The fifth tour of the Professional Billiards Association (PBA) season, the Huon’s PBA-LPBA Championship, kicks off today at the Goyang Kintex PBA Stadium in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province. After a month-long break due to the Hangzhou Asian Games, professional billiards will resume its individual and team league schedule starting with this tour.
Who will be the new LPBA Queen?
Kim Ga-young (Hana Card) will try to become the LPBA’s most decorated player (six) after winning the title last season.
With a prize pool of 30 million won, the tour will feature the most LPBA winners (six), including five-time champion and “defending champion” Kim Ga-young, Kim Min-ah (NH Card), Lim Jung-sook (Crown Hae-tae), and Lee Im-rae (High One Resort).
The biggest question is whether a new queen will be crowned. Of the 34 LPBA tours since the inception of professional billiards, only 13 players have made it to the top. This season, however, there are two new queens, Baek Min-ju (Crown Hae-tae) and Sakai Ayako (Japan-Hanakad).
There are plenty of candidates waiting to be crowned. They include Kim Bomi (NHK Card), who is 11th on the all-time prize list (42.42 million won), and Oh Soo-ju (36.15 million won), who is 13th. Kim, in particular, has been a consistent performer this season, reaching the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final eight in four tournaments, and led Team NHCard to victories in the first and third rounds of the PBA Team League. Han Ji-eun (Eswai), Jang Ga-yeon (Huon’s), and Yong Hyun-ji (Hi One Resort) will also challenge for the title.
The competition will begin with two days of LPBA qualifiers on the 18th, followed by the LPBA Opening Ceremony on the 21st at 1:30pm and the LPBA Final on the 23rd at 7pm to determine the women’s champion.메이저사이트
Will there be a first domestic winner of the PBA season?
One of the biggest questions going into the tournament is whether the PBA will crown its first domestic winner of the season. The last four tournaments have been dominated by foreigners. This time around, domestic powerhouses like Cho Jae-ho (NH Card), Kang Dong-gung (SK Rent-a-Car), Lee Sang-dae (Welcome Savings Bank), Kim Jae-geun (Crown Hae-tae), and Park In-soo (Eswai) will try to win the title.
David Martinez (Spain-Crown Hattae), who won his last tour title (Eswai Championship) and has won four titles in his career, will be the defending champion.
The tournament will begin with the PBA Round of 128 on April 24, followed by the PBA Opening Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on April 26, and conclude with the championship final at 7 p.m. on April 30, worth KRW 100 million.