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Snapshot9
02-08-2006, 08:46 AM
IPT Announces 2006 Schedule!!!
2006 Schedule Announced

The 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!

The IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship will be held at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada between July 22 and July 30, 2006. The Venetian is one of the finest hotel resorts in the world and one of the most beautiful venues ever for a pocket billiard tournament. The North American Open will be the biggest tournament in the history of the game in terms of prize money; the winner will be awarded $350,000! Securing the Venetian for so many days was nearly impossible, but the IPT was committed to such a first class venue for the North American Open and its $2 million prize fund. The player meeting will be held at 5pm July 22nd, 2006. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

The IPT World Open 8-Ball Championship will be held at the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nevada between September 2 and September 10, 2006. The Reno Hilton has recently undergone a complete renovation and is again one of the leading convention / event resorts in the world. The World Open will payout an unprecedented prize fund of $3 million and the winner of the event will be awarded $500,000! The player meeting will be held at 5pm September 2nd, 2006. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

The IPT Players 8-Ball Championship will be held between October 29 and November 5, 2006 in the United Kingdom (U.K.). The IPT is still securing a venue for this event and is close to finalizing details. The prize fund for this IPT Member-Only event is $1,270,000 and the winner will be awarded $200,000! The player meeting will be held at 5pm October 29, 2006. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

The IPT Masters 8-Ball Championship will be held between November 26 and December 3, 2006 in Chicago. The host venue is the Hyatt Rosemont and Convention Center. This fantastic convention venue in the IPTs home town is a first class property very near downtown and the airport. The prize fund for this IPT Member-Only event is $1,270,000 and the winner will be awarded $200,000! The player meeting will be held at 5pm October 29, 2006. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

The IPT 2006 King of the Hill 8-Ball Championship will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas! The Wynn Las Vegas is the newest and most expensively constructed Las Vegas resort. The Wynn is easily one of the nicest hotel / casino resorts in the world and hosting a pocket billiard tournament there is nothing short of a miracle. Pool has never before seen such an extravagant venue and this event will go down in history as one of the greatest tournaments ever. The 2007 IPT Tour Card Qualification Tournament will be run concurrently with the King of the Hill event making it a truly spectacular year end finish. The prize fund for this IPT Member-Only event, specifically the top 43 money earners in 2006, is $1 million and the winner will be awarded $200,000! The top 50 players in the qualification tournament will earn their 2007 IPT Tour Cards and a guaranteed income of $100,000 or more on the 2007 tour. The player meeting will be held at 5pm December 12, 2006. All IPT 2007 Tour Players are required to be in attendance for the entire King of the Hill tournament. For detailed information about the tournament schedule, format, and prize money distribution, click here.

Please remember that the payouts for these tournaments are guaranteed and not based on entry fees or number of participants. For the North American Open and World Open Championships, there are fifty open spots for which any player, man or women, of any age, anywhere in the world, can qualify. The IPT will be holding qualifying tournaments all over the world for both of these championships. We will be announcing the dates and locations of these qualifiers very soon.

2006 will be the most exciting year pocket billiards has ever seen! Do not miss your chance to play on this exciting and historic tour. There are still six spots open for the 2006 season. The IPT is hosting three final qualification events which will qualify two players from each event to play on the tour. For details on qualification events, visit www.internationalpooltour.com (http://www.internationalpooltour.com) and sign up today.

The IPT is in final negotiations regarding television broadcasts of the 2005 King of the Hill Championship and all the tournaments in 2006. We will be making announcements shortly when these television contracts are formalized. There will be unprecedented world-wide television coverage, on major networks, in Prime Time, and in some countries there will even be live television coverage!

Spectator tickets for these events will be available soon. Since these are televised events, spectator seating will be extremely limited.

Spread the word about the IPT and watch the Golden Age of billiards be reborn

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com (http://www.internationalpooltour.com)
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cueball1950
02-08-2006, 11:22 AM
well it looks like we have our 1st Major conflict between the IPT and the U S Open. It seems that they are both scheduled for the same time this year. What i can't understand is why. Barry's schedule has been out over 6 months and a conflict like this can't be good for pool. I hope that Barry can possibly change the date.....................mike

Rich R.
02-08-2006, 11:38 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote cueball1950:</font><hr> well it looks like we have our 1st Major conflict between the IPT and the U S Open. It seems that they are both scheduled for the same time this year. What i can't understand is why. Barry's schedule has been out over 6 months and a conflict like this can't be good for pool. I hope that Barry can possibly change the date.....................mike <hr /></blockquote>
Mike, Kevin T. has said he didn't want conflicts with other major tournaments, and I believe him. This may be just a small scheduling problem with the IPT.

I have already sent an email to Deno Andrews to alert him of the problem. Hopefully, he can do something to resolve it.

Barry plans on moving the Open to October, in 2007, so that should help the problem in the future.

cueball1950
02-08-2006, 12:26 PM
Hi Rich.... if you go to the U S Open site at www.usopen9ballchampionships.com (http://www.usopen9ballchampionships.com) you will see the dates thu 2008 and they are all in September. This is just to bad. I called Barry's pool room and asked if Barry was going to change his dates and was told that Barry had just heard about the conflict of dates. So no one knows what is going to happen yet. But you can be rest assured that KT won't change his dates and i firmly believe that KT knew what Barry's dates were as they were annunced 6 months ago. Maybe these were the only dates he could get. But like i said already. It really sucks. but no matter what. i will be at the OPEN for sure...........................mike

Billy_Bob
02-08-2006, 12:49 PM
Excellent! Good work Deno...

dg-in-centralpa
02-08-2006, 04:15 PM
Rich,
If you relook at Deno's post, it says that KT told all the promoters about his dates so they can reschedule theirs'. Interesting that KT wants everyone to change their dates to accommodate him.

DG - see you in March

HarryDC
02-09-2006, 06:45 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote dg-in-centralpa:</font><hr> Rich,
If you relook at Deno's post, it says that KT told all the promoters about his dates so they can reschedule theirs'. Interesting that KT wants everyone to change their dates to accommodate him.

DG - see you in March <hr /></blockquote>

Hello,

Right on IPT!
Money talks and the IPT is spending the money. Times are changing for the better, 9-Ball is going to die a slow
death. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif I hate 9-Ball so if the US Open drops dead I won't mind at all.

I am looking forward to many changes in pool the latest is the Amway Cup moving from 12 invited players to 48 invited player format so it calls itself a The Women's World Championship. What a joke! Organized pool is looking more like the WEW every day. Organized confusion and rip offs world wide.

I am going to follow 8-Ball all the way. I don't care when the US Open is held or Amway (So called Women's World 9-Ball Championships) /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

/ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Rich R.
02-09-2006, 07:16 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote cueball1950:</font><hr> Hi Rich.... if you go to the U S Open site at www.usopen9ballchampionships.com (http://www.usopen9ballchampionships.com) you will see the dates thu 2008 and they are all in September. <hr /></blockquote>
Mike, in his remarks before the finals of the Open, Barry mentioned changing the dates to October to move out of the prime hurricane season.
As for the dates on the web site, I can only guess that Barry changed his mind again or they are not changing those dates, until they firm up the move to October.

Rich R.
02-09-2006, 07:30 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote dg-in-centralpa:</font><hr> If you relook at Deno's post, it says that KT told all the promoters about his dates so they can reschedule theirs'. Interesting that KT wants everyone to change their dates to accommodate him. <hr /></blockquote>
Duane, this totally contradicts earlier press announcements, from the IPT, in which they stated that they didn't want to have conflicts with other major tournaments.
I can understand that KT and the IPT have to do a lot to find the right venue and do all the appropriate planning to stage their events. However, all of the other promoters have the same problems. Many of these places are booked years in advance and the promoters may not be able to change dates at this late notice.
With this latest announcement, it appears that KT and the IPT are throwing their money around and they want everyone else to accommodate them.
Although I strongly support what the IPT is trying to do, I am very disappointed at these current developments.

dg-in-centralpa
02-09-2006, 10:04 AM
HarryDC,
Certainly you are entitled to your opiinion, but there are many of us who enjoy watching 9 Ball as well as 14.1, one pocket, etc. When, Barry Berman for example has his US Open planned and booked two years in advance, it's not always that easy to change everything because of someone else now deciding that their tournament is more important and everyone should change. I appreciate what KT is doing, but I think he could be a little more flexible with his dates since Barry's has been announced for almost a year already.

DG - jmho

dg-in-centralpa
02-09-2006, 10:06 AM
I agree. Sorry for plagiarizing(sp) your post. I hadn't read it until after I responded to HarryDC.

DG

Billy_Bob
02-09-2006, 10:39 AM
If you all want big bucks... Remember it is not important what *pool players* prefer to watch on TV, it is important what the *masses* prefer to watch on TV.

You get the masses watching, then you get high ratings, and then big advertising $$.

And they have done this in Europe with snooker. Big ratings and big bucks with a game which takes quite awhile to play. Although Americans are different from people in Europe, I'm sure with a little experimentation, Hollywood style focus groups, and some research, the U.S. should be able to come up with a high ratings pool game. (And then big $$ for the players will follow.)

And it just makes sense to me that since *most* people in America play 8-ball at their corner bar, this is a good start to getting those high ratings. And most "corner bar" 8-ball players I know will say "What is 9-ball?" or will say "I hate 9-ball!".

So think about what your average Joe would prefer to watch on TV. You have to give if you want to receive...

Rich R.
02-09-2006, 10:49 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rich R.:</font><hr> Mike, in his remarks before the finals of the Open, Barry mentioned changing the dates to October to move out of the prime hurricane season. <hr /></blockquote>
Let me make a correction here.
My wife, who has an infinitely better memory than I, says that Barry may not have said this at the finals of the Open, but we did read it in one of the pool magazines, early this year.
Sorry for the memory lapse. /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif

Rich R.
02-09-2006, 10:54 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote dg-in-centralpa:</font><hr> there are many of us who enjoy watching 9 Ball as well as 14.1, one pocket, etc. <hr /></blockquote>
Tap, Tap, Tap. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

There is no need to concentrate on one particular game.
All games in pool are interesting, in their own way.

cueball1950
02-09-2006, 06:16 PM
Hi rich....go to azbilliards and read the post just released by BcN. Barry states in that press release that he only learned of their dates just before the press release. Barry states they called him only a couple of hours before the release. and that KT/IPT is also jeopardizing several other tournaments in europe and the far east. apparently he gave other promoters no chance or notice of his schedule until the last minute. All i can say is that by the time the Attorney General in NYS gets done with him he will get his due. Especially since he is going to be our next governor. so heres hoping Barry can change his dates.........mike

HarryDC
02-09-2006, 06:19 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rich R.:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote dg-in-centralpa:</font><hr> there are many of us who enjoy watching 9 Ball as well as 14.1, one pocket, etc. <hr /></blockquote>
Tap, Tap, Tap. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

There is no need to concentrate on one particular game.
All games in pool are interesting, in their own way. <hr /></blockquote>

Hello

I play them all! They are great but watching them is a different story. /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif Love to play but watch? If someone I know is playing I can watch a little longer. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

The pool on TV is going to have to be something very special
or it will die just like any other TV show. /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif Very few times I ever turn on the TV at all. TV is a vast empty
intellectual waste land. Nothing there but evening news,History Channel and March Madness. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif In fact TV is like 9-Ball. /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

Rich R.
02-09-2006, 09:26 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote HarryDC:</font><hr> I play them all! They are great but watching them is a different story. /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif Love to play but watch? If someone I know is playing I can watch a little longer. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif<hr /></blockquote>
Harry, I'm sorry you have such a short attention span. Most of us enjoy watching any of these games played well, regardless of who is playing.

As far as pool on TV goes, I'm not sure the general public will never understand the intricacies of playing any of the games, including 8-ball. Up to this point, the public has proven that they like pool on TV to be fast, in the form of 9-ball, and even 7-ball.
As you said, "pool on TV will have to be something very special", to attract the general public.

Vagabond
02-09-2006, 09:42 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote dg-in-centralpa:</font><hr> Interesting that KT wants everyone to change their dates to accommodate him.<hr /></blockquote>

Howdy,
The Man Who Has The Gold Writes The Rules. /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif

Billy_Bob
02-10-2006, 08:05 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rich R.:</font><hr> ...the public has proven that they like pool on TV to be fast... <hr /></blockquote>

Note that in Europe, they watch snooker which takes forever to play!

Rich R.
02-10-2006, 09:00 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Billy_Bob:</font><hr> Note that in Europe, they watch snooker which takes forever to play! <hr /></blockquote>
Billy Bob, I am aware of that.
I believe a large part of the problem is, the TV networks in this country have never really given the slower games of pool a fair chance. The fast games like 9-ball and 7-ball fit nicely between commercials, which is the prime concern of network TV in this country.

Billy_Bob
02-10-2006, 09:42 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rich R.:</font><hr> ...The fast games like 9-ball and 7-ball fit nicely between commercials, which is the prime concern of network TV in this country. <hr /></blockquote>

Now that is a good point. Will we have TV timeouts in the future? I wonder how they handle this in Europe with long snooker games?

Teadaemon
02-14-2006, 09:43 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Billy_Bob:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rich R.:</font><hr> ...The fast games like 9-ball and 7-ball fit nicely between commercials, which is the prime concern of network TV in this country. <hr /></blockquote>

Now that is a good point. Will we have TV timeouts in the future? I wonder how they handle this in Europe with long snooker games? <hr /></blockquote> <font color="red"> </font color>

I'm not sure how it's handled on Sky Sports or elsewhere in Europe, but in the UK coverage of the four major Snooker events is on the BBC, so there aren't any advertisements. With digital TV they now do continuous coverage (with intelligent commentary) from two tables. Apparently the BBC sends about as many people to the Crucible in Sheffield each year for the World Championships as they send to cover the Olympics (~170, in case you were wondering).

As for an opinion on the IPT schedule, I have to say it strikes me as a somewhat dubious business practice. You could guess that something like this might be on the cards from some of his previous comments - it's quite obvious that he's prepared to do his own thing, however inconvenient it may be for anyone else. Personally, he's not the kind of person I'd be comfortable doing business with, but if I were a professional Pool player I have to say that realistically I'd play whatever tournament offered me the most money. The situation does remind me very much of World Series Cricket, which Kerry Packer ran for two years in the 1970s before making his peace with the governing bodies in return for TV rights. That turned international cricket upside down for a couple of years and upset a lot of people, but overall it proved to be a good thing. I hope the IPT proves similar in that respect.

mddess1023
02-15-2006, 06:26 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote HarryDC:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote dg-in-centralpa:</font><hr> Rich,
If you relook at Deno's post, it says that KT told all the promoters about his dates so they can reschedule theirs'. Interesting that KT wants everyone to change their dates to accommodate him.

DG - see you in March <hr /></blockquote>

Hello,

Right on IPT!
Money talks and the IPT is spending the money. Times are changing for the better, 9-Ball is going to die a slow
death. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif I hate 9-Ball so if the US Open drops dead I won't mind at all.

I am looking forward to many changes in pool the latest is the Amway Cup moving from 12 invited players to 48 invited player format so it calls itself a The Women's World Championship. What a joke! Organized pool is looking more like the WEW every day. Organized confusion and rip offs world wide.

I am going to follow 8-Ball all the way. I don't care when the US Open is held or Amway (So called Women's World 9-Ball Championships) /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

/ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

<hr /></blockquote>

Amway Cup was cancelled. It is just because only top WPBA players want is always money, money, money..... and fans and organizers are all tired of their arrogance.

WPA Amway World Women's Championship is different from Amway Cup, and it is WPA's yearly tour which Ga-Young Kim has ever won in Austria in 2004, and Amway is the sponsor.