Maryland State One-Pocket Billiards Championships
LAUREL, MD – October 29, 2008 – Danny Green , a well-known pocket billiards player based in Silver Spring, MD, and Capone Custom Cues of Poolesville, MD, are hosting the first annual Maryland State One-Pocket Billiards Championships. The tournament will take place on Saturday and Sunday, November 1-2, at Side Pockets Bar & Grill, 904 Fairlawn, Avenue, Laurel, MD, 20707. The players meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with play beginning at 10:00 a.m. Spectators are welcome to attend and watch some top level one-pocket players up close. There will be a $5.00 admission fee with part of the proceeds being donated to cancer research. For directions to Side Pockets, please go to www.sidepocketsmd.com or call 301-604-1300.
The Maryland State One-Pocket tournament is open to both professional and amateur pocket billiards players, with a three-tiered level for entry fees as follows: $150 for professional players, $125 for A-level players, and $100 for all amateur players. This one-pocket tournament offers the following payouts: First place – $2,500; Second place – $1,250; Third place – $750, and other prizes up to approximately 33% of the field. Side Pockets owner Amit Patel has generously added $2,000 to this event (based on a full field of 64 players) and has already recovered the pool tables for optimal play.
The Maryland State One-Pocket tournament founder, Danny Green, said, “Although the general public is more familiar with eight-ball and nine-ball, many high-level pool players prefer playing one-pocket because it offers the ultimate test of strategic thinking and advanced shot-making. Comparing one-pocket to eight-ball is like comparing chess to checkers—it’s just a more advanced game.”
The goal of one-pocket is for each player to select one of the two pockets at the foot of the table, and be the first player to pocket 8 of the 15 balls in his or her designated pocket. The best one-pocket players not only make balls in their own pocket, but they strategically move balls away from their opponent’s designated pocket and leave the cue ball in a position where it is difficult for an opponent to start a successful run. Therefore, one-pocket is a slower, more deliberate game than 8-ball or 9-ball, and the ability to make bank shots and defensive shots is critical to winning in one-pocket. This game is popular among high-stakes players, because there is less luck and more strategy involved in winning a match.
The sponsors are hosting the Maryland State One-Pocket Championships just one week after the 33rd Annual U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships, which was recently completed in Chesapeake, VA. In that event, Mika Immonen of Finland beat out a field of 238 of the best pool players in the world to win the $40,000 first prize.
Danny Green said, “We already have commitments from a few top players to attend the Maryland State One-Pocket Championships including local hot shots such as Manuel “The Stinger” Chau from Silver Spring, Maryland. This tournament provides a great opportunity for the top local amateur pool players to compete head to head with some of the top level touring professional players.”
Mike Capone, owner of Capone Custom Cues, will be serving as an official and referee at the event and will also be doing cue maintenance and repair for anyone in need.
For more information about the tournament, please contact Danny Green via email at firstname.lastname@example.org , log onto www.everything-about-pool.com, or phone at 202-422-3217.
About Danny Green:
Danny Green started playing pool in 1989 while attending college and quickly excelled to become a top regional player. For several years, Danny toured the USA as a road player, with some of his early exploits covered in one chapter of the book Playing off the Rail: A Pool Hustler’s Journey by David Mccumber. In 1999, Danny founded the Planet Pool Tour, a year-long regional competition that draws the best amateur and professional 9-ball players from Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, and Delaware. This tour, now under different ownership, has evolved into the Tiger Pool Tour (www.planet-pool.com). Over the years, Danny Green has been an innovative pool player who has won many regional tournaments. Today, Danny works for the Local 22 Union as a stagehand during the week and gives pool lessons and plays in tournaments during his free time.
About Capone Custom Cues:
Capone Custom Cues are individually crafted by Mike Capone. He uses the finest rare woods and materials from around the world. Since founding his business in 1993, Mike was quickly recognized by his peers as one of the finest new cue maker on the scene and was inducted into the American Cue Makers Association. Capone Cues have a combination of beauty and playability, which makes them valuable to collectors and players alike. For more information, call Mike Capone at 301-349-2187 or log onto www.caponecues.com.