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9 Ball Girl
05-11-2005, 04:50 PM
I got this in my email. I guess that means we'll be seeing a hell of a lot more players!!!:

UPA Sanctions U S Open 9-Ball Championship

The United States Professional Poolplayers Association and the U S Open 9-Ball Championship Promoter Barry Behrman have signed an agreement for the sanctioning of the 2005 U S Open 9-Ball Championship event. This year marks the 30th annual of professional pool's longest running and most coveted titles.

UPA Touring Pros will now earn ranking points for competing in the U S Open. This year's champion and runner-up will also receive automatic bids to the 2006 World Pool Championships, for which the UPA rankings are used.

"This is one of our most exciting accomplishments since I've been associated with the UPA Board of Directors," commented Robert Lipson, UPS President. "We believe the sanctioning of this event will be a great value to the players, the U S Open and professional pool. This brings a new spirit of cooperation between the UPA and the top billiards promoters."

As part of the agreement, Promoter Barry Behrman agreed to seed the top 16 UPA ranked players in the event. Other players from the Senior Tour and some past U S Open Champions will also be seeded, per the promoter's discretion.

"It's been along time coming but an important step towards advancement of the event and the sport," said Behrman. "I've enjoyed working out the details with Robert Lipson and Frank Alvarez. The UPA deserves recognition for its effort and the players definitely deserve points for playing in the U S Open 9-Ball Championship."

The U S Open field of 256 players is likely to be filled with an international flavor, because the World Pool-Billiard Association has already agreed to its endorsement and sanctioning of the event. An announcement is forthcoming. WPA rankings will also be recognized to provide additional seeded position for international players participating in this year's U S Open 9-Ball.

Billiard Club Network will once again produce the event for national and international broadcast distribution with production partner Accu-Stats Video. Live online streaming is still to be determined, but expected. BCn secured ESPN distribution for the 2004 event and is presently in negotiation again, along with several other national networks, including Fox Sports Net for the broadcast distribution rights. BCn also expects the U S Open to be the first event in the soon-to-be-announced Billiard Club Championship Series, which will feature a series-ending prize fund and trophies to the top points winners.

The 2005 U S Open 9-Ball Championship is presently sponsored by Diamond Billiard Products as the Official Table and Iwan Simonis as the Official Cloth.

Player registration and information, along with tickets to the event can be found online at www.BilliardHQ.com. (http://www.BilliardHQ.com.)

For more information, contact Q-Master Billiards at 1-757-499-8900 or visit the U S Open 9-Ball web site at www.usopen9ballchampionships.com. (http://www.usopen9ballchampionships.com.)

05-11-2005, 06:07 PM
Finally, saner heads have agreed to do the right thing.

Should be a great turnout of players now. Only hope the Florida weather behaves but unfortunately we are in a ten year pattern of more hurricanes than average.

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05-11-2005, 06:56 PM
This is great news- I hope that the UPA did not drop it's 'post the cash' requirement though.

05-12-2005, 05:01 AM
This is really great news. I know the UPA gets a lot of well-deserved undesirable press but this is one thing they have done right. I find it hard to label one player as the best if they do not start at the bottom just like everyone else.


05-12-2005, 08:11 AM
What does seeding a player or a player being seeded mean?

05-12-2005, 08:12 AM

What is the 'post the cash' requirement?



05-12-2005, 09:16 AM
When you seed the top X players, this means that none of the seeded players will have to play each other until the later rounds. This means that it is harder for a lower player to finish high because the top players aren't knocking each other out.

Scott Lee
05-12-2005, 10:15 AM
Hi Jay! Hope things are going well for you in Atlanta!
Generally, a 256-player tournament will have four 64-player brackets. The top 16 pros would be 'evenly spaced' across those four brackets. Ususally seeding means that the 'seeded' player starts in the 2nd or possibly 3rd round, on the bracket. Seeded players almost never get more than a 1-round advantage (a BYE) in a bracket, unless the bracket is not filled.

Scott Lee

05-12-2005, 10:23 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Nostroke:</font><hr>I hope that the UPA did not drop it's 'post the cash' requirement though. <hr /></blockquote>Well, their sanctioning guidelines (http://www.upatour.org/sanction.asp) on their web site no longer show it as a requirement...

05-12-2005, 07:48 PM
Thanks Scott. It makes sense, I've never heard of this term before. How are things going for you?

05-12-2005, 11:05 PM
It used to be in order to get sanctioned, a promotor would have to show that he had the 'guaranteed added money' in escrow before the event. Apparently, the UPA doesnt require that anymore.

05-12-2005, 11:08 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SPetty:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote Nostroke:</font><hr>I hope that the UPA did not drop it's 'post the cash' requirement though. <hr /></blockquote>Well, their sanctioning guidelines (http://www.upatour.org/sanction.asp) on their web site no longer show it as a requirement... <hr /></blockquote>

Interesting-BTW- Has anyone ever seen a more clumsily written page?