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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 MidSummer 8-Ball Tournament
Sat, Jul 16, 2016
$1000 Added MPA MidSummer 8-Ball Tournament at CR's Sports Bar
Singles 8-Ball on 7' Diamond Tables
Four Divisions: Master/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    
Doors Open at 10 am. Tournament Starts @ Noon
All Fields are Double Elimination Brackets
Get Qualified for the $25,000 Added MPA Championships in November!!!
Great Food & Drink All Day at CR's Sports Bar!
If we get a large attendance, some players will be redirected to a neighboring pool room.

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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Rhythm CIty Casino



Tournament Flyer
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Rhythm City Casino 2016
Thu, Aug 04, 2016 - Sun, Aug 07, 2016
New Rhythm City Casino - Quad Cities
$8000 Added Singles 9-Ball and 8-Ball and Pro-Am Challenge
Two Divisions of 9-Ball - Upper and Lower Divisions
Open Singles 9 Ball - Starts on Thursday at 07:00 PM - Check In starts at 04:00 PM.
Open Singles 8 Ball - Starts on Friday at 07:00 PM - Check In starts at 04:00 PM.
Open Singles 8 Ball - Starts on Friday at 08:00 PM - Check In starts at 04:00 PM.
Four Amateur Divisions of 8-Ball so players of all abilities can compete!
Pro 8-Ball Tournament - $1,000 Entry Fee - Open to up to 32 Players
Make your hotel reservations - Call Rhythm City Casino Hotel - 563-328-8000
Bringing Pool Tournament Action to the Quad Cities - Come Support our Sport!
There will be a $10.00 late fee for registrations received after August 01, 2016
No Credit Cards will be accepted after July 01, 2016

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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CR's Sports Bar
MPA Season Opener at CR's Sports Bar
Sat, Sep 17, 2016
MPA Season Opener Pool Tournament @ CR's Sports Bar
Saturday Singles 8-Ball - $1,500 Added - Noon Start
Four Divisions: Master/AA-$50, A-$40, B-$30, C-$30
Doors Open at 10 am. Tournament Starts @ Noon
If we get a large attendance, we will send a division or two to a neighboring poolroom.
Get Qualified for the $25,000 Added MPA Championships in November!!!
Great Food & Drink All Day at CR's Sports Bar!
Join us to kick off another great season of MPA Pool Tournaments!!!

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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Tournament Flyer
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2015-16 MPA Championships
Wed, Nov 09, 2016 - Sun, Nov 13, 2016
$25,000 Added 2015-16 MPA Championships
Grand Casino - Hinckley, MN November 9-13, 2016
Wednesday, Nov 9 - Singles 9-Ball - 7 p.m. Start - Two Divisions - Upper & Lower
Open Singles 9 Ball - Starts on Wednesday at 07:00 PM - Check In starts at 04:00 PM.
Master/AA/A - Entry $60.00     B/C - Entry $50.00    
Open Singles 8 Ball - Starts on Thursday at 07:00 PM - Check In starts at 04:00 PM.
Master - Entry $100.00     AA - Entry $70.00     A - Entry $60.00     B - Entry $50.00     C - Entry $50.00    
Open Team 8 Ball - Starts on Friday at 07:00 PM - Check In starts at 04:00 PM.
Master/AA/A/B/C - Entry $250.00    
Thursday, Nov 10 - Singles 8-Ball - 7 p.m. Start - Five Divisions - Master/AA/A/B/C
Friday - Nov 11 - 5-Person Team 8-Ball - 7 p.m. Start - $10,000 First Place Guaranteed
Tournament will be played on 90 7-foot Valley tables with Red Circle Cue balls
Get your room reserved - Call 1-800-468-3517 - Mention 2015-16 MPA Pool Championships

This is a MPA sanctioned tournament. You MUST be a MPA Member to participate! This Tournament will be run by the MPA.
Grand Casino - Hinckley
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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.

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