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The fifth annual PBA World Series of Bowling provides a unique opportunity for PBA members to compete at the highest level. With a revamped format this season, PBA is providing answers to some commonly asked player entry questions. Check back with pba.com for additional developments and information about WSOB in the days and weeks to come.
Q. What are the dates for the WSOB and where will it be conducted?
A. The 2013 WSOB will be conducted Oct. 25-Nov. 3 at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas for the fourth consecutive year.
Q. Are there special hotel rates for WSOB players?
A. South Point Hotel is offering a room rate of $50 per night weekdays and $90 per night weekends (plus tax) for WSOB players. South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center is almost a self-contained community with lots of great restaurants, a movie theater and more. You won't need to leave the property unless you really want to. For room reservations and more information about South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center, visit www.southpointcasino.com or call 1-866-796-7111. The promotional code is 'World Series of Bowling.' The reservation deadline is Oct. 11.
Q. How many PBA Tour titles will be awarded during the WSOB?
A. Five – Viper Open, Chameleon Open, Scorpion Open and Cheetah Open with the top qualifiers from those events advancing to the PBA World Championship.
Q. What is the format for the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships?
A. The format for WSOB "Tour" events for 2013 will be a seven game qualifying round then a cut to the top 24 (up from 16 last year) for an additional seven game qualifying round to determine the top four advancing to a stepladder and ESPN TV finals for each event.
Q. What is the format for the PBA World Championship?
A. The top 24 from the combined animal pattern qualifying rounds will advance to round robin match play for the PBA World Championship which will consist of three eight-game rounds. The top four (after 52 games) will advance to the ESPN finals.
Q. Do I have to be a PBA member to enter the WSOB?
A. Entrants must be PBA "Full" members or PBA International members who are affiliated with a World Tenpin Bowling Association federation.
Q. How do I become a PBA member?
A. To obtain PBA membership information and application visit http://www.pba.com/Join/. If you are unable to download the application or have questions, please contact PBA at (206) 332-9688, ext 6025.
Q. I heard ESPN is going to have finals telecasts for the PBA50 Tour, World Bowling Tour and RPI. Is there an opportunity to enter those?
A. Not unless you are among the leaders in points for those particular Tours this season. The finalists for those telecasts will already have been determined through competition points during the season.
Q. What events am I eligible to enter during the WSOB?
A. PBA members are eligible to enter five Tour events which will include the Viper, Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Opens (named after PBA’s lane conditions) plus the PBA World Championship. There will also be an All-region singles and member/non-member doubles event that players can enter at an extra cost. The World Series of Bowling schedule is available by visiting http://www.pba.com/Tournaments/PBATour/.
Q. What is the World Series of Bowling entry fee?
A. The base entry fee for the World Series is $750. That entry fee enters players into the four "animal pattern" events and the PBA World Championship. Entrants must be PBA "FULL" members or International members to be eligible to enter. Entry is limited to 240 players for the Tour events so members should get their entry in as soon as possible.
Q. How do I enter the PBA World Series of Bowling?
A. The 2013 World Series of Bowling is now full. If you would like to be placed on standby, please contact the PBA directly at 206.332.9688, ext. 6025.
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Q. What equipment can be used during the WSOB?
A. Information regarding all PBA Product-Registered equipment will be updated and posted here on a regular basis.
Q. What’s the best way to follow WSOB action?
A. PBA.com and PBA.com’s Xtra Frame video service will provide comprehensive coverage of WSOB. Xtra Frame schedule and subscription information will be posted at: http://www.xtraframe.tv.