June 23, 2014


There’s an Eight Ball Championship Coming Near You

Eight ball pool is an extremely popular game and is played professionally around the world. As well as regular professional tournaments there are also world championship tournaments played regularly.

Championships are played under the World Standardized Rules (“American style”) eight ball. The championships are sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.

Why not watch this brilliant vision from the 2013 World Eight Ball Championships.

Over the last few years championships have been held in a number of different countries including the United Arab Emirates. The championships have been won by players from many countries, but particularly from the Philippines.

Of course there are always a number of different titles available in the world Championships in tissue is no different. Full details of the upcoming World Eightball Championships can be found on the website of the world eight ball pool Federation at http://www.wepf.org/

Enthusiasts can read details in the online magazine at http://issuu.com/ukpooltour/docs/magazine_ed_7_v_inner_pages_layout_

As we write the world championships are underway, having started several days ago. There’s many different divisions including men’s, ladies, seniors, under 21s and wheelchair. There are teams as well is individual events. Continue reading…

June 20, 2014


Love To Play 8 Ball But Can’t Get Out?

Why not play 8 ball online?

Eight Ball is one of the world’s most popular games, in fact many think that Eight Ball Pool is the world’s most popular table game. There’s no doubt that it is played by millions of people around the world with thousands of different eightball leagues, championships and tables.online

If you love playing pool you can almost be guaranteed to find a pool table in a venue near you.

However since the arrival of the Internet the opportunities to play eightball have increased dramatically. Of course you can always head down to your local venue, pick up a pool cue, find a table and join in the game. But if you can’t do that there’s other ways you can play eightball.

Like with thousands of other games eightball has gone online.

Of course one way to get involved in eightball online is to head over to YoyTube and take a look at some of the brilliant eightball videos available on you tube. We’ve already posted one of the great videos here of the 2013 eightball world championships, however you can spend hours and hours watching some of the brilliant videos on YouTube.

Once you’ve got tired of watching the videos on you Tube, if you ever get tired, you can play eightball online. One of the best places to do this is at http://www.miniclip.com/games/8-ball-pool-multiplayer/en/

It’s surprisingly effective. You are presented with an online table with a standard eightball set up, and play against other players on that table. You drag the queue, with your mouse, let go the mouse to strike the cue ball and, hopefully pocket your ball. Continue reading…

June 18, 2014


What’s The Difference Between Eight Ball And Blackball Pool?

8 ball poolEight Ball Pool is a pool game which is popular throughout the world, however has a couple of different variations as well as a number of different names. It can be called eightball, solids and stripes, bigs and littles or highs and lows. And in the US it can even be known by some local names like Alabama eightball, last pocket, rotation eightball, crazy eight, misery and a lot more.

Eight Ball is technically the American style of the game, and there is also a standardised version which is much more commonly played worldwide and in particular in the UK called Blackball pool.table

The game is played on a pool table which is traditionally smaller than a standard full sized billiards table, with the common table size being 9 ft x 4.5 ft.

However as with a billiards table there are six pockets.

The game is played with sixteen balls, one of which is the striker white ball or cue ball and the remaining fifteen are numbered striped or solid balls. Seven are solid coloured balls, seven are striped balls and one is the number eight black ball.

The first recording in the US of a similar game was around 1908. The game was invented by the Brunswick Balke Collender Company and was therefore called BBC Co Pool. The game was initially played with seven yellow and seven red balls together with a black ball and a cue ball, however these have now become the stripes and solid balls much more commonly used now. Continue reading…

August 16, 2014


Learn more about 8 Ball Pool – my favorite sport!

Eight ball pool is one of the world’s most popular games. In fact, I would say it is the most popular table game in the world. This is because it is played by millions of individuals globally with thousands of 8ball championships, leagues, and tables.

I used to admire watching people play pool but I was never good at it. I could see the angles where I was supposed to hit the balls but I was never able to execute them properly. This was so frustrating for me because I usually believe in myself and I felt I could be fairy competitive. Fortunately, 8ball pool came to my aid and made me feel better since it honed by skills and I can now see angles clearly even in a visual pool table.

More about 8ball pool
As the name suggests, this game is about playing rounds of 8 balls. The rules are simple and easy to follow even for beginners who are not familiar with the game. There are tutorials offered to help players master the game and later players are set free to compete online with random players, or with friends from Facebook or Miniclip account. The good thing is that even if you do not have Facebook or Miniclip account, you can still play online. I love playing with new people and so I rarely use these accounts and it has been very fun. I love playing with people who are real, who can think and make mistakes as well.

How to play
This game is played with a cue ball and 15 object balls that are numbered 1 to 15. One player should pocket the balls of group numbered 1 to 7 while the other player as the balls numbered 9 to 15. The player pocketing either group first and then pocket the 8ball legally wins the game. Poker chips are the currency used in the game and as a player you have to sacrifice some of your chips to be able to play. Winners take a pot and get an opportunity to play in higher stakes competitions.

One thing I love about this game is that it helps line up my shots with the use of trajectory lines. Simple single touch controls are used to move your cue stick around to be able to line up every shot. Lines usually appear to tell you where the cue ball will go and how it will recoil off the targeted ball. This feature can be helpful to those who are like me, who can see angles but are unable to execute the shots. But wait…before we proceed, do you suffer from discolored teeth? Well, I once suffered from the same but that is now history. I visited fastwhiteteeth.org
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8ball pool championships
Championships are played under world standardized rules eight ball and are sanctioned by the world pool billiard association. I used to hear of 8ball pool championships but I never went to see one. This year I decided to travel to Beijing to watch 2014 world pool championship, while one of the team was aiming at making history and the other on aiming at pleasing the legions of their fellow citizens, the china II team won defeating a less than sharp Philippines 4-2. The travel was fun but encountered chest congestion which almost spoil my fun moments. But I find a good relief method here and I was able to get helpful information on how to get rid of chest congestion.

It was fun watching the match getting tight down to the very last 10-ball match and if it were not for some few mistakes from the “never say die” Philippines, the match could have gone the other way. All in all, I enjoyed watching the game and I think I can represent my dear country in the near future.

Overall, 8ball pool is a fun and simple virtual pool game that every individual can play. With the right internet connection you can get hours of friendly and entertaining competition.

August 16, 2014


My First 8 Ball Pool Championship

Today was my day of redemption. My first 8 Ball Pool championship happened today and I prepared for it for months. See it all started a year ago. My mortgage rates went up, my bills became heavy, and I started going into debt. That’s when I decided that I was going to make my dream a reality. I set out to train to become one of the best pool players I knew, and use my skills to work my way out of debt. This is how it all started.

This road began when I lost my job. My work announced that they were going to be making cutbacks. I found out that I was going to be one of the ones let go in the downsizing of the company. I was crushed and severely stressed about my financial situation.

A month prior to losing my job, my bank increased the rates of my mortgage. With losing my job and my mortgage rates going up, I began to spiral in deeper and deeper into depression. My mind was flooded with negative thoughts and emotions, I had no motivation to do anything, and I found myself drinking to ease my pain. Then I read a Spanish book I had and I found inspiration in the next paragraph:

La vida es el conjunto de oportunidades a las cuales le podemos sacar el mejor provecho. Muchas veces no nos damos cuentas que las cosas más pequeñas siempre tienen un sentido o una razón de existir. Hay muchas veces que no vemos hacia dónde caminamos y nos sentimos perdidos. La vida tiene soluciones para muchos de los problemas. Hay veces que necesitamos dinero y no sabemos cómo resolver nuestras deudas o peor aún dónde conseguir información sobre dinero rápido para solucionar nuestros problemas financieros. La clave esta en utilizar tus talentos.

Translation: Life can be described as the group of opportunities where we can enjoy the most. Many times we don’t realize that every little thing in this life has a meaning. Sometimes we lose ourselves and we feel lost. Life has a solution for many problems. There are going to be times where we won’t know how to solve our debts or find information to solve our financial problems. The key to overcome these obstacles is using your talents.

So that was the key to start solving my problems – using my talents. One day while drinking at the pool hall, I began playing pool better than I had ever played before. I was making shots left and right. Other pool players at the pool hall began gathering around my table to watch me play. This was one of the first moments in a long time that I had felt joy and pride. It was then, at that very moment, that I decided I was going to train and compete in the next 8 ball pool championship.

For months I trained hard to win my first 8 ball pool championship. I did a bit of hustling as well to stay afloat with my bills. After countless hours with a pool stick in my hand, I had finally made it. The championship arrived and I was ready to compete. I swept through all of my opponents and brought home the winner’s purse. My finances are now back in order and I am ready to press onto my next championship! My dreams came true and I am now a professional pool player.

August 16, 2014


Nutritional tips for competing players on the road

8-ball players around the globe are in full-swing travel mode as the 2014 8-ball pool championship circuit picks up momentum. Competing can be a full-time gig in itself, so it’s important for athletes to take care of their health as they would at any other time.

If there’s anything an athlete would like to squeeze into their carry-on, between their favorite pool shoes and wrinkled sweats, it would be a kitchen.

It’s easy to stay in a nutritional routine when enjoying the convenience of home, with produce from the organic grocery store tucked away in the refrigerator and the oven slowly baking chicken to the perfect temperature. However, as you’re not likely to experience such luxury when being out of your regular zone, so let’s take a look at how an athlete can take care of their most important asset – themselves – while still enjoying life on the move.


1. Stay Hydrated

This is, of course, a crucial necessity whether you’re resting at home or hitting the track. Sadly, it’s easy to forget this simple lifesaver when in the midst of traveling, as you’re too worried about your flight landing on time and if you remembered to pack extra socks. It’s always a good idea to keep a reusable water bottle at your side, no matter where you are.


2. Research Hotel Amenities

Does your hotel room come with a mini-fridge? Perfect, you can jog right down to the closest grocery store where some fresh vegetables and fruit are waiting for you. Is that a tiny microwave sitting idly next to the overused Mr. Coffee? I’m sure those prepackaged healthy lunches will serve you well, though be sure to read the label carefully, as many can be deceiving.


3. Explore Nearby Eateries

There’s a pretty good chance that you have access to the internet, either on a laptop or smartphone. If so, you have a plethora of information at your disposal and it can be used to research what kind of restaurants are in the area. You can avoid the unhealthy ones, book a reservation at the safe one, and note where there is, at the very least, one decent choice on the menu when you go out celebrating your expected success.


4. Avoid Gratuitous Indulgence

It’s easy to go overboard when traveling, as you have the allure of novel restaurants closing in around you at an alarming rate. Of course, it’s perfectly acceptable to give in, if only a little. Traveling for a competition or event doesn’t negate the fact that you are somewhere that you’ve likely never been before and the desire to have fun outside the arena is perfectly understandable. You’ll want to limit this endeavor, however, as it’s easy to compromise your diet when unrestrained. Try to stick to the healthier dishes and beverages, and if you’re feeling a bit too tempted, remember the nice vegetables waiting for you in the mini-fridge.


5. Carry a compact blender or juicer

Its easy to forgo nutrition while on the road, and health eating habits that you practice while at home can become impossible to maintain. Its important to upkeep your levels of fruits and veggies, but sourcing fresh produce and carrying it around with you can be a nightmare. A great idea is to carry a small blender of juicer machine with you, which will make a simple task of maintaining your nutrient levels. Quality is everything here, so make sure you read through reviews of the best juicers or blenders on a juicer comparison website to make sure you choose the right one.

6. Pack a Healthy Snack

An emergency (yet healthy) snack is crucial to your survival when away from home, as a strange craving for everything new and unhealthy is bound to arise the moment you step off of the plane. Ensuring that your secret stash of almonds is tucked away safely will bring your mind – and your wallet – peace.

So there you have it, implementing a the above steps will help you have a successful year in 2014, and beyond. By staying hydrated, doing a little local research, avoiding indulgence, packing a compact juicer/blender (such as this one) and health snacks, you will boost your energy levels and mind clarity, and be on your way to the top of the ladder.

August 16, 2014


I’ve Decided To Go To The Next 8 Ball Pool Championships

Whilst I love playing 8 ball pool I recognize that I’m not very good at it, I just love it. And almost as much fun as playing 8 Ball pool is watching the pros play it. So I’ve decided that when the next pool championship comes along I’m going to go and watch.

8 Ball pool seems to be a very simple game on the face of it. Knock a few balls into a few holes and you’re good. It can’t be all that difficult can it?

However it’s sad to say that it is all that difficult and I’m not particularly good. Whilst I’ve got my own table at home and spend plenty of time practising I don’t seem to be able to improve very much.

However I’ve been getting a few tips by watching some of the pool Championships on the television. The level at which the pros play is so far beyond anything I can play at.

So I’ve decided that the next pool championship is for me. I’m going to go, stay for the entire championship and watch every single round and learn as much as I can.

I haven’t yet decided which championship go to. One of the issues from me is cost, because it’s not all that cheap travelling and of course when you get to a championship you have to buy daily tickets to watch the games. I suspect need to borrow a little money, which might be a problem because my credit score isn’t very good.

I recently took out a small installment loan for bad credit at http://www.installmentloansguide.com/installment-loans-for-bad-credit/ and managed to get the loan successfully, so hopefully I’ll be able to borrow a little more when the time comes to attend the championship.

And I think that once I come home it’s time for me to start making a little more effort to save as much money as I can. I know my credit score is very poor and so it’s time for me to start doing whatever I can to save money and improve my credit.

But I know I can’t save enough money to afford to go to the next championship so it will be one more small loan.

Hopefully I can find a high-class pool championship summer in the US. Travelling overseas will be seriously expensive and of course there’s all sorts of issues with changing money, paying for accommodation, foreign languages and so on. I’d much prefer to visit a pool Championships held somewhere in the US because I think it would be cheaper and easier to get to and accommodation would be easier.

I don’t know how much I will learn about playing 8 Ball pool. I’d like to think that after spending a week or so watching the pros playing I’ll be a much better player myself but I don’t know whether or not it will happen like that.

I don’t know that I will be able to shoot any straighter after watching the games however I do think it’s possible that I will learn some new techniques that I’d not thought about before. There’s a whole raft of pool techniques which I didn’t know about until recently when I purchased a book about playing 8 Ball pool, and I’ve been fascinated to read more about pool techniques.

But whether or not I come back as a better player it will certainly be a whole heap of fun.

August 16, 2014


How Trauma Insurance Helped A Fellow 8 Ball Champion Cover His Living Expenses

Ever since I was a little boy, I was fascinated at how good my friend Joe was playing pool. He could play a whole different range of shots with relative ease and when he wasn’t beating players to the ground, he would show off his skills with the stick to all of us. His hard work and training eventually paid off as he got a shot at the big leagues and was selected for the local 8 Ball Pool championship circuit.

8 Ball Pool

For years I had seen Joe play pool, but the first time when I heard about 8 ball pool I had to admit that I was a bit confused and couldn’t help myself from showering Joe with questions on it. Without losing his patience for even a second, he sat down with me and explained to me the entire concept of 8 ball pool.

From what I understood, 8 ball pool was another form of pool. But had to be played on a smaller pool table with six pockets. On the table, there are 15 balls out of which 7 balls are striped and 7 balls are of solid color, a solid black 8 ball and a solid white cue ball. The game starts with one player starting the break and is assigned either striped or solid colored balls depending on the ball which he has pocketed.

For example, if I were to start with a break and pocketed a solid ball then I would be assigned the solid color. In case there is no pocket with the break shot, the person making the first pocket shot will be assigned the ball he pockets. Once the balls are assigned to the players, the aim of the game is to quickly pocket all balls assigned to them and finally pocket the 8 ball in a pocket called by the player. Who ever pockets all the balls along with the 8 ball, wins.

When Cancer Struck

As Joe participated in the 8 ball pool championship for the first time, he invited us all to come over and watch him play. Before you knew it, he had won more championships than anyone I knew and I became his manager. It was just like a dream, we got to travel all over the world, play in high end places and win tons of money. Just when we thought things couldn’t get any better disaster struck, as Joe got diagnosed with prostate cancer.

When Joe got diagnosed with prostate cancer, we were all in a state of shock. We had no idea of what was going to happen and the treatment itself would cost a fortune. We were up against time, things quickly went from bad to worse in a matter of months and before you knew it, Joe was unable to play or even stand up for that matter. I did everything possible to get his condition treated and I was told that his condition was curable as it was caught in an early stage. But I knew that by the time Joe would get cured, all of his money would be blown away and making a comeback would be that much more difficult. One day I was sitting by the pool thinking what to do, Joe’s wife came in and handed me a letter addressed to Joe by an insurance company (something I wished she shared with me earlier!)

When Trauma Insurance Came Through

When I started reading the letter, my initial reaction was complete silence. According to the letter, Joe had been putting away a lot of money on trauma insurance and funeral insurance just in case something was ever to happen to him, and he contacted the insurance agency along with all supporting documents as soon as he got to know about his condition. The insurance agency had verified his case and sent him a good amount of money to see him through his course of absence from professional 8 ball pool, giving him ample time to recover.

All throughout his professional career I did ask Joe several times why was he spending so much money on these policies, but Joe never really spoke to me about his insurance investments. After all, I was his friend and professional manager not his financial consultant. I felt that he deserved privacy, which is why I never pushed him too far with my questions.

I would have to admit, that even though trauma cover is the most expensive insurance available today, something I learn from australiantraumainsurance.com, without it we would have been completely dry on funds. And without the assistance from this critical illness insurance, it would have been almost impossible to make it through the tough times and make a comeback on the 8 ball pool circuit.

August 16, 2014


How an Air Mattress Got Me Into 8-ball

8 ball is a sport that doesn’t enjoy the popularity that many mainstream sports such as soccer, football and cricket do. Most people aren’t aware of this game until they stumble upon it by accident. In my case, it was when my buddy asked me for a place to get the best air mattresses one day and I couldn’t help but inquire about his intentions. Upon learning that he was travelling across the country to attend amateur 8 ball tournaments and his subsequent insistence that I accompany him for a while, I was introduced to the most mentally challenging game I had ever played – 8 ball pool. Here are some of the tips I picked up on that fateful trip and the ones that followed, which will definitely help newbies acquaint themselves with this game.

Brain over brawn

The first thing you need to know about pool is that it is at least 80 percent mental activity, and just 20 percent physical execution. Now, most newcomers make the mistake of assuming that the 80% means thinking about the ball getting pocketed, remaining optimistic and calm in tight situations etc. All these things are necessary, but they make up a very small portion of the mental activity required. You must simulate the scenario in your mind, and come up with the easiest paths for the cue ball. Good routes are those with minimum rails, biased towards no english, and favoring topspin or at least topspin to be picked up by the center ball instead of strong draw.

The 8-ball must sink last

Beginners are often bombarded with pieces of advices such as “Take care of the problematic balls in the beginning”, “pick an easy ball to start your run”, “play shape for center of the table and hence, more shots” etc. While these statements are well intentioned, and helpful without doubt, every newcomer should know that it is the 8-ball which is vital for winning the game. You can line up slick shots to pocket the other balls but they will have little worth of their own – at most, they will be worth one point. Basically, if you plan your shot without assigning a pocket and making sure you have good cue ball positioning to sink the 8 ball, it will be a gamble against all odds – you will be playing the shot without any concrete chance of winning.

Get a coach

There is a common misconception that getting a coach to teach you pool is something to be ashamed of. There is nothing wrong with wanting to learn from a professional. In fact, most players who have hired coaches have managed to go beyond their own expectations and certainly beyond what they could have achieved on their own. Coaches have usually learnt the game the hard way themselves – travelling across the country to watch and play in tournaments, sleeping in motels, (surfing, like me and my buddy, through air mattress websites e.g. at http://www.mysleepresource.com/) etc. They have picked up many trade secrets along the way and can instruct you in those without you having to go through the whole nine yards of tough learning.

August 14, 2014


How A Female Pool Player Timed Her Pregnancy To Avoid A National Tournament.

If you want to calculate your due date using a birth calculator you have to decide how you want to make the calculation. Most healthcare providers make the calculation by using the first day of the last period that the patient had to make the calculation. The other benchmark date for making the due date calculation is to calculate from the day of conception. However, this option should only be used if there is absolute certainty about the date, and most people really aren’t sure about it, so it is advisable to use the first option. These calculators are available online. So you just select the option as set out above. And then you select the dates. The online calculator will usually have drop down dates that you can conveniently click on. Once you have selected your dates, simply click on the button that reads calculate. The calculation will then be instantly done for you – as easy as that – and then you will know exactly when you will have your baby. That is actually a bit of an overstatement, as you will not have the exact date – nature is always a little unpredictable – but you will have a good estimate of when to expect the birth.

There are tons of reasons why a woman would want to be certain about her due date. That is precisely why these online calculators are so handy. You get to schedule things around your birth so that you are prepared for the arrival of your new child, and also, there may be pressing engagements that you don’t want to clash with your child’s birth. It therefore puts you in a unique position because you have the capability to schedule your diary around this important event in your life. A prime example of this is a case I recently heard of about a professional female pool player who was anxious that her pregnancy and consequent birth of her child would interfere with her ability to enter a pool championship. Timing was a big concern for her as she wanted to give birth to her child in a relaxed and calm environment, and at the same time she wanted to pursue her career in pool. Because these championships are set at specific times, as soon as she learned that she was pregnant she had to calculate the due date of the birth, to determine how her career would be affected. Would she still be able to enter the championship?

It sounds quite bizarre but if you think about it, it is really exactly the same thing as having a regular office job and then having to take maternity leave. If for example you work in a law office or in any other field for that matter, and you know that you are expecting a baby, you will have to determine when you will be able to take off work to give birth and to spend that first few months exclusively with your new child so that you can invest in nurturing and bonding with the infant. In any job, you need to carefully schedule the timing so that you don’t neglect important professional commitments, especially if it means that other people are relying on you to get things done.