April 8, 2008
Play89 has finally launched its new snooker software. The same as 8-ball and 9-ball, the snooker software can be free download from Play89 website, and then played for fun or for real money with players from all over the world. Play89 offers 4 types of snooker games: classic snooker with the entire set of snooker balls, mini snooker played with 3 red balls, 6-balls and 10-ball snooker.
Some words about snooker:
Snooker is the most popular billiard game in the UK and in Asia. Snooker was born, apparently, at the end of the 19th century in an English army base placed in India and it was developed from a billiard game called pyramid pool. The snooker game went through ups and downs, but the peak of its popularity in England is ascribed to the 1980s.
Snooker is played with 15 red balls and 6 balls of different colors: yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black. Snooker balls are solid and slightly smaller than the standard pool balls. Each ball has a different point value; the player is scored the point value of the ball if it has been potted (=pocketed) legally. Additionally, a player is scored when the opponent fouls. The snooker game ends when all the balls have been potted. The winner of the game is the player who has scored the largest number of points.
March 26, 2008
I’m getting tired of all these weird pool twilight stories – it is getting too depressing. Therefore, this post is dedicated to positive pool & snooker success and victory stories.
Dennis Orcollo Tops 2008 Japan 9-ball Open
Dennis Orcollo is the winner of the 2008 Japan 9-Ball Open held last week in Japan. A week after beating fellow Filipino Ronnie Alcano in San Miguel Beer-Quezon City 9-Ball, “The Philippines’ Money-game King” grabbed the Japan 9-Ball Open Championship title from Japanese Ryoji Aoki after defeating him 9-2.
Snooker’s Rising Star
15 years old John Roberts is introduced by Liverpool Echo as a rising star in snooker. The young cueist has recently won an older and wiser contestant in a recent under 19s snooker tournament. Roberts is already receiving professional guidance from a former World Snooker Championship referee and personal coach of Mark Williams and Paul Hunter, Reg Davies who grows high expectations from the snooker protégé.
Pakistan’s New Snooker Champion
Muhammad Sajjad Butt of Punjab, Pakistan has gathered the 33th National Snooker Championship title after beating former World Championship runner up Saleh Muhammad 7-3 in Tuesday’s final match. It was the first participation in a national ranking event for the new snooker champion.
March 9, 2008
A gang of hooligans in Vineland, New Jersey is smashing cars windows using a standard set of billiard ball.
This story can be easily slid into number 7 in our pool twilight stories hit list from last week. Last weekend, Vineland Police reported on three incidents of tossing billiard balls at car windows. The total damage is estimated as $600. Fortunately, in all three cases the cars were parking so no injuries were caused to the car owners.
Since this blog is supposed to be about billiard and not about criminal oddities, let’s skip straight to the interesting facts: car no. 1 was hit by the orange striped 13-ball, which was found on the back seat of the car. The second car, the solid blue 2-ball smashed the side window and on the third car it was a solid yellow 1-ball billiard ball in the rear passenger side seat that caused most of the damage.
February 27, 2008
As promised in a previous post, here are the top ten (well, less than ten, but you are welcome to add four of yours in the comments) twilight pool stories or the weirdest uses in billiards equipment:
6. Gang fight with pool cues and socks stuffed with billiard balls as weapon
5. A gang of hooligans used their cue stick to break into a safe and an ATM
4. A woman was assaulted with a cue ball (or an 8-ball) wrapped in a sock at a Taco Bell drive through in Massillon, Ohio
Top 3 – the best is yet to come:
3. A billiard ball was tossed at soccer player Tim Howard during Everton’s UEFA Cup tie in Norway
2. A former cup used a billiard ball to smash an insurance office window
1. Two Czech guys got their hands stuck inside a pool table while looking for lost balls
February 10, 2008
A woman of Massillon, Ohio was attacked by another woman in a local Taco Bell drive-through. According to one source, she was attacked by a cue ball, and according to another one, it was an 8-ball covered by a sock which caused the attacked woman to lose two of her teeth and suffer from severe bruises in her face.
According to the Police and eye witnesses, the reason for the assault was impatience. Apparently, the attacking woman who stood behind the attacked one in a car, couldn’t tolerate with the latter indecision regarding her Taco Bell order, so she stepped out of the car and hit her with the sock filled with cue ball (or was it an 8-ball?)
Coming soon: straight from the crime news top ten weird uses in billiards equipment
January 30, 2008
The BCA (Billiard Congress of America) 9-ball pool championship, will be called, as for 2008 GenerationPool.com 9-Ball Championships. Additionally, the prestigious 9-ball tournament will be held along with the International Billiard & Home Recreation Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina. The closing events of the 9-ball pool championship will take place on June 11-12 while the billiards expo is scheduled to June 12-14, 2008. About the same time, the BCA will also be inducting its fifty-second member into the BCA Hall of Fame.
The name of the 9-ball pool tournament is not the only detail changed this year by the governing body, the Billiard Congress of America. According to the BCA President, Ivan Lee, the arena, the format, the production techniques, and the environment will be changed as well.
GenerationPool.com 9-Ball Championships will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2 throughout 2008. The sports network intends to cover 3 hours from both the men’s and women’s GenerationPool.com 9-Ball Championship events in 2008.
January 16, 2008
Billiards and pool halls have been headlining the too odd to be true sections recently. Here are some selected twilight pool stories from the previous week:
In the capital of Sweden, a man tied with duct tape was rescued by the local fire squad from a burning billiard hall. He ended up suffering from minor smoke injuries, while the billiards hall had contributed on of its finest tables to the fire.
And speaking of burning billiards halls, the end of the Derby City Classic was delayed due to fire alarm at the tournament room at the Executive West Hotel, at Louisville, Kentucky.
In the Philippines, (homeland of the new all-around Derby City Classic winner) a girls night out at the Foxx Billiard Hall ended up with the stabbing of one of the girls.
And if all this isn’t enough, one man has been shot dead and three more were wounded near a billiards hall in Hickory, North Carolina. About the same time, a shooting incident took place near Billar Los Sapitos billiards hall resulted in the death of one of the men and injuries of two.