Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A long time away

Well it has been a while since I last posted and things have not changed much, well apart from the lovely Becky leaving Billiards Boutique for a new job (meaning I am back on my own!)

Things have been a bit slower this summer (there is always a summer slowdown but this seems different) not sure if we are being hit by the credit crunch?

It is strange though as the majority of the goods we are selling are over the $200 (I had to convert to dollars my pound sign isn't working!!!) mark. This tends to hint that people do have money in their pocket and are seeking out the best online stores to spend it so they get more value for money.

I think what our customers actually like is the fact that they can call up and speak to a human being, who believe it or not, generally knows what they are talking about.

I had a customer call the other day for a relatively small item that he and his wife had been searching for for over three days. They stumbled across Billiards Boutique and gave us a call.

What was the best part? The fact that we were able to advise him on the correct size should purchase rather than what he was going to buy - oh and he got them the next day as well.

I say bring on the credit crunch because those that are buying will always seek out the best deals and the best service.

Friday, July 04, 2008

GB 9 Ball Tour goes LIVE!

The GB 9 Ball Tour that is broadcast by online pool * snooker channel Cuesport TV will have a live broadcast for the first time across the weekend of 12th/13th July 2008.

The Yorkshire Cup that will feature Daryl Peach, Tony Drago, Imran Majid, Mark Gray, Darren Appleton, Karl Boyes and Raj Hundal amongst others will be LIVE online from 12pm on the saturday and 10am on the Sunday. All the best matches will be featured on the TV table and it is FREE to watch so makle sure you register now!


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Monday, June 16, 2008

Pool World, Neath - £100 Per Man 8-ball!

The weekend of the 21st-22nd of June see's the eagerly anticipated £100-per-man Blackball event at Pool World in Neath.

The tournament, limited to 32 players, features a string of high quality talent including, Mick Hill, Ben Davies, Steve Munro and Christophe Lambert.

Internet Pool & Snooker Channel, Cuesport TV, will be broadcasting the event live across the two days for Free! If the live broadcast fails however then there will also be matches made available on demand at a later date.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Majid Makes it Three in Wealdstone

Imran Majid made it three wins out of three in the GB 9 Ball Tour with an 11-10 victory over Raj Hundal at the GB9 London Classic in Wealdstone at the weekend.

The final was the best one yet with Raj leading 6-0 at one point until Imran made a spirited comeback to take the victory, title and £1200 winners cheque.

It was a repeat of the Southern Masters final and also the same winner, amazing that from 128 players the same four have made the semi-finals of the last two events.

Imran Majid bt Michael Valentine
Raj Hundal bt Darren Appleton

In the other events Darren Appleton took the pro title and David Walsh won his first Challenge Cup title.

Monday, May 26, 2008

9-ball: Engert Wins in Style

Thomas Engert has won the German Open 9-ball event in Sindelfingen, part of the Eurotour series.

In the semi-final he beat remaining British competitor Karl Boyes 9-3 to set up a final match with Italy's Fabio Petroni.

The final was a very one-sided affair with Engert romping to a 9-1 victory that gave him the title in front of his home crowd and the 6000 euro winners cheque. The win also propels him to number 2 in the Eurotour rankings.

Britains Mark Gray, despite not making the knockout stages, holds on the the European number 1 spot.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Exclusive Stockist of CueSport TV DVD's

Billiards Boutique have become the exclusive stockist of CueSport TV DVD's this means all of the titles from the Scottish Super 15s event and the GB 9 Ball Tour can be bought exclusively online at Billiards Boutique.

So if you fancy watching Tony Drago in action or want to keep a momento of your time at Craig Tara get online and purchase today.

The DVD's retail for £10 inc. UK P&P and the list of titles is being added to all of the time.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Snooker: Selby Falls to the King!

Mark Selby has been eliminated in the first round of this years 888.com World Snooker Championships.

In a tough match against Mark King he lost by the scoreline of 10-8.

This is a great result for King who has not been in the best of form this season, but will be a massive blow to Selby who has had the best season of his career winning both the Masters and the Welsh Open.

First Round Results:

John Higgins (Sco) 10-5 Matthew Stevens (Wal)
Ryan Day (Wal) 10-6 Michael Judge (Ire)
Stephen Hendry (Sco) 10-9 Mark Allen (NI)
Stephen Lee (Eng) 4-10 Joe Swail (NI)
Ali Carter (Eng) 10-9 Barry Hawkins (Eng)
Mark Selby (Eng) 8-10 Mark King (Eng)
Peter Ebdon (Eng) 10-9 Jamie Cope (Eng)
Neil Robertson (Aus) 10-4 Nigel Bond (Eng)
Steve Davis (Eng) 8-10 Stuart Bingham (Eng)

9 players are now through to round two with only 3 seeded players to be eliminated, joining Selby are Steve Davis and Stephen Lee.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

World Snooker Champs - Start Today!

That's right the most eagerly anticipated tournament in the snooker calendar is upon us with the 888.com World Snooker Championships starting today (19th April).

John Higgins will start the defence of the title he won last year against a former world finalist in Matthew Stevens, they are playing as I type, the match started at 10am in the Crucible and on the other table is Neil Robertson against Nigel Bond.

There was potentially sad news earlier in the week when Graeme Dott was considering pulling out of the event he won just a couple of years ago after struggling with depression. Fortunately he has decided to give it a go and I certainly wish him well for the tournament and hope that he is able to get on the mend soon.

The rest of Saturdays action is as follows:

10am

Table 1
John Higgins v Matthew Stevens
Ref: Jan Verhaas

Table 2
Neil Robertson v Nigel Bond
Ref: Eirian Williams

2.30pm

Table 1
Stephen Lee v Joe Swail
Ref: Peter Williamson

Table 2
Peter Ebdon v Jamie Cope
Ref: Alan Chamberlain

7pm

Table 1
John Higgins v Matthew Stevens*
Ref: Jan Verhaas

Table 2
Ali Carter v Barry Hawkins
Ref: Colin Humphries

*This match will be played to a finish in this session.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Ronnie O'Sullivan Under Investigation

The Saga (and not the Masters sponsor!) continues.

Ronnie O'Sullivan's comments at the China Open in a post press conference have been dubbed as 'unacceptable' by World Snooker chief Sir Rodney Walker. He has personally apologised to the promoter of the Honghe Industrial World Snooker China Open and also sent his apologies to anyone in China that may have been offended by O'Sullivans comments.

Why it is that Sir Rodney is apologising and not Ronnie himself is beyond me and I think that he has been wrapped up in cotton wool too many times by the snooker authorities. A player displaying this kind of behaviour in any other sport would be immediately dealt with.

This has been referred to the WPBSA disciplinary committee but again will take months for it to be resolved.

And for anyone that has not seen it he it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUJUEgRZBMY&feature=related

Sunday, April 06, 2008

GB9: Maharaja Does it Again!

The Maharaja Does it Again!

Imran Majid has continued his fantastic form on the GB9ball Tour by winning his 3rd title in four tournaments.

At the first outing in Solihull he won both the Pro Division and the main tournament to take home £2200.

On this occasion at the GB9 Southern Masters he lifted the Main Tour event again. It could have been a double-double though had he not arrived late for his first Pro Division match against Adam Clarke. Due to arriving 19 minutes late for his scheduled start he started with a 3 rack deficit and duly lost by a scoreline of 9-6.

Another double winner this weekend was 18-year-old Thomas Ainsworth-Smith who wrapped up is second title on the Challenge Division this time against Neil Jenkins by an 11-9 scoreline.

With Imran Majid and Mark Gray falling early doors in the Pro Division the way was set for Tony Drago making his GB9 Tour debut. He took the opportunity and defeated Kevin Uzzell 11-8 in the final.

These matches plus 15 more can be seen in their entirety only on http://www.cuesport.tv/

Currently CueSport TV is free to register so get across and watch now!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ronnie O'Sullivan Causes More Controversy!

After his defeat to Marco Fu in the 2008 China Open Ronnie O'Sullivan has again caused massive controversy in a post match press conference.

The video is apparantly on a Chinese video sharing site where Ronnie aparantly made lewd remarks and sexual innuendo's in front of the assembled media in China.

He was fined last year for walking out of his match with Stephen Hendry at the UK championships and this current investigation will not go down well with snooker's authorities or the many of fans that Ronnie has gained worldwide.

Again the genius that is Ronnie is in the press for the wrong reasons and it is about time World Snooker took massive steps to sort out these issues if they prove to be true.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Cuesport TV now Available on Our Blog!

Now you can watch Cuesport TV via the Billiards Boutique Blog!

This has come about through the development of the Nbed player which means Cuesport TV can be shown on any website.

You can currently watch any programme being shown in the main schedule, which is action from the GB9 event in Solihull and SPA Super 15's Blackball tournament.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Is the Smoking Ban Killing Snooker Clubs?

Down where I live in Dorset we have limited access to decent quality snooker clubs and facilities - recently four snooker or pool clubs have been made available for sale.

The reasons behind these sales may be due to a number of factors, however, one club in question Dorchester Snooker Club has been forced to close due to a downturn in business. This downturn, according to the owner, has been due in part to the smoking ban.

Dorchester Snooker Club occupies the top floor of a building near to Dorchester railway station. The club being on the top floor is what has initiated the problem. Smokers (and many pool and snooker players do smoke) have to go downstairs in order to smoke outside. In the summer months this is not such a factor but snooker is mainly a winter activity. With the weather we have been having and the fact that clubs charge by the hour for the table lights has meant smokers stay away.

Now I for one hate smoking and the ban actually pleases me insomuch that I no longer smell of stale smoke when I return from a night out. However, if it is killing what is part of our national heritage then surely a compromise has to be reached. Perhaps grants should be made available to support clubs in creating "smoking areas" either on a balcony or outside.

There is no surefire answer - all that I know is that the game I love is taking a downturn over the smoking ban.

Any Answers?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

£1000 per man 8-Ball Challenge Now on Cuesport TV

The £1000 per man US 8-ball Pool Challenge between Gareth 'Darkside' Esprit and Lee Rigby is now showing in the schedule and on demand on Internet TV station Cuesport TV.

If none of you have visited Cuesport TV and you are looking for your next hit of pool, snooker or billiards televised action then this website is going to become the place to visit on the Internet.

Not only will you get quality one-off matches but Cuesport TV have just recently struck a deal with GB9 (the UK's new professional 9-ball tour) to become the tours official streaming media partner. Cuesport TV will have cameras at every one of the GB9 events this season starting with the Midlands Open on Feb 1st-3rd.

To get full access to the site over the coming months make sure you register.