Mini Eliminator

United States

07/05/13

71-year-old handicap bowler wins $10,000 in inaugural Amateur Bowler's Championship

2013ABCLitodelaCruz_small.jpg Lito de la Cruz (pictured), 71 year old handicap bowler from Las Vegas, Nev., defeated another local bowler, Roland Bisnar of Henderson, Nev., 213-180, to win the inaugural Amateur Bowler's Championship at Sunset Station in Las Vegas. De la Cruz earned the $10,000 top prize while Bisnar pocketed $5,000 for his second place finish. Finishing third and fourth, with each earning $2,500 were Ken Simpson of Shirley, N.Y., and Donald Eubanks of Elmsford, N.Y.

United States

07/14/12

Dave McIntyre wins $15,000 at the Summer Firecracker Classic

Becomes the first handicap bowler ever to win a title in the 20-year history of Mini-Eliminator tournaments

2012SummerFirecrackerTop3_small.jpgDave McIntyre (second from right), a handicap bowler of Yucca Valley, Calif., won the 2012 Summer Firecracker Classic at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in suburban Las Vegas, Nev. McIntyre won the $15,000 top prize by defeating two former Mini-Eliminator champions, senior bowler Cliff Connors (second from left) and Alex Aguiar (right), the 45 & under champion, 210-204-195. Connors received $7,500 for second place and Aguiar earned $5,000 for third place.

United States

07/14/12

Pete Thomas wins $10,000 at the inaugural Senior Mini-Eliminator

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Pete Thomas (center) of Oklahoma, won the 2012 Summer Senior Mini-Eliminator at Texas Station in Las Vegas. Thomas defeated Bob Godden of Las Vegas, 209-204, to earn the $10,000 top prize. Godden earned $5,000 for second place. Finishing third was Darwin Wimer of Mesquite, Nev., who shot 200 worth $2,500. Tony Pascua from the 50-59 division won the Sunday sweeper and Henry Murphy, a handicap bowler from Henderson, Nev., won the Monday sweeper.

United States

02/06/12

Big payday for Canadian Dan MacLelland; wins $30,000 top prize in The International Mini

Darrin Remiticado, Willie Wells finish second and third at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center

2012MiniEliminatorTop3_small.jpgPBA exempt player Dan MacLelland (center), a native Canadian who lives in Saginaw, Mich., won The International Mini Sunday morning, Feb. 5, at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., and received the $30,000 first-place check. In the one-game championship match, the Canadian Bowler of the Year 2011 defeated Bronze Division champion Darrin Remiticado of Stockton, Calif.,, and Silver Division champion Willie Wells of Herriman, Utah,  203-187-182. 

United States

02/06/12

D.J. Archer wins 10,000 Dollar in All Events in Las Vegas

Mike Machuga hits jackpot at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center

200506PBADJArcher_small.jpg201011PBAMikeMachuga_small.jpgFormer PBA exempt player D.J. Archer (l.) of Pt Arthur, Texas averaged over 240 in the qualifying of the USBC Masters, WTBA International Open and The International Mini en route to win $10,000 first prize in All Events with 4813 20-game total. Two-time PBA champion Mike Machuga (r.) of Erie, Pa., matched Archer's earnings when hit the jackpot at one of the Keno machines in Strike Zone Bowling Center.

United States

02/06/12

56 players advance to The International Mini finals on Super Bowl Sunday

Finals start at 8 a.m. at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas

2012MiniEliminatorLogo_small.jpg A total of 56 players advanced to the divisional finals of the 2012 International Mini starting at 8 a.m. Pacific on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5. Alex Aguiar of N. Dartmouth, Mass. set the tone in Saturday's qualifying in the Gold Division with 993 four game total. Julio Blancas of Mexico City, Mexico rolled the highest series of the day in the Silver Division (1000) and Courtney Harris of New York City totaled 871 including handicap to lead the Bronze Division. .


United States

02/04/12

14 players including five PBA champions advance to The International Mini finals on Friday

Total 42 players have qualified for the finals Sunday, Feb. 5 starting at 8 a.m. Pacific

201112PBAChrisBarnes_small.jpg201112PBASeanRash_small.jpgA total of 14 players - seven in the Gold Division including five PBA champion (Chris Barnes, lef,t, and Sean Rash, right), four in the Silver Division and three in the Bronze Division - advanced to the divisional finals of the 2012 International Mini Friday at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas. With the final qualifying day to go, 42 players have qualified for the finals on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5 starting at 8 a.m. Pacific.

United States

02/04/12

Nine players advance to the finals of The International Mini during Thursday's qualifying

Total 28 players have qualified for the finals Sunday, Feb. 5 starting at 8 a.m. Pacific

201112PBADanMacLelland_small.jpg201112PBARyanShafer_small.jpgAnother nine players qualified for the divisional finals of the 2012 International Mini through Thursday's qualifying at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas, which brought the total number of finalists to 28. Among the players, who advanced from te to the finals on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5 starting at 8 a.m. Pacific were Candian Bowler of the Year Dan MacLelland (l.), and four-time PBA champion Ryan Shafer (r.) of Horseheads, N.Y.

United States

02/03/12

Mika Koivuniemi shoots 300 to advance to Gold Division Finals at The International Mini

Total 19 players have qualified for the finals Sunday, Feb. 5 starting at 8 a.m. Pacific

201112PBAMikaKoivuniemi_small.jpg201112PBATommyJones_small.jpgReigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi (l.) rolled the second 300 game of The International Mini Wednesday at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas en route to advance to the finals of the Gold Division on Super Bowl Sunday. Also advancing from to the Gold Division finals were 13-time PBA champion Tommy Jones (r.) of Simpsonville, S.C. and PBA Regional champion PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif.

United States

02/01/12

Willie Wells shoots 300 in Silver Division to advance to the finals of The International Mini

Argentina's Lucas Legnani wins $1,000 in Tuesday's six-game Sweeper

2011BWCLucasLegnani_small.jpg201112PBAMartinLarsen_small.jpgWillie Wells of Herriman, Utah, rolled the first 300 game of The International Mini in Tuesday's qualifying en route to advance to the finals of the Silver Division on Feb. 5 at 8 a.m. Pacific. Also advancing to the finals was Sara Rash of Montgomery, Ill., in the Bronze Division and national team members Lucas Legnani (l.) of Argentina and Martin Larsen (r.) of Sweden in the Gold Division. Legnani went on to win the second six-game sweeper worth $1,000.

United States

02/01/12

PBA champs Page, Couch lead Gold Division qualifying in The International Mini on Monday

Shannon Pluhowsky wins $1,000 in Monday's six-game Sweeper

201011PBAJasonCouch_small.jpg201112PBARhinoPage_small.jpgPBA champions Rhino Page (l.) and Jason Couch (r.) led the Gold Division of The International Mini in Monday's qualifying at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Page posted the high four-game series of all players with 1015, a 253.75 average, to advance to the finals on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5 starting at 8 a.m. Pacific. Shannon Pluhowsky rolled a 1370 series to win the first six-game sweeper worth $1,000.

United States

01/30/12

Two PBA champions among the first six finalists of The International Mini

Two players in each division earn berths into the finals on Super Bowl Sunday

201112PBAMikeScroggins_small.jpg201112PBAScottNorton_small.jpgPBA champions Mike Scroggins (pictured left) and Scott Norton (right) were among the six players who advanced to the finals of The International Mini on the first two days of the qualifying currently underway at Strike Zone Bowling Center inside Sunset Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Scroggins toppled 1058 pins, an average of 264.50 over four games, to lead the tournament's Gold Division on Saturday. Norton qualified in the same division on Sunday with 963.

United States

01/06/12

Organizers announce lane conditioning pattern for The International Mini

Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev. (Jan. 28 - Feb. 5, 2012)

2012MiniEliminatorLogo_small.jpg Pinacle Events, organizer of "The International Mini" has announced that Kegel will be putting down the WTBA "Athens" pattern for the upcoming event. The tournament, immediately following the USBC Masters and running concurrently with the WTBA International Open, is a scratch and handicap competition from January 28 through February 5. All three events will hosted by Sunset Station Strike Zone bowling center in suburban Las Vegas.

United States

11/06/11

The International Mini teams up with WTBA International Open, USBC Masters

Three event promoters create no-cost-to-enter all-events $30,000 prize fund

2012MiniEliminatorLogo_small.jpg The International Mini is a new major bowling event which will be hosted by Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Jan. 28 - Feb. 5. What is being promoted as "the greatest two weeks of bowling" The International Mini will follow the USBC Masters (Jan. 22-29) and run concurrently with the WTBA 2012 International Open. Over $500,000 in prize money will be paid out.

United States

07/10/10

Scott Pohl wins $20,000 at 2010 Summer Mini-Eliminator

South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, Nev., USA (June 29 - July 4, 2010)

2010SummerMEScottPohl_small.jpgScott Pohl (second from right), a 41-year-old right-hander from Burnsville, Minn., won the 2010 Summer Mini-Eliminator and its $20,000 top prize. Scott rolled a fantastic 276 game in the championship shootout to defeat the senior division champion Sam Carter of Ben Lomond, Calif. (224) and 210 & under handicap champion Bob Godden of Las Vegas, Nev. (189). Carter earned $10,000 for his runner-up position while Godden won $7,500 for third place.


United States

02/10/10

Tony Marine becomes first champion at inaugural Classified Mini-Eliminator

South Point Casino, Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 4-7, 2010)

2010ClassifiedMiniEliminatorTonyMarine_small.jpgAnthony Marine, Long Island, New York won the first ever Classified 210 & under Mini-Eliminator sponsored by Columbia 300. Marine won $5,000 thanks to a 233 scratch game (251 with handicap) in the final shootout match. Finishing second was another Long Islander, Damon Gizzi of St. James, with 226 incl. handicap worth $2,500. Third place went to Landon Young of Las Vegas, who received $1,250 for 197 with handicap.

United States

02/10/10

Rick Miller wins $20,000 at the 2010 Winter Mini-Eliminator

South Point Casino, Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 3-7, 2010)

2010WinterMERickMiller_small.jpgRick Miller of Lincoln, Nebraska won the 2010 Winter Mini-Eliminator sponsored by Columbia 300. Rick received the $20,000 winner's check after bowling a 236 in the final shootout match, 20 pins greater than second-place finisher Sam Carter, a senior bowler from Ben Lomond, Calif., who earned $10,000. Finishing third was the 205 & under champion Darnell Pearson of Baltimore, Md., who shot a 193 to earn $7,500.

United States

07/08/09

Mark Estes wins $20,000 at The Summer Mini-Eliminator

South Point Casino, Las Vegas, Nev., USA (June 30 - July 4, 2009)

2009SummerMEMarkEstes_small.jpgIn one of the most exciting finishes in the 16 year history of The Mini-Eliminator Mark Estes of Grapevine, TX came from 41 pins down in the 7th frame to defeat Gerardo Loredo of Mexico, 213-209. Mark, the senior division champion, finished with six strikes to earn the $20,000 top prize and the champion’s trophy. Gerardo, who was the 205 and under champion, earned $10,000 for his second place finish. Total prize money distribution for the week exceeded $150,000 and was paid out to 140 different bowlers from around the world.

Megabuck Events

07/10/06

Big payday for Les Shirwindt, wins $20,000 in 13th Annual Mini-Eliminator

The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., July 9, 2006

2006MiniEliminatorChampionLesShirwindt_small.jpg Local bowler Les Shirwindt, the champion of the 50 and over Division, finished the Shootout Final of the five division champions with four solid strikes for a 216-game en route to win the 13th Annual Mini-Eliminator at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the $20,000 top prize. The Mini-Eliminator paid more than $200,000.00 in cash prizes on the ninth and final day of the tournament week.


Megabuck Events

07/10/06

The field is set for the finals of the 13th Annual Mini-Eliminator

The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., July 3-9, 2006

2006MiniEliminatorPoster_small.jpg After seven days and 22 squads qualifying for the 13th Annual Mini-Eliminator finals has ended at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. 1 in 8 bowlers per division advanced to the finals each squad and earned at least $750. Each squad leader received one bye worth $1,000. The Division Daily Leaders earned two byes or $1,500. The Highest Division Series was awarded three byes or $2,000.


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