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Each year the VNEA (Valley National Eightball Association) plays The International Competition at Bally's Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year a returning team from Newcomerstown, called the Bourbon Sippers, competed and came in 17th out of 519 teams from all over the world. Team members are: Ed Moyer (Team Captain) Tim Gaumer, Todd Beal, Gary Thompson and Garten Bierbower. In last year's competition they came in at 65th place. The team was sponsored by Mike Bennett of BMS Enterprises, LLC from Tippecanoe, Ohio.