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Thumbs up Schedule Announced! - 02-07-2006, 04:58 PM

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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
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02-07-2006, 06:47 PM

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........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.

Best regards,

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International Pool Tour
Congratulations to all at the IPT for firming up the schedule. It is truly a great day for the sport of pool.

As a fan of both the players and the game, I'd like to express my gratitude for all efforts made by the IPT to avoid clashing with other events. Such efforts, in my opinion, welcome other tours and event promoters to participate in revitalizing our sport and to reap some of the rewards that will come with pool's growth.

When the IPT opted not to become affiliated with the WPA, many interpreted it as evidencing a rebellious, anti-establishment approach to transforming our sport. Some went as far as suggesting that it evidenced the IPT's indifference to other members of pool's establishment. It is time to put these ideas to bed. In establishing its schedule, the IPT has shown admirable respect for other members of pool's establishment.

Let the games begin, for the IPT has arrived. Good luck to all who are affiliated with it.

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02-07-2006, 08:08 PM

Thanks for the heads up Tanner!

I'd like to echo the words of sjm.

There has been a bit of a delay...almost 6 months in fact, but it looks like something incredible has been and is being put together.

I don't mind the wait at all if it means it is done right and gives this project the best chance of success in building popularity for the game.

I can't wait for the broadcasting deal agreements to be announced

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conflict - 02-07-2006, 08:18 PM

does the September tournament conflict with this years US OPEN? i thought that the open was starting on Labor day this year. please correct me if i am wrong......................mike


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02-07-2006, 08:41 PM

Excited to see 2 in las vegas and 1 in reno. Between the three I think I can go to at least 1 since both cities are pretty easy travel for me. Rooms in las vegas are going to be dirt cheap in July for the one at the Venetian. I try to hit Delmonico every time I'm thre anyway, so it could be convenient Anyway, with all the matches I think this could be great pool spectating for me.

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02-07-2006, 09:00 PM

I believe the dates due conflict with the US Open.Which really stinks for the pool fan.
  
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does the September tournament conflict with this years US OPEN? i thought that the open was starting on Labor day this year. please correct me if i am wrong......................mike
It says they have tried their best to not conflict with any tournaments and those that do are working to reschedule. I think this is the only year they will step on anyone's toes, as the schedule will be set a year ahead and then people can schedule around them with the IPT schedule in mind.

Before anyone gets upset at the idea of them pushing their weight around and muscling in on established tour dates for other tournaments, I commend the IPT for working with these other tournaments and realizing they are impacting the other's dates. For the extended term they needed for a venue, it would have been extremely difficult for them NOT to collide with someone else's dates.

You should go look on the main page of www.internationalpooltour.com and see the beautiful venues they are going to be held at. It's a long way from the Sands and the Riviera. (Not being disparaging, because those venues are very much a part of pool's history...and future still.)


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02-07-2006, 10:39 PM

Interesting that most will be in the west and not a single one in the Northeast I hope they secure at least one stop in NY or an AC Casino for 2007.


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02-08-2006, 03:37 AM

According to the WPA calendar the sept doesn't clash with the US Open which is on Sept 17-24th.

However the October UK IPT members only tounrament does at present seem to clash with two biggies:

BOTH the 8 ball and 9 ball WPC!!!

I hope this is resolved

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Interesting that most will be in the west and not a single one in the Northeast I hope they secure at least one stop in NY or an AC Casino for 2007.
Hear, hear. I'm kind of bummed too that there is not one event on the East Coast. I would have thought Atlantic City would have been chosen as well as the other venue sites, but maybe there were not any available slots open in the facilities there for the dates of the events.

At least the schedule is on the table and out there in the open for all to make plans.

July in Vegas, here I come. I haven't been to Vegas since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, standing outside looking in while my parents had all the fun. I don't like Vegas, but my counterpart is already licking his chops and can't wait to get there.

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02-08-2006, 06:02 AM

Man, nothing out here on the east coast. oh well, maybe next year


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02-08-2006, 06:43 AM

Hey, Chicago is just a short flight from New york. Bill Curtis used to commute weekly when he worked there.

I suspect that the east coast is just too expensive for pool. I wonder what it would cost to rent 60,000 square feet. $20 per foot? $30? $50 $100?. And how many players could afford $100 plus per day for hotels?

And what would the unions charge to install the tables?

None of the venues are in pool halls so I suspect they will be more like TV or Hollywood sets designed for filming and not spectator viewing. There probably will be very limited seating for spectators.

July is only 5 months away. They still have to hold 25 qualifiers to get 50 qualified players. How much will these qualifiers cost to enter? And will they only be good for the one event?

Still a lot of work before the first big event.

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02-08-2006, 10:21 AM

Awesome line up of venues....and we have one event in the UK.....amazing stuff.

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02-08-2006, 11:15 AM

the one..... the us open 9 ball web site states that the 2006 us open 9 ball starts on September 4th 2006. i believe their web site is www.usopen9ballchampionships.com will verify this. i believe it is on the right side as you scroll down. this is going to be interesting. I wonder if Barry will try to change his dates. And i wonder if KT and Barry tried to work this out. Barry's schedule has been out for over 6 months. No Matter, i will still go to the Open. Just to bad.....................mike


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02-08-2006, 12:21 PM

It's great to see that they have a UK date included in the schedule, the fans over there will really come out to support the event, especially with some of the well known locals playing on the IPT. The only hard part is going to be waiting until July for the first tournament I know I know I have no patience
  
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