Archive for February, 2006

Final Four Winners’-Bracket Matches Set at IPT Qualifier C

February 18th, 2006

Final Four Winners’-Bracket Matches Set at IPT Qualifier CThe third IPT qualification (IPT Qualifier C) event has resumed at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA, Saturday morning. The winners’ bracket has narrowed to eight players after this morning’s round, which is set to begin tonight at 5:00 p.m.Reigning world champion Chia-Ching Wu of Taiwan suffered his first loss today in his match against Oliver “The Machine” Ortmann. Wu started off with a 3-1 lead, but the German former world champion won the next four in a row. The 16-year-old took the next three to gain a one-game margin, but Ortmann swept five in a row—the last two break and run-outs—for a 10-6 victory.Phoenix, AZ, action man Scott Frost dealt Sam Frangie a 10-6 loss, and Go Takami sent Clent McCullough to the one-loss side 10-2. Canadian Eric Hjorliefson won 10-6 against Hiroshi Takenaka, while Mark Trainer bested Filipino Warren Kiamco 10-5. England’s Richard Broumpton, now a Florida resident, won a messy match against George Breedlove in which they traded games in pairs until Broumpton ultimately won 10-8. Dennis Orcollo allowed his opponent Michael Schmidt of Germany a few wins before he won that match 10-5.

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IPT Qualifier C Action Continues

February 17th, 2006

IPT Qualifier C Action ContinuesA long day of 8-ball action is nearing its end at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA. Chock-full of international and local hopefuls, this 74-player field has endured a grueling schedule, which tournament director Deno Andrews has held to firmly.There were 30 banked 8 balls at $1,000 a pop, with Canada’s Eric Hjorliefson claiming 3 for his own. This bonus was discontinued after several rounds because of “deal-making.” Nevertheless, there is still plenty of action going on, with Cliff Joyner and Eric Durbin entering a two-man, winner-takes-all, high entry fee one-pocket tournament. Reigning world 8-ball and 9-ball champion Chia-Ching Wu, the 16-year-old from Taiwan, met Jeff Beckley of San Diego in the winners’ side and kept him in his chair. Wu won the first four games and then broke and ran out the final six, exhibiting a monster break. He earned $500 for making the 8 ball on the break and $5,000 for breaking and running six consecutive racks.

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Third International Pool Tour Qualifier Begins

February 17th, 2006

Third International Pool Tour Qualifier BeginsFriday, February 17, 200610:03 a.m.With 74 players from all over the world showing up bright and early this morning, the third IPT qualifying tournament kicked off at 10 a.m. There is a strong internatinal flavor present, as reigning world champion Chia-Ching Wu of Taiwan is present, as well as former world champion Oliver Ortmann, Imran Majid, Goh Takami, Daryl Peach, and Yuji Takagi. Filipinos Santos Sambajon Jr., Ramil Gallego, and Warren Kiamco are here, and strong local representatives comprise Ismael “Morro” Paez, Oscar Dominguez, house pro Dave “Big Wave” Hemmah, Arturo Rivera, Frank “The Barber” Almanza, and Victor Ignacio. Runner-up in both events, Vilmos Foldes of Hungary is also here, hoping that three times is a charm for him.The event is being held at Hard Times in Bellflower, CA, long established as the players’ room in Southern California. Fourteen Gold Crown tables are in action, and with only three days to get through so many players, as soon as one match is ended, another begins.

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New Dates Announced for U.S. Open 9-Ball Tournament

February 15th, 2006

New Dates Announced for U.S. Open 9-Ball TournamentIn the aftermath of the International Pool Tour’s scheduling debacle that left billiard promoters worldwide scrambling for new dates to host their previously scheduled tournaments, the City of Chesapeake, Virginia stepped forward to declare its love and affection for the U S Open 9-Ball Championship. The Conference Center in Chesapeake, along with the event’s host hotel, The Holiday Inn Chesapeake, rearranged each of their 2006 event calendars to accommodate the 31st Annual U.S Open 9-Ball tournament. The new dates for the 2006 U. S. Open 9-Ball Championship are September 25 – October 1, 2006. The U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship is a significant event for the City of Chesapeake and it means a great deal for this market and community, said Deidra McBride, the General Manager of the Conference Center in Chesapeake. The U S Open 9-Ball Championship has been held at the Conference Center since 1997, when it was the inaugural event in the facility. We’re very lucky to have been able to switch the dates at this late stage, added McBride. Any other client would have been out of luck, but Mr. Behrman is a very valuable asset to us.

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Korea and Japan Dead Locked at 2nd Annual Brunswick Korea vs. Japan Challenge

February 14th, 2006

Korea and Japan Dead Locked at 2nd Annual Brunswick Korea vs. Japan Challenge The first day of the Second Annual Brunswick Korea Versus Japan tournament began with two-on-two men’s doubles and featured Korea’s number-two-ranked player Woong Dae Kim and Charlie Williams against Japan’s number-one-ranked player Hiroshi Takenaka and number-two player Go Takami. Japan could do no wrong, while Kim made a critical error on a scratch shot and Japan cruised to a quick 3-0 victory. Next Korea’s Captain Shin Young Park and Yun Mi Lim took on Japan’s Shuji Nagata and their star player Miyuki Sakai in her television debut. Sakai seemed a little shaky for her first TV appearance when she missed an easy 8 ball to put Japan up 2-0. This gave the Koreans the chance to come back with 3 in a row to win the match 3-1 and tie the score at one match apiece for Korea and Japan. Next was the four-on-four scotch doubles match, where Team Korea seemed to play in perfect unison with Williams coming with a huge 3 ball combo to start the run-out and later a long table-length draw shot to put Korea in the lead 2 matches to 1.

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Ussery Pillages Greenville Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour

February 12th, 2006

Ussery Pillages Greenville Viking Cue 9-Ball Tourby Matthew PingorGreenville, NC – InsidePOOL Magazine’s 2004 and 2005 Amateur Player of the Year seems dead set on making a run for the title in 2006. B.J. Ussery continued his winning streak with a victory on the Viking Cue 9-Ball Tour, which stopped at On-Cue Sports Bar of Greenville, NC, for the $1,000-added February 11-12 event. As the 35 players whittled down, Ussery faced Larry Pitman in the hot seat match. Battling on like the soldier he is, Ussery brained Pitman 9-5. The quarterfinals yielded a war between Ty Griffin and John Visotsky. Easily handled, Visotski dismembered Griffin 7-5. Now with the semifinals, Visotsky had a chance at the stable yet flawed Pitman. Maybe Visotsky labeled Pitman as an easy target upon the loss to Ussery. If he did, that was a grave mistake, for Pitman quartered him 7-3.

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Earl Strickland to be Inducted to BCA Hall of Fame

February 8th, 2006

Earl Strickland to be Inducted to BCA Hall of Fameorder tickets in advance (http://www.bca-pool.com/industry/expo/2006_pdf/Hall%20of%20Fame%20Binder%20Form.pdf).

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2006 IPT Schedule Announced

February 7th, 2006

2006 IPT Schedule AnnouncedThe International Pool Tour is proud to announce the 2006 IPT Season. The IPT is hosting six major tournaments for 2006 and over $8 million in prize money is being given away. A tour season of this magnitude has been difficult to schedule without clashing with other events. We have done everything in our power to work around other promoters’ tournaments whose schedules have been announced. However, even with our best efforts, it was impossible for us to find world class venues, with the space and number of days required, that would not conflict with some other tournaments. We have contacted all major promoters and they have been overwhelmingly cooperative and understanding with regard to tournament date clashes. They will be rescheduling tournaments so that players will be able to participate in both IPT events and other events as well. Scheduling these tournaments has been a major challenge. Each tournament requires over 60,000 sq.ft. of space to accommodate over 60 tables, player and staff green rooms, and exhibit space. We require three days move in time, seven or eight days for tournament play, and one day to break down and move out. Finding a world class venue to accommodate these requirements has been a major undertaking. However, the IPT team has secured spectacular venues that the pool world has never before seen!

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Viking Cues Photo Caption Contest Winner for January

February 2nd, 2006

Viking Cues Photo Caption Contest Winner for JanuaryViking Cues Photo Caption Contest (/content/view/41) for the month of December. The winning caption was, Alex Lely did not realize just how serious Sudden Death 7-Ball was until the very end. Michael has won a Viking Pool Cue (http://www.vikingcue.com/) that has a retail value of $300-400 and a one year subscription to InsidePOOL Magazine. InsidePOOL Magazine and InsidePOOLMAG.com host the Viking Cues Photo Caption Contest (/content/view/41) every month. The winners are announced on InsidePOOLMAG.com and in InsidePOOL Magazine. The photo for this month features Earl Strickland making a gesture that invites the imagination. Visitors can submit entries via email by going to the Photo Caption contest page. You can enter every day, one time per day.Submit your entry to the Viking Photo Caption Contest. (/content/view/41)Visit InsidePOOL Magazine for the Viking Pool Cues Photo Caption Contest. (/content/view/41)

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