Bowling fans and big money bowlers will be pleased to hear that this year's World Series of Bowling will be kicked off with a winner-take-all action tournament.
The BowlersDeal.com All-In Showdown invites a maximum of eight bowlers, PBA member or not, to put up $5,000 for the event. BowlersDeal.com added an additional $5,000 to the pot to cap the winnings at $45,000. The spots will be served on a first-come basis. So far, three bowlers have signed up: six-time PBA titlist Chris Warren, 13-time titlist Chris Barnes, and a 31-year-old pro shop owner from Pennsylvania named Joe Paluszek.
The event was originally unveiled during the inaugural WSOB, but was cancelled after Barnes was the only bowler to enter.
With the three signed up, there will be an event this year. Should they be the only entries, they will bowl for a $20,000 payday.
In a PBA press release, Warren said, "I like bowling action. I like bowling head-to-head." He added, "I heard the PBA was capping the event at eight players, so I wanted to make sure I'm in."
Even with a laundry list of credentials up against him, the two-time PBA Regional titlist is unafraid.
"As long as they don't add extra pins to the rack, I have as good a chance as anyone," Paluszek said. "Shoe up and let's play; I'm not scared."
As for the oil pattern to be used, Warren said, "I'm not sure what conditions we're bowling on, but as far as I'm concerned, let's either take all the oil off the lane, or run the oil until the headpin falls over and we'll see what happens." Warren concluded with, "Whatever they decided, I'm in."
For all the bowlers out there who say there is no money in the sport, here is the perfect opportunity to put your money where your mouth is. Most PBA tournaments don't even have a grand prize of $50,000, and that includes a gauntlet of a week involving 60 or so games. Here is an eight-man tournament that will be decided the day of.
Anyone interested in bowling can call Barb Wilt at the PBA office in Seattle, WA at (206) 332-9688; but again, it's first-come, first-served.
The event will take place on Nov. 4 and will be webcast at 6:30 p.m. EST.