PHOENIXVILLE PA – Phoenixville resident Jennifer Slifer (at top) took $15,000 in cash and prizes home from her recent trip to Las Vegas, where she was proclaimed the winner of the American Poolplayers Association 8-Ball Classic Blue Tier Championship.
Slifer was the top finalist, defeating another skilled poolplayer from Florida, in the association’s starting-level 8-ball finals competition held April 28 (2023; Friday) at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. Two California players placed third and fourth. Championships in the same game also were held for four other progressively higher skill tiers.
The association is the world’s largest amateur pool league, boasting a membership of nearly 250,000 individuals from across the United States, Canada, Japan and Singapore. It annually offers almost $2 million in guaranteed prize money during its several championship tournaments in Nevada.
Locally, the association has leagues operating in Montgomery and Bucks counties, Berks County, and Chester County. Slifer is a Chester County league member.
Classic 8-ball pool, as explained in the online Billiard Glossary maintained by Dr. Dave Alciatore at Colorado State University, is a pool game played with all 15 balls racked in a triangle pattern. The players’ objective is to pocket the 8-ball after pocketing all seven of their designated striped- or solid-color balls.
The match between Slifer and the Florida finisher took about 36 minutes. A video of the live-streamed competition is archived on YouTube (above).
Photo provided by the American Poolplayers Association