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*** HERE IS LINK TO DAY 1 OF ACTION IN THE MASTERS DIVISION ***
Magic City Casino in Miami, Florida will be the jai-alai capital of the world this weekend with amateurs, former pro’s and current pro’s will compete with $26,500 in prize money up for grabs. The USNJAC will be holding their second event, following a very successful inaugural. Last year’s event was canceled multiple times because of COVID-19, but this year’s event will go on as scheduled.
Last year’s event had Jairo (Jairo Baroja) as the Singles Champion with Arrieta (Inigo Gorostola) & Goitia (Inaki Goitiandia) as the doubles champions.
This years championships will be held over three days, instead of last year’s two-day event which resulted in a couple of long days. And because of Dania Jai-alai not opening till September 1st, the schedule will be better balanced.
On Friday – the first day of the event – will feature the “Masters Division”, which is open to amateurs and former professionals who have not played professionally since December 31, 2015. The matches start at 10am. Entries were limited to 28 singles and 14 doubles teams. All matches are played to 6 points and the finals to 7 points. There will be a Playback bracket in Doubles only.
Finalists in Singles and Doubles will automatically be entered in the Pro Tournament Division.
The Masters Singles is a single elimination tournament.
Singles Prize Money is $1,000 with second place money $500. Finalist in Singles and Doubles will automatically be entered in the Pro Tournament Division.
On Saturday, the Professional Tournament will begin, also at 10am. This will be open to current professional players and former professional players who have played professionally since January 1, 2016.
Singles Prize money is $7,500 for first place and $2,500 for coming in second.
There will be 24 singles entries and 24 doubles teams with all matches to 7 points and finals played to 9 points. There will be playback bracket in doubles only.
Doubles prize money is $10,000 for the winner, and $5,000 for coming in second place.
The finals will take place on Sunday.
Spectators are allowed in the fronton on Friday and Saturday for friends and family of players and Sunday will be open to the public. They are “requesting” everyone wears a mask except when eating and drinking.
All 3 days of play will be streamed live on the Jai-alai Channel on YouTube for those that cannot attend.
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