European IPT 2006 Tour Card Qualification Tournament

The IPT proudly announces that its fifth and final 2006 IPT Tour Card qualification tournament will be held in Weert, The Netherlands. The internationally known "House of Billiards, Weert" is the venue for this final qualification event.

Date: March 10-12, 2006
Venue: House of Billiards Weert
Location: Smeetspassage 3
6001 KM Weert
The Netherlands
Tel: +31-495-542053
Fax: +31-495-550626

Hotel: Hotel Golden Tulip (attached to the billiard center)
Driesveldlaan 99
6001 KC
Weert, The Netherlands

Contact: Maurice Houben from the House of Billiards Weert if you
would like to stay at the Golden Tulip. info@hobweert.nl
Hotels: www.openweert.com (click Hotels for other hotels and rates)

Weert, The Netherlands is a fabulous town that is centrally located. There is convenient train service from Dusseldorf (45 minutes), Brussels (45 minutes), Amsterdam & Rotterdam (The Netherlands). The billiard center is near the Weert train station (walking distance). For travel information on the Dutch Train System, visit www.ns.nl.

Once at the Weert train station, exit onto the shopping street and walk 50 meters. Look for neon pool sign. The entrance to House of Billiards Weert is on the left in a small alley off the main street.

The tournament will be played on IPT Slow Nap Cloth, and the new Sardo M5000 will be used as the official rack. Tournament played using the official IPT Rules- www.internationalpooltour.com.

Registration for this event must be done in advance at www.internationalpooltour.com. Space is very limited and the tournament is expected to fill quickly. At the first event, we turned away more than a dozen players. The second event has also reached capacity and many players are asking to play, but there is no space for them. Absolutely no money for entry fees will be collected at the tournament, and only those who are pre-registered will be able to play. If there is a problem registering for the event, please email lerazo@internationalpooltour.com.

What is a 2006 IPT Tour Card worth? So far in 2005 after just two events, the IPT awarded historic and unprecedented prize payouts and hosted the largest paying tournament (2005 King of the Hill) in the history of billiards. IPT members in 2006 will be playing in a minimum of four events for over $8 million in prize money. Each IPT member is guaranteed at least $13,000 in prize earnings, even if they don't win a single match. IPT Members in 2006 are also going to receive monies from IPT profit sharing which has the potential to be in the tens of thousands of dollars. In addition, the top 100 ranked players from the 2006 season automatically get to play in the 2007 season. Fifty other players must go through the grueling qualification tournament to win a 2007 tour card. Every 2007 IPT Member is guaranteed a minimum of $100,000. It is going to be much easier to be in the top 100 of the 2006 season (and win the 2007 tour card) than it will be to qualify for the 2007 IPT season through competition, so being on the tour in 2006 is quite advantageous. So I hope to meet many of you at this event.

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour