Thursday, December 13, 2007

14th Mosconi Cup Starts Tonight

The 14th Mosconi Cup, the annual 9-ball battle between USA and Europe, starts tonight live on Sky Sports in the UK and via the Internet on PPV via www.mosconicup.com

Team USA have won for the last 5 years and are again the bookmakers favourites with Stan James having them as 4/7 to lift the title.

Team USA features 2007 US Open 9-ball Champion Shane Van Boening plus Mosconi regulars, Jonny Archer, Corey Deuel, Earl Strickland and Rodney Morris.

Team Europe boasts 2007 World Champion Daryl Peach plus Niels Feijen, Ralf Souquet, Konstantin Stepanov and Tony Drago.

This year the action takes place in Las Vegas where a partizan US crowd will no doubt act as USA's "extra player".

It is a tough one to call but on paper the US side is the strongest and the majority of them have played Mosconi Cup together before. I want a European win but it will depend on how they manage the conditions and how they gel as a team.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

9-ball: Muratore Shines in Spain

Italian Bruno Muratore has won his first ever European tour event by beating Radoslaw Babica of Poland 10-9 to take the title and 5000 euro first prize.

Muratore had a great weekend beating European Number 1 Konstantin Stepanov in the 1/4 finals and then beating last tour stop winner Mark Gray in the semi-finals.

All results can be found here:

www.eurotour.nu

Snooker: Day One Upsets for Hendry and Doherty

Day One of the Maplins UK Championships has already seen two former world champions beaten in the first round.

Stephen Hendry was the first to fall to rising star Mark Allen - the scoreline over these longer matches was also a surprise as Allen beat him 9-4.

The second champ to be dismissed was Ken Doherty defeated by another player currently climbing the rankings and finding a bit of form. Nigel Bond, not one of the youngest on the tour but stringing together a number of consistent results. He beat Doherty in a twitchy affair 9-7.

Other Results:
Mark Williams 9-3 Ricky Walden
Stephen Maguire 9-3 Joe Swail

Matches finishing today:
Peter Ebdon 5-3 Ian McCulloch
Steve Davis 2-6 Stuart Bingham
Ding Junhui 6-2 Adrian Gunnell
Shaun Murphy 4-4 Paul Davies

Coverage continues on BBC 1 and 2 today.

Friday, December 07, 2007

9-ball: Costa Del Sol Open Undeway

The final Eurotour event of the season is underway with 40 British players taking part including World Championship bronze medallist Karl Boyes and World Champion Daryl Peach.

There are a number of British players playing in their first Eurotour event, Colin Gray, Andy Jeronimidis and Alan Millership.

Jeronimidis has won his first two matches to set up a tie with World Champion Daryl Peach.

All the results can be followed online at www.eurotour.nu

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Shop News: Order Early For Christmas

We are currently experiencing a very busy period in the lead up to Christmas.

It is advised that you order as early as possible to enable us to deliver your goods in time for Christmas. Whilst most parcels will arrive within our normal estimated delivery times - there will be some that take longer.

If you require high-end American Pool Cues or shafts then you need to order NOW! We do not stock these items and each one is a special order that can take 14 days to arrive.

We use three carriers for our parcels, Royal Mail, DHL (within the UK) and FedEx (larger International Orders). Our DHL service is normally next day but at this time of year allow three days delivery time.

If you experience any problems please call us as soon as possible.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Snooker: Maplin UK Championship Preview

After a week of intense competition at the World Snooker Centre at Pontins in Prestatyn, 16 players have qualified for the games second most prestigious tournament the Maplin UK Championship.

The qualified players are listed below:

Ian McCulloch
Joe Swail
Ricky Walden
Mark Allen
Nigel Bond
Adrian Gunnell
Stuart Bingham
Paul Davies
Dave Harold
Anthony Hamilton
Marco Fu
Joe Perry
Michael Holt
Mark King
Barry Hawkins
Jamie Cope

Qualifying for any of the ranking events is getting tougher and tougher, this was proved this time when former top 16 player Matthew Stevens was beaten Adrian Gunnell. Also on the list of high profile casualties was Shanghai Masters winner Dominic Dale, Grand Prix semi-finalist Gerard Greene and Northern Ireland Trophy runner-up Fergal O'Brien.

The main event kicks off next saturday at the Telford International Centre.

Bookmakers Odds:

Stan James place Ronnie O'Sullivan as the 3/1 favourite - last night he reached the final of the Premier League playoffs so is a man in some sort of form. 2nd favourite for the title is Dind Junhui at 6/1 followed by Higgins and Murphy at 8/1 and 9/1 respectively.

They are only offering each way on the finalists so looking at the draw the bottom half is definately tougher so an outsider to come from the top? Last years winner Peter Ebdon who has always liked the longer match format. He is available for 20/1 so a £5 each way bet would mean a £160 return.

It is difficuolt to predict a winner due to the way that snooker has gone this year, 3 events and 3 different winners with only one from inside the top 16 players.

Murphy looks good and has a good draw so he may be able to add to his previous world title. Another to look out for is Mark Selby and new young gun Mark Allen.

All matches are live on BBC TV and over the internet.

Complete Draw

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Marco Fu Given Masters Wildcard

Royal London Watches Grand Prix champion Marco Fu has been given the final wildcard place for the Masters in January.

Fu, who defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan in October's Grand Prix final joins snooker's top 16 elite players plus qualifier Barry Hawkins.

Fu will play Steve Davis in the first round.

£200 Added - Get Your Entries In!

Get your entries in for the Billiards Boutique Christmas Pool Open.

Saturday 15th December is the qualification event, £10 to enter in advance and each player will be given a time slot to play their qualifying matches.

The qualifiers will be run as best of three frame matches in a double elimination format.

This means everyone is guaranteed 2 matches for their money. Two players from the winners side and two rom the losers side will progress to the knockout stages on Sunday 16th December.

The knockout stages will all be best of 9 frame matches with the winner taking the trophy and the £220 first prize.

All entry fee's are paid out in prize money plus £200 will be added by Billiards Boutique. Total prize money for the event is £520 (based on a field of 32).

Payouts are as follows:

1st: £220.00
2nd: £110.00
3rd: £55.00
£55.00
5th: £20.00
£20.00
£20.00
£20.00

To enter you must pay in advance and you can do is via credit/debit card over the phone on 01305 822132. There will be an additional £1 charged for all card entries.

For more details email or call Pete Williams.