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posticon   Posted: 2017-08-08 07:15



The WPA is concerned about the number of rumours that are being spread in an attempt to damage the upcoming Jinan Heritage Classic 8-Ball tournament in China.

It is true that some players are still awaiting payment of their prize money from the recent China Open, which is a seperate issue and is being pursued by the WPA. The Jinan event has nothing whatsoever to do with the organiser of the China Open and the event is sponsored and guaranteed by the government. So the risk of whether or not players will be paid from this event surely must be minimal to say the least.

Prize money for the Jinan event is around $480,000 and is an event for 96 men and 48 women. In the overall scheme of things, this is quite decent prize money for our sport.

It is also worth mentioning that the WPA has the 10-Ball World Championship on its calendar for November, two events, one for 96 men and the other for 48 women. Prize money for these events is approximately $475,000.

Besides this, in October we also have another new ranking event, this time in Korea, the Guri City International, also for men and women.

While there is always room for improvement, hopefully we keep on learning and we are constantly working harder for the betterment of the sport and trying to increase the number of opportunities for those who support us.

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posticon   Posted: 2017-08-14 10:35


World Snooker Partners With Rigour Media For Digital Expansion In China

World Snooker has licensed digital rights in China to Rigour Media, in a new ten-year deal.

The agreement gives Rigour exclusive control of digital audio-visual rights in China, for all World Snooker events until 2027. Fans throughout China will be able to watch World Snooker tournaments using Rigour Media’s platform Superstar Online as well as other sub-licensed platforms.

This wide-reaching deal also includes e-gaming rights, e-community and social media rights, licensing and e-commerce and an official membership scheme in China.

World Snooker and the sport’s governing body the WPBSA have worked closely with Rigour Media in recent years. At the official academy in Beijing run by the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association and the WPBSA, Rigour is the training and technology partner. And at major professional tournaments including the World Championship, Rigour provides the on-screen technology which tracks the position of the balls on the table.

World Snooker recently announced a new agreement with China’s national broadcaster CCTV to televise snooker events, which also runs until 2027. CCTV currently broadcasts four ranking events in China plus the World Cup, UK Championship, Masters, Welsh Open and World Championship.

Speaking at a press conference in Beijing to announce the agreement with Rigour Media, World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to sign this long-term agreement with Rigour and we look forward to working with their team for many years to come.

“Snooker has grown in China at an astonishing rate in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. We have capitalised on this expansion with more tournaments, more prize money for the players and more snooker to watch for fans, both on television and online.

“These ten-year deals with CCTV and Rigour Media will allow us to continue our long term strategy of developing and exploiting the vast popularity of snooker in China. And for the hundreds of millions of snooker fans in the country this is fantastic news as they will have more and more opportunities to watch the best players at the biggest tournaments.

“There is also scope within this agreement to develop areas which will bring fans closer to the players, as Rigour have already done through their Superstar Online platform.

“Alongside our friends at the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association, Rigour and CCTV we look forward to building a very bright future for our sport in China.”

Rigour has also partnered with the Chinese Baseball Association to provide technological services to the CBA Baseball League for its television coverage and training. Rigour provided sports data analysis for the Chinese national tennis team and baseball team at the 2017 National Games, and provides technical training support and data analysis for the Chinese Winter Games Training Centre.


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posticon   Posted: 2017-08-21 07:55


21 August 2017

The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) is very concerned over the lateness for payment of prize money to players from the 2017 China Open 9-Ball Championship that ended on 11th May

WPA President, Mr Ian Anderson wrote to the CBSA last Tuesday requesting an urgent update on the situation. No reply has been received as yet. He said it is most unfair that players should have to wait so long for their hard earned money, not only is it so far a loss of income, but for many there have been significant amounts of expenditure for them to travel to China, pay their accommodation and living expenses, and now they are expected to wait months to get some money back.

Mr Anderson said that the WPA is unaware of the alleged delayed payment announcement to players prior to the tournament. He said that if players knew of this in advance they could have made other arrangements to carry them through, or perhaps they may have decided against playing the tournament at all.

The WPA has its contract with CBSA and not with the promoter. The CBSA has the contract with the promoter, Mr Xu. This is not the first time there have been issues over payments connected to this event. The WPA itself is paid a sanction fee for the event, but it's never paid on time, still not paid for this year. On one occasion we had to wait almost two years for payment. In all contracts it is clearly written that all parties are expected to be paid immediately after the event, but no later than thirty days after completion.

Earlier on in the year, CBSA promoted the Chinese Pool World Championship in Yushan. Players from this event were also kept waiting for three months to collect their prize money, as was the WPA.

"These late payments and denial of blame are damaging to the reputation of CBSA, it is clearly their sole responsibility", Mr Anderson said. He added that this is a failure of the CBSA for not ensuring that payments are met on time, and hoped that the CBSA would pay closer attention to such serious matters in future.

Ishaun Singh
WPA Secretary


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posticon   Posted: 2017-08-28 09:26


Calendar Change

Dear All

There is a change in schedules. The women’s 9-Ball World Championship will be played in the Hainan Province, Chengmai County, China 5-12 November.

The World 10-Ball Championships scheduled for November in Manila has been been deferred to 2018.

Ishaun Singh


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posticon   Posted: 2017-09-01 19:20


2018 US Open One Pocket & US Open Bank Championships to be held in Las Vegas

CueSports International, Henderson, NV (Sept. 1, 2017) --- CueSports International is excited to announce that the 2018 US Open Bank Pool Championship will be March 20-22 at Griff’s in Las Vegas and it will be followed by the 2018 US Open One Pocket March 22-25.

Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts and time constraints, CSI has cancelled the 2017 US Open One Pocket previously scheduled for December. We regret any inconvenience this may cause for players who had planned to attend.

The 2018 US Open Bank Pool Championships will begin Tuesday, Mar. 20. It will be a short-rack format using a 9-ball rack, double-elimination. The race will be to four on the winner’s side and to three on the loser’s side. The finals will be a single race to 5. The entry fee is $240, which includes a $25 administration fee and a $15 green fee. A minimum of $2,500 will be added. If the field reaches 48, $5,000 will be added.

The 2018 US Open One Pocket Championships begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 22, as the Bank Pool Championship draws to a close. It will be double elimination, race to 4 on the winner’s side and a race to 3 on the loser’s side. The finals will be a single race to 5. The entry fee is $350, which includes a $25 administration fee and a $25 green fee. $5,000 will be added.

Both events will be played at Griff’s, 3650 S. Decatur Blvd in Las Vegas. The tournaments will be played on 9-foot Diamond tables with Simonis 860 Tour Blue Cloth and Cyclop balls.

CSI will begin taking entries for the tournaments Oct. 1, 2017.

For more information, contact Mary Coffman, CSI Marketing Manager, at 702-719-7665 or by email at mary@playcsipool.com.

CSI is the parent company of the BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League. CSI also produces independent events like the US Bar Table Championships, US Open 10-Ball Championship, US Open 8-Ball Championship, and much more. For more information, visit www.playcsipool.com or call CSI at 702-719-POOL.

CueSports International (CSI) ◊ 2041 Pabco Rd., Henderson, NV 89011 ◊ 702-719-7665 ◊ 866-USA-POOL

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posticon   Posted: 2017-09-05 11:21


D88 Sponsor German Masters

World Snooker is delighted to announce D88 as the new title sponsor of the German Masters world ranking event.

The D88 German Masters will run from January 31st to February 4th at the famous Tempodrom venue in Berlin.

The tournament was first staged in 2011 and has since become one of the highlights of snooker’s global calendar. The Tempodrom seats 2,500 fans and is described by many players as one of the best venues of the circuit,

Anthony Hamilton won the title last year by beating Ali Carter in the final, while former winners include Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ding Junhui and Mark Selby.

The event will receive extensive live television coverage from Eurosport and throughout the Middle East and Asia.

The initial qualifying rounds will be staged from December 19 to 22 in Barnsley, with 128 players each needing to win two matches to make it to the final stages in Berlin, to compete for the trophy and a top prize of £80,000.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are thrilled to welcome D88 on board to sponsor an extremely prestigious tournament at an iconic venue. When the Tempodrom is packed out, the fans generate an atmosphere which is hard to match in any sport. That helps make it one of the most popular tournaments for all of the top pro players.

“We look forward to building a strong relationship with the D88 team.”

Sam Roscoe of D88 added: “We are excited to sponsor the German Masters and we hope that this partnership will improve snooker’s popularity in Asia. It’s a mutual benefit for both parties. Being a leading Asian online gambling company, D88 has devoted itself to providing the best online entertainment experiences for all our online users and we are honoured to have the opportunity to be part of this professional ranking snooker tournament.

“D88 has sponsored events in many different domains and the World Snooker Tour is our next step. We are confident that the German Masters will find D88 to be an extremely effective and valuable global marketing and branding platform.”

Tickets for the final stages in Berlin are on sale now but sessions are selling out so fans must book fast – for details seewww.snookerstars.de


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posticon   Posted: 2017-09-11 09:36



The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) is delighted to announce a new development for the promotion of Chinese 8-Ball. An agreement with UK based International Chinese Eight ball Association (ICEA) has been reached and they will act in the future as the official authority for the discipline providing many new opportunities for players worldwide. WPA President Ian Anderson said that it is a great new venture for the WPA. “We have seen the keen interest in recent times with this version of our long established game of 8-Ball, and it has great appeal to not only the traditional pool players, but also many snooker players because of the equipment the game uses”. "This has been the most popular form of pool in China forever, with about 80% of the players there favouring this game, and we are now seeing quite a growth in interest from many other countries”, Anderson added. A schedule for 2018 events of this discipline will be announced soon.

Ishaun Singh
WPA Secretary


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posticon   Posted: 2017-09-28 13:51


888sport Sponsor Snooker’s European Masters

World Snooker is delighted to announce that next week’s European Masters in Belgium will be sponsored by 888sport.

The 888sport European Masters will run from October 2 to 8 in Lommel and it will be the first ranking event to take place in Belgium for 23 years.

Televised by Eurosport, the tournament carries a top prize of £75,000

Among the star names competing for the trophy will be World Champion Mark Selby, defending champion Judd Trump, snooker legend John Higgins and home favourite Luca Brecel.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are thrilled to bring 888sport on board as title sponsor for this prestigious world ranking event. 888sport has given fantastic support to snooker over the years having sponsored a wide range of events in the past, and we know they are a great team to work with.

“It is going to be a sensational week of top class action in Lommel with so many top stars in action. Luca Brecel is one of our sport’s rising stars having won his first ranking title last month in China. We know he will get tremendous support from the passionate Belgian fans and it will be fascinating to see how deep he can go in his home tournament.

“We are building the popularity of snooker throughout Europe and this event in Belgium is another step forward.”

Itay Pazner, SVP of B2C, 888 Holdings said: “We are proud to be teaming up with World Snooker again and delighted to be an integral part of what is lining up to be one of the most exciting events European Snooker has seen in a long, long time.”

Tickets for the European Masters are still available but fans must book fast, for details see www.worldsnooker.com/tickets


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posticon   Posted: 2017-10-01 12:17


Mika Immonen Headlines Group Draws at BottleDeck.net 77th World 14.1

Reigning World 14.1 Champion Mika Immonen could become the first consecutive back-to-back World 14.1 Champion in this millenium. A feat not accomplished in 34 years since 1982-1983 wins by Steve Mizerak

New York City- Mika Immonen will take the #1 seed for the event as he headlines Group 1 of the Bottledeck.net 77th World 14.1. This year four groups of 8 players will play 7 matches each to qualify for the next stage of the event, the double elimination rounds and then finally the single elimination round until the World 14.1 Champion is crowned. Immonen has been in 3 World 14.1 finals in 11 tries, so his vast experience will come into play in achieving a feat no one has managed to do this millenia, win back-to-back.

He will have his hands full as he faces top American 14.1 pro Danny Harriman of Missouri in his group. And then top contenders such as California's John Schmidt, Darren Appleton of England, and the king of 14.1 Germany's Thorsten Hohmann, all of which are former World 14.1 winners. New York's Tony Robles, Max Eberle of Las Vegas, and Philippines sensation Lee Van Corteza are also big threats with Hall of Famer Danny Barouty and Scotland's Jonni Fulcher not far behind.

Full week access pass is on sale now for $99 for 60 hours of world class 14.1 coverage of all the marquee matches each of the 7 days of the event at WorldStraightPool.com

Group 1
Mika Immonen FIN
Danny Harriman USA
Del Sim SCO
Pascal Dufresne CAN
Mark Kendall CA
Robert Madenjian CT
Tom Gleich CA
Thomas Walsh OR

Group 2
Thorsten Hohmann GER
Lee Van Corteza PHL
Eddie Kunz NY
Rhys Chen JAM
Tom Karabotsos IL
James Heller NJ
Bob Coates NY
John Schott NY

Group 3
Darren Appleton ENG
Tony Robles NYC
Olli Turkulainen FIN
Frank Scharbach GER
Hunter Lombardo FL
Michael Yednak NYC
Gene Ok NY
Ed Culhane NJ

Group 4
John Schmidt USA
Jonni Fulcher SCO
Max Eberle NV
Danny Barouty CA
Sean Morgan AK
Holden Chin NY
Noah Vogleman FL
Mark Finklestein NY


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