GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI
GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI FAQ
The sixth annual GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling provides a unique opportunity for PBA members to compete at the highest level. Here is a quick set of answers to some commonly asked player questions about participating in the World Series. Check pba.com on a regular basis for additional developments and information about WSOB as we get closer to the event.
A. The 2014 WSOB will be conducted Oct. 24-Nov. 2 at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas for the fifth consecutive year.
Q. Are there special hotel rates for WSOB players?
A. South Point Hotel is offering a room rate of $48 per night weekdays and $88 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 “PBA 1019.” The reservation deadline is Oct. 3.
Q. How many PBA Tour titles will be awarded during the WSOB?
A. Five – Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships with the cumulative 28-game qualifying totals from those four events advancing 24 players to the PBA World Championship match play finals.
Q. What is the format for the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships?
A. The format for WSOB "Tour" events will be a seven-game qualifying round followed by a cut to the top 24 for an additional seven-game qualifying round that same evening. The top four after 14 games will advance to the ESPN TV stepladder finals.
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 five (after 52 games) will advance to the ESPN finals.
Q. Do I have to be a PBA member to enter the WSOB?
A. Yes, 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.
Q. I heard ESPN is going to have telecasts for the PBA50 Tour, Regional Tour, PBA Women’s Regional Tour and World Bowling Tour finalists. Is there an opportunity to enter those?
A. Not unless you have qualified under the special rules that affect these particular programs. The PBA50, Regional and Women’s Regional finals – along with a Teen Masters Grand Championship match – will be part of a special PBA Challenge telecast. The WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals will involve three points leaders in each division who have qualified in international tournaments over a two-year period.
Q. What events am I eligible to enter during the WSOB?
A. PBA members will bowl in all five Tour events: the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships (named after PBA’s lane conditions) plus the PBA World Championship. There will also be an All-Region Singles and a member/non-member doubles event that players may 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 all-inclusive entry fee for the World Series is $900. That entry fee enters players into all four animal pattern events and the PBA World Championship. Players may not enter these events individually. The World Series field is limited to 240 players so members should get their entry in as soon as possible.
Q. When do I have to pay my entry fee?
A. Your entry fee must now be paid at the time of entry. In previous years, delayed payments have been accepted, but that policy created complications that made it unmanageable, especially for players on the standby who require time to make travel arrangements.
Q. What’s the prize money payout for the World Series?
A. Based upon a full field of 240 entries, each of the four animal pattern championships will pay a first prize of $20,000 and 32 cashing positions. The PBA World Championship will pay a $50,000 first prize and 60 players will cash based on a full field of 240. The total prize fund for the World Series will exceed $650,000, making it the richest event in professional bowling. (As an FYI, 83 different players cashed in World Series V).
Q. How do I enter the PBA World Series of Bowling?
A. Entries for the World Series will be accepted beginning Aug. 15. The PBA anticipates the World Series will again feature a sold-out field. If you do NOT get your entry in before the field fills, you are strongly encouraged to place your name on the standby list. In previous years, a number of players have been able to participate due to late withdrawals. If you would like to be placed on standby, please contact the PBA directly at 206.654.6035. You can download the entry form here or enter online here.
Q. What equipment can be used during the WSOB?
A. You must comply with PBA Product-Registered rules and use ONLY registered products. 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’s live scoring feature and PBA’s subscription-based online video streaming service, Xtra Frame, will provide comprehensive coverage of WSOB. Xtra Frame schedule and subscription information will be posted at: http://www.xtraframe.tv.