Watch the GB9 Pro Cup III Final from July 2012 below, a first for GB9 as it was the first professional 10-Ball pool event to be held in the UK. Match features Jayson Shaw against James Kay:
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It has to be said that the first ever 10-Ball event played on the GB 9 Ball Tour was a success. The consensus amongst the players was that it was great to be involved in something different and a bit of a break from 9-ball which can tend to get a bit stale.
From my point of view it is also good to see the tour trying different things with many plans for next year already being discussed to keep the playing numbers high and keep the tour fresh.
I was talking to both Craig Osborne (who commentated with me on the main event final) and Arfan Dad via Twitter about the major benefits of playing 10-ball. Both players feel that the call-shot rule in the game not only eliminates some of the luck inherent in 9-ball but also means that come the end of the tournament the best player on the day will prevail.
On this occasion the cream certainly did rise to the top with Jayson Shaw winning the Pro Cup title, Phil Burford completing a unique treble in the Challenge Cup (He is the first player to have won a title in the Main event, Pro Cup and the Challenge Cup events) and of course that stalwart of British pool Daryl Peach lifting another main event title. Peach had come from behind in his matches against Damian Massey (trailed 4-0), Arfan Dad (trailed 4-1) and in his quarter final saw Mark Gray miss a routine 9-ball that really would have been for the match. He then topped it off with a win from 9-5 down against Shaun Storry in the final only to win 10-9, it was almost destiny from a player that never lies down and never believes he is beaten!
It would be great to here from some from some of the players invloved at the weekend with regards to the format, rules and discilpine of 10-ball, please use the comments or hit me up on Twitter (@cuesporttv).
We are only 10 days away now from the next event on the very hotly contested GB 9-Ball Tour. For the first time the tour switches to the 10-Ball discipline after responding to feedback from the players.
At this time it is as a one-off and to perhaps break up the monotony of playing 9-Ball and offer a fresh challenge to all of the players involved.
Many of the professional players involved with the tour often sing the praises of 10-Ball as it eliminates some of the luck that we see in the 9-Ball discipline, it is much harder to get a consistently good break which can lead to more tactical frames. The call-shot nature of the game also removes flukes out of the equation.
Perhaps then it would be safe to say that some of the amateur players are going to be at a disadvantage on this occasion but only time will tell.
Cuesport TV (Live 10-Ball Pool) are on hand to provide you with live pictures from the event both on the Saturday (Pro Cup) and Sunday (Main event) until the final ball is hit.
What are your thoughts on the 10-Ball discipline and what effect this will have on the GB 9-Ball Tour, if any?
Below you will find links and short stats to our top 10 videos for the month of June 2011. This is a post that we will write every month to keep you up to date with what everyone is watching on Cuesport TV.
- UPC 8 Ball Championships 2011 – Edgehill 1 v Nottingham 1 – 563 views
- UPC Singles Championship 2011 – Will Jerram v Tem Dixon – 485 views
- UPC 8 Ball Championships 2011 – Aston 1 v Kent 1 – 335 views
- UPC 8 Ball Championships 2011 – Manchester 3 v Birmingham 1 – 326 views
- Oly Bale v Gareth Potts £21,000 8 Ball Money Match – Part 1 of 10 – 214 views
- Terry Humphreys v Anthony Doble – Part 5 of 10 – 212 views
- Mark Gray v Phil Burford – 10 Ball Challenge – Part 2 of 8 – 153 views
- Oly Bale v Gareth Potts £21,000 8 Ball Money Match – Part 9 of 10 – 149 views
- UPC 8 Ball Championships 2011 – Medway 1 v Birmingham 2 – 147 views
- Oly Bale v Gareth Potts £21,000 8 Ball Money Match – Part 4 of 10 – 146 views
Ralf Souquet has won the 2009 German Open in Sindelfingen with a 8-4 victory over Britains Imran Majid in the final yesterday evening.
The win further enhances Souquet’s number one ranking position and he is now 550 points clear of Niels Feijen in second. Souquet has been near dominant over the last 7 tournaments and ranking positions are drawn from these seven results on a rolling basis.
It will of course be difficult to maintain this level of form over another twelve months but with three tournament victories in the last 6 event plus a runner-up spot last time out in Italy Souquet is certainly staking his claim for the number one spot for a long period of time.
Another great tournament for the UK players and this result puts Imran Majid up to Number 4 in the European rankings.
The EPBF Eurotour Top 16
- Ralf Souquet (Germany) – 3170
- Niels Feijen (Holland) – 2620
- Nick Van Den Berg (Holland) – 2200
- Imran Majid (Great Britain) – 2195
- Marcus Chamat (Sweden) – 2135
- David Alcaide (Spain) – 2055
- Mark Gray (Great Britain) – 1975
- Sandor Tot (Serbia) – 1875
- Craig Osborne (Great Britain) – 1855
- Tony Drago (Malta) – 1845
- Mateusz Sniegocki (Poland) – 1845
- Dimitri Jungo (Switzerland) – 1800
- Christian Reimering (Germany) – 1790
- Daryl Peach (Great Britain) – 1775
- Thomas Engert (Germany) – 1770
- Karl Boyes (Great Britain) - 1735
In the ranking list, which is used to determine places at major International events, Britain has the most players in the top 16 with no less than five. The next event takes place in August, the 2009 Austrian Open.
We went into this morning with no less than nine British cueists still remaining in the German Open event. After this morning’s round we had seven players progress to the last 16 stage.
The players to fall were youngster Phil Burford who lost 8-5 to fellow Brit, Imran Majid and Daryl Peach who was beaten 8-6 by German star Thomas Engert.
Many of the last 16 matches have already been completed which means I can already tell you that Ralf Souquet will play Mark Gray in the quarter finals. Also, Craig Osborne and Karl Boyes have already reached the last 8.
As I write Darren Appleton is locked at 6-6 with Engert and Majid is leading Shaverdi 6-4. Ricardo Jones and Chris Melling have been beaten so the Brits are starting to thin out a little bit!
More news later.
We are continuing, as a nation, to make a massive impact on the Internetional pool scene. The German Open concludes tomorrow with nine of our original 16 entrants still standing in the last 32 knockout stage.
Those players include past Eurotour winners and two world champions. Daryl Peach, Darren Appleton, Karl Boyes, Imran Majid, Craig Osborne, Ricardo Jones, Phil Burford, Mark Gray and Chris Melling. These true brits are joined by an honorary Brit in Tony Drago as well.
On the plus side only Imran Majid and Phil Burford have drawn each other so we have a chance of getting 8 players through to the last 16, this would have been unimaginable 5 years ago, but through hardwork and dtermination I would say that we have the best players in Europe at the moment, if not the world.
Updates throughout the day tomorrow complete draw here: http://www.eurotouronline.eu/
It was great news the other day when there was the announcement of the Women’s World 10-ball Championships to be held in the Philippines.
But, it seemed, no sooner had the announcement come that the World Pool Association are denouncing it as an un-sanctioned event.
Why? I hear you ask, well WPA rules state that two sanctioned events cannot take place in the same country at the same time and as the Philippine Open is the same dates it was in contravention of that rule.
The Philippine Open is open to all players male and female which is why it courses the problem with the sanctioning. However, I would beg the question as to how many female players would be playing in the Philippine Open anyway, you could probably count them on one hand and may even be zero.
Although there are some very talented female players, that have had success in predominantly male events (Jasmin Ouschan is the standout name in this department) there is still no female player to have won a male title.
As this is fact why stop the women from having a World Championship event at the same time as the Philippine Open? It seems ludicrous to me, yet another bad decision from the WPA, who seem to hinder the growth of the sport time and time again.
Events for males or females or both, should be accepted with open arms and allow the players to choose this is the only way to stimulate competition and growth in the sport.
Whilst out in the Isle of Man I didn’t really have chance to catch up with the goings on all over the world in terms of Cue Sports.
Last week there was a lot of action with some fantastic results for the sport.
The first one is Ricky Walden’s first World Ranking title in defeating Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-8 in the Shanghai Masters last Sunday. This is great news for the 25-year-old Walden, who we caught up with in winning the Belgium Open the week before. It looks like a solid move in the right direction for the Chester born world number 35, and this win has put him provisionally at number 17. Kicking on for the rest of the season will be his priority and a spot in the elite top 16 beckons.
The second result I must mention is the World 10-ball Championships. This event featuring the world’s best pool players was held out in the Phillipines with over 30 countries represented. In addition it had live TV coverage in Asia and a $400,000 prize fund. So why does nobody outside the industry realise that Britain has another world champion?
That’s right, Pontefract’s Darren Appleton won the title 13-11 against Chia-Ching Wu of Taipei. It is one of the most deserved wins on the curcuit and CueSport TV would like to offer our biggest congratulations to Darren on his victory.
Appleton is one of the hardest working professionals on the pool circuit and is becoming feared in every corner of the globe, this win cements his status as one of the top players in the world. He is a very likable character that truly believes in the sport he plays. He works so hard on the table and has put in many hours over the last couple of years honing his skills on the larger American tables (his background is of course English Pool). Once again well done Darren!
This win means that Britain now has two of the four available world titles and Europe has all 4!
- World 9-ball Champion: Daryl Peach – England
- World 10-ball Champion: Darren Appleton – England
- World 8-ball Champion: Ralf Souquet – Germany
- World 14.1 Champion: Niels Feijen – Holland
With this is further solidifies the UK’s position within the global pool scene, we now have two world champions, the European number 1 and at the time of writing England have reached the semi-finals of the World Cup of Pool, global domination is certainly on the cards, and the future also looks bright with the likes of Phil Burford, Jayson Shaw and Thomas Ainsworth-Smith making there way up the rankings as well.