The Greater Midwest Poolplayers Association will be directing the South Shore Midwest Pocket Billiard Championships at Majestic Star Casino and Hotel, located at 1 Buffington Harbor, Gary, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 19.

The tournament begins on Wednesday, Oct. 15, with two early bird events. At 3:00 p.m., the Open 9-Ball women and men divisions begin for all players regardless of skill level.

The start of the 8-ball championships begin on Thursday, Oct. 16, with open recreational/B singles beginning at 1:00 p.m., open seniors 50+ no masters 8-ball at 1:00 p.m., Open ‘A' at 3:00 p.m., open women division at 6:00 p.m., and advanced women and men at 8:00 p.m. The entry fee for singles is $50. There is a no-entry sportsman division on Friday, Oct. 17, at 2:00 p.m. for players that did not share in the prize pool.

The three-player team events begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, with separate divisions for women and men.

From ESPN, eight-time world champion Nick Varner will "wow" the crowd with his special skill shot exhibition displaying some of the shots he made to win the titles. He will also perform one-of-a-kind trick shots that will astound the audience. Varner is scheduled to meet and greet players and spectators on Thursday, Oct. 16, in the event center located near the main entrance.

On Friday, Oct. 17, Varner will perform his first exhibition at 7:00 p.m. He can be seen again on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. After each show, Varner will stay to pose for photos and sign autographs.

Also on hand will be Hall-of-Famer and two-time world champion, Robin Bell Dodson. She will be offering challenge matches and will stay for pictures and autographs throughout the event.

The entire event will be streaming on live TV by TV Mike of Michigan.

Spectator admission is free; however, the public is encouraged to play in the event. Amateur players are welcome to participate in all events. Event planners are no longer taking mail entries. Interested participants can call in, and on-site registration will be taken prior to each event.

For more information or to register, contact Cecil Messer by calling (219)465-8101 or e-mail cmessermidwst@frontier.com, or visit www.gmpaonline.info.