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Members of the first place VNEA team include first row: Brad Bent, Brian Bent, Tim Taylor Second row: Rex Yoder, Marshall Kohtz, Greg Teet

A Beatrice pool team recently found success at the Valley National eight-ball World Championship at Ballys in Las Vegas.

The team, which consisted of Brad Bent, Brian Bent, Greg Teet, Rex Yoder and Tim Taylor, played in the open tournament. It consisted of 342 teams and they went 2-2. They then played in the sportsman division, which is a second chance tournament, and they got first place out of 137 teams, which paid $1,000.

Brad Bent also found success in singles play. He played in the nine-ball singles tournament and got fourth out of 360 people, which paid $1,400. He played in the eight ball singles tournament and got 13th-16th out of 663 players, which paid $700.

Brad Bent said he's played in this particular tournament before, but this was the most success he's had.

"It was pretty awesome," he said. "It's a long ways out there and there's a lot of pressure because you want to do well for everybody back home as well as yourself. There are so many players and you just have to grind things out."

The top four players in each division receive trophies called Charlies, which Brad calls one of the most prestigious trophies in pool. He won a trophy for his fourth place singles finish as well as their first place team finish.

"Everybody wants a Charlie," Brad said. "It's the dream trophy to win and I never thought I'd get one, but to get two is pretty wild. I was hoping to do a little better in singles, but it was great to get in the top four."

Brad said the team championship was the the highlight of the tournament because he got to win it with his brother, Brian Bent, as well as three other guys who are like brothers.

"I was really happy four our team," Brad said. 'Not many people can say they won a Charlie with their brother, so -- even though it was a second chance tournament -- that was a pretty sweet accomplishment."

Brad has been playing pool since he was a kid. He learned from watching his father and grandfather play growing up. He also credits his success to Dustin Gunia, a pool player from Omaha.

He said he finally got his own pool table two years ago and he tries to practice at least one hour every day. All that practice definitely paid off in Vegas.

"Winning this team championship was definitely the best team accomplishment I've been apart of," Brad said. "Getting fourth in singles ranks in the top three of my individual accomplishments. I'll definitely play in this tournament again and a first place finish would be fantastic."

The Beatrice team has a few other singles participants. Teet finished 129th-192nd in eight-ball singles, which brought in a reward of $125. Taylor finished 65th-96th in the eight ball singles tournament, which was a reward of $175.

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