Philadelphia Billiards Club ‘Team LepLife’ wins 2022 APA 9-Ball World Championship

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Is Philadelphia a new city of champions?

If you ask Team LepLife, who just won the American Poolplayers Association 9-Ball Championship in Las Vegas this summer, the answer is a resounding yes.

The pool club, which is headquartered at the Crazy Leprechaun Restaurant and Bar in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, beat 560 other pool clubs from around the world to win the championship.

Michael Quinn is the owner of the Crazy Leprechaun and still can’t believe they won.

“It’s still surreal. Sometimes I’m like, ‘Did we really do that?’ We spent two weeks in Las Vegas and played pool for 17 hours every day,” Quinn said.

The American Poolplayers Association is the largest league for amateur pool players in the country and hosts its annual championship tournament in Las Vegas.

Starchelle Goris sees the cohesion and closeness of the team as the key to her success.

“It takes courage. You can’t have an ego in this sport. You need that to win. Other teams have cursed and thrown fits when they missed a shot. We didn’t. I want everyone to recognize love, that we have for each other. That’s how you win,” said Goris.

According to Quinn, owning and operating a bar has been difficult enough during the pandemic.

“I wasn’t allowed to have customers here for two years, but our team practiced whenever we could. We put in the hours when we could. We have connected. And we got hot when it mattered, that’s how we won.”

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