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UK Open [Prize Money]

Please see below for the prize money breakdown in the forthcoming UK Open.

. . . .
. .     x          =
WINNER £960.00   1 £960.00
RUNNER UP £480.00   1 £480.00
SEMIS £240.00   2 £480.00
QUARTERS £120.00   4 £480.00
LAST 16 £60.00   8 £480.00
HIGH BREAK £60.00   1 £60.00
. .    .  .
Challenge Cup    
WINNER £120.00   1 £120.00
RUNNER UP £60.00   1 £60.00
HIGH BREAK £30.00   1 £30.00
. . . .
Total            £3,150.00
. . . .

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Accommodation & Travel (2018 Scottish Open)

Accommodation Details

Victoria Hotel
28 Victoria Road
(next door to the venue)

Room details at special discounted rates, assuming full occupancy, rates are per room B&B

  • Double/twin rooms (two people sharing) ¬£72.25
  • Single rooms ¬£46.75
  • Quote ‚ÄúWorld Billiards‚ÄĚ when calling or emailing to book rooms and ask for Adele.
  • Rooms are limited to 21 at this hotel so please book early.
  • Email info@victoriahotelkirkcaldy.co.uk
  • Phone 01592 260117
  • Website¬†www.victoriahotelkirkcaldy.co.uk


Main form of travel would be the East Coast train line on a direct train to Aberdeen and alight at Kirkcaldy (5 mins walk from train station).
If flying to Edinburgh, get tram to Princess Street and get to Waverley Station to get any train to Kirkcaldy.
Alternatively from the Airport take the 747 bus to Halbeath Park & Ride and a pick-up will be arranged (Friday only).

Please contact Alan Shepherd for more details of travel options and possible pick-up points.

Accommodation (Bradford)


We have secured a preferential rate at the Best Western Bradford Guide Post Hotel which is a few minutes from the playing venue.

Rates are:
Single person B&B                                      £53.00 per night
Double/Twin Room for 2 people B&B          £62.00 per night

Call the hotel on¬†01274 607866 and quote ‚ÄėWorld Billiards‚Äô.

There are not many rooms left for the Saturday night so please book ASAP.


We have arranged a dinner at Cue Gardens for the Saturday evening (2-Dec). It will cost £14.95/head to include choices from :-

·   Starters

Shredded Chicken & Vegetable Soup, Warm Ciabatta
Lamb Kofta, Tzatziki, Mix Leaf

·   Mains 

Pie – Meat & Potato Slice with Suet Crust, Chunky Chips, Veg Medley, Lashings of Gravy
Smothered Chicken РPan Roast Chicken Breast Smothered in Creamy Pepper Sauce,  Crushed New Potato with Cabbage and Bacon, Veg Medley

·   Dessert

Jam Roy Poly & Creme Anglais
Strawberry Cheesecake, Strawberry Sauce, Chantilly Cream

Please liaise with Roy Bacon about this; if you have any dietary requirements let him know and vegetarian options are available on request. Supporting this meal would demonstrate our appreciation of what the club does for us, and their sponsorship of the event and provides a social opportunity.

12 Nov 2017

Coaching Workshop

A World Billiards Coaching Workshop was held at Cambridge Snooker Centre on Saturday 11th November.

The coaching team of John Inverarity, Phillip Welham & Trevor Thorn


This was lead by WPBSA World Billiards coach Phillip Welham who was assisted by John Inverarity and Trevor Thorn.

The coaching group


Eight students were coached the basics of the game plus some top of the table routines.










For details of how to become a qualified WPBSA World Billiards coach see here.


World Championship Draw Process

The draws for the three events which make up the World Championship (World Open, World Championship (Short Format) and World Championship (Long Format)) are made to ensure the maximum variety of opponents for all players whilst adhering as closely as possible to the seeding positions as determined by the World Rankings.

The three draws are performed in the reverse order to which they are played.

Firstly the long-format World Championship draw is performed strictly according to the seeding positions taken from the World Rankings, with the exception that the defending champion is seeded no.1. All players in the tournament are seeded. If necessary some minor adjustments are then made to ensure that countries are separated as evenly as possible in the groups.

The short-format World Championship draw is then performed with as few adjustments to the long-format draw as possible to ensure players are close to their original seeding positions whilst avoiding playing any of the same players twice. Again, countries are separated as much as possible and the defending champion is seeded no.1.

Finally, the World Open (Jim Williamson) draw is made also ensuring no player plays the same player as they have drawn in the two World Championship events, also separating countries and staying as close as possible to the seeding positions. Only two players per group are seeded in this tournament and the defending champion is seeded no. 1.

The result of this procedure is that no player will play the same player twice in the group stages across all three tournaments and will play as few players from their own country as is mathematically possible.

Seeding for all tournaments part of the World Championship are based on the final World Ranking list of the preceding season which can be viewed here: 2016/17 World Rankings.

We hope you understand the challenges presented by this process and accept that it is in place in the best interests of all players in all competitions.

Please note that if a player withdraws once this process is complete and is replaced by another player it may not be possible to adhere to the same draw criteria for the replacement player.

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World Championship Accommodation

HIE Leeds

HIE Express

As in previous years, the nominated partner hotel for all players and officials is the Holiday Inn Express, situated right next door to the venue.

We stress that is is mandatory that all players and officials who are staying use this hotel.

All competitors must book their own accommodation direct with the hotel rather than via their NGB or WBL.


Rooms are now available for you to book on a first come first served basis, so best to book NOW.

Here are the details:

  • The accommodation deal is available from Wednesday 18th October¬†to Thursday 2nd November.
  • ¬£66¬†per twin/double room per night, including breakfast*, parking (1 car)** & free WiFi.
    (Please note this rate is NOT available for 1 night stays for just a Saturday or other peak nights)
  • You have to¬†reserve with a credit/debit card, however it will not be charged until you arrive.
  • You can cancel¬†without charge¬†provided you give them sufficient notice.

* Express start breakfast (Continental style breakfast with cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurt, croissants, toast, muffins, tea/coffee and hot choice of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and baked beans).
** Car Parking is free (1 car per room). Any additional to be charged £6.00 per car per night (£4.00 for IHG Rewards members).

Three ways to book:

  1. Book online by clicking here.
  2. Call the Hotel direct on 0113 242 6200 and quote¬†‚ÄúWorld Billiards‚ÄĚ.
  3. Email hotel at reservations@expressleeds.co.uk

In the past a few people have experienced difficulty getting the rate when phoning the hotel. The hotel manager has advised us to either use the online booking system, or to email her on the email address above if experiencing any problems.


Accommodation & Dinner


We have secured a preferential rate at the Best Western Bradford Guide Post Hotel which is a few minutes from the playing venue.

Rates are:
Single person B&B                                      £53.00 per night
Double/Twin Room for 2 people B&B          £62.00 per night

Call the hotel on¬†01274 607866 and quote ‘World Billiards’.


Roy is arranging a dinner at Cue Gardens for the Saturday evening (3-Dec). It will cost £11.95/head to include choices from :-

  • Starters
    Tomato and basil soup with crusty roll
    Classic prawn cocktail & brown bloomer
    Chicken liver pate, red onion chutney with toasted wholemeal bloomer
  • Mains
    Roast chicken breast with pan jus
    Roast topside of beef with red wine jus
    Mediterranean vegetable Wellington and tomato fondu
  • Dessert
    Stick toffee pudding with ice cream
    Jam sponge and custard
    Chocolate fudge cake with cream

Names to Roy as soon as possible.


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Ireland Accommodation

Woodford Dolmen Hotel

An accommodation deal has been arranged as follows:

Woodford Dolmen Hotel
Kilkenny Road
R93 N207
+353 59 914 2002

Friday & Saturday:
Twin: ‚ā¨99.00 per night BB
Single: ‚ā¨89.00 per night BB

Sunday – Thursday:
Twin: ‚ā¨69.00 per night BB
Single: ‚ā¨55.00 per night BB



Quote ‘World Billiards’ or ‘Ivy Rooms’ when making a booking.

[9-May] ¬†Rooms are going very fast and there are not many left. If you don’t book NOW then you may well have a problem !


Other local hotel options include:




LITEtask Scottish Open [Prize Money]

Here is the prize money breakdown in the LITEtask Scottish Open.

LEVEL 3 |  x1 | £2000+ PRIZE MONEY
. .   x          =
(Dave Causier)
£640.00 1 £640.00
(Phil Mumford)
£320.00 1 £320.00
(Peter Gilchrist, Steve Brookshaw)
£160.00 2 £320.00
(Rob Hall, Chris Taylor, Peter Shelley, Darren Clark)
£80.00 4 £320.00
(Tom McFarlane, Jamie Jenkins, Gary Norman, David Nichols, Brian Harvey, Arthur Winn, Adam Clarke, Andrew Draper)
£40.00 8 £320.00
(321 – Peter Gilchrist)
£40.00 1 £40.00
(Phil Davis)
£80.00 1 £80.00
(Chris Coumbe)
£40.00 1 £40.00
PLATE HIGH BREAK £20.00 1 £20.00





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LITEtask British Open [Social Evening]

Our Social Secretary Roy Bacon has kindly arranged a meal for us at Cue Gardens on Saturday evening. 

The menu available is as follows:


World Billiards Dinner:

Cream of leek and potato soup, herb crustini

Classic Prawn cocktail, wholemeal bloomer

Chicken liver parfait, cranberry chutney & toasted brioche

Traditional roast turkey, with all the festive trimmings,

Red wine and cranberry braised silverside, Yorkshire pudding

Steamed salmon fillet, lemon butter sauce

Mediterranean vegetable & feta cheese casket, tomato fondue

Chocolate orange crème brulee, Chantilly cream

Mulled fruit cheesecake, sweet crumble & pouring cream

Classic Christmas pudding, cranberries & brandy sauce

The cost of the 3 course meal above is £16.95
This is a £2 discount on their regular price.
Gluten free is organised as well.

The exact time of the meal won’t be known until we have all the entries in, but is usually scheduled around 30 mins after the end of the final session.

If you want to be included in this booking please let Roy Bacon know via Email.