Category: Features

Carbin Copies Prince Snooker Success

The winner of Event 8 on the 2011-12 USSA Tour, Paul Carbin (pictured left),
with runner-up, Yan Y. Zhen

Paul Carbin has repeated the United States Snooker Association (USSA) Tour success he had last season at the Prince Snooker Club in Brooklyn, New York, as he captured Event 8 on the 2012 USSA National Tour, sponsored by Aramith Billiard Balls.

19th US Bar Table Championships

The inaugural year at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, CSI’s 19th Annual US Bar Table Championships concluded Sunday, with Jeff Beckley going undefeated in the 8-Ball Division. It was a week of championship caliber pool, with outstanding performances in all six divisions: both Open and Women’s 10-Ball, 9-Ball and 8-Ball and with a record 502 entries.

The International Cuemakers Hall of Fame

The International Cuemakers Hall of Fame is inducting two of the world’s top cuemakers at the Super Billiards Expo this March. This years inductees are Dan Janes and Thomas Wayne. The following gives a little information about why both men are well deserving of their Hall of Fame status.
Dan Janes

The Fury 14.1 Challenge Grows Along With The Super Billiards Expo

  The Fury 14.1 Challenge will be held at the Super Billiards Expo, March 8-11, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks this year, offering both amateur and professional players a chance to compete in the most prestigious discipline of pocket billiards at the biggest consumer expo in the billiards industry. Presented by Diamond Billiards, Bob Jewett, and CME-Images, this year’s event promises more money and prizes than previous events, and will include a new Ladies Division.

2012 USA Mosconi Cup Rankings Latest

16th February  Shane gets off to the perfect start

AS THE RACE for Mosconi Cup spots gets underway in earnest, it’s America’s top player Shane Van Boening who leads the way after the Turning Stone Winter Event which took place in December.

Van Boening, who came top of the US Mosconi Cup rankings in 2011, beat the likes of Mike Dechaine, Ralf Souquet, Dennis Hatch and Rodney Morris before over-turning Raj Hundal in a close fought final.

AND DOWN THEY GO!

(Fujairah, UAE)–The World 8-ball Championship turned into a wide open race on Wednesday in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, as some of the games biggest names, including defending champion Dennis Orcullo, last year’s runner up Niels Feijen, and semi-finalist Darren Appleton all were sent packing barely after the knockout stages had gotten going.

Other big names, like former champions Ralf Souquet and Karl Boyes were also handed their walking papers. In all it amounted to a proverbial one day bloodletting in one of the sport’s biggest championships.

SAVING THE DAY FOR THE USA

SAVING THE DAY FOR THE US
A GRITTY FIGHT BACK LEAVES MAX EBERLE THE LONE AMERICAN LEFT AS THE 2012 WORLD 8-BALL CHAMPIONSHIP MOVES INTO THE KNOCKOUT STAGES IN FUJAIRAH

(Fujairah, UAE)–Facing elimination, and bearing the burden of having to carry the hopes of the United States squarely on his shoulders, Max Eberle proved his mettle tonight at the Fujairah Tennis and Country club, pulling out a hard fought come from behind 7-4 win over Singapore’s Kwang Chan Ken to advance to the round of 64 knockout stage at the 2012 World 8-ball Championship.

Eberle, who originally hails from Ohio but now resides in Las Vegas, is now the sole American left in this year’s World 8-ball Championship. The single elimination knockout stage begins on Wednesday at 2pm(GMT +4). All matches will be race to 9, alternate break.

‘YOU REALLY HAVE TO BEAT ME’

(Fujairah, UAE)–With a long day one in the books here at the 2012 World 8-ball Championship in Fujairah, UAE, certain trends are already becoming crystal clear.

The break shot is going to play a massive factor throughout the week in determining who stays and who takes a walk. With super tight pockets and responsive rails, the seven Knight Shot tables inside the Fujairah Tennis and Country Club are playing extremely difficult.  Which translates to any player not playing with an extra fine touch can forget about contending for the title.

All this clearly means that only those with the most developed skills, and the deepest experiences handling extreme pressure will be standing towards the end. And this is at it should be at the World Championship of 8-ball.

The Lion Leaps to 2nd Consecutive Swanee Win

Named for beloved southern California player, Jay Swanson, the 16th Annual Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball Tournament (“œthe Swanee”) was hosted February 4-5 at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, California. A tournament steeped in tradition, the event is a virtual who’s who of west coast US and Pacific Rim players. Produced by CueSports International (CSI) and sponsored by Hard Times Billiards, CSI and the Magic Ball Rack, the event is known for being a two day grinder with a heady 192 player field of heavy hitters.

John Hennessee wins again 2012 Superbowl 9Ball

The Rack in Memphis, TN had thier 29th annual Super Bowl 9-Ball tournament and what a great tournament it was. With 98 players, the event encluded minis that ran all weekend.  Winner was John Hennessee, who also won last years.

Total payout was over $24,000.00 in prize money.

Not bad for a $35 tournament, HUH!

Laurel Highlands TAP in Western Pa.

Laurel Highlands TAP in Western Pa. started the new year out in grand fashion with a 57 teams from three states attending the Titleholder event at the Cooperstown Vets in Derry, Pa. It was held on January 27 thru the 29th. The event has been the largest pool event in Western Pennsylvania for the past 12 years. The total prize pay out was over $13,000.
This year marks LH TAP’s 15th anniversary. The league was the first TAP league in the state of Pennsylvania back in 1997 and is one of TAP’s oldest leagues.
Teams were split up into two brackets.The 1st bracket or championship board was for the top teams in each of their respective league divisions. They were playing for the top prize of $4,000 and the Morgan Cup. The 2nd bracket was for lower placing teams in the fall session. Play off spots for TAP’s nationals in Charleston, S.C. this November were also awarded.
The Cooperstown Vets played host to a packed house of players and onlookers for the 3 day event. The Coop, as it is known locally, also kicked in to the winners an added $400.
The championship bracket saw for the first time ever, four teams that were all new to the Sunday final four. AMS Maxson from Greensburg, Pa. took it down led by their ace in the hole, Adam Maloney, the 2009 national collegiate champion. They bested Minersville PNA from Johnstown, Pa. in the finals. They were led by one of TAP’s original charter members, Rob Barmoy. Rob competed in the very first TAP Titleholder held way back in 1991. The prize pool then was $700! TAP has come a long way from that first one held in Virginia.
In the 2nd bracket Slovak Our Gang from Mt. Pleasant, Pa. and led by former TAP Valley Forge singles champion, Delbert Hall got the best of the Solomon Run Fire Hall from Johnstown, Pa.

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