The World Pool Series is announcing that our next event will take place in the IDM Club in Bucharest, Romania, from August 7-10. The 8-Ball Classic Championship will be the third event of the 2018 World Pool Series and the first ever to be held in Europe.
Darren Appleton & Shirley Ang: “The WPS is happy to be able to announce that we’ll be organizing our first event in Europe, thanks to the wonderful help of Robert Braga and the IDM Club especially. We hope that our first European tournament will attract the players that have supported us from the start and will also appeal to brand-new players to the tour. This is another step in the vision we have for the WPS and are excited about the future!”
The IDM Club in Bucharest has hosted many local, national, and international events and are the ideal host for the WPS’ first venture outside of the United States. The IDM Club is open from 9 AM until 5 AM and is offering our players free table time from start till end, even after the pool tournament schedule has finished each day. With the special TV arena that has been set up, the tournament is set to be a spectacle for all spectators at the venue or watching at home.
Casper Matikainen (FIN), Kateryna Polovinchuk (UKR) and Alexander Schukin (RUS). Mezz Cues Baltic Pool League 2018 Stage II Champions
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MEZZ CUES BALTIC POOL LEAGUE 2018 IN FINLAND
Mezz Cues Baltic Pool League 2018 second stage was held in a cosy little city of Hyvinkï¿½ï¿½, Finland. The host for the event was Musta Kasi pool hall in the centre of the city. The winners of the second stage were Casper Matikainen (FIN), Kateryna Polovinchuk (UKR) and Alexander Schukin (RUS).
Finns rule in the menï¿½s division
The menï¿½s division was dominated by the hosts. Seven of the quarter finalist were from Finland and it was only the Estonian youngster Mark Mï¿½gi to add some international color to the last eight. Mï¿½gi did not only managed to reach the quarter finals but managed to reach the final as well. However, his steam run out in the final where he was crashed by Casper Matikainen 8:3. Matikainen showed a consistent play throughout the event and to make his point he won Petri Makkonen in the semi-final 8:6. In another semi-final the young Estonian had to overcome another Finnish top player Markus Juva. Mï¿½gi held his nerve and secured 8:4 win.
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Dutch Federation KNBB introduced „Smart Pool“ Press Release courtesy of the EPBF
In the preparations for the upcoming jubilee Dynamic Billard European Pool Championships 2018, the Dutch Federation Koninklijke Nederlandse Biljartbond (KNBB) used the opportunity to introduce a new game to the public called „smart pool“.
The press conference was held in an international school in Veldhoven, The Netherlands. Representatives from the town as well as the host Hotel „NH Koningshof“ together with many press people witnessed an introduction of this new and exciting game.
„Smart pool is a combination of pool billiards and mathematics, „ explained Willem La Riviere, the representative of the KNBB on site. „It is fascinating and thrilling and designed to attract new members for our clubs, especially among the students and young kids“, he further explained.
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Initial Team USA squad is named
WITH THE 2018 Mosconi Cup now six months away, the initial group of 14 American players has been announced. The 14 will attend a series of team get-togethers, training camps and tournaments as they work towards victory at the 25th annual partypoker Mosconi Cup which takes place at Alexandra Palace, London this December 4-7.
Of the 14 players named, over half of them have previous Mosconi Cup experience with Corey Deuel at ten appearances being the most seasoned. There are six players in the squad who have yet to taste the fiery atmosphere of the event. The final team of five will be announced at the end of October.
Players from all over the country made their way to Telford this weekend for the second GB 9 Ball Tour event of the 2018 season - The Paul Medati Trophy.
Broadcast live on Facebook's live streaming service, videos from several of the more interesting match-ups are now available to view at the tour's official page here... www.facebook.com/gb9balltour.
A selection of gritty black and white images created by the stylish lens of photographer Lee Rigby are available to view in the article below, and as always we wish to express our gratitude for Lee's sterling efforts.
3 World Snooker Rankings Movers after The Crucible
Another snooker season may be done and dusted but there was great drama along the way – nowhere more so than at the last the tournament, the World Championship.
Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre contains all the ingredients to make or break even the greats of the green baize. That explains why the top two in the world snooker rankings – Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan – bowed out of this cue sport’s premier event early yet previous successes kept them high in the order of merit.
Whose displays – good and bad – caught the eye, though? Here we look at three world snooker ranking movers.
The obvious place to start is with shock World Snooker Championship winner Mark Williams. He didn’t even make it to the tournament proper at The Crucible in 2017 but became the oldest champ for 40 years when he denied fellow veteran potter John Higgins in a memorable 18-16 victory in this year’s final.
Williams was never behind in that match, and if you aren’t then you can’t lose. At 43, he belied a 15-year gap from his last Crucible crown to become a three-time world champion and match rankings top dog Selby despite being almost a decade his senior. Age appears no barrier to success on the baize, however, as the Welsh Potting Machine scooped the Northern Ireland Open and German Masters prizes this season and he’s an 8/1 chance with Coral to retain his world title.
Naturally, this surprise victory for Williams has catapulted him into third spot – best of the rest behind the Jester from Leicester and snooker genius O’Sullivan. It’s even more remarkable because the he had considered retirement and was ranked outside the world’s top 16 as recently as when the seedings for another Triple Crown event, the UK Championship, were decided.
The World Pool Series is happy to announce that UpState Al will be back for the second event of this year for the WPS to provide our fans with all the action from our feature table at Steinway Billiards, Astoria. Daily passes for the PPV are now available to be purchased at $8.95 per day of $24.95 for full access over four days from June 7 until the 10th. Fans are also encouraged to come over to Steinway Billiards to watch the best players in the world compete. Access to the club is now totally free of charge for all, so make sure you’re there!
Darren Appleton (Founder) & Shirley Ang (General Manager):
“The pay-per-view route that we have taken for this season might not be the most popular choice for our fans but due to budget constraints this year, this was the only way that we could offer any stream. We are extremely pleased with the support we have received from the fans up till now. We hope that the fans will continue enjoying the live stream that is coming up with some of the best players in the world competing in New York!
The WPS is also offering more coverage than ever before on our social media channels. Make sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for official updates, InstaGram stories for the lighter side of the WPS, and our website for posts written by Keith Paradise.
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