State Pool Tournament Boosting Green Bay Economy

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The 28th Annual Wisconsin State Pool Tournament kicked off Wednesday at Shopko Hall.

Local 5’s Cole Higgins was at the first day of the tournament.

It’s the largest state pool tournament, in the United States.

With it being held this year in Green Bay, it’s having a good economic impact on the area.

156 pool tables, 2,496 pool balls, and around 2,000 players are adding up to the tune of a $1.8 million economic impact on the city of Green Bay.

“We know they’re from all over Wisconsin and they generate a lot of hotel room stays through the course of the tournament, and the economic impact is right around $1.8 million, so it’s a great piece of business,” says the President of the Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, Brad Toll.

The tournament lasts through Sunday and includes participants who play in their local pool leagues across the state.

“We have an intermediate class which is a better player, a master class, those players are the best players in the state, or that participate in this event, and then we have what are called our open players. They’re just, they’re here to have a good time and see how they fair against other people,” says Tournament Director, Dale Saunders.

One of those master players competing at this week’s tournament, is Donny Bailey Jr. from Kenosha.

Bailey’s team won the state master’s division last year, and he want’s to inspire people to pick up a cue stick.

“It doesn’t matter height, size, weight, gender. It doesn’t matter. Pool’s a game of eye-hand coordination, and it doesn’t matter about anything strength or anything like that,” says Bailey.

The tournament is free to go and watch.

There’s also drinks, food and some shopping.

If you’re feeling like testing your skills you can pay $10 to play in one of the mini tournaments.

For those you don’t have to be preregistered or qualified.

Click HERE for more information on the tournament. 

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