LAS VEGAS -- An attempt to break the world record for speed pool will be among the several high spots at Valley National 8-Ball League Association's 30th Anniversary International Championship competition here. On Wednesday, June 2, Dave "Ginger Wizard" Pearson will try to run 10 racks of 15 balls, waiting for the white ball to stop and the 8-ball last, on two pool tables in less than eight minutes and 51.1 seconds. If he succeeds, he will establish a new Guinness world record.
VNEA noted that most people take about 20 minutes to play a single game, and watching Las Vegas's legendary Pearson will be an electrifying spectacle.
The anniversary championship will be held from May 27 through June 5 at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. VNEA expects a record 7,000 players to compete, and two of them will play the league's 160 millionth game.
The tournament includes 30 events for players at four skill levels. During one of them, VNEA's three millionth cumulative championship pool match will be held. This milestone will be marked by a brief ceremony and the presentation of commemorative plaques to the players.
VNEA is an association of over 350 coin machine operators, approximately 20 suppliers and manufacturers, and nearly 100,000 sanctioned players, all working together to stimulate increased interest in the game of pool.