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Rack ’em up: Hundreds of pool players take aim in Bemidji

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Michael Perron Jr. of St. Paul takes a shot in the Midwest Poolplayers Association Pool Championships Thursday at the Sanford Center. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer) 2 / 6
Brenden O’Meara of Moorhead racks the balls on Thursday at the Midwest Poolplayers Association Pool Championships at the Sanford Center. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer) 3 / 6
The 2019 Midwest Poolplayers Association Pool Championships are being held at the Sanford Center through Saturday with 600 players expected to attend. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer) 4 / 6
Brandon Johnson of Fargo considers his next shot in the Midwest Poolplayers Association Pool Championships Thursday at the Sanford Center. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)5 / 6
Tom Kjos, owner of TNT Billiard Products, works on a pool cue at the Midwest Poolplayers Association Pool Championships Thursday at the Sanford Center. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)6 / 6

BEMIDJI -- It will be a sea of green (felt) this weekend as hundreds of pool players will be at the Sanford Center.

Bemidji’s event center is hosting the 2019 Midwest Poolplayers Association Pool Championships, which started on Wednesday with 9-ball singles. Play starts at 10 a.m. every day through the weekend and will be busiest in the evenings. The 8-ball singles started Thursday night and the five-person team tournament begins on Friday and goes into Saturday.

“We expect about 600 players all together between the 9-ball, the 8-ball and the team,” said John Stich, president of the Midwest Poolplayers Association. “They’ll be coming from all over the state of Minnesota. We have players from Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay (Ont.).”

Members will be competing for their entry fees, plus a $25,000 prize fund, which Stich said comes from the Midwest Poolplayers Association sanctioning money. Players must be a Midwest Poolplayers Association sanctioned member to participate in the tournament.

The event is free and open to the public to watch the matches.

Jillian Gandsey

Jillian Gandsey is the Multimedia Editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. She is an Iron Range native and a 2013 graduate of Bemidji State University. Follow Jillian on Twitter and Instagram @jilliangandsey. Contact her at 218-333-9786, 218-996-1216 or at jgandsey@bemidjipioneer.com. 

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