World Billiards Ltd is delighted to announce a brand new Major event on the billiards calendar; The Americas’ Cup will take place in Winnipeg, Canada, between 24th & 29th August 2013.
There will be two events, the first of which will be a two day weekend EBOS event played under the standard format, with Timed matches and a Plate competition. This will serve as a warm up to the main event, The Americas’ Cup which will use the single game Long Up format and be played over the remaining four days.
Prize money for the EBOS event is still to be confirmed.
Prize money for The Americas’ Cup will be £8000.
The entry fee for the EBOS event is still to be confirmed.
The entry fee for The Americas’ Cup is £80.
You can enter here.
The venue is the Manitoba Club, Winnipeg, Manitoba – www.manitobaclub.mb.ca. The tables are all antique Burroughs & Watts with steel block cushions and Strachan 6811 Tournament 30oz cloth.
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION
The nearest airport is the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG) in Winnipeg – www.waa.ca.
The promoters in Canada are negotiating with hotels in Winnipeg for an official hotel partner and a special rate. We will post details here once this is confirmed.
Please see here for details of the official World Billiards travel partner, TD Travel.
Visas may be required for travel to Canada from some countries. Players are advised to check with the relevant Embassy in their country. More information can also be found on www.cic.gc.ca.
Weather in August in Winnipeg is generally very warm and sunny.
The promoters are looking to organise a number of social events, which may include an opening reception, golf day, exhibitions and coaching. Further details will be published when available.
EXHIBITIONS & COACHING
There will be a limited number of opportunities for players and coaches to help subsidise their trip with exhibitions and coaching, either before, during or after the event. If this interests you please let Phil know via the Contact Us page.
The seeds for an event in Canada were sowed as far back as 2006 when we first made contact with the Winnipeg Veterans English Billiards League – www.wvebl.com. This league was established in 1921 and currently consists of around 90 players playing in teams of 8 players. For various reasons it has taken the intervening 7 years to turn the original idea in to a reality. Our thanks must go to the team of enthusiasts in Winnipeg for their hard work in bringing this event to fruition.
The winner of this event will be granted a direct nomination in to the 2013 World Championship.
The Baulkline Crossing rule will be in effect during the Americas’ Cup, but not in the EBOS event which precedes it.
We will be using the new Pro-Cup billiard balls for both tournaments.
This is the first confirmed event of our proposed series of 4 Majors, comprising 4 events played on 4 continents. These events will all be played over different playing formats thereby creating a Grand Slam. All will have double ranking points and substantial (minimum £4000) prize money.
It is envisaged that each Major will follow a similar model to the one set out above, and negotiations for these events are ongoing.
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