The 17th Annual American CueSports Indiana State Championships will be kicking off on Wednesday, Feb. 26 and run through Sunday, March 2 at Radisson Hotel Star Plaza. The five-day tournament is expected to bring in between 300 and 500 billiards players from throughout Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

Various events will be played throughout the tournament. Seniors and Open 9-Ball matches will be played Wednesday, Feb. 26, Scotch Doubles and Single 8-Ball matches will take to the tables on Thursday, Feb. 27, and team events will begin Friday, Feb. 28. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 2, special youth/adult and young adult/adult Scotch Doubles championships will be held.

Entertainment is planned throughout the event, including eight-time world champion Nick Varner, who will be on hand Friday and Saturday night to accept challenge matches and demonstrate techniques needed to become a world champion. Varner has appeared on ABC Wide World of Sports, NBC Sports, Fox Sports, CBS Sports and ESPN. All tournament and professional entertainment is open and free to the public.

According to Event Chairman Cecil Messer, spectators can learn more about getting involved with pool leagues during the tournament by stopping at the tournament control desk.

"No matter where someone lives, we can get them information on nearby locations that offer play on a weekly basis so they're not traveling a long way to play in a league," said Messer.

The tournament direction is provided by the Greater Midwest Poolplayers Association (GMPA). Messer stated that GMPA puts on other events throughout the year.

For more information on GMPA, the American CueSports Indiana State 8-Ball Championships or for a schedule of events, visit www.gmpaonline.info or contact Messer at 219-465-8101.