MENOMONEE FALLS, WI. – 2/22/2010: McDermott Cue Mfg., LLC is a leading manufacturer and world-wide distributor of pool cues, performance shafts, and billiard accessories. McDermott is proud to announce an agreement with Elephant Balls LTD to be the exclusive distributor of Elephant Balls branded products which include billiard balls, training aids and other billiard accessories.
The United States Snooker Association (USSA) initiated its 2nd Annual USSA National Snooker Tour with the first stop on the Tour at Embassy Billiards Club – directed by USSA director Richard Ham – in San Gabriel, CA, February 16-19. The event enjoyed a 12-player field. A handicap format was adopted for this Tour Event played as a single-elimination knockout competition, which featured the winner of last year’s Tour Event at the Embassy Billiards Club, Mei Yi Fei. Yi Fei had the lowest handicap at -45, indicating that he was the favorite for the event.
The American Cuemaker’s Association is proud to present its 2010 recipient of the prestigious Cuemaker of the Year Award. The American Cuemaker’s Association (ACA) was established in 1992 to promote the American-made cue and cuemaker. Beginning in 2008, the ACA initiated the Cuemaker of the Year Award to recognize an ACA member who has provided a top quality product in an ethical, honorable, and professional manner through the years. The award will be presented at the annual ACA banquet at the Super Billiards Expo at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, PA, on March 18-21, 2010.
APA NAMED IN ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE’S TOP 10 FRANCHISES UNDER 20K
Despite Tough Year for Economy, APA Membership Sets a Record High
Barry Behrman announces US Open changes
To my wonderful U.S. Open Players, the greatest fans on earth, as well as any future U.S. Open players from the U.S.A. and around the globe.
First of all, I would like to wish you all a happy and healthy new year. I have always been the type of person that shoots for the moon by promoting pool to the best of my ability. Promoting pool has always been my passion in life and I genuinely love the sport. I truly believe that pool players deserve the very best and should be compensated just as much, if not more than other athletes, such as bowlers. Many professional bowlers are making a great living. I believe that it is unfortunate that there are very few men and women pool players who are making a decent living by doing what they love, playing pool.
Over the past few years we have lost many great promoters, sponsors, and players who just cannot afford to support pool as they did in the past. I am writing this letter in order to apologize to several players, 4 to be exact, to whom I still owe money. It deeply saddens me that I have been unable to compensate them for their participation in the 2009 U.S. Open however, I guarantee that I will pay them, and I will not rest until I do. While shooting for the moon I managed to shoot myself in the foot.
In preparation for the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship scheduled May 17-22, 2010, CueSports International (CSI) would like to announce nine qualifiers for the event will take place in the U.S and Canada.
The U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship will be held at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada immediately following the World Pool Masters and in conjunction with the 34th Annual BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships. It is also a recognized BCA point event and will feature the top men and women players from the U.S. and around the world.
Americans Lead as Sixteen Winners Advance
by Cristina De La Garza
The sixteen winners still in contention for the Predator World Tour Spain event have earned free hotel and airfare for the next Predator World Tour event which is tentatively scheduled for Sao Paolo, Brazil in the summer of 2010. Eight countries will be represented in the final stage of the tournament that began in Lloret de Mar, Spain but the Americans out number them all. Six players will make the trip from the USA to the next event to fight for the title with players from Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Afghanistan, Mexico, Spain and the Philippines.
Scholarship Opportunities for High School Seniors
The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for the 2010 scholarship awards. The BEF Academic Scholarship Program is administered annually under the direction and guidance of the BEF Board of Trustees. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2010 and can be downloaded by going to the BEF website at www.BilliardEducation.org.
Two New World Champions!
-Jerry Forsyth, WPA Press Officer-
Ruslan Chinakhov of Russia and Keng-Chun Lin of Taipei are the new WPA World Junior Champions. The final day of play began with Anja Wagner (GER) defeating Konishi Samia (JPN) 9-7. Then Keng-Chun Lin ended the winning streak of Liz Lovely (USA) by that same 9-7 margin.
Two World Championships in Next Two Weeks!
The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) is ready with their partners to stage the final two championships for this year, the World 9-Ball Championship for women, and the World Ten Ball Championship for men
Premier U.S. pool and billiards organization CueSports International (CSI) and innovative Legends and Champions producer Mark Cantrill are pleased and proud to announce Team CSI – American Grand Masters.
Team CSI – American Grand Masters is a collective of highly accomplished and well regarded U.S. players working together with CSI and Cantrill to promote the game via exhibitions and group instructions across the country. Additionally the team will promote CueSports International along with their individual sponsors at tours and tournaments. Cantrill will act as the team’s manager.
The fourth annual “ACS Midwest 8-Ball Championships” has a new home and an increased added-money purse! To be conducted at the Riverside Resort & Casino, January 21-24, 2010, near Iowa City, IA, the American CueSports Alliance (ACS) event will feature singles 8-ball, 9-ball, scotch doubles, 4-person team and 2nd-chance divisions, and is opened this year – and this year only! – to any players who have played a minimum of four matches over a minimum of four weeks in one session of any pool league sanctioned by a credible National or State pool association since 6/1/09. Non-ACS league members pay an extra $25 ($10 if team) for entry into any division. Complete details, entry forms and flyers may be downloaded from the ACS website at www.americancuesports.org.
The USBA sent 4 players to the CPB Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The CPB (Confederacion Panamericana de Billar) is the governing body for 3-Cushion Billiards in both North and South America. The tournament took place August 5-8, 2009.
Pedro Piedrabuena won the event and is the new Panamerican (CPB) Champion. Hugo Patino finished in 6th. Miguel Torres finished in the top 16 and Michael Kang finished in the top 32. Pedro and Hugo, along with six other top CPB finishers will represent the CPB and their countries in the World 3-Cushion Championships which will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, November 11-15, 2009. More details on the results at the CPB championship will be posted on the CPB website (http://www.cpbillar.net) as they become available.
Entering its 17th year, The U.S Bar Table Championships is expanding. The popular and long standing $24,500 added event is including two new divisions starting with the February 22-28, 2010 tournament.
Produced by CueSports International (CSI) and hosted by the Terrible’s Sands Regency Hotel & Casino in Reno, Nevada the always competitive tournament has traditionally featured three divisions: open 8-Ball, open 9-Ball and open 10-Ball. A special cash “All Around” bonus is awarded every year to the top three men and women shooters who enter all three open events.