By Jai Rakic – ISN

Victoria, BC (ISN) – Victoria locals, Larry and Andrea Wilson, made their annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas this past May to compete in the BCAPL (Billiards Congress of American Pool League) National Championships, and came home Champions as they won the Advanced Scotch Doubles division.

The 36th BCAPL National Championships rolled into Las Vegas’s Riveira Hotel and Casino on May 10th. Approximately 8,000 avid billiard players, amateur and professional, congregate each year in Las Vegas to compete in the event known as “The Greatest Pool Tournament in the World”.

The Wilsons have been competing at the BCAPL Championships since 2000, when they won the Open Scotch Doubles division.  They managed to one-up themselves this year, winning the Advanced Scotch Doubles competition.

Scotch doubles is a version of billiards where team members alternate shots.  This variation of the game requires strict discipline and intimate communication between team members is paramount.

Although Larry and Andrea’s favourite billiards discipline is to play together in the Scotch Doubles division, they also individually competed in several other categories of play while in Las Vegas. Larry placed 5th in the 9-ball Challenge, which is open to both amateur and professional players, and he also placed 9th in the Advanced Men’s 8-ball singles.

When not competing in Las Vegas, the Wilsons focus their attention on the pool league here in Victoria. This local league helps the Wilsons prepare for the Canadian Nationals, where they have also proved a force to be reckoned with.

Larry and Andrea wilson in the winner’s circle at the BCAPL Championships in Las Vegas in May (Photo Courtesy The Wilsons)

“Between the two of us, we are probably in the upper echelon (in Canada). I wouldn’t say we are the top but we are near it,” said Andrea.

The Canadian Nationals took place in Toronto this year and while the Wilsons managed a commendable 3rd place finish in the Advanced Scotch Doubles, Andrea had several other impressive results including a 1st place finish in the Advanced Women’s 9-ball Singles, and as a team member in both 9-ball and 8-ball Advanced Women’s Team play.

Larry and Andrea’s pool days don’t look to be coming to an end any time soon as they prepare to compete in the Washington State 9-ball Championships coming up this September. “It’s a big focus in our lives,” said Larry. “We will be doing this as long as we are capable.”