Saturday, September 30, 2006

New Custom Snooker Cue Design service

Billiards Boutique have teamed up with Peradon and Cue Wizard to offer a custom snooker cue design service.

By using the servie through Billiards Boutique customers will be able to claim 5% off their custom designed cue. The system is easy to use and the cue image is updated live as you design it.

Why not visit it now and see what you can come up with?

Custom Snooker Cue

Saturday, September 23, 2006

APN-Leagues start soon

APN-Leagues the UK's only amateur 9-ball pool league system is re-launching soon with the original 1 league clubs from May. They all have new start dates and the new league session offers the first opportunity to qualify for 2007 national finals.

Current UK amateur number 1 Brad Keats is competing once again in the Bournemouth league and is looking for his third league win out of 5 attempts.

The first ever regional championships are happening over the weekend of 29th-1st October at Rileys Northampton where the Northern regionals will take place. Later on in October will be the Southern regionals in Harrow.

For more information visit www.apn-leagues.co.uk

Friday, September 22, 2006

Peradon Launch new Snooker Cue Range

Peradon, the world's oldest snooker cue manufacturer have released (1st September) a brand new range of 38 snooker cues.

There are 19 brand new cues in the range with a number of big sellers and favourites being kept.

The range is extended to feature some amazing new hand spliced designs like the 3/4 jointed York which is now the top of the range model at £189.99

There is also a new development in the range - the Lazer Snooker Cue - this cue is made from hand spliced Ebonex, a composite material that has the look and feel of real Ebony. This will be the norm in a few years time as companies strive to offer eco friendly options.

Visit Billiards Boutique for the full range

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Morris & Reyes Compete for $500,000

After a gruelling days play in Reno Rodney Morris and Efren Reyes emerged out of the round-robin group knowing that one of them will be walking away with $500,000 in the richest ever pool tournament.

In yesterdays action Morris won 4 out of his 5 matches and that included an 8-7 win over Reyes. Reyes won three of his matches and was tied with Mika Immonen. Reyes got through on a better games won %.

This is Reyes' second IPT final, he defeated Mike Sigel in the King of the Hill in December, he also made it to the last 6 at the last event in Vegas.

Morris has played blinding pool all week and I personally fancy him to lift the title, however, you can never underestimate Reyes and even at 51 he is still one of the best (if not the best) players in the world.

Action can be seen live on PPV online at www.internationalpooltour.com

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Only six players remain at $3million pool event

Only six players, from the origial 200, remain at the IPT World Open 8-ball Pool Championships. This means that one of these remaining players will wak away with the biggest first place prize in the history of pool $500,000.

The remaining players are:

Rodney Morris (USA)
Oliver Ortmann (Germany)
Mika Immonen (Finland)
Corey Deuel (USA)
Dennis Orcollo (Phillipines)
Efren Reyes (Phillipines)

Unfortunately both Mick Hill and Karl Boyes of the UK fell in the last 18 last night.

Billiard Boutique prediction:

Rodney Morris v Oliver Ortmann in the final.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

IPT World Open - Round 1 Complete

World Open 8-Ball Championship Update
Someone One Day Closer to $500,000!

Round one of the historic $3 million IPT World 8-Ball Open Championship is officially in the books. Eighty players will not advance and will have to be satisfied with only $5,000. Click here to see who will advance to Round Two.

Conditions seemed to be tougher today as the humidity began to build – maybe because of the noticeably larger crowds in attendance today. The moisture caused the cloth to slow down and the pockets to play tighter. There were more than a few rattled balls and plenty of frustrated players. It only gets tougher tomorrow as the remaining 120 players will each play every session and use all 60 tables. Click here to see the groupings for Round Two.

The IPT has had professional sports photographers at work all day, and the online photo gallery is packed with over 1,500 pictures of the action. Click here for the photo gallery.

The IPT’s exacting standards have yielded a few casualties today. Phenolic cue tips cut short the runs of Hall of Famer Ed Kelly and Sweden’s Tom Storm, who both were disqualified for using the banned equipment. At least five dress code violations cost players a total of $5,000.

The IPT’s television production team was on the floor capturing initial round action, including the highly anticipated match between undefeated players Earl Strickland and Jasmin Ouschan. Earl did not disappoint the crowds with his antics, and Jasmin made it quite uncomfortable for him until he finally pulled ahead from a 6-6 twelfth game to win the match 8-6.

Even if you can’t make it to Reno, you can still join in on the action because the official IPT Members Club has gone live! Starting Thursday, fans will be able to watch the tournament live online. Do not miss this chance to watch the action as players compete for the $500,000 first prize, or their share of the unprecedented $3,000,000 prize fund. Click here for details.

Deno Andrews
Chief Operating Officer
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com

World Open Update - Players meeting


World Open 8-Ball Championship Update

The action starts today, Sunday, Sept. 3, and all the players are in Reno for the $3 million World Open 8-Ball Championship at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino. The winner of this historic tournament will receive an unprecedented $500,000 first prize! The World Open 8-Ball Championship is the biggest tournament in the history of the sport. Live coverage of the event including player stats, pictures, groupings, and more is available on www.internationalpooltour.com.

In addition, starting Thursday September 7, live streaming video from the television table will be available! Don’t miss your chance to see this event live!

The billiard glitterati from around the globe gathered for a player’s meeting that revealed some big news for the International Pool Tour. Some last minute changes in the line up have added Rudolfo Luat of the Philippines and Michael Schmidt from Germany. They will take slots vacated by George SanSouci of New York, who had to withdraw for personal reasons and the U.K.’s snooker great Ronnie O’Sullivan is out with a recurring ear infection.

A change in the payout schedule means that every game makes a difference in the money – even if a player can’t advance to the next round, he can still move up in the payout. After the first round, players eliminated will receive payouts based on their rank within the eliminated group. Rank is determined by number of wins, first, then by game winning percentage and then the number of break-and-runs. In keeping with the IPT’s philosophy, this will ensure that every match, every game will be hard fought.

While the IPT doesn’t use a shot clock, new time limits will keep the action moving along. In a given match, there must be three games on the wire by the 30-minute mark. If the game is lagging, a referee will watch the game to see which player is slowing things down. After an hour, there must be seven games, 11 after 90 minutes and 13 after two hours. After two hours, 15 minutes, the match over, unless the score is tied. This will deliver quick-paced action to the live broadcast audience. “We want every player to play every game with total effort and focus,” said Tour Director Deno Andrews.

An IPT Web site membership will be able to watch the tournament live as it’s streamed over the Internet. Access to instructional segments and past tournaments along with many other benefits come with the IPT Web site membership at www.internationalpooltour.com.

IPT founder Kevin Trudeau told an appreciative crowd that the tour is “ahead of schedule,” on all fronts. He had great news about television broadcasts: OLN Network, which will become Comcast’s Versus network on Sept. 25, will allocate a Saturday night slot in primetime for IPT broadcasts. Trudeau said that the IPT is in negotiations with broadcasters in Asia, New Zealand and Canada among others to pick up the IPT shows.

Trudeau also announced that he’s received over 100 proposals for sponsorship from a variety of companies, and that Vonage and Dish Network have signed on as sponsors for this week’s tournament.

While there was plenty of good news at the players’ meeting, there was some bad news, too. Andrews announced that the IPT Players 8-Ball Championship scheduled for Oct. 22 29 in London, England, has been cancelled due to problems in negotiations with the facility. However, the IPT will guarantee a minimum of $13,000 for the year for every player who plays in all the 2006 tournaments. The IPT will write a check to make up the difference.

Finally, Trudeau announced that the IPT has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Ho Interactive, a new company started by casino owner billionaire Stanley Ho, who also owns online gambling site www.hocasino.com Trudeau said that Ho Interactive will be taken public on the London exchange at some point in the near future.

Players wrapped up practice on the 50 Diamond IPT-specified tables at about 9:15, ready for action to begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. Each tournament day will see five rounds of play, so check out www.internationalpooltour.com anytime throughout the day for the best tournament coverage in the history of the sport.

Deno Andrews
Chief Operating Officer
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com

Friday, September 01, 2006

IPT World Open Groups

The player groupings for the first round of the IPT World 8-ball Open Championships have been announced. The 200 players will compete for the biggest pay-day in the history of pool. $3,000,000 is on offer and each player walks way with a minimum $5000.

The winner will receive $500,000 and will be the richest winner in pool tournament history.

Players to look out for are Thorsten Hohmann (winner of the Noth American Open), Marlon Manalo (2nd in North American Open), Chia-Ching Wu (17 year old qualifier and WPA World 8-ball Champion) plus the likes of Reyes, Bustamante, Archer, Nevel and Britains Daryl Peach.

IPT Player Groupings