Monday, January 29, 2007

9-ball Pool: Imran Majid Wins in Weert

Britains highly ranked Imran Majid has defeated Christian Weigoni of Germany 10-5 to take 4000 euro and the Weert Open title.

Billed as one of the prestigious open events in Europe, it has previously been won by fellow Brit Lee Chanman.

Majid came through the massive field undefeated and stormed to victory live on streamed video on Bet and Win.

Complete Weert Open Results

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Ortmann/Roschkowsky win 6000 Euro!

Weert Open Special Event

Oliver Ortmann and Andreas Roschkowsky both of Germany have defeated the team of Engert and Feijen in the Weert Open Special Event.

The event featured 8 teams playing scotch doubles 8-ball for a winner takes all 6000 euro prize.

Results

  • Thomas Engert/Niels Feijen - Darren Appleton/Karl Boyes 7-6
  • Oliver Ortmann/Andreas Roschkowsky - Raj Hundall/Imran Majid 7-4
  • Christian Reimering/Alexander Dremsizis - Sven Pauritsch/Thomas Seiffert 7-3
  • Mario Lannoye/Serge Das - Bye

Semi-Finals

  • Thomas Engert/Niels Feijen - Christian Reimering/Alexander Dremsizis 6-1 Oliver
  • Ortmann/Andreas Roschkowsky - Mario Lannoye/Serge Das 6-3

Final

  • Oliver Ortmann/Andreas Roschkowsky - Thomas Engert/Niels Feijen 6-2

The main event of the Weert Opein now into its last 32 stage with Britains Karl Boyes, Imran Mjid and Raj Hundal still in the hunt for the 4000 euro 1st prize.

Friday, January 26, 2007

ENJOYPOOL.COM 9-BALL SPONSORS NAMED

ENJOYPOOL.COM 9-BALL SPONSORS NAMED
BCA accepts bids from industry supporters

Colorado Springs, Colorado: The Billiard Congress of America [BCA] concluded its preliminary sponsorship round with the opening of sealed competitive bids from a number of industry sponsors on Monday, January 22. The results have named exclusive official product sponsorships to: Olhausen Billiard Mfg. (table), Cue-Tec (cue), Championship Billiard Cloth / Tour Edition (cloth), Super Aramith Pro (ball), plus awarded the closed captioning sponsorship to PoolDawg.com and an arena sponsorship to the American Poolplayers Association.

The BCA recently issued the official sponsorship offers to qualified BCA Business Members, and solicited sealed bids for product sponsorships and non-competing advertising opportunities in support of the upcoming 2007 EnjoyPool.com 9-Ball Championships. The event is scheduled at the Riviera in Las Vegas, May 13-19, with ESPN broadcast taping of the semi-finals and finals at the close of the week-long event.

The long-running broadcast property showcases elite pro talent against a backdrop of top billiard equipment, lighting and game room furniture and accessories. Official sponsors enjoy high-visibility brand presence through multiple ESPN and ESPN2 broadcasts throughout the year, each featuring full-color rotating ad panels along three arena sightlines to maximize brand exposure. Viewer ratings in 2006 set a new benchmark with a .64 (reaching 586,540 households). [ more ]

Unclaimed product categories (chalk, rack, furniture & lighting) will remain open for bid through February 16, along with associated, non-competing ad placement on the arena scoreboard and sideline rotating banners. Bidding remains restricted to BCA Business Members in good standing and more details may be requested by email.

BILLIARD EDUCATION FOUNDATION TAKES JUNIOR REINS

BILLIARD EDUCATION FOUNDATION TAKES JUNIOR REINS
BEF to manage BCA Junior Nationals, Programs & Education

Colorado Springs, Colorado: The Billiard Congress of America (BCA) has announced plans to transfer the oversight and management of its junior programs, including the BCA Junior National Championship and qualifier series, to the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF). In addition, the BCA pledged to support the BEF’s efforts with $50,000 in annual funding over the next three years.

“We believe that it is more appropriate for the BEF to concentrate on the development of junior players and programs, while we focus our efforts on industry-related pursuits,” said BCA CEO Rob Johnson. “These programs fit within the BEF's purpose and mission, and we’re certain that the move will bring junior programs to a new level of success. We hope that the entire industry will support these new efforts by the BEF.”

“I think that the BCA has provided everyone—industry, current players, and new players—with a wonderful opportunity, and everyone gets to work on it,” stated BEF President Tom Riccobene. “It’s for the kids, and that makes it a bit different. Teachers, kids, parents, businesses—anyone can help. And it’s not been done until now. I’m very glad that the BCA recognized that the BEF is well-suited for this task, as we have always been a huge proponent of the junior programs.”

In addition to managing the various junior programs, the BEF will also continue to award education scholarships and work to place its Curriculum Guide in schools throughout the United States.

The Billiard Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization committed to furthering the standard of excellence and leadership within the billiard community by engaging in activities related to the education and cultural advancement of tomorrow’s leaders.

For more information, please contact the BEF office by mail to PO Box 818, Lafayette, CO 80026; by phone to 303-926-1039; or by email to info@BilliardEducation.com.

IPT: Important Message from Kevin Trudeau

Dear IPT Players & Entrants of the 2007 Tour Card Qualifiers,

The IPT 2007 Season has still not been determined. We are still in theprocess of revamping our business model based on the unforeseen legislationoutlawing on-line gaming in the United States. Without our major onlinecasino sponsor, the IPT must undergo a substantial change to its businessmodel. I would like to see the IPT make a strong comeback from this dramaticsetback that we have had to deal with. The most important updates are as follows:.

Players from the 2006 World Open will continue to be paid monthly untilyou are paid in full. Payments will be made on the first of each month. Nopayment will be made February 1st. The next payment will be March 1st, 2007.The amount of each payment will be determined each month and may vary fromtime to time. It is our full intention to get everyone paid in full within the next six months.

As I mentioned previously, for all those who entered 2007 Tour Cardqualification tournaments, if we are not capable of fulfilling our commitments relating to the 2007 Tour, you will be refunded your enrollment fee. We plan on making an announcement on April 15, outlining the 2007 & 2008 seasons.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with these challenging and unavoidable market-condition situations.

I do have a request for everyone receiving this email. I love the game of pool and I am very much committed to continuing to invest my own money and time to making the IPT a successful reality for many years to come. I need to know if you, the players, want the IPT to flourish. I need to know if I have your support. If you, the players, could care less if the IPT continues operating, and if you, the players do not support me in this endeavor, then it would be foolish of me to continue pursuing this tour. Therefore, I request that you respond to this email letting me know if you want this tour to exist and if you support me personally.

I hope that together we can build a successful tour. Thank you again for all of your encouragement, support, and patience up until this point.

Very truly yours,Kevin Trudeau
Founder, IPT

9 Ball Pool: 'Dynamic' Manchester Open II


British Professional Pool Players Association

‘Dynamic’ Manchester Open
BPPPA ‘Dynamic’ Tour Stop No. 2


Mark Gray one of the many former snooker players now playing 9 Ball once again rose to the occasion by winning the ‘Dynamic’ Manchester Open.

The latest B.P.P.P.A. event held in Stretford, Manchester, was the first time without B.P.P.P.A. President and Tournament Director Ted Bristow who was not officiating due to his recent health problems. The tournament however was left in the safe hands of Shirley Ang and Nigel Webb, both accomplished Tournament Leaders, who both did excellent work to keep things running smoothly all weekend.

Despite a very talented field of players it was experience that took the edge and brought Mark Gray and Daryl Peach to yet another final.

It looked like it was going to be one way traffic as Gray raced into a 3 rack lead even though Peach won the lag. Gray broke and ran his break in the second rack and Peach then scratched from his break in the third to see Gray leading 3-0.

In the fourth rack it looked certain that the score was going to be 4-0 but Gray left himself a very awkward shot bridging over another ball and missed his shot to let Peach back into the match to reduce the deficit. Peach broke and ran the next rack to bring the score back to within one rack, but Gray replied immediately with another superb clearance to lead 4-2. Peach kept the trend going with another break and run to close the gap back to one. From there on the game was equally matched and the battle of wits and accurate potting eventually gave the audience a hill-hill situation. The final rack in this race to 11 was very tactical with both players searching for that perfect safety shot. Eventually, it was Gray that found it and took the title with an 11-10 scoreline.

Earlier in the day both players along with Tommy Donlon were nominated for the 2006 Player of the Year award and there were no surprises here. Mark Gray won the accolade narrowly beating Daryl Peach for his outstanding and consistent performances throughout the season.


Gray had swept the field aside beating Simon Widlo 9-6, James Kay 9-2 and followed these up with thumping wins over Steve Brown 9-3 and Andy Worthington 9-4; whilst Peach was seeing off Lee Rigby and Jonathan Mathers and Jon Davies in the Quarter Final. Steve Higton was Daryl’s Semi-Final opponent and a tough match looked on the cards but that was never the case; not that Higton did anything wrong, Peach just did not miss and even had Higton himself leading the plaudits.

Andy Worthington was full of praise for his last 16 opponent Thomas Ainsworth-Smith who recently won the first ‘Dynamic’ Youth event and still a junior will surely be a name to watch out for in the future.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

ATEi 2007

I have just got back from the ATEi 2007 at Earls Court arena in London. This annual trade get together for the amusement industry is on a massive scale!

I have to say that it is more geared towards amusement trade operators, arcades, pool/snooker halls and pubs. The sheer scale of the equipment on offer is breathtaking. If you want something coin operated and are in the trade then get down to Earls Court - its FREE to people in the industry and runs 23rd-25th January.

Although the majority of the manufacturers were not to the liking or suitability of Billiards Boutique we did make some new contacts and re-ignite some old ones.

Look out for two very innovative products to be sold via Billiards Boutique in the not too distant future (well by next week hopefully!!!)

Monday, January 22, 2007

Poole to Pool Champion?


Billiards Boutique Press Release

Poole to Pool Champion?

The talents of a young man from Poole have been recognised by pool and snooker retailer, Billiards Boutique who have offered a sponsorship deal to aid his chances in the British Professional Pool Players Association 2007 Junior and Men’s 9-ball Tours.

Sixteen year old Louis Clarke has been playing snooker and pool since the age of eight and already demonstrates the talent and skills needed to rival the champions.

Louis’ passion and desire to improve has seen him progress at an incredible rate. Louis says, “It was Dad that first got me into the game and now, with his support and my commitment I am starting to see the results of all the hours of practise.”

“I play for about 15 hours per week whilst my friends are hanging out or playing computer games but I hope that one day I’ll be recognised as the pool playing equivalent of Steve Davis or Ronnie O’Sullivan.”

Louis goes onto say “It’s not only the satisfaction of potting the balls and winning the game, it’s about outwitting your opponent; you have to think at least two shots ahead, so it’s quite intense. I like to think of it as chess but with balls!’

Pool is quite well known in the UK, but unlike snooker there is very little in the way of corporate or media support which both Louis and his sponsor are keen to change.
Pete Williams, Proprietor of Billiards Boutique of Weymouth says of Louis, “His skill is exceptional; he’s a very talented young man. I am often asked to provide sponsorship for players but have not entered into it until I met Louis - His determination to succeed is an inspiration and he deserves all the help we can give him.”

Snooker: O'Sullivan Storms to Masters Victory

Ronnie O'Sullivan put in a vintage display of cuemanship to defeat Ding Junhui 10-3 to take the Masters Title for the third time.

It could have been completely different though as Ding took the first 2 frames in emphatic fashion. The quality of the snooker never dipped but Ronnie just found another gear to leave Ding in his seat for most of the match.

O'Sullivan almost added insult to injury as he was close to making a maximum 147 break which would have meant a split of the £35,000 that Ding had already wrapped up. However one shot out of position meant Ronnie had to settle for a 145.

It was also nice to see Ronnie praising Ding's game at the end of the match and I agree he will be a multiple World Champion.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Snooker: Masters Update

I have been quite busy over the last couple of days so have not managed to get around to doing my daily Saga Insurance Masters updates.

So here are the results from the 1/4s onwards for those of you that don't already know!

1/4 Finals

Stephen Maguire (Sco) 6-2 Neil Robertson (Aus)
Ken Doherty (Ire) 5-6 Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng)
Stephen Hendry (Sco) 6-3 Shaun Murphy (Eng)
Stephen Lee (Eng) 2-6 Ding Junhui (Chn)

Semi-Finals

Stephen Maguire (Sco) 4-6 Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng)
Stephen Hendry (Sco) 2-6 Ding Junhui (Chn)

So once again an O'Sullivan vs Junhui final. Ding has been the more consistent performer throughout this tournament but Ronnie has more experience in finals so its a tough one to call.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

ESPN Picks Guinness over San Miguel.

ESPN Picks Guinness Over San Miguel for Asian 9-Ball Tour

In what may well be regarded as an unprecedented move ESPN has picked Guinness over San Miguel Beer for its annual Asian 9-Ball Tour which has been sponsored by San Miguel since its inception in 2003 and provided a major boost to the regional network’s viewing audience.

American Pool: Feijen wins DCC 9-Ball

Niels Feijen scored an almost perfect run in the Derby City Classic 9-ball event by almost going undefeated through 15 rounds of pool. Rodolfo Luat defeated him and Feijen still had his Buyback available.

He picked up $16,800 for first whilst Luat picked up $8,400. Luat also picked up 2nd place in the master of the table event pocketing $3,000.

Once again Efren Reyes was crowned Master of the Table and picked up $20,000. This after having won the One Pocket event and 2nd in the Bank Pool made it a very successful event for the Filipino Master.

Visit: www.DerbyCityClassic.com

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Snooker: Doherty, Lee and O'Sullivan advance

The Saga Insurance Masters is already proving to be a very exciting tournament this year. Last night Ken Doherty put on a display of masterful "matchplay snooker" to defeat Barry Hawkins 6-3. Ken never really went for the balls and just made it difficult for Hawkins to score. The more Ken played this way the more frustrated Hawkins became. Doherty now advances to the last 8.

Graeme Dott the reigning World Champion was in action today but will have every reason to be disappointed. He capitulated to an in form Stephen Lee by 6 frames to 2.

In this afternoons match Ronnie O'Sullivan put on one of the best perfromances I have ever seen. He made short work of Ali Carter and knocked in at least a 50+ break in every frame with 2 centuries. He eventually won 6-1.

Follow all the news at www.bbc.co.uk/snooker

Monday, January 15, 2007

8-ball Pool: EPT Announce Two Tier Plan

The Empire Pool Tour has announced plans to introduce a two tier tournament system after the current ranking season which starts in February.

The outline plans are as follows: The Top 64 ranked players after the final event of this season (see previous post: New EPT Season) will be invited to play in what will become the EPT Pro Tour which will carry increased and guaranteed prize money. The remaining players will be able to play in the EPT Challenge Tour which will have lower entry fees and will also carry its own guranteed prize money.

At the end of each season the bottom 16 from the Pro Tour will be relegated and the Top 16 from the Challenge Tour will be promoted.

Personally I think this is a step in the right direction for UK pool. It allows players to develop on the Challenge Tour and be able to compete on a level playing field with players of their own standard.

Snooker: Defending Champion is Ousted

Defending Masters Champion John Higgins has been eliminated at the first hurdle in this years tournament.

Stephen Maguire, a fellow Scot, has beaten him 6-5 to go through to the quarter-final stage.

Neither player really settled into this match and it was more about the misses than the potting despite a 95 and 116 break by Maguire.

Maguire will now play the very-much-in-form Neil Robertson.

Snooker: Sorry Williams Dealt a Right Aussie Blow

Mark Williams put in a dismal performance in the first round of the Saga Insurance Masters this morning and was eventually beaten 6-0 by Grand Prix winner, Australian, Neil Robertson.

Robertson is the first of the top 16 through to the last eight and he will face either Stephen Maguire or last years champion John Higgins.

Coverage continues from 2:30pm today on BBC Interactive or at www.bbc.co.uk/snooker

Snooker: Carter through into Round 1

Ali Carter battled back from a 3-1 defecit to win 6-5 yesterday against Stuart Bingham in the wildcard round of the Saga Insurance Masters.

Carter's victory puts him into the first round proper where he will face last years runner-up Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Ding-a-ling!

Ding Junhui Becomes Youngest Player to Compile a Televised 147 Maximum Break

The Saga Insurance Masters started today and Ding Junhui has continued his excellent form by defeating Anthony Hamilton 6-2 in front of a packed Wembley crowd. However, the best part of the match was not the victory but the maximum break that he compiled to go 5-2 in front.

Ding, aged 19, becomes the youngest ever player to compile a televised 147 break. The previous record was set by Ronnie O'Sullivan aged 22 at the 1997 World Championships.

This is also only the second maximum in Masters history, with Kirk Stevens in 1984 also achieving the feat.

On another note Jimmy White, given a wildcard into this years tournament, lost 6-1 to Matthew Stevens to continue his run of poor form that has seen him drop to number 56 in the world rankings.

For further information visit:

www.bbc.co.uk/snooker - live coverage online

www.worldsnooker.com

Friday, January 05, 2007

New Snooker Cues for a New Year!

New Snooker Cues for a New Year!

We are delighted to be adding to our snooker cue range over the coming weeks, already added to our snooker portfolio are the Cannon range of affordable Pool/Snooker Cues starting at just £17.00 for a full size cue!

Next week will see the introduction of a new snooker cue manufacturer to Billiards Boutique - Cue Craft of England- Billiards Boutique will be stocking their 3/4 jointed professional range that starts at £135.00.

You will also soon be able to choose from a wide range of American Pool Cues by manufacturers such as Mezz, Meucci and Joss. This will be on a pre-order only basis and if successful will see us stocking the cues later in the year.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

BPPPA Player of the Year Awards

PRESS RELEASE

Manchester, 2nd January 2007

The British Professional Pool Players Association is pleased to announce the annual end of season Player of the Year Awards which were decided as follows:

Player of the Year
Mark Gray

Lady Player of the Year
Caroline Walch

Rookie of the Year
Lionel Brown

Rookie of the Year (Lady)
Sabeha Porter

Player of the Year (Juniors)
Mathew Lawrenson

Presidents Special Award for Dedication to the Sport
Simon D'Vali

To find out more about the BPPPA visit here: www.bpppa.org

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

8-ball Pool: Entries Now Open for £7300 EPT Event

New Empire Pool Tour Season

The new Empire Pool Tour season kicks off over the weekend of 4-5 February at the recently opened Rileys club in Liverpool.

The tour which in 2006, its first year, attracted such notables as Ronnie O'Sullivan, Marcus Chamat, Nick van de Berg plus a host of UK talent for this new year carries a guaranteed prize fund of £7300.00 and a first prize of £1500.00

Entries are only taken in advance and the entry fee is £90.00, to enter visit the web link above/below.

EPT Schedule

3rd/4th FEB - EPT LIVERPOOL Open - Wavertree
31st MAR/1st APR - EPT LONDON Open - Harrow
19th/20th MAY - EPT MANCHESTER Open - Stretford
14th/15th JUL - EPT MIDLANDS Open - Solihull
TBA - EPT Grand Finals and Presentation Night

For further details visit www.empirepooltour.com