June 23, 2014

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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

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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

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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…