Corr Named Champion in 2017 WPBA Rivers Casino Open

Pittsburgh’s Casino Hosted 48 Top Women Billiards Players in Weekend

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Karen Corr defeated Siming Chen in the thrilling finale of four days of
competitive play at Rivers Casino during the 2017 Women’s Professional
Billiards Association (WPBA) Rivers Casino Open on Sunday, April 23.

WPBA fans from across the globe logged on to catch all of the live
tournament play including Sunday’s semifinals and finale. The first of
two semifinal rounds saw Siming Chen, of China, defeat Brittany Bryant,
of Canada. In the second semifinal round of the tournament, Karen Corr,
of Ireland, narrowly defeated top-ranked Line Kjorsvik, of Norway. The
finale pitted Corr against Chen, with Corr besting Chen in a sudden
death match.

“Corr’s victory was wonderfully played in an exciting finale that went
into a sudden death match to determine the champion,” said Belinda
Calhoun, president of the WPBA. “Rivers Casino was an excellent host and
our pros enjoyed returning to Pittsburgh to compete in the 2017 WPBA
Rivers Casino Open.”

Corr’s win caps off five days of WPBA action at the casino, beginning
with a charity pro-am on Wednesday, April 19 that benefitted the Friends
of the Riverfront charity. Participants played in a friendly match
alongside the pros and then had the opportunity to challenge individual
pros in a one-on-one game.

Matches between 48 of the WPBA’s top players took place each day from
April 20—23, leaving Corr and Chen to shoot it out in the electrifying
final event that went all the way to a sudden death match. Corr was
presented with the championship trophy in front of a crowd of billiards
fans and casino guests.

“The 2017 WPBA Rivers Casino Open was a thrilling tournament and the
energy and excitement in the room characterized what the Rivers
experience is all about,” said Craig Clark, general manager of Rivers
Casino. “Our guests really enjoy the wide range of entertainment we
proudly provide and being able to host the top professional billiards
players from around the world is just another example of the diverse
entertainment available at Rivers Casino.”

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Opened in 2009, Rivers Casino has been voted a “Best Place to Work” in
the Pittsburgh Business Times, a “Top Workplace” in the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette, “Best Overall Gaming Resort” in Pennsylvania by Casino
Player magazine and “Best Overall Casino” in Pennsylvania by Strictly
Slots magazine. The casino features more than 2,900 slots, 92 table
games, a 30-table poker room, nine distinctive restaurants and bars, a
riverside amphitheater, a multi-purpose event space, live music
performances, free parking and multiple promotions and giveaways daily.
Already, more than $631 million in jackpots have been awarded to players
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