LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO – The nation’s top amateur poolplayers will be coming to Tampa the first weekend of November for the 2010 U.S. Amateur Pool Championship – conducted by the American Poolplayers Association (APA). For the second consecutive year, Strokers in Tampa was selected to host the annual event, Nov. 4 – 7, which showcases players from around the country.

“We are very excited to host the U.S. Amateur Championship in Tampa. We selected the Tampa area to conduct the event because of the popularity of pool in Florida and because it’s such a beautiful area of the country to visit,” said Jason Bowman, APA Marketing and PR Manager.

The championship will feature both a Men’s and Women’s Division, with the winner of each division advancing to the U.S. Open Pro Championship next year.

The Women’s Division will feature 31 players, while the Men’s Division will field 128. Each competitor qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship in Preliminary Rounds held throughout the country Sept. 20-21. Both champions will automatically return to defend their title in 2011.

U.S. Amateur Championship participants compete in a double elimination tournament, race-to-7, with a maximum of five games of 8-Ball and eight games of 9-Ball. Once the field is narrowed to the final two competitors, the match becomes a single elimination race-to-11 with up to 13 games of 9-Ball and eight games of 8-Ball.

The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada. Nearly 270,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9 Ball league play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards.

The APA produces three major tournaments each year-the APA National Team Championships, the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship-that, together, pay out more than $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually!

The APA and its championships are sponsored by Aramith, Action Cues and PoolDawg.

For more information about the APA, its amateur leagues and championships, visit the official APA website atwww.poolplayers.com.