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IPT Pro-Am Champion- Team Immonen   

2008 Reno Open- Live

The IPT is streaming live matches from the 2008 Reno Open. Visit www.internationalpooltour.com for this free live broadcast Saturday and Sunday. Match play goes well into the night and the finals will be on Sunday evening. Check out the live stream for more details. Online video from the event is being brought to you by AZBilliards.com.

Also check out the IPT Premium Members Area for a large library of premium matches and instructional videos streaming for only $5.95/month. For this low price, you can have unlimited access to the library. Premium membership is a great holiday gift for the pool enthusiast.

We hope that you enjoy the live coverage of the Reno Open. Thanks to AZBilliards for providing this free stream of top level professional pool.

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Live Streaming- Ring Game   

Live Pool Streaming- Tonight!

The IPT will be streaming live coverage of the "Shooter's 10-ball Ring Game" starting tonight, December 5th, 2008, at 8pm (CST). Live coverage from Shooter's in Olathe, Kansas, is being provided by our friends at the Action Report.

A "Ring Game" is a special format in which players each start with a certain number of chips. In the case of the live streaming tonight, each player starts with 3000 in chips. Every time a player wins a game by pocketing the 10 ball, the other players in the group each give him 50 chips. Players compete until they are out of chips, or the round ends (after three hours). Tonight is the first round only, and the Action Report has provided pool fans a free stream, which can be seen here. Many of the best players in the world will be competing in this ring game. This is a rare opportunity to see top players in such an interesting format. Oh, we forgot to mention: No Jump Cues & No Safeties! This is going to be fun. Tomorrow, the ring game continues and live coverage switches to Pay-per-View. Visit the Action Report for details.

We hope that you take advantage of this free stream tonight. And, don't forget to check out the IPT's Premium Member Club for a robust selection of feature matches between the world's best players. Membership is only $5.95/month!

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Live Right Now- Buddy Hall vs. Gabe Owen Playing One Pocket   

International Pool Tour is streaming the Action Report's live feed from the 2009 Shooter's One Pocket Championship. The Final match will stream live at 7pm (CST), between Gabe Owen and pool legend Buddy Hall. You can watch the match and any late night pool action after the tournament right now.

We hope that you will check out the live broadcast. Tune in Friday evening for more live action from Shooter's in Olathe, Kansas.

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Live Streaming Final Day- 2008 Holiday Classic   

International Pool Tour announcement for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend!

Free Live Streaming of the 2008 Holiday Classic

Our friends at OTBnTV Live will be providing a live video broadcast from the Eagles Club in Bozeman, Montata. On Sunday, November 30th, the live matches being streamed will include the quarter finals, semi-finals, and the final match of this "true" double elimination tournament.

On the Break News is providing the free stream on their web sites and partner web sites such as ours. The IPT invites you to check out the stream, which will be live all day Sunday.

In the mean time, OTBnTV Live is rebroadcasting the 2007 Holiday Classic finals between Stan Tourangeau and Jeff Boucher. This was a thrilling match that pitted two Grand Masters against each other in a race to 5. The 2007 match is being streamed on Ustream for the first time ever.

We hope that you will check out the live broadcast on Sunday. You can watch it live as it happens- log on to InternationalPoolTour.com or OnTheBreakNews.com. The finals are scheduled start around Sunday 1pm (PST). Visit the live broadcast for details.



Live Streaming Final Day- Great Southern Billiard Tour's "Players Championship"   

Free Live Streaming of Great Southern Billiards Tour

The Great Southern Billiard Tour Player's Championship Final Day is being broadcast live today.  The event features a one-pocket and a 10-ball tournament with $5,000 and $20,000 added respectively.  Over 100 top amateur and professional players are playing in the events which end on Sunday. Inside POOL Magazine and Spheragon are providing the free stream on their web sites and partner web sites such as ours. The IPT invites you to check out the stream, which will be live all day Sunday.

Shance Van BoeningThe list of top players that are playing in the events reads like a who's-who of the billiard world for the past two decades.  Players are able to compete in both events simultaneously so many of the best all around players in the world are vying for the almost $40,000 prize fund. The finals are scheduled start around Sunday afternoon. Visit the live broadcast for details.



Live Streaming Pool Right Now   

Live Streaming Pool Right Now!

Our friends at Inside Pool Magazine are providing live free coverage from the Great Southern Billiard Tour's "Players Championship." You can watch live coverage starting at 11am daily (central), and going well into the night through Sunday. The show is live now and there will be a wide range of expert commentators including Grady Mathews, Bill Incardona, J.R. Calvert, and more. The IPT invites you to check out the show by clicking here.

Other IPT News:
The IPT congratulates Mika Immonen and his team for winning the first IPT Pro-Am Championship. Immonen faced fellow IPT Pro Charlie Bryant in the final race-to-three, $50,000 match! For more information, visit www.internationalpooltour.com.


For more tournament information, the full bracket, photos, and video, visit InternationalPoolTour.com.
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IPT Pro-Am Champion- Team Immonen   

Congratulations Team Immonen!

The IPT congratulates Mika Immonen and his team for winning the first IPT Pro-Am Championship. Immonen faced fellow IPT Pro Charlie Bryant in the final race-to-three, $50,000 match!

Despite making several awesome shots, and getting to the hill first, Charlie Bryant was not able to hold off Mika's strong offensive attack in the end. Matches were streamed via a live web cam set up for the event, and a recording of the final match is streaming on the homepage right now at www.internationalpooltour.com.

This event was the first in many years to bring such pool talent to the Chicagoland area. Fans who came to Palace Billiards were treated to many great matches and were able to interact with some of the game's living legends and other top players. Amateurs who competed in the event expressed how much they liked playing against professionals, and how valuable they thought the experience was for their development.

For more tournament information, the full bracket, photos, and video, visit InternationalPoolTour.com.
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IPT Pro-Am Final Day   

Play with the Pros!

There are great matches in each of the four remaining rounds of the first IPT Pro-Am Championship. The main streaming match in the opening 12:pm round is Rodney Morris vs. Tony Crosby! You can see the match for free at www.internationalpooltour.com. Other great matches will follow, leading up the final match, which is a single race to three games for a whopping $50,000 to the winning team! Click here to see the remaining players and the teams that are still alive.

Doors will open to the public at 11:30am both days, and admission is free. Palace Billiards is located at 160 W Roosevelt Rd., Villa Park, IL. For directions and more information, call Palace Billiards at (630) 941-3500 or visit www.palacesportsbar.com.
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IPT Pro-Am Day 1 Results   

Play with the Pros!

The International Pool Tour Pro-Am Championship is down to the final 16 players. There is $50,000 at stake in this single elimination, race-to-three format, and the final match is guaranteed to be between two different teams. That means that the final match at 3pm will be a race to three for $50,000 to the winning team.

Day one had many great matches, including Raj Hundal's performance of winning the lag and running out the set against Mark Jarvis! Also, many of the 16 pros have been knocked out of the tournament. Of the 16 pros, only 9 remain in the final sixteen players. Matches start at noon (Chicago time) and there are four rounds with the final kicking off at 3pm. If you can't make it in person, visit our homepage for brackets and a streaming web cam to catch some of the action.

Doors will open to the public at 11:30am both days, and admission is free. Palace Billiards is located at 160 W Roosevelt Rd., Villa Park, IL. For directions and more information, call Palace Billiards at (630) 941-3500 or visit www.palacesportsbar.com.
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IPT Live Pro-Am Online Coverage Starts Today   

Play with the Pros!

The International Pool Tour presents the first Pro-Am Championship, today and tomorrow, at Palace Billiards in Villa Park, Illinois. Sixteen of the top players in the world will team up with players who participated in qualifiers around the Chicago area and beyond during the last couple months. There is $50,000 at stake in this single elimination, race-to-three format.

Tournament details available at www.internationalpooltour.com. There will be live coverage of the tournament at www.internationalpooltour.com. Coverage includes comprehensive tournament brackets, a live free web camera to catch some of the action, and more. Tune in for great pool action and an online cue stick giveaway. Details will be available on the live stream Saturday and Sunday. The live web cam will start at roughly 11:45am each day.

Tournament hours are 12pm-7pm on Saturday and 12pm-4pm on Sunday, with the final match starting at 3pm. Doors will open to the public at 11:30am both days, and admission is free. Palace Billiards is located at 160 W Roosevelt Rd., Villa Park, IL. For directions and more information, call Palace Billiards at (630) 941-3500 or visit www.palacesportsbar.com.
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Pro-Am Updates   

Play with the Pros!

There are two last-minute replacements of IPT Pros who cannot attend the Pro-Am event next weekend:

Sarah Ellerby will not be able to attend and has given us this statement for release:

It is will my greatest regret and disappointment that I'm informing the International Pool Tour and future Pro/Am qualifier contestants that I will have to pull-out of the event. My mum has just under-gone her Breast Cancer surgery and will need Chemotherapy starting at the end of October. I need to be there for my mum and family right now. I'm thankful that all indicators look promising and would like to thank the International Pool Tour for their continued support and understanding.

Sarah Ellerby
IPT player & member

Ellerby will be replaced by Hall of Fame member Loree Jon Jones. The qualification tournament for Loree Jon's team is this weekend, so you can still play for a spot on her team.

Mike Sigel, for personal reasons, will not be able to attend the Pro-Am. Sigel expresses his thanks to fans and to players who competed to play on his team and said that he wishes that he were able to attend. His apologies go out to his team and he wishes them good luck. Sigel is replaced by Dennis Hatch.

This is the last chance to play in a Pro-Am qualifier. There are three events around Chicago this weekend. Don't forget that the top six get to play in the main event. Click here to visit the IPT home page for details on the events this weekend.

Players who don't want to go through the grueling qualification process can buy their way into the $50,000 Pro-Am tournament. And, as long as nobody else has already purchased the spot, you can choose which team to play on! There were originally 16 open spots that are officially on sale now. The cost for each spot is $1,000 until November 1st, at which time the price will be $1,500. There were only 16 spots available, one for each pro's team. They are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in a spot, email: Lindsay Erazo.

There are all sorts of reasons you might want to buy a spot in the Pro-Am Championship:
  • Sponsors have inquired about getting their players in this event. This is an opportunity to get your player some international exposure while promoting your products and services.
  • Room owners can purchase a spot and host a qualifier as a fund raiser or promotional event.
  • Good players who think they can win at 8-Ball can buy directly into the event.
  • League operators can buy a spot and use it for promotional purposes such as a give-away, raffle prize, etc.
Special Offer- mention this email when you purchase your spot, and receive $500 worth of free advertising on the Internationalpooltour.com web property. You can use this advertising credit to promote your business, products, services, or cheer on your team, send a "special thanks," or sell to someone else!

Visit the IPT Homepage to see results from qualification tournaments and team members.

IPT PRO-AM Championship Details
The Pro-Am Tournament is open to any competitor who places in the top six of a qualification tournament. There are only a few remaining qualifier events- each corresponds with a top professional player. The top six finishers in each qualifier get teamed up with their pro for the main event.

Although players compete as individuals, if they or anyone on their team wins the main event, they each win $6,000; the actual individual winner of the tournament wins $8,000. The total prize purse is $50,000. 

Qualification events will be held throughout Chicagoland and there are three tournaments this weekend! The full schedule of qualification events is available online at www.internationalpooltour.com.

Entry fees are $85 in person, which includes a $5 greens fee for the host room. Members of the military, female players, children, anyone presenting their league membership card, or any online entrants pay only $75.

Extensive online coverage, including match stats, pictures, and streaming video of the main event, will be available at www.internationalpooltour.com.

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Last Chance to Play   

Play with the Pros!

This is the last chance to play in a Pro-Am qualifier. There are three events around Chicago this weekend. Don't forget that the top six get to play in the main event. Click here to visit the IPT home page for details on the events this weekend.

Players who don't want to go through the grueling qualification process can buy their way into the $50,000 Pro-Am tournament. And, as long as nobody else has already purchased the spot, you can choose which team to play on! There were originally 16 open spots that are officially on sale now. The cost for each spot is $1,000 until November 1st, at which time the price will be $1,500. There were only 16 spots available, one for each pro's team. They are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in a spot, email: Lindsay Erazo.

There are all sorts of reasons you might want to buy a spot in the Pro-Am Championship:
  • Sponsors have inquired about getting their players in this event. This is an opportunity to get your player some international exposure while promoting your products and services.
  • Room owners can purchase a spot and host a qualifier as a fund raiser or promotional event.
  • Good players who think they can win at 8-Ball can buy directly into the event.
  • League operators can buy a spot and use it for promotional purposes such as a give-away, raffle prize, etc.
Special Offer- mention this email when you purchase your spot, and receive $500 worth of free advertising on the Internationalpooltour.com web property. You can use this advertising credit to promote your business, products, services, or cheer on your team, send a "special thanks," or sell to someone else!

Visit the IPT Homepage to see results from qualification tournaments and team members.

IPT PRO-AM Championship Details
The Pro-Am Tournament is open to any competitor who places in the top six of a qualification tournament. There are only a few remaining qualifier events- each corresponds with a top professional player. The top six finishers in each qualifier get teamed up with their pro for the main event.

Although players compete as individuals, if they or anyone on their team wins the main event, they each win $6,000; the actual individual winner of the tournament wins $8,000. The total prize purse is $50,000. 

Qualification events will be held throughout Chicagoland and there are three tournaments this weekend! The full schedule of qualification events is available online at www.internationalpooltour.com.

Entry fees are $85 in person, which includes a $5 greens fee for the host room. Members of the military, female players, children, anyone presenting their league membership card, or any online entrants pay only $75.

Extensive online coverage, including match stats, pictures, and streaming video of the main event, will be available at www.internationalpooltour.com.

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Play with the Pros- Buy In!   

Play with the Pros!

To answer all of your questions about who fills the 8th spot on each team in the Pro-Am Championship: You Can! Players who don't want to go through the grueling qualification process can buy their way into the $50,000 Pro-Am tournament. And, as long as nobody else has already purchased the spot, you can choose which team to play on!

There are 16 open spots that are officially on sale now. The cost for each spot is $1,000 until November 1st, at which time the price will be $1,500. There are only 16 spots available, one for each pro's team. They will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in a spot, email: Lindsay Erazo.

There are all sorts of reasons you might want to buy a spot in the Pro-Am Championship:
  • Sponsors have inquired about getting their players in this event. This is an opportunity to get your player some international exposure while promoting your products and services.
  • Room owners can purchase a spot and host a qualifier as a fund raiser or promotional event.
  • Good players who think they can win at 8-Ball can buy directly into the event.
  • League operators can buy a spot and use it for promotional purposes such as a give-away, raffle prize, etc.
Special Offer- mention this email when you purchase your spot, and receive $500 worth of free advertising on the Internationalpooltour.com web property. You can use this advertising credit to promote your business, products, services, or cheer on your team, send a "special thanks," or sell to someone else!

Visit the IPT Homepage to see results from qualification tournaments and team members.

Time is running out to play in a Pro-Am qualifier. There are only two weekends remaining on the schedule and there are tournaments all over Chicagoland. Don't forget that the top six get to play in the main event.

IPT PRO-AM Championship Details
The Pro-Am Tournament is open to any competitor who places in the top six of a qualification tournament. There are only a few remaining qualifier events- each corresponds with a top professional player. The top six finishers in each qualifier get teamed up with their pro for the main event.

Although players compete as individuals, if they or anyone on their team wins the main event, they each win $6,000; the actual individual winner of the tournament wins $8,000. The total prize purse is $50,000. 

Qualification events will be held throughout Chicagoland and there are three tournaments this weekend! The full schedule of qualification events is available online at www.internationalpooltour.com.

Entry fees are $85 in person, which includes a $5 greens fee for the host room. Members of the military, female players, children, anyone presenting their league membership card, or any online entrants pay only $75.

Extensive online coverage, including match stats, pictures, and streaming video of the main event, will be available at www.internationalpooltour.com.

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Weekly IPT Pro-Am Results   

Play with the Pros!

The International Pool Tour congratulates the winners from last weekend who qualified for the IPT Pro-Am Championship. Visit the IPT Homepage to see results from those tournaments.

Time is running out to play in a Pro-Am qualifier. There are only three weekends remaining on the schedule and there are tournaments all over Chicagoland, and Davenport Iowa this weekend. Don't forget that the top six get to play in the main even:

GABE OWEN Team Qualifier
October 18-19, 2008
Pyramid Club
236 W. Lake St. Addison, IL 60101
(630) 458-0777
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October 19, 2008 SUNDAY ONLY
Miller Time Billiards
(563) 359-RACK
2902 E Kimberly Rd, Davenport, IA 52807
Doors open at 10am. Tournament begins at 2pm.
Signup to play for a spot on this team 


The Pro-Am Tournament is open to any competitor who places in the top six of a qualification tournament. There are fifteen remaining qualifier events- each corresponds with a top professional player. The top six finishers in each qualifier get teamed up with their pro for the main event. Although players compete as individuals, if they or anyone on their team wins the main event, they each win $6,000; the actual individual winner of the tournament wins $8,000. The total prize purse is $50,000. 

Qualification events will be held throughout Chicagoland and there are three tournaments this weekend! The full schedule of qualification events is available online at www.internationalpooltour.com.

Entry fees are $85 in person, which includes a $5 greens fee for the host room. Members of the military, female players, children, anyone presenting their league membership card, or any online entrants pay only $75.

Extensive online coverage, including match stats, pictures, and streaming video of the main event, will be available at www.internationalpooltour.com.

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Week Four IPT Pro-Am Results   

Play with the Pros!

The International Pool Tour congratulates the winners from week-three that qualified for the IPT Pro-Am. Visit the IPT Homepage to see results from those tournaments.

There are three tournaments this weekend around Chicago and Indianapolis, IN. Don't forget that the top six get to play in the main even:

GEORGE BREEDLOVE Team Qualifier
October 11-12, 2008
John Wayne's Pub and Eatery (317) 882-8124
2367 W. Stop 11 Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46217
Tournament begins at 11am.
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SHAWN PUTNAM Team Qualifier
October 11-12, 2008
Pro-Tyme Orland PHONE: (708) 403-0600
15605 S 94th Avenue Orland Park, IL 60462
Doors open at 11am. Tournament begins at Noon
Signup to play for a spot on this team

SANTOS SAMBAJON Team Qualifier
October 11-12, 2008
Hammerhead's Billiards Pub PHONE: (847) 836-8099
105 W Main St West Dundee, IL 60118
Doors open at 11am. Tournament begins at 1pm.
Signup to play for a spot on this team

The Pro-Am Tournament is open to any competitor who places in the top six of a qualification tournament. There are fifteen remaining qualifier events- each corresponds with a top professional player. The top six finishers in each qualifier get teamed up with their pro for the main event. Although players compete as individuals, if they or anyone on their team wins the main event, they each win $6,000; the actual individual winner of the tournament wins $8,000. The total prize purse is $50,000.

Qualification events will be held throughout Chicagoland and there are three tournaments this weekend! The full schedule of qualification events is available online at www.internationalpooltour.com.

Entry fees are $85 in person, which includes a $5 greens fee for the host room. Members of the military, female players, children, anyone presenting their league membership card, or any online entrants pay only $75.

Extensive online coverage, including match stats, pictures, and streaming video of the main event, will be available at www.internationalpooltour.com.

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Week Three IPT Pro-Am Results   

Play with the Pros!

The International Pool Tour congratulates the winners from week-two that qualified for Teams Immonen & Bryant! Click the pro names to see results from those tournaments.

There are two tournaments this weekend around Chicagoland. Don't forget that the top six get to play in the main even:

Team Deuel Qualifier
October 4-5, 2008
Rudy's Place
900 Hill Avenue
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 898-7769
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Team Nevel Qualifier
October 4-5, 2008
The Carom Room
614 E Grand Avenue
Beloit, WI 53511
(608) 365-1811
Doors open at 10am | Tournament begins at Noon
Visit Team Nevel Homepage
Signup to play for a spot on this team

The Pro-Am Tournament is open to any competitor who places in the top six of a qualification tournament. There are fifteen remaining qualifier events- each corresponds with a top professional player. The top six finishers in each qualifier get teamed up with their pro for the main event. Although players compete as individuals, if they or anyone on their team wins the main event, they each win $6,000; the actual individual winner of the tournament wins $8,000. The total prize purse is $50,000.

Qualification events will be held throughout Chicagoland and there are two tournaments this weekend! The full schedule of qualification events is available online at www.internationalpooltour.com.

Entry fees are $85 in person, which includes a $5 greens fee for the host room. Members of the military, female players, children, anyone presenting their league membership card, or any online entrants pay only $75.

Extensive online coverage, including match stats, pictures, and streaming video of the main event, will be available at www.internationalpooltour.com.

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Week Two IPT Pro-Am Results   

Play with the Pros!

The International Pool Tour congratulates the week-two winners that qualified for Team Archer! Held at Palace Billiards in Villa Park, IL., the second qualifier for the IPT Pro-Am resulted in the following players qualifying for Team Archer:

Gil Hernandez
Adam Smith
Mark Jarvis
Bobby Hunter
Matt Daiber
Bob Cozzolino  

More tournament details can be found on the Team Archer results page.

The Pro-Am Tournament is open to any competitor who places in the top six of a qualification tournament. There are fifteen remaining qualifier events- each corresponds with a top professional player. The top six finishers in each qualifier get teamed up with their pro for the main event. Although players compete as individuals, if they or anyone on their team wins the main event, they each win $6,000; the actual individual winner of the tournament wins $8,000. The total prize purse is $50,000.

Qualification events will be held throughout Chicagoland and there are two tournaments this weekend! The full schedule of qualification events is available online at www.internationalpooltour.com.

Entry fees are $85 in person, which includes a $5 greens fee for the host room. Members of the military, female players, children, anyone presenting their league membership card, or any online entrants pay only $75.

Extensive online coverage, including match stats, pictures, and streaming video of the main event, will be available at www.internationalpooltour.com.

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Week One IPT Pro-Am Results   

Play with the Pros!

The International Pool Tour congratulates the week-one winners that qualified for Team Sigel! Held at Pyramid Club in Addison, IL., the first qualifier for the IPT Pro-Am resulted in the following players qualifying for Team Mike Sigel:

Bryan Bach
Jeff Mohl 
Shannon Schroeder 
Matthew Dalber 
Jacqueline Herrera-Schroeder
Percy Mitchell 
 
More tournament details can be found on the Team Sigel results page. Special congratulations to Shanon and Jacqueline Schroeder, a husband-and-wife team who both qualified in the top six!

The Pro-Am Tournament is open to any competitor who places in the top six of a qualification tournament. There are fifteen remaining qualifier events- each corresponds with a top professional player. The top six finishers in each qualifier get teamed up with their pro for the main event. Although players compete as individuals, if they or anyone on their team wins the main event, they each win $6,000; the actual individual winner of the tournament wins $8,000. The total prize purse is $50,000.

Qualification events will be held throughout Chicagoland starting September 13th. The full schedule of qualification events is available online at www.internationalpooltour.com.

Entry fees are $85 in person, which includes a $5 greens fee for the host room. Members of the military, female players, children, anyone presenting their league membership card, or any online entrants pay only $75.

Extensive online coverage, including match stats, pictures, and streaming video of the main event, will be available at www.internationalpooltour.com.

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Announcing IPT Pro-Am in Chicago Area   

Play with the Pros!

The International Pool Tour announces the IPT Pro-Am Tournament. Sixteen of the best players in the world will compete with an open field of players in a new and unique format November 8-9, 2008.

The Pro-Am Tournament is open to any competitor who places in the top six of a qualification tournament. There are sixteen qualifier events- each corresponds with a top professional player. The top six finishers in each qualifier get teamed up with their pro for the main event. Although players compete as individuals, if they or anyone on their team wins the main event, they each win $6,000; the actual individual winner of the tournament wins $8,000. The total prize purse is $50,000.

Qualification events will be held throughout Chicagoland starting September 13th. The full schedule of qualification events is available online at www.internationalpooltour.com.

Entry fees are $85 in person, which includes a $5 greens fee for the host room. Members of the military, female players, children, anyone presenting their league membership card, or any online entrants pay only $75.

Extensive online coverage, including match stats, pictures, and streaming video of the main event, will be available at www.internationalpooltour.com.

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View Qualifier Schedule
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Allison Fisher Needs Your Vote!   

Vote for Allison Fisher Today!

Congratulations to Allison Fisher who was recently nominated for the Women's Sports Foundation 2008 Sports Woman of the Year for her exemplary performance in billiards.  The selection process was not an easy task this year with the consideration of all the Olympic athletes.  So this is a particularly high honor for Allison Fisher to be nominated among the individuals selected. However, Allison Fisher needs your support to help to win! Cast Your Vote for Allison Fisher, who is in the Individual Category

Each year, the WSF gives you a chance to help recognize those superhuman efforts as they select two champion athletes (one individual, one team) for the Sportswoman of the Year Award.  Athletes were considered for the 2008 award based on their athletic achievements between August 1, 2007, and August 24, 2008.

Allison Fisher has been selected (under "individuals") and you are able to vote and view her photos and bio on the WSF web site.

Cast your vote by midnight, September 2, and you'll be entered in a drawing to win one of five items autographed by your favorite sportswomen.  Please note that only one vote will be counted per category (Individual and Team).  Let the voting begin!

Final Reminder About August Specials-
 Visit the IPT web site for August blow-out specials on DVDs. These specials are while supplies last. Don't forget that Premium Members receive even better pricing!
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Sigel vs. Reyes, and Sigel vs. Jones, Final August-only Special   

August Pool DVD Specials!

To celebrate pool's slowest season, summer, the International Pool Tour offers its customers great prices on a number of DVDs! The August-only offers will be available through the end of the month or while supplies last. There are only a couple days left to take advantage of these great offers. Be sure to check out other great August-only offers by clicking here and visiting www.internationalpooltour.com

Mike Sigel vs. Efren Reyes & Loree Jon Jones
Sigel vs. Reyes & Sigel vs. Jones
 Hall of Famer Mike "the Mouth" Sigel, played against two of the games best players! Sigel battled Loree Jon Jones at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and Efren Reyes in the final of the King of the Hill 8-Ball Championship in Orlando, Florida. These two matches were professionally produced and provide hours of entertainment for the pool enthusiast.
 
These two historic matches are being offered as a package as part of our August-only specials. There are only two days remaining to take advantage of this great deal and other DVDs.
 
For a limited time and while supplies last, you can have both titles for only $9.95! If you are a Premium Member, you pay only $4.95! Standard shipping costs apply to all orders.

Click here to take advantage of this special offer.
August-Only Special Price:  $9.95
Premium Members Pay Only:  $4.95
Standard shipping costs apply to all special pricing.
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Mike Sigel's Perfect Pool August-only Special   

August Pool DVD Specials!

To celebrate pool's slowest season, summer, the International Pool Tour offers its customers great prices on a number of DVDs! The August-only offers will be available through the end of the month or while supplies last.

In addition to Mike Sigel's "Perfect Pool" offer below, be sure to check out other great August-only offers by clicking here and visiting www.internationalpooltour.com
Mike Sigel's "Perfect Pool"
Mike Sigel's "How to Make Trick Shots"
 Hall of Famer Mike "the Mouth" Sigel, commonly regarded as one of the best players in history, teaches you how to play pool in this three-DVD set. The lessons are very clearly organized. The information is great because it comes directly from one of the greatest players to have ever played pocket billiards.
 
This professionally-produced DVD can be a great addition to your skill set at pool and makes a great gift for the pool enthusiast. The DVD set is designed to help players of all skill levels.
 
Retail price for this three-DVD set is $59.95. However, for a limited time and while supplies last, check out the amazing savings below!

Click here to take advantage of this special offer.
August-Only Special Price:  $19.95
Premium Members Pay Only:  $12.95
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Redesigned Pool Video Library   

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New IPT Video Library!

The International Pool Tour web team has been redesigning the video library. While significant changes have been made to the library, it is a work in progress and more functionality is to come shortly. Right now, viewers will see thumbnails from each match as well as more detailed match information including run time, the date it was added to the library, commentators, and other information. Viewers are also able to control how many videos are listed on each page, for easy navigation.
 
You can have unlimited access to the video library for only $5.95 per month. There is no long-term obligation and you can cancel your Premium Membership at any time, even after only one month! However, this is a great way to watch championship pool, with the best players, any time day or night. It is also a great way to support pocket billiards and the high-profile one-on-one matches that are brought to you by the International Pool Tour.
 
Basic Members have some access to the library including some premium content such as recent challenge matches, and educational clips by the Monk. Basic Membership is free.
 
Please visit the International Pool Tour Video Library and take a look around. It is our hope that you become a Premium Member and take advantage of a great list of videos (always growing) and support professional pool. As a courtesy, the last two matches from the June 24th live broadcast are streaming for free in the library for Basic Members. Just sign up and enjoy both matches, absolutely free, through Friday. Joining takes just a minute and there is absolutely no cost whatsoever to become a Basic Member. Sign up here.
 
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New IPT Videos- Streaming Free   

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IPT Announcements!

The June 24th, broadcast was a big success. The under-card 14.1 straight pool match was exciting. Mike Sigel played against arguably the best current straight pool player in the world- John Schmidt. You can watch the match and see what happened right now, for free. Go to the Video section of the web site, on page six, and click the match.
 
In the feature match of the night, Alex Pagulayan was scheduled to play Karl Boyes of the U.K. However, Pagulayan had Passport issues and was not able to play. Tony Robles of New York took his place and the two battled it out. This match was methodical and calculated by both players and the result surprised many spectators. Watch it now for free.
 
Both matches are free for Basic Members. Basic Membership is also free and all pool fans are encouraged to join. Joining takes just a minute and there is absolutely no cost whatsoever to become a Basic Member. Sign up here.
 
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Breaking Pool News   

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Breaking News! 
Live Challenge Matches June 24th 

The International Pool Tour announces that Alex Pagulayan will not be playing in the challenge match against Karl Boyes on June 24, 2008.  Pagulayan's management informed the IPT today that he  lost his passport. In a statement released by management at Puyat Sports, Pagulayn said "I am very sorry but I will not be able to make to the exhibition match this coming Tuesday, June 24th. I lost my passport in a car mishap last week. I have applied for a replacement of his passport with the Canadian embassy and the foreign affairs department here in Manila."  The International Pool Tour wished Pagulayan good luck in resolving his passport issue.

Replacing Pagulayan will be professional pool player Tony Robles.  Mr. Robles contacted the IPT several days ago about taking part in a future broadcast. When the IPT was informed of Pagulayan's inability to participate, "Robles seemed like the natural choice" said Deno Andrews, Director of the International Pool Tour. Andrews also said that "we are delighted that Mr. Robles flew across the country on hours notice to participate. Tony is a true champion and one of the game's nicest people." The IPT thanks Mr. Robles for his participation.
 
The match airs live at www.internationalpooltour.com Tuesday, June 24th, at 8pm (eastern). The match is free for all viewers.
 
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Voting Closes Sunday for Mike Sigel Replacement   

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It's Official! Sigel vs. Schmidt
But who will replace Sigel in the booth? 
The International Pool Tour has opened voting to see who will replace Mike Sigel in the booth as commentator for the June 24th live Ultimate Series webcast. Mike Sigel, ten-time World Champion and Hall of Fame member is the resident commentator for live IPT match play. However, for the first time in many years he will be competing at 14.1 Straight Pool in the IPT Ultimate 14.1 Straight Pool under-card match against John Schmidt. Fans can vote through Sunday night (midnight) for who they would like to take Sigel's place in the booth as a commentator for the match. Fans can vote once per day at Internationalpooltour.com.
 
The live webcast will take place Tuesday, June 24th, at 8pm (eastern). The
under-card match is a race to 125 at 14.1 Straight Pool between Mike Sigel
and John Schmidt. The main event of the evening is an IPT Ultimate 8-Ball
match between Karl Boyes from the U.K. and Alex Pagulayan of the Philippines. Both matches are free and can be seen free at www.internationalpooltour.com. The IPT suggests that you register (for free) early so that you don't miss the beginning of the webcast.

If you would like to be a part of the live studio audience for this exclusive event, please send your request to: audience@internationalpooltour.com
Please include the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of each guest in your ticket request. You will be emailed if you are chosen to attend the match. There are only a small number of seats available, so act quickly if you want to attend this match. There is no cost for these invitation-only seats.

Match Details:
(all times in eastern U.S.)
8pm  Under-card:  Sigel vs. Schmidt- 14.1 Straight Pool
After Under-card: Match wrap-up and short intermission
Main Event: Alex Pagulayan vs. Karl Boyes- 8 Ball
 
Playing Conditions: The IPT Ultimate 14.1 Straight Pool & 8-Ball matches will be under the grueling IPT conditions of tight pockets (courtesy of Diamond Billiard Products) and slow-nap cloth made by Gorina. Of course, the balls will be perfectly racked every time because we will be using the Sardo M-5000.
   



Last chance to vote for Mike Sigel vs. John Schmidt   

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It's Official! Sigel vs. Schmidt
14.1 Straight Pool Under-Card Match 

The fans have voted, and 78% of the vote confirmed that the under-card match for the June 24th broadcast is going to be between Hall of Fame legend Mike "The Mouth" Sigel and John "Mr. 400" Schmidt. The match will be a 14.1 Straight Pool game to 125 points. This is a rare opportunity to see Sigel, commonly regarded as one of the best ever, face off against one of the best straight pool players alive today. The under-card match starts at 8pm (eastern) and will preceed the main event, which  includes two of the most aggressive players the world has to offer- Alex Pagulayan and  Karl Boyes! Meet Karl Boyes here. 
 
Remember, the match is live and absolutely free! If you have not yet registered as a Basic Member (free), you can sign up here
 
If you would like to be a part of the live studio audience for this exclusive event, please send your request to: audience@internationalpooltour.com
 
Please include the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of each guest in your ticket request. You will be emailed if you are chosen to attend the match. There are only a small number of seats available, so act quickly if you want to attend this match. There is no cost for these invitation-only seats.
Match Details: (all times in eastern U.S.)
8pm  Under-card:  Sigel vs. Schmidt- 14.1 Straight Pool
After Under-card: Match wrap-up and short intermission
Main Event: Alex Pagulayan vs. Karl Boyes- 8 Ball
 
Playing Conditions: The IPT Ultimate 14.1 Straight Pool & 8-Ball matches will be under the grueling IPT conditions of tight pockets (courtesy of Diamond Billiard Products) and slow-nap cloth made by Gorina. Of course, the balls will be perfectly racked every time because we will be using the Sardo M-5000.
   



ast chance to vote for Mike Sigel vs. John Schmidt   

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Don't Forget to Vote!

You have only one more day to vote on whether or not you want to see pool legend Mike Sigel and John "Mr. 400" Schmidt match-up in the under-card match for the live June 24th broadcast.  Vote Here through May 31, 2008.
 
The feature match includes two of the most aggressive players the world has to offer. Alex Pagulayan will battle Karl Boyes in a long race of 8-Ball. The fireworks between the players have already started and both are confident they are going to win. Karl Boyes had some interesting things to say about Alex and Filipino players in general. You can read them here.  Alex was asked by IPT staff about his feelings on the match. Some of his comments included:
 
"I'm gonna open a can of whoop-ass on him and beat him until he's bust...give him some money and bust him again, then give him $50 to get home."; "I'm gonna send him into retirement!"
 
You do not want to miss this match! All pool fans can watch this live broadcast absolutely free. The feature match in the IPT Ultimate 8-Ball match will be under the grueling IPT conditions of tight pockets (courtesy of Diamond Billiard Products) and slow-nap cloth made by Gorina. Of course, the balls will be perfectly racked every time because we will be using the Sardo M-5000. If you have not yet registered as a Basic Member (free), you can sign up here.
   



Important Announcements from the IPT   

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IPT Announcements!

Here are some important announcements from the International Pool Tour:
 
The last IPT Ultimate 8-Ball free broadcast was a big success. Austin Murphy took his shot at living legend Efren Reyes. While the balls didn't roll well for Murphy at the beginning of the match, he warmed up and showed the world that he can compete with those at the top. The Under-card match between World Champion Oliver Ortmann and John Schmidt gave the great game of 14.1 Straight Pool some wide-spread exposure. During the match, pool legend Mike Sigel (one of the commentators) called out John Schmidt (the winner) and claimed to be able to beat Schmidt at Straight Pool. Though Schmidt responded with respect (click here to read more about this story), he invited Sigel to step up any time. So you, the viewers, can now vote on whether or not you want to see this match-up take place as the under-card match for the live June 24th broadcast.  Vote Here through May 31, 2008.
 
The next live broadcast is June 24th, 2008. The feature match includes two of the most aggressive players the world has to offer. Alex Pagulayan will battle Karl Boyes in a long race of 8-Ball. You can learn more about these two players by visiting their player pages here. You do not want to miss this match! All pool fans can watch this live broadcast absolutely free. The feature match in the IPT Ultimate 8-Ball match will be under the grueling IPT conditions of tight pockets (courtesy of Diamond Billiard Products) and slow-nap cloth made by Gorina. Of course, the balls will be perfectly racked every time because we will be using the Sardo M-5000. If you have not yet registered as a Basic Member (free), you can sign up here.
 
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The video library is growing and several new titles have been added recently. The entire original King of the Hill television series (all episodes) is now available for viewing. Additionally, several full-length matches have been added from the King of the Hill tournament. All of the newly added matches have been encoded with the latest technology, which offers a considerably better picture quality than before. We have also re-encoded several titles with this new technology including recent IPT Ultimate 8-Ball matches as well as the original Sigel vs. Jones match that launched the IPT. We will continue to add new titles and re-encode and replace existing titles. If you are not yet a Premium Member, we invite you to learn more about the program here. For only $5.95/month (cancel any time), it is a great way to gain access to some of the best matches and support the International Pool Tour. Premium Memberships make great gifts!
 
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IPT Live Streaming Broadcast Information   

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Broadcast Details!
IPT Viewers Choice Challenge Match

The April 29th IPT Ultimate 8-Ball free broadcast will begin tonight at 8pm (eastern) with a pre-game show immediately followed by the under-card 14.1 Straight Pool match between World Champion Oliver Ortmann and John Schmidt. The feature match in tonight's IPT Ultimate 8-Ball match between pool legend Efren Reyes and his teenage challenger Austin Murphy will follow the under-card match and a short intermission. Here is some important information that may make your viewing experience more enjoyable:
  • To watch the live match, log in at the top of the International Pool Tour web site.
  • If you have not yet registered as a Basic or Premium Member on the IPT web site, you still have time to do so and watch the free broadcast of these feature matches.
  • Streaming technology is sometimes fickle due to the fact that the signal is sent out over a large internet network. If the transmission were to stall or fail in any way, be assured that we have people monitoring the stream who are in communication with IPT staff.
  • Should your screen go blank for any reason, it is best to do nothing  for a few minutes. If the stream is interrupted for whatever reason, when it resumes, it will automatically re-appear on that page. If the screen stays blank after several minutes (5+), try to refresh the page. You may be asked to log in again.
  • If there is a serious problem that is going to take a while to resolve, you will receive a broadcast email with details.
  • Flash-Settings- Make sure that your Flash settings allow that a minimum of 10MB of information to be stored on your computer. This allows the stream file to buffer a few seconds of the stream on your computer, which can reduce or eliminate any hiccups or stalls that may occur. To find the Flash settings, simply right-click on the stream window and choose "settings."

We hope that you will join the IPT in this full night of free pool action.

   



IPT Broadcast Details   

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Broadcast Details!
IPT Viewers Choice Challenge Match

The April 29th live IPT Ultimate 8-Ball broadcast will begin at 8pm (eastern) with a pre-game show immediately followed by the under-card 14.1 Straight Pool match between World Champion Oliver Ortmann and John Schmidt. The feature match in the IPT Ultimate 8-Ball match between pool legend Efren Reyes and his teenage challenger Austin Murphy will follow the under-card match.

To watch the live match, simply log in at the top of the International Pool Tour web site and click on the match poster on the front page. Monday night, we will be emailing you a FAQ about the stream which will include some basic instructions on how to make the most out of the stream on your computer.

If you have not yet registered as a Basic or Premium Member on the IPT web site, you still have time to do so and watch the free broadcast of these feature matches. Becoming a member is free and is simple to do. We hope that you will join us for these feature match-ups.
   



Efren Reyes vs. Austin Murphy Live Broadcast Details   

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Broadcast Details!
IPT Viewers Choice Challenge Match

The April 29th live IPT Ultimate 8-Ball broadcast will begin at 8pm (eastern) with a pre-game show immediately followed by the under-card 14.1 Straight Pool match between World Champion Oliver Ortmann and John Schmidt. The feature match in the IPT Ultimate 8-Ball match between pool legend Efren Reyes and his teenage challenger Austin Murphy will follow the under-card match, so the exact starting time of the feature match is unknown.

Both matches will be under the grueling IPT conditions of tight pockets (courtesy of Diamond Billiard Products) and slow-nap cloth made by Gorina. The April 29th live broadcast is absolutely free. Visit International Pool Tour to sign up to watch. Signing up to watch is simple and takes just a minute.

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If you are enthusiastic about pool and would like to be part of the studio audience for this live broadcast, please send a request to:  lerazo@internationalpooltour.com and include your name, email address, and a contact telephone number. The production is in the Hollywood, California area. You would need to be at the production facility at 4pm and be prepared to be there until 10pm - 11pm. There is no cost to be a part of the studio audience. Seating is very limited. You will be contacted if you are chosen to be a part of the audience and given further instructions.
   



IPT Ultimate 8-Ball Player Announcement   

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Players Announced!
IPT Viewers Choice Challenge Match
Voting for the IPT Ultimate 8-Ball "Viewers Choice" challenge match has been closed. IPT staff have examined the votes to verify that all counted votes adhered to the IPT voting policy, which is published in the IPT FAQ. Any and all votes that violated voting policy have been removed and the final vote count has been adjusted and finalized. The two players who were chosen by pool fans world wide will be announced on the IPT web site Monday, April 14th, at 2pm (central).
 
WIN A FREE SET OF DVDs!
 
Guess how many total legitimate votes were submitted during the entire voting process, and win a set of free DVDs from the IPT.  If someone doesn't guess the exact number of votes that came in, the person who guesses the closest number to the actual total will be the winner. You have until Tuesday, April 15th, at 10am (central) to submit your guess. Simply send an email with your guess to voting@internationalpooltour.com. You will be notified via email if you are the winner. The DVD set will include Mike Sigel's "Perfect Pool & How to Make Trick Shots," the Sigel vs. Jones match, the Sigel vs. Reyes match, and an assortment of IPT King of the Hill matches.
 
The feature match in the IPT Ultimate 8-Ball match will be under the grueling IPT conditions of tight pockets (courtesy of Diamond Billiard Products) and slow-nap cloth made by Gorina. The April 29th live broadcast is absolutely free. Visit International Pool Tour to learn more.

The IPT Ultimate 8-Ball  is also going to have an "under-card" Straight Pool match between World Champion Oliver Ortmann and John Schmidt that will take place during the April 29th live broadcast. Although being called the under-card match, the players are both world class athletes whose match-up is essentially another feature match! And remember, both feature matches in the live broadcast, and the player voting, are absolutely free.
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IPT Player Voting Closed   

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Voting Closed!
IPT Viewers Choice Challenge Match
Voting for the IPT Ultimate 8-Ball "Viewers Choice" match has just ended. The final vote count is being tallied and verified by IPT staff. The two winning players will be announced on the International Pool Tour web site soon.
 
WIN A FREE SET OF DVDs!
 
Guess how many total legitimate votes were submitted during the entire voting process, and win a set of free DVDs from the IPT.  If someone doesn't guess the exact number of votes that came in, the person who guesses the closest number to the actual total will be the winner. You have until Tuesday, April 15th, at 10am (central) to submit your guess. Simply send an email with your guess to voting@internationalpooltour.com. You will be notified via email if you are the winner. The DVD set will include Mike Sigel's "Perfect Pool & How to Make Trick Shots," the Sigel vs. Jones match, the Sigel vs. Reyes match, and an assortment of IPT King of the Hill matches.
 
The feature match in the IPT Ultimate 8-Ball match will be under the grueling IPT conditions of tight pockets (courtesy of Diamond Billiard Products) and slow-nap cloth made by Gorina. The April 29th live broadcast is absolutely free. Visit International Pool Tour to learn more The IPT Ultimate 8-Ball  is also going to have an "under-card" Straight Pool match between World Champion Oliver Ortmann and John Schmidt that will take place during the April 29th live broadcast. Although being called the under-card match, the players are both world class athletes whose match-up is essentially another feature match! And remember, both feature matches in the live broadcast, and the player voting, are absolutely free.
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Last Chance to Vote for your Player   

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Last Chance to Vote!
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Voting ends tonight at midnight (central time), so don't forget to give your player a final push! And remember, the April 29th live broadcast and player voting is absolutely free. Visit International Pool Tour today and vote.

The feature match in the IPT Ultimate 8-Ball match will be between the two top players from the player voting. They will play 8-Ball against each other under the grueling IPT conditions of tight pockets (courtesy of Diamond Billiard Products) and slow-nap cloth made by Gorina.

The IPT Ultimate 8-Ball  is also going to have an "under-card" match between World Champion Oliver Ortmann and John Schmidt that will take place during the April 29th live broadcast. Although being called the under-card match, the players are both world class athletes whose match-up is essentially another feature match! And remember, both feature matches in the live broadcast, and the player voting, are absolutely free.

Fans can go to International Pool Tour and vote right now. Player biographies and statistics are available for those voters who are unsure of whom to vote for. Click Here to go directly to the voting page.

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Player Voting Update   

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Voting entered into the final Phase! Premium Members now have 25 votes each per day. Basic Members have five votes per day and the field has been cut to the top ten players in the voting system. You have until midnight (central) April 11th to vote. And remember, the live broadcast and player voting is absolutely free. Visit International Pool Tour today and vote.

With only a few days to go, the race to win is truly up for grabs. Austin Murphy has skyrocketed into the lead as a result of his incredible viral efforts. Meet Austin Murphy here!

The IPT Ultimate 8-Ball  is also going to have an "under-card" match between World Champion Oliver Ortmann and John Schmidt that will take place during the April 29th live broadcast. Although being called the under-card match, the players are both world class athletes whose match-up is essentially another feature match! And remember, both feature matches in the live broadcast, and the player voting, are absolutely free.

Fans can go to International Pool Tour and vote right now. Player biographies and statistics are available for those voters who are unsure of whom to vote for. Click Here to go directly to the voting page.

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IPT News & Announcements   

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Important Announcements!
IPT Viewers Choice Challenge Match

Phase III voting has caused some changes in the leaderboard, check it out! This phase has reduced the size of the ballot to the top 50 players receiving votes for the April 29th IPT Ultimate 8-Ball Viewers Choice match. Basic Members now have five votes per day. If you want your say in who will compete, you have until midnight (central) April 11th to vote. And remember, the live broadcast and player voting is absolutely free. Visit International Pool Tour today and vote.

In addition to the feature match, don't forget to tune into the IPT Ultimate 8-Ball "under-card" match between World Champion Oliver Ortmann and John Schmidt. Although being called the under-card match, the players are both world class athletes whose match-up is essentially another feature match! And remember, both feature matches in the live broadcast, and the player voting, are absolutely free. Fans can go to International Pool Tour. Click Here to go directly to the voting page.

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Upgrades With Essential Pool Tips, Vids and Views
 
Pool-playing tips, videos and news - there's more stuff vital to players on the new BilliardsDigest.com. Our friends at the sport's longest-running pool magazine have revamped and upgraded their website - now live at BilliardsDigest.com - with new sections for instruction, columns, and videos. Fresh features include the "BD House Pro' coaching column by IPT member Tony Robles; advice from Jeanette Lee, "The Black Widow"; and the video collections "PoolDawg Stroke of Genius," dissecting amazing shots, and "30 Over 30," presented by Predator Cues, counting down the top tournament-final matches of the last three decades. The site includes new articles on pool gear and equipment maintenance, as well as all the usual features, like the "Pool on TV" calendar, tournament listings, the "Untold Stories" billiard history column, and the "PoolDawg/BD Power Index." Check it out and congratulations to Billiards Digest on their new web site.

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Player Voting Enters Phase III   

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Today, player voting entered into Phase III. This phase has reduced the size of the ballot to the top 50 players receiving votes for the April 29th IPT Ultimate 8-Ball Viewers Choice match. Basic Members can now have five votes per day. This phase will certainly make the race very interesting. You have until midnight (central) April 11th to vote. And remember, the live broadcast and player voting is absolutely free. Visit International Pool Tour today and vote.

Now that the player list has been narrowed to the top 50, and you have five votes per day, the race to win is truly up for grabs. The leaders so far have done well to get a large contingent of people to vote for them. Vilmos Foldes of Hungary has been the recipient of some nice exposure with a feature article about him and the voting process on a high-traffic Hungarian web site. Gerda Hofstatter has gone the viral route. She has called on her friends and family, mostly in Austria, to vote and to recruit their friends and family to do the same. That snowball effect has worked for Gerda so far. However, with five votes per day for Basic Members, their strategies are going to be put to the test because despite being in the lead, their competition is well within easy reach.

The IPT Ultimate 8-Ball "under-card" match between World Champion Oliver Ortmann and John Schmidt will take place during the April 29th live broadcast. Although being called the under-card match, the players are both world class athletes whose match-up is essentially another feature match! And remember, both feature matches in the live broadcast, and the player voting, are absolutely free. Fans can go to International Pool Tour and vote right now. Player biographies and statistics are available for those voters who are unsure of whom to vote for. Click Here to go directly to the voting page.

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World Champion Oliver Ortmann vs. John "Mr. 400" Schmidt Live!   

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Under-Card Match Details

The International Pool Tour announces the addition of an under-card pool match to the April 29th live broadcast. The bonus under-card match will be a 14.1 Straight Pool game to 125 points. The two players are reigning straight pool World Champion Oliver Ortmann (Germany) and "Mr. 400" John Schmidt (U.S.A.), who is known for his remarkable high runs in the game.
 
Both players were surprised and excited to compete in a live challenge match. They were even more surprised when they heard they would be competing playing straight pool. Schmidt mentioned that he was looking forward to the challenge of playing straight pool on the traditional slow-nap cloth, which is made by Gorina for the International Pool Tour.

 

The under-card match will be played immediately before the feature match of the night- The IPT Ultimate 8-Ball "Viewers Choice." Players for the feature match are being chosen by fan votes on the International Pool Tour web site.

 

Fans can still vote, for free, for who they would like to see compete against each other in the April 29th live feature match. Fans can also watch the entire live broadcast, including the under-card bonus match, absolutely free of charge.

 

Voting for the players ends at midnight (central) April 11th, 2008. Live results are currently running on the web site so that fans can monitor the daily movements of the leaderboard.

 

Fans can go to International Pool Tour and vote right now. Player biographies and statistics are available for those voters who are unsure of whom to vote for. Click Here to go directly to the voting page.

 

The April 29th match will be broadcast live on the IPT web site for free! The match is the fourth live challenge match of the Ultimate 8-Ball challenge match series. For more match details, the voting page, and the live results, visit the International Pool Tour web site.


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Two Important IPT Announcements   

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Important Announcements!
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The IPT Ultimate 8-Ball announces that an "under-card" match will take place during the April 29th live broadcast. The players and match details will be announced on Thursday, March 27th. Although being called the under-card, the players are both world class athletes whose match-up is essentially another feature match! Look for the announcement Thursday.

On Monday, the player voting moves into Phase III. This phase will reduce the size of the ballot by removing the players names who have not received a certain baseline number of votes. Basic Members will also receive up to five votes per day. This phase will certainly make the race very interesting. And remember, the live broadcast and player voting is absolutely free.
 
Fans can go to International Pool Tour and vote right now. Player biographies and statistics are available for those voters who are unsure of whom to vote for. Click Here to go directly to the voting page.

The April 29th match will be broadcast live on the IPT web site for free! The match is the fourth live challenge match of the Ultimate 8-Ball challenge match series. For more match details, the voting page, and the live results, visit the International Pool Tour web site.

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Phase Two Voting   

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It's time to make the voting more interesting! Phase Two of the player voting starts now. Basic Members can now vote twice per day. This new phase will allow you to either double-up on votes for your favorite player, or, you can vote for the two players you would like to see match up. Either way, get out there and support your favorite player(s). And remember, the live broadcast and player voting is absolutely free.

A few players have jumped out to a small early lead. Vilmos Foldes from Hungary, Austrians Jasmin Ouschan and Gerda Hofstatter are all fighting  for the top position. These players have benefitted from some viral marketing, including an article on a popular Hungarian web site promoting Foldes. Other players climbing up in the rankings include the U.K.'s Karl Boyes and Darren Appleton, whose personal appeals to the pool forums crowd have paid off so far for them. Hall of Fame member Earl Strickland is rapidly moving up on the chart as well.
 
Fans can go to International Pool Tour and vote. Now that Basic Members have two votes each, per day, the dedicated fans are going to have more influence. Player biographies and statistics are available for those voters who are unsure of whom to vote for. Click Here to go directly to the voting page.

The April 29th match will be broadcast live on the IPT web site for free! The match is the fourth live challenge match of the Ultimate 8-Ball challenge match series. For more match details, the voting page, and the live results, visit the International Pool Tour web site.

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Schedule Conflicts   

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IPT Viewers Choice Challenge Match
The following players have been taken off the ballot due to schedule conflicts:

Allison Fisher
Thorsten Hohmann
Charlie Williams
Mike Davis
Shane Van Boening

The live voting has been going for just over a week and you are now able to see live results! Voting is open through April 11th, 2008. You can vote every day for free!
 
The International Pool Tour's Ultimate 8-Ball challenge match is on April 29th, 2008. The match will feature two players chosen solely by your votes. Voting is simple and free. Fans can go to International Pool Tour and vote .

On the IPT web site, you can search through players from around the world. Voters can quickly filter the ballot by player country, gender, status, and then sort the results to help them make their choice. Or, voters can look at the entire list of players on the ballot and chose from there. Player biographies and statistics are available for those voters who are unsure of whom to vote for. Click Here to go directly to the voting page.

The match will be broadcast live on the IPT web site for free! The match is the fourth live challenge match of the Ultimate 8-Ball challenge match series. For more match details, the voting page, and the live results, visit the International Pool Tour web site.

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IPT Viewers Choice Challenge Match   

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IPT Viewers Choice Challenge Match
The live voting has been going for just over a week and you are not going to believe who is in the lead. Soon, you are going to be able to see a live results page showing the top voted players for the next IPT Ultimate 8-Ball match April 29th, 2008. Starting some time on Friday, the live results page goes public and you will be able to see the daily activity. Remember, voting is open through April 11th, 2008. You can vote every day for free!
 
The International Pool Tour's Ultimate 8-Ball challenge match is on April 29th, 2008. The match will feature two players chosen solely by fan votes. Voting is simple and free. Fans can go to International Pool Tour and vote for their favorite player(s).

On the IPT web site, you can search through players from around the world. Voters can quickly filter the ballot by player country, gender, status, and then sort the results to help them make their choice. Or, voters can look at the entire list of players on the ballot and chose from there. Player biographies and statistics are available for those voters who are unsure of whom to vote for. Click Here to go directly to the voting page.

The match will be broadcast live on the IPT web site and will be the fourth live challenge match of the Ultimate 8-Ball challenge match series. The match will be broadcast absolutely free.

For more match details, the voting page, and the live results, visit the International Pool Tour web site.

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Efren Reyes vs. Rodney Morris - Twice! Free Video Views   

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Free Videos- This Week Only

And... Watch Morris vs. Manalo, March 4th! 

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Due to popular demand, the free videos that were supposed to expire tonight have been extended through Sunday by the IPT. For those of you who have yet to enjoy the two great matches between pool legend Erfren Reyes and Rodney Morris from the IPT World Open, now is a great time. The free videos can be viewed by basic members of the IPT web site. Basic registration is fast and simple, and it is absolutely free.  If you are already a basic user of the IPT web site, simply log in at the top of the page and click "videos" on the navigation bar. If you know of others who might enjoy watching a free match, please  forward this information to them.
 
The live challenge match between Rodney Morris and Marlon Manalo will take place on Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 at 9pm (eastern). The game is 8-Ball,  and the first player to win fifteen games takes the match. Viewers can watch the live stream absolutely free by being a Basic Member of the IPT web site. We suggest registering early so that viewers don't miss the beginning of the live broadcast.
 
Registration is simple and takes just a minute. There are absolutely no costs to become a Basic Member- This show is just pure pool for anyone who wants to watch two famous champions represent their respective countries. Become a Basic Member Today- It's Free! Also, please share these free videos by forwarding this information to people who might be interested in watching great pool matches for free.

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Video Message from Rodney Morris   

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Video Message from Rodney Morris
Pool Champion to Play Live, March 4th! 
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Rodney Morris sent IPT staff a short video talking about his upcoming match with Marlon Manalo. In the video, Rodney has some very interesting things to say about pool in America. He also makes a bold prediction about the final score of the match! Every pool fan should be interested in what he has to say, so please forward this emailto your pool-playing friends and family.
 
The live match, between Rodney Morris and Marlon Manalo, will take place on Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 at 9pm (eastern). The game is 8-Ball,  and the first player to win fifteen games takes the match. Viewers can watch the live stream absolutely free by being a Basic Member of the IPT web site. We suggest registering early so that viewers don't miss the beginning of the live broadcast.
 
Registration is simple and takes just a minute. There are absolutely no costs to become a Basic Member- This show is just pure pool for anyone who wants to watch two famous champions represent their respective countries. Become a Basic Member Today- It's Free! Also, please share this free broadcast with friends, family, and colleagues by forwarding this email to them.

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Chalenge Match #3   

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Challenge Match #3 "East vs. West II"
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Marlon Manalo of the Philippines is one of the players in the upcoming International Pool Tour challenge match "East vs. West II." Manalo was the runner-up after losing on the hill to Thorsten Hohmann in the International Pool Tour's North American Open. Mr. Manalo was gracious enough to take part in a short Q&A with IPT staff. Please take a few minutes to get to know one of the best players in the world. You can also read his prediction of the outcome of the match against Rodney Morris on March 4th!

The live match will take place on Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 at 9pm (eastern). The game is 8-Ball,  and the first player to win fifteen games takes the match. Viewers can watch the live stream absolutely free by being a Basic Member of the IPT web site. We suggest registering early so that viewers don't miss the beginning of the live broadcast.
 
Registration is simple and takes just a minute. There are absolutely no costs to become a Basic Member- This show is just pure pool for anyone who wants to watch two famous champions represent their respective countries. Become a Basic Member Today- It's Free! Also, please share this free broadcast with friends, family, and colleagues by forwarding this email to them.

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International Pool Tour "East vs. West"   

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Challenge Match #3 "East vs. West II"
The International Pool Tour presents "East vs. West II," the third of the new IPT Challenge Match Series. The two countries that are represented in this challenge are both powerhouses in the world of pool. The United States of America has been one of the most dominant pool countries for over 100 years! Rodney Morris is one of the American players at the top of game in the U.S. However, the Philippines has produced many of the game's greatest players of the last 30 years, and Marlon Manalo is yet another piece of evidence that the Philippines continues to produce! The two players competing in this match have something big in common- they were  both Runners-Up in the two largest tournaments in the history of the sport of pool!
 
Manalo lost on the hill in the International Pool Tour's North American Open, on live TV across Europe! Morris had a similar fate in losing a close match to pool legend Efren Reyes in the IPT's World Open, broadcast live on the World Wide Web.
 
Both players are proud to represent their respective countries in what will surely be an awesome match. They are going to clash live, on a free broadcast on the International Pool Tour web site.  The live match will take place on Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 at 9pm (eastern). The game is 8-Ball,  and the first player to win fifteen games takes the match. Viewers can watch the live stream absolutely free by being a Basic Member of the IPT web site. We suggest registering early so that viewers don't miss the beginning of the live broadcast.
 
Registration is simple and takes just a minute. There are absolutely no costs to become a Basic Member- This show is just pure pool for anyone who wants to watch two famous champions represent their respective countries. Become a Basic Member Today- It's Free! Also, please share this free broadcast with friends, family, and colleagues by forwarding this email to them.
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International Pool Tour "East vs. West"   

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Challenge Match #2 "East vs. West"

EVENT REMINDER-

The International Pool Tour "East vs. West" match, takes place live in only three days. On January 23rd, 2008, at 8pm (eastern), Francisco Bustamante (Philippines) will take on Corey Deuel (U.S.A.) in a race-to-fifteen 8 ball match. The live match will stream on the International Pool Tour web site.  Meet the players here!

Viewers can watch the live stream by being a Basic Member of the IPT web site, which is absolutely free . We suggest registering early so that viewers don't miss the beginning of the live broadcast. Registration is simple and takes just a minute. There are no costs to become a Basic Member- This show is just pure pool for anyone who wants to watch two famous champions represent their respective countries. Become a Basic Member Today- It's Free!

Invite a friend, colleague, or family member to register and watch this great match. There is no easier way to promote the sport than to forward this email to friends, colleagues, and family members. This is going to be a great match. Remember, if you haven't already registered for the match, please do so early.

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Schedule Update for this Weekend's Action on Versus   

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Schedule Update for this Weekend's Action on Versus

VersusFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  The International Pool Tour's North American 8-Ball Open Championship Round Four Action continues this Saturday Night October 14th at a new time 5pm EST. Catch all the fast moving pool action and see some of the world's greatest players compete in the North American 8-Ball Open Championship from Las Vegas this Saturday night at 5pm EST.

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International Pool Tour on Versus Tonight!   

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International Pool Tour on Versus Tonight!
IPT “North American Open” Action is on tonight at 7pm ET!

VersusEpisode Two of the new International Pool Tour “North American Open 8-Ball” series airs on Versus (formerly OLN) tonight, Saturday, October 7th at 7pm ET with a repeat scheduled for 1am ET. Each groundbreaking, action-packed “IPT North American Open 8-Ball” episode is one-hour in length and fills the Saturday at 7pm ET timeslot. The shows also present behind-the-scenes “reality” segments, colorful player profiles, tips from the pros and other special features which make IPT programming truly unique in the world of cue sports. Click here for the entire television schedule. The IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship tournament featured a total prize pool of over $2 million dollars, making it the richest and most competitive event in billiards history. Don't miss the Saturday-night action on Versus!

VERSUS, which is seen in over 72 million U.S. households, scored major ratings success over the summer with the International Pool Tour’s “King of the Hill 8-Ball Invitational” series. Both the network and IPT executives projecting further ratings success with the new series, which airs for seven consecutive Saturday nights, with multiple repeats planned throughout the scheduled run. It is the first time in the history of pool that a major tv network has committed nearly two consecutive months of prime-time to the sport.

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International Pool Tour on Versus Tonight!   

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Brand New IPT “North American Open” Action to Premiere Tonight at 7pm ET!

VersusLos Angeles, CA. (Sept 30th):  Comcast-owned national sports network VERSUS (formerly OLN) is ready to rack up huge ratings with the new  International Pool Tour “North American Open 8-Ball” series, to premiere tonight, Saturday September 30th at 7pm ET with a repeat scheduled for 1am ET.

VERSUS, which is seen in over 72 million U.S. households, scored major ratings success over the summer with the International Pool Tour’s “King of the Hill 8-Ball Invitational” series. Both the network and IPT executives are projecting further ratings success with the new series, which will air for seven consecutive Saturday nights, with multiple repeats planned throughout the scheduled run. It is the first time in the history of pool that a major tv network has committed nearly two consecutive months of prime-time to the sport.

Each groundbreaking, action-packed “IPT North American Open 8-Ball” episode will be one-hour in length. The final program, featuring full coverage of the championship match, will be two hours. The programs will feature comprehensive and dynamic coverage of the key high-stakes matches of the North American Open tournament, which was held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. The shows will also present behind-the-scenes “reality” segments, colorful player profiles, tips from the pros and other special features which make IPT programming truly unique in the world of cue sports.

The announcers for the new International Pool Tour series will be Matt Vasgersian, one of the country’s leading sportscasters, IPT founder Kevin Trudeau and Hall of Fame pool legend Mike “The Mouth” Sigel.

The IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship tournament featured a total prize pool of over $2 million dollars, making it the richest and most competitive event in billiards history.

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It's Saturday Night Pool on Versus!   

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It's Saturday Night Pool on Versus!
Brand New IPT “North American Open” Action to Premiere Saturday September 30th!

VersusLos Angeles, CA. (Sept 29th):  Comcast-owned national sports network VERSUS (formerly OLN) is ready to rack up huge ratings with the new  International Pool Tour “North American Open 8-Ball” series, to premiere Saturday September 30th at 7pm ET with a repeat scheduled for 1am ET.

VERSUS, which is seen in over 72 million U.S. households, scored major ratings success over the summer with the International Pool Tour’s “King of the Hill 8-Ball Invitational” series. Both the network and IPT executives are projecting further ratings success with the new series, which will air for seven consecutive Saturday nights, with multiple repeats planned throughout the scheduled run. It is the first time in the history of pool that a major tv network has committed nearly two consecutive months of prime-time to the sport.

Each groundbreaking, action-packed “IPT North American Open 8-Ball” episode will be one-hour in length. The final program, featuring full coverage of the championship match, will be two hours. The programs will feature comprehensive and dynamic coverage of the key high-stakes matches of the North American Open tournament, which was held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. The shows will also present behind-the-scenes “reality” segments, colorful player profiles, tips from the pros and other special features which make IPT programming truly unique in the world of cue sports.

The announcers for the new International Pool Tour series will be Matt Vasgersian, one of the country’s leading sportscasters, IPT founder Kevin Trudeau and Hall of Fame pool legend Mike “The Mouth” Sigel.

The IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship tournament featured a total prize pool of over $2 million dollars, making it the richest and most competitive event in billiards history.



Important IPT Announcements   

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Important IPT Announcements

IPT 2007 Tour Card Qualification Tournaments- The International Pool Tour is about to start week two of the ten week 2007 Tour Card Qualification System. Here is your opportunity to secure a spot on the 150 player IPT 2007 Tour! The IPT is hosting qualification tournaments throughout the world starting this Friday! The top two finishers in each of these events will win an entry into the 2007 Tour Card Tournament where the top 50 players will earn a 2007 Tour Card. And, each qualifying player will also win free airfare to the tournament as well as a hotel room. No matter how many players enter each tournament, two players will earn spots in the tournament. And remember, every 2007 IPT Member is guaranteed a minimum of $100,000!

Each tournament will be a Double-Elimination competition with races to ten. The Two players from each tournament who will qualify for the 2007 Tour Card Tournament will be the winner of the winning side and the winner of the losing side of the brackets. Players who place 3rd-6th will receive a free entry to another qualification tournament of their choice. IPT Rules, which can be read on line, govern each tournament. There is very limited space at each event so entries are based on a first-come, first-served basis. Do not miss this chance to play on the IPT tour by failing to register in time. On line registration is the only way to enter these events and the form is on the IPT web site www.internationalpooltour.com. Absolutely no entries will be allowed at the tournament; no money will be accepted at the events. And remember, each qualification round typically has the smallest and weakest tournaments in the first few weeks, so signing up for the early tournaments gives players the best chance to win. Last week, not a single tournament had more than six players, so your chances to win or take second, or at least win a free entry elsewhere, are incredibly high right now. If you wait until later in the system, you are risking playing in much larger and stronger tournaments.

By visiting www.internationalpooltour.com you can choose to register for one or more qualifying tournaments. Entry fees are $2000, although you can receive a 10% discount by being an IPT Members Club Member. Click here for details on membership. Once you enter on line, you will receive an emailed receipt. Shortly thereafter, you will receive an email which will contain all of the information you will need to know about the venues, dates, times, etc. We hope to see you on the tournament trail! You can also visit www.internationalpooltour.com to see tournament coverage from each of these IPT qualification events.

Here is a list of the tournaments to be held starting Friday; cutoff for entry is Thursday at 4pm (CST).

Week 2
September 22-24, 2006

  • TC-11 Legends Cue Centre Victoria, Australia
  • TC-12 Las Vegas Cue Club Las Vegas, Nevada
  • TC-13 Jillians Seattle, Washington
  • TC-14 Paradise Pool & Billiards Corpus Christi, Texas
  • TC-15 Gary's Victor Billiards Victorville, California
  • TC-16 Black Bird Billiards Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • TC-17 Pro-Tyme Orland Park, Illinios
  • TC-18 Wynkoop Brewing Company Denver, Colorado
  • TC-19 Champion Billiards Fredrick, Maryland

Other IPT News

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International Pool Tour To Kick Off Versus Sports Network Sigel vs. Jones 8-Ball Challenge to Air Monday September 25th

(Los Angeles, CA): Comcast spokespeople have announced that its popular national sports network OLN will change its name to VERSUS on Monday September 25th. It has also been announced that the IPT's first major event featuring Mike "The Mouth" Sigel versus LoreeJon Jones will help kick off the premiere night of the newly-named network.

The Sigel vs. Jones match will air on Versus on Monday September 25th at 6pm and 11pm ET. The event, which was held at Mandalay Bay Resort/Casino in Las Vegas, is considered one of the most historic and entertaining cue sports match-ups of all time. It featured the first time that a male champion played a female champion in a major pool event; both Sigel and Jones are Hall of Famers and the owners of numerous national billiards titles. At the time it was held, the Sigel vs. Jones challenge was also the richest event in pool history; $150,000 was awarded to the winner and $75,000 to the runner-up.

The International Pool Tour has become one of the most valuable new sports franchises on American television. The IPT's "King of the Hill" series aired on OLN with notable ratings success over the summer. The IPT's "North American 8-Ball Open Championship" series, featuring key pool action from the recently-completed $2 million tournament in Las Vegas, premieres on Versus on Saturday September 30th.

In addition to the IPT, Versus will present other best-in-class sports competition, including the National Hockey League, Davis Cup Tennis, Tour De France, AMA Motorcross and other top worldwide sports events.

"We're proud that the Versus sports network will feature the International Pool Tour on the first night of its name change," said IPT Executive Director Jon Denny. "The IPT has become the brand name in world-class, high-impact, high-stakes pool. We're sure that the millions of sports fans who watched OLN will be thrilled watching the latest in IPT action on Versus."

Best regards,

Deno Andrews
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The International Pool Tour is about to kick off the 2007 Tour Card Qualification System   

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The International Pool Tour is about to kick off the 2007 Tour Card Qualification System. Here is your opportunity to secure a spot on the 150 player IPT 2007 Tour! The IPT is hosting qualification tournaments throughout the world starting this Friday! The top two finishers in each of these events will win an entry into the 2007 Tour Card Tournament where the top 50 players will earn a 2007 Tour Card. And, each qualifying player will also win free airfare to the tournament as well as a hotel room. No matter how many players enter each tournament, two players will earn spots in the tournament.

Each tournament will be a Double-Elimination competition with races to ten. The Two players from each tournament who will qualify for the 2007 Tour Card Tournament will be the winner of the winning side and the winner of the losing side of the brackets. Players who place 3rd-6th will receive a free entry to another qualification tournament of their choice. IPT Rules, which can be read on line, govern each tournament. There is very limited space at each event so entries are based on a first-come, first-served basis. Do not miss this chance to play on the IPT tour by failing to register in time. On line registration is the only way to enter these events and the form is on the IPT web site www.internationalpooltour.com. Absolutely no entries will be allowed at the tournament; no money will be accepted at the events. And remember, each qualification round typically has the smallest and weakest tournaments in the first few weeks, so signing up for the early tournaments gives players the best chance to win.

What is a 2007 IPT Tour Card worth? Every 2007 IPT Member is guaranteed a minimum of $100,000!

By visiting www.internationalpooltour.com you can choose to register for one or more qualifying tournaments. Entry fees are $2000, although you can receive a 10% discount by being an IPT Members Club Member. Click here for details on membership. Once you enter on line, you will receive an emailed receipt. Shortly thereafter, you will receive an email which will contain all of the information you will need to know about the venues, dates, times, etc. We hope to see you on the tournament trail! You can also visit www.internationalpooltour.com to see tournament coverage from each of these IPT qualification events.

Here is a list of the first ten tournaments to be held starting Friday; cutoff for entry is Thursday at 4pm (CST).

  • TC-01 Champion Billiards- Fredrick, Maryland
  • TC-02 Shooter's Billiards- Burnsville, Minnesota
  • TC-03 Capone's- Spring Hill, Florida
  • TC-04 Hard Times- Bellflower, California
  • TC-05 Magoo's- Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • TC-06 Wasa Biljard Café- Gavle, Sweden
  • TC-07 Billiard Paradies- Pratteln, Switzerland
  • TC-08 Riley's- London, United Kingdom
  • TC-09 House of Billiards- Weert, Netherlands
  • TC-10 Elbow Room- Oslo, Norway

Best regards,

Deno Andrews
Chief Operating Officer
International Pool Tour



Saturday Night Live!   

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Saturday Night Live!

The Magician and the Rocket will battle for $500,000 tomorrow in the finals of the historic $3 million IPT World Open 8-Ball Championship. Watch this epic battle live over the Internet from the lag for break until the armed guards deliver the $500,000 in cash. The match is scheduled for 4 p.m. EDT.

Today the crowds in the arena and those tuning in over the Internet were treated to five rounds of world-class 8-ball that whittled the last six players down to two finalists. Rodney “The Rocket” Morris started undefeated today – beating Dennis Orcollo, Oliver Ortmann, Corey Deuel and his idol, Efren “The Magician” Reyes – before losing to Mika Immonen. Reyes fell to Morris and Ortmann.

In what turned out to be a foreshadowing of things to come, the Morris – Reyes match was a nail-biter with plenty of frustrating breaks for both players and a few supernatural shots by The Magician before Morris won, 8-7. Click here to go to the IPT Press Box to read about this match and all the day’s action, or here see their match – and all the other featured matches from this tournament – on demand at the IPT Web site. The monthly charge is less than an hour of table time!

Reyes and Morris have nearly identical stats going into the historic live broadcast final tomorrow. Both are 20-8 on the tournament. Morris’s games-won percentage is 60.37 while Reyes has 60.00. The Rocket has the edge in break and runs with 89 to The Magician’s 69. But Reyes has the edge in the fact that, well, he’s Efren Reyes.

Tune in live Sunday for a match that will surely go down in history! But don’t worry if you can’t make the live match, it will be available on-demand at the IPT Membership Club, along with the entire IPT video library! Click here to sign up for the IPT Membership.

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ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE!   

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ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE!

The tension in the air was palpable today as the stakes got even higher in round five of the historic $3 million IPT World Open 8-Ball Championship. With each game worth potentially thousands of dollars, the players were focused and intense. Along with the thousands of online viewers, spectators crowded the stands around key matches and saw some of the best pool in the world. But only the strong survived after playing six straight 12-hour days of high-stakes pool.

Again today, thousands were able to watch featured matches in real time streamed over the Internet. Those matches are being archived and will be available for on-demand viewing Saturday afternoon, so click here to sign up for the IPT Members Club. Some of the featured matches that will be available soon include Danny Harriman vs Tony Drago; Niels Feijen vs Mika Immonen; Karl Boyes vs Corey Deuel; Efren Reyes vs Dimitri Jungo and Karl Boyes vs Francisco Bustamante.

Saturday’s groupings were decided by a round of intense matches, with the final three advancers decided by the final games. The six remaining players, who will compete for a chance to play in the final match for the largest ever first prize of $500,000, are: Efren Reyes (Philippines), Corey Deuel (USA), Oliver Ortmann (Germany), Rodney Morris (USA), Mika Immonen (Finland) and Dennis Orcollo (Philippines). Click here to visit the IPT Press Box for round by round coverage of every match to date.

Highlights from today’s intense action included a come-from-behind win by Alex Pagulayan who was down 7-0 to Dmitri Jungo. Francisco Bustamante, who had marched through the field undefeated until today, was eliminated in a final round loss to British phenom Karl Boyes, but leaves with an impressive 86.96 winning percentage and 76 break & runs. Boyes failed to advance but his winning percentage of 82.61 is second only to Bustamante. The new break & run king is Oliver Ortmann with 81.

The march to the finals begins tomorrow at 1p.m. Eastern Time, and all five rounds will be streamed live on the Internet in the IPT Members Club. Here is the schedule for Saturday’s streaming matches:

Live Matches for 9/9/2006

  • Rodney Morris vs Efren Reyes 10:00 AM
  • Mika Immonen vs Corey Deuel 12:30 PM
  • Oliver Ortmann vs Dennis Orcollo 3:00 PM
  • TBD 5:30 PM
  • TBD 8:00 PM

Don’t miss this opportunity to catch the action live. Click here to join the IPT Members Club. Also, don’t forget to check out match stats, pictures, and stories from the World Open at www.internationalpooltour.com.

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Live Streaming Update   

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Live Streaming Update

The International Pool Tour’s World Open 8-Ball Championship is live today starting at 12:30 p.m. PST. Be sure to tune in and watch two of the best young European players face off—Niels “Terminator” Feijen of The Netherlands and Mika “Iceman” Immonen will be under pressure. Feijen won his first match over U.S. player Charlie Williams, but Immonen came up short against Dennis Orcollo of the Philippines. Every match counts at the World Open if the players want to lock in their advancement to Saturday’s rounds. Live coverage will be provided by BCA Hall of Famer “Machine Gun” Lou Butera and the number-one player on the WBPA, Allison “The Duchess of Doom” Fisher.

Become a member for $5.95 a month and receive live streaming video of the historic World Open 8-Ball Championship, which will award $3 million in prize money to 200 players, with an incredible $500,000 to the first-place winner! Click here to sign up now!

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IPT Goes Live!   

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IPT Goes Live!

The historic launch of the IPT Membership Club’s live streaming-video coverage showcased the action at Round 4 of the $3 million IPT World Open 8-Ball Championship today in Reno.

Thousands of online viewers enjoyed the live broadcast starting with the 12:30 match-up between Rodney “the Rocket” Morris and “Hillbilly” Charlie Bryant. The IPT provided a live broadcast from each round of the day’s action, pitting 36 of the top 8-ball players in the world against each other in round robin-play with their ultimate goal the $500,000 top prize. All of today’s TV matches will be available on-demand tomorrow. Click here to join the IPT Membership club and watch the broadcast live, tomorrow.

With expert commentary from WPBA legend Allison Fisher and tour director Deno Andrews, the broadcast featured all the production values of a prime time television segment. In fact, the IPT production crew is taping all the action for broadcast on the OLN network (soon to be known as VERSUS).

But even with all the excitement of the televised matches, the real focus of the day was the non-stop 8-ball action and the increasingly higher stakes. The conditions continued to challenge the players’ stamina, with many falling victim to fatigue. Tony Drago said, “There was no way I was getting out of this round, I’m just not fit enough.”

“I think he was a little winded,” said Charlie Williams of his 8-6 win over the legendary Efren Reyes.

Another living legend, Francisco Bustamante, is the lone undefeated player in the field. He squeaked by Oliver Ortmann (who was undefeated on the day) 8-7. As proof of how brutal the competition was today, only two players finished the day winless. Corey Deuel got his stroke back: after advancing yesterday with just one win, he stayed alive today with three wins. Danny Harriman got by a three-way tie with his stats. Click here to visit the press box and read round-by-round coverage of today’s matches, provided by Inside Pool Magazine.

Just 18 players come back tomorrow in the quest for a piece of $3 million. Click here to see the groupings for Friday.

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Half Way To A Half-Million Dollars   

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Half Way To A Half-Million Dollars

It was another day of nail-biting, heart-stopping drama as the field of 120 of the world’s best pool players was whittled to 60. Tomorrow those 60 players will tackle 12 hours of back-to-back matches to move closer to the unprecedented $500,000 first prize, or a cut of the $3 million purse at the IPT World Open 8-Ball Championship in Reno. Click here to see Thursday’s groupings.

Some shocking eliminations today included Gabe Owen, who came into today undefeated, Nick van den Berg and Johnny Archer. Corey Deuel, who had the field’s best games-won record at 70 percent after yesterday’s competition, barely squeaked by today’s test, advancing with just one win, and a few percentage points advantage in the stats over Edwin Montal. There are still three undefeated players in the running: Karl Boyes, Francisco Bustamante and Mick Hill. Click here to view all the up-to-the-minute stats, or here to view thousands of still photos from the photo gallery.

Tomorrow marks the historic launch of the IPT Members Club live broadcast coverage available to IPT members at www.internationalpooltour.com. Using proprietary technology that delivers super-high quality video streamed over the Internet, the IPT production team will start broadcasting through to the final $500,000 match-up, starting with the 12:30 round tomorrow.

The broadcast will feature all the production values – post production, commentary and graphics – that you’d see on broadcast television. And the picture quality is unbelievable. Viewers don’t need any special programs, just a broadband connection. The technology works on any operating system, and costs less per month than you’d spend on two lattes. Click here to sign up for the IPT Membership Club.

Deno Andrews
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World Open 8-Ball Championship Update   

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Day Three Finishes Up in Reno

Round two of the unprecedented $3 million IPT World 8-Ball Open Championship finished up today at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev.  

The slow cloth and tight pockets on the IPT Diamond tables continue to challenge the top players in the world. Today, only 60 players made it through the grueling 12 hours of round-robin play, to advance one day closer to a top prize of $500,000.   Click here to see the groupings for Round Three.

But the 60 players who go home after today don’t go empty-handed. Click here to see the just-released prize schedule, with a sliding scale that rewards players for every game and match they win.

 Nearly 2,200 professional quality photos covering all the action from the players’ meeting to the last match of the day are online at the IPT photo gallery. Click here for the photo gallery.

But if you prefer live video coverage, be sure to sign up for the official IPT Members Club! Starting Thursday, fans will be able to watch the tournament live online. Do not miss this chance to watch the action as players compete for the $500,000 first prize, or their share of the unprecedented $3,000,000 prize fund. Click here for details.

As the top players get closer to the half-million-dollar payday, some dominant players are making themselves known. Rodney “The Rocket” Morris is leading the pack with an impressive 39 break-and-runs, which represents a monster 60 percent of his games won by break-and-runs.

Corey Deuel is impressive with a game winning percentage of 70.

Five players remain undefeated: Gabe Owen, Mika Immonen, Francisco Bustamante, Mick Hill and Karl Boyes.

Unexpected early exits include Marlon Manalo, Earl Strickland, Mike Sigel and Yvgeny Stalev.

Round Four starts tomorrow at 10 a.m. pacific time: be sure to visit www.internationalpooltour.com to follow your favorite players.

Deno Andrews
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Someone One Day Closer to $500,000!   

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Someone One Day Closer to $500,000!

Round one of the historic $3 million IPT World 8-Ball Open Championship is officially in the books. Eighty players will not advance and will have to be satisfied with only $5,000. Click here to see who will advance to Round Two.

Conditions seemed to be tougher today as the humidity began to build – maybe because of the noticeably larger crowds in attendance today. The moisture caused the cloth to slow down and the pockets to play tighter. There were more than a few rattled balls and plenty of frustrated players. It only gets tougher tomorrow as the remaining 120 players will each play every session and use all 60 tables. Click here to see the groupings for Round Two.

The IPT has had professional sports photographers at work all day, and the online photo gallery is packed with over 1,500 pictures of the action. Click here for the photo gallery.

The IPT’s exacting standards have yielded a few casualties today. Phenolic cue tips cut short the runs of Hall of Famer Ed Kelly and Sweden’s Tom Storm, who both were disqualified for using the banned equipment. At least five dress code violations cost players a total of $5,000.

The IPT’s television production team was on the floor capturing initial round action, including the highly anticipated match between undefeated players Earl Strickland and Jasmin Ouschan. Earl did not disappoint the crowds with his antics, and Jasmin made it quite uncomfortable for him until he finally pulled ahead from a 6-6 twelfth game to win the match 8-6.

Even if you can’t make it to Reno, you can still join in on the action because the official IPT Members Club has gone live! Starting Thursday, fans will be able to watch the tournament live online. Do not miss this chance to watch the action as players compete for the $500,000 first prize, or their share of the unprecedented $3,000,000 prize fund. Click here for details.

Deno Andrews
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World Open 8-Ball Championship Update   

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World Open 8-Ball Championship Update

Day one of the IPT World Open is in the history books! The IPT World Open 8-Ball Championship is the biggest tournament in the history of the sport. The event boasts an unprecedented $3,000,000 prize fund and an historic $500,000 first place prize. Live on line coverage is available on www.internationalpooltour.com.

The first day of competition ended in dramatic form. Thorsten Hohmann, the winner of the IPT North American Open and $350,000 in prize money was eliminated from the World Open. Hohmann’s trouble started during his match with Hall of Fame legend Loree Jon Jones. Jones, in classic form, beat Hohmann 8-4 and she posted five break-and-run-outs to do so. That meant that Hohmann would have to beat Steve Moore, who won a qualifier to get in the World Open. However, Moore defeated Hohmann 8-4 and delivered the great champion his final blow in the tournament. Hohmann spoke like a true champion after the match. Click here to read the entire story.

Other news includes a record short match- Efren Reyes defeated Lee Heuwagen 8-0 in only 24 minutes! Snooker legend forfeited his final match of the day when it was discovered that he was a phenolic tip, which is illegal on the IPT. The female players fared well today with Loree Jon Jones, Kelly Fisher, Karen Corr, and Sarah Ellerby all advancing. Click here to see tournament stats.

The official IPT Members Club has gone live! Starting Thursday, fans will be able to watch the tournament live online. Do not miss this chance to watch the action as players compete for the $500,000 first prize, or their share of the unprecedented $3,000,000 prize fund. Click here for details.

Deno Andrews
Chief Operating Officer
International Pool Tour
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World Open 8-Ball Championship Update   

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The action starts today, Sunday, Sept. 3, and all the players are in Reno for the $3 million World Open 8-Ball Championship at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino. The winner of this historic tournament will receive an unprecedented $500,000 first prize! The World Open 8-Ball Championship is the biggest tournament in the history of the sport. Live coverage of the event including player stats, pictures, groupings, and more is available on www.internationalpooltour.com. In addition, starting Thursday September 7, live streaming video from the television table will be available! Don’t miss your chance to see this event live!

The billiard glitterati from around the globe gathered for a player’s meeting that revealed some big news for the International Pool Tour. Some last minute changes in the line up have added Rudolfo Luat of the Philippines and Michael Schmidt from Germany. They will take slots vacated by George SanSouci of New York, who had to withdraw for personal reasons and the U.K.’s snooker great Ronnie O’Sullivan is out with a recurring ear infection.

A change in the payout schedule means that every game makes a difference in the money – even if a player can’t advance to the next round, he can still move up in the payout. After the first round, players eliminated will receive payouts based on their rank within the eliminated group. Rank is determined by number of wins, first, then by game winning percentage and then the number of break-and-runs. In keeping with the IPT’s philosophy, this will ensure that every match, every game will be hard fought.

While the IPT doesn’t use a shot clock, new time limits will keep the action moving along. In a given match, there must be three games on the wire by the 30-minute mark. If the game is lagging, a referee will watch the game to see which player is slowing things down. After an hour, there must be seven games, 11 after 90 minutes and 13 after two hours. After two hours, 15 minutes, the match over, unless the score is tied. This will deliver quick-paced action to the live broadcast audience. “We want every player to play every game with total effort and focus,” said Tour Director Deno Andrews.

An IPT Web site membership will be able to watch the tournament live as it’s streamed over the Internet. Access to instructional segments and past tournaments along with many other benefits come with the IPT Web site membership at www.internationalpooltour.com.

IPT founder Kevin Trudeau told an appreciative crowd that the tour is “ahead of schedule,” on all fronts. He had great news about television broadcasts: OLN Network, which will become Comcast’s Versus network on Sept. 25, will allocate a Saturday night slot in primetime for IPT broadcasts. Trudeau said that the IPT is in negotiations with broadcasters in Asia, New Zealand and Canada among others to pick up the IPT shows.

Trudeau also announced that he’s received over 100 proposals for sponsorship from a variety of companies, and that Vonage and Dish Network have signed on as sponsors for this week’s tournament.

While there was plenty of good news at the players’ meeting, there was some bad news, too. Andrews announced that the IPT Players 8-Ball Championship scheduled for Oct. 22 29 in London, England, has been cancelled due to problems in negotiations with the facility. However, the IPT will guarantee a minimum of $13,000 for the year for every player who plays in all the 2006 tournaments. The IPT will write a check to make up the difference.

Finally, Trudeau announced that the IPT has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Ho Interactive, a new company started by casino owner billionaire Stanley Ho, who also owns online gambling site www.hocasino.com. Trudeau said that Ho Interactive will be taken public on the London exchange at some point in the near future.

Players wrapped up practice on the 50 Diamond IPT-specified tables at about 9:15, ready for action to begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. Each tournament day will see five rounds of play, so check out www.internationalpooltour.com anytime throughout the day for the best tournament coverage in the history of the sport.

Deno Andrews
Chief Operating Officer
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World Open 8-Ball Championship Player Groupings Announced   

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World Open 8-Ball Championship Player Groupings Announced

The International Pool Tour announces the official player groupings for the IPT World Open 8-Ball Championship. The tournament starts Sunday, September 3, 2006 at 10am in Reno, Nevada at the Grand Sierra Resort. This historic event boasts the biggest prize fund in the history of the sport. $3,000,000 is the total prize purse, and the winner of the tournament will win an historic $500,000!

Here are the official groupings:

1 Hohmann, Thorsten 11 Alcano, Ronato 21 Deuel, Corey 31 Lely, Alex
Moore, Steve Ellerby, Sarah Sigel, Mike Takami, Goh
Jones, Loree Jon Catledge, Wayne Vickery, Howard Eckert, Ralph
Kiamco, Warren Alcaide, David Wheeler, Adam Brienza, Paul
Raney, Jim Kenniston, Mary Thornfeldt, Helena Sakai, Miyuki
2 Manalo, Marlon 12 Bustamante, Francisco 22 Adkins, Dee 32 Sambajon, Santos
Williams, Charles Hybler, Roman Ortmann, Oliver Takenaka, Hiroshi
Townsend, Scotty Wims, John McCready, Keith Gay, Leil
Kennedy, Thomas Davis, Michael Schwartz, Larry Gallon, Brady
Gonzalez, Rafael Crane, Wade Travers, Laurent Davies, Ben
3 Orcollo, Dennis 13 Pagulayan, Alex 23 Putnik, Ivica 33 Hundal, Raj
Varner, Nick Becker, Kevin Engert, Thomas Breedlove, George
Atwell, Glenn Kucharo, Jon Chohan, Tony Davenport, Kim
Massey, Michael Bryant, Charles Drago, Tony Tourangeau, Stan
Broadhurst, Jackie Alvarez, Frank Jakulj, Zlatko Czetli, Aaron
4 Reyes, Efren 14 Diks, Rico 24 Hill, Michael 34 Morris, Rodney
Heuwagen, Lee Morris, Carl Hernandez, Frank Salvas, Luc
Hofstatter, Gerda Watson, Gerry Beckley, Jeff Mckenna, Robert
Bulunmaz, Oezer Reljic, David Furuta, Kazuo Butera, Louis
LeBron, Mike Carter, Linda Leonardo, Gunnar Edey, Tyler
5 Souquet, Ralf 15 Owen, Gabriel 25 Feijen, Niels 35 Beaufils, Yannick
Harriman, Danny Younger, Johl Hoa, Tang Garrahan, Theodore
Basavich, Daniel Hopkins, Allen Calderon, Jerry Fisher, Allison
Dominguez, Ernesto Robles, Tony Carvajal, Alejandro Hui-Kai, Hsia
Keller, Ryan Mathews, Grady Chenman, Lee Di Toro, John
6 Stalev, Evgeny 16 Wu, Chia-Ching 26 Strickland, Earl 36 Putnam, Shawn
Melling, Chris Melton, Jeff Ouschan, Jasmin Broxson, David
Alcoberro, David Joyner, Cliff Storm, Tom Daulton, Shannon
West, Dallas Chu, Hung Ming Acosta, Roland Holtz, Patrick
Cernero, Michael White, Jimmy Fusco, Pete Saleh, Brian
7 Chamat, Marcus 17 Nevel, Larry 27 Immonen, Mika 37 Gallego, Ramil
Juva, Markus Wetch, Jimmy Frank, Troy Butera, Sal
Jungo, Jimitri Majid, Imran Nunan, Ben Petroni, Fabio
Fisher, Kelly Van Boening, Shane Wiseman, Ronald Judet, Toni
Friend, Bernard Goh, Tuan Kiat Minici, Joseph Martin, Ray
8 Peach, Daryl 18 Hann, Quinten 28 Kirkwood, Jason 38 Archer, Johnny
Lohtander, Marko O'Sullivan, Ronnie Marquez, Marco Raybone, Neil
Jones, Samuel Jones, Jeremy Macias, Johnathan Bartram, Christopher
Eberle, Max Parica, Jose Facquet, Vincent Toshikawa, Akikumo
Kutcher, John Laurance, Ewa Webb, Monica Roberts, James
9 Matlock, David 19 Lining, Antonio 29 Van den Berg, Nick 39 Boyes, Karl
Schmidt, John  Walden, James Groce, Brian Shaw, Jayson
Kaplan, Joern Harrison, Philip Pascasi, Davide Montal, Edwin
Fusco, James Santl, Stefan Incardona, William Dodson, Robin
Jones, Tammie Manabu, Mori Gulyassy, Mike Colenso, Colin
10 Appleton, Darren 20 Martinez, Rafael 30 Tot, Sandor 40 Hatch, Dennis
Potier, Paul Hunter, Bobby Okumura, Takeshi Schaar, Garrett
San Souci, George Zimmerman, Michael Jahnke, Bernard Klasovic, Andreja
Murphy, Austin Corr, Karen Di Liberto, Daniel Miller, Jason
Amine, Ouahbi Franken, Aaron Kelly, Edwin Runnels, Ike

 

Deno Andrews
Chief Operating Officer
International Pool Tour
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Rico Dicks and Dave Matlock to fill two open spots in the World Open!   

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Rico Dicks and Dave Matlock to fill two open spots in the World Open!

The International Pool Tour announces that Rico Diks and Dave Matlock have accepted the IPTs invitation to fill two open spots left by Hall of Fame legends Buddy Hall and Jim Rempe, who both dropped out of the World Open citing personal reasons. Diks, and Matlock, based on a number of criteria including their third place finishes in the World Open qualifiers as well as their high finishes in the North American Open ( click here for results). Both Diks and Matlock were thrilled to be invited to compete in the World Open.

The official player groupings will be released at midnight (CST), Thursday August 31, 2006. Visit www.internationalpooltour.com for details.

Deno Andrews
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Matt Vasgersian Signed as International Pool Tour Announcer   

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Matt Vasgersian Signed as International Pool Tour Announcer
Leading Sports Broadcaster To Become “Voice of the IPT”

August 27, 2006

Los Angeles (August 25, 2006): The International Pool Tour has announced that it has signed nationally-known sportscaster Matt Vasgersian as its lead announcer for the 2006 season.

Vasgersian did the “play by play” announcing for the IPT “King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout” series, which scored major ratings successes for the Comcast-owned national cable network OLN. In addition to being the “voice of the IPT,” Vasgersian is the lead Play-by-Play announcer for the San Diego Padres major-league baseball team. He is in his fifth season as the Padres’ announcer.

As a national talent, Vasgersian was also recently named to the “Fox NFL Sunday” broadcast team. Matt is also well-known for his broadcast work on “Fox Baseball Saturday” and can also be seen and heard as part of NBC’s coverage of the summer and winter Olympics.

A 1989 graduate of the University of Southern California, Vasgersian’s unique blend of knowledge, humor and enthusiasm have vaulted him into the front ranks of American sportscasters. He will be heard as the lead announcer on the forthcoming IPT “North American Open 8-Ball” tv series, which will premiere nationally on OLN (to be retitled VERSUS) in late September. Vasgersian will be joined in the broadcast booth by pool great Mike “The Mouth” Sigel and IPT founder Kevin Trudeau.

“Matt is clearly one of America’s most gifted and exciting young sportscasters,” said IPT Executive Director Jon Denny. “We’re proud that he’s bringing his professionalism and incisive perspectives to the IPT broadcast team. We believe this is yet another indication that the IPT is taking pool to a major-league level- as a real sport.”

“The quality of the play, the characters and competitors on the International Pool Tour make it fun to cover as an announcer,” said Vasgersian. “With all the money at stake, the world-class venues and the 8-ball action itself, it’s obvious that the IPT style of pool is unlike anything the cue sports world has ever seen”.



Breaking News   

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Hall of Fame Members Jim Rempe and Buddy Hall have withdrawn from the IPT World Open 8-Ball Championship citing "personal reasons" that are keeping them from being able to perform under the grueling tournament format and conditions. Rempe expressed great disappointment about not being able to play and Hall was not available for comment.

These two spots are now up for grabs and the IPT will fill them based on the qualification tournaments for the World Open. Players who have taken third place in World Open qualification tournaments more than once will be considered first. Then, players who took third place once will be considered. If there are ties, the IPT will consider the total number of qualification tournaments the players have played in. There are still five remaining qualification tournament in which to compete.

Qualification Tournaments
This is your last chance to qualify to play in the World Open. Qualification tournaments this weekend are being played in Florida, Chicago, Tokyo, London, and Pasadena! Entry fee deadline is Thursday August 24th, 2006 at 4pm CST. Click here to enter a qualifier for the biggest tournament in the history of pool, the World Open, with an unprecedented $3,000,000 prize fund and an historic first place prize of $500,000.

Deno Andrews
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Official IPT Money List Rankings as of August 11, 2006   

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Official IPT Money List Rankings as of August 11, 2006

Rankings on the Money List are determined using the following criteria:
Money won, if tied then the total number of matches won, if still tied then Game Winning Percentage, if still tied then total number of Break & Run-outs, if still tied then total number of Eight Balls Made on the break. Click here to learn how non IPT Tour Members can still compete for a place on the Money List and a 2007 Tour Card.

Click Here to View the Official Money List Rankings.

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The International Pool Tour Official 2006 Money List Rankings   

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International Pool Tour News and Updates

The International Pool Tour Official 2006 Money List Rankings will be published on Monday August 7, 2006. Money List ranking criteria are as follows: Money won, if tied then total number of matches won, if tied then game winning percentage (W%), if tied then total number of break and run-outs, and if tied then total number of eight balls made on the break. The next event is the IPT World Open, which will be seeded based on the Money List rankings.

The IPT World Open is just around the corner. This open event is the next tournament to contribute to the Money List rankings. The tournament is a 200 player tournament consisting of 150 IPT Tour Members and 50 players who can win their spots in any number of qualification tournaments being held around the world this month. Click here to learn more about how to enter and play in the World Open qualification tournaments. Don't miss this opportunity to get on the Money List and fight for a 2007 Tour Card - click here to learn why! Also, check out the latest action in the qualification tournaments by visiting the IPT's on-line coverage of these events at www.internationalpooltour.com.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
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Thorsten Hohmann Wins Pool's Biggest Prize!   

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Thorsten Hohmann Wins Pool's Biggest Prize!

The most historic event in pool history has just concluded with Thorsten “The Hitman” Hohmann winning $350,000 for his double-hill victory over “Marvelous Marlon” Manalo.

Complete with Michael Buffer announcing his trademark phrase, modified for the occasion to “Let’s get ready to rack ‘em!” the IPT’s first major event was an unqualified success. Two of the best players in the world performed in front of a wall-to-wall crowd, and the set was classy and striking. Manalo had chosen Jose Parica as he corner man, while Charlie Williams was in Hohmann’s corner.

Empty breaks seemed to plague Manalo throughout the match, but the layouts were coming up pretty cut and dried. Both were playing fluidly—Manalo missed one combo attempt, and Hohmann rattled two balls, but everything came to a head when the score reached 6-all in the race to 8. Hohmann broke and popped the cue ball into the side pocket, and Manalo chose solids and ran out to reach the hill. However, he came up empty on his last break. Hohmann opted for stripes and played a perfect out, joining Manalo on the hill. The German showed no anxiety, just determination as he approached the table for the last time. He broke and made the 9 ball. With an easy layout, he had no trouble as he swiftly cleared the table, winning the final match 8-7. In doing so, he won the biggest prize in pool history, $350,000. Manalo earned $99,000 for his second-place finish.

Tour founder Kevin Trudeau presented Hohmann with the money in a silver briefcase, as well as an enormous silver trophy. Calmly, Hohmann made a short speech, thanking Trudeau first and then praising the audience, his friends, his corner man, and his sponsors.

“I wasn’t nervous at all, the entire match,” Hohmann reported. “I felt really confident, I had a good night’s sleep, slept eight hours, and woke up still full of confidence because of yesterday. I just enjoyed the match. I could’ve won even higher—I wasn’t nervous, I just took my eyes off the ball. Charlie [Williams] was there for me and said just do it, you’ve done it so many times this week, you can do it again. I had my chance, on that last run-out, my mom could’ve run out that last rack, it was so easy, so I’m thankful, and maybe it was my destiny.”

The IPT’s next major event will be held September 2-10 at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, NV. First place will award a stunning $500,000, with a total prize fun of $3,000,000. Be sure to be there!

Click here for tournament results, statistics, pictures, and stories from the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship!



Final Match Online Coverage   

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Final Match Online Coverage

The Final Match of the IPT North American Open starts today at 1pm (Pacific). Marlon Manalo of the Philippines and Thorsten Hohmann of Germany are the two players who fought their way through this 200-player, $2,000,000+ historic tournament. The winner of today's match wins an unprecedented $350,000 prize. The loser receives $99,000. Visit www.internationalpooltour.com to follow this final match, a race to eight, game by game. Coverage will include a live window where Sally Timko of Inside Pool Magazine will describe the action as it happens. The coverage will also include a game-by-game score board, player statistics, player-tournament time lines, player bios, and more. Don't miss the exciting conclusion of the North American Open!



Hohmann & Manalo Make It!   

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Hohmann & Manalo Make It!

It will be Europe versus Asia at the finals of the International Pool Tour’s North American Open 8-Ball Championship. “Marvelous Marlon” Manalo and Thorsten Hohmann "The Hitman", the last two standing out of the original two hundred, will play each other at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon at The Venetian. Be sure catch game-by-game online coverage of this historic event.

No one knew going into the day where they would end up when it was over, but Marlon Manalo looked like a sure thing as he amassed four wins and only one loss. Evgeny Stalev, Ralf Souquet, and Efren Reyes were slow starters and fought hard for the wins they put under their belts today. Hohmann also started off tentatively but came to a smashing conclusion. And Dennis Orcollo looked strong throughout, making it impossible to predict Sunday's lineup.

Again, it all came down to the final round, where no one knew for certain if new Filipino sensation Orcollo or former world champion Hohmann would advance to play Manalo, who cemented his spot in the previous round, in Sunday’s finals. But when Hohmann scorched Manalo 8-1, it was a done deal.

Orcollo matched up with Evgeny Stalev on the opposite table and struggled through, winning 8-5 over the streaky Russian. And, last to finish Saturday evening, Efren Reyes and Ralf Souquet had an epic hill-hill battle in which “The Magician” pulled off another win.

While two spots remain unclaimed, four places were determined by Saturday’s matches: Stalev earned $40,000 for sixth place, Souquet took $50,000 for fifth, Reyes won $65,000 for fourth, and Orcollo received $80,000 for third. With the incredibly large difference of $251,000 between first and second places, both players will be playing at their very highest levels.

Click here for tournament results, statistics, pictures, and stories from the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship!



The hatchet came down on half of the 36-player field after Thursday’s last round .   

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IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship Update

The hatchet came down on half of the 36-player field after Thursday’s last round at the North American Open 8-Ball Championship. The brutal, five-round format killed off 18 players who earned $17,000 for their 19th-place finishes, while 18 remain to attempt to carve out a bigger piece of the incredible $2,000,000+ prize fund.

In Friday’s rounds, players will be guaranteed at least $30,000 each for tying at 7th place. Of the 18 players to advance, 5 made it to the IPT’s multi-million-dollar event through qualifiers—Rico Diks, David Matlock, Rodolfo Luat, Ronato Alcano, and Larry Nevel!

From the Filipino contingency, nine began the day, and seven are left. Not a bad average. Those that will not be returning are Santos Sambajon Jr. and Antonio Lining. “The Magician” squeaked by into Friday’s rounds by coming out ahead in the hill-hill bout he played against Mick Hill of the U.K. While running the table, Reyes came within a hair’s breadth of scratching after pocketing the 8 ball in the corner, eliciting a huge gasp and then a burst of applause from the substantial crowd.

Earl Strickland engendered controversy during his second-round, televised match with Nick Van den Berg of Holland. Strickland made several comments to Van den Berg’s family members who were in the audience, and things escalated from there. In an interview later, Van den Berg called Strickland “a disgrace to the sport,” while Strickland was unrepentant, saying, “I know I’m a terrible person, but you still have to show me some kind of respect.” IPT Tour Director Deno Andrews is investigating the situation. Behavior that is deemed unsportsmanlike conduct can result in a suspension or loss of a Tour Card. Strickland’s day came down to a hair-splitting match with Ronato Alcano, who won the Manila stop of the ferocious 2005 San Miguel Asian 9-Ball Tour and celebrated his 34th birthday today. Though Alcano held an early 4-1 lead, from there it was every man for himself, and it turned out to be another nail-biter. In the very last rack, Strickland still had two object balls on the table but couldn’t make either of them. Instead of opting to play safe, he blasted them, and Alcano was able to run out (though he left himself an almost 45-degree angle on the 8!) for the win. Alcano advances, Strickland is eliminated.

Click here for tournament results, statistics, pictures, and stories from the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship!



Twenty-four more players fell by the wayside at the North American Open 8-Ball Championship   

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IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship Update

Twenty-four more players fell by the wayside at the North American Open 8-Ball Championship, as Day 4 came and went. Happiness and heartbreak were side by side as some players automatically knew if they advanced and some hovered by the control booth to wait anxiously. Players who were eliminated on Wednesday received $10,000 each, while Thursday's players are guaranteed $17,000.

Some compelling story lines ended today at the conclusion of the third round of play. Steve Moore of Duluth, GA, who qualified for this event in May, suffered a full range of emotions today when he toppled the undefeated Rafael Martinez in the last match of the evening. From being tied at 2 apiece, Moore took utter control of the table and won the match from there, running the last three racks out to win 8-2. However, he came slightly more than 1% short of the games-won percentage he needed to advance.

The last standing female player was WPBA star Sarah Ellerby. She nearly advanced to Round Four, but it all came down to her last match of the day. She needed to win to secure a spot in the next round but failed to be victorious. After the match she was rushed out of the arena by IPT Staff so that she could take the overnight flight to Chicago, then Peoria, so that she could play in the WPBA event starting in the morning. In a telephone call to Tour Director Deno Andrews, Ellerby admitted that she was "completely exhausted." She was alluding to the grueling round robin format that has forced her to play for ten hours or more for the last few days. For complete results, click here.

Yesterday, George San Souci walked off the playing floor after a loss. He never showed up to play his final match of the day resulting in a forfeit. Not completing a bracket, even if you are statistically out of the tournament is considered unsportsmanlike conduct. The IPT has strict rules, and this situation could have meant a tour card suspension or loss for San Souci. Today, Deno Andrews called San Souci by telephone to ask about his reason for not completing his scheduled match. The telephone call woke up San Souci, who had been sleeping all day as a result of being very ill. San Souci apologized profusely for not completing his scheduled match and insists that he asked hotel staff to get a message to Tournament Director Lindsay Erazo that he was ill and couldn't complete his remaining match. After some investigation, Andrews determined that San Souci was indeed very ill, and has been for a couple of days. The IPT issued San Souci a warning. San Souci later apologized to Erazo and explained that he wanted to play the match for his statistics, which were hurt badly, but that he was too sick to do so. To read the official IPT Rules, visit www.internationalpooltour.com.

Shannon Elizabeth Stops In!
With the IPT action in full swing midway through the event Wednesday afternoon saw a surprise visit from movie star Shannon Elizabeth of "American Pie" fame. Elizabeth visited the practice area and shot a quick game with Corey Deuel, who helped her with some techniques and gave her some strategy hints. Finally, after several turns each, Deuel managed to pocket the 8 ball and Elizabeth exclaimed jokingly, "Wow, who would have thought you would win that game?" Elizabeth wished Deuel luck, and after a quick hug she was off to waiting fans for autographs, photos, and a quick interview from Eurosport. Click here to see some pictures of Elizabeth's visit to the tournament.

Don't forget to visit www.internationalpooltour.com for unprecedented tournament coverage of the North American Open. There you will find match scores posted within minutes of matches ending, hundreds of photos from the event, a sportswriter blog by Sally Timko of Inside Pool Magazine, plus statistics, groupings, and tomorrow's schedule. Who is your pick to win from here?




The second round started with 120 happy players!   

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IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship Update

The second round started with 120 happy players! Twelve hours later, the field was cut in half. With a $5,000 difference in the payout between Tuesday's and tomorrow's rounds at the $2,000,000+ North American Open 8-Ball Championship, play was tight and contestants were tense on the event's second day. Only eight players went undefeated throughout today's round, including three Americans: David Matlock, Nick Varner, and Charlie Williams. For results and statistics, click here.

Players continue to struggle with pocketing balls on the break. Rodney Morris, Nick Van den Burg, Shawn Putnam, Shannon Daulton-all possess big breaks, and all are falling short of what they consider their "average" to be. The cloth is starting to wear in making the pockets even tighter.

Consider these statistics: after Round Two a total of 17,066 games have been played. Break and Run-outs account for only 10.6% of the games. Making the eight ball on the break is rare. Only 27 eight balls were legally pocketed on the break out of over 17,000 breaks meaning that only about one in every 632 breaks result in such a feat. Click here for a complete statistical abstract of the tournament so far.

Only one woman remains in the tournament. The UK's Sarah Ellerby managed to prove that her game really is eight ball, by advancing to the final 60. When asked about her success in the tournament she stated that she "feels in her realm with eight ball." To see Ellerby's grouping for Round Three, and all the other groupings, click here.

The only other issues today have been sportsmanship issues, such as keeping within the allotted time frame for matches and walking out on matches. There have been one or two players who consistently push the limits of the referees. That prompted a telephone call from Tour Director Deno Andrews, who is with his wife expecting a child at any moment, to on-site tournament officials. Andrews encouraged officials to stick to the letter of the rules and issue penalties to players who "stall." George San Souci walked off the tournament floor and never showed up for his final match of the day. Because of the round robin format, he was already statistically eliminated from advancing. However, by forfeiting the match, San Souci seriously hurt his Money List statistics, which could come back to haunt him later in the year in the fight for 2007 Tour Cards. Besides hurting himself, it is considered in very poor taste not to complete all your matches in a round robin event. This unsportsmanlike conduct can result in suspension or loss of his Tour Card.

For all the day's results, stories and controversies, pictures, and in depth statistics, visit www.internationalpooltour.com. Match times for tomorrow are at 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 5:30pm, and 8pm. Check in throughout the day to see how the top 60 players are doing. Who do you think will win the historic $350,000 first prize?




OLN To Broadcast IPT Marathon Tonight   

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OLN TO BROADCAST IPT MARATHON TONIGHT IN PRIME TIME!

OLN, the U.S. broadcast partner of the International Pool Tour, has announced that it will broadcast an IPT marathon of shows on Tuesday, July 25th. From 6pm-1am ET on this night, OLN will air ALL the high-stakes episodes from the "IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout." The night of IPT 8-Ball will be capped with a repeat of the dramatic Sigel vs. Reyes final match. This represents the first time in U.S. broadcasting history that an entire night of prime-time television on a major cable network will be devoted to the sport of pool!

Of course, the IPT North American Open is going on through July 30th. To catch all the action of the tournament, visit www.internationalpooltour.com. There you will find updated scores, stories, pictures, and other information about this historic $2,000,000 tournament! The winner will receive an unprecedented $350,000. Be sure to read about the extreme tournament format and difficult playing conditions which have had a serious impact on players thus far. If you are near Las Vegas, visit the Venetian Hotel & Casino to see the tournament live.



Days One and Two are now in the history books   

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Days One and Two, which make up the first official round of the International Pool Tour North American Open, are now in the history books

The historic $2,000,000+ tournament with its unprecedented first place prize of $350,000 has seen great play, controversy, and difficulties overcoming the grueling tournament format and tough playing conditions. Here is a slight recap of the goings on at the tournament. For full coverage, visit www.internationalpooltour.com. There you can follow all the action including scoring, pictures, stories, and more.

The IPT has sent home 80 of the original 200 players who showed up for its North American 8-Ball Open Championship, with only 120 returning for Tuesday's matches. Monday began with 100 of the world's finest players, but 40 were eliminated through the grueling round-robin, race-to-8 format. With five rounds throughout the day, players had to play four matches to determine whether or not they would advance. Every player in the tournament so far has played a minimum of eight hours on their day of play; many players played ten or more hours.

At the beginning of day one, everyone was smiling and having a great time. By the end of day two, there was happiness on the faces of many, and devastation facing the 80 who have been eliminated from the tournament, including some favorites to do very well and maybe even win the tournament. To see a list of the players who are still playing, and those who have been eliminated, click here!

The equipment is generating plenty of controversy, with many American players disparaging the custom cloth and the European and snooker players thankful for it. However, the most common complaint so far is the general inability of the players to pocket balls on the break. Players like Corey Deuel, Johnny Archer, Jimmy White, Shannon Daulton-all known for their excellent breaking abilities-have all made comments to the effect that they are encountering severe difficulties with their breaks.

The IPT tables made by Diamond have the tightest possible pockets, in order to meet IPT code. The pockets are cut to 4 1/2 inches. However, taking into consideration the thickness of the cloth, the corner pockets are really 4 1/4" - 4 3/8" which make pocketing balls very challenging. The IPT has purposely made the playing conditions so difficult so that only the best players can win. However, being the best in this tournament format requires not only precision skills at billiards, it also requires mental and physical tenacity. The slow nap cloth made by Gorina has proven to be a challenge to American players who don't have much experience playing on this sort of cloth. Many players have tried rolling the ball on safety shots and never reaching a rail. More fouls have been called at this tournament for this very reason than at any other tournament explained one of the official referees. Players do however like the Sardo M-5000 Tight Rack because it eliminates any potential problems caused by a bad rack. Using the M-5000 guarantees a consistent rack every time. To learn about official IPT equipment, click here.

One major story line is how the ladies will fare at on the IPT. So far, the ladies seemed to have trouble keeping up with the rest of the pack, with the exception of Allison Fisher and Sarah Ellerby-both Brits-will advance to Tuesday's play. Loree Jon Jones also played well and advanced to the second round with two wins and two losses. Former World Champion Gerda Hofstatter slid into round two in a three way tie for third place in her bracket. She was tied in wins with Jim Weast and Hall of Famer Ed Kelly. However, Gerda had the best winning percentage and prevailed by only a 1.1% margin over Weast. Many women never won a single match.

The Hall of Famers exhibited similar troubles remaining competitive today. Earl Strickland, Efren Reyes, and Mike Sigel had no worries, but the majority of the HOF members held less than a 50% games-won average.

Needless to say, when exhaustion sets in with the players, tempers flare, and controversy enter the game. There were a few disputes during Round 1. David Alcaide, who was one of the IPT qualification event winners in Veert, The Netherlands, was found to be using a phenolic tip on his break cue. He was penalized one game by the referee and not allowed to use the cue again. Also, in the match between Grady Mathews and Jeff Abernathy, both players were warned for their unsportsman-like conduct. At one point in the match, a referee made a call that Mathews found questionable, causing "The Professor" to go off the air, resulting in a penalty against him dished out by the referee. In his match against Philip Harrison of the U.K., Mike Sigel complained to the referee that Harrison had taken a bathroom break without his express permission. The referee penalized Harrison a game; however, the game was reinstated by Charles Ursitti when Harrison's corner man explained to him that Sigel had never said Harrison was not allowed to take a break. The rule is clear that if a player wants to take a break, he must do so on his inning, or have permission from the opponent. Harrison told Sigel that he needed to go to the bathroom. Sigel said nothing and Harrison took that as acknowledgement of his request. Sigel tried to make a big deal out of it, but by not saying no, it was construed as giving him permission to do so. To read the rules, click here. Some of these disputes were caught by IPT photographers and are in the photo gallery, click here to see them.

This recap barely scratched the surface of all that went on. Visit www.internationalpooltour.com for the whole story, including in depth stories, photos, statistics, and the list of players who advanced to Round 2. You will be surprised by many of the players who failed to advance. Matches start at 10am (Pacific). Every player tomorrow will play five straight matches.

 



PartyGaming to Sponsor International Pool Tour   

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PartyGaming to Sponsor International Pool Tour
World’s Largest Online Poker Brand and IPT form marketing partnership 

Las Vegas, Nevada: PartyGaming Plc, best known for its online poker room PartyPoker.com and PartyPoker.net, the world’s largest on-line poker school, has signed on with the International Pool Tour in a major sponsorship deal, it was announced today. PartyGaming has become the official on-line gaming sponsor of the IPT’s “North American 8-Ball Open Championship,” being held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas from July 23rd-July 30th.

PartyGaming Plc. was founded in 2001 and is widely considered the leading on-line gaming company. It has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 2005 and has customers in over 190 countries.

The International Pool Tour’s “North American 8-Ball Open Championship” will be the most widely-televised and promoted pool event in history. Every round of the tournament will be covered live and on a delayed tape basis in prime-time on Eurosport, which is seen in 54 countries and 20 languages through Europe. Major announcements about the U.S. broadcast schedule will be made during the week of the event. Other major broadcast deals for IPT programming, including the North American 8-Ball Open, will be announced shortly.

“We’re proud to be working with PartyGaming and PartyPoker.Net on the richest and most dramatic pool event ever,” said Jon Denny, IPT Executive Director. “They have a great product and the highest of level of integrity. It’s also obvious that there’s a strong connection between poker and pool. We’re excited that the two leaders in poker and pool can collaborate here in Las Vegas and beyond.”



INSIDE THE PLAYER’S MEETING   

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IPT ANOUNCEMENT: Saturday July 22
The North American 8-Ball Open Championship

INSIDE THE PLAYER’S MEETING

The International Pool Tour’s first major event is poised to begin tomorrow, Sunday, July 23, at the Venetian in fabulous Las Vegas. Two hundred of the most talented pocket billiards players worldwide arrived at the beautiful Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, NV today to attend the official players meeting. The men, dressed in suits and ties, and the women in their best, took their first look at the grand scale of this historic tournament. Players will compete for their share of over $2,000,000 which is the highest prize purse in the history of billiards.  By playing in the North American Open, each player is guaranteed at least $2,000. The winner will take home an unprecedented $350,000!

Tour Director Deno Andrews is conspicuously missing from this event, as he and his wife are expecting their second child imminently. He was at the airport about to board his plane, which was two hours delayed, when his wife called to inform him that he should probably turn back. Deno said by phone that “I knew for the last ten years that I would run the largest tournament in the history of the game, but I guess I will have to wait for the World Open! As far as the North American Open, the tournament is in good hands with my assistant, Lindsay Erazo.” Lindsay Erazo, the Assistant Tour Director, has stepped up and will assume Andrews’ duties throughout this event, with Charles Ursitti assisting.

Kevin Trudeau, the founder of the IPT, addressed the players at a meeting Saturday afternoon, in which he covered a wide range of topics, including reiterating that every 2007 tour member is guaranteed to earn $100,000. After the meeting, the tournament room was opened to the players, and every one of the 60 Diamond tables was taken in a matter of minutes. Many players stood in awe of the beautiful tournament arena. IPT Player Aaron Czetli said that “this is the greatest thing I have ever seen in pool, or anything for that matter.” 1995 World Champion Gerda Hofstatter stated “the tournament room is so beautiful, and I can’t wait to play my matches on Monday.” Half of the field will have matches on Sunday, while the other half will wait until Monday to play. At the end of Monday’s rounds, 80 players will be eliminated. There is no room for mistakes at the first major IPT tournament.

The tournament format is brutal! The round-robin format requires players to play all day. On certain days, players must play four matches, and on other days they must play five. That means that every player will be playing for at least eight to ten hours daily as they advance through the brackets. Corey Deuel was asked about this demanding format to which he replied “you have to be in good physical shape or else you have no chance.” Two players have dropped out of the North American Open due to the physical demands of the tournament. Click here for more details.

Tournament conditions are some of the toughest in the history of the sport. The Diamond IPT tables are manufactured to provide the tightest pockets in professional pool. At the widest part of the corner pockets, the opening is no bigger than 4 ½” which is much tighter than other professional events. The cloth is IPT Tournament Cloth, which is a custom slow-nap cloth made by Gorina, experts in textiles for over 100 years. The balls are a brand new custom designed ball made specifically for the IPT by SALUC, the Belgian ball company. Of course, to play in a tournament of this magnitude, the racks must be perfect every time, so the IPT uses the new Sardo M-5000 Tight Rack. IPT Tournament Chalk is also on the tables helping players to reduce the chances of miscuing. To learn more about official IPT equipment, please visit www.internationalpooltour.com.

DON’T MISS A THING!
The players aren’t the only ones with good shots. The IPT’s professional photographers bring you all the action at the online photo gallery. The IPT is providing unprecedented live on-line coverage of this event at www.internationalpooltour.com. There you will be able to follow the action by viewing up to the minute match scores, reading stories from the tournament floor and player interviews, follow player and tournament statistics. The coverage is ongoing during the event and promises to be the most in depth coverage of any billiards event ever. Of course, if you have access to Eurosport, you can catch daily live broadcasts in Prime Time.

 



IPT North American Open Tournament Format Announced   

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IPT North American Open Tournament Format Announced

The IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship format has been updated and there are some changes since the last IPT Event. Please use this guide to navigate the brackets and understand how the tournament progresses from round to round.

Round Robin
The tournament is a round robin event which means that every player will play either four or five matches per day. Over the course of a tournament, or even a single day of competition, this grueling format is demanding of the players both physically and mentally. Each player will play a minimum of eight hours per day. On certain days, each player will play for ten hours or more. Click here to read about the daily tournament format. More than one player has already dropped out of this event due to the demanding physical needs, visit www.internationalpooltour.com for details about these players.

The round robin format is the most accurate and credible format for determining which players should progress and which players are best. This is true because each player plays each of the other players in his or her respective group. The best performers in each group are guaranteed not to play each other in the next round, with the exception of the final six players. Click here to see how players progress through the tournament. You can use this guide to try to speculate who is going to be in the final six!

Know the Score
In a round robin event, players are tested against their respective groups. To advance to the next round, the top players in each group need to be determined. To determine who advances, follow these criteria:

  1. Match Wins in the Group - if there is one player who is undefeated, he or she obviously has the most match wins in that group. So if three players advance and three players have 5, 4, and 3 match wins respectively, with everyone else in the group having two or fewer match wins, they each advance. If there is a tie in match wins, it is broken by:

  2. Total Winning Percentage - This statistic measures the percentage of games that a player wins out of all the games he played. For example, if a player beats someone 8-2, that player has won eight out of ten games and his winning percentage is 80%, whereas the other player won two out of ten for a W% of 20%. This statistic will be carried out to two decimal places. It is important to note that the winning percentage is carried over from previous rounds, so it is crucial to a player's statistics that he tries to win every single game in every match. If a player is beating someone 7-0, it has a seriously positive impact on his statistics to win the match without letting the other player get back into the match! In contrast, if a player is down 0-7, it is equally important for that player to win as many games as possible in order to positively impact his winning percentage. One poor match can result in a player losing out in a tie in the tournament or on the Money List. If someone loses on purpose, or dumps he is virtually killing himself in the end because of the negative impact those purposely lost games will have on his statistics. Remember, these statistics follow the player for the tournament and for the year. They are used to break ties on the Money List, so losing even one game on purpose is potentially detrimental to a player's future on the IPT. Using a stat like the winning percentage is designed to eliminate any dumping or match fixing. It makes every single game of every match crucial to a player's future.

    In the King of the Hill, a different statistic was used. It was called the Games Lost Index (GLI). The GLI is truly the best way to test a player's dominance over an entire group. It measures the average number of games a player's opponents wins against the player. It is the perfect measure of how two players tied in wins matched up against their opponents. However, understanding how this statistic is calculated and used proved to be far too confusing and complicated for many players and fans to understand. As a result, the IPT decided to implement the second best test, which is the winning percentage method explained above, a much easier statistic to understand. To learn more about how these sorts of statistics make or break a tournament for players, look at the King of the Hill first round brackets to see how many players didn't advance due to only one or two lost games in a match. If there happens to be a tie in the W%, it is broken by:

  3. Break & Run-Outs - This is the total number of Break & Run-Outs in the entire tournament. This cumulative total will come into play not only on a tournament basis, but also on the Money List. The more break & run-outs a player performs, the stronger that player's statistics will be. If there is a tie in this category, it will be broken by:

  4. Eights on the Break - This is the total number of eight ball on the break wins for a player in the entire tournament. And if there is a tie after all of these criteria, it will be broken by:

  5. If two players are tied, the player who beat the other player advances. If there is a three way tie, the Tournament Director and Head Referee will assess the time constraints of the tournament and other factors and determine an appropriate tie breaking mechanism.

For the complete rules, visit www.internationalpooltour.com.

And remember, there will be live, up-to-the-minute scoring, pictures, and unprecedented tournament coverage, including sportswriters' stories, available on www.internationalpooltour.com. The tournament will be going from 10am until 10pm (Pacific) or later, every day for six days starting Sunday July 23rd, 2006. The final match will take place on Sunday July 30th, 2006 at 1pm (Pacific). Tickets to the main tournament are available at the tournament, held at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Daily tickets are $5 and a main tournament pass can be purchased for $20.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



IPT North American Open Update   

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IPT North American Open Update

Breaking News
Due to "personal reasons" Mr. Pete Fusco has officially withdrawn from the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship. Fusco was very disappointed that he was not able to play in this event. He admitted that he "has practiced very hard for this event." Fusco plans to compete in the World Open.

Fusco's replacement is Jeff Beckley, who was the third alternate on the waitlist to play in the North American Open. Beckley played in multiple IPT qualification tournaments. He had one third place finish in the NA Open qualification system, and played in four of the five weekends of the system. His high finish and multiple attempts placed him third on the alternate list and now on the tournament roster. Beckley was called just minutes ago and was told the news that he would be competing in the North American Open. His first reaction was "Are you kidding me?" He was very excited to hear the news. Beckley asked who he has replaced and expressed disappointment when he was told that it was Fusco.

The IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship starts Sunday morning, July 23, 2006. Match times are 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 5:30pm, and 8pm (Pacific) daily. Up to the minute results, pictures, stories, and other information will be available on line at www.internationalpooltour.com. Web coverage for this $2,000,000 event will be unprecedented in the world of billiards. The winner of this event will receive an historic $350,000 first prize! Don't miss any of the action.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



The Chinese Government has rejected a travel visa for Liu Wei   

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IPT North American Open Update

Breaking News
The Chinese Government has rejected a travel visa for Liu Wei, so he has officially withdrawn from the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship. Wei was the winner of the qualification event held in Shanghai, China, just several weeks ago. Details about his VISA rejection are sketchy, but some points that were articulated from the Chinese Government stated that he has no significant ties to China in terms of wealth or marriage. Through his representative in China, Wei expressed sadness and disappointment in not being able to compete for China in this prestigious event.

Wei's replacement is Lee Heuwagen, who was the second alternate on the waitlist to play in the North American Open. Heuwagen played in multiple IPT qualification tournaments. He was the second of only two players to place third in two North American Open qualifiers, a performance statistic that landed him in the number two spot on the alternate list. Heuwagen was called yesterday and told the news that he would be competing in the North American Open. He was very excited to hear the news, though he did state that he was disappointed for Liu Wei's unfortunate circumstance.

The IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship starts Sunday morning, July 23, 2006. Match times are 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 5:30pm, and 8pm (Pacific) daily. Up to the minute results, pictures, stories, and other information will be available on line at www.internationalpooltour.com. Web coverage for this $2,000,000 event will be unprecedented in the world of billiards. The winner of this event will receive an historic $350,000 first prize! Don't miss any of the action.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



IPT North American Open Update   

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IPT North American Open Update

Breaking News
Hall of Fame Member Jim Rempe has withdrawn from the tournament citing "personal reasons" that are keeping him from being able to perform under the grueling tournament format and conditions. On a telephone call, he reported that he was disappointed about not being able to play "in the biggest tournament of his life." Rempe hopes to be able to compete in the World Open, another major just six weeks away. Filling Rempe's spot in the tournament is Keith Bennett. Bennett has played in multiple IPT qualification events. In the North American Open Qualification System, Bennett took third place in two separate events; he was one of only two players to do so in those 25 events.

The IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship starts Sunday morning, July 23, 2006. Match times are 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 5:30pm, and 8pm (Pacific) daily. Up to the minute results, pictures, stories, and other information will be available on line at www.internationalpooltour.com. Web coverage for this $2,000,000 event will be unprecedented in the world of billiards. The winner of this event will receive an historic $350,000 first prize! Don't miss any of the action.

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



Official Player Groupings Announced   

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Official Player Groupings Announced

The IPT is proud to announce the player groupings for the IPT "North American Open 8-Ball Championship." The methodology for determining the groups was complex. All of the Hall of Fame members were placed in separate groups; female players were placed into separate groups; all of the players who qualified through the qualification tournament system were placed into separate groups (since there are 50 qualifiers and 40 groups, some groups have two qualified players); finally, a number of the top players, historically, were placed into separate groups. All of the placed players were placed randomly into their respective groups.

Click here to view the official player groupings!

Once the tournament starts, there is a predetermined format that dictates which players advance to which brackets in future rounds. The official tournament format will be announced shortly and will include the bracket population flow chart. Please refer to the IPT Web Site for Official Rules and tournament formats.

If you can't make it to the North American Open in person, you can follow the action on line at www.internationalpooltour.com.

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



Sigel vs. Reyes in Prime-Time on Eurosport   

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SIGEL vs. REYES IN PRIME-TIME ON EUROSPORT
Leading Pan-European Sports Network To Broadcast “IPT King of the Hill” Title Match This Saturday

London UK: 11th July, 2006: Coming off the ratings blockbuster of the IPT World 8-Ball Championship which aired this past Saturday night all across Europe, Eurosport has announced that it will broadcast the “IPT King of the Hill” title match this Saturday July 15th in prime-time.

The dramatic championship match between pool greats Mike “The Mouth” Sigel and Efren “The Magician” Reyes was held in Orlando, Florida and featured the richest prize money in pool history. The Sigel vs. Reyes 8-Ball contest will air in its entirety on Eurosport at 8pm-10pm CET.

Eurosport, the leading Pan-European sports network, is available in 19 different languages and reaches over 240 million viewers across 54 countries. The network will commence its live, prime-time coverage of the International Pool Tour starting Sunday July 23rd at the “IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship” in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The International Pool Tour clearly is the leader in worldwide pool,” said Arnaud Simon, Eurosport’s Head of Programs. “We believe our commitment to air its major events will generate a huge amount of interest in both the sport and its players all across Europe.”



International Pool Tour News and Updates:   

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International Pool Tour News and Updates:

The first five tournaments of the IPT World Open 8-Ball Championship Qualification System get underway starting this Friday July 14, 2006. Entry to the first weekend events will be cut off some time on Thursday, July 13.
Entry fees must be paid in advanced. Absolutely no entry fees will be accepted at the door regardless of the number of players. Players who entered the early rounds of the North American Open qualification system were rewarded because of the typically low turnout of players in the first round, so don't miss your chance! Click here to see full results of those qualification tournaments.

The top two players in each qualification tournament will win a spot in the World Open. Players who place 3rd-6th in each qualification tournament will win a free entry into another qualification tournament. Over $3 million dollars in prize money will be given away at the World Open. First place in the World Open is an unprecedented $500,000! Interestingly, last place pays $5000...even if you don't make a single ball! Also, any non-IPT Tour member who places in the top six in the IPT World Open 8-Ball Championship will earn automatic invitations to play in the 2006 IPT Players Championship and IPT Masters Championship, which are Tour Member-only events. For the complete payout schedules, click here.

Also keep in mind that this is the IPT "World Open 8-Ball Championship," and the fact that many more qualification tournaments will be held outside the U.S. This first week of qualification tournaments are being played in the U.S. If you plan to attend a qualifier in the U.S., after this weekend, there will not be that many opportunities. Click here to visit the qualifier schedule for the qualification tournaments.

Don't miss this opportunity to play in the biggest and most prestigious tournament in the history of the game! You can register on line at www.internationalpooltour.com or by calling the IPT at (847) 439-3438 during business hours (CST). But remember, if you want to play this weekend, you need to register as soon as possible.

There are two entry fee levels for qualification tournaments. A full entry fee is $1500. All winnings earned at this entry fee level will count towards the top 100 Money List which wins you a 2007 IPT Player's Card. All 2007 IPT players are guaranteed $100,000! For more information on how this is earned, click here. The second entry fee level is $750. If you enter a qualifying tournament at the $750 entry fee level and come in first or second, you still are entered into the IPT World Open 8-Ball Championship. However, you will only receive 50% of any prize money you win. Your prize money will not count towards the money list. This qualifying system is designed to allow players from all over the world to enter tournaments without huge travel expenses and costs. It is also designed to weed out players who know that they have no chance in the tournaments.

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com




Player Groupings Announced for the IPT North American Open!   

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Player Groupings Announced for the IPT North American Open!

The official player groupings for the IPT "North American Open 8-Ball Championship" will be published and announced on Thursday, July 13, on www.internationalpooltour.com.

The IPT "North American Open 8-Ball Championship" boasts an unprecedented $2 million prize fund and an historic first prize of $350,000. Starting Sunday, July 23rd, 2006, the North American Open will be held at the Venetian Las Vegas. Tickets are still available, click here for details.

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com




IPT & Popular UK Channel Team Up   

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INTERNATIONAL POOL TOUR & POPULAR UK CHANNEL TEAM UP IN MAJOR BROADCASTING DEAL

London, UK. July 10th, 2006:

PLAYER, the hot new competition-based channel in the United Kingdom, has announced plans to broadcast International Pool Tour events and programming. The channel, which is available on the UK’s popular Sky Digital satellite service and Telewest cable, is seen in over 14 million UK households. The channel is owned by Flextech, a major broadcasting group in Europe.

PLAYER was launched as a companion channel to Flextech’s popular Bravo channel. It has attracted significant viewing audiences and media attention for its unique mix of top flight international soccer to premier poker championships to the adrenaline-soaked worlds of boxing and high-class motorsports. The channel will launch high-octane IPT programming this fall with the “North American Open 8-Ball Championship” highlight series, featuring UK cue sport stars such as Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White. The IPT’s “King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout” series will also premiere on PLAYER.

“We are excited to be bringing the International Pool Tour shows to the UK,” said David Clarke, Channel Editor for Bravo and Player. “The players, the millions in prize money and the high-stakes, high-impact competition give the IPT’s style of 8-Ball real edge and excitement. The IPT is unlike any other cue sport, including snooker. We believe UK viewers will love it and believe it will create huge interest around the sport of pool.”

The PLAYER channel now joins British Eurosport in providing unprecedented coverage of the International Pool Tour in the United Kingdom.



Final Match of the International Pool Tour's King of the Hill   

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The Final Match of the International Pool Tour's King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout airs on OLN Tonight!

The final episode of the IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series airs tonight, July 9th, 2006. The two-hour special airs at 6pm(ET). Check local listings for times and channel information in your area. The OLN network is carrying the six IPT shows in prime time. The show premiered Sunday, June 4th, 2006. Due to the show's popularity, several rebroadcasts have been scheduled throughout the month of July. If you missed an episode or want to see more pool action, check www.internationalpooltour.com for the entire television schedule. Don't forget to tune in tonight to watch Efren Reyes and Mike Sigel battle it out for the "King of the Hill" Title. Don't miss this exciting finale!

The International Pool Tour's "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" features the world's greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series is being shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale, July 9th, 2006. Click here for the IPT TV schedule.

Deno Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



Eurosport Kicks Off IPT Programming   

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Eurosport Kicks Off IPT Programming
Leading Pan-European Sports Network To Broadcast History-Making Sigel Vs. Jones  Match

London UK: 6th July, 2006: Eurosport, the leading tv sports network in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, amongst other European territories, has announced that it will broadcast the “IPT World 8-Ball Championship” match this Saturday July 8th in prime-time.

The historic match, which pitted pool legend Mike “The Mouth” Sigel against female Hall of Famer LoreeJon Jones, was held at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and was hailed as the most star-studded event in pool history. Sigel vs. Jones will kick off a comprehensive schedule of International Pool Tour programming on Eurosport, which will broadcast all 2006 IPT events live, in prime-time, throughout Europe.

The “IPT World 8-Ball Championship” was the International Pool Tour’s inaugural event and featured a winner’s purse of $150,000. The match will be broadcast in Europe in its entirety this Saturday starting at 7:45pm CET. It will be seen in over 110 million households.

“We’re proud that we’re launching our 2006 season on Eurosport with the IPT event that started it all,” said IPT Executive Director Jon Denny. “Sports fans all across Europe will now have a chance to see 8-Ball, and pool, like they’ve never experienced it before. This will be the start of a cue sport revolution in Europe.”

Deno Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



IPT on OLN Update!   

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IPT on OLN Update!

OLN, the national sports network that has scored huge ratings success with the International Pool Tour, is set for a great weekend of 8-Ball, IPT-style!

The IPT “King of the Hill” Hall of Fame Round episode will be broadcast on OLN on FRIDAY, July 7th at 7pm ET and also 11pm ET! This episode features one-of-a-kind 8-Ball action between the game’s current superstars and the Hall of Fame legends of pool.

On Saturday, July 8th, OLN will rebroadcast the thrilling Round Four Episode that determined who would challenge Mike Sigel for the “King of the Hill” title. This episode will air Saturday at 7pm ET and 11pm ET. It will also be repeated this Sunday July 9th at 12:30pm ET. Then, on Sunday July 9th at 6pm ET, OLN will premiere the final championship match of the “King of the Hill” tournament! This special two-hour broadcast features the most prize money in pool history, and the greatest pressure match the sport has ever known! Click here to see the entire IPT television schedule.

It’s an action-packed, dramatic and historic weekend of International Pool Tour 8-Ball on OLN. Don’t miss it!

Deno Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



Episode Five of the International Pool Tour's King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout on OLN Tonight!   

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Episode Five of the International Pool Tour's King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout on OLN Tonight!

Episode five of the IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series airs tonight, July 2nd, 2006. The show airs at 7pm & 10pm (ET). Check local listings for times and channel information in your area. The OLN network is carrying the six IPT shows in prime time. The show premiered Sunday, June 4th, 2006. In addition, several rebroadcasts have been scheduled. For the full schedule, please click here. Don't forget to tune in to watch your favorite players battle it out in the most grueling tournament format possible! Don't miss episode five!

The International Pool Tour's "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" features the world's greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series is being shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale, July 9th, 2006. Click here for the IPT TV schedule.

Deno Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout Marathon Tonight!   

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IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout Marathon Tonight!

Episodes one through four of the IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series on OLN will air tonight, June 29. The first show airs at 7pm EST and they run consecutively for hours with the last show airing at 2 am EST. Check local listings for times and channel information in your area. The OLN network is carrying the six IPT shows in prime time. In addition, the shows will be rebroadcast througout the entire month of July. For the full schedule, please click here. Don't forget to tune in to watch your favorite players battle it out in the most grueling tournament format possible!

There are still two original episodes that will be shown on Sunday, July 2 and a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for the entire IPT TV schedule.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout Episode Four Tonight!   

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IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout Episode Four Tonight!

Episode Four of the IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series on OLN airs tonight, June 25. The show airs at 7pm & 10pm (ET). Check local listings for times and channel information in your area. The OLN network is carrying the six IPT shows in prime time. The show premiered Sunday, June 4th, at 7 p.m. (ET), and again at 10pm (ET). In addition, several rebroadcasts have been scheduled throughout the weeks of June. For the full schedule, please click here. Don't forget to tune in to watch you favorite players battle it out in the most grueling tournament format possible! Don't miss episode four!

The International Pool Tour's "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" features the world's greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for the IPT TV schedule.

Live Tournament Coverage

By visiting www.internationalpooltour.com right now, you will be able to see this week's qualification tournament results as they happen. Five qualification tournaments this weekend will qualify ten players to compete in the IPT North American Open. Players will be fighting for their share of over $2,000,000 in prize money and an historic first place prize of $350,000! There are matches in progress right now; check it out.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



Hall of Fame pool player Buddy Hall has withdrawn   

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International Pool Tour News and Updates

(CHICAGO, IL) The International Pool Tour announces Hall of Fame pool player Buddy Hall has withdrawn from the “IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship” at The Venetian-Las Vegas, citing personal reasons. Mr. Hall regrets that he will not play at the tournament, but is eager to participate in future IPT tournaments stating, “At this time, I will not physically be able to play the length of time needed to be competitive at the Venetian. I am getting better everyday, and I am very thankful for the IPT, and looking forward to my return at the next tournament!” Buddy Hall anticipates returning to compete at the “IPT World 8-Ball Open Championship” at the Reno, Hilton from September 2nd-10th, 2006 in Reno, Nevada. The full IPT schedule can be viewed at www.internationalpooltour.com.

Hungarian, Vilmos Földes was chosen to fill Mr. Hall’s opening due to his two 3rd place finishes in the “2006 IPT Tour Card” qualifying tournaments.
Mr. Földes is looking forward to this chance to compete in the “IPT North American 8-Ball Championship” at the Venetian, Las Vegas. Vilmos Földes will have the opportunity to earn points toward attaining a 2007 IPT Tour Card. Foldes told IPT staff that “I have dreamed of this day for pool and for me. I am very happy to be invited by Kevin [Trudeau] and Deno [Andrews]. I now will tell my father the good news.”

The International Pool Tour is the largest pool tour in the history of billiards, and represents the best players from 27 countries. The IPT has six major professional pool tournaments in 2006 with qualification tournaments throughout the world for aspiring pool players. In 2006, the IPT will give away more than $8 million in prize money. The IPT “North American Open 8-Ball Championship” is the first major tournament of the year and boasts an unprecedented $2 million prize fund and an historic first prize of $350,000. There has never been a tour in the history of billiards to offer such large prize funds and first place prize money. The North American Open will consist of 200 players: 150 IPT Members and 50 players who qualify through 25 qualification events throughout North America and abroad. Qualification Tournament details for open tournaments, including dates and locations are listed on www.internationalpooltour.com.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
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The International Pool Tour congratulates the following players:   

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International Pool Tour News and Updates

The International Pool Tour congratulates the following players for qualifying to play in the "IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship" starting July 22nd, 2006 at the Venetian, Las Vegas:

Anthony Ginn
Corey Harper
Gary Abood
Jianbo Fu
Jonathan Penegar
Karl Boyes
Louis Condo
Scott Frost
Teddy Garrahan
Wei Liu

After placing first or second in their respective qualifiers this past weekend, these players will be playing for more than $2,000,000 in prize money and a first place prize of $350,000, as well as a place on the Money List! Doing well in the North American Open could result in being in the top 100 on the Money List at the end of 2006, thus qualifying for a 2007 Tour Card. A 2007 Tour Card is worth a minimum of $100,000, click here for details. At the North American Open, these players are each guaranteed a minimum of $2,000 for qualifying and playing, even if they fail to win a single game. These players stepped up and won their way into an IPT event in the second-to-last week of qualification tournaments.

The good news is that there are still five events remaining this weekend. This is however the last chance to qualify for the North American Open, so don't miss the opportunity! Click here to see the full schedule of qualification events for the North American Open. Click here to view tournament results from the qualification events that concluded last weekend.

The IPT Qualification System is the best method for populating major tournaments because it weeds all those who don't think that they can succeed, while rewarding those who believe in themselves. Most of the players who took the risk to enter these qualification tournaments have now been rewarded. Remember, the top two players in each tournament qualify for the North American Open. The next four players, third through sixth place finishers, each earn a free entry fee to another qualifier. And four players who place seventh or lower will have a chance to play against an IPT Pro for a free entry fee in another qualifier. This system really is the only true "open" system in which any player, man, woman, or child, can enter and win a place on this historic tour. So if you were thinking about playing and missed your chance this week, you can still sign up for the remaining qualifiers at www.internationalpooltour.com. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

International Pool Tour Television News

IPT to Premiere on OLN
The International Pool Tour has secured a major television package to air IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series on OLN. The network is carrying the six IPT shows in prime time. The first show premiered Sunday June 4th at 7pm (ET), and the remaining shows will occupy the same time slot of 7pm & 10pm (ET). OLN has scheduled several rebroadcasts; click here for the entire television schedule. The International Pool Tour's "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" features the world's greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for the IPT TV schedule.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout Episode Two Tonight!   

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IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout Episode Two Tonight!

Episode Two of the IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series on OLN airs Sunday night, June 11. The show airs at 7pm & 10pm (ET). Check local listings for times and channel information in your area. The OLN network is carrying the six IPT shows in prime time. The show premiered last Sunday, June 4th, at 7 p.m. (ET), and again at 10pm (ET). In addition, several rebroadcasts have been scheduled throughout the weeks of June. For the full schedule, please click here. Don't forget to tune in to watch you favorite players battle it out in the most grueling tournament format possible! Don't miss episode two!

The International Pool Tour's "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" features the world's greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for the IPT TV schedule.

Live Tournament Coverage
By visiting www.internationalpooltour.com right now, you will be able to see this week's qualification tournament results as they happen. Five qualification tournaments this weekend will qualify ten players to compete in the IPT North American Open. Players will be fighting for their share of over $2,000,000 in prize money and an historic first place prize of $350,000! There are matches in progress right now; check it out.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



International Pool Tour Television News   

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International Pool Tour News and Updates

The International Pool Tour congratulates the following players for qualifying to play in the "IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship" starting July 22nd, 2006 at the Venetian, Las Vegas:

Michael Vidas
Gandy Valle
Jeff Abernathy
Andreas Koukiadakis
David Broxson
Rodolfo Luat
Sandor Tot
Rico Diks
Eric Hjorleifson
Chris Orme

After placing first or second in their respective qualifiers this past weekend, these players will be playing for more than $2,000,000 in prize money and a first place prize of $350,000, as well as a place on the Money List! Doing well in the North American Open could result in being in the top 100 on the Money List at the end of 2006, thus qualifying for a 2007 Tour Card. A 2007 Tour Card is worth a minimum of $100,000, click here for details. At the North American Open, these players are each guaranteed a minimum of $2,000 for qualifying and playing, even if they fail to win a single game. These players stepped up and won their way into an IPT event in the first week of qualification tournaments. The good news is that there are still fifteen events remaining over the next four weeks. This weekend's qualification tournaments are being held in the following cities: San Francisco, Pasadena (CA), Tokyo (Japan), Atlanta, Kalamazoo (MI). Click here to see the full schedule of qualification events for the North American Open. Click here to view tournament results from the qualification events that concluded last weekend.

The IPT Qualification System is the best method for populating major tournaments because it weeds all those who don't think that they can succeed, while rewarding those who believe in themselves. Most of the players who took the risk to enter these qualification tournaments have now been rewarded. Remember, the top two players in each tournament qualify for the North American Open. The next four players, third through sixth place finishers, each earn a free entry fee to another qualifier. And four players who place seventh or lower will have a chance to play against an IPT Pro for a free entry fee in another qualifier. This system really is the only true "open" system in which any player, man, woman, or child, can enter and win a place on this historic tour. So if you were thinking about playing and missed your chance this week, you can still sign up for the remaining qualifiers at www.internationalpooltour.com. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

International Pool Tour Television News

IPT to Premiere on OLN
The International Pool Tour has secured a major television package to air IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series on OLN. The network is carrying the six IPT shows in prime time. The first show premiered last Sunday June 4th at 7pm (ET), and the remaining five shows will occupy the same time slot of 7pm (ET). OLN has scheduled several rebroadcasts; click here for the entire television schedule. The International Pool Tour's "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" features the world's greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for the IPT TV schedule.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout Premieres Tonight!   

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IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout Premieres Tonight!

The International Pool Tour has secured a major television package to air IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series on OLN. The network will carry the six IPT shows in prime time, with the first show set to premiere tonight, Sunday June 4th, at 7 p.m. (ET), with a rebroadcast at 10pm (ET). In addition, several rebroadcasts have been scheduled throughout the weeks of June. For the full schedule, please click here. Don't forget to tune in to watch you favorite players battle it out in the most grueling tournament format possible!

The International Pool Tour's "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" features the world's greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for the IPT TV schedule.

Other IPT Television News
London UK (May 31st, 2006): The International Pool Tour has announced the most comprehensive live broadcast rights package in the history of the sport with its newly-minted deal with Eurosport, the leading tv sports network and multimedia platform throughout Europe. Eurosport and British Eurosport will show live, prime-time coverage of every round of all major IPT events in 2006. The Pan-European network will also air a number of produced IPT highlights programs, including the recent “King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout.” Plans call for approximately two hours nightly of live coverage. Click here to read the entire news release regarding this unprecedented live television tour coverage.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
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IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout Premieres Tomorrow!   

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IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout Premieres Tomorrow!

The International Pool Tour has secured a major television package to air IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series on OLN. The network will carry the six IPT shows in prime time, with the first show set to premiere tomorrow, Sunday June 4th, at 7 p.m. (ET), with a rebroadcast at 10pm (ET). In addition, several rebroadcasts have been scheduled throughout the weeks of June. For the full schedule, please click here. Don't forget to tune in to watch you favorite players battle it out in the most grueling tournament format possible!

The International Pool Tour's "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" features the world's greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for the IPT TV schedule.

Other IPT Television News
London UK (May 31st, 2006): The International Pool Tour has announced the most comprehensive live broadcast rights package in the history of the sport with its newly-minted deal with Eurosport, the leading tv sports network and multimedia platform throughout Europe. Eurosport and British Eurosport will show live, prime-time coverage of every round of all major IPT events in 2006. The Pan-European network will also air a number of produced IPT highlights programs, including the recent “King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout.” Plans call for approximately two hours nightly of live coverage. Click here to read the entire news release regarding this unprecedented live television tour coverage.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



OLN TV Schedule Update   

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The second set of five qualification tournaments for the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship Qualification System is now underway! Up-to-date on line coverage starting today and going through Sunday, June 4, 2006 can now be seen at www.internationalpooltour.com. Click here to visit the qualifier schedule for the remaining tournaments being held in the U.S. and abroad. You can also register on line at www.internationalpooltour.com or by calling the IPT at (847) 439-3438 during business hours (CST).

Coming in first or second in the qualifier earns you entry into the IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship. Over $2 million dollars in prize money will be given away at the North American Open. First place is $350,000. More importantly, last place is $2000...even if you don't make a single ball! Also, any non-IPT member who places in the top six in the IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship will earn automatic invitations to play in the 2006 IPT Players Championship and IPT Masters Championship. Over $2.5 million in prize money will be given away at these two championships. For the complete payout schedules, click here.

There are two entry fee levels for qualification tournaments. A full entry fee is $1000. All winnings earned at this entry fee level will count towards the top 100 Money List which wins you a 2007 IPT Player's Card. All 2007 IPT players are guaranteed $100,000! For more information on how this is earned, click here. The second entry fee level is $500. If you enter a qualifying tournament at the $500 entry fee level and come in first or second, you still are entered into the IPT N.A. 8-Ball Open Championship. However, you will only receive 50% of any prize money you win. Your prize money will not count towards the money list. If you place in the top six in the North American Open, you will still be invited to the IPT Masters and the IPT Players Championships. If you choose this $500 entry fee level, you will only receive 50% of any prize money you win. This qualifying system is designed to allow players from all over the world to enter tournaments without huge travel expenses and costs. It is also designed to weed out players who know that they have no chance in the tournaments.

Don't forget about the fantastic opportunities available to get involved. Each player who signs up for a qualification tournament can specify a referrer, or someone who signed them up for the tournament. Whoever it is that is the referrer, whether it be an IPT Player, Room Owner, Tour Operator, Pool League, Pre-Qualifier Host, or Individual, will receive a 10% commission of the entry fee (a $1000 entry equals a $100 commission and a $500 entry fee equals a $50 commission) AND a bonus amount equaling 10% of the prize money won by that player in the tournament in which they qualified to play. So if you sign up a player (you or your business must be listed on the entry form) for a qualifier and he ends up winning the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship and the $350,000 first prize, you will receive 10% of the entry fee for signing him up and a $35,000 bonus (10% of the prize money won)! Even if the player comes in last place, you would receive 10% of the entry fee for signing the player up for the qualifier and $200 more because last place in the tournament pays $2000 (10% of the prize money won)! Obviously, the more players you sign up, the better the chance you will have to make serious money. Simply print out a copy of the entry form and schedule which can be downloaded by clicking here. Make sure to print your name or business name (tour name, league name, etc.) and a way to contact you on the form as the referrer. Make photocopies of the form and distribute to potential players.

IPT to Premiere on OLN
The International Pool Tour has secured a major television package to air IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series on OLN. The network will carry the six IPT shows in prime time, with the first show set to premiere at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4. The International Pool Tour's "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" features the world's greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for the IPT TV schedule.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



International Pool Tour News and Updates   

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International Pool Tour News and Updates

The second set of five qualification tournaments for the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship Qualification System is now underway! Up-to-date on line coverage starting today and going through Sunday, June 4, 2006 can now be seen at www.internationalpooltour.com. Click here to visit the qualifier schedule for the remaining tournaments being held in the U.S. and abroad. You can also register on line at www.internationalpooltour.com or by calling the IPT at (847) 439-3438 during business hours (CST).

Coming in first or second in the qualifier earns you entry into the IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship. Over $2 million dollars in prize money will be given away at the North American Open. First place is $350,000. More importantly, last place is $2000...even if you don't make a single ball! Also, any non-IPT member who places in the top six in the IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship will earn automatic invitations to play in the 2006 IPT Players Championship and IPT Masters Championship. Over $2.5 million in prize money will be given away at these two championships. For the complete payout schedules, click here.

There are two entry fee levels for qualification tournaments. A full entry fee is $1000. All winnings earned at this entry fee level will count towards the top 100 Money List which wins you a 2007 IPT Player's Card. All 2007 IPT players are guaranteed $100,000! For more information on how this is earned, click here. The second entry fee level is $500. If you enter a qualifying tournament at the $500 entry fee level and come in first or second, you still are entered into the IPT N.A. 8-Ball Open Championship. However, you will only receive 50% of any prize money you win. Your prize money will not count towards the money list. If you place in the top six in the North American Open, you will still be invited to the IPT Masters and the IPT Players Championships. If you choose this $500 entry fee level, you will only receive 50% of any prize money you win. This qualifying system is designed to allow players from all over the world to enter tournaments without huge travel expenses and costs. It is also designed to weed out players who know that they have no chance in the tournaments.

Don't forget about the fantastic opportunities available to get involved. Each player who signs up for a qualification tournament can specify a referrer, or someone who signed them up for the tournament. Whoever it is that is the referrer, whether it be an IPT Player, Room Owner, Tour Operator, Pool League, Pre-Qualifier Host, or Individual, will receive a 10% commission of the entry fee (a $1000 entry equals a $100 commission and a $500 entry fee equals a $50 commission) AND a bonus amount equaling 10% of the prize money won by that player in the tournament in which they qualified to play. So if you sign up a player (you or your business must be listed on the entry form) for a qualifier and he ends up winning the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship and the $350,000 first prize, you will receive 10% of the entry fee for signing him up and a $35,000 bonus (10% of the prize money won)! Even if the player comes in last place, you would receive 10% of the entry fee for signing the player up for the qualifier and $200 more because last place in the tournament pays $2000 (10% of the prize money won)! Obviously, the more players you sign up, the better the chance you will have to make serious money. Simply print out a copy of the entry form and schedule which can be downloaded by clicking here. Make sure to print your name or business name (tour name, league name, etc.) and a way to contact you on the form as the referrer. Make photocopies of the form and distribute to potential players.

IPT to Premiere on OLN
The International Pool Tour has secured a major television package to air IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series on OLN. The network will carry the six IPT shows in prime time, with the first show set to premiere at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4. The International Pool Tour's "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" features the world's greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for the IPT TV schedule.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



INTERNATIONAL POOL TOUR TO AIR LIVE ACROSS EUROPE   

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INTERNATIONAL POOL TOUR TO AIR LIVE ACROSS EUROPE
Major deal with Eurosport Gives Pool its Biggest Live Platform Ever

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

London UK (May 31st, 2006): The International Pool Tour has announced the most comprehensive live broadcast rights package in the history of the sport with its newly-minted deal with Eurosport, the leading tv sports network and multimedia platform throughout Europe. Eurosport and British Eurosport will show live, prime-time coverage of every round of all major IPT events in 2006. The Pan-European network will also air a number of produced IPT highlights programs, including the recent “King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout.” Plans call for approximately two hours nightly of live coverage.

The announcement was made by IPT Founder Kevin Trudeau at a major press conference held today at the Hard Rock Café in London. The press event was attended by most of the major UK media, as well as a number of IPT players such as snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan, Gerda Hofstatter, Nick Van den Berg, Vincent Facquet, and a number of other players from the UK. The Hard Rock Café cleared out their main dining room to make room for the pool table, reporters, and television cameras. For pictures of the press conference, please visit www.internationalpooltour.com.

Eurosport, the first pan-European sports channel created in 1989, is now available in 19 different languages, reaches over 107 million homes and over 240 million viewers across 54 countries. British Eurosport, which will also provide live coverage of the IPT, is the most widely available sports channel in the UK, reaching over 10 million homes.

“Eurosport is proud and excited to welcome the International Pool Tour to our line-up of prestigious, world-class sports and sporting events,’ said Arnaud Simon, Eurosport’s Head of Programs. “The IPT clearly is the leader in worldwide pool and we believe our commitment to air its major events live will generate a huge amount of interest in both the sport and its players all across Europe.”

The International Pool Tour joins other major sports franchises on Eurosport including the Winter & Summer Olympics, soccer’s World Cup, Grand Slam Tennis, The Tour De France cycling championship and other top sports organizations such as the PGA Tour. The comprehensive live coverage of the IPT will introduce 8-ball and pool to millions of sports fans in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, the UK and across Europe.

“This broadcast deal truly signals the emergence of 8-Ball as a major, world-class sport,” said IPT Founder Trudeau. “Eurosport has the most prestigious events and the best TV coverage and now sports fans throughout Europe can experience the live drama, pressure and excitement of the International Pool Tour.”

The IPT, the pool world’s unrivaled leader in both quality of play and prize money, features the world’s most acclaimed players, including many from Europe such as Germany’s Thorsten Hohmann and Ralf Soquet, Finland’s Mika Immonen, Austria’s Gerda Hofstatter, Nick Van Den Berg and Neils Feijin of the Netherlands, the UK’s Raj Hundal and British snooker stars O’Sullivan and Jimmy White, amongst many others. For the complete IPT player roster, click here.

The first live IPT event to be aired on Eurosport will be the North American 8-Ball Open Championship held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas from July 22nd-July 30th. Players will be competing for $2 million, the largest prize money in the sport’s history. For the complete IPT schedule, including tournament formats and prize money payouts, visit www.internationalpooltour.com.

IPT Executive Director Jon Denny promises unprecedented and exciting production value on the live broadcasts. “Simply put,” said Denny, “No other cue sport will match it.”

Other major worldwide broadcast deals are expected to be announced shortly by IPT officials.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



International Pool Tour News and Updates   

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International Pool Tour News and Updates

The International Pool Tour congratulates the following players for qualifying to play in the "IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship" starting July 22nd, 2006 at the Venetian, Las Vegas:

Floyd Barger
Tomoki Mekari
Steeve Moore
Sam Monday
Greg Hogue
Jim Weast
Larry Nevel
Marco Marquez

After placing first or second in their respective qualifiers, these players will be playing for more than $2,000,000 in prize money and a first place prize of $350,000, as well as a place on the Money List! Doing well in the North American Open could result in being in the top 100 on the Money List at the end of 2006, thus qualifying for a 2007 Tour Card. A 2007 Tour Card is worth a minimum of $100,000, click here for details. At the North American Open, these players are each guaranteed a minimum of $2,000 for qualifying and playing, even if they fail to win a single game. These players stepped up and won their way into an IPT event in the first week of qualification tournaments. The good news is that there are still twenty events remaining over the next four weeks. This weekend's qualification tournaments are being held in the following cities: Seattle, Boardman (OH), Frederick (MD), Pratteln (Switzerland), Toronto (Canada). Click here to see the full schedule of qualification events for the North American Open. Click here to view tournament results from the qualification events that concluded last weekend.

The IPT Qualification System is the best method for populating major tournaments because it weeds all those who don't think that they can succeed, while rewarding those who believe in themselves. Most of the players who took the risk to enter these qualification tournaments have now been rewarded. Remember, the top two players in each tournament qualify for the North American Open. The next four players, third through sixth place finishers, each earn a free entry fee to another qualifier. And four players who place seventh or lower will have a chance to play against an IPT Pro for a free entry fee in another qualifier. This system really is the only true "open" system in which any player, man, woman, or child, can enter and win a place on this historic tour. So if you were thinking about playing and missed your chance this week, you can still sign up for the remaining qualifiers at www.internationalpooltour.com. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

International Pool Tour Television News

IPT to Premiere on OLN
The International Pool Tour has secured a major television package to air IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series on OLN. The network will carry the six IPT shows in prime time, with the first show set to premiere at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4. The International Pool Tour's "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" features the world's greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for the IPT TV schedule.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



INTERNATIONAL POOL TOUR TO ANNOUNCE WORLDWIDE TV DEALS   

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INTERNATIONAL POOL TOUR TO ANNOUNCE WORLDWIDE TV DEALS

Major Press Conference Set for Wednesday May 31st in London

London, UK (May 27, 2006): International Pool Tour executives, including founder Kevin Trudeau, will be joined by snooker legend and IPT player Ronnie O’Sullivan and other top Tour players at a major press conference to be held Wednesday May 31st in London.

The event, at the Hard Rock Café in central London, is already being called the biggest press conference in the history of pool, with dozens of representatives of major UK and European newspapers, magazines and tv networks expected to attend.

Trudeau, along with IPT Executive Director Jon Denny and IPT Tour Director Deno Andrews, is expected to make several major announcements about the global television deals that have been signed by the Tour, including unprecedented live coverage of all 2006 events. The entire 2006 schedule, including prize funds and tournament formats, is listed at www.internationalpooltour.com. Other exciting news about the International Pool Tour will be announced.

In addition to O’Sullivan, other top International Pool Tour players scheduled to attend the media event include Raj Hundal of the UK, Neils Feijin and Nick Van Den Berg of the Netherlands, France’s Vincent Facquet and Gerda Hofstatter, originally from Austria, amongst others.

The UK press conference has been organized by Pitch P.R., the IPT’s London-based media relations and sports marketing firm. Pitch P.R is backed by Freud Communications, one of Europe’s leading PR agencies.

Other Important IPT News:

IPT to Premiere on OLN -
If you haven't yet read the press release, we are happy to announce that The International Pool Tour, the richest professional pool tour in the world, has secured a major television package to air IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series on OLN. The network will carry the six IPT shows in prime time, with the first show set to premiere at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4. The International Pool Tour's "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" features the world's greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for IPT TV schedule, and click here to read the press release.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



International Pool Tour News and Updates:   

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International Pool Tour News and Updates:

The International Pool Tour is proud to announce that the first day of nation-wide competition has concluded. In Cleveland, the Tournament Director there decided to finish the tournament in one day, so the International Pool Tour congratulates the first two players to qualify for the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship: Floyd Barger and Tomoki Mekari. These two fantastic players will be playing for more than $2,000,000 in prize money and a first place prize of $350,000! They are each guaranteed a minimum of $2,000 for qualifying and playing in the North American Open. The tournament from which they advanced drew six competitors including WPBA Pro Jeanette Lee. The four players who did not qualify in the Cleveland event will each receive a free entry fee into a qualifier of their choice for placing third through sixth place. Visit www.internationalpooltour.com for tournament details.

The tournament in Chicago (NA#5) saw its fair share of competition. There were twelve players including pool legend Jimmy Mataya, and top Midwestern players Marco Marquez, Tom Spencer, and Larry Nevel. Pro Tyme billiards owner Ed Hillar instituted a spectator dress code. He and his head referee, dressed in tuxedos, welcomed IPT Staff who visited the qualifier this morning. Still undefeated and playing tomorrow in the no-loss final match are Marco Marquez and Larry Nevel. View tournament results, pictures, and stories from this event on www.internationalpooltour.com.

Jillian's in Raleigh, NC (NA#2) hosted ten players. Steve Moore and Sam Monday are the only two undefeated players and will be playing Saturday for the first of two spots in the "IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship." Notable players who remain on the one loss side include Louis Ulrich and Gary Abood. The four players who have been eliminated will play off on Saturday against pool legend and IPT Pro Grady Mathews. Challengers who beat Mathews will earn a free entry into a qualification tournament of their choice. All remaining players in the tournament who don't qualify will automatically win a free entry into a qualifier of their choice. Visit www.internationalpooltour.com for details about the tournament and challenge matches.

Magoo's in Tulsa, Oklahoma (NA#3) will kick off tournament play on Saturday morning. Eight players will compete in Tulsa. The top two players will join their colleagues in the North American Open. Third through sixth place finishers receive a free entry into a qualification tournament of their choice. The remaining two players will challenge IPT Pro Jim Raney for free entries, or $1000 per match for Raney! Follow the action at www.internationalpooltour.com.

The Las Vegas Cue Club (NA#4) drew seventeen players including notorious players Ron Allen, Danny Medina, and Santos Sambajon. This fantastic field of players also includes Oscar Dominguez, son of IPT Pro Ernesto Dominguez. Four of the players who do not qualify or place 3rd-6th will challenge IPT Pro John Kutcher. Check out www.internationalpooltour.com to see who will qualify for the NA Open.

The IPT Qualification System is the best method for populating major tournaments because it weeds all those who don't think that they can succeed, while rewarding those who believe in themselves. Most of the players who took the risk to enter these qualification tournaments are now being rewarded. Remember, the top two players in each tournament qualify for the North American Open. The next four players, third through sixth place finishers, each earn a free entry fee to another qualifier. And four players who place seventh or lower will have a chance to play against an IPT Pro for a free entry fee in another qualifier. This system really is the only true “open” system in which any player, man, woman, or child, can enter and win a place on this historic tour. So if you were thinking about playing and missed your chance this week, you can still sign up for the remaining qualifiers at www.internationalpooltour.com. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

International Pool Tour Television News:

IPT to Premiere on OLN-
The International Pool Tour has secured a major television package to air IPT’s action-packed “King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout” series on OLN. The network will carry the six IPT shows in prime time, with the first show set to premiere at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4. The International Pool Tour’s “King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout” features the world’s greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for the IPT TV schedule.

Other Important News-
The IPT will be hosting a live Press Conference Wednesday, May 31, 2006, in London, England at the Hard Rock Café. During this celebrity-clad Press Conference, we will be announcing our contracts detailing unprecedented live television coverage of the entire 2006 IPT Tour! We will also be making another major announcement that will rock the billiard world. These press releases, with all the details of these exciting announcements, will be sent to everyone on the email list. So if you haven't yet signed up for email updates, you can do so now at www.internationalpooltour.com.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



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International Pool Tour News and Updates:

The International Pool Tour is proud to announce that the first five qualification tournaments for the "IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship" are now closed and will be underway in just several hours. By the end of the weekend, there will be ten players who will have won entry into the North American Open, and a minimum of $2000 in prize money! They will be playing for more than $2,000,000 in prize money and a $350,000 first place prize! The players who stepped up to compete are incredibly excited for this opportunity to play on the biggest tour in the history of the sport.

What's even greater is that these tournaments are spread over a wide geography, which will allow a lot of local talent their shot on the IPT. Players who compete in qualification tournaments have such a great chance to do well. The top two players in each event will move on to play in the North American Open. The next four players will each receive a free entry into another qualification tournament of their choice. Of the remaining players who don't place in the top six of the qualifier, four of them will have a chance to play an IPT Pro in a challenge match. If the player beats the IPT Pro, they win a free entry fee into another qualifier. If the IPT Pro wins, he or she wins $1000.

Here is a breakdown of the first five qualification tournaments starting tomorrow:

NA#1 Jillian's, Cleveland Heights-
This tournament has six players who entered this tournament. They will compete on Friday May 26, 2006. Two of these six players will play in the IPT North American Open and win a minimum of $2000. One of the players is a very well known player. Visit www.internationalpooltour.com for details. Players are already kicking themselves for not entering this tournament!

NA#2 Jillian's, Raleigh, NC-
Ten players face off in the Southeast for their chance to play on the IPT. Two of them will win a minimum of $2000 in the North American Open. The next four automatically win free entries to another qualifier. And the remaining four players will play challenge matches against IPT Pro Player and pool legend Grady Mathews. Each challenger who beats Grady will receive a free entry into another qualifier. However, Grady will be trying to win $1000 per match for his victories. Visit www.internationalpooltour.com for details about the tournament and challenge matches.

NA#3 Magoo's, Tulsa OK-
Only eight players will play off in Tulsa starting Saturday May 27, 2006. Naturally, the top two will join their colleagues in the North American Open. Third through sixth place finishers receive a free entry into a qualification tournament of their choice. The remaining two players will challenge IPT Pro Jim Raney for free entries, or $1000 per match for Raney!
Follow the action at www.internationalpooltour.com.

NA#4 Las Vegas Cue Club, Las Vegas, NV-
Seventeen players, including some legendary names, entered this event. This fantastic field of players is impossible to predict. Four of the players who do not qualify or place 3rd-6th will challenge IPT Pro John Kutcher. Check out www.internationalpooltour.com to see who will qualify for the NA Open.

NA#5 Pro Tyme Billiards, Chicago, IL-
This Chicago area tournament will host ten players including a famous name of the near past and several other notorious players. Of course, two will qualify for the North American Open and a minimum of $2000 each in prize money. Third through sixth place finishers receive a free entry into a qualification tournament of their choice. Finally, all the remaining players in the tournament will try their luck against IPT Pro Jackie Broadhurst. Beating Jackie wins a challenger a free entry fee to another qualifier. However, she will be trying her best to win $1000 per match for her wins! Be sure to follow the action at www.internationalpooltour.com.

IPT Founder Kevin Trudeau is so excited and happy for the players competing this weekend. Kevin stated earlier that "this is exactly what these tournaments are supposed to be- local talent stepping up and winning their way onto the IPT." He also said that "now is the best time to sign up and play in qualification tournaments." There are many professional events going on throughout the country these next few weeks, which means that there may never be a better opportunity to qualify to play on the IPT. Those players who took the risk to enter these qualification tournaments are now all being rewarded with excellent chances to win big. This is the perfect qualification system because it weeds all those who don't think that they can succeed, while rewarding those who believe in themselves. This system is the only true “open” system in which any player, man, woman, or child, can enter and win a place on this historic tour. So if you were thinking about playing and missed your chance this week, you can sign up now for the remaining qualifiers at www.internationalpooltour.com.  Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

Other Important News-
The IPT will be hosting a live Press Conference Wednesday, May 31, 2006, in London, England at the Hard Rock Café. During this celebrity-clad Press Conference, we will be announcing our contracts detailing unprecedented live television coverage of the entire 2006 IPT Tour! We will also be making another major announcement that will rock the billiard world. These press releases, with all the details of these exciting announcements, will be sent to everyone on the email list. So if you haven't yet signed up for email updates, you can do so now at www.internationalpooltour.com.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



International Pool Tour News and Updates:   

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International Pool Tour News and Updates:

The first five tournaments of the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship Qualification System get underway starting Friday May 26, 2006. Entry to the first weekend events will be cut off some time on Thursday, May 25th. So if you are close to Cleveland, Raleigh (NC), Tulsa, Las Vegas, or Chicago, this is your last chance to enter one of these events. Entry fees must be paid in advanced. Absolutely no entry fees will be accepted at the door regardless of the number of players. Click here to visit the qualifier schedule for the remaining tournaments being held in the U.S. and abroad. You can also register on line at www.internationalpooltour.com or by calling the IPT at (847) 439-3438 during business hours (CST).

Coming in first or second in the qualifier earns you entry into the IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship. Over $2 million dollars in prize money will be given away at the North American Open. First place is $350,000. More importantly, last place is $2000...even if you don't make a single ball! Also, any non-IPT member who places in the top six in the IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship will earn automatic invitations to play in the 2006 IPT Players Championship and IPT Masters Championship. Over $5 million in prize money will be given away at these two championships. For the complete payout schedules, click here.

There are two entry fee levels for qualification tournaments. A full entry fee is $1000. All winnings earned at this entry fee level will count towards the top 100 Money List which wins you a 2007 IPT Player's Card. All 2007 IPT players are guaranteed $100,000! For more information on how this is earned, click here. The second entry fee level is $500. If you enter a qualifying tournament at the $500 entry fee level and come in first or second, you still are entered into the IPT N.A. 8-Ball Open Championship. However, you will only receive 50% of any prize money you win. Your prize money will not count towards the money list. If you place in the top six in the North American Open, you will still be invited to the IPT Masters and the IPT Players Championships. If you choose this $500 entry fee level, you will only receive 50% of any prize money you win. This qualifying system is designed to allow players from all over the world to enter tournaments without huge travel expenses and costs. It is also designed to weed out players who know that they have no chance in the tournaments.

Finally, don't forget about the fantastic opportunities available to get involved. Each player who signs up for a qualification tournament can specify a referrer, or someone who signed them up for the tournament. Whoever it is that is the referrer, whether it be an IPT Player, Room Owner, Tour Operator, Pool League, Pre-Qualifier Host, or Individual, will receive a 10% commission of the entry fee (a $1000 entry equals a $100 commission and a $500 entry fee equals a $50 commission) AND a bonus amount equaling 10% of the prize money won by that player in the tournament in which they qualified to play. So if you sign up a player (you or your business must be listed on the entry form) for a qualifier and he ends up winning the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship and the $350,000 first prize, you will receive 10% of the entry fee for signing him up and a $35,000 bonus (10% of the prize money won)! Even if the player comes in last place, you would receive 10% of the entry fee for signing the player up for the qualifier and $200 more because last place in the tournament pays $2000 (10% of the prize money won)! Obviously, the more players you sign up, the better the chance you will have to make serious money. Simply print out a copy of the entry form and schedule which can be downloaded by clicking here. Make sure to print your name or business name (tour name, league name, etc.) and a way to contact you on the form as the referrer. Make photocopies of the form and distribute to potential players.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



INTERNATIONAL POOL TOUR PRESS RELEASE   

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INTERNATIONAL POOL TOUR PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release

(Chicago, IL) The International Pool Tour announces that Danny Green's Billiards, in Toronto, Canada, will host an IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship Qualifier on June 3rd-5th, 2006. This qualifying tournament will be a Double-Elimination competition with races to ten of eight ball. The first and second place competitors will secure spots in the 2006 IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship at the Venetian Las Vegas, held on July 22-30, 2006. Players who advance to the Venetian Las Vegas will compete for their share of an unprecedented $2,000,000 prize fund and an historic first place prize of $350,000. Full entry into IPT Qualification Tournaments is $1,000, with a second option to enter for a $500 fee. Visit www.internationalpooltour.com for more information.

The full schedule of all 25 IPT qualification tournaments for the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championships is available on line at www.internationalpooltour.com. The International Pool Tour is the only true "open" tour in the history of the sport. Any person, of any age, man or woman, from any country, can play in our "open" tournaments. The IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship has over $2 million in prize money, regardless of the number of players. To learn about how to enter this historic tournament, click here.

Other Important News:
IPT to Premiere on OLN - If you haven't yet read the press release, we are happy to announce that The International Pool Tour, the richest professional pool tour in the world, has secured a major television package to air IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series on OLN. The network will carry the six IPT shows in prime time, with the first show set to premiere at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4. The International Pool Tour's "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" features the world's greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for IPT TV schedule, and click here to read the press release.

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



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INTERNATIONAL POOL TOUR PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release

(Chicago, IL) The International Pool Tour announces that Danny Green's Billiards, in Toronto, Canada, will host an IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship Qualifier on June 3rd-5th, 2006. This qualifying tournament will be a Double-Elimination competition with races to ten of eight ball. The first and second place competitors will secure spots in the 2006 IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship at the Venetian Las Vegas, held on July 22-30, 2006. Players who advance to the Venetian Las Vegas will compete for their share of an unprecedented $2,000,000 prize fund and an historic first place prize of $350,000. Full entry into IPT Qualification Tournaments is $1,000, with a second option to enter for a $500 fee. Visit www.internationalpooltour.com for more information.

The full schedule of all 25 IPT qualification tournaments for the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championships is available on line at www.internationalpooltour.com. The International Pool Tour is the only true "open" tour in the history of the sport. Any person, of any age, man or woman, from any country, can play in our "open" tournaments. The IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship has over $2 million in prize money, regardless of the number of players. To learn about how to enter this historic tournament, click here.

Other Important News:
IPT to Premiere on OLN - If you haven't yet read the press release, we are happy to announce that The International Pool Tour, the richest professional pool tour in the world, has secured a major television package to air IPT's action-packed "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" series on OLN. The network will carry the six IPT shows in prime time, with the first show set to premiere at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4. The International Pool Tour's "King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout" features the world's greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for IPT TV schedule, and click here to read the press release.

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



INTERNATIONAL POOL TOUR TO PREMIERE ON OLN   

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INTERNATIONAL POOL TOUR TO PREMIERE ON OLN

For Immediate Release

King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout to Air in Prime-Time Starting Sunday, June 4

Chicago, Illinois. (May 4, 2006) --- The International Pool Tour, the richest professional pool tour in the world, has secured a major television package to air IPT’s action-packed “King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout” series on OLN.  The network will carry the six IPT shows in prime time, with the first show set to premiere at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4.

The International Pool Tour’s “King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout” features the world’s greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for IPT TV schedule.

The Comcast-owned OLN is currently available in almost 70 million households and is considered one of the hottest sports cable networks in America. The national network is best-known for its coverage of the National Hockey League, the prestigious Tour De France, America’s Cup, Davis Cup tennis, the A1 Grand Prix series and the “Survivor” reality series in syndication.

“We believe the IPT’s intense competition, production value and sports drama make it a good fit for our schedule” said Victoria Quoss, OLN’s VP of Programming, International & Strategic Planning.  “Millions of people play 8-Ball all over the country and the International Pool Tour will take the sport to a whole new level. The series will not only appeal to pool fans, but to sports fans in general.”

The International Pool Tour series is a breakthrough in televised pool.  It is one of the first-ever pool series to air nationally in prime-time and is widely considered to have the most high-end production value in the sport’s history. The  “IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout” was produced by the International Pool Tour in association with A. Smith & Company, the executive producers of network hits such as “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Skating with the Stars” and many major television sports events including pro football.

“OLN is known for its coverage of some of the most prestigious and competitive international events in sports,” said Jon Denny, Executive Director of the IPT.   “This new partnership signifies that pool is now a major television sport and that the International Pool Tour is a ready for prime time property.”

OLN (OLNTV.com) is the leader in competitive and adrenaline-charged content. Now in more than 69 million homes, OLN is the cable home of the National Hockey League and best-in-class events like The Tour de France, The America’s Cup, Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the Boston Marathon and USSA Skiing. The network offers unique programming in four primary areas: Action Sports, Field Sports, Bulls & Rodeo and Awe-Inspiring Series, and is the exclusive home of “Survivor” in syndication. OLN, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ; CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

For more information on the International Pool Tour, visit www.internationalpooltour.com.

Media Contact:
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International Pool Tour Press Release   

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International Pool Tour Press Release

The International Pool Tour is excited to announce a major opportunity for you to promote the game that you love! The IPT has launched the qualification tournament system for the North American Open 8-Ball Championship. Instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to advertise the North American Open, and how anyone can play in this tournament through the qualifiers, we would rather offer a grass-roots opportunity that will send large sums of money directly to those people who promote the sport.

The concept is simple. Each player who signs up for a qualification tournament can specify a referrer, or someone who signed them up for the tournament. Whoever it is that is the referrer, whether it be an IPT Player, Room Owner, Tour Operator, Pool League, Pre-Qualifier Host, or Individual, will receive a 10% commission of the entry fee (a $1000 entry equals a $100 commission and a $500 entry fee equals a $50 commission) AND a bonus amount equaling 10% of the prize money won by that player in the tournament in which they qualified to play.

So if you sign up a player (you or your business must be listed on the entry form) for a qualifier and he ends up winning the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship and the $350,000 first prize, you will receive 10% of the entry fee for signing him up and a $35,000 bonus (10% of the prize money won)! Even if the player comes in last place in the IPT North American Open 8-Ball Championship, you would receive 10% of the entry fee for signing the player up for the qualifier and $200 more because last place in the tournament pays $2000 (10% of the prize money won)! Obviously, the more players you sign up, the better the chance you will have to make serious money.

You can also purchase spots in Qualification Tournaments ahead of time and host pre-qualifier tournaments. You would be the referrer of the player who wins the pre-qualifier, so the more pre-qualifiers you host, well, you do the math!

Simply print out a copy of the entry form and schedule which can be downloaded by clicking here. Make sure to print your name or business name (tour name, league name, etc.) and a way to contact you on the form as the referrer. Make photocopies of the form and distribute to potential players.

If you think about it, there has never been an opportunity like this in the sport. Do not miss out on this opportunity to make some serious money promoting the sport that you love. The IPT is excited to promote pocket billiards on the grass-roots level while concurrently driving the image of the sport in the mainstream media. Now everyone has the potential to earn big money promoting pool! You don't have to be a top player or even play in tournaments to earn huge money. Promote the IPT and you can go to the pay window too!

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
dandrews@internationalpooltour.com
www.internationalpooltour.com



International Pool Tour News!   

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International Pool Tour News!

Dear IPT Supporter:

The IPT has undergone incredible growth over the last few months. Building a profitable international pool tour is a huge undertaking. It takes a tremendous commitment in financial resources, manpower, and time. Something of this magnitude does not happen overnight. The IPT is fully committed for the long term. We have the financial resources, business expertise, long-term vision, and exciting future corporate partners that will ensure that the IPT continues to grow and expand for many, many years to come!

Here are some updates on various issues:

  1. Worldwide TV Contracts - There has been tremendous worldwide interest in the purchasing of the King of the Hill TV series, and acquiring rights to broadcasting the entire 2006 season. The bidding war and negotiations amongst all the television broadcasters has been exciting and time consuming. We have made our decisions and will be announcing the exact times and networks that will handle the IPT 2006 tournament schedule within the next two weeks. The King of the Hill Tournament will be six one-hour episodes and a two-hour finale. Each episode is designed to appeal to the 95 percent of people who do not watch billiards on television. These episodes will be run in primetime in America, the UK, Europe, and Asia. The 2006 IPT tournaments will include three hours per day of live broadcasting on television in primetime in Europe and Asia. Recorded broadcasts will be in Prime Time in America. This is unprecedented television coverage, and it is only the beginning of bigger and better things to come. We are turning pool into a true “sport.” We are also working on finalizing broadcasting rights in Canada, Australia, Mexico, South America, and several other worldwide markets. We will be announcing the TV broadcast schedule within the next two weeks.

  2. IPT Staff - The IPT staff has grown to over 15 full-time people in the U.S. We continue to recruit and hire top quality staff members for our Chicago office and plan on opening offices in Europe and Asia very soon. Within the next few months we anticipate over 50 IPT staff in offices around the world.

  3. DVDs - It is our intention to have available on DVD and for downloading, every match from the King of the Hill Tournament. The editing and production will take several more months. At each major tournament we intend on filming feature matches and having those available on DVD and for downloading as well. Our complete library of taped matches should be current by fall 2006. The IPT will be producing several more instructional DVDs featuring top IPT players. Look for these DVDs by the end of the year. Any comments and suggestions on how to shoot the matches to make them better for pool aficionados would be appreciated. We want to produce DVDs of the matches that the pool public will be excited about.

  4. IPT Website - We are in the process of bringing in the required resources to produce a website with more features than any other website in billiards. These will include:
    • Real time scoring of all qualifying tournaments and major tournaments.
    • Live video streaming from all tournaments.
    • Interactive online pool matches and tournaments. These will include:
    • Million dollar online pool tournaments, as well as real money matches.
    • Billiard equipment and training aids at the best prices anywhere in the world. We intend to be the number one billiards supply site in the world.
    • Huge photo galleries and player profiles, audio and video interviews and lessons with the top players.
    • Live call-in shows with top players.
    • Message boards, chat rooms, and much more.

  5. Announcers and Hosts - Within the next three weeks we will be announcing the TV broadcast team for the 2006 season.

  6. Healthcare for Players - We are working on details for providing health insurance for all IPT players. Details will be announced at the North American Open at the Venetian.

  7. IPT Pension - A pension and retirement program will be announced at the North American Open at the Venetian. This is designed to provide security for players who dedicate their life to the game. This, combined with health insurance and guaranteed annual income for IPT Members, should dramatically increase the number of players who decide to make playing pool a career on the IPT.

  8. Corporate Partners - The rumors are true! In the last several months several multibillion dollar organizations have expressed interest in acquiring the IPT in full or in part. Having a major worldwide multibillion dollar organization as a partner in the IPT has many advantages. It would provide additional security and peace of mind to the players with the knowledge that the IPT will be here for many, many years to come. There are also many other marketing and financial advantages for the IPT players as well. All discussions are highly confidential and any announcements regarding this will be made at the appropriate time. There is a good chance that we will be making a major announcement at the players meeting at the North American Open at the Venetian, Las vegas.

  9. IPT Cloth - Gorina has been selected to manufacturer our tournament cloth to our very unique and specific requirements. There is no cloth in the world currently that is identical to the IPT tournament cloth. This slow nap cloth combined with the tight pockets of the IPT Diamond table, and with no breaking from the side rail, means that it is difficult to make balls on the break. This is the most significant reason this cloth was selected. With fast worsted cloth, even on a table with tight pockets, it is relatively easy to pocket two or three balls on the break. In our testing it was shown that on the same Diamond table, the worsted cloth produced 97 percent of the time at least one ball pocketed. This was compared to only 52 percent of the time a ball was pocketed with the IPT slow nap cloth. On the worsted cloth 65 percent of the time two or more balls were pocketed. This compared to only 22 percent of the time where two or more balls were pocketed with the IPT nap cloth. On the worsted cloth balls were tied up only 18 percent of the time. On the IPT nap cloth balls were tied up 42 percent of the time. In this test, the nap cloth had been broken in for three weeks of solid play; it was not new cloth.

    What this means is that breaking and running out on the IPT nap cloth is much more difficult. In order to break and run out on the IPT nap cloth you must possess a very powerful break, knowledge of running patterns, pinpoint cue ball control, and incredible accuracy with a powerful stroke. It has been proven that the harder you hit the cue ball the less accurate the shot becomes. These factors dramatically reduce luck. These conditions will mean that the better player will more consistently win. IPT Tournament Conditions, like the U.S. Open golf conditions, are designed to make luck much less of a factor. To win an IPT Tournament, a player must have tremendous physical and mental stamina, ability to handle pressure, knowledge of running patterns, a high degree of accurate shot making, a powerful stroke, a powerful break, and excellent cue ball control. The winner must possess all of these skills. IPT Champions will not be lucky. They will be true athletes who have the mind, knowledge, skills, and physical fitness to be the best. Available now.

  10. IPT Tournament Balls - SALUC of Belgium has been selected to manufacture IPT Tournament Balls to our very specific requirements. These will be the highest quality, longest lasting, and truest playing billiard balls in the world. These will be released in June.

  11. IPT Chalk - The IPT has commissioned a major manufacturer to produce the IPTs official chalk. This chalk uses the most expensive and highest quality ingredients and manufacturing processes available anywhere in the world. It is by far the highest quality chalk in the world. It is ideal for multiple environmental conditions. Available now.

  12. IPT Sardo Rack - The Sardo Rack has been selected as the official rack of the IPT. Using this rack guarantees fairness. Every player gets the exact same perfect rack every time. Available now.

  13. IPT Tournament Table - Diamond has been selected to manufacture the IPT Tournament Table to our unique and specifications. These tables are designed to last. They play consistently the same year after year. They are also designed to play tougher than other tables. Players must be accurate, guaranteeing the more skilled and accurate player will more consistently win.

  14. Corporate Sponsors - The IPT has generated interest for major corporations including insurance, financial services, automobiles, beer and liquor companies, credit cards, and several other industries. They are huge world-wide corporate interests in providing long term sponsorship agreements for the IPT. Since the IPT is fully funded, we are being prudent in evaluating all sponsorship offers currently being presented. We may choose to accept outside sponsorship in the future. More announcements on this will be made at the North American Open at the Venetian, Las Vegas.

  15. Wagering on Tournaments - On-line sports books and casino sports books are discussing the possibility of accepting wagering on the major tournaments and possibly qualifiers. There are many legal and jurisdictional issues that are being reviewed. More details will be forthcoming when available.

Look for many more announcements to be coming within the next two months.

Very truly yours,

Deno Andrews, Director
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com

 

 



IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship Qualifier Schedule   

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IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship Qualifier Schedule

The complete schedule for the IPT North American Open, with dates and locations, is now available- click here!

The International Pool Tour is the only true "open" tour in the history of the sport. Any person, of any age, man or woman, from any country, can play in our "open" tournaments. The IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship has over $2 million in prize money, regardless of the number of players. To see the complete payout schedule, click here.

There are 25 qualification tournaments around the world where the top two players will earn entry into the IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship. The maximum number of players at each tournament will vary based on the number of tables available and other factors. The number of entrants allowed is very limited in many tournament venues, so entry is first-come, first-served. Entry fees must be made in advanced. Absolutely no entry fees will be accepted at the door. Click here to visit the qualifier schedule and to register for tournaments.

Coming in first or second in the qualifier earns you entry into the IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship. Over $2 million dollars in prize money will be earned by the 200 players. First place is $350,000. More importantly, last place is $2000! Also, any non-IPT member who places in the top six in the IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship will earn automatic invitations to play in the 2006 IPT Players Championship and IPT Masters Championship. Over $2.5 million in prize money will be given away at these two championships. For the complete payout schedules, click here.

There are two entry fee levels for qualification tournaments. A full entry fee is $1000. All winnings earned at this entry fee level will count towards the top 100 Money List which wins you a 2007 IPT Player's Card. All 2007 IPT players are guaranteed $100,000! For more information on how this is earned, click here.

The second entry fee level is $500. If you enter a qualifying tournament at the $500 entry fee level and come in first or second, you still are entered into the IPT N.A. 8-Ball Open Championship. However, you will only receive 50% of any prize money you win. Your prize money will not count towards the money list. If you place in the top six in the North American Open, you will still be invited to the IPT Masters and the IPT Players Championships. If you choose this $500 entry fee level, you will only receive 50% of any prize money you win.

This qualifying system is designed to allow players from all over the world to enter tournaments without huge travel expenses and costs. It is also designed to weed out players who know that they have no chance in the tournaments. Click here to visit the qualifier schedule and to register for tournaments.

We encourage players to set up pre-qualification tournaments between each other. A good example would be to have five players put up $100 or $200 each, and play a one day Round Robin tournament. The winner earns the money for the entry fee into the qualifier! I encourage you to listen to IPT Founder Kevin Trudeau explain the qualifying system for 2006- click here.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com





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The International Pool Tour Announces Gorina as the Official Cloth of the IPT   

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The International Pool Tour Announces Gorina as the Official Cloth of the IPT

Press Release for Immediate Release

April 12, 2006

(CHICAGO, IL,) The International Pool Tour is proud to announce that Gorina S.A. has been chosen to manufacture and supply Official IPT Cloth.  This announcement comes after months of the IPT testing different brands and blends of cloth for its tournaments and Certified Room program.

Gorina S.A., established in 1835 outside Barcelona, Spain, is known for making some of the world’s finest textiles for the billiards industry as well as the fashion industry.  Many of the finest hand-made business suits in the world are made with fabrics from the Gorina mill.  The high level of quality of these fabrics from Gorina S.A. is demanded by the fashion industry.  The same level of care and execution goes into Gorina’s manufacturing of the world’s finest cloth for billiard games.  The International Pool Tour has chosen Gorina to produce its official cloth because of their commitment to excellence and the use of only the finest wools available.  Gorina S.A. is a family owned and operated multi-national company as it was over 170 years ago.  Gorina will produce two different cloth options that both meet strict IPT specifications for quality:

Gorina IPT Tournament Cloth – The finest quality, slow nap woolen cloth is what the IPT Professional Players play on during the major tournaments.  Gorina IPT Tournament Cloth is the most difficult cloth in the world on which to master playing, and one of the most difficult cloths to manufacture.  Only the longest strands of wool fiber are expertly woven to create this traditional slow-nap cloth.  Playing on this cloth requires having a superior stroke and the best mechanics, which is why the IPT uses it and why only the best players in the world excel on it.  Room owners who choose this tournament cloth for their tables will be giving their customers a taste of what life is like on the IPT tour!

Gorina IPT Recreation / Pro Cloth - Many players today are accustomed to playing on fast worsted cloth such as Simonis 860.  Worsted cloth is the most durable and lasts the longest of all recreational cloth.  Worsted cloth makes playing conditions and pocketing balls easier.  Gorina IPT Recreational/Pro Cloth is the finest worsted cloth made anywhere in the world.  It is superior in quality, durability, and playability to any other worsted cloth on the market and it is the perfect choice for pocket billiard rooms.

“The Gorina brand is synonymous with quality and performance.  The International Pool Tour is proud to be associated with the Gorina family and their high performance cloth for all billiard games.” Deno J. Andrews, Director, International Pool Tour.

Media Contact:
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International Pool Tour
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IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship Qualifiers Announced   

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IPT North American 8-Ball Open Championship Qualifiers Announced

Please listen to IPT Founder Kevin Trudeau explain the qualifying system for 2006 - click here.

The International Pool Tour is the only true "open" tour in the history of the sport. Any person, of any age, man or woman, from any country, can play in our "open" tournaments.

The IPT N.A. 8-Ball Open Championship has over $2 million in prize money, regardless of the number of players. To see the complete payout schedule, click here.

There will be 25 tournaments around the world where the top two players will earn entry into the IPT N.A. 8-Ball Open Championship.

There will be five, three-day tournaments going on simultaneously starting on the following dates: May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16, and June 23.
Locations will be announced soon. The maximum number of players at each tournament will vary based on the number of tables available and other factors. Entry is first-come, first-served. Entries must be made in advanced. No entries will be accepted at the door.

There are two entry fee levels. Full entry fee is $1000. Coming in first or second in the qualifier earns you entry into the IPT N.A. 8-Ball Open Championship. Over $2 million dollars in prize money will be earned by the 200 players. First place is $350,000. More importantly, last place is $2000! For the complete payout schedule, click here.

All winnings earned will count towards the top 100 Money List which wins you a 2007 IPT Player's Card. All 2007 IPT players are guaranteed $100,000! For more information on how this is earned, click here.

Any non-IPT member who places in the top six in the IPT N.A. 8-Ball Open Championship earn automatic invitations to play in the 2006 IPT Players Championship and IPT Masters Championship. Over $2.5 million in prize money will be given away at these two championships. For the complete payout schedules, click here.

The second entry fee level is $500. If you enter a qualifying tournament at the $500 entry fee level and come in first or second, you still are entered into the IPT N.A. 8-Ball Open Championship. However, you will only receive 50% of any prize money you win. Your prize money will not count towards the money list. If you place in the top six, you will still be invited to the IPT Masters and the IPT Players Championships, though you will only receive 50% of any prize money you win.

This qualifying system is designed to allow players from all over the world to enter tournaments without huge travel expenses and costs. It is also designed to weed out players who know that they have no chance in the tournaments.

We encourage players to set up pre-qualification tournaments amongst yourselves. A good example would be to have five players put up $100 or $200 each, and play a one day Round Robin tournament. The winner earns the money for the entry fee into the qualifier!

Please listen to IPT Founder Kevin Trudeau explain the qualifying system for 2006- click here.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



IPT Qualification Tournaments   

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IPT Qualification Tournaments

The 2006 International Pool Tour Season is about to start!  The first two events of the season are “open” tournaments where players can qualify to participate through the qualification system.  There are going to be 150 qualification tournaments played in 2006 (breakdown below) and even non-IPT players can qualify to win their share of well over $8 million in prize money and accrue ranking points making it very possible to qualify for a 2007 Tour Card, which guarantees each IPT player in 2007 a minimum of $100,000 in earnings!

The IPT has hosted five very successful qualification tournaments already in 2006.  Four of these events were held in the U.S. and one in The Netherlands.  Each of these events drew strong crowds of fans, the best players, and received great coverage in the local media.  These tournaments were very high profile and the level of play was said, by many players, to have been stronger than many world championships!  Room owners welcomed the crowds, who in turn were delighted to see so many top players competing.  In locations where we hosted events, there is still a strong buzz about the IPT events.  If you did not follow along on line, you may still view pictures, stories, and results from these events at www.internationalpooltour.com.

If you own or manage a venue in North America, U.K., Mainland Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, or elsewhere and would like to be one of the select rooms in the world to be chosen to host an event (or more), now is the time to contact the IPT.  If you know of a room that would like to host an event, please have them contact the IPT immediately.  Here is a breakdown of the events to be held in 2006:

The North American Open (July 2006) will host the full 150 IPT player roster plus 50 players who will qualify from 25 qualification tournaments throughout the world.  These qualification tournaments will be held between late April-June.  Keep in mind, only 25 rooms in the world will be chosen to host qualification tournaments for this round.

The World Open (September 2006) will also host the full 150 IPT player roster plus 50 players who will qualify from 25 qualification tournaments throughout the world.  These qualification tournaments will be held between late June-July.  Again, only 25 rooms will host this round of qualification tournaments with each continent having only a small number of tournaments.

The 2007 IPT Tour Card Qualification Tournament (December 2006) will include the bottom 50 IPT players who are eliminated from the tour plus 200 players who will qualify from 100 qualification tournaments throughout the world.  These events will be taking place between September-early December 2006.  One hundred of the best venues around the world will host this final round of qualification events.

This is your chance to be a part of history.  If you would like to host one or more events throughout the year, you need to contact the IPT Event Planning Department as soon as possible by emailing Kimberly Spies at:

kspies@internationalpooltour.com

Please include your name, room name, location, all telephone numbers an email addresses at which you can be reached.  The IPT will contact you shortly thereafter to discuss the details of the events.  Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to be considered as a host location for these events. 

I look forward to seeing your name on the list of host rooms.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



IPT Qualification Tournament E Online Coverage   

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IPT Qualification Tournament E Online Coverage

The winners’-side final match is set between David Alcaide of Spain and Goh Takami, who hails from Japan. This fifth and final qualification event is being held at House of Billiards in Weert, The Netherlands, and will round out the IPT’s 150 members.

The 27-year-old Alcaide came back from a 9-6 deficit against the UK’s Daryl Peach to run out one rack and break and run the next three to win 10-9. In the other winners’-bracket match, Takami practically whitewashed his German opponent, Thomas Seiffert, winning their match by a stunning 10-1.

The Dutch duo of Alex Lely and Nick Van den Berg were on hand at the event to take on challengers two at a time. Lely won all four of his matches, earning a cool $4,000, but Van den Berg stumbled against fellow countryman Brian Beekers and lost their hill-hill match. But since he made two 8 balls on the break in another challenge match, he earned $3,000 for his three wins and $500 for each 8 ball on the break.

Matches begin at 10 a.m. GMT on Sunday and will crown the final two IPT members for the 2006 season.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



IPT Qualification Tournament E Online Coverage   

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IPT Qualification Tournament E Online Coverage

The fifth IPT Qualification Tournament at the House of Billiards in Weert, The Netherlands can be followed on the IPT web site at www.internationalpooltour.com. This event is a double-elimination 8-ball tournament with races to ten. The top two players (winner of winners' bracket and winner of one-loss bracket) in this event will win a 2006 tour card. To learn more about what a 2006 tour card is worth, visit the IPT web site.

Online tournament coverage includes regularly updated match results and pictures from the event, as well as a sportswriter's blog. Match play started at 10am on Friday, March 10th (GMT). The tournament is a field of 47 players. Play is expected to be between 10am and 10pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



Last Chance! Final Qualifier Next Weekend   

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Last Chance! Final Qualifier Next Weekend

At last the end of the qualification system is near. On Friday, March 10, 2006 the last and final 2006 IPT Tour Card Qualification tournament will begin. It has been a long two months and eight great champions have earned their 2006 IPT Tour Cards. What two players from this event will earn their Tour Cards? This email serves as a final call for all players who are planning on entering the tournament. Space is very limited at this intimate event and the tournament field is near capacity. We have turned away dozens of players in the last eight weeks who thought that they could register and pay their entry at the events. 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 Lindsay Erazo at: 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. Tens of thousands of dollars have been paid out throughout the qualification system for various performance challenges. This final tournament will be no different! In previous events, players who make the top eight but who do not qualify earned free entry fees into later events.

Since this is the final qualification tournament, six of the top eight players in this event who don't win Tour Cards will win their entry fees back! Also, any player who makes an 8 on the break will receive a $500 bonus. There will also be at least one performance challenge announced at the event itself that will have players trying to play their best pool. 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.

Tournament Details:

The internationally known "House of Billiards, Weert" is the venue for this final qualification event. The tournament will be played on ten tables using IPT Slow Nap Cloth. The new Sardo M5000 will be used as the official rack. Tournament played using the official IPT Rules - www.internationalpooltour.com.

Dates
March 10-12, 2006

Location
House of Billiards Weert
Smeetspassage 3
6001 KM Weert
The Netherlands
Tel: +31-495-542053
Fax: +31-495-550626
info@hobweert.nl
www.hobweert.nl

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.

Registration for this event must be done in advance at www.internationalpooltour.com

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com




Warren Kiamco and George Breedlove Join the IPT   

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Warren Kiamco and George Breedlove Join the IPT

The IPT gained two new players today after their fourth qualification event ended at Country Club USA in Chelmsford, MA.

Coming through the winners’ side, Warren Kiamco of the Philippines scorched Furuta Kazao 10-2 and then went on to the winners’-side finals, besting George Breedlove 10-10-8. But Breedlove triumphed in the one-loss side finals over Karl Boyes of the UK 10-8, coming back from an 8-5 deficit to win five racks in a row.

Mike Sigel won two and lost two challenge matches today. Imran Majid and Chris Melling, both from the UK, defeated the Hall of Famer, while Kevin Brown and Kevin Becker were unsuccessful.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com




Eight Players Remain at the IPT Qualifier D   

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Eight Players Remain at the IPT Qualifier D

Only four players will return to the fourth IPT qualification event on Sunday morning. In the winners’ bracket, George Breedlove will play Antonio Lining while Warren Kiamco meets Furuta Kazuo. In the one-loss side, Karl Boyes will go up against Gary Abood, and Robb Saez will play Ramil Gallego.

Cliff Joyner became the only player to run seven consecutive racks in competition, earning a $5,000 bonus for his prowess. Additionally, so far nine players have sank the 8 ball on the break—two of them twice!—to earn $500 each time.

Mike “The Mouth” Sigel won 5 out of 6 challenge matches today, besting Perry Foster, Andy Barnett, Mark Trainer, Louis Pannullo, and Tony Mougey. The only player to defeat the Hall of Famer was Gary Sanossian, who won their match 8-3.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com




Day One Full of Heartbreak and Excitement at the IPT   

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Day One Full of Heartbreak and Excitement at the IPT

The first day of the fourth IPT qualification event has wrapped up, leaving only 48 players remaining out of the 76 who began the day. The weekend event is being held at Country Club USA in Chelmsford, MA.

Runner-up in two events, Vilmos Foldes took an early exit after Santos Sambajon Jr. ran five racks and out on him. Also, five players earned a $500 bonus for sinking the 8 ball on the break—Chris Melling of the UK did it twice.

There are 32 players remaining in the one-loss side, while only 16 are left in the winners’ side. By the end of Saturday, only 8 will remain.

Visit the IPT website for the latest news on their ongoing qualification event.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com




IPT Qualification Tournament D at Country Club Billiards, Boston (Chelmsford), MA   

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IPT Qualification Tournament D at Country Club Billiards, Boston (Chelmsford), MA
February 24-26, 2006

The fourth IPT Qualification Tournament at Country Club Billiards can be followed on the IPT web site at www.internationalpooltour.com. This event is a double elimination 8-Ball tournament with races to ten. The top two players (winner of winners' bracket and winner of one-loss bracket) in this event will win a 2006 IPT Tour Card. To learn more about what a 2006 IPT Tour Card is worth, visit the IPT web site.

Online tournament coverage will include regularly updated match results, pictures from the event, as well as a sportswriter's blog. Match play begins at 10am on Friday February 24 (EST) and the first updates will start appearing thereafter. The tournament is a full field of players and play is expected to be between 10am and 10pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com




Dennis Orcollo and Oliver Ortmann Join the IPT   

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Dennis Orcollo and Oliver Ortmann Join the IPT

Dennis Orcollo and Oliver Ortmann became the newest additions to the IPT this afternoon, winning their spots at Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA. Orcollo triumphed in his winners’-bracket match against Ortmann 10-6, coming back from an astounding 6-1 deficit. In the last chance match, Ortmann matched up with Canada’s Eric Hjorliefson. From a 6-all tie, Ortmann swept ahead to win that match 10-6.

Mike “The Mouth” Sigel was onsite as well today and played two sets of challenge matches. Cliff Joyner, Michael Schmidt, Chris Melling, and Keith Bennett all earned free entry fees into the last two qualification events.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com




Final Eight Players Set   

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Final Eight Players Set

The final eight players are set for Sunday’s matches at the IPT’s third qualification tournament. In the winners’ side, Scott “The Freezer” Frost will play former world champion Oliver Ortmann and and Dennis Orcollo of the Philippines will match up with Goh Takami. In the one-loss side, Warren Kiamco faces off with Eric Hjorliefson of Canada, and Karl Boyes will meet Hiroshi Takenaka.

Kevin Trudeau enacted his offer of free entry fees to whoever could defeat Mike “The Mouth” Sigel in a race to 8. Four pairs of eliminated players’ names were drawn from a hat, only Keith Bennett and Sam Frangie were the only two players out of eight who managed to overcome him. For his part, Sigel earned $12,000 for defeating the other six players.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com




IPT Qualifying Tournament C - Strongest Field Yet - At Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA   

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IPT Qualifying Tournament C - Strongest Field Yet - At Hard Times Billiards in Bellflower, CA

The third IPT Qualification Tournament at Hard Times Billiards, Bellflower CA, is certainly the strongest field yet! The magnitude and seriousness of this qualification tournament is unmatched even in many world-class tournaments. To view the player list, please visit the online tournament coverage which is detailed below. Also, Hall of Fame member, and World Champion Mike "The Mouth" Sigel will be playing challenge matches against players who have eliminated from the tournament. These players will be trying to defeat Mike in order to win free entries into the remaining two qualifiers. The tournament can be followed on the IPT web site at www.internationalpooltour.com. This event is a double elimination 8-Ball tournament with races to ten. The top two players (winner of winners' bracket and winner of one-loss bracket) in this event will win a 2006 IPT Tour Card. To learn more about what a 2006 IPT Tour Card is worth, visit the IPT web site.

Online tournament coverage will include regularly updated match results, pictures from the event, as well as a sportswriter's blog. Match play begins at 10am on Friday February 17 (PST) and the first updates will start appearing thereafter. The tournament is a full field of players and play is expected to be between 10am and 10pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



2006 Schedule Announced   

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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 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




Television Broadcast Promo   

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Television Broadcast Promo

The IPT is proud to release to the public the King of the Hill Television Broadcast Promotional Video. This several minute promotional piece is what the IPT uses to show to television networks world wide. This promo has been well received and there is a definite buzz in the television industry about our programming. There is a great deal of interest in our programming globally. Because of the overwhelming interest, the IPT will virtually have its choice of network, time slots, etc.

The world has never seen pool like this before. This promo is just a taste of the drama, sport, and superior production quality that the IPT has to offer. Before today, pool on TV has offered great matches between great players. Now viewers are going to be able to get inside the heads of these great players and watch story lines unfold like never before. The promo has been on the web site since last night and those who have seen it can't stop talking about it. I encourage you to watch the promo and share it with your friends and family. The promo is the result of hundreds of man hours of production and the quality is unprecedented in the world of pocket billiards. The file is large and it might take a few moments to load. However, I promise that you will not be disappointed.

You can watch the promotional video by visiting www.internationalpooltour.com.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
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Tournament Dates   

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I wish that I could give you the dates and locations for the tournaments in 2006 today. I can't however give you the exact dates and locations today, but the good news is that we are finalizing negotiations and we will be announcing at least the date and location of the first tournament no later than the middle of next week.

Cities and venues all around the world are actively pursuing the IPT to hold our tournaments. The main challenge we are having is the massive size requirements and the number of days we require. Our tournaments require over 60,000 square feet of space. Over 60 tables need to be set up. It takes a minimum of two days move-in time, seven days for the tournament, and one day to break down and move out. Getting 60,000 square feet in a first class facility for ten days in a row, on a few months notice, is quite a challenge! The good news is that we are up to the challenge and we are making it happen! We do have many city and venue options from which to choose. We are doing the final negotiations now. If all goes well, the final negotiations and contract signings should happen by the end of next week. Thank you for your patience.

We are having no problems booking tournaments for 2007 and 2008. We should be able to announce the 2007 and 2008 schedules by the end of February. I know that all of you are anxious to know the dates and locations so that you can make travel arrangements and plan your yearly schedules.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com




Announcements!   

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Announcements!

There are three IPT Qualifiers remaining! Those players who win their IPT Tour Card are virtually winning over $150,000! Winning your 2006 Tour Card is easier than winning any tournament since so many of the great players like Archer, Manalo, Reyes, Strickland, Pagulayan, are not playing in the qualifiers. We encourage you to enter the remaining qualifiers.

Qualifiers are almost sold out. You must enter online in advance. No applications or money will be accepted the day of the event. And, no applications will be accepted once the field is full.

To make things even more exciting for the remaining three qualifiers, the IPT will be paying a $5000 bonus to any and all players who break and run six racks in a row!

At the Atlanta qualifier, three players broke and ran six or more racks in a row winning $5000 each!

Plus... the players who take 3rd-6th place will receive free entries into the remaining qualifiers. In the qualifying tournament in Holland, because there will not be any more qualifying tournaments, those who finish 3rd-6th will receive $2000 each!

But there's more... At the Bellflower and Chelmsford qualifiers, ten-time World Champion Mike Sigel will be in attendance working on getting the "Ring Rust" off his game! The IPT will be drawing eight names from those who are eliminated from the tournament to play Mike. Beating Mike earns you free entries into the remaining qualifiers. To make things more interesting, Mike will be playing two players simultaneously!

In Atlanta, Mike's ten-year absence from pressure and competitive play allowed four of the eight players to win free entries into the remaining qualifiers! Sigel looked stiff and out of stroke. He was compared to Muhammad Ali getting beaten up by his sparring partner. To add some excitement, the IPT offered Sigel $10,000 if he could win his last two matches (playing these two players at the same time!). Amazingly, after playing six matches non-stop, Sigel's game kicked into gear and he pulled off the impossible...playing two players who were in dead stroke, AT THE SAME TIME...Sigel looked like the champion of old by running impossible racks, making impossible shots, and playing perfect safeties! Needless to say, Sigel won both matches and the $10,000!

Enter the qualifying tournament today before they are sold out and you miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com




Groce and Van Boening Newest Additions to IPT   

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Groce and Van Boening Newest Additions to IPT

Today in Marietta, GA, the International Pool Tour added two new members to its roster list: Brian Groce of Columbus, IN, and Shane Van Boening of Sioux Falls, SD. Groce was the first player to earn his card, winning the no-loss final match against Van Boening 10-6. Van Boening met with Vilmos Foldes of Hungary in the one-loss finals. Foldes was the runner-up in both matches at the first qualifier, and though he held a 9-5 lead in the race to 10, he came up empty on his final break and never shot again. Van Boening cleared that rack and then broke and ran the next four to win the match and his IPT card 10-9. Make sure to visit the IPT website at www.internationalpooltour.com for our online tournament coverage.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
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Final six players set to battle it out for the two coveted IPT Tour Cards   

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Final six players set to battle it out for the two coveted IPT Tour Cards

Only six players will return on Sunday to the second IPT qualifying event, held at The Pool Room in Marietta, GA. In the winners’-bracket, Shane Van Boening will face off with Brian Groce, while in the one-loss side, Hungary’s Vilmos Foldes will meet Richard Broumpton and Frankie Hernandez will match up with England’s Clent McCullough.

Today, Shane Van Boening and Kevin Becker each won $5,000 bonuses for running six consecutive racks in competition. Addtionally, Dan Wallace, Louis Ulrich, Kevin Becker, and Imran Majid defeated Mike Sigel in a challenge match and earned free entries into the remaining three qualifiers.

Make sure to check the IPT website tomorrow for onine coverage of the tournament.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com




Play to resume on Saturday for 24 remaining players   

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Play to resume on Saturday for 24 remaining players

Day 1 of the second IPT qualifier has wrapped up, with eight players returning in the winners’ bracket and sixteen in the one-loss side for Saturday’s matches. Daryl Peach of Great Britain won a $5,000 bonus by breaking and running six consecutive matches in his match against fellow countryman Tony Crosby. So far, he is the only one to win the bonus. Play begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, at which time there will be a special announcement by Kevin Trudeau, so make sure to check the IPT website for updates.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
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2006 IPT Tour Card Qualification Tournament at the Pool Room Sports Bar and Grill   

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2006 IPT Tour Card Qualification Tournament at the Pool Room Sports Bar and Grill, Atlanta (Marietta), GA

The second IPT Qualification Tournament at the Pool Room Sports Bar and Grill in Atlanta can be followed on the IPT web site at www.internationalpooltour.com. This event is a double elimination 8-Ball tournament with races to ten. The top two players (winner of winners' bracket and winner of one-loss bracket) in this event will win a 2006 IPT Tour Card. To learn more about what a 2006 IPT Tour Card is worth, visit the IPT web site.

On line tournament coverage will include regularly updated match results, pictures from the event, as well as a sportswriter's blog. Match play begins at 10am on Friday January 27th (EST) and the first updates will start appearing thereafter. The tournament is a full field of players and play is expected to be between 10am and 10pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
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European IPT 2006 Tour Card Qualification Tournament   

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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
  info@hobweert.nl
  www.hobweert.nl
   
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
www.internationalpooltour.com




IPT Qualifier A at the Derby City Classic SOLD OUT!   

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IPT Qualifier A at the Derby City Classic SOLD OUT!

Due to overwhelming demand, the IPT 2006 tour card qualification tournament at the Derby City Classic has reached capacity. After the qualifier at the Derby City Classic (Jan 14&15), there are three more qualification events. Space for these events is very limited and spots are filling very quickly.

Entry fees must be paid in advance on the IPT web site www.internationalpooltour.com. Absolutely no entries or entry fees will be accepted at any of the events.

If you want to play in a 2006 tour card qualifier, you must hurry to enter on line. Do not miss this chance to play on this historic pool tour. Once the tournaments are sold out, they are sold out! To learn more about the IPT Tour and the qualification system, including dates and locations, please visit www.internationalpooltour.com.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director,
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



Tournament Dates and Locations Announced   

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Tournament Dates and Locations Announced

Kevin Trudeau has made major announcements about the IPT Tour on two audio recordings. The first recording gives updates including tournament date and location information, TV schedules for the King of the Hill tournament, live TV broadcasts of future IPT tournaments, and many more questions are answered.

The second recording is "How IPT Players Get Paid." Kevin explains in detail how profit sharing works and all of the ways IPT players get paid. He explains how every single IPT player receives a minimum of $13,000 in 2006 in addition to profit sharing which could be in the tens of thousands of dollars per player. He explains how all 150 IPT tour players receive a minimum guarantee of $100,000 for the 2007 season. The news and announcements are exciting!

To listen to the "Update" audio, click here.

To listen to the "How the Players Get Paid" audio, click here.

These recordings are also available for download at www.internationalpooltour.com.

After listening to these recordings, if you have any questions or need clarifications, please email me.

I am looking forward to seeing you at an upcoming IPT tournament.

Best regards,

Deno J. Andrews
Tour Director
International Pool Tour
www.internationalpooltour.com



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