GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII
2015 GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII FAQ
The seventh annual GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy provides a unique opportunity for PBA members – and, this year, non-members – to compete at the highest level. With a revamped format this season and a new venue, PBA is providing answers to some commonly asked questions for players who are interested in competing. Check in with the PBA Network (pba.com, PBA Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts) periodically 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 2015 GEICO World Series of Bowling VII will make its first visit to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., Dec. 7-19.
The WSOB will feature an enhanced prize fund, adjusted tournament formats, live TV and the potential for the largest field in WSOB history. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the National Bowling Stadium’s 78 lanes means the WSOB can accommodate a maximum field of 312 players which will result in a prize fund exceeding $760,000.
The crown jewel of this year’s World Series will be the PBA World Championship finals which will feature a live ESPN telecast Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m CT, 4 p.m. PT). It will mark the first live prime-time telecast for a Tour event since 2001.
Q. Are there special hotel rates for WSOB players?
A. All World Series of Bowling entrants are required to stay at the Silver Legacy in downtown Reno. It’s a condition of Silver Legacy’s sponsorship, and it’s also a great deal. A special room rate of $49.99 for single and double occupancy is offered to all WSOB VII participants, industry partners and fans. Call 800-687-8733 or visit www.silverlegacyreno.com and use the code WSOB15 when making reservations. You will be required to have your confirmation number at the time you enter the World Series.
Q. How many PBA Tour titles will be awarded during the WSOB?
A. Five – the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Opens which also are qualifiers leading into the PBA World Championship.
Q. What is the format for the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Opens?
A. The format for WSOB animal pattern events for 2015 will include a nine-game qualifying round with a cut to the top 24 for best-of-five-game single-elimination match play rounds. The top eight qualifiers will receive a bye to automatically advance to the second match play round. Match play will reduce the field in each event to four semifinalists. The four ESPN-televised animal pattern finals will include two one-game semifinal matches with the two winners bowling for titles.
Q. What is the format for the PBA World Championship?
A. The top 25 percent of the field after a composite total of 36 games of animal pattern qualifying rounds will advance to the 6-game cashers’ round. The top 24 after 42 games advance to the 24-game round robin match play finals (three eight-game rounds) for the PBA World Championship. The top four after 66 games will advance to the live ESPN finals scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time).
Q. What is the World Series of Bowling entry fee?
A. The entry fee for WSOB VII will be $1,000 for PBA members ($1,200 for non-members), including all four animal pattern championships and the PBA World Championship. Entry fees for any supplemental events are separate and optional.
Q. Do I have to become a PBA member to enter the World Series?
A. No. However, entry priority will be given to PBA members.
Q. How do I enter the World Series?
A. Entries are open on a first-come basis and must be submitted through PBA Membership Services Manager Mary von Krueger (email: email@example.com; cell: 206-332-9688; fax: 850-564-1717).
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 a finals telecast for the PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional players and PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional bowlers. Is there an opportunity to enter those?
A. The only way you can qualify for the PBA Challenge Finals events is by ranking among the competition points leaders for those particular Tours during the 2015 season. For the PBA50 Tour Challenge, the top eight players in points from the full 2015 season will be eligible. For the PBA Regional and PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional Challenges, the top players in competition points for the PBA East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West, Northwest and Japan Regions will compete in the PBA Challenge preliminary qualifying rounds. All Challenge players also will earn paid entries into WSOB VII.
The PBA50 and PBA Regional Challenge qualifying events will involve an eight-game round-robin match play competition on Dec. 8 with the top two players advancing to the PBA Challenge ESPN finals on Saturday, Dec. 19. The PWBA-PBA Women’s eight-game match play qualifier will be conducted on Friday, Dec. 18. The PBA Challenge Finals also will include the Teen Masters Grand Championship, a contest between 2015 Teen Masters High School champions Brandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, N.Y., and Brigitte Jacobs of Freeport, Ill.,
Q. What other events can I enter during the WSOB?
A. In addition to the five WSOB events, there will also be a PBA Tri-Regional tournament conducted by the PBA West Region that players can enter at an extra cost. Bowlers must enter through PBA West/Northwest Region Manager Gary Mage (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). The entire WSOB schedule is available by visiting http://www.pba.com/Tournaments/PBATour/.
Q. What is the prize fund breakdown for the WSOB?
A. First prize in the PBA World Championship will be $60,000; first prize in the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships will be $20,000. Based upon a full field of 312 entries, WSOB will pay out more than $760,000 in prize money to 246 cashing positions.
Q. What equipment can be used during the WSOB?
A. Information regarding all PBA Product-Registered equipment will be updated and posted on a pba.com on a regular basis: http://www.pba.com/ProductRegistration/Manufacturers/.
Q. How can bowling fans follow the WSOB action?
A. For fans attending WSOB VII, see the complete competition and ESPN television schedule below for dates and times. Qualifying rounds will be held between Dec. 8-16. ESPN finals will be conducted Dec. 17-19.
All preliminary qualifying and match play rounds of WSOB VII, including the PBA Challenge match play events, will be covered live by PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. Xtra Frame will provide nearly 100 hours of live coverage during WSOB VII.
Xtra Frame is available by subscription only. A three-day subscription is $3.99, a full-month subscription is $7.99 and a 12-month XF Season Ticket subscription is $64.99. Visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link on the pba.com homepage to sign up.
Q. What else will be new for fans regarding this year’s WSOB VII?
A. For the first time, bettors will be able to wager on PBA World Championship results at the host hotel Silver Legacy’s MGM Mirage Satellite Race and Sports Book. More details will be available soon.