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05-07-2002, 07:11 PM
Can someone tell me how to apply to play in qualifiers in Cardiff and how exactly they work? I think I understand race to five round robin with the top four players qualifying. But qualifying for what? Another level or are they actually in the big tournament?How is the draw done for these qualifiers? What is the equipment, balls, cloth, tables, pocket size?Then, if I were to qualify, what is the actual prize money breakdown?
I promise I'm not trying to be a smartass. It's a serious move for me to go to England and I just want to know what I'll be up against.I would like to go and I'd be positive and quiet no matter what I saw that I might not like.
I need the dates, hotel info,etc., too. Thanks in advance, Grady
This is how the tournament works.
There are 128 players split into 16 groups of 8 players each. A round robin is played, race to 5 alternate break, with the top 4 from each pool advancing into a 64 player single elimination tournament.
Of the 128 spots there are 11 being offered for qualifiers, all the other spots are given out by the governing bodies or as invitations from Matchroom Sports. For example, the UPA had 14 spots to be filled and the top 14 ranked American players will be going.
In order for Grady to play, he would have to either be invited by Matchroom Sports or win one of the qualifying spots. To play in a qualifying tournament go to www.ukpool.com (http://www.ukpool.com) and find out all the details,dates and hotels, and fill out an entry form. The winner of each event gets into the 128 man field.
The payout structure for the main tournament is:
9-16 $ 4,000
17-32 $ 2,000 x 16 $32,000
33-64 $ 1,500
5th in pool 1,000
6th in pool $ 500
Last year the equipmet was GCIV with Simonis 860, Sardo rack 9 on the spot.I assume it is the same this year. I don't know how the draw was made.
Best of Luck to you Grady. I hope you accomplish your goals.
2002 WPA World Pool Championship - Qualifying Tournaments
Stars ‘n’ Stripes, Brislington Hill, Brislington, Bristol, England
Saturday 6th July – Thursday 11th July 2002
Entry Fee: Five events for £150 or single events for £35 each
Saturday 6th July Event 1 Start: 11am
Sunday 7th July Event 2 Start 9.30am Event 3 Start 2.00pm
Monday 8th July Event 4 Start 9.30am Event 5 Start 2.00pm
Tuesday 9th July Event 6 Start 9.30am Event 7 Start 2.00pm
Wednesday 10th July Event 8 Start 9.30am Event 9 Start 2.00pm
Thursday 11th July Event 10 Start 10am
Thursday 11th July Event 11 The One Rack Shoot Out Start 6.00pm
You will only be able to play in one event per day and players registering for five events in advance will be given a schedule for the whole week. This will determine whether you are playing in a morning or an afternoon tournament.
Players in Event One may not play in Event 10. Only players who have played in a minimum of three events can participate in the One Rack Shoot Out.
Matches are provisionally Race to 7 Racks unless tournament field exceeds 96 players per event. Single elimination format, but you get five chances for £150. Winner breaks (lag for opening break). 15 Tables.
All winners gain entry into the 128 player main event which runs at the Cardiff International Arena from 13 – 21 July.
For Tournament details and Entry Forms Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Doug Gordon on +44 79840 28136
Or for details of hotel accommodation deals Email email@example.com
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