Las Vegas, Nevada- 21 year old billiard sensation Yu Ram Cha of Korea has been invited as the sole woman entrant of the 2009 World Pool Masters. The event takes place at the Riviera Hotel and Casino this weekend May 8-10 and is produced by Matchroom Sport, a leading force in billiard promotions. The World Pool Masters has had a long history of famous champions such as Ralf Souquet, Thomas Engert, Raj Hundal, and defending champion Alex Pagulayan. Sixteen men are invited each year, with last year being the first time a woman was invited in Jasmin Ouschan of Austria. This year Yu Ram Cha was selected.
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.
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.
Illinois State University to Host 2009 Junior Nationals & Collegiate 9-Ball Championships
The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is excited to announce that Illinois State University (ISU) will host the 21st Annual Junior Nationals and the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Collegiate 9-Ball Championships on July 21-26. The collegiate event will be held Tuesday through Thursday, while junior competition will take place Thursday through Sunday.
World’s Largest Pool League and Billiard Retailer Reach Sponsorship Agreement
LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (April 16, 2009) — Internet based retailer PoolDawg has reached a deal with the American Poolplayers Association (APA) to become an official sponsor of all APA National Championships. PoolDawg will be the official table spot sponsor of both the APA National Singles and Team Championships held in Las Vegas annually at the Riviera Hotel & Casino.
As part of the agreement, all participants in the national championships will receive a commemorative memento courtesy of PoolDawg.
“We’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with PoolDawg for years. They’ve been a major advertiser in our national membership magazine and an exhibitor at our National Team Championships. This agreement helps to further our relationship with them,” said APA President Reneé Lyle.
“When it comes to amateur pool leagues, there is no bigger name than the APA. We are extremely excited to come on board as a sponsor of the APA Championships.” said Mike Feiman, Director of Marketing for PoolDawg. “As the largest amateur pool league, the APA provides us with a unique opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of poolplayers. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to further expand our longstanding relationship with the APA and its members.”
About the American Poolplayers Association (APA)
The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States, and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada. More than 260,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9 Ball league play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards.
The APA produces three major tournaments each year—the APA National Team Championships, the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship—that, together, pay out nearly $1.5 Million in cash and prizes annually!
The APA and its championships are sponsored by Cuetec Cues and PoolDawg.
For more information on the American Poolplayers Association, visit www.poolplayers.com.
Jeanette Lee & Allison Fisher Lead Super Women’s Invasion of The Predator International 10-Ball Championship
Jeanette Lee & Allison Fisher Lead Super Women’s Invasion of
The Predator International 10-Ball Championship
Las Vegas, Nevada- The Black Widow, The Duchess of Doom, The Texas Tornado, Kwik Fire, Little Lightning, G-Force, and The Viper are some of the names of the super powered billiard women attacking the 9th Annual Predator International 10-Ball Championship. Ozone Billiards will be presenting this year’s lineup of 112 players at the Riviera Hotel & Casino May 11-16,2009 during the BCAPL’s National 8-Ball Championships. In total, there will be a sizeable league of 13 world class women looking to make a serious dent into the egos of the men’s elite club.
It was Ga Young Kim and Monica Webb matching up in the finals of the first event of 2009 for the WPBA – the San Diego Classic at the beautiful Viejas Casino in Alpine, CA. Monica was coming off of her high from the 2008 Tour Championships and this was Ga Young’s first finals since the 2008 BCA Generationpool.com 9 Ball Championships in Las Vegas, NV. Both wanted to be the first winner of the 2009 season.
Ga Young won the lag but scratched on the break and Monica came to the table ready to rock. There was no hesitation in her stroke as she began running out the table but a huge mental error right at the beginning caused her to come up short on the 8 ball, hooking herself behind the 9. With a regretful smile, she eyed a kick shot short rail (2 rails) that just missed, giving Ga Young back the ball in hand she’d given to Monica and took the first game of the match.
Monica had the break in game two but came up dry but left nothing for Ga Young to look at except a safety. She thinned the 1, went 4 rails with the cue ball and stuck it snug behind the 6 while the crowd whistled in amazement. Monica missed the 3 rail kick and Ga Young received ball in hand. Working her way around the layout, she navigated a few touchy position shots with aplomb, running out to take a quick 2-0 lead.
Ozone Billiards Heads Official Sponsors of Predator International 10-Ball
Atlanta, GA- Ozone Billiards will be this year’s lead sponsor as they
present The 9th Annual Predator 10-Ball Championship and a world class field
of 112 players at the Riviera Hotel & Casino May 11-16,2009. Additional
marquee players such as World Cup Champion Rodney Morris of USA, French
Champion Stefan Cohen, highest internationally ranked Indian player ever Raj
Hundal, and top women’s player Gerda Hofstatter of Austria have joined in
with many others in the field. Ozone Billiards is also joined by Simonis
Cloth, Diamond Tables, Laser Rack, Uni-Loc, and the event host BCA Pool
Leagues in this Dragon Promotions production.
PoolDawg, the recognized leader in online billiards and game room supplies, is pleased to announce that they have signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of the WPBA’s live streaming matches for the 2009 season. “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the WPBA in this exciting new format.” said Michael Feiman, PoolDawg’s Director of Marketing. “Unless you are attending a tournament, the only way to watch live pool and billiards in the United States is through online streaming.
Draw and Schedule Announced!
TWO members of the victorious European Mosconi Cup-winning side will go head-to-head at the 2009 PartyPoker.net World Pool Masters.
The event, which will be staged at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, USA, from May 8 to May 10, features 16 of the best players in the world, all vying for the $20,000 top prize.
The pick of the first round matches sees Tony Drago and Niels Feijen, two of the players who helped Europe win the last two Mosconi Cups, paired together in a mouth-watering clash.
It is unfortunate that Mr Gre Leenders a representative of the EPBF and the World Pool Association (WPA) would release such a misleading and inaccurate statement as he did during the midst of contract negotiations. It is apparent that the person responsible has been misdirected and lacked information. It is our hope that such a haste and inconsiderate action has not tainted the world of billiards.
Considering the current global economic climate and detrimental state of the billiard world, the production of a new event such as our Women’s World 10-Ball Championship would boost our industry with encouragement and that we would be a welcomed relief to the sport.
At Silver cue Billiards in Woburn Mass.
Story by Marc Dionne. 64 players came out to play for the $3,700.00 up for grabs. Here were some of the notables.
Mike Dechaine, Dave Fernandez, Mike Nicaloro, Jose Pinto,
Joe Tucker, Ivo Petrov, Chris Leal, Rich Ross, Nelson Olivera the format for the tournament is race to your handicap. Pro 10 Open 8 A’s 7 B ‘s 6 C’s 5 D’s 4 .
The semi final match was Rich Ross who would race to 7 vs. Mike Dechaine who would race to 10. The match was very close up until Rich made a critical mistake on a 7 ball. Would give Mike an opening, mike would win the match 10-5.
The Hot Seat Match was Mike Dechaine Vs tom Mcgongale the race would be Mike Dechaine would race to 10 Tom Mcgongale would race to 8. This match was a one way match with Dechaine winning it with the score of 10 – 3 and taking his spot in the Finals. The one loss Finals was Nelson Olivera vs. Tom Mcgongale.
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]