View Full Version : "Skins Game" by Allen Hopkins
09-18-2004, 11:02 AM
In November and is to be broadcast LIVE on ESPN
For more info, please click here (http://www.skinsbilliards.com/)
09-18-2004, 11:13 AM
He was handing out the flyers at the Open. And FREE admission?! Heck, I might have to make the trip!!
This event is gonna ROCK!!
09-18-2004, 11:23 AM
That looks great! IMO things like this where there can be alot of money on each rack may be that added bit of excitement needed for the casual TV viewer. At least I hope so /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
Thanks for the info, I look forward to watching it.
09-18-2004, 11:28 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote woody_968:</font><hr> That looks great! IMO things like this where there can be alot of money on each rack may be that added bit of excitement needed for the casual TV viewer. At least I hope so /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
Thanks for the info, I look forward to watching it. <hr /></blockquote>
but Grady thinks it's a gimmick....
He's such a curmudgeon /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif
09-18-2004, 11:41 AM
I read Grady's post, and understand where he is comming from. But if someone is willing to put up the cash and put pool on TV I sure am not going to be the one to say its a bad thing. No I wouldnt want to eliminate open tournaments, but just because its by invitation doesnt make it bad.
09-18-2004, 01:23 PM
The "skins" concept is a new one on me, but from what I've been told, it's one format that is used in golf. I like the idea of the player getting to play each person in his bracket. I especially like the rule of "winner of game stays at table and challenger has option to break." From what I have read of the literature, there is a good potential for a player to win a lot of money. The values of the "skins" increase every game until a "skin" is won.
The venue, Hilton Casino Resort, in Atlantic City sounds dreamy, and the admission being FREE to all is an extra bonus for railbirds like me. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
I am grateful for anything and everything occurring in this pool world, and I hope this new concept of "Skins Billiards" catches on. It sounds intriguing, and looking at Allen Hopkins' track record of promoting successful events, i.e., Super Billiards Expo in Valley Forge, I hope this is one of many more to come. Being a pool player himself doesn't hurt either. The equipment and playing conditions have always been topnotch at the events I've attended of his in the past.
Bravo to Allen Hopkins for continuing to contribute to the sport and making this Skins Billiards Championship a reality. Pool needs more people like him (IMO). /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif
09-18-2004, 02:30 PM
can anyone copy the player list here?. Sorry if it is in the adobe thing-im not at home and dont have acrobat here
09-18-2004, 02:40 PM
I haven't seen a players list yet. I'm guessing by Grady's post at AZB that Allen's making it invitational and Grady's upset with that.
I'm really thinking about going to watch it, regardless of who's playing.
09-18-2004, 03:26 PM
Interesting concept. Kudos to Allen for trying something new to increase the awareness to none pool people.
09-18-2004, 03:40 PM
I think this is a great idea. I would rather see some ring games, but playing a few games for the big bucks, which is highly likely in this format, might make it very exciting.
9 Ball Girl
09-18-2004, 05:01 PM
I'm sold! I'm going!
09-18-2004, 11:29 PM
Well i guess im a little pickier than most. Im not going unless I like the field. Here is my field for fun, surprise and excitement.
1. Efren Reyes
2. Ralf Souquet
3. Alex Pagulayan
4. Karen Corr
5. Earl Strickland
6. Thorsten Hohmann
7. Allison Fisher
8. Keith McCready
9. Charlie Bryant
12 GA Young Kim
09-20-2004, 01:53 AM
Jen, How many players are going to be able to come up with a $5,000.00 entry fee? I'd like to see stuff like this come off but if the only ring games that have worked so far are ones where Grady had the players SPONSERED (DCC) I just can't see it.
Everybody is trying to get Poker type money for tournaments but it's comparing apples and oranges.
Hopefully some players can get some kind of corporate sponsership to pay the entry in exchange for their logo on the back of the players shirt and on the bridge hand sleeve...the advertised live coverage should be worth it to a company.
If Keith has a portfolio we can work on finding a company for him.
09-20-2004, 06:23 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote stevelomako:</font><hr> Jen, how many players are going to be able to come up with a $5,000 entry fee? I'd like to see stuff like this come off, but if the only ring games that have worked so far are ones where Grady had the players SPONSORED (DCC), I just can't see it ... Hopefully, some players can get some kind of corporate sponsership to pay the entry ....<hr /></blockquote>
Last year's ring games at Greg Sullivan's Derby City Classic was a hit for sure, and you are correct in that the monies for the FIRST ring game (recorded by BCn) were posted ahead of time.
Each participant was invited, and the ring game was NOT open to any player. Keith really wanted to play in the ring game at the last DCC, and Greg Sullivan told him at the Glass City Open in Toledo that, if any player was not able to make it, Keith would be the alternate, which was kind of cool. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
Events like the ring games must have the monies put up ahead of time (IMO). Not very many people can just post up 3- to $5,000 on the spot, and I never carry that kind of money around anymore either because of the very real possibility of getting robbed.
The U.S. Open is when I first heard about the Skins Billiards Championship from Allen Hopkins himself, and much to our surprise and delight, he invited Keith. Keith is very excited about going and feels honored to get a chance to play in this event. He likes the format of the "challenger has option to break," and anybody who knows Keith McCready knows he is a money player first. There is a strong potential to win money after each round, since a "skin" is earned by winnning any 3 games in a row, and this is where Keith shines, when he smells the cheese. Now it is my job as his lucky sponsor to get him there (LOL).
My hat goes off to Allen Hopkins for, once again, coming up with another creative idea. With his expertise in producing some of the best pool happenings each and every year, the fact that he is a professional player himself, I am positive that this Skins Billiards Championship will be a huge success. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif
09-20-2004, 12:46 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Tom_In_Cincy:</font><hr> For more info, please click here (http://www.skinsbilliards.com/) <hr /></blockquote>"The page cannot be displayed" /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif
09-21-2004, 01:13 PM
This year's DCC Ring Games were most certainly open to any pro. I ought to know. I did them. Grady
09-21-2004, 02:19 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SPetty:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote Tom_In_Cincy:</font><hr> For more info, please click here (http://www.skinsbilliards.com/) <hr /></blockquote>"The page cannot be displayed" /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif <hr /></blockquote>
Here you go, SPetty! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif
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