Category: Press Releases

Dominating Mei Captures 2009 USSA National Snooker Tour
Stop #4 Title at The Embassy Billiards Club

Dominating Mei Captures 2009 USSA National Snooker Tour
Stop #4 Title at The Embassy Billiards Club

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Runner-up Paul Kimura (L) and Champion Yi Fei Mei (R)

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 fourth stop on the Tour at Embassy Billiards Club – directed by USSA director Richard Ham – in San Gabriel, CA, February 17-19, enjoyed a full 12-player field. With a handicap system applied for this particular event, four round-robin preliminary flights determined the eight players for the final rounds. Each player received or gave a “start”, based on his handicap (example: a player with a “-26” gave a six point start to a player with a “-20” each frame of their match). Ye Fei Mei of San Gabriel, CA was the highest-handicapped player (-38) and thus considered the strongest player in the field based on past history. The preliminary round featured 2-frame matches among each opponent, for a total of four frames played per player within each flight:

[Numbers indicate win/loss record in frames in prelims]

Referee Class To Be Conducted at 2009 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas

Referee Class To Be Conducted at 2009 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas

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Referee Class To Be Conducted at 2009 ACS Nationals in Las Vegas
A national referee training class will be conducted at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, May 31-June 2, 2009 – during the 2009 National Championships being produced by the American CueSports Alliance (ACS). Interested parties must have passed an open-book, ACS Referee test prior to attending the class. Class hours are flexible, with entrants taking either a 4-hour class in the mornings or a 4-hour class in the afternoons on each day. Class registration fee is $75, payable onsite. Successful completion of the course by the individual will result in accreditation at “ACS National Referee” level. For information on taking the test prior to the class and reserving your spot for the class, please contact ACS Referee Program Administrator, Janet Ybarra, at (972) 345-9762 or jybarra@americancuesports.org.

Billiard Congress of America and CueSports International, L.L.C., Reach Settlement Agreement

Billiard Congress of America and CueSports International, L.L.C., Reach Settlement Agreement

Billiard Congress of America and CueSports International, L.L.C., Reach Settlement Agreement

Broomfield, Colo. – February 20, 2009 – The Billiard Congress of America (“BCA”)
and CueSports International, L.L.C. (“CSI”), the operator of the BCA Pool League,
have entered into a settlement agreement resulting in the dismissal of the lawsuit
between them, which had been pending in the United States District Court in
Colorado. By entering into the settlement agreement, neither party admitted any
wrongdoing. The parties have agreed that CSI may continue to use the service
marks “BCA Pool League” and “BCAPL” in conjunction with pool leagues operated by
it. Further, the parties agreed that CSI will not have the right to utilize the name
and service marks “Billiard Congress of America,” “BCA” or any of BCA’s other
marks. All other terms of the settlement agreement are confidential.

The 13th annual Jay Swanson Memorial Tournament

The 13th annual Jay Swanson Memorial Tournament

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The 13th annual Jay Swanson Memorial Tournament (“Swanee”) was held February 7-8, 2009 at Hollywood Billiards in Hollywood, California with a total prize fund of $16,600.

Hollywood Billiards is a nice room with a great atmosphere. The spacious billiard room has 28 Gold Crown III tables, is two levels with an open area upstairs which overlooks the action happening downstairs. The lower level tables have tight pockets and the upper level tables have larger drop pockets.

Super Bowl at The Rack

They came from all over to play in this great event that has been going on for 25 years right here in Memphis, TN. New owner Jerry Ramey, and tournament director Mark Dionne were very pleased when a full field of 128 players showed up on Friday.

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The tournament got underway on Friday night right after the Calcutta and continued into the late hours on Sunday morning. Entry fee was $25, Race to 7, Ladies get 2 games, played on 9 foot Diamond tables.

2009 Music City 9-Ball Open

Madison, Tennessee’s premier JOB Billiard Club hosted the 22nd annual Music City 9-Ball Open Held January 15-18th 2009.

Jim Blaylock and Tournament Directory Steve McDonald, assisted by Peg Ledman, had a busy weekend as 113 open division players and 25 ladies division players showed up for the competition that was held on 7 foot Diamond Smart Tables with Simonis Cloth. The 9- ball tournament format was race to 11 in the open division and a race to 7 in the ladies division.

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2009 BCAPL Springfield Shootout, Holiday Inn,

2009 BCAPL Springfield Shootout, Holiday Inn,

2009 BCAPL Springfield Shootout, Holiday Inn,

Springfield, Ohio, January 8-11

Bad Boys Billiard Productions, in conjunction with Chris Williams, the Central Ohio BCA League Operator, created the 2009 BCAPL Springfield Shootout to give nearby players the opportunity to compete in a big style BCAPL tournament without traveling long distances to a Regional or to the BCAPL Nationals in Las Vegas.

Ice storms and freezing temperatures couldn’t deter the 64 men’s singles – from as far afield as West Virginia and Windsor, Ontario – 9 women’s singles, and 42 teams in the Open Teams division.

Bad Boys’ Ric Jones braved ice covered roads to deliver and install the (24) 7 foot Diamond Smart Tables covered in Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth with Red Circle cue balls and Super Aramith Pro balls.

Three divisions – Open Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, and Open Teams – vied for $6,750 in cash. In the Men’s Open, Dayton’s Lucas Hawkins not only upset the more experienced Shayne Morrow, but scorched the field unscathed without even losing a set. West Virginia’s Christina Holmes double dipped Beth Kimbelton to take the Ladies Singles title.

Predator Pro Pool School with Immonen, Bustamante, & Williams

Predator Pro Pool School with Immonen, Bustamante, & Williams

For the first time ever in Chicago and the midwest, Dragon Promotions brings you 2008 Player of the Year Mika Immonen of Finland , Former #1 Francisco Bustamante of Philippines, and Top 5 USA ranked Charlie Williams to the Chicago Predator Pro Pool School. These world class professional players will reveal in depth training methods and secrets of professional pool. Students will get insight on their style and knowledge of play which has inspired countless players hroughout Europe, Asia, the USA and the world of pool! This rare experience will be hosted by Palace Billiards and brought to you by Predator Cues, Simonis Cloth, Brunswick Centennial Balls, and Master Chalk.

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Shuffett wins Bank Shot Invitational

Shuffett wins Bank Shot Invitational

Shuffett wins Bank Shot Invitational
Youth was served at Louisville’s Bank Shot Billiards on Jan 5, 2009 as 14 year old superstar-to-be, Landon Shuffett took the $1000 first prize in the invitational nine ball event. As always, promoter extraordinaire Truman Hogue, filled his 32 player field a week before the opening break shot. He also tweaked the format and raced to 6 on both sides with alternating breaks. Those changes plus Bank Shots’ pre-pro cut Diamond pockets figured to produce some upsets, but no one was complaining when their $50 entry gave them a shot at the $2100 ($500 of it added) prize fund.

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Tony Robles’ Predator 9-Ball Tour Launches into 2009 with Big Name Sponsors

After a hugely successful inaugural year, the Predator 9-Ball Tour is ready to start the 2009 season with the addition of some big name sponsors and exciting new events.

We would like to thank The Predator Group for supporting this tour and making it possible to help the sport grow.

“The 2008 Predator 9-Ball Tour established a new standard in billiards tournament series,” said Karim Belhaj, CEO of The Predator Group. “We look forward to growing the tour even more in 2009, through our collaboration with Tony Robles, by bringing together billiards’ top pros and generating a new level of excitement in the United States.”