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posticon   Posted: 2020-10-09 09:36


Matchroom.Live Sponsor Snooker's English Open

Next week’s English Open world ranking event will be title sponsored by global sports streaming platform Matchroom.Live

The Matchroom.Live English Open will run from October 12 to 18 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, with a tremendous field of the world’s top players.

In all there will be 128 players battling for the famous Steve Davis Trophy, including World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, world number one Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, John Higgins, Ding Junhui, Shaun Murphy and defending champion Mark Selby.

Matchroom.Live was launched in May, giving fans across the planet the opportunity to watch a wide range of top class sports content, live and on demand.

Fans can watch a multitude of live sport including snooker, darts, boxing, pool and much more, through a subscription package and pay-per-view options in territories without current broadcast.

In territories where there is alternative broadcast, fans can still register for FREE and watch a vast collection of content on demand, including classic clips and matches, highlights, features and interviews.

The Matchroom.Live English Open will have television broadcast on Eurosport, Quest, PCCW (Hong Kong), Truesport (Thailand), Sky (New Zealand), DAZN (Canada), Astrosport (Malaysia), Sportcast (Taiwan) as well as Liaoning TV and online broadcast in China.

In all other territories it will be available on Matchroom.Live

It is the first of the 2020/21 season’s Home Nations series. The action starts on Monday at 10am.

WST Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to join forces with Matchroom.Live for the English Open. It is a phenomenal field packed with the world’s best and it’s going to be a fantastic week.

“Matchroom.Live is all about reaching out to fans in every corner of the globe who love watching live sport but haven’t had the opportunity to do so because of a lack of television coverage in their own territory. Now they have the choice to subscribe and watch the biggest events live. The range of content on Matchroom.Live is fabulous.

“We know we have many millions of snooker fans in the Indian sub-continent, Africa, the Americas and other areas where they have been starved of broadcast in the past. We are now giving them what they want and developing the popularity of our great sport worldwide.”

Matchroom.Live is a video-first platform, with the ability to cast to virtually any device whether that be a console, Smart TV, or connected device. The services will also allow fans to watch up to four live events at once with ‘QuadPlay’.

The service is built and powered by sports streaming and video technology specialists StreamAMG. They have been a longstanding partner of Matchroom Sport operating PDCTV since 2016 and streaming Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz II for the Indian Subcontinent in December 2019.

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posticon   Posted: 2020-11-02 18:13


2020 Atlantic Challenge Cup Cancelled

The European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and the Billiard
Congress of America (BCA) announced the Atlantic Challenge Cup
(ACC) will not be held in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19

“While we are disappointed to announce the cancellation of the 2020
ACC, it is impossible for it to be held during this worldwide health
crisis,” said Billiard Congress of America CEO Rob Johnson. “The
event has been a tremendous opportunity to showcase top junior
players from both the United States and Europe. Additionally, we
have enjoyed working with the EPBF to make this a first-class event
for all of our junior participants and fans. We look forward to having
discussions about the future of the ACC as well as other partnership
opportunities with the EPBF as positive gains are made to eradicate
COVID-19. I also want to thank all the wonderful sponsors who
recognized the value of supporting junior play.”

“Although Europe has been on the winning side each year, you can
sense the competition within the athletes to qualify to the team which
shows how important of an event it has grown to be in quite of a
short period of time,” said EPBF Board Member Tommi Lamminaho.
“The spirit of competition from both sides has been wonderful and
the atmosphere supportive and there definitely is a demand for such
events in the sports calendars. The EPBF is looking at opportunities
for cooperation with the BCA in the future and hope to keep the ACC
in the sports calendar.”

Launched in 2015 by the European Pocket Billiard Federation and
the Billiard Congress of America, the governing bodies of pool in
their respective regions and two of the founding members of the
World Pool-Billiard Federation, the ACC was held five times, with the
Europeans winning all five events. Three events took place in
Europe, while two events took place in the United States.

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posticon   Posted: 2020-11-07 11:13


Bob Jewett Honored with Billiard Congress of America 2019 President's Award
Superior, Colo., - November 4, 2020. Each year the chairman of the Billiard Congress of America Board of Directors recognizes an outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to the billiard industry with the presentation of the BCA President’s Award. 2019/2020 BCA Chairman Brian Igielski has chosen to recognize Bob Jewett with the 2019 BCA President’s Award.

Jewett’s love for the sport is almost unparalleled as he has been involved with pool for most of his life as a player, writer and instructor. Among his myriad accomplishments are winning the ACUI National Pool championship in 1975; writing the first-ever English-language book on artistic billiards in 1987; participating in an artistic billiard instructional clinic in Miami with European champion Hans de Jager in 1995; organizing and writing the rules for his own 9-ball league in college that eventually became the PBT rules and then effectively the WPA World-Standardized Rules; and arranging the “Jacksonville Experiments,” in which slow motion video of ball-ball, cuestick-ball and ball-cushion impacts were studied for the first time.

“I was surprised but very happy I won the BCA President’s award,” Jewett shared when being informed he won the award. “I have done a lot of things over the years, but it’s just a little bit at a time, and I guess it built up over the years.”

Jewett started teaching informally in the 1980s while at grad school. In the early ’90s, he received instructor training from Jerry Briesath and became a BCA/PBIA Instructor in 1993. Soon after, he co-founded the San Francisco Billiard Academy, where he has instructed countless individuals on how to play and enjoy the game. Nearly 30 years later, Jewett continues to enjoy offering instruction to players of all abilities.

Jewett also has been writing for Billiards Digest since 1992, with an emphasis on some of the more technical aspects of cue sports. It’s his writing that has brought many to the game, and encouraged a love for the finer points of the sport.

“He has written basic and advanced instructional articles for several billiard magazines for a combined total of over 500 articles,” says Brian Igielski, BCA past chairman. “Bob has been the secretary and president of the US Billiards Association for three-cushion billiards, and is presently the treasurer of the US Snooker Association, as well an Advanced Instructor in the PBIA and is the current PBIA’s committee chairman. When looking at his vast contributions for the industry and the game he was an easy selection for this year’s BCA Present’s Award.”

“He has a collective lifetime of supporting billiards,” says noted billiard expert Michael Shamos, curator of the Billiard Archive. “For me, his most important trait is a scientific, no-nonsense approach to the game. When he wants to know something, he does an experiment or calculation. He discovered, for example, that when A and B play a match, the probability of a given player winning is the same whether winner breaks, loser breaks, they alternate breaks or flip a coin at each break.”

In addition to being totally dedicated to pool and billiards, Jewett also had a long career as a successful electrical engineer. This is where he got his perfectionism and desire to innovate and fix anything that is broken. Along his journey, Jewett got involved with Dr. Dave Alciatore, as they shared a love for the technical aspects of the game.

“I was an electrical engineer and he was a mechanical engineer, so we both approached the game from a more technical viewpoint than most people,” Jewett says. “We’ve done quite a few videos together, including a lot of stuff that’s on YouTube for free, and sets of DVDs about different aspects of billiards.”

Alciatore, who nominated Jewett for the award, notes he has had a significant impact on so many areas of the pool world. “He helped organize and fund many 3-cushion, carom, and straight pool tournaments,” Alciatore says. “He has personally contributed nearly $100,000 of his own money to the Derby City Straight Pool tournament over many years.”
Looking back over his career, Jewett notes he has always enjoyed playing and competing and developed so much love and appreciation for the game. It’s what has made him such a popular figure among billiard enthusiasts, players and others.

“Bob doesn’t just participate, he always takes an active contributing role in every involvement and activity,” Alciatore says. “I don’t think there ever was or ever will be somebody as dedicated to so many aspects of the pool world as Bob has been.”

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, annual industry trade shows, tournaments 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./i]


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posticon   Posted: 2020-11-07 11:15


Roy Pastor Honored with PBIA Jerry Briesath Instructor of the Year Award

Superior, Colo. – November 6, 2020. Every year, the Professional Billiard Instructors Association (formerly the BCA Instructor program) honors a PBIA instructor who has made exceptional contributions to the goals of the organization. This year, PBIA Master Instructor Roy Pastor has been selected as the winner of the prestigious Jerry Briesath Instructor of the Year Award.

“It is a tremendous honor to have been selected for the 2020 Jerry Briesath PBIA Instructor of the Year Award,” said recipient Roy Pastor. “The PBIA has set the gold standard for professional billiard instruction for a generation. There is one goal held by all successful instructors and coaches and that is to create a learning environment that provides maximum opportunity for each of our students to reach their full potential. This should not be measured in terms of trophies or accolades but rather the acquisition of discipline, work ethic, teamwork, confidence, and integrity. Accolades and success will follow each student accordingly.”

Pastor started instructing in early 2000 by teaching an after-school high school program in his home town, Harvard, Mass. After realizing the positive impact his coaching and instruction had on his students, he moved locations to an upscale pool hall in Ayer, Mass. There, Pastor expanded his services to include league competition and supervised play, all while continuing to offer free instruction to all junior players who walked through the door, regardless of ability or skill level.

“I think Roy definitely deserves this honor!,” said Michelle Jiang, one of Pastor’s former students and the 2017 and 2018 BEF National Champion. “I was not at all surprised that he would be recognized for the awesome work that I’ve personally seen him do teaching pool. Roy was my coach from the very beginning. Aside from teaching me the rules, and how to improve, he also taught me to show integrity and sportsmanship in every match. He taught me to respect my opponent, as well as to respect the sport.”

In 2005, Pastor partnered with fellow PBIA Master Instructor Walt Zincavage to run the American Academy of Billiard and Cue Sports in Ayer, Mass. Pastor continued to expand his footprint in the New England area and began working with the Weymouth Teen Center in Weymouth Mass, as well as the junior program in Somersworth, N.H. In 2018, Pastor help spearhead the PBIA’s Break and Run Premier Junior Instructional Program with the assistance of the then PBIA Committee Chair Gary Nelson.

This year, Pastor launched the American Online Pool School. This is the first pool school offering an online PBIA accreditation course, as well as other online course formats and classes. Since its inception, the school has trained and accredited PBIA instructors throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Africa. Additionally, many of the instructors accredited through this online school have volunteered their services for the Break and Run Premier Junior Instructional Program by providing free remote instruction to any junior player wanting to improve their game.

“Roy has been an outstanding instructor for many years, but his work this past year is especially noteworthy,” said PBIA Committee Chair Bob Jewett. “He developed online instruction before it was a part of the pandemic routine. His Break and Run youth program has helped young players start toward being the next generation of American champions. Congratulations Roy, this recognition is very well deserved!”

In addition to all the innovative instruction Pastor has provided over the past two decades, he annually takes about a dozen junior pool players to the BEF Junior Nationals, and three of his students have been selected to represent Team USA in the Atlantic Challenge Cup. Pastor has also sat on multiple billiard boards and committees over the past 20 years and he currently owns and operates the largest USAPL pool league in the United States, and was inducted in the New England Billiards Hall of Fame in 2017.

The PBIA Instructor of the Year Award is given annually to honor exceptional contributions by a PBIA Instructor. The PBIA will begin accepting nominations for the 2021 PBIA Jerry Briesath Instructor of the Year in the spring of next year. At such time, a nomination form will be made available on the PlayBetterBilliards.com website. The PBIA Honors Committee then reviews and evaluates all nominations to select the annual winner.

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, annual industry trade shows, tournaments 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./i]


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posticon   Posted: 2020-11-25 14:17



Former US Open Champion Corey Deuel To Join Team USA

Justin Bergman has been ruled out of the partypoker Mosconi Cup after testing positive for Covid-19. He will be replaced on Team USA by former US Open Champion Corey Deuel, who has provided a negative test result and will represent America for an 11th time at the event.

All players are required to test negative for Covid-19 just before departing for the UK, however Bergman’s test returned a positive result leaving him unable to travel to England.

Captains were asked to submit alternative picks in September, after they had chosen their team of five players. Team USA Captain Jeremy Jones opted for Deuel as his first alternate, hoping that the Californian can draw on his vast partypoker Mosconi Cup experience.

Speaking about Bergman being ruled out of the event, Captain Jones said: “It is a big body blow to a small man who has a huge heart. Playing in the Mosconi Cup means more than anything to Justin. He really likes the atmosphere of the team and having the other guys on his side, like most of us do. It is very, very unfortunate and one thing I can say about Justin is he will be our biggest fan out there.

“It wasn’t an easy decision but the way things went down with Chris being selected fifth and being a rookie, we felt like maybe if we needed a player to come in as an alternate we wanted a little more experience. Not to say that Tyler doesn’t have two years’ experience, but Corey has got 10 Mosconi Cups, and I think Corey is playing really well. When we talk about somebody coming in and filling shoes, we felt that experience was the way to go.”

Players will compete in the partypoker Mosconi Cup under Elite Sports Person Exemptions. They will be met on arrival to the UK and driven directly to the Ricoh Arena, Coventry for a further Covid-19 test and will remain within the event bubble until the completion of the event.

Everybody at Matchroom Multi Sport would like to send their best wishes to Justin – stay healthy, and have a speedy recovery.

The partypoker Mosconi Cup will take place from Tuesday, December 1 until Friday, December 4, live on Sky Sports Mix in the UK, DAZN and Matchroom.Live. Full broadcast details can be found at mosconicup.com

Follow Matchroom Pool on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. For all the latest event news please visit www.mosconicup.com.


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posticon   Posted: 2020-11-28 10:08


WST To Welcome Fans To The 2021 Masters

Following recent UK Government announcements on the return of fans to live sport, WST has been working hard alongside local councils and venues to bring crowds back to our major snooker events. A decision has been made to continue with the Betway UK Championship, Scottish Open and World Grand Prix behind closed doors without any crowds. We will then look to safely welcome a crowd for snooker’s biggest invitation event, The Masters at Alexandra Palace in London in January.

Alexandra Palace in Haringey, North London, has hosted the Masters since 2011 and is widely recognised as one of snooker’s greatest arenas. Only the elite top 16 players will contest the tournament, which runs from January 10th to 17th, 2021.

It is hoped that up to 1,000 fans will be able to attend each session. WST is in regular contact with the UK Government on the detail of regional restrictions, and tickets holders will be kept informed by email.

Fans who have already purchased tickets will receive an email today. They have the opportunity to assess their own personal situation and will then be able to choose from three options. Fans who still want to attend this iconic event will be able to click a button and confirm that they are happy to attend, taking account of the social distancing aspects of the event. These fans will then be allocated seats over the coming weeks.

Fans who have assessed their personal situation and decided not to attend will have the option of completing a form in order to transfer their ticket to 2022 or claim a full refund.

All spectator options have a deadline of Thursday 3 December 2020 at midnight and therefore fans should act promptly upon receipt of the email.

An announcement will be made in due course on any tickets available for general sale.

WST Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome our fabulous fans back to live snooker events. We are reliant on Government advice but we will do everything in our powers to make this a reality.

“In 2020 we will stage a total of 20 events on the World Snooker Tour which is an incredible achievement in the circumstances. We have maintained prize money levels for the players, and given our millions of fans around the globe an abundance of live snooker to watch on television. In August at the World Championship we were extremely proud to be the first post-lockdown UK indoor sporting event to host fans.

“Since then our events have been behind closed doors and we have missed the amazing atmosphere which only our dedicated fans can generate. It is wonderful news for the players that they will soon be able to feel the buzz around them when they walk into an arena.

“The Masters in London is such a special event and I’m sure anyone who has the opportunity to be one of the lucky few in the crowd will grasp that chance. The event is renowned for the enthusiasm of the fans and even with a reduced audience I have no doubt it will be a sensational occasion.”

Stuart Bingham will be defending the title against the rest of the world’s top 16. Top stars including world number one Judd Trump, World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Ding Junhui, Kyren Wilson, Mark Allen, Shaun Murphy and many more are set for a place in the field. The current Betway UK Championship is the final qualifying event and WST plan to announce the draw and format on Sunday December 6th.


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posticon   Posted: 2020-11-30 11:59


80th World 14.1 Championship: Social Distance Edition

ENTER the VIRTUAL TOURNAMENT WorldStraightPool.com

POOLROOM Locations interested in hosting the Main Event please reply to this e-mail or call 407-782-4978. Only 1 Table is Required with adequate viewing space for fans and filming
Orlando, Florida- Necessity is the mother of invention. So we have seen the dawn of virtual tournaments. Various stay at home events with people streaming their matches on Facebook. Even reigning World 14.1 Champion Shane Van Boening has gone as far to live-stream his own practice sessions at home.

For 14 years straight we have organized and produced this event , the longest streak of World 14.1s in history. And though we were chalking off 2020 as a no-go, it seems there was a way to perhaps salvage this 80th Annual event by utilizing a bit of ingenuity, lessons from the long ago past, and adaptation/application of modern time's innovations.

This year , we will bring back the Final Four from 2019 (Shane Van Boening, Corey Deuel, Thorsten Hohmann, John Schmidt) and seed them into the bracket. Joining them will be 4 qualifiers. Determining those 4 will be through the following:

Virtual Qualify from November 26 - December 22, 2020.
Main Event: December 29-31, 2020 Location: TBA
- Any player worldwide can pay their $75 entry
- Must go LIVE on Facebook (no pre-recordings or saved recordings) and tag World 14.1 Championship before starting or after you can tag us.
- Must be played on a 9ft table with maximum 5 inch pockets. Players with the top scores and prizes will be required to submit measurement proof or approved 3rd party verification
-Get your practice out of the way before going live otherwise we will count those balls and innings
- Set-up any breakshot you like. When you miss, add your score. Repeat setting up any opening breakshot. Take 3 innings to pocket as many balls as possible. If their score is not to their satisfactory, they can pay and get another 3 innings to try again.
- In the end, the best 4 scores will win their opportunity to play against the 4 top stars of straight pool in a single elimination format. The winner will be crowned the 80th World 14.1 Champion. Take that Corona!
Top finishers will be posted and we will reward with prizes. The Top 4 highest scores will advance to the World 14.1 to face against the Champions.
*You will not need additional entry fee, you will be in the Prize money and lodging will be provided for.
**If a qualified player cannot make the event finale Quarter-Finals, we will pass on the spot to the next highest scoring player.

ENTER NOW: Pay your entry fee by sending $75 via Zelle to worldsportsalumni@gmail.com or Cashapp to $KoreanDragon or PayPal $80 to DPevent@gmail.com or contact us with a credit card.

We do need sponsors to still so please contact us to be an Official World 14.1 Sponsor at worldstraightpoolchampionships@gmail.com 407-782-4978 or join the World 141 Club at www.theworldtournament.com/141-club

Always a Can’t miss event of the year.
Dec 29-31st WORLD 14.1
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Join the WORLD 141 CLUB at WorldStraightPool.com as a premier supporter and click 141 Club for $250 and get a $300 package value including all access Pay Per View livestream and ticket to the HOF dinner! All members listed on the site.
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Some tournaments come and go.
The Champions of this one are never forgotten.


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PRO9 has established an outstanding reputation as Europes No.1 source for information on American Pool in the UK and Europe. Upcoming tournament details, prompt match reporting, exclusive images by talented photographers, superb articles by expert pundits, active pool related forums, player profiles and a very sophisticated membership - basically, an incredible information resource for the American style game in Europe.
Since it launched, PRO9 has become compulsory reading, not just for the UKs pool players, but to hundreds and thousands of pool obsessives from around the world every single day.
PRO9s members range from professional pool players, cue-sports enthusiasts, club managers, tournament organisers, pool fans and aficionados, as well as various "movers and shakers" in the cue-sports field, including entrepreneurs in the wholesale and retail sector, as well as magazine editors and television sports promoters.
Growing more and more popular every single year, PRO9 is the best placed vehicle for the promotion of your pool club, billiards brand, associated products, services and opportunities in the truly massive pan-European billiard market.
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