Break Stats -- 2023 UK Open Pool Championship (9-Ball), May/June 2023


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Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2023 UK Open Pool Championship played May 30 - June 4, 2023 at Copper Box Arena in London, England. Pay-per-view streaming was provided in the USA on DAZN. This was a 256-player 9-Ball event, produced by Matchroom Sport, with double elimination down to 64 players (32 on the winners' side and 32 on the one-loss side) and then single-elimination to the end. Eklent Kaçi won the tournament, defeating Joshua Filler in the final match.

The commentators were Phil Yates, Michael McMullan, Jeremy Jones, and Karl Boyes. The referees on the main TV table on the weekend were Marcel Eckardt, Desislava Bozhilova, and Ben Taylor-Fuente. The announcer/interviewers were Hannah Wilkes and Abigail Davies, and the MC was Tahir Hajat.

Conditions -- The conditions for the streamed matches included:
• Diamond 9-foot tables with 4" corner pockets;​
• Simonis 860 Shark Grey cloth;​
• Aramith Tournament Black balls with a black-spots cue ball;​
• racking template;​
• referee racks with the 9-ball on the foot spot (2-ball not necessarily in back location);​
• winner breaks from behind the head string in a box approximately 8" to either side of the long string;​
• no illegal-break rule, but referees enforce a forceful-break requirement;​
• no shot clock until the Last 16, then a 30-second shot clock (60 sec. after the break), with one 30-sec. extension per player per rack;​
• foul on all balls;​
• 3-foul rule in effect;​
• jump cues allowed;​
• all slop counts; and​
• lag for the break in each match.​

These stats are for 12 matches (180 games) from the single-elimination portion of the event (Stage 2, last 64 players). These were all of the matches on Table 1 on Friday and all of the matches on the "TV Table" on the weekend. These matches were 19% of the total of 63 matches played in Stage 2. All Stage 2 matches were races to 10 except for the semifinals to 11 and the final to 13. These 12 matches are listed here in the order in which they were played.

Friday, June 2
1. Joshua Filler defeated Luong Duc Thien 10-6 (Last 64)​
2. Jayson Shaw d. Tobias Bongers 10-1 (Last 64)​
3. Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz d. Wiktor Zielinski 10-6 (Last 64)​
4. Chris Melling d. Niels Feijen 10-9 (Last 32)​
5. Ko Ping Chung d. Shaw 10-2 (Last 32)​

Sarurday, June 3
6. Sanchez-Ruiz d. Gary Wilson 10-5 (Last 16)​
7. Filler d. Riku Romppanen 10-6 (Last 16)​
8. Skyler Woodward d. Sanchez-Ruiz 10-3 (Quarterfinal)​
9. Eklent Kaçi d. Ko PC 10-7 (Quarterfinal)​

Sunday, June 4
10. Filler d. Ko Pin Yi 11-1 (Semifinal)​
11. Kaçi d. Woodward 11-5 (Semifinal)​
12. Kaçi d. Filler 13-4 (Final)​

Overall results
Successful breaks (made at least one ball and did not foul):
Match winners -- 77% (90 of 117)​
Match losers -- 70% (44 of 63)​
Total -- 74% (134 of 180)
Breaker won the game:
Match winners -- 73% (85 of 117)​
Match losers -- 37% (23 of 63)​
Total -- 60% (108 of 180)
Break-and-run games on all breaks:
Match winners -- 37% (43 of 117)​
Match losers -- 22% (14 of 63)​
Total -- 32% (57 of 180)
Break-and-run games on successful breaks (made at least one ball and did not foul):
Match winners -- 48% (43 of 90)​
Match losers -- 32% (14 of 44)​
Total -- 43% (57 of 134)

Here's a breakdown of the 180 games (for match winners and losers combined).

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:​
Breaker won the game: 93 (52% of the 180 games)​
Breaker lost the game: 41 (23%)​
Breaker fouled on the break:​
Breaker won the game: 0 (0%)​
Breaker lost the game: 10 (6%)​
Breaker broke dry (without fouling):​
Breaker won the game: 15 (8%)​
Breaker lost the game: 21 (12%)​
Therefore, whereas the breaker won 60% (108 of 180) of all games,​
He won 69% (93 of 134) of the games in which the break was successful (made at least one ball and did not foul).​
He won 33% (15 of 46) of the games in which the break was unsuccessful (fouled or dry).​

Break-and-run games -- The 57 break-and-run games represented 32% of all 180 games, 53% of the 108 games won by the breaker, and 43% of the 134 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul).

The 57 break-and-run games consisted of 2 3-packs (by Filler and Kaçi), 10 2-packs, and 31 singles.

9-Balls on the break -- The 57 break-and-run games included 3 9-balls on the break (1.7% of all breaks).
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Miscellany from the data for the 2023 UK Open Pool Championship (9-Ball):
[This relates only to the 12 streamed Stage 2 matches I watched, not to all matches in the event.]

• The most balls made on a single break was 4, done just once -- by Romppanen in a game he lost.

• The average number of balls made on the break was 1.1 (this includes dry and fouled breaks). On successful breaks (made at least one ball and did not foul), the average was 1.3, and the distribution was 73% 1 ball, 22% 2 balls, and 4% 3 balls or 4 balls.

• Number of innings:
49% (89 of 180) of the games ended in one inning – 57 games on the breaker's first inning (B&Rs) and 32 games on the non-breaker's first inning.​
24% (43 of 180) of the games ended in the second inning.​
27% (48 of 180) of the games went beyond the non-breaker's second visit to the table. The game with the most visits to the table ended on the non-breaker's 9th visit.​

• 41% (73 of 180) of the games were run out by the player who was at the table following the break. These run-outs were:
- By the breaker after successful breaks (B&R games) – 43% (57 of 134)​
- By the non-breaker after fouls on the break – 90% (9 of 10)​
- By the non-breaker after dry breaks – 19% (7 of 36)​

• The player who made the first ball after the break:
- Won the game in that same inning 59% of the time (104 of 176)​
- Won the game in a later inning 16% of the time (28 of 176)​
- Lost the game 25% of the time (44 of 176)​
[Note -- total games used here are 176 rather than 180 to eliminate the games in which no ball was made after the break -- 3 games where the 9-ball was made on the break and 1 game that was lost on 3 consecutive fouls before any ball was pocketed.]​

• The loser won an average of 5.0 games in the 9 races to 10 (excludes the longer semifinals and final). The closest match was one that went to hill/hill; the most lopsided were one at 11-1 and one at 10-1.

• The average elapsed time for the 9 races to 10 was was about 99 minutes. The average minutes per game for all 12 matches was 6.4. The elapsed time was measured from the lag until the winning ball was made (or conceded), so it includes time for racking and commercial breaks. Commercial breaks (without commercials on DAZN, just dead time) were taken only in the Last 16 and subsequent matches. They were significant in those matches, generally occurring after every 3 games in a match, and lasting about 3 minutes each.

• The match that was longest in elapsed time, at 128 minutes, was Melling d. Feijen 10-9. The match highest in average minutes per game, at 7.4, was Shaw d. Bongers 10-1.

• The match that was shortest in elapsed time, at 64 minutes, was Ko PC d. Shaw 10-2. The match lowest in average minutes per game, at 4.9, was Filler d. Ko PY 11-1.

• Breaking fouls averaged 1 for every 18.0 games, other fouls 1 for every 5.8 games, and missed shots about 1 for every 2.4 games.

• One or more safeties were played in about 43% of all games and in 63% of games that were not B&Rs.
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High percentage of balls made on the break…seems like new cloth overcomes four inch pockets.
Thanx, AtLarge