Nick an Den Berg (NED) 8-5 Johnny Archer (USA)
HOLLAND’S NICK van den Berg became the first player through to the semi-finals of the PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters as he held off the challenge of Johnny Archer to claim an 8-5 victory at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas.
It was nip and tuck for the first ten racks before van den Berg pulled away in the closing stages. The Dutchman opened up an early 2-0 lead but returned the table to Archer when he scratched in the third game.
Nick Van Den Berg (NED) 8-2 Alex Pagulayan (PHI)
Johnny Archer (USA) 8-2 Imran Majid (ENG)
Shane Van Boening (USA) 8-2 Yu Ram Cha (KOR)
Defending champion Alex Pagulayan of the Philippines lost his title in the opening match of the 2009 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters as he fell victim to the superior all-round play of reigning European Champion Nick van den Berg.
APA RECOGNIZES TOP LEAGUE OPERATORS
World’s Largest Pool League Awards League Operator of the Year Awards
LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (May 7, 2009) — The American Poolplayers Association (APA) recognized five of their top franchisees with League Operator of the Year awards during the APA Annual Convention in late April in Las Vegas. The five were selected from a group of more than 260 League Operators throughout North America with one League Operator selected from each market size.
St. Louis, MO.- Michael Zimmerman, Gateway Amateur Tour (GAT) Founder/Director, has been working hard the past four years trying to provide a fair and rewarding 8-Ball tour in the St. Louis/Metro East area. Now in the fourth season, preparing for our fifth, we are excited to announce that Viking Cue Mfg., Inc through The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour has joined with us to become the title sponsor.
“3-Cushion Billiard Tour Shot-Contest a “HIT with Pocket Pool Players”
Finally a billiard program designed to attract Pocket Billiard Players to the game of 3-Cushion Billiards. It is called the “3-Cushion Billiard Tour Shot Contest” and it is unique in its own way. For the first time room owners that have only one or two billiard tables will be part of a bigger picture.
2009 USSA National Snooker TourStop #6
Mike Monegato Captures On Cue Handicap Snooker Classic
(L-R) Winner Mike Monegato and Tournament Director Tom Kollins
The United States Snooker Association (USSA) continues to rejuvenate snooker in the United States in 2009 with its inaugural USSA National Snooker Tour, and the sixth and final stop on the Tour – the On Cue Handicap Snooker Classic at On Cue Billiards, directed by USSA board member Tom Kollins – in Grayslake, IL, April 24-26, again enjoyed a full 16-player field. Four round-robin preliminary flights determined the eight players for the final rounds. The preliminary flights featured 2-frame matches among each opponent within a flight for a total of six frames played per player. Due to the handicap format, the six top players – Tom Kalinowski III, Marek Kuc, Chuck Looney, John Connelly, Chris Szarek and Mike Monegato – gave starts to the rest of the field, with 11-year old JonMichael Monegato (St. Charles, IL) receiving a 35-start-per-frame against the top players in the preliminaries and winning two frames!.
APA SIGNS THE BLACK WIDOW
World’s Largest Pool League Signs World’s Most Recognizable Poolplayer to Sponsorship Agreement
LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (April 28, 2009) — The American Poolplayers Association (APA) is proud to announce they have signed a sponsorship agreement with The Black Widow, Jeanette Lee. The APA made the announcement yesterday at their annual League Operator Convention in Las Vegas.
The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour made its way to Memphis the weekend of April 25th & 26th, 2009
where it’s Amateur-Advanced and Amateur Divisions were hosted by Sharpshooters
Billiards & Grill whose owners Robbie and Donna Franklin graciously added $1500 to this weekend’s events.
The participants were greeted with 18 bar tables that were recently recovered in Simonis 860 and 4 nicely kept
9ft tables. Sharpshooters provided an excellent atmosphere for all the participants as well as spectators.
Luc Depriene – 9-Ball Amateur
The Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour Amateur-Advanced and Amateur Division were hosted by Flamin’ Nine Billiards in Gravois Mills, Mo., the Weekend of April 18th & 19th, 2009. The double event was $2500 Added played on 7 foot tables and featured many local players as well as players from around the region.
Scott Tollefson tops 2009 season opener on the Tiger Pool Tour
The 2009 season is underway as the year opener took place Apr 18th/19th at Orange Ball Billiards in Rockville, MD. A strong field of 83 players signed up for the $1000 added event made possible by Orange Ball, Tiger Products and the tour sponsors.
The first stop of the 2009 USBA Tour was held at Cue and Cushion Billiard Lounge in Hooksett, NH on April 17-19, 2009. Four of the country’s top players participated and were the clear favorites in this 11 player round robin to 25 points. Room owner Mazin Shooni, 2006 US Champion, had his 2 beautiful Chevillotte tables recently recovered with Simonis 300 rapide cloth. The tables were long and very slippery. Competing along with Mazin was Hugo Patino (2003, 2009 US Champion), Sonny Cho (2005 US Champion), Michael Kang (Carom Café owner and top US player), Jim Shovak (USBA Secretary/Treasurer), Bob Page from Massachusetts, Juan Elizalde from Dallas, Texas, Leonard Collibee from Massachusetts, Rick Kirk from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Andrew Janquitto from Maryland and Steve Brodie from Connecticut.