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International Call for Referees


To: National Governing Bodies, Regional Federations and Billiards Referees.

The above event will take place at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds, England from Friday 19th until Friday 26th October.
This includes a¬†Qualifying Competition, the¬†World Open (Jim Williamson Memorial),¬†the¬†World Women’s¬†Championship¬†and of course the¬†World Championship.

We are looking for a total of 20 officials, from which a tournament committee of four plus 16 referees will be selected. All referees must be certificated by, and current members of their respective NGB and will be required to wear their full NGB uniform at all times; additional logos will be at the discretion of World Billiards.

Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis with breakfast and one other meal per day. The hotel is adjacent to the venue.

Requests for upgrades and Class 3 exams will be scheduled at appropriate times. All such requests must be approved by the candidate’s NGB; private arrangements are not permissible.

All expressions of interest should be sent to:

Dan Lewis (Referees Coordinator) dmkl@hotmail.co.uk
Steve Cowie (Tournament Controller) stevecowie@illawarrasnooker.com
Steve Lock (WBL Director of Tournaments) stephenml10@hotmail.com

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Officials confirmed so far:

1 Steve Cowie Australia (Tournament Controller)
2 Brendan Devlin Ireland
3 Colin Whitelaw Scotland
4 Dan Lewis England
5 John Wilde England
6 Kevin Christie Ireland
7 John Kehoe Ireland
8 Suryanarayanan Nagarajan India
9 Wictoria Jedruszek Poland
10 CW Steiner Austria
11 John Squires England
12 Derek Budde England
13 Philip Brooke England
14 Martin O’Reilly England
15 Walter Kunz Austria
16 Desi Stinson N. Ireland
17 Frank Bradley England
Vic Hartley England (Tutor/Examiner)

Accommodation (World Champs)

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 Thursday 18th¬†to Friday 26th¬†October incl.
  • ¬£69¬†per twin/double room per night, including breakfast* & 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 no longer free at the hotel. Each car will be charged £4.00 per car per night. 

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.


World Championship Entry Criteria

The entry criteria for the October 2018 World Billiards Championship will be as follows;

A All former & defending World Billiards Champions (WPBSA / IBSF / WBL)
B America [Fraser Durham]
C Oceania [Jason Colebrook]
D Asia [Dhvaj Haria]
E Europe [Rob Hall]
 F Africa
G WDBS Disability nomination
H 8 Nominations from each NGB + 1 Junior + 1 Woman Player
I WLBS¬†World Women’s Champion [Emma Bonney]
J 32 players from the final 2017/18 WBL Order of Merit
K Qualifiers from a 1 day Qualification Tournament


  • Spots are generally awarded in chronological order, ie the order in which they are won. This is done in case a player wins multiple spots. For example, if the same player wins the World Championship and then the Asian Championship that player would get the World Champion spot (as this was won first) and the Asian spot would be offered to the runner up in the Asian Championship.
  • Regional championships are used to determine spots where they exist (Asia & Oceania). Where they do not exist (Europe, America & Africa) we use our own open major event or a direct Regional Federation nomination instead. In these cases only players who are citizens of their respective region are eligible to receive these nominations.
  • The 32 players from the 2017/18 WBL Order of Merit (J) will be players who have not already qualified from A-I (see list below*).
  • The number of players taken from the Qualification Tournament will depend on the number required to make all groups in the main events equal.
  • The Qualification Tournament will be open to all players who feature on the 2017/18 WBL Order of Merit and any players who are members of, and supported by an NGB.
  • The defending champion will be seeded number 1; subsequent seeding will be based on the WBL¬†Ranking List¬†as at 31st August 2018.


*WBL Top 32
Below is a list of who will be nominated as part of the WBL allocation of players. The qualification route is stated next to the player where it is known.

This list will evolve as players are nominated by their NGBs or decline their invitation and the WBL nominations will then go further down the list accordingly.

Players below in BOLD have either entered or indicated that they are going to. For a list of who has actually entered and paid see here.


Singapore Peter Gilchrist World Champion
England David Causier World Champion
England Robert Hall Europe
England Jonathan Marwood ENG
Australia Jason Colebrook Oceania
India Dhvaj Haria ASIA
England Steve Brookshaw WBL 1
India Sourav Kothari IND
England Darren Clark WBL 2
England Ryan Mears WBL 3
England Martin Goodwill WBL 4
India Raja Subramanian IND
India Dhruv Sitwala IND
England Gary Norman WBL 5
England Chris Coumbe WBL 6
India Rupesh Shah World Champion
England Phil Davis WBL 7
England Nathan Mann WBL 8
India Alok Kumar IND
England Mike Russell World Champion
Scotland Paul McGowan SCO
India Siddharth Parikh IND
England Mark Hirst WBL 9
England Nalin Patel WBL 10
New Zealand Wayne Carey NZ
England Barry Russell WBL 11
India Devendra Joshi IND
Australia Peter Tankard AUS
England Brian Harvey WBL 12
England Chris Mitchell WBL 13
England Adam Clarke WBL 14
Scotland Jamie Jenkins SCO
Scotland Alan Shepherd SCO
England Arthur Winn WBL 15
Rep. of Ireland Aidan Murray IRE
India Sushrut Pandia WBL 16
England Craig Fitzpatrick WBL 17
England Stephen Kershaw WBL 18
Austria Martin Schmidt AUT
England Brian Pritchard WBL 19
Wales Eddie Duggan WAL
England Peter Atkinson WBL 20
England Sam Walker WBL 21
England Jason Devanney WBL 22
England Terry McAdam WBL 23
England Kevin Payne WBL 24
Austria Markus Bauer AUT
England Geoffrey Lingard WBL 25
England Stephen Stokes WBL 26
England Ron Bickerdike WBL 27
England Chris Bishop WBL 28
England Mark Hill WBL 29
England Roy Denson WBL 30
England Mick White WBL 31
England Peter Johnson WBL 32
India Geet Sethi World Champion
India Shrikrishna Suri IND
France Akhilesh Mohan FRA
Scotland Paul Whelan SCO
Scotland Calum Hossack SCO
Scotland David Stone SCO
India Jai Ganesh Marudanayagam IND
England Emma Bonney World Women’s Champion
Northern Ireland Jack McLaughlin NI
Canada Fraser Durham America
Northern Ireland Korbin Lowe NI
Wales Peter Stanyer WAL
Wales Elvet Smith WAL

20 Aug 2018

Event Hosting Opportunities

Bids for hosting WBL World and Regional (Major) events are invited from NGB’s and Regional Federations.

These events are as follows:

World Championship 2019 & beyond Any
Nations Cup (World Team) 2018 & beyond Any Inaugurated Glasgow, Scotland 2014
World Under 21’s 2018 & beyond Any New event
World Seniors (over 60’s) 2018 & beyond Any New event
Asian Grand Prix 2019 & beyond Asia 2018 in Singapore
Americas’ Cup 2021 & beyond America 2019 in Winnipeg, Canada
European Open 2019 & beyond Europe 2018 in Carlow, Ireland
Pacific International 2020 & beyond Oceania 2019 in Yarraville, Australia

Events can be combined; for example, a Major event could be combined with a World event, or two World events together. Combinations will be considered if proposed.

For more information please contact Phil Mumford via the Contact Us page..

2018/19 World Championship Prize Money

Prize money for the 2018 World Billiards Championship will be as follows:

. .    x        =
WINNER £3,200.00    1 £3,200.00
RUNNER UP £1,600.00    1 £1,600.00
SEMIS £800.00    2 £1,600.00
QUARTERS £400.00    4 £1,600.00
LAST 16 £200.00    8 £1,600.00
LAST 32 £100.00   16 £1,600.00
HIGH BREAK £1 Per Point    1 £500.00*

* Estimating £500 for the highest break there is now a total of £11,700 prize money available.

With the exception of the high break prize these figures will apply to both the October 2018 (timed) and April 2019 (100-up) World Championships.

Spring Cleanup

Menu Button

New Menu Button

We are currently in spring cleaning mode and will shortly roll out a new menu system which is more mobile and tablet friendly. This menu system is very different from the current “menu bar” one – this will disappear to be replaced with a single button at the top left hand corner which expands when clicked.

This should happen in the next few days. Note that it is only the start of a larger “new look” which will be rolled out over the next couple of months, applying to both sites.



[update 11-Feb]¬† I’ve delayed the rollout because the ‘responsiveness’ on mobile was not fully compliant.
…working on it…

Event Entries

World Billiards would like to clarify a number of issues regarding entering events:

We have experienced a number of instances recently with players trying to register for events by emailing or calling asking us to put them in to the tournament. We would like to make it clear that we cannot accept entries for any reason without completion of the relevant on-line entry form and payment of the entry fee before the closing date. Payment at the event or after the closing date is not an option.

There are numerous ways for players to enter events, including by PayPal, credit or debit card, bank transfer and via the Smartphone App. The onus really is on the player to find a way of using one of the entry methods available. If you think you may have problems with any of these five options, please don’t leave it to the last day to enter, as we may not be on hand to resolve the problem before entries close. Unfortunately we are not able to accept credit or debit card payments over the phone.

We cannot accept entries after the closing date and time under any circumstances. This is published on the website well in advance.

Please be aware that your name will only appear on the entry list once it has been approved by admin. This is a manual process and may take up to a few days depending on how you pay and when we are in front of a PC to actually approve it. Entries are not approved before the entry fee reaches us. Please don’t email us asking where your name is unless it has been more than three days since you entered.¬†

Our closing date has in the past usually been on the Sunday evening prior to the event taking place. This has now been brought forward to the Saturday afternoon, just less than one week from the start of the event. This is to allow our Tournament Director Steve Lock time to draw and schedule the events over a weekend rather than during the week when he is working in his full time job. This process begins the second the entries close.

Please note that closing dates and times may vary slightly depending on circumstances, so please keep an eye on the website for each event. 

Please be aware that we do not issue refunds of entry fees for players withdrawing from events after the entries have closed and entry fees are non-transferable. 

We do operate a reserve list for events in case a player does withdraw leaving a gap in the draw and schedule. If you have missed the closing date and would like to be placed on the reserve list please contact Tournament Director Steve Lock via the ‘Contact Us’ page. However, please be aware that players who would have been seeded had they entered before the closing date may not be able to come in as a replacement for an unseeded player.
Reserve players will be required to pay the applicable entry fee. 

Please note that as of September 1st 2016 we will no longer be accepting entry fees for tournaments by cheque or cash. If anyone feels they are unable to complete an online entry fee payment please contact us for assistance.

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Social Secretary

As many of you will already be aware, Roy Bacon has recently been organising social nights at many of our events, usually on the Saturday evening at a local restaurant. This has until now been an informal arrangement but Roy has kindly agreed to become our official Social Secretary for all events. This will mean that once you enter a tournament you will receive an email from Roy with details of the social event and asking whether you wish to be included in the group booking.


At Balbir's Indian Restaurant during the recent World Team event in Glasgow

At Balbir’s Indian Restaurant during the recent World Team event in Glasgow.


These are usually well attended, fun nights and often it is where the draw for the KO stage of the event either takes place or is first announced.


Resignation of Jim Burke

It is with regret that I have resigned from the board of World Billiards Ltd.  I tendered it in Oct-2016 and completed this in Oct-2017.

My reasons for leaving are centred around the current running of the company. Since this is unlikely to change I feel that I am unable to contribute any more.

I wish to emphasis that I am leaving on good terms. I wish the new board – Phil, Steve, Jim and Jason the very best. They are well experienced and qualified to do an excellent job in progressing this great game.

Note that regarding the two WBL websites, I have agreed an SLA (Service Level Agreement) to continue to maintain them, therefore there will be little change there.

Jim Burke

New Short Format Rules


Current Rules

The forthcoming 100up World Billiards Championship will be played to the Official Rules of English Billiards as published by WPBSA in November 2014 with the following modifications:

Playing From In Hand 

Section 3, Rule 6 ‚ÄėPlaying From In-Hand‚Äô
After (b) add:

If the striker comes to the table with their cue ball in hand as a result of the non-striker’s last turn, the striker can play directly on to a ball or balls in baulk for that shot only. At all other times the following will apply; (usual rules). 

What this means in practice is that if your opponent pockets your cue ball (or forces it off of the table), when you come to the table for your turn you have the option of playing into baulk from hand; effectively an open table. This will apply regardless of whether one or two balls are in baulk when coming to the table with ball in hand.

Several people have questioned how this rule would be applied following the initial break off shot. As the rule is worded, the second player wouldn’t be coming to the table ‘in hand as a result of the non-striker’s last turn‘ so therefore they wouldn’t be able to play in to baulk on their first shot.¬†

The Miss

Section 2, Rule 16 ‚ÄėMiss‚Äô
Section 3, Rule 16 ‚ÄėAction after a Miss‚Äô
Remove completely; all misses are fouls.

With the change of the ‘Playing From In Hand’ rule (above) the ‚Äėmiss‚Äô would become largely redundant except when you do not leave a ball out of baulk yourself during your own visit. In this instance the striker must now hit a ball or it will be a foul and the usual penalties applied.

The Baulkline Rule

The Baulkline Crossing Rule will also be applied in this Championships.

Due to the nature of the 100-up format it is extremely important that the ‚ÄėBaulkline Warning‚Äô is called at the correct time. In the unlikely event that the referee forgets to call ‚ÄėBaulkline Warning at 80‚Äô (in a break), the onus is on the non-striker to highlight the error. If this is not corrected immediately it will be possible for the striker to win the frame with a 100 break without crossing the baulkline.

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