Monday, February 26, 2007

Snooker: 888.com Qualifiers underway

The Qualifiers for the 2007 888.com World Snooker Championships started on the 23rd February at Pontins in Prestatyn.

The complete draw for the qualifying rounds is via the link below.

888.com World Snooker Championship Qualifiers - may need to register on the World Snooker site.

8-ball Pool: Phil Harrison win Mickey Flynn's Season Opener

Mickey Flynn's has always been regarded as one of the best pool halls in the UK, with the quality of the tables, the staff and the fantastic hospitality.

This season Mickey Flynn's are running a joint 8-ball/10-ball tour to allow players tournament practice for the two UK tours. The EPT and the UK 10-ball tour.

This first event could have had £320.00added to the prize money with a full field but as it turned out it was very disapointing with only 20 players making the journey to Cambridge.

Due to the small field Ricardo Jones, Tournament Director, decided on an unusual format that is employed at the Derby City Classic. Each round is drawn at random like the FA Cup in football, and each player receives 2 lives meaning that they get at least two matches.

Final 6 and Tournament Payouts:

1st Phil Harrison - £250.00
2nd Ricardo Jones - £100.00
3rd= Mickey Lambert / Vinnie Calabrese - £75.00
5th= Lee Rigby / Lee Tucker - £50.00

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Trajdos Wins the Czech Open

Little known Polish cueist Wojciech Trajdos has completed an amazing run of matches at the Czech Open this weekend. Due to the new format he had to qualify for the last 64 stage and played an amazing 12 matches to win the title against Russian Konstantin Stepanov.

Stepanov had earlier beaten him in the double-eliminaton stage buy Trajdos exacted revenge with his 10-6 victory in the final.

He picks up a cheque for 6500 euro and this one result will catapult him into Europe's top 150 players.

Imran Majid was the last surviving Brit when he was defeated 10-8 by Engert in the last 16.

Local player Damian Massey had a great result in his first Eurotour outing when he reched the last 24 stage.


Full results available at: www.eurotour.nu

Friday, February 23, 2007

Billiards Boutique: Bournemouths Damian Massey makes last 64

Billiards Boutique: Bournemouths Damian Massey makes last 64

Bournemouths Damian Massey makes last 64

Damian Massey (friend of mine) has made the last 64 of the Eurotour Czech Open. He is still undefeated going into the second stage and will now have to face one of Europe's top 32 players.

The former main tour snooker pro has taken some time out over the last year to practice hard and in his first Eurotour event is already in the money!

Other Brits Daryl Peach, Imran Majid and Craig Osbourne now enter the event in this new format.

Another player that has gone through undefeated through the double elimination rounds is none other than Filipino sensation Marlon Manalo also playing in his first Eurotour event.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Bit of an Update!

Haven't posted for a while I have been quite busy. I have posted below a bit of a round-up.

Snooker

Anyway in the last week Neil Robertson has won his second world ranking event of the season moving him to world number 4 provisionally. Its an excellent season for the Aussie that follows up from his Grand Prix win in the Autumn. The match did not all go his way though and Andrew Higginson took him to a final frame decider in his first final. Higginson also banged in a 147 earlier in the week.

Next event is the China Open, a bit of a World Championship warm up.

9-ball

Sandor Tot former European number 1 won the World Class 9-ball Open Switzerland. He defeated Sascha Specchia in the final 11-9.

Tony Drago has also been busy. He won the Center Pocket Open in Holland defeating Belgian Serge Das 10-8 in the final.

The Eurotour Czech Open started today with a huge list of Brits participating. The tour has moved to a new format for this year which see's the top 32 ranked players being seeded through to the last 64 on Saturday. A friend of mine - Damian Massey - is making his Eurotour debut.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Snooker: Murphy Sets New Ranking Record

Shaun Murphy last night set a new snooker ranking event record when he defeated Jamie Cope 5-0 in the Welsh Open.

Murphy became the first player in 31 years and 201 world ranking tournaments to compile 4 consecutive centuries in a best of 9 frame match. The first frame ended with a run of 135 and was followed by a 123, 102 and a 101. He also had a chance in the last frame but lost position at a crucial moment.

Murphy who won the Malta Cup earlier this month looks in fine form again and now plays Jamie Burnett of Scotland who put away the last Welshman in the draw, Mark Williams.

Full 2nd Round Results
Stephen Lee (Eng) 2-5 Nigel Bond (Eng)
Allister Carter (Eng) 5-3 Stuart Bingham (Eng)
Barry Hawkins (Eng) 2-5 Michael Judge (Ire)
John Higgins (Sco) 3-5 Andrew Higginson (Eng)
Shaun Murphy (Eng) 5-0 Jamie Cope (Eng)
Mark Williams (Wal) 4-5 Jamie Burnett (Sco)
Stephen Maguire (Sco) 5-0 Alan McManus (Sco)
Ken Doherty (Ire) 5-3 Joe Swail (NI)
Stephen Hendry (Sco) 5-2 Ben Woolaston (Eng)
Neil Robertson (Aus) 5-2 Michael Holt (Eng)
Matthew Stevens (Wal) 1-5 Mark Selby (Eng)
Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng) 5-1 Ian McCulloch (Eng)
Peter Ebdon (Eng) 4-5 Dave Harold (Eng)
Anthony Hamilton (Eng) 5-4 Joe Perry (Eng)
Steve Davis (Eng) 5-0 David Gilbert (Eng)
Graeme Dott (Sco) 5-3 Gerard Greene (NI)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Snooker: Ronnie Romps through against McCulloch

Ian McCulloch did not have the happiest of Valentines days - he got trounced 5-1 by Ronnie O'Sullivan in the second round of the Welsh Open today. Ronnie, who is looking for his third Welsh Open title, looked completely comfortable throughout the match and will be confident going into his last 16 match.

A member of the old guard - Nigel Bond - who is having a resurgence this season also had a great result by eating last years winner Stephen Lee 5-2.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Snooker: Welsh Open 1st Round Results

The Welsh Open started on Monday with a full field of 48 players battling for the title. Unusual for a World Snooker event is that the 1st round in this tournament consists of players that would normally be in the final qualifying round.

Full 1st round results

Nigel Bond (Eng) 5-3 Liang Wenbo (Chn)
Stuart Bingham (Eng) 5-0 Joe Delaney (Ire)
Ryan Day (Wal) 0-5 Michael Judge (Ire)
Marco Fu (HK) 2-5 Andrew Higginson (Eng)
Ding Junhui (Chn) v Jamie Cope (Eng)
Robert Milkins (Eng) 3-5 Jamie Burnett (Sco)
Alan McManus (Sco) 5-2 Rod Lawler (Eng)
Joe Swail (NI) 5-1 Adrian Gunnell (Eng)
David Gray (Eng) 3-5 Ben Woolaston (Eng)
Michael Holt (Eng) 5-4 Ricky Walden (Eng)
Mark Selby (Eng) 5-0 Ian Preece (Wal)
Ian McCulloch (Eng) v Mark Allen (NI)
Andy Hicks (Eng) 4-5 Dave Harold (Eng)
Joe Perry (Eng) 5-2 John Parrott (Eng)
James Wattana (Tha) 1-5 David Gilbert (Eng)
Mark King (Eng) 0-5 Gerard Greene (NI)

Past winners
1992 - Stephen Hendry (Scotland)
1993 - Ken Doherty (Ireland)
1994 - Steve Davis (England)
1995 - Steve Davis (England)
1996 - Mark Williams (Wales)
1997 - Stephen Hendry (Scotland)
1998 - Paul Hunter (England)
1999 - Mark Williams (Wales)
2000 - John Higgins (Scotland)
2001 - Ken Doherty (Ireland)
2002 - Paul Hunter (England)
2003 - Stephen Hendry (Scotland)
2004 - Ronnie O'Sullivan (England)
2005 - Ronnie O'Sullivan (England)
2006 - Stephen Lee (England)

Thursday, February 08, 2007

888.com Announce deal with Rileys Clubs

888.Com Announce Deal with Rileys Pool and Snooker Clubs

Feb-08-2007 - Casino Times

By Easter 2007 Rileys Ltd, who own 168 snooker and pool clubs across the UK, will have live poker tournaments in 100 of their clubs.

The partnership with 888.com is in a consultancy capacity and will see the launch of Rileys Poker website that will be run by the online casino.

The two companies will be working together to develop numerous areas including poker leagues, local and regional tournaments plus a nationwide event with a live televised final.

In my opinion Rileys could do with trying to achieve there core business and offering a quality environment for their 250000 cue sports members. Some of this money could have been used to develop pool and snooker in the UK, especially where prize funds are lacking.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Get Your Sunglasses Out

Get Your Sunglasses out!

A new look Billiards Boutique website was unveiled last night with a striking new colour scheme. The same categories and the same great products are still on offer yet the new design allows greater flexibility and is also easier to navigate.

Please let us know what you think as your opinion is important:

email: sales@billiardsboutique.com or call us on +44 (0) 1305 779927

Monday, February 05, 2007

Snooker: Murphy Wins the Malta Cup

2005 World Snooker Champion - Shaun Murphy, has this weekend picked up his second ranking event title with victory over Ryan Day in the Malta Cup.

The scoreline of 9-4 will give Murphy every confidence with the Welsh Open and World Championhship coming up. The tournament was full of shocks with many of the top players falling early on.

The media seem to think that Stephen Hendry played the best snooker had it not been for a bout of gastroenteritis in the semi-final.

The Welsh Open starts this coming Sunday from the Newport Centre in Wales.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

8-Ball Pool: Davies wins EPT Liverpool Open

Ben Davies of Wales has beaten Richard Jones of England 10-8 to win the EPT Liverpool Open.

Welshman Davies battled his way through a disappointing field of just 69 players in last weekends EPT Liverpool Open. Although the turnout was low the quality was very high. Imran Mjid, Mark Gray, Daryl Peach, Mick Hill, Neil Raybone and Darren Appleton all competed for the title and £1500 guaranteed 1st place prize money.

In addition players were represented from 11 nations with players from France, Austria and Spain joining the myriad of Brits.

A number of factors have caused the low turnout (in my opinion):

1. Another event in the north of England
2. Same £8000 purse, but the split is less top heavy so payment goes down to the last 32.
3. Higher entry fee of £90.00

I think the Harrow open at the end of March will be packed (I will also be making a return to competitive pool!)

The EPT has the potential to change pool in this country and offers real prize money, in real conditions with top class players. I think a move to Double elimination may also improve the field so that players can get at least two matches for their £90.

5th Annual US Pro Tour Championships Announced

5th Annual US Pro Tour Championship Announced

March 27- April 1,2007
Normandie Casino, Los Angeles

Dragon Promotions will be bringing the US Pro Tour Championship back to Los Angeles! Being the only major men's pro billiards event on the West Coast, fans and players will be happy to see this events return at the Normandie Casino in Gardena, CA. This 9-Ball tournament will have a guaranteed $20,000 added and limited to 96 players paying $12,000 1st Place .

This years event will again be aired in a 4 hour production for ESPN including the Quarter, Semi and Finals. Last year the US Pro Tour Championships was aired in North America, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.

This years field will be stacked again with the world's best players including defending champion Rodney Morris, Runner-Up and World Straight Pool Champion Thorsten Hohmann, past US PTC Champion Mika Immonen, #1 US Ranked Johnny Archer, former BCA Open Champion Charlie Williams, US Mosconi Cup Rookie Mike Davis, Korean Champion Shin Young Park and the rest of the stars of the UPA.

As tradition, after the finals on Sunday will be the Annual UPA Year End Awards for 2006 Player of the Year, Sportsman of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Man of the Year. New awards this year will include Most Entertaining Player and Best Dressed Player. All your favorite players will be there so fans mark the dates on your calendar now! For additonal information of the pro event call (602) 653-9974 or email uparep@yahoo.com and goto . www.upatour.com All other inquiries on tickets or sponsorship and advertising on ESPN contact dragonpromotionsnews@gmail.com or goto www.dragonpromotions.com

9-Ball Race to 11
Double Elimination
TV Rounds Race to 7 Alternate Breaks

Prize Money Payout with $20,000 guaranteed added and based on 96 Player Field:

1st $12,000 (Guaranteed $10,000 for 1st Place)
2nd 5000
3rd 4000
4th 3000
5-6th 2600
7-8th 2100
9-12 1600
13-16 1200
17-24 765

Total Purse: $50,720

$385 entry fee $65 reg.fee includes ticket for banquet
$450 entry fee on March 14 and after

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Snooker: O'Sullivan Dumped out by Holt in Malta

Ronnie O'Sullivan continued his Jekyll and Hyde season and was dumped out by journeyman professional Michael Holt 5-3 in the Malta Cup.

Ronnie was far from the player that brilliantly destroyed Ding Junhui 10-3 in the final of the Saga Insurance Masters earlier this month and still seems to be acting as the spoilt child to World Snooker.

He did make an attempt to speak to the media after his defeat as his World Snooker contract states, but three times he refused to comment when asked about the match with Holt.

There is no doubting O'Sullivans ability - he could even be described as a snooker playing genius - however it is difficult to know which Ronnie is going to turn up to an event.

The biggest question in my opion is what if this had been a different player? Would the likes of Higgins, Hendry or Dott get away with it or would World Snooker enforce the laws, as they should do? It is time to stop this farce and either allow O'Sullivan some time out from the game or reprimand him.

What makes it worse is the fact that Ronnie is not being open with the media, this opens up a lot of debate. If Ronnie really does have personal problems then I think everyone would be behind him to sort them out.

I have to mention Holt though who cannot be discounted for what turned out to be a very professional performance the 28 year old said "To beat Ronnie at any time is a confidence boost because he's such a brilliant player." Holt now plays Mark King in the second round, a match that on paper he should fancy winning.