The last regular tour of the PBA, where relegation and survival depended, kicks off.
The Professional Billiards Association (PBA) will hold the ‘Crown Haetae PBA-LPBA Championship 2023’, the 8th and last regular tour of the 2022-23 season, from the 1st to the 8th of next month at the Bitmaru Broadcasting Center in Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do.
The tournament, which starts at 10:00 am on the 1st, with the LPBA round of 128 and round of 64, starts in earnest as the first day of the round of 128 of the PBA tour right after the opening ceremony at 11:30 am the next day. The finals will conclude with the women’s division (LPBA) final at 9:30 pm on the 7th and the men’s division (PBA) final at 9:30 pm on the 8th.
The reason this last regular tour is important is that relegation and survival are different. The PBA implements a relegation system for PBA Division 1 players at the end of each season. As of the end of the season, only the top 64 in the point rankings remain. The players below are demoted to Q-School, the first division tour selection event, and have to knock on the door of the first division tour again. As of the end of the 7th tour (Welcome Savings Bank Wellbang Championship), the ranking point for the tie for 64th place (9 players) is 16,000 points. Depending on the points earned in this tournament, survival and relegation will be different.
In addition, players within the 32nd place in the PBA-LPBA prize money rankings determined after the end of this tournament are eligible to participate in the ‘PBA World Championship’, which is the king of kings of the season.
On the first day of the PBA round of 128 held on the 2nd, ‘PBA Champ’ David Martinez (Spain, Crown Haitai), Mamin Calm (Vietnam, NH Nonghyup Card), Kang Dong-gung (SK Rent-a-car) David Zapata (Spain, Blue One Resort) Frederic Koo DeLong (Welcome Savings Bank, Belgium) will participate. In addition, Kim Hyeon-seok, who debuted in the previous PBA tournament, is once again aiming for an upset against Kim Jae-geun (Crown Haetae).
On the second day of the PBA round of 128, which will be held on the 3rd, Philippos Kasidocostas (Greece, Hana Card), Eddie Leppens (Belgium, SK Rent-A-Car), and Cho Jae-ho (NH Nonghyup Card) will participate.
The women’s LPBA, which will be held on the 1st, will start with the round of 128 at 10:00 am and the round of 64 from 7:00 pm. In the LPBA, the results of the last five tournaments are added up, and the 1st to 32nd places get a seed for the round of 64, and the tournament starts from the round of 128 from 33rd place. Kang Ji-eun (SK Rent-A-Car), Choi Hye-mi (Huons), and Seo Han-sol (Blue One Resort) will participate in the round of 128 this time. ‘Season Ranking No. 1’ Kim Ga-young (Hana Card) Lim Jeong-suk (Crown Haetae), Slong Piabi (Cambodia, Blue One Resort) and others will start the tournament from the round of 64.
In last season’s ‘Crown Haetae Championship’, Kudron and Kim Ye-eun (above Welcome Savings Bank) defeated Zapata and Yoon Kyung-nam, respectively, to reach the top. In particular, Kim Ye-eun’s momentum pierces the sky to the extent that she has recently reached the finals of two consecutive tours. Another concern is whether he will be able to continue the trend until this tournament, where he participates as the defending champion. 스포츠토토
Meanwhile, the PBA will hold a photo call for PBA-LPBA representative players such as Kim Jae-geun and Lim Jeong-suk (Crown Haetae) who will participate in this tournament.