Biberdorf Wins Pool Tournament
On Jan. 7, the North Dakota Tournament Association held a Singles 8-ball and 9-ball pool tournament. The event was held at the Holiday Inn in Minot and lasted four days, covered two banquet rooms, and had 48 pool tables in use. The tournament cost $51 to enter, $30 dollars for the entry fee and $21 to cover the cost of the pool tables (one flat fee instead of each contestant carrying a pocket full of quarters all day).
Bill Biberdorf, a local resident, won the tournament this year. Even though the competition was a singles tournament, Biberdorf said he couldn’t have done it without help from the rest of his team: his son Michael Biberdorf, Lane Opstedal, Kyle Opstedal, Travis Hamilton and Craig Hiller. While Bill might be the most recent winner, his team included two former winners in Lane and Kyle Opstedal.
Bill said his father brought home a pool table when he was about 10 or 11 years old, and that’s where his love of pool started. Bill has since entered over 30 tournaments, and placed in the top 6 five times. Even though he has been playing pool for most of his life, he says it wasn’t until he met Lane Opstedal that he really learned how to become a great player.
Bill has entered a few national tournaments, but he and the rest of his team don’t get to many because most of the team are farmers, and the tournaments are usually held during the busy summer months. Anyone who has lived or worked on a farm knows that there is little time for fun during the spring, summer and fall months. However, Bill says he plays pool as a way to pass time during the winter months which are usually slower which allows for more free time.
In order to compete in a state tournament, there are a few things one must do. The first thing one has to do is become a member of a sanctioned league. After he or she becomes a member, the next step is to play in five league tournaments. Once he or she has done that, he or she is then eligible for the state tournament that is put on by North Dakota Tournament Association.
According to the NDTA website (www.ndtaonline.com), “The North Dakota Tournament Association held its first tournament in 1985 and incorporated under the laws of North Dakota three years later. From the beginning, dart and pool tournaments have been held each year to reward people that play in various league systems throughout the state. Today there are thousands of players each year that enter at least one NDTA sponsored event.”
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