American Poolplayers Association


Tri-Cup Structure

The Tri-Cup tournament is held three times a year and is considered an extension of playoffs. This tournament consists of all teams who came in first place in division standings or won their division playoffs. The Tri-Cup tournament is a modified single elimination format. In each Tri-Cup tournament, half of the field will advance to the Local Team Championships (Vegas Cup) and all teams in the tournament win prize money.

Handicaps For This Event

All players participating in the Tri-Cup tournament will play at their session ending handicap from the session they qualified for the event.

Common Players 

If two teams meet up with a common player(s) during any Tri-Cup tournament, the common player(s) will sit out of the match completely. A player may not quit one team to participate with another team at this tournament. 

Remaining Eligible For This Event

A team must participate the following session, in the same format they qualified in, with at least four original members, with the minimum matches played, to remain eligible for the Tri-Cup tournament. The roster a team will use in the Tri-Cup tournament is the roster they had the last week of playoffs in the prior session.  A player who does not return to the qualified team, will be able to participate with the team as long as they are actively playing in the Virginia Peninsula APA in the same format in which the team is qualified.  

Sudden Death Will Be In Effect

In 8-Ball: Sudden Death will be implemented 3 hours 45 minutes into an 8-Ball match. Each team must be in the 5th individual match by the 3 hours 45 minute mark or all subsequent matches will consist of 2 racks regardless of skill. If a team is not in the 4th individual match by the 3 hours 45 minute mark, then that match and the final match will consist of 2 racks (if needed) regardless of skill. *Please note: The first rack will be worth 2 points; the second rack (if needed) will be worth 1 point.
In 9-Ball: Sudden death will be implemented 3 hours into a 9-Ball match. Each team match must be in the 5th individual match by the 3 hour mark or all subsequent matches will consist of points earned being doubled.