of our corporate partners and ESPN. With South Point’s assistance, we believe we have come up with a revised World Series program that will be a great kickoff event for the record-setting 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season.
"South Point is an awesome facility,” Clark added. “The bowling center staff lead by Mike Monyak will be the perfect hosts. It’s a beautiful 64-lane complex with every amenity you could ask for, plus great room rates, a variety of excellent restaurants and it has experience in hosting world-class events. Bowlers from around the world are going to love being in Las Vegas this fall."
The World Series will be an open event. A one-time $750 entry fee will gain PBA members entry into the entire event, including a chance to win any of six different PBA Tour titles. There will be no Tour Qualifying Rounds or “World Series Trials” as previously announced.
● Beginning on Monday, Oct. 25, and over a span of five consecutive days, players will bowl 12 games on the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark patterns, respectively. The combined pinfall for 60 qualifying games will determine the standings for the PBA World Championship (which will pay one in three players with a $2,000 low-to-cash).
● As a bonus, the top 16 qualifiers on each daily animal pattern will advance to nine-game round-robin match play finals which will be held the following week. All 16 will cash with a $1,800 low-to-cash prize. After 21 games on each pattern, the top five will advance to the stepladder finals which will be taped on Friday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 6, for taped-delayed broadcast on ESPN. First prize for each animal pattern championship will be $15,000 and each winner will credited with a PBA Tour title.
● The World Series also will produce a “USA vs. The World” TV event, which will be taped on Nov. 6. The top six United States bowlers after 60 qualifying games will meet the top six international players in a made-for-TV competition. During the 2009 World Series of Bowling, competitors from 14 different countries were among the more than 700 bowlers who participated.
● The PBA World Championship finals will again be the first live telecast of the 2010-11 season, but with another twist. Instead of five players, the top eight after 60 World Series qualifying games will advance to a three-day television finale. Details on the PBA World Championship television event will be announced soon, but it will reward the winner with a $50,000 payday and a major title.
“When we first began talking with our players about new concepts for the 2010-11 season, there was some understandable anxiety about formats, prize money and other issues,” said PBA Vice President and PBA Tour Director Kirk Von Krueger. “The PBA leadership listened to the players’ concerns and we’ve made a number of changes to address many of their issues. With the help of South Point, we have created an event that promises to be a very exciting start to our new season.”
The entire World Series also will be covered online by the PBA’s exclusive Xtra Frame video-streaming service. For information on how to subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.
Complete PBA World Series of Bowling entry information will be available soon on pba.com, the PBA’s official web site. Non-members who would like to participate can also visit pba.com for information on how to join the PBA.
For room reservations and more information about South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center, visit southpointcasino.com.