Field for PBA’s BowlersDeals.com All-In Showdown Now at Seven
by Bill Vint
SEATTLE – The field for the PBA’s BowlersDeals.com All-In Showdown, a special high-stakes event that will kick off the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling on Friday, Nov. 4, at South Point Bowling Center, is now at seven with the addition of Cincinnati’s Brian Himmler, Ronnie Russell of Indianapolis and Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa.
Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., also has entered.
The four newcomers have anted up their $5,000 entry fees to join Chris Barnes, Chris Warren and Joe Paluszek in the winner-take-all special event. With the addition of a $5,000 bonus from BowlersDeals.com, the jackpot currently stands at $40,000.
The All-In Showdown will take place at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT) and will be webcast in its entirety, live on pba.com’s Xtra Frame.
“I was thinking if I could come up with the money, I’d take a crack at it,” said Himmler, a four-time PBA Tour title winner who spent 15 years on Tour before ending his full-time career three years ago. “I grew up bowling a lot of action around the Super Hoinke tournament (in Cincinnati). I’ve been pretty successful on TV. I thrive in that environment. I’m going to bring my wife along for a nice weekend and see what happens. I’m looking forward to it.”
Himmler is now part owner of a small group of Dave’s World of Bowling pro shops in the Cincinnati area, and admits he misses his friends and being around the PBA Tour on a full-time basis, “but after all those years on the road, it was time to spend more time with my family. I’ve been bowling my whole life, and it’s harder and harder to get in shape and prepare, so I decided to do this event. I’m not going to bowl the World Series, but I’ll also bowl the majors. With my business and family now, two weeks in Vegas is just too much time away from home.”
Russell, a 31-year-old four-time PBA Regional title winner, looks at the All-In Showdown as one additional opportunity to hit the jackpot in Las Vegas.
“The ratio to win is pretty good if you have a couple of big games,” Russell said. “I’ve bowled some Super Hoinke action in the early 2000s, and I’ve bowled some games on TV for $20,000. That’s about the same thing as bowling in this event. No, sir, I have no fear of bowling against these guys. I barely even focus on who I’m bowling against.
“If I don’t bowl good, it doesn’t matter.”
O’Neill was actually entered into the event by TheBowlingShop.com in Dallas, which is owned by fellow PBA Tour competitor Dino Castillo.
“My company wanted to sponsor a bowler and we felt like Bill’s experience in action bowling gives us a great option, especially as good as he’s bowling right now,” Castillo said. “And if he wins, we’re going to donate a portion of the prize money to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, so it’ll be good for everyone. We wanted to be part of the All-In Showdown and thought this would be a great way to do it.”
“I’ve always enjoyed bowling action, although I haven’t had a bunch of chances,” O’Neill said. “Most of the big megabuck stuff was going on when I was still in high school, but I always looked forward to it.
“I’m probably as intense a competitor as there is in the sport,” the three-time PBA Tour champion said. “I hate losing more than anyone, so I’m planning on winning this thing. If I didn’t think I could win, I wouldn’t enter.”
The BowlersDeal.com All-In Showdown will reach its capacity with one more entry. To enter, call Barb Wilt at the PBA office (206-332-9688). Entries will be accepted on a first-come basis.
-Courtesy of PBA.com
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