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USPL World Championships
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 16-18, 2009

7 Man First Place
Pro Dynasty
D1 Dynasty Entourage
D2 SCP Epic
D3 Impact Kids

5 Man First Place
D3 Team RIP
D4 406s Finest
Pump GAT Products Factory

Las Vegas has issued its siren call to not only gamblers, but to paintballers alike, as teams once again descend on the city of sin to duke it out for the top spots. Paintball in Las Vegas had been a hallmark of professional paintball in years gone by and has once again returned to the Strip with the USPL World Championships taking place behind the Riviera Hotel and Casino during the weekend of October 16-18th. Since the mid-90's, Nevada has hosted the top professional teams, and the amateurs who dream of filling those shoes, but after the PSP's last visit to Vegas in 2006, the cacaphony of slot machines and the dazzling lights of the Strip have been missing from the top professional events.

Playing their preliminary games on Friday and Saturday, the Professional, D1, 2 and 3 of the 7 man competition as well as D3 and D4 of the 5 man teams would play their 8 starting games. The Pump division would start on Saturday with their finals to be held on Sunday. All division of five and seven man competition would play their quarter, semi and final matches on Sunday.

DC Arsenal, the Professional team that had dominated the pro series for the USPL had a wretched time during their preliminary games ending up in 12th place when the 7 games were complete giving them just 5 ranking points to add to the 63 they had achieved throughout the season. Oakland Blast finished their prelims in third place, poised to take the series title away from DC Arsenal with a first or second place win of the event. Dynasty would be three points shy of the series title if they finished first place in Vegas.

The other divisions of play showed the same top teams in their top spots after prelims with the exception of D3 five man team The KGB Mob who, after a season of play was rated first in the division with 126 points, but who had a horrible Vegas experience and finished second to last in their preliminary games. Depending on their final ranking points, this could set Team RIP up nicely poised to take the series title away from them with their 89 series points they'd earned throughout the year.

Seven man competition wrapped up after the quarter finals and semi finals with TLords falling to Impact Kids in the D3 bracket in their third match to send the Kids into first place for the event and the series rankings. D3 third place were secured by Bonehead Paintball after their two wins over Long Beach Effects. SCP Epic took first in D2 after their pair of wins against One18. D2's loser's brackets saw Arsenal Predators and Stoned Assassins fighting it out, the 3rd place placement giving Arsenal enough to keep their first place billing in the series rankings. D1 saw Hollywood HK losing their two winner's brackets games against Dynasty Entourage, the series champs for the D1 bracket. Warped Army took down Rockstar Factory for third place in D1 after an unprecedented number of penalties saw Rockstar starting their final game with just 4 men on the field. The greatly contested Professional finals games saw Edmonton Impact and LA Infamous battling in the loser's bracket with the Canadians taking third place and Infamous in fourth. Oakland Blast proved that teams don't have to be on top, but to remain consistent, and thus secured the series title for themselves with their advancement into the winner's bracket. Sadly, despite their second game against Dynasty going in their favor, the third match was over with the boys in blue the victors, giving Dynasty their first win in the USPL.

The Pump division showed GAT Products Factory in first place with Poi & Tacos in second, FieldsofFire in third and Yuma Rattlers in fourth. Five man teams were whittled down in the D3 to Team RIP in the top spot at the days' end, just two points shy of snatching away KGB Mob's series title for the year. Good For Nothing sported second place with Vegas Reapers in third and Surgical Strike in fourth. The D4 teams, new to the series for the Vegas event saw 406s Finest beating out Tropix Hawaii Tradition for first place. Suckerpunch took down Boston Reapers for third place.

The event wrapped up as the sun was setting, the lights of Vegas continued to glimmer, while the NPPL/USPL began planning for the 2010 season to begin at Huntington Beach yet again.


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