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Inside the player's meeting at the IPT North American Open
 Posted on Sunday, July 23 2006 @ 11:30:15 UTCby admin
International Pool Tour International Pool Tour
Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com
IPT NA Open Statistics
TV Coverage starts at 20.30 London time - tonight on Eurosport

23 July 2006



INSIDE THE PLAYER’S MEETING

The International Pool Tour’s first major event is poised to begin at the Venetian in fabulous Las Vegas. Two hundred of the most talented pocket billiards players worldwide arrived at the beautiful Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, NV today to attend the official players meeting. The men, dressed in suits and ties, and the women in their best, took their first look at the grand scale of this historic tournament. Players will compete for their share of over $2,000,000 which is the highest prize purse in the history of billiards. By playing in the North American Open, each player is guaranteed at least $2,000. The winner will take home an unprecedented $350,000!

Click on "Read More..." for the details.

Tour Director Deno Andrews is conspicuously missing from this event, as he and his wife are expecting their second child imminently. He was at the airport about to board his plane, which was two hours delayed, when his wife called to inform him that he should probably turn back. Deno said by phone that “I knew for the last ten years that I would run the largest tournament in the history of the game, but I guess I will have to wait for the World Open! As far as the North American Open, the tournament is in good hands with my assistant, Lindsay Erazo.” Lindsay Erazo, the Assistant Tour Director, has stepped up and will assume Andrews’ duties throughout this event, with Charles Ursitti assisting.

Kevin Trudeau, the founder of the IPT, addressed the players at a meeting Saturday afternoon, in which he covered a wide range of topics, including reiterating that every 2007 tour member is guaranteed to earn $100,000. After the meeting, the tournament room was opened to the players, and every one of the 60 Diamond tables was taken in a matter of minutes. Many players stood in awe of the beautiful tournament arena. IPT Player Aaron Czetli said that “this is the greatest thing I have ever seen in pool, or anything for that matter.” 1995 World Champion Gerda Hofstatter stated “the tournament room is so beautiful, and I can’t wait to play my matches on Monday.” Half of the field will have matches on Sunday, while the other half will wait until Monday to play. At the end of Monday’s rounds, 80 players will be eliminated. There is no room for mistakes at the first major IPT tournament.

The tournament format is brutal! The round-robin format requires players to play all day. On certain days, players must play four matches, and on other days they must play five. That means that every player will be playing for at least eight to ten hours daily as they advance through the brackets. Corey Deuel was asked about this demanding format to which he replied “you have to be in good physical shape or else you have no chance.” Two players have dropped out of the North American Open due to the physical demands of the tournament.

Tournament conditions are some of the toughest in the history of the sport. The Diamond IPT tables are manufactured to provide the tightest pockets in professional pool. At the widest part of the corner pockets, the opening is no bigger than 4 ½” which is much tighter than other professional events. The cloth is IPT Tournament Cloth, which is a custom slow-nap cloth made by Gorina, experts in textiles for over 100 years. The balls are a brand new custom designed ball made specifically for the IPT by SALUC, the Belgian ball company. Of course, to play in a tournament of this magnitude, the racks must be perfect every time, so the IPT uses the new Sardo M-5000 Tight Rack. IPT Tournament Chalk is also on the tables helping players to reduce the chances of miscuing. To learn more about official IPT equipment, please visit www.internationalpooltour.com.


DON’T MISS A THING!

The players aren’t the only ones with good shots. The IPT’s professional photographers bring you all the action at the online photo gallery. The IPT is providing unprecedented live on-line coverage of this event at www.internationalpooltour.com. There you will be able to follow the action by viewing up to the minute match scores, reading stories from the tournament floor and player interviews, follow player and tournament statistics. The coverage is ongoing during the event and promises to be the most in depth coverage of any billiards event ever. Of course, if you have access to Eurosport, you can catch daily live broadcasts in Prime Time.


IPT North American Open Prize Money Breakdown
Total Prize Fund$2,050,000
1st Place$350,000
2nd Place $99,000
3rd Place $80,000
4th Place$65,000
5th Place $50,000
6th Place $40,000
7th - 18th Place$30,000 each
19th - 36th Place $17,000 each
37th - 60th Place$10,000 each
61st - 120th Place $5,000 each
121st - 200th Place$2,000 each
All prize money is regardless of number of players



North American Open 8-Ball Championship Groupings
Group 1
Alex LELY
Lou BUTERA
Jackie BROADHURST
Jon KUCHARO
Jason KIRKWOOD
Group 15
Dennis ORCOLLO
Kelly FISHER
Gary ABOOD
Wayne CATLEDGE
John KUTCHER
Group 28
Imran MAJID
Ralph ECKERT
Thomas KENNEDY
Aaron CZETLI
Howard VICKERY
Group 2
Neils FEIJEN
Karen CORR
Ray MARTIN
Lee HEUWAGEN**
Greg HOGUE
Group 16
Ivaca PUTNIK
Jimmy WHITE
Quinten HANN
David ALCAIDE
Ronato ALCANO
Group 29
Lee CHENMAN
Adam WHEELER
Gerry WATSON
Shawn PUTNAM
Marco MARQUEZ
Group 3
Tuan Kiat GOH
Keith BENNETT*
Sarah ELLERBY
Eric HJORLEIFSON
David MATLOCK
Group 17
Bernie FRIEND
Larry SCHWARTZ
George SANSOUCI
Johnny ARCHER
Denver BARGER
Group 30
Michael CERNERO
Johl YOUNGER
Brian GROCE
Jose PARICA
Rafael MARTINEZ
Group 4
Alex PAGULAYAN
Mike MASSEY
Tammy JONES
Goran MLADENOVIC
Corey HARPER
Group 18
Jeff BECKLEY***
Ike RUNNELS
Shannon DAULTON
Corey DEUEL
Ronnie WISEMAN
Group 31
Neil RAYBONE
David RELJIC
Rafael GONZALEZ
Rodney MORRIS
Tomoki MEKARI
Group 5
Austin MURPHY
Danny BASAVICH
Ewa LAURANCE
Sam MONDAY
Anthony GINN
Group 19
Robert MCKENNA
John WIMS
Shane VAN BOENING
Thorsten HOHMANN
Michael VIDAS
Group 32
Tyler EDEY
Paul POTIER
Kim DAVENPORT
Jason MILLER
Steve MOORE
Group 6
Mike GULYASSY
Earl STRICKLAND
Miyuki SAKAI
Chris ORME
Teddy GARRAHAN
Group 20
Jim RANEY
Charles BRYANT
Oliver ORTMANN
Mika IMMONEN
Gandy VALLE
Group 33
Yannick BEAUFILS
Wade CRANE
Fabio PETRONI
Max EBERLE
Larry NEVEL
Group 7
Raj HUNDAL
Dallas WEST
Monica WEBB
Ismael PAEZ
Scott FROST
Group 21
Mike LEBRON
Vincent FACQUET
Dennis HATCH
Ronnie O’SULLIVAN
Sandor TOT
Group 34
Darren APPLETON
Allen HOPKINS
Patrick HOLTZ
Mike DAVIS
Takeshi OKUMURA
Group 8
William INCARDONA
Nick VARNER
Helena THORNFELDT
Jonathan PENEGAR
Rico DIKS
Group 22
Leonardo GUNNAR
Tom STORM
Daryl PEACH
John SCHMIDT
Konihiko TAKAHASHI
Group 35
Ryan KELLER
Edwin MONTAL
Markus JUVA
Markus CHAMAT
Arturo RIVERA
Group 9
Gabe OWEN
Efren REYES
Mary KENNISTON
James WALDEN
Luis CONDO
Group 23
Colin COLENSO
Jimmy FUSCO
George BREEDLOVE
Ralf SOUQUET
Mark TADEMY
Group 36
John DITORO
Carl MORRIS
Bernd JAHNKE
Jeremy JONES
Robb SAEZ
Group 10
Francisco BUSTAMANTE
Ed KELLY
Gerda HOFSTATTER
Jim WEAST
Andreas KOUKIADAKIS
Group 24
Jianbo FU
Paul BRIENZA
Laurant TRAVERS
Jerry CALDERON
Sal BUTERA
Group 37
Lance SALAZAR
Danny DILIBERTO
Bobby HUNTER
Tony CHOHAN
Troy FRANK
Group 11
Mike SIGEL
Philip HARRISON
James ROBERTS
David BROXSON
Linda CARTER
Group 25
Warren KIAMCO
Brian SALEH
Michael ZIMMERMAN
Keith MCCREADY
Cliff JOYNER
Group 38
Ouahbi AMINE
Alejandro CARVAJAL
Mick HILL
Charlie WILLIAMS
Santos SAMBAJON
Group 12
Joe MINICI
Dee ADKINS
Marlon MANALO
Robin DODSON
Richard BROUMPTON
Group 26
Aaron FRANKEN
Sammy JONES
Evgeny STALEV
Tony ROBLES
Antonio LINING
Group 39
Roland ACOSTA
Chris BARTRAM
Frank ALVAREZ
Luc SALVAS
Michael SCHMIDT
Group 13
Zlatko JAKULJ
Loree Jon JONES
John MACIAS
Ernesto DOMINGUEZ
Karl BOYES
Group 27
Stephan SANTL
Vilmos FOLDES
Rodolfo LUAT
Jimmy WETCH
Mori MANABU
Group 40
Stan TOURANGEAU
Leil GAY
Scotty TOWNSEND
Nick VAN DEN BERG
Tony CROSBY
Group 14
Grady MATHEWS
Andreja KLASOVIC
Marko LOHTANDER
Allison FISHER
Jeff ABERNATHY
..


* Keith BENNETT replaces Jim REMPE
** Lee HEUWAGEN replaces Wei LIU
*** Jeff BECKLEY replaces Pete FUSCO

 

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