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posticon   Posted: 2014-03-22 19:21

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JUSTIN HIGHTOWER DEFENDS TITLE!

Cuemakers International 9-Ball Championship 2014


Some of the finest cuemakers from all over the USA and Canada met in Edison, New Jersey at the Super Billiards Expo for the 2014 Cuemakers International 9-Ball Championship. The players field was filled with cuemakers from both the American Cuemakers Association and the International Cuemakers Association as well as some independent cuemakers. The tournament was played in a true single elimination format. The top half of the bracket saw Georgia cuemaker and 2013 defending champion Justin Hightower of Hightower Custom Cues make his way through a tough field to the finals. His opponent in the finals was Illinois cuemaker Mike Durbin of Durbin Cues. Both players were playing great and the match was close in the alternate break format tournament, but when it was all over Justin Hightower took home the title of the International 9-Ball Champion of Cuemakers once again for 2014.

The event was the third annual Cuemakers International 9-Ball Championship and was held as a charity benefit for the Galilean Childrens Home in Liberty, Kentucky. The Galilean Childrens Home has helped countless children and special needs adults for a few decades now. All entry fees and cash donations went directly to help the Childrens Home. Some cuemakers paid much more than the entry fee and others who were unable to play came by and donated just to help the Children. When all was said and done the cuemakers tournament raised over $1200 for the Childrens Home.

Next year's event will be held during the Super Billiards Expo. A special word of appreciation needs to be given to all the event sponsors: the International Cuemakers Association, Mad Man Handcrafted Tips, G2 Premium Tips, True Heart Billiard Cues, Dennis Dieckman and Cue Man Billiard Products. And thanks most of all to the cuemakers for their generous donations and participation. Our cuemaking industry indeed has some generous quality individuals representing it.

If interested in sponsoring, donating to or playing in the 2015 event contact Chris Hightower at cueman@cuesmith.com for more information.

By Chris Hightower

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Mike Durbin (left) and Justin Hightower (right).
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Luxor World Cup 3-Cushion (EGY) - Mar 23rd to 29th

This month Kozoom is taking you on the Nile river banks to follow the second World Cup of the season. It is in Luxor, in one of the most prestigious Egyptian sites built in the XIVth century B.C., that the cream of the 3-Cushion crop will meet. Our team will do its best to show your the unique ambiance of this tournament. The Live video coverage will start on Sunday, March 23rd.

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LAYANI CUES - MADE IN THE USA - Kamui Black Tips

We're proud to announce that from now on, every Layani shaft comes with a Kamui Black tip installed. The 3-Cushion shafts now feature a Kamui Black Medium tip, and the Balkline and Pool shafts feature a Kamui Black Soft tip.

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BCA Seeks Candidates for Board of Directors Seats

Broomfield, Colo. - March 25, 2014 - The Billiard Congress of America (BCA) announces a call for nominations for Board of Directors seats for the 2014-2015 Board year. The 2014 Nominating Committe is currently accepting nominations for a total of three (3) available Board seats. Two seats are in Category 1 (Manufacturer/Distributor) category, and one seat is in Category 2 (Billiard Retailer). All seats are for a three year term in office.

BCA members can nominate themselves or a colleague for these positions. Candidates for the Board seats must be current members of the BCA, be designated as the representative for the member company and qualify in the appropriate member category. The following are the open positions available on the BCA Board:    

•     Manufacturer/Distributor Seats - Candidates must qualify as a manufacturer or distributor to apply for the Manufacturer/Distributor Seats. This means the organization the candidate represents is a licensed business entity with its principle business in the manufacture or wholesale distribution of billiard equipment or accessories. These seats are for three-year terms.

•     Billiard Retailer Seat - Candidates must qualify as a billiard retailer to apply for the Billiard Retailer Seat. This means the organization the candidate represents is a licensed business entity with its principle business in the selling of billiard equipment or billiard accessories from an established, publicly know place of business. This seat is for a three-year term.

The process the committee will use in making these appointments is as follows:

In order to select the best candidates, the decision will be based on the needs of the organization and the information provided by potential candidates. Each nominee will be provided a Candidate Data Form that is designed to allow candidates to tell the committee why they are the best candidate for the position at this time. All candidates are required to complete all five sections of this candidate data form.    

The Candidate Data Form is comprised of sections that ask specific questions about the candidates:    

•     BCA Member Status
•     Billiards Industry Volunteer Experience
•     Professional Job Experience and Responsibilities
•     Potential Contributions to the BCA and Committee Interest
•     Vision for BCA
•     Consent to Run and Serve by Member Entity
•     Indication of Willingness to Follow BCA Policies and Procedures

The nominating committee will review the forms, follow up with phone interviews if necessary and propose a slate of candidates for all open positions. The committee will then notify the BCA secretary, in writing, of the names of the candidates. All candidates will be contacted as to whether they have been slated or not by Friday, May 9, 2014. Candidates unsuccessful in being slated will be asked if they want to contribute to the organization in other ways, such as through committee participation.

Candidates interested in running or those wishing to nominate a candidate should contact Shane Tyree, BCA membership and communications manager, at shane@bca-pool.com. Those who are nominated will receive a Candidate Data Form via e-mail no later than the next business day. The form is also available for download as a PDF file on the BCA Web site or at: 2014 Candidate Data Form.

The nomination should include a message stating the candidate name, title, company and complete contact information (including e-mail address) along with a message identifying the position to which the person is being nominated.

The Candidate Data Form must be completed by the candidate and returned by 5:00 p.m. MDT, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in order to be considered for a position.

Completed forms should be returned to Shane Tyree, BCA membership and communications manager, at shane@bca-pool.com or via fax at 303-243-5075.

About Billiard Congress of America

Founded in 1948, the Billiard Congress of America is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to growing a united, prosperous and highly regarded billiard industry through BCA leadership. The BCA seeks to enhance the success of its members and promote the game of billiards though educational, marketing and promotional efforts, an annual industry trade show and other programs designed to encourage billiards as a lifestyle and make pool everybody's game. For more information, visit bca-pool.com or call 303-243-5070.


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Williams – Pressure On World Qualifier

Two-time Crucible king Mark Williams will have to face the qualifying rounds of the Dafabet World Championship next month and admits he’d hate to miss out on snooker’s Theatre of Dreams.

The Welshman lifted the famous trophy in 2000 and 2003 and has won 18 ranking titles in all, but has dropped out of the world’s top 16 this season so has to win one qualifying match to earn a spot at the Crucible for the televised stages.

The qualifiers at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre run from April 8 to 16. The final round will be on April 15 and 16, with the winners to go through to the Crucible to be drawn at random against the top 16 seeds.

“I haven’t had to qualify many times in the past but I’ve got to do it now,” said 39-year-old Welshman Williams. “It’s not nice but I just have to get on with it. I don’t want to finish the season sitting at home rather than being at the Crucible. There’s a lot of pressure on everyone in that final qualifying round.”

Williams was out of the top 16 in 2009 but came through the qualifying round, beating Tom Ford 10-5. He has been ever-present at the Crucible since 1997. “That’s a good record and it would be nice to keep it going,” he added. “If I don’t make it then it’s up to me to get back into the top 16 next season to make sure I don’t have to qualify again.”

Graeme Dott, the 2006 World Champion, and two-time finalist Matthew Stevens will be among the other stars in the final qualifying round, while legends Steve Davis and Jimmy White will start their campaign earlier in the event. Both may need to win matches to keep their place on the World Snooker Tour.

Tickets for the qualifiers cost just £10 for a full day, exceptional value for the chance to see many leading players competing in snooker's biggest tournament.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW by calling the box office on 0114 2233777 or visiting www.sivtickets.com

There is also a SPECIAL OFFER of any three days for £20. Quote 'Special Offer'.

Students can buy all-day tickets for the two Tuesdays for just £5 (limited offer). Quote 'Student Tuesday'.

Please note there is no play on Monday April 14 due to the tables being re-covered.

The Dafabet World Championship is supported by Sheffield City Council. The final stages run from April 19 to may 5 at the Crucible - for ticket details call 0844 65 65 147 or visit Sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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Justin Collett (TAR Founder) Joins CSI
Report by Ozzy Reynolds
Manager, CueSports International (CSI)

CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (March 27, 2014) – CSI is proud to announce that Justin Collett, an original founder of The Action Report (TAR), is now the new CSI Media Manager. In his new role, Collett’s responsibilities will include CSI live streaming, recorded content management, print ad development, website graphics, YouTube channel management, Facebook pages management, and much more.Over the last seven years as the face of TAR,

Collett has been the industry leader in live streaming of billiards events and has built an impeccable reputation of customer service and quality. In that time, TAR produced 39 challenge matches featuring many of the best players on the planet with unique formats and stunning quality.

Earlier this year, Collett announced that TAR 39, Shane Van Boening vs. Efren Reyes, would be the last TAR match. However, as one door closed another opened. Ozzy Reynolds, the new CSI Manager, saw an opportunity and led the effort to obtain Collett. He explains that “it is extremely rare to find a person with Justin’s knowledge, skills, and reputation right at your fingertips. It only took a few minutes of conversation with Justin to realize that he is what we need.”

After that final TAR match, Collett assumed that he would begin a new chapter in his life that did not involve billiards. However, after several discussions with Reynolds, it became clear that they had common goals. Collett explained his decision to join CSI by saying, “I believe that with the new direction it’s taking, CSI can build something special and I would like to be a part of it.”

With this move, CSI can now consolidate many previously outsourced activities and better control its product. Additionally, Collett brings a wealth of industry knowledge and relationships that will allow CSI to strengthen its position. Please join us in welcoming Justin Collett to the CSI team!

CSI is dedicated to providing more choices for all players. CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League (BCAPL), USA Pool League (USAPL), US Bar Table Championships, Jay Swanson Memorial,US Open One Pocket Championship, US Open 8-Ball Championship, US Open 10-Ball Championship, and much more. Visit www.playcsipool.com, www.playbca.com, and www.playusapool.com for more information about CSI and its divisions.

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posticon   Posted: 2014-03-31 14:21

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The Rocket is dominating the Wyoming Open So far...

Saratoga, Wyoming- Rodney Morris recently posted on his Facebook to his fans that he is going to show the world he is still a force to be reckoned with. And he has. The 7th Annual Andy Cloth Wyoming Open consists of 3 Pro Events as well as 3 Divisions for amateurs. Morris has already won 2 of the 3 tournaments including a whitewashing of USA's #1 Shane Van Boening.

The 3 day Rocky Mountain pool extravaganza is taking place now and is widely considered to be the most anticipated tournament that players in this part of America looks forward to each year. Event promoter E.J. Glode manages to bring players of all levels nationwide to Saratoga, including some of the biggest names in the sport. The event is co-promoted by Dragon Promotions and is renowned to be the biggest pool event in the state drawing over 150 players. From beginner, intermediate, expert and pro/open level tournaments will all be available. The event is sponsored by widely popular Andy Cloth, Pechauer Cues, and Master Chalk. Local partners include Duke's Bar & Grill, the Hotel Wolf & Restaurant, and the Riviera Lodge with all events coordinated by Shively Hardware.

In the 10-Ball Masters, Morris took down Charlie Williams 6-4 in the opening match, and then defeated his next three opponents including Spain's Marc Vidal. It now came down to the reigning US Open 10-Ball Champion vs the reigning US Open 9-Ball Champion. Facing Van Boening who earlier eliminated Mexico's new champion Ruben Bautista, Morris was just too hot to handle as he blanked Shane 6-0 for the title.

In the game of Saratoga which combines 8-Ball and 9-Ball together, Morris went undefeated until he ran into Ruben Bautista who defeated him. Deuel was taking to the new game well as he defeated Charlie Williams and eventually Van Boening in the hot seat. Morris cameback with a vengeance on the one loss side and avenged himself against Bautista, defeated Van Boening again, and then edged Deuel in the finals 9-7 to win the second event in a row.

Today will be the final day and it comes down to the 8-Ball Division of the Andy Cloth Wyoming Open. Can Morris win all 3 events? We will soon see!

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Sheffield’s Moore To Referee World Final

Brendan Moore will referee the Dafabet World Championship final for the first time in his home city this year.

Sheffield born-and-bred Moore has been handed the responsibility of taking charge of snooker’s biggest match after proving himself on the circuit in recent years. He has previously refereed the UK Championship and Masters finals and will now officiate the World final at the Crucible Theatre on May 4 and 5.

“Since day one it has been my goal to referee the final at the Crucible,” said the 42-year-old who lives in Meersbrook. “It’s particularly special because it’s in my home town and I live ten minutes away from the venue.

“I used to go every year as a fan, I went to ten finals in a row with my dad. I’d be there queuing for tickets in the morning. I never imagined at the time that one day I’d be out there refereeing.”

Moore, who used to work as a bus driver in Sheffield and drove past the Crucible every day, started refereeing in 2002 and rose quickly through the ranks. He first officiated at the famous venue in 2008, and in 2012 he took charge of the semi-final between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Matthew Stevens.

“I don’t usually get nervous because my attitude is that people are there to watch the players, so as long as I do my job everything will be fine,” he said. “But when I walked out into the one-table set-up at the Crucible for the first time, I felt nerves and I don’t mind admitting that. It’s completely different to any other atmosphere.

“We’ll wait and see how I feel on May 4th, but at the moment I can’t wait, it will be a fantastic experience for me.”

The tournament starts on April 19 and will feature the best players on the planet competing for a record top prize of £300,000.

Tickets and VIP packages for certain sessions are still available, for the latest availability call 0844 65 65 147 or visit Sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

The Dafabet World Championship is supported by Sheffield City Council.

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REANNE Evans laid down a marker ahead of the women’s world snooker championships later this month by claiming her third ranking title of the season.

A 4-0 victory over defending champion Maria Catalano landed the 28-year-old the 2014 Connie Gough Memorial at Dunstable Snooker Club.

The West Midlands wonder woman, who is bidding for a tenth successive world title, admitted: “I didn’t give her many chances.”

Breaks of 31, 64 and the day’s highest of 87 ended world number one Catalano’s hopes of lifting the trophy for the third year running.

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“Snooker’s a weird game. It’s different every day. Hopefully, I can take my form into the World Championship. And step it up a gear, as well.”

Catalano was forced to battle back from 2-1 down to see off 17-year-old Hannah Jones 3-2 in the second semi.

Derby teenager Jones, who had also beaten former IBSF world championship finalist Jaique Ip Wan In 3-2 in the last-eight and World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association (WLBSA) debutante Diana Tracevic, 14, 2-0 in the Under-21 final, was declared Player of the Tournament and awarded £50.

Laura Evans took the Plate trophy home to South Wales and Eva Palmius, from Isleham, Cambs, claimed the Seniors (40+) title.

A WLBSA spokeswoman thanked club-owner Suny Bhambra and his staff for their hospitality and Julie Hemingway for sponsoring the event. Officials hope that newcomers Tracevic, Emily Watson and Anna Prisjaznuka will become regulars on the circuit.

RESULTS (BREAKS)

LAST-16: Yu Ching Ching (45) beat Eva Palmius 3-0, Hannah Jones (35) beat Vicky Carter     3-0, Jaique Ip Wan In beat Tatjana Vasiljeva (42) 3-2, Reanne Evans (42, 76, 46) beat Diana Tracevic 3-0, Anna Prisjaznuka beat So Man Yan 3-0, Laura Evans beat Sharon Kaur 3-1, Ng On Yee (71) beat Emily Watson 3-0.

QUARTER-FINALS: Maria Catalano beat Yu 3-1, Jones (41, 32) beat Ip Wan In (30) 3-2, R Evans beat Prisjaznuka 3-0, Ng beat L Evans 3-1.

SEMI-FINALS (£50): Catalano beat Jones 3-2, R Evans (35, 43) beat Ng 3-2.

FINAL (£200/£100): R Evans (31, 64, 87) beat Catalano 4-0.

PLATE

PRELIMS: Emily Watson beat Diana Tracevic 2-0, So Man Yan beat Eva Palmius 2-0, Vicky Carter beat Sharon Kaur 2-1.

QUARTER-FINALS: Yu Ching Ching beat Watson 2-0, So w/o Jaique Ip Wan In, Tatjana Vasiljeva (30) beat Anna Prisjaznuka 2-0, Laura Evans (49) beat Vicky Carter 2-0.

SEMI-FINALS: So beat Yu 2-1, Evans beat Vasiljeva 2-1.

FINAL (£25/£15): Evans beat So 2-0.

UNDER-21

FINAL: Hannah Jones beat Diana Tracevic 2-0.

SENIORS

FINAL: Eva Palmius beat Sharon Kaur 2-1.

ENTRIES

Maria Catalano (Dudley, West Mids)
Reanne Evans (Dudley, West Mids)
Ng On Yee (Hong Kong)
Jaique Ip Wan In (Hong Kong)
Yu Ching Ching (Hong Kong)
So Man Yan (Hong Kong)
Tatjana Vasiljeva (Latvia)
Anna Prisjaznuka (Latvia)
Vicky Carter (Sandy, Beds)
Hannah Jones (Derby)
Laura Evans (Neath Port Talbot)
Diana Tracevic (Lithuania)
Sharon Kaur (Birmingham)
Eva Palmius (Isleham, Cambs)
Emily Watson (Wolverhampton)

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Format Announced For Crucible Snooker

The playing schedule for the 2014 Dafabet World Championship has been announced, with defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan to play in the opening session.

O’Sullivan will start his bid for a third consecutive title – and sixth in all – at 10am on Saturday April 19 in the first session of the 17-day tournament. His first round match will conclude in the evening session on the same day.

The £1.2million tournament at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield runs until May 5, with 32 players battling for the famous trophy.

Chinese ace Ding Junhui, chasing a record equalling fifth ranking title this season, will start on Sunday April 20 at 2.30pm, with his second session at the same time the following day.

World number two Mark Selby plays in the morning and evening sessions on Monday April 21, while potting ace Judd Trump starts his first round match on the afternoon of Tuesday April 22 and plays to a finish the following morning.

World number one Neil Robertson launches his attempt to win a second Crucible crown on the afternoon of Wednesday April 23, and finishes the following evening.

For the full draw and format see www.worldsnooker.com

A spokesman for World Snooker said: “Now that the line-up of top 16 seeds is confirmed we can see the draw taking shape and it is promising to be a fascinating tournament. There are so many contenders for the title and every day in the first week will see the best players on the planet striving to get past the first hurdle.

“Most sessions are already sold out but fans who want to enjoy the unique Crucible experience should call the box office on 0844 6565147 or visit Sheffieldtheatres.co.uk as there are still seats available for certain matches. Now that the draw is out they won’t last long, so book immediately!”

The top 16 will be joined by the 16 players who come through the qualifying rounds, which run from April 8 to 16 at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. For ticket details call 0114 2233777 or visit www.worldsnooker.com/tickets

The Dafabet World Championship is supported by Sheffield City Council.

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The Leisure Division Returns to the BCAPL National Championships

CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (April 3, 2014) – The 2014 BCAPL National Championships will once again include the “Leisure Division” which is designed to give lesser skilled players a better opportunity against players of similar ability. For years, hundreds of players have participated in the “Open Division” with little success. Their support of the BCAPL National Championships is greatly appreciated and we wish to provide them with a better opportunity to compete on a more level playing field.

Entry Fee: $80.00

Payout: Approximately 50% (much deeper than normal)

Eligibility:

• Players who have played 2 years in the Open, Senior, or Super Senior (since 2005), and have never cashed in any Singles Division

• Players who complete a full league session in the bottom half of their local league and their league uses LeagueSys (the CSI league management software suite)

• The criteria above does NOT guarantee eligibility in the “Leisure Division.” Player history will be researched and be a major factor in establishing eligibility.

• Players competing in the Leisure Division may also enter the 2nd Chance Singles events (if 2nd Chance eligibility criteria are also met), all mini tournaments, and much more.Any player unsure of their eligibilntry Fee: $80.00Payout: Approximately 50% (much deeper than normal)

Any player unsure of their eligibility they may contact Bill Stock, CSI Rules and Referee Director, at bill@playcsipool.com.

There are some great incentives for people to participate in the BCAPL National Championships. CSI will be conducting the first ever CSI Invitationals, which will feature 16 of the world’s very best players. Participants can watch these pro events in person or in their hotel room absolutely free and each of these professional players will be available at least one hour every day for free group lessons, demonstrations, autographs, etc. There are also plans to conduct a pro-am doubles event where players can bid to partner with their favorite pro. With over 300 tables, numerous amateur, pro and open events, and countless vendors to satisfy all of your pool needs, it’s an easy decision. Visit www.playbca.com/Events/2014BCAPLNationalChampionships.aspx for the 2014 BCAPL National Championship schedule of events.

Ozzy Reynolds
Manager, CueSports International
2041 Pabco Rd, Henderson, NV 89011
Phone (702) 719-7665Fax (702) 307-1609

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CSI Presents the Kamui Challenge Match: SVB vs Ko

CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (April 4, 2014) – CSI is proud to present the Kamui Challenge Match: Shave Van Boening vs. Ko, Pin-Yi. This much anticipated match will take place July 17, 2014 during the BCAPL & USAPL National Championships at the beautiful Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casinoin Las Vegas, NV. Those in participating in the BCAPL or USAPL National Championships can watch for free in person or via direct live stream feed in their hotel room. Those not in attendance can watch via pay-per-view at www.playcsipool.com/LiveStreaming.aspx.

Since 2011, Van Boening has been the top performing player in the USA and arguably the world. Although all of his accomplishments are too numerous to list, some of the most noteworthy include the 2008 World Cup of Pool Champion, 2011 US Open 10-Ball Champion, 2011 & 2012 Derby City Classic Master of the Table, 2012 US Open One-Pocket Champion, 2007/2012-2013 US Open 9-Ball Champion, 2013 US Open 8-Ball Champion, and the 2012 & 2014 US Bar Table Championships All-Around Champion. He has also been featured on numerous challenge matches with an incredible record.

Ko, a Taiwan superstar and relatively unknown in the U.S., also possesses an impressive list of accomplishments. He was the 2011 Guinness World Series of Pool Champion, 2011 & 2013 All Japan Men’s Champion, and 2013 Indonesia 9-Ball Open Champion. He also finished 2nd in the 2009 Qatar International Open, 3rd in the 2010, 2011 & 2013 World Cup of Pool, 5th in the 2013 US Open 10-Ball, and 5th in the 2013 US Open 8-Ball.

CSI is dedicated to creating more choices for all players. In the past 9 years CSI has directly paid out $9,000,000 to players. CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League. CSSI also produces independent events such as the US Bar Table Championships, the Jay Swanson Memorial, the US Open One Pocket Championship, the US Open 8-Ball Championship and the US Open 10-Ball Championship. Visit www.playcsipool.com, www.playbca.com, and www.playusapool.com for more information about CSI and its divisions.

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World Snooker Renews Agreement With Star

World Snooker is delighted to announce the signing of a new cooperation agreement with Star Xing Pai.

The exclusive agreement will run for a minimum of five years and will see the Star Championship table continue to be used for all of World Snooker's events around the World.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “Star is widely recognised globally as the leading manufacturer of billiard tables so we are thrilled to sign this new agreement.

“We continuously strive to provide optimum playing conditions at our tournaments and that is evident in the standard of play on the tour now. The quality of the Star tables has been tried and tested and it is clear that this product is second to none."

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn added:“We are extremely grateful to Star for their support of snooker through a period of unprecedented growth from seven tournaments to a full calendar of 32 events. Star share our vision for the growth of snooker globally. We look forward to working with their team for many years to come.”

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Andy Cloth 7th Wyoming Open Champions

Saratoga, Wyoming- Surprises, upsets, and some more of the regular were all the themes played out at the Andy Cloth 7th Wyoming Open. An increased attendance of 190 players competed in the Rocky Mountains billiards extravaganza, including some of the brightest stars of the sport. The Andy Cloth Wyoming Open consisted of 3 Pro Events as well as 3 Divisions for amateurs.

“The Andy Cloth Wyoming Open is not only my fun way of seeing all the pro players who have become close friends, but it has also turned into the biggest event of the entire year in my hometown of Saratoga. It has become highly anticipated among the town businesses and that is why I place the dates during the slower season", says E.J. Glode , the Wyoming Open Founder & Promoter.

The hottest player into the tournaments was undoubtedly Shane Van Boening, who was coming off his 4th consecutive tournament win during the past 40 days. Which equaled into an equally compelling story, that he left Wyoming with no tournament wins in any of the 3 events. Meanwhile Rodney Morris turned out a stellar performance adding 2 more Wyoming Open titles when he defeated Van Boening in the 10-Ball finals 9-6 and then edging Corey Deuel 9-7 in the Saratoga finals. Morris was now eyeballing the 8-Ball division and a win there would complete his sweep of all the Masters Divisions events.

But little did anyone foresee what happened next. Corey Deuel looked primed to take the top bracket finals as he was the only top pro drawn into it. The rest of the pros (Rodney Morris, Raj Hundal, Charlie Williams, and Shane Van Boening) were in the bottom bracket. But Colorado local champion Marc Vidal (originally from Spain) surprised everyone by defeating Charlie Williams, Shane Van Boening, and Rodney Morris in back to back fashion to reach the finals.

Deuel eliminated his seemingly only real threat in Mexico's Ruben Bautista in the quarter-finals and then faced off unknown 21 year old Danny Olson of South Dakota. Olson overcame the odds and defeated Deuel to reach his first big finals. To give perspective of the achievement, Van Boening went #1 in the calcutta for $1500 and Morris for $500. Olson was bought for $10.

The tables were now turned as Vidal seemed to be the solid favorite after being the underdog in the previous 3 matches. Olson didn't show any jitters as he took a 3-0 lead over Vidal and eventually won 7-4 to become the new Wyoming Open 8-Ball Champion, the first non-pro to do so since 2008 when the event began.

In the Wyoming Open amateur divisions, local Wyoming lass Jana Thompson defeated the mostly male field including Heath Kline in the finals of the Sportsman. In the Classic Division, Rob Randolph defeated Jody Miller, while Adam King defeated Donald Parker for the Expert Division title. In the consolation Hard Luck event , Ricardo Martinez defeated Jordan Thayer.

The event was co-promoted by Dragon Promotions and sponsored by widely popular Andy Cloth, Pechauer Cues, and Master Chalk. Local partners included Duke's Bar & Grill, the Hotel Wolf & Restaurant, Pik Ranch, Carbon County, Bella's Bistro, and the Riviera Lodge with all events coordinated by Shively Hardware.

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Special Artistic Pool Sport Updates And Documents From WPA Artistic Pool Division!

Dear Players, Fans, and Friends Of Artistic Pool,    

The WPA Artistic Pool Division is excited about Artistic Pool “worldwide” and remains focused on developing this magnetic cue sport activity in fairness to all players and in the best interests of the sport as a whole. This effort includes, but is not limited to the following:

·     Educating players, fans, media contacts, and sponsors and other interested parties on the “foundation” of Artistic Pool that helps maintain its credibility and historical documentation under the WPA and the WPA federations in six continental regions

Note: The “Education Document” attached will provide a complete presentation of this structure and associated points for understanding the “bigger picture” among all parties. Everyone (veteran and newcomer to our sport) is encouraged to read this very important document so you will know where our sport has come from, where it is at present, and where our sport vision is headed.

·     Development, promotion, and direction of the WPA World Artistic Pool
    Championship – 2014 event updates on shots / challenges and other items of
     player attention will be released soon. Event entry spots are still open, but filling quickly – please contact Mark Dimick with an “intent to enter” at: dimickmark@aol.com

·     Development and release of several sport direction / promotion items including but not limited to: 1) WPA APD Artistic Pool Guidelines (attached), 2) WPA official World Artistic Pool Rankings (attached) with Special Honor / Sport Support List included in document, 3) Ranking “Removal / Transfer / Participation” Policy (available by email request), and 4) Official Artistic Pool Documented History since 1979 (available by email request)

·     Development and release later this year of "new" and informative WPA APD website, which will be a “ready reference” tool for ALL items of importance pertinent to Artistic Pool since its inception

·     Maintaining an “open door” policy to all suggestions / input for the long-term growth / enhancement of Artistic Pool

SPECIAL NOTE: The WPA APD wants to thank the WPA and its federation entities around the world for their support and cooperation to help assure the established “foundation” of Artistic Pool remains intact via the approved WPA / WPA APD guidelines in place for our sport.

     Sincerely, Tom Rossman (on behalf of the WPA Artistic Pool Division)

RACK Up A VICTORY In Your GAME and LIFE!

Downloads:
1. 2014 WPA APD Guidelines (pdf)
2. 2014 APD Education Document (pdf)
3. 2014 WPA World AP Rankings Current (pdf)


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The 74th World Tournament of 14.1 August 4-9th in New York City

New York City, NY - The World Tournament of 14.1 will take place once more in New York City for the third year straight. Dragon Promotions and Dr. Michael Fedak are pleased to announce the 74th production of the oldest billiard event in the world on August 4th-9th, 2014. An even bigger star studded field is expected this year with Steinway Billiards Cafe once more hosting the world's grandest straight pool championship.

"The World Tournament has extended the history of the venerable game of 14.1 well into the 21st century. Thorsten Hohmann is now this century's three time champion and Darren Appleton's dramatic 200-and-out game was the kind of "you had to be there" moment that makes it all worthwhile", says Dr. Michael Fedak who has presented this event for five years now.

"It's undeniable that this is one of the most looked forward to events of the year for pool enthusiasts. The amount of fan letters and support builds every year that it's overwhelming and rewarding for us", says Charlie Williams, Executive Producer of the World Tournament.

Last year's event had standing room only crowds on most of the days. And there were many firsts such as USA's champion Shane Van Boening entering for the first time, China's first 14.1 player in Can Wang, and of course the record shattering performance from England's Darren Appleton in the semi-finals when he ran a perfect 200 against Filipino World Champion Francisco Bustamante. DVDs of last year's events can be acquired by clicking onto this link www.3cushioncues.com/DVDs/cat2041798_1871329.aspx or call 707-533-4727 .

"New York City has the best straight pool fans in the world!", said Thorsten Hohmann last year when he won his 3rd World Tournament crown.

The perfect gift for yourself or any 14.1 fan:
2013 73rd World Tournament of 14.1boxset.

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Contact Artistic Pool - Sebastian Giumelli TOUR 2014

Sebastián Giumelli is a world pool star with more than 30 years’ experience in this game and over 1300 presentations. From the beginning, Giumelli stood out as player of “Sudden Death seven-ball”, “nine-ball”, “ten-ball” and player of the “Artistic Pool & Trick Shots” where he has remained among the three best players in the world since the year 2000.

Are you ready to amaze yourself in person? Sebastián Giumelli, the “Pool Illusionist”, is magic, talent, creativity and accuracy. Be prepared to enjoy his wide variety of trick shots which will exceed your imagination, making the impossible possible. Unbelievable but real!

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CSI Confirms SVB, Souquet, Reyes, and Cheng

CueSports International, Henderson, Nevada (April 8, 2014) – Shane Van Boening (USA), Ralf Souquet (GER), Efren Reyes (PHI) and Cheng, Yu-Hsuan (TPE) have officially confirmed as four (4) of only sixteen (16) players that will compete in the inaugural CSI Invitationals which will take place July 18-25, 2014 during the BCAPL & USAPL National Championships at the beautiful Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Since 2011, Van Boening has been the top performing player in the U.S. and arguably the world. Although all of his accomplishments are too abundant to list, some of the most noteworthy include the 2008 World Cup of Pool Champion, 2011 US Open 10-Ball Champion, 2011 & 2012 Derby City Classic Master of the Table, 2012 US Open One Pocket Champion, 2007/2012-2013 US Open 9-Ball Champion, 2013 US Open 8-Ball Champion, and the 2012 & 2014 US Bar Table Championships All-Around Champion.

Souquet, a stellar veteran, also has too many titles to list. Some highlights of his resume include the 2006 & 2011 World Pool Masters Champion, 2008 World 8-Ball Champion, 2009 Turning Stone Classic Champion, 2009 US Open 9-Ball Runner-Up, 2011 World Cup of Pool Champion, 2011 SBE Players’ Champion, and has been a constant top performer on the Eurotour.

Reyes, a multi-generational pool icon, is arguably one of the greatest that has ever played. Although his titles span decades, some of his most recent accomplishments include the 2007 & 2010 Derby City Classic Master of the Table, 2009 World Cup of Pool Champion, 2009 World Classic One Pocket Champion, 2010 Predator Invitational 10-Ball Champion, 2010 Spanish Open Champion, 2011 US Open One Pocket Champion, 2012 World 14.1 Runner-Up and the 2014 Derby City Classic One Pocket Champion.

Cheng, a young up-and-coming Taiwan superstar, is relatively unknown in the U.S. but also possesses impressive skill. A few of his recent wins include the 2011 National Games of the Republic of China 9-Ball Champion, 2013 National Professional Billiards Ranking Tournament No.258 Runner-Up, and on March 30, 2014 he traveled to the US and went undefeated through a strong field of players to win the White Diamond Super 9-Ball.

Each CSI Invitational event (10-Ball & 8-Ball) will be $16,000 added ($32,000 total) and feature 16 of the world’s best players to compete in a round robin format (four groups of four). Each group will consist of a North American, European, Filipino, and Asian player with the top finisher from each group advancing to a single elimination bracket. In each event, every player will receive prize money with first place winning $8,000. Players announced thus far include:

1. Mike Dechaine (USA)
2. Shane Van Boening (USA)
3. Darren Appleton (GBR)
4. Ralf Souquet (GER)
5. Francisco Bustamante (PHI)
6. Efren Reyes (PHI)
7. Ko, Pin-Yi (TPE)
8. Cheng, Yu-Hsuan (TPE)

CSI has sent invitations to players selected not only for their proven skills and accomplishments, but also for the respect and dignity they display as professional pool players. For at least one hour per day during these events, they will provide free lessons, demonstrations, autographs, etc. for the BCAPL & USAPL amateur players. Additional player announcements will be made as they confirm.

CSI is dedicated to creating more choices for all players. In the past 9 years CSI has directly paid out $9,000,000 to players. CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League. CSI also produces independent events such as the US Bar Table Championships, the Jay Swanson Memorial, the US Open One Pocket Championship, the US Open 8-Ball Championship and the US Open 10-Ball Championship. Visit www.playcsipool.com, www.playbca.com, and www.playusapool.com for more information about CSI and its divisions.

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European Championship Classic Teams - Apr 11th to 13th

The time for the European championship final in Classic games has come. Our team is in Ronchin (nothing) this week the help you follow the action, comfortably installed in front of your screen. Will the favorite Dutch Etikon team win it, or will another team step up and take the title? If you don't have your Premium Pass yet, you can order it now. Matches will start today at 4PM (UTC).

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World Draw To Be Streamed Online

The draw for the final stages of the Dafabet World Championship will be shown live and exclusive on World Snooker's YouTube channel on Thursday.

The random draw will pitch the top 16 seeds against the 16 qualifiers to create the first round line-up for the sport's biggest tournament.

The draw will take place at 12pm on Thursday and streamed live on YouTube for the first time. To watch, just go to www.youtube.com/WorldSnookerOfficial

The final qualifying round finishes on Wednesday evening. Then the main event at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield starts on Saturday and runs until May 5.

Tickets for selected sessions at the Crucible are still available, for details call 0844 65 65 147 or visit www.Sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

The Dafabet World Championship is supported by Sheffield City Council.

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