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APA of SE Alabama Teams to Compete in International Pool Championship

Haven't Got a Cue (Left to right) Tyler Harris, Ronnie Woodham, John Bush, Matthew Jackson, Bruce Tustin, Brandi Turner, Jessica Jackson

DOTHAN, Ala (WDNews) – Four teams of poolplayers from the American Poolplayers Association of Southeast Alabama will face off against players from around the globe at the APA World Pool Championships later this year in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The four teams include two teams competing in 9-Ball competitions and two teams competing in 8-Ball competitions. 

The two teams competing in the 8-Ball tournament will be Fire At Em, captained by Brandi Turner, and No Drama, captained by Keith Onorato. 


These teams succeeded in the World Pool Qualifier that took place at Break N Run in Dothan, Alabama on May 17th through 19th. They will be competing on an international stage in Las Vegas, where they hope to continue their success.

Haven’t Got a Cue. Left to right: Garrett Money, Emma Roberts, Mike Benton, Hannah Foster, Zachary Leming, Gary Leming.
Not pictured: Cody Suggs, Morgan Suggs


The two teams competing in the 9-Ball tournament include Haven’t Got a Cue, captained by Hannah Foster, and 9-Ball Mafia, captained by Alex Chance. During the World Pool Qualifiers on May 31st through June 2nd at Break N Run, these poolplayers conquered 15 other teams to secure their spot for Las Vegas. 


8-Ball Mafia. Top row, left to right: Carl Salaski, Kaleb Hall, Alex Chance, Keith Onorato. Bottom row, left to right: Ashley (Lil Bill) Gibbs, Alexus Waters, Kasey Duffie Chance, Cathy Turner.

With the first place prize of the 8-Ball competition being $30,000 and the first place prize of the 9-Ball competition being $20,000, the stakes are high and these poolplayers have much to hope for. 

The APA League was created in 1981 and oversees the APA 8-Ball league and APA 9-Ball league in the United States, as well as the Canadian Poolplayers Association, the Japanese Poolplayers Association, and the APA of Singapore, meaning that poolplayers from across the world will be competing at the APA World Pool Championships. 

Keith Onorato, captain of the 8-Ball team No Drama, noted that his favorite thing about playing pool is the mental challenge. He added: “Every break of the rack is a new puzzle to solve.” 

Onorato, as well as Brandi Turner, captain of 8-Ball team Fire At Em, both say that one of the best aspects of playing pool is meeting new people and spending time with friends. Turner says that, “It really brings people together.”


Fire At Em. Top row, left to right: Tyler Harris, Ronnie Woodham, John Bush, Matthew Jackson, Bruce Tustin. Bottom row, left to right: Brandi Turner, Jessica Jackson


“Pool is my one real hobby. It’s my break from the real world every week,” says Alex Chance, captain of 9-Ball Mafia. 

Turner and Foster also highlighted the importance of women in pool, as it is a sport typically dominated by men. Turner noted that, “Most of the time, teams have a male high-level player as their captain. This team has made it to Vegas with a female low-level player as their captain.” 

The APA World Pool Championships in August will be Foster’s seventh event she has competed in in Las Vegas. Foster says, “I hope to be an example for other women in billiards by showing that it is possible to be successful, as a female, in a male dominated sport. It is my hope that one day, that perception changes and more women establish themselves on the competitive stage.” 

All four captains note that making memories and helping others grow around the pool table is one of their favorite elements of playing the game. 

As these skilled poolplayers from the American Poolplayers Association of Southeast Alabama gear up to represent their region on the international stage at the APA World Pool Championships in Las Vegas, their journey exemplifies not only dedication and prowess but also the camaraderie and inclusivity that define the sport of pool.

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