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$25,000 Added MPA Championships: Grand Casino Hinckley on November 9-13, 2016

The MPA is proud to announce our 2015-2016 MPA Championships at Grand Casino Hinckley. Hinckley, Minnesota is located about an hour north of the Twin Cities and about an hour south of Duluth/Superior, right off Interstate 35. This central location will be a perfect spot to accommodate our players from both the Twin Cities, western Wisconsin, Northern Minnesota, and our Canadian members. I realize it's still a long trip for our western Minnesota members, but it should still be shorter than the trips they've had to make in previous years.

Grand Casino has three hotel properties to accommodate the pool players. First, there's the hotel that is attached to the casino - the Grand Casino Hinckley Hotel. Rates for this hotel during our event are $63.20 on weekdays and $119 on weekends. We have a large number of rooms blocked, but not enough for everyone, so if you're planning on staying onsite, I suggest a call be made right away to secure your room onsite. If you would like to save some money, there are two other hotel properties that the casino shuttle goes to every 10-15 minutes - The Grand Hinckley Inn and the Grand Northern Inn. Rates on these hotels range from $54 on weekdays to $74-$84 on weekends. It's only a couple minute shuttle ride from the casino, and they pick you up right at the front entrance of the casino and drop you off at your hotel. To book your room, call the central reservations desk at 1-800-468-3517 and mention the 2015-16 MPA Pool Tournament to receive our special rates.

Grand Casino Hinckley has an event center that allows us to set up all 90 tables in one big room. This will ensure a smooth flow of all the events, and all the players will be in the center of the action. With $25,000 added to the pool tournament, we expect our payouts to surpass any previous year's payouts in all singles categories, and our first place team will be guaranteed $10,000.00!!! There is also a large pre-function area, which will be utilized for vendor booth space. I am confident that this year's event will be the largest and most exciting event the MPA has had to date!

For more information on this exciting MPA Championships, please feel free to scroll down and check out the tournament listing on our MPA home page. Click on the "Tournament Info" on the left side, and you can download the flier and entry forms. Don't delay - get your entries mailed in, or sign up online to secure your spot at this year's premier event. Hope to see you there!!!






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CR's Sports Bar



Tournament Flyer
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MPA Christmas Party Tournament
Sat, Dec 10, 2016
MPA Christmas Party Tournament at CR's Sports Bar
$1,500 Added 8-Ball Singles on 7' Diamond Tables
Four Divisions: M/AA-$50, A-$40, B-$30, C-$30
Open Singles 8 Ball - Starts on Saturday at 12:00 PM - Check In starts at 10:00 AM.
Master/AA - Entry $50.00     A - Entry $40.00     B - Entry $30.00     C - Entry $30.00    
If we get a large field, we will send some players/divisions to a neighboring pool room.
Doors Open at 10am. Tournament starts at Noon.
Christmas Presents to All Players in the Tournament!!!
Thousands of Dollars worth of prizes/presents will be given away to the players in attendance!!!
Mark your calendars - You don't wanna miss this one!!!

This is a MPA sanctioned tournament. You MUST be a MPA Member to participate! This Tournament will be run by the MPA.
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MOMA



Tournament Flyer
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37th Annual MOMA State Pool Tournament
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 - Sun, Jan 22, 2017
37th Annual MOMA State Pool Tournament at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN
Wednesday - 7pm Start - 9-Ball Singles - M/AA/A-$60, B/C-$50, Women's 9-Ball - $50
Thursday 7pm Start - 8-Ball Singles - Open Masters, AA, A, B, C - Ladies Masters, AA, A, B
Open Singles 9 Ball - Starts on Wednesday at 07:00 PM - Check In starts at 03:00 PM.
Master/AA/A - Entry $60.00     B/C - Entry $50.00     Ladies - Entry $50.00    
Open Singles 8 Ball - Starts on Thursday at 06:00 PM - Check In starts at 03:00 PM.
Master - Entry $125.00     AA     A - Entry $80.00     B - Entry $70.00     C - Entry $70.00    
Women Singles 8 Ball - Starts on Thursday at 07:00 PM - Check In starts at 03:00 PM.
Master - Entry $90.00     AA - Entry $80.00     A - Entry $70.00     B - Entry $70.00    
Open Scotch Doubles 8 Ball - Starts on Friday at 11:00 AM - Check In starts at 09:00 AM.
Open Scotch     Mixed Scotch    
Open Team 8 Ball - Starts on Friday at 06:00 PM - Check In starts at 03:00 PM.
Master/AA - Entry $375.00     A - Entry $280.00     B - Entry $280.00    
Women Team 8 Ball - Starts on Friday at 06:00 PM - Check In starts at 03:00 PM.
AA - Entry $220.00     A - Entry $220.00    
Friday 6pm Start - Team 8-Ball - Open Master/AA, A, and B. Women's AA and A
Open and Mixed Scotch Doubles qualifiers will be offered Weds & Thurs - Finals on Friday
Hard Luck Tournaments for Singles and Team Events
Get registered through your VNEA League Operator - MPA does not accept direct entries.
Come and Play in the most Prestigious Pool Event in the State!!!

This Tournament is for MOMA members ONLY! Signup through your League Provider.
Canterbury Park
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Northern Lights Casino
$10,000 Added Northern Lights Casino - Walker, MN
Wed, Jan 25, 2017 - Sun, Jan 29, 2017
$10,000 Added Singles and Team Tournament at Northern Lights Casino
Wed 1/25/17 - 7pm Start - 9-Ball Singles - Upper Division (M/AA/A)-$60, Lower (B/C)-$50
Thursday 7pm Start - 8-Ball Singles - Masters-$100, AA-$80, A-$60, B-$50, C-$50
Open Singles 9 Ball - Starts on Wednesday at 07:00 PM - Check In starts at 03:00 PM.
Open Singles 8 Ball - Starts on Thursday at 07:00 PM - Check In starts at 03:00 PM.
Open Team 8 Ball - Starts on Friday at 07:00 PM - Check In starts at 03:00 PM.
Any entry not PAID by the deadline is subject to the late fee!
All Entry Fees include green fee - Tables will be Open ALL WEEK for play!
Get your hotel reserved under the pool tournament block - Call - 1-800-252-PLAY
Open to ALL PLAYERS - No Sanctioning Required - No Required League Affiliation
There will be a $10.00 late fee for registrations received after January 20, 2017
No Credit Cards will be accepted after January 23, 2017

This is a MPA Sponsored tournament. You Do Not need to a MPA Member to participate! This Tournament will be run by the MPA.
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Two Stooges Sport Bar & Grill
5th Annual Upper Midwest Bar Table Shootout
Fri, Feb 10, 2017 - Sun, Feb 12, 2017
$6,000 Added
February 10-12, 2017
CR's Sports Bar and Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill
Open Singles 8 Ball - Starts on Friday at 10:00 AM - Check In starts at 08:00 AM.
Open Team 8 Ball - Starts on Saturday at 10:00 AM - Check In starts at 08:00 AM.
Friday Feb 10th: Singles 8-Ball - 10am Start. Master-$100, AA-$70, A-$60, B-$50, C-$50
Saturday 5-Person Team Tournament. $250/Team Entry Fee
All Play will be on 7' Diamond Tables.
No Credit Cards will be accepted after February 08, 2017

This is a MPA sanctioned tournament. You MUST be a MPA Member to participate! This Tournament will be run by the MPA.
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MPA Sanctioned Teams can qualify for the ACS Nationals!

As many of you may know, we have been looking at doing a tournament in Vegas.

But instead of doing our own MPA event, we talked to John Lewis from the ACS and have worked out an arrangement that will allow all MPA League sanctioned players to play in the ACS Nationals at the Tropicana in May.

You must be sanctioned through your LEAGUE. Individual ($20 MPA Individual Sanctioned) members will not be included, as they must meet the criteria of playing a minimum of 8 weeks of league in order to be eligible for the ACS Nationals.

Our MPA players will now be able to play in all of the events out there (singles, doubles, 9-ball, 8-ball, team, etc), and the Tropicana is a great location for this event. I went out there last May and got my national referee certification at this event, and it's well run, organized, and reasonably priced for the pool player's budget. I hope that many of you will plan on participating in the 2015-16 ACS Nationals on May 7-14, 2016. Plan early - get your rooms and flights reserved, and I hope to see you out there!!!

Please feel free to field any questions to John Stich, as we are very proud of this relationship we've developed, and think it's a great thing for both the MPA and the ACS.

For more information on the ACS Nationals, go to their website - americancuesports.org Thank you.


A word about credit cards.

I have had some complaints about the 5% service charge we put on credit card usage.

Credit cards are a lot of work! But they are also a convenience for the players, particularly the Canadian players.

I have attempted to put notices and even line items for the charge, so it is clear, before you click the button to charge the event on your card.

If you call me to do this on the phone I attempt to make that charge clear, however, if we get off on some conversation topic I may forget, and I am sorry if you were not aware of the service charge.

I don't like this service charge, but if we were to remove it we would have to raise the entry on all players, 2-5 dollars for singles and $15 for teams just to cover the overhead for accepting credit cards for some of the players.

So if the service charge is worth the 5%, please use it. If not, send us a check.

Credit Card Policy

It seems like all I do is make comments about credit cards. They are a real convenience for a lot of players so we want to continue taking them.

For the most part I haven't had much trouble other than people forgetting that NorSoft Consulting does the credit cards and that is what shows up on the statement.

There has been several incidents where players have tried to get the charges reversed. Well this is a pain since I need to get receipts and send them to bank, not to mention the forms that accompany them.

The thing that these incidents all have in common is that they were using someone else's credit card. SO this year the name and billing address for the credit card being used will need to match the name and address we have on file for the player. The only way you will be able to get around this is to call us with the credit card information and explain why the names do not match.

When you get a minute.

So if you are an individual or a league operator make sure you understand the sanctioning rules for the upcoming by reading the 2015-2016 League Operators Manual.

Finally

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