Tuesday, September 05, 2006

IPT World Open - Round 1 Complete

World Open 8-Ball Championship Update
Someone One Day Closer to $500,000!

Round one of the historic $3 million IPT World 8-Ball Open Championship is officially in the books. Eighty players will not advance and will have to be satisfied with only $5,000. Click here to see who will advance to Round Two.

Conditions seemed to be tougher today as the humidity began to build – maybe because of the noticeably larger crowds in attendance today. The moisture caused the cloth to slow down and the pockets to play tighter. There were more than a few rattled balls and plenty of frustrated players. It only gets tougher tomorrow as the remaining 120 players will each play every session and use all 60 tables. Click here to see the groupings for Round Two.

The IPT has had professional sports photographers at work all day, and the online photo gallery is packed with over 1,500 pictures of the action. Click here for the photo gallery.

The IPT’s exacting standards have yielded a few casualties today. Phenolic cue tips cut short the runs of Hall of Famer Ed Kelly and Sweden’s Tom Storm, who both were disqualified for using the banned equipment. At least five dress code violations cost players a total of $5,000.

The IPT’s television production team was on the floor capturing initial round action, including the highly anticipated match between undefeated players Earl Strickland and Jasmin Ouschan. Earl did not disappoint the crowds with his antics, and Jasmin made it quite uncomfortable for him until he finally pulled ahead from a 6-6 twelfth game to win the match 8-6.

Even if you can’t make it to Reno, you can still join in on the action because the official IPT Members Club has gone live! Starting Thursday, fans will be able to watch the tournament live online. Do not miss this chance to watch the action as players compete for the $500,000 first prize, or their share of the unprecedented $3,000,000 prize fund. Click here for details.

Deno Andrews
Chief Operating Officer
International Pool Tour
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