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GA-YOUNG KIM NAMED CHAMPION IN FIRST-EVER RIVERS U.S. OPEN

Mar 14, 2016, 13:47 PM
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GA-YOUNG KIM NAMED CHAMPION IN FIRST-EVER RIVERS U.S. OPEN
Pittsburgh’s Casino Hosts 48 World-Class Women Billiard Players

PITTSBURGHMarch 14, 2016 — Ga-Young Kim, aka “Little Devil Girl,” defeated Monica Webb in the thrilling finale of four days of competitive play at Rivers Casino for the first-ever Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) Rivers U.S. Open Sunday, March 13.

WPBA fans from across the globe tuned in to ESPN3 catching Sunday's series of live, web-casted matches. The first semi-final saw Kim shut out Line Kjorsvik, of Norway. The second semi-final went to a sudden death match, with Webb edging out Allison Fisher.

“Ga-Young’s hard-fought victory was wonderfully played out in the beautiful event space,” said Kim Newsome, president of the WPBA. “Many thanks to Rivers Casino for being an excellent host and bringing the U.S. Open to Pittsburgh.”

Kim’s win caps off five days of WPBA play at the casino, beginning with a charity pro-am on Wednesday, March 9. Participants from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh and Strong Women Strong Girls played in a friendly match alongside the pros. Rivers Casino finished off the night with a donation to both charities.

Matches between 48 of women’s billiards’ top players took place each day from March 10—13, leaving Kim and Webb to duke it out in the final event. Kim was presented with the championship trophy following the match in front of a crowd of billiards’ fans and casino guests.

“The U.S. Open was a fantastic tournament and the excitement in the room captured what the Rivers experience is all about,” said Bud Green, assistant general manager of Rivers Casino. “I hope our guests enjoyed this new entertainment offering and the chance to see the world-class players we hosted this week.”

For more information about the WPBA and its players, please visit www.wpba.com. For more information about Rivers Casino, please visit www.riverscasino.com.

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ABOUT RIVERS CASINO
Opened in 2009, Rivers Casino has been voted a “Best Place to Work” in the Pittsburgh Business Times, a “Top Workplace” in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Best Overall Gaming Resort" in Pennsylvania by Casino Player magazine and "Best Overall Casino" in Pennsylvania by Strictly Slots magazine. The casino features more than 2,900 slots, 83 table games, a 30-table poker room, nine distinctive restaurants and bars, a riverside amphitheater, a multi-purpose event space, live music performances, free parking and multiple promotions and giveaways daily. Already, more than $542 million in jackpots have been awarded to players at Rivers Casino. For more information, visit riverscasino.com

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL BILLIARD ASSOCIATION (WPBA)
The WPBA was established in 1976 under the name of Women's Professional Billiard Alliance and is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2016 as the oldest pro player organization in the sport. The WPBA sanctions and produces the Women's Pro Billiard Tour which features the greatest women players from around the world. For more information about the WPBA, its top players, and sponsors, visit www.WPBA.com or find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WPBATour and Twitter: https://twitter.com/WPBAbilliards.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Emily Adams
For Rivers Casino
268-932-8760 x 308
emily@hornercom.com

Kimberly Newsome
For WPBA
713-825-1411
wpbapro@gmail.com