- Published on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 10:15
The Best In The World Meet In New York
The USBA has partnered with Kozoom to broadcast matches live at the Verhoeven Open Tournament to be held at Carom Café in Flushing, New York from July 16 to 20.
Kozoom is the leading live streaming presence on the Internet for billiards. In addition to broadcasting the World Cup tournaments and the World Championship. Kozoom also live streams various European tournaments throughout the year. Its Website (www.kozoom.com) is the premier billiard site on the web with an extensive library of videos, a latest news section, a store, a chat room and an instructional feature.
According to USBA President Andrew Janquitto, helping Kozoom come to the United States to feature the summer International tournament at Carom Café was a "win-win." The summer tournament at Carom Café, Janquitto explained, is the premier billiard event in America, surpassing in many minds even the USBA National Championship. "The Carom Café tournament brings the best players from around the world," Janquitto said, and "gives US players the chance to play against world ranked opponents. Having Kozoom there to broadcast the event helps promote billiards in the United States and gives Kozoom the opportunity to introduce its product to the American market."
The Verhoeven Open will feature the likes of Torbjörn Blomdahl and Frederic Caudron, currently ranked 1st and 2nd in the world, respectively. They will be joined by Eddie Merckx (No. 5), Roland Forthomme (No. 20) and Eddie Leppens (No. 21) as well as many other players from Europe and America. Returning for the United States will be six time and current US National Champion Pedro Piedrabuena who triumphed against Torbjörn Blomdahl in this same event in 2012. Expect to see some well-fought battles as the top US players including former champions Mazin Shooni and Hugo Patino vie to make their mark on this International group.
Immediately before the Verhoeven Open, a women's tournament will be held featuring, among others, current world champ Natsumi Higashiuchi, former world champ Orie Hida, Therese Klompenhouwer (whom many consider the best player), and always dangerous Karina Jetten. Some of these players may also play in the men's open tournament as well.
For more information about the Verhoeven Open Tournament and many other three cushion events here in the US, check out the USBA Tournament Calendar.
- Published on Monday, 17 June 2013 14:34
Defending champion and former national champion George Ashby managed to repeat as the winner of the fourth Dubuque Open Three-Cushion Tournament. The event concluded the evening of Sunday June 16th in the billiard room of the Masonic temple at 12th and Locust.
Ashby, of Murrayville, Illinois, got a stiff challenge from Kyung Yim, a strong Korean player from Denver, in the final game, but prevailed at the end with a series of spectacular, pressure-packed shots coupled with tight defense. He took home the first prize of $700.
Yim was second and Fred Lamers, representing the Minneapolis Billiard Club and winner of the first two editions of the Dubuque Open, was third. The surprise fourth-place finisher was Eric Spencer of the Illinois Billiard Club, whose unorthodox style was enough to give Ashby his only defeat. Spencer also won the best-game prize for scoring 25 points in only 20 innings.
The other two money-winners were fifth-place finisher James Richards of Milwaukee and sixth-place finisher Bob Byrne of Dubuque, the tournament director.
The field was limited to 18 players and featured entrants from eight different states, including Yim of Colorado and Ray Piworunas of Sicorro, New Mexico.
- Published on Thursday, 06 June 2013 13:56
Final Decision: No Cues Allowed as Carry-On Luggage
What began in March with high hopes for the billiard community, ended yesterday when the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) decided to continue including billiard cues on the list of prohibited items for carry-on luggage.
- Published on Friday, 24 May 2013 09:30
- Written by Andy Janquitto
Player, Publisher, Promoter, Prestidigitator
The efforts of USBA member Paul Frankel (aka Professor-Q-Ball) in promoting three-cushion billiards in the United States have gained the attention of popular cue sports web site AZBilliards. A wonderful article about Paul's love affair with carom billiards was recently featured on their main page. (See it here www.azbilliards.com/news/stories/10008-paul-frankel-americas-provocateur-of-3-cushion-billiards.)
- Published on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 18:14
USBA To Send Four To Pan American Championship
The USBA will send four American players to vie for the Three-Cushion Pan American Championship (PAC) in Cali, Colombia in June.
Led by six-time US champion and former Pan American champion Pedro Piedrabuena, the United States contingent also includes Hugo Patiño, Mazin Shooni and Michael Kang. Piedrabuena owns College Billiards in San Diego. He won the Pan American Championship in 2009.
- Published on Friday, 10 May 2013 16:07
And New Cloth and Ball Reimbursement Program
New Room Memberships and Benefits for Room Owners:
The USBA Board of Directors has established New Room Memberships including new benefits for Room Owners. There are now 2 types of Room Memberships: Premium and Standard. Some of the benefits that are given to Premium and Standard Room Members include the following: