PA State 8-Ball Tournament Ready to Celebrate 35th Year Anniversary

20 Jan, 2017

Annual Event Expects 2,000 Players at Bayfront Convention Center March 10-12

The Erie Sports Commission (ESC) is pleased to announce that the 35th Annual Pennsylvania State 8-Ball Tournament will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center March 10-12.

The PA State 8-Ball Tournament, which is hosted annually by Warner Coin Machine, is the fourth largest 8-ball tournament in the country. More than 180 tables will be set up for competition, as 2,000 players are expected to travel from across the state and beyond for the 2017 tournament.

Players must compete in a VNEA-sanctioned league in order to participate in the tournament.  Entries are currently being accepted at Warner Coin Machine.

The tournament will begin Friday, March 10 at 3 p.m. with singles competition. Team competition will begin Saturday, March 11 at 9 a.m. and continue on Sunday, March 12, also at 9 a.m.

The 35th anniversary tournament will bring two professional pool entertainers, Dave Pearson and Tom Rossman, to Erie. Pearson is a pool entertainer who holds world records for Speed Pool on single table, double table, 10 table, and the 24-hour record. Tom Rossman, otherwise known as Dr. Cue, has had more than 5,000 shows, teaching clinics, and special event appearances since 1974.

“I’m incredibly proud to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of this tournament in 2017,” said Rod Didion, the Tournament Coordinator from Warner Coin Machine. “I’d invite anyone with even the slightest interest in pool, whether as a participant or spectator, to join us that weekend.”

“Hosting an event of this magnitude one time is an accomplishment. Hosting an event of this magnitude for the 35th year is tremendous,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “Warner Coin has done a remarkable job in creating such a fun and impactful event in our community.”

Tickets are available at the door for $5 per day or $10 for a weekend pass.

For more information, please visit or contact Rod Didion at (814) 454-1587 or at

The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.


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